Top 9 Best Actions Movies of All Time
From the 95.9 The Hawk panel of experts, here is the Best Action Movies of All Time.
9. John Wick (2014) – Keanu Reeves plays the titular role, a retired hitman seeking vengeance for the death of his dog. John Wick is praised for its stylish and relentless action sequences, showcasing Reeves’ dedication to performing his stunts.
8. Léon: The Professional (1994) – Directed by Luc Besson, this action-thriller tells the story of a hitman (Jean Reno) who forms an unexpected bond with a young girl (Natalie Portman) after her family is murdered. It combines intense action scenes with poignant character development.
7. Gladiator (2000) – Directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe, Gladiator is an epic historical action film set in ancient Rome. With spectacular battle sequences and Crowe’s powerful performance, it remains a favorite in the genre.
6. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) – Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, this action-adventure film follows the adventurous archaeologist as he races to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. It blends action, humor, and iconic set-pieces, becoming a benchmark for adventure movies.
5. The Matrix (1999) – The Wachowskis’ sci-fi action film revolutionized the genre with its innovative “bullet time” effects and mind-bending storyline. Keanu Reeves stars as Neo, a hacker who discovers a reality-shattering truth about the world he lives in.
4. The Dark Knight (2008) – Christopher Nolan’s second Batman installment features Christian Bale as Batman and Heath Ledger’s iconic performance as the Joker. The film’s compelling story, complex characters, and intense action sequences, particularly the chase scenes, make it a standout action movie.
3. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Directed by George Miller, this post-apocalyptic film follows Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) and Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) as they escape a tyrannical warlord. Known for its jaw-dropping practical effects, exhilarating chase scenes, and feminist undertones, it breathed new life into the Mad Max franchise.
2. Die Hard (1988) – Considered a quintessential action film, Die Hard stars Bruce Willis as John McClane, an NYPD officer caught in a high-rise building takeover by terrorists. Its intense and innovative action sequences, smart writing, and memorable one-liners set the standard for action movies of its time.
1. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) – James Cameron’s sci-fi action masterpiece sees Arnold Schwarzenegger return as the Terminator, this time to protect John Connor (Edward Furlong). With groundbreaking visual effects, thrilling action scenes, and an emotional core, it is a timeless classic.