Top 40 All Time Favourited Action Films

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Season 2
Top 40 All Time Favourited Action Films – 07/10/2020
Welcome to Find Me A Film
You know there are thousands of old and new films out there every day, but at times it’s just not always easy to find an excellent movie when you really need it and more so on the genre you want!

Considering there is the likes of Netflix and Amazon and Sky and cable and a whole host of variety and YET when we want to find a film to watch – what happens?

We can spend up to an hour flicking through options and then losing interest …. but there are some truly excellent films out there … so what are they in your eyes?

Todays Topical Genre is – …

Top 40 All Time Favourited Action Films

My thanks to the following readers for casting their votes and selections …

Paula of Light Motifs II

All the 007s!
Jenna Kirkpatrick

Vantage Point, Entrapment, The Count of Monte Cristo
Angie of King Ben’s Grandma

The Underworld Series, The Matrix Series, The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, Shaun of the Dead, Lara Croft Series, Rush Hour Series, The Bourne Series, X- Men movies…
Lauren of ISS Attitude of Gratitude

The Matrix
Kitt Wolf of Crap Kitten Writes

The Thomas Crowne Affair
Sadje of Keep it Alive

All the 007s!
Gary of Bereaved Single Dad

Marvel Movies, Avenger Movies, Captain America Civil War, Indxependence Day,Terminator 3, The Dark Knight, Indiana Jones – The Last Crusade, Mission Impossible – Fallout, Dirty Harry, Die Hard, Commando
Suzanne of Ellie894

Die Hard, The Avengers [Orig], Highlander [Orig], The A – Team [Neeson], Gladiator, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Escape from New York, Robin Hood [Crowe], All 007’s, Skyfall,
Lisa of Lismore Paper

Raiders of the Lost Ark series
Melanie of Sparks from a combustible mind

RED, Expendable Series, Bruce Willis Action, Jason Staham films, Die Hard series, Fifth Element,
A Guy Called Bloke

Crank, Lucy, The French Connection, Assault on Precinct 13, Mr and Mrs Smith

Now we have some absolute crackers here for the Action genre, but also some crossovers too which will be better awarded to their own genres later on in Season 2 – such as Top 24 James Bond Movies, Top 40 Sci-Fi Films and the Top 40 Horror Movies and Top 40 Sci-Fi Fantasy although l will show a small selection of each of those genres today but worry not for the films not listed today – they soon will be and my thanks for taking part and contributing,.

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1Die Hard – 1988

Die Hard is an American action film series that originated with Roderick Thorp’s novel Nothing Lasts Forever.

2Die Hard 2 – 1990

When a team of terrorists threaten to destroy an airport and demand the release of the drug lord Ramon Esperanza, detective John McClane tries to stop them.

3Die Hard with a Vengeance – 1995

John McClane must enlist the help of Zeus Carver, a local shop owner, to stop Simon, a former colonel from East Germany, from detonating bombs across New York.

4Live Free Or Die Hard – 2007

The Director of FBI’s Cyber Crime Division assigns John McClane the task of tracking down a hacker. John ends up working with Thomas, an ethical hacker who helps him deal with the cyber criminals.

5A Good Day To Die Hard – 2013

Set in his ways, no-nonsense cop John McClane travels to Moscow, Russia to help his wayward son, Jack. But, when Jack turns out to be an undercover CIA agent, father and son team up to gun down goons.

6Mission Impossible -Fallout – 2018

A group of terrorists plans to detonate three plutonium cores for a simultaneous nuclear attack on different cities. Ethan Hunt, along with his IMF team, sets out to stop the carnage.

7The A – Team – 2010

After succeeding on a special mission in Iraq, four American soldiers may face a court martial for losing important evidence. Six months later, they get a chance to clear their names.

8Escape from New York – 1981

Gruff Snake Plissken, an ex-soldier turned convict, is sent to Manhattan, now a maximum security prison, to rescue the stranded US President.

9RED – [Retired Extremely Dangerous] – 2010

Frank Moses, a former black-ops agent, learns that his life is under threat from an assassin. In a bid to protect himself, he reunites with his old team to nab the man who has vowed to kill him.

10The Fifth Element – 1997

Korben Dallas, a cab driver, tries to secure four mystical stones and a mysterious fifth element that alone can defeat a cosmic evil force during an apocalyptic war.

11Dirty Harry – 1971

In the year 1971, a police detective ignores the orders of his superiors and gambles with innocent lives to capture a sniper terrorizing San Francisco

12Crank – 2006

Chev, an assassin-for-hire, is injected with a serum that requires him to always keep his adrenaline levels high in order to survive.

13Lucy – 2014

Lucy is a 2014 French science fiction action film written and directed by Luc Besson and produced by his wife Virginie Besson-Silla for his company EuropaCorp. It is an English-language film shot in Taipei, Paris, and New York City. It stars Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Choi Min-sik, and Amr Waked. 

14Entrapment – 1999

Virginia, an insurance agent, sets out to nab MacDougal, a master thief who steals exquisite pieces of art. To do so, she masquerades as a thief herself and together they steal priceless artefacts.

15Vantage Point – 2008

US President Henry Ashton attends a summit in Spain to sign a treaty but is shot by an unknown sniper. Subsequently, an explosion takes place in the square, which leads to absolute chaos.

16Mr & Mrs Smith – 2005

A husband and wife struggle to keep their marriage alive until they realise they are both secretly working as assassins. Now, their respective assignments require them to kill each other.

17The Thomas Crowne Affair – 1999

Billionaire Thomas Crown is bored of his luxurious life and starts stealing precious works of art. However, he meets his match in Catherine Banning, an insurance investigator looking into the thefts.

18The Matrix – 1999

The Matrix is an American media franchise created by the Wachowskis. The series primarily consists of a trilogy of science fiction action films beginning with The Matrix and continuing with two sequels, 

19The Bourne Identity – 2002

A man with a bullet-ridden body is found and looked after by strangers. He wakes up with a blank memory and begins a journey to learn his identity, unaware that the road ahead is full of danger.

20The Bourne Supremacy – 2004

When he is falsely framed in a CIA operation, Jason Bourne is forced to return to his old ways as an assassin, in order to figure out why they are still after him.

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21The Bourne Ultimatum – 2007

Jason Bourne, a former CIA assassin who suffers from amnesia, sets out to track down a CIA official whilst trying to retain memories of a forgotten past.

22The Bourne Legacy – 2012

The US Department of Defense, which runs covert operations, offers stimulants to its field operatives for better results. When discovered, an English reporter plans to expose these secret activities.

23Jason Bourne – 2016

Jason Bourne, a former CIA agent, is drawn out of hiding by CIA director Robert Dewey. He then sets out to discover more about his past, family and his father’s death.

24Raiders of the Lost Ark – 1981

Archaeology professor Indiana Jones ventures to seize a biblical artefact known as the Ark of the Covenant. While doing so, he puts up a fight against Renee and a troop of Nazis.

25Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – 1984

Indiana Jones, a legendary archaeologist, finds himself in India, where a bunch of poor villagers reach out to him to track down an ancient stone that has been stolen by an evil priest.

26Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – 1989

Archaeology professor Indiana Jones ventures to seize a biblical artefact known as the Ark of the Covenant. While doing so, he puts up a fight against Renee and a troop of Nazis.

27Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – 2008

A renowned archaeologist and explorer, Indiana Jones, teams up with a young man in order to unearth the mystery behind the legendary crystal skulls.

28Skyfall – 2012

An ex-MI6 agent steals a hard drive with top secret information to carry out a vendetta on Bond’s overseer, M. Bond must face his past in a bid to try and save M.

29Spectre – 2015

James Bond receives an obscure message from M about a sinister organisation, ‘SPECTRE’. With the help of Madeleine, he uncovers the conspiracy, only to face an ugly truth.

30Commando – 1985

Ex-black ops commando John’s daughter Jenny is kidnapped by a band of revenge-seeking thugs. With only a few hours to find and rescue his girl, he sets out on an explosive mission.

31The Count of Monte Cristo – 2002

Dantes, a sailor is falsely accused of treason by his best friend Fernand, who wants Dantes’ girlfriend Mercedes for himself. Dantes is imprisoned on the island prison of Chateau d’If for 13 years.

32Rush Hour – 1998

When a Chinese consul’s young daughter is kidnapped, Hong Kong Detective Lee must team up with Carter, a loud-mouthed LA detective. Distinctive work styles and cultural differences pose hiccups.

33Rush Hour 2 – 2001

Detective James Carter and Inspector Lee are vacationing in Hong Kong. Things take a turn when a bomb explosion at the US Consulate kills two undercover customs agents and Lee is assigned to the case.

34Rush Hour 3 – 2007

Inspector Lee and LAPD detective James Carter travel to Paris to protect a French witness from the attacks of the Chinese triads. The two battle it out against the world’s most deadly criminals.

35Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – 2001

Lara Croft, an adventurer, embarks on a journey to find an artefact that possesses the ability to control time. A secret society wants to lay its hands on the relic for its own immoral purposes.

36Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life – 2003

Lara Croft races against time to locate the legendary Pandora’s box before it falls in the hands of the evil Jonathan Reiss, who plans to use the box to make weapons of mass destruction.

37Gladiator – 2000

Commodus takes over power and demotes Maximus, one of the preferred generals of his father, Emperor Marcus Aurelius. As a result, Maximus is relegated to fighting till death as a gladiator.

38The Expendables – 2010

A group of mercenaries are tasked with a mission to overthrow a Latin American dictator. But they soon discover that he is a mere puppet controlled by a ruthless ex-CIA officer.

39The Expendables 2 – 2012

All hell breaks loose when Barney, along with his band of old-school mercenaries, sets out on a path of carnage after one of their comrades gets killed during a simple task assigned by Mr Church.

40Assault on Precinct 13 – 1976

A group of individuals trapped in a police station are attacked by a horde of street gang members.

So there we go folks our Top 40 All Time Favourited Action Films!

Were your choices in here?

What would your choices be?

Next time – Top 24 James Bond Movies – which ones are your favourites?

11 thoughts on “Top 40 All Time Favourited Action Films

  1. Love, love love Jackie Chan movies! And certainly the Indiana Jones movies. Never seen any of the others I’m afraid (well, maybe the 1st or 2nd James Bond). I hate to say this but I get a big kick out of the “Deadpool” movies. (And yes, ‘Gladiator’ was a great movie but I wouldn’t call it an action but rather in the same category as ‘Braveheart’ – historical??)

    1. Well all good movies Grace —

      Interestingly enough Braveheart is classed under the genre of War Drama by IMDB and yet described by Wiki as Historical Drama and l wouldn’t class it as Historical as it ‘s pretty far fetched from actual events but good audience capture.

      Gladiator thankfully had the sense to not class itself as historical but rightfully under action and adventure because as historically ambient as it may have been it was historically and grossly inaccurate but again great audience fodder.

      Now Deadpool is a great flick for action and comedy and luckily had the foresense to only class itself as those genres and not something silly like Scientific or Drama – but it’s a Marvel which is mostly Fantastical Action Adventure and mixed in with Sci-Fi Fantasy – so it’s always a hard one to grapple when there are so many film genres 🙂

  2. Oh you reminded me of a whole raft of films that I’ve enjoyed over the years! The Jackie Chan movies are some of my favorites (well anything he has starred in, he’s an excellent comedian, let alone action star!!) I’d forgotten about the Indiana Jones series and that certainly was excellent! There was another, far shorter lived ‘series’ (two movies) which starred a younger Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner “The Jewel of the Nile” and a sequel (the name to which I’ve forgotten), which were great action films too. And the “Mummy” series starring Brenden Fraser was another really good one, as was “National Treasure” (the first movie, I didn’t care too much for the 2nd one) with Nicholas Cage. You’ve proven that action films don’t have to be about mindless violence and gore.. Thanks Rory!!

    1. Oh you have mentioned some real good ones there Melanie, some that Grace too would love with their comedy aspect – one series l always liked pre- series for TV was The Librarian movies 🙂

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