Who doesn’t love to kick back once in a while and watch the bad guy get a beat down? Action movies might be a guilty pleasure for some, but we say embrace the madness! Any great action flick always manages to get the blood pumping and cheering for lots of excitement. So, which are the best action movies of all-time?
1. Kill Bill
Kill Bill, written & directed by Quentin Tarantino, stars Uma Thurman in the lead role. The story revolves around betrayal from a former boss and having to kill in order to survive the attack of the various assassins, sent by Bill. The creative swearing and ear-to-ear violence makes it great, even by Tarantino standards. While it did spawn several sequels, none of those action movies can hold a candle to the original.
2. Die Hard
Bruce Willis’ Die Hard is a cult movie for this genre in particular because of the surreal portrayal by the then young sensation, turned veteran in action movies. Playing the iconic Detective McClane, this movie is one of the most successful of its type, ever. Unfortunately, this was another franchise that was slapped by the sequel curse, with none of them being able to live up to the first one.
Set in ancient times, the barbaric battle scenes of this movie, created a furore as the movie was released more than a decade ago and the audience never expected such bloodshed to be shown with such finesse and ease on-screen. Gerard Butler, as King Leonidas, did 100% justice to the legacy of the great Spartan warriors and became a household name after the success of this movie. If Ancient Greece and blood is your speed, then this movie is perfect for you.
4. V for Vendetta
A spine-tingling movie based on Alan Moore’s novel of the same name, this dystopian thriller narrates a story of oppression in a totalitarian British regime. This situation comes to a boil and soon leads to a rebellion against all of the oppression, led by a freedom fighter known as V. This movie is a masterpiece, you simply cannot ignore.
5. The Expendables
This movie was a dream come true for action movie buffs, with a star-studded lineup in all three movies of the franchise. Rounding up a group of mercenaries to fight a Latin Dictator, the movie demands action in the right spirits after bringing together names like Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, and other yesteryear superstars. Even an indecisive plot couldn’t stop the A-listers from having an effect on the audiences. We all like a bit of cheese now and then.
6. Rambo: First Blood
Aside from the Rocky franchise, the Rambo action movies really made Sylvester Stallone’s career. The character of John Rambo, a traumatised and war-scarred soul, has been shown as a former US soldier who shows has to get back to his violent side when a conflict in a small-village takes place. The movie is basically Stallone flexing his muscles against oppression and tyranny. A classic ‘Rambo’ movie, this one too deals with corrupt people at the helm and how they can be fought with bare hands and bones.
A masterpiece for the 90s kids, this movie was one of a kind, giving the world a scary and advanced version of the already beefed and bulked-up Arnold. Terminator 2 was also the best example of the rare sequel which is better than the original. In fact, the Terminator character is so popular that it was even a DLC character in the Mortal Kombat 11 video game.
8. The Kingsman series
An action-spy comedy, the movie is directed brilliantly and lives up to the expectations quite well. Becoming one of the few movies of the genre to do well in the box office, the journey of Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin after being selected on a ‘spy-mission’ serves the audience well and nobody comes out bored or questioning logic, towards the end. This movie is basically a miniature James Bond, with a lot more fun and the result of the spy series not taking itself too seriously.
9. John Wick
What happens when you break a broken assassin some more? You get ripped apart! That’s what happens when a retired assassin (Keanu Reeves) is forced to return to his old ways, when someone kills the puppy, which served as the last memory of his dead wife. Action-packed sequences and deadly moves follow! Even the subsequent sequels are brilliant and a massive middle finger to the ‘terrible sequel’ curse.
10. Black Hawk Down
This is one of the rare excellent action movies taking on the mask of a war film. Black Hawk Down is a masterpiece by director Ridley Scott, and is the story of 100-odd US Rangers who are dropped into the middle of Mogadishu to nab Somalian warlords there. Things go terribly wrong as two birds (Black Hawks) are shot down by the Somalians creating a red-zone scenario. The direction of each war sequence and the cinematography is surreal and is sure to give you thrills.