Best Action Movies of All Time

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25. RoboCop (1987)
> Directed by: Paul Verhoeven
> Starring: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O’Herlihy
> Audience score: 84%

Dutch director Paul Verhoeven is known for his thematically dense, and often satirical, films. “Robocop” is no different, touching on themes such as the militarization of the police and irresponsible capitalism. It’s also a hugely entertaining movie about a murdered police officer brought back to life with advanced technology.

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24. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)
> Directed by: Chad Stahelski
> Starring: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane
> Audience score: 87%

Following his work in beloved action movies like “Speed” (1994) and “The Matrix” (1999), Keanu Reeves struck gold once again with the John Wick franchise. The most recent entry — “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” — is currently the best rated of the series, with 90% of critics and 87% of audiences giving it positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie sees Reeves return to his titular role as a vengeance-driven ex-hitman living in an outlandish and very violent world.

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23. Looper (2012)
> Directed by: Rian Johnson
> Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt
> Audience score: 82%

“Looper” combines thrilling action with a stimulating time travel-based narrative to winning effect. Director Rian Johnson proved his action direction mettle with Looper, and would go on to direct “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (2017).

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22. The Raid 2 (2014)
> Directed by: Gareth Evans
> Starring: Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra
> Audience score: 87%

“The Raid 2” is a sequel to the Indonesian production “The Raid Redemption” (2011). Like its predecessor, the movie is jam-packed with energetic, aggressive martial arts — involving police officer Rama, now undercover in the Indonesian criminal underworld — that is ideal for fans of bloody action.

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21. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
> Directed by: Doug Liman
> Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton
> Audience score: 90%

In between filming entries to Jack Reacher and Mission Impossible franchises, Tom Cruise found the time to star in this sci-fi action movie about a soldier who is forced to repeatedly relive the day he dies in battle against vicious extraterrestrials. Both funny and exciting, the movie has earned positive ratings of 90% from both audiences and critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

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