The Avengers (2012)

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The Avengers is the sixth installment in the Marvel film series produced under MCU banner.

Directed by Joss Whedon, the film brings in an ensemble cast of Marvel superheroes including Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow and Hawkeye pitted against Loki and his army of Chitauri.

The film becomes the first Marvel film under MCU banner featuring the first Avengers team.

The Bourne Identity (2002)

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The Bourne Identity is the first installment in The Bourne film series. Based on Robert Ludlum’s novel of the same name, The Bourne Identity follows the life of Jason Bourne suffering from extreme memory loss.

As he struggles to discover his identity, he finds himself amidst a larger conspiracy involving CIA. The success of the film turned it into a series comprising of five movies with an anticipated sixth film.

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

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Third, in the Bourne series, The Bourne Ultimatum is a 2007 American-German action film directed by Paul Greengrass.

Like the previous films, The Bourne Ultimatum is also based on Robert Ludlum’s novel of the same name. In this film as well, Jason Bourne is still trying to find his past as a CIA assassin and digs deep into CIA’s various operations including Operation Treadstone and Operation Blackbriar.

Matt Damon reprises his role as Jason Bourne in the third installment as well.

John Wick (2014)

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Directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, John Wick is a 2014 neo-noir action film featuring Keanu Reeves in the titular character.

The film follows the life of the titular character who is a retired hitman. After his wife’s death, the only thing precious to him is his vintage car and a puppy which was a gift from his deceased wife.

When some Russian gangsters steal his car and kill his puppy, John Wick returns to his old means to seek vengeance.

300 (2006)

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300 is an American epic war film directed by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley.

Based on the comic book series of the same name, the film tells the story of 300 Spartans who fought against more than 300,000 Persian invaders led by Persian King Xerxes.

Gerard Butler plays King Leonidas, the Spartan leader whereas Rodrigo Santoro plays King Xerxes. In order to mimic the comic book imagery, the entire film is shot with super-imposition chroma key technique.

Taken (2008)

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Directed by Pierre Morel, Taken is a 2008 rescue drama featuring Liam Neeson in the lead role.

The film tells the story of a former CIA operative who has to use all his combat skills, contacts, and techniques to find his recently kidnapped daughter by the Albanian sex traffickers.

The film is known for its epic dialogue where Liam Neeson’s character threatens the kidnappers.

Lethal Weapon (1987)

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Lethal Weapon is a cop drama featuring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in the lead roles. Directed by Richard Donner, the story of the film revolves around two distinctive LAPD cops roped in as partners.

While one is a former Green Beret who has turned suicidal after his wife’s death, the other is a veteran 50-year old. You can watch the other Lethal Weapon films also, all others are great Hollywood action flicks.

Face/Off (1997)

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Face/Off is an interesting sci-fi action film featuring Nicholas Cage and John Travolta in the lead roles.

Directed by John Woo, the film tells an attention-grabbing tale of rivalry between a terrorist and an FBI agent.

The interesting part of the movie is the face transplant procedure that allows the FBI agent to impersonate the terrorist first and later the terrorist uses the same procedure to impersonate the FBI agent.

A series of cat and mouse begins with the tables turned this time.

The Rock (1996)

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The Rock is a 1996 action thriller film featuring Sean Connery and Nicholas Cage in the lead roles.

Directed by Michael Bay, the film follows a rescue mission led by FBI chemist and a former SAS captain to save the hostages and San Francisco city from rogue US Force Recon Marines who have seized Alcatraz Island.

Whether they succeed in the rescue mission or not forms the crux of the film.

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000)

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Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon is an Oscar-winning Taiwanese film which became one of the most influential films in the United States.

With over 4 Oscar Awards in the bag, there’s no way I would leave this film out of our top Hollywood action films of all time.

Directed by Ang Lee, the film is based on the fourth novel of the same name from the Wuxia book series Crane-Iron Pentalogy.

Commando (1985)

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Directed by Mark L. Lester, the 1985 film Commando is a pure treat for action fanatics.

The film revolves around a father and a retired United States Special Forces Colonel who has 11 hours to rescue his daughter from a group of mercenaries.

Arnold Schwarzenegger plays the retired colonel and the father, whereas Vernon Wells plays the main antagonist in the film.

Braveheart (1995)

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Directed by Mel Gibson, Braveheart tells the story of William Wallace who united Scots to fight the First War of Scottish Independence against King Edward I of England.

The film is based on the epic poem penned by Blind Harry titled The Actes and Deidis of the Illustre and Vallyeant Campioun Schir William Wallace. Mel Gibson also plays the main lead as William Wallace in the film.

Speed (1994)

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Speed is a 1994 action thriller film starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock in the lead roles. The title is purely justified as the entire plot of the film revolves around speed.

When a bomber rigs a city bus to plant a bomb and programs the bomb to explode if the speed of the bus goes below 50 mph, an LAPD cop gets inside the moving bus in order to rescue the passenger.

Whether he rescues everyone or becomes bomber’s next victim forms the crux of the rest of the film.

Dirty Harry (1971)

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There’s no way I can make a list of best Hollywood action movies without mentioning a single Clint Eastwood film under the direction of Don Siegel.

The 1971 crime thriller Dirty Harry is the first in the Dirty Harry series. Clint Eastwood plays the titular character in the film who is an inspector at SFPD.

The film follows an investigation and a cat and mouse between Dirty Harry and a serial killer named Scorpio.

Rocky (1976)

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Rocky is a Hollywood film that tells rags to riches story of Rocky Balboa, an Italian-American boxer.

The film also became a breakthrough film for Sylvester Stallone who directed the movie and also played the titular character.

The movie is the first installment in the Rocky series and tells the story of an underdog rising up the ranks when he gets a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship.

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Goldfinger (1964)

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Goldfinger is a classic James Bond film featuring Sean Connery as Agent 007. Directed by Guy Hamilton, the film is the third installment in the Bond series.

The 1964 spy thriller film is based on Ian Fleming’s novel of the same name. Goldfinger follows an investigation led by Bond to uncover Auric Goldfinger’s plans to contaminate the United States Bullion Depository at Fort Knox.

This 1964 Bond film also became the first blockbuster film in the Bond series.

Mission Impossible Series

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Mission: Impossible Films are Hollywood spy thriller movies based on a television series of the same name. Directed by Brian De Palma, the film focuses on Ethan Hunt as a young IMF agent who is framed for murdering the entire IMF team during a mission.

Now, it is Hunt’s mission to expose the mole and clear his name before it’s too late. Tom Cruise plays Ethan Hunt in the film and eventually reprises his role as the same in the 5 films to follow in the Mission: Impossible franchise.

All Films are full of action scenes and you must watch them if you love Hollywood action Cinema.

Fast and the Furious Franchise

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Fast and The Furious franchise starts with the first installment The Fast and the Furious and it was a great success after that so many films are made on same. Fast Five is one of the best films based on Racing and heist.

Fast Five is the fifth installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise. Directed by Justin Lin, the film is yet another heist drama film in the series featuring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Dwayne Johnson in the lead roles.

The story of the film revolves around a heist plan led by Dominic Torreto to steal $100 million from a corrupt businessman while being pursued by Luke Hobbs, a DSS agent.

The Expendables (film series)

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The Expendables is an American action film franchise written by Sylvester Stallone and created by David Callaham.

The films under The Expendables series are multi starter and you can see almost all action superstars of Hollywood in these films and The Expendables is not a critics films it is made to pay a homage of the 80s and 90s action films and most of the stars in these films were part of them.

So If you are an action film lover then You must watch all the Movies of The Expendables series, these are one of the Best Hollywood Action Movies of All Time.

Over to you!

Well, that’s my list of top Hollywood action films. If you think I missed any of your favorites, then let me know in the comments section below.

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