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Who does not love to watch a movie that is packed with powerful action sequences, strong punches, and high-level stunts mixed with a simple storyline? The action movies are considered a good time-pass where a few action scenes are such that they leave our mouth wide-open. An individual might love any other movie genre, like romance, comedy, thriller/mystery, and suspense. But, nobody hates to watch action movies, purely because they are only interested in the action scenes of the film that make such movies a hit at the box office.
10 Greatest Action Movies Of All Time With 2021 Updates
So, here we are with a list of the top 10 action movies of all time that are still seen on loop in 2021 by action lovers. In case you have missed any from the list, binge-watch it now.
1. Seven Samurai (1954)
Seven Samurai, directed by Akira Kurosawa, portrays a story where a poor village living under bandits can recruit seven unemployed Samurai. The latter could help them defend themselves from the misery of the bandits. The movie has an IMDb rating of 8.6 stars with 320,955 viewer votes but was able to earn $322,773 worldwide out of an estimated budget of JPY125,000,000. The names of the stars cast in the movie are Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, to name a few.
2. Enter the Dragon (1973)
Enter the Dragon is one of the greatest Chinese action movies, starring Bruce Lee, John Saxon, and Jim Kelly as actors in pivotal roles. Directed by Robert Clouse, the movie is rated 7.7 on IMDb based on 98,226 viewer votes. It is a hard-core action movie made on an estimated budget of $850,000 but could garner only $42,805 globally. The story is about a secret agent who, along with other fighters, visits an island fortress of an opium lord to participate in a martial arts tournament.
3. Mad Max 2
The Road Warrior (1981) – Mad Max 2 features a post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland. A cynical drifter helps a small, gasoline-rich community to escape a gang of bandits. Out of all the action movies, Mad Max 2 is rated 7.6 with 168,734 viewer votes on IMDb and earned $23,668,369 from an estimated budget of $3,000,000. The film directed by George Miller showcases Mel Gibson as Max, Bruce Spence as The Gyro Captain, Michael Preston as Pappagallo in the lead.
4. The Terminator (1984)
With an 8.0 rating on IMDb based on 806,621 votes, The Terminator movie was the most blockbuster action movie ever made. Directed by James Cameron, the film was made on an estimated budget of $6,400,000 only but earned a mammoth amount of $78,371,200 worldwide. The main cast included the muscular Arnold Schwarzenegger playing the role of The Terminator, Michael Biehn portraying the character of Kyle Reese, and Linda Hamilton playing Sarah Connor.
The Terminator, who is a human soldier in the movie, goes through a time travel from 2029 to 1984 to stop a stout cyborg killing machine, also sent from 2029, which has been instructed to kill a young lady to stop her from giving birth to her son who is destined to be the cause of humanity’s future salvation.
5. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
One of the most successful and versatile directors of Hollywood, Steven Spielberg, directed Raiders of the Lost Ark, featuring Harrison Ford as Indy, Karen Allen as Marion, and Paul Freeman as Belloq as the main cast. It is one of the highly-rated action movies on IMDb with 8.4 stars based on 896,328 votes. It is a story dated back to 1936 when the U.S. government hires an adventurer and archaeologist named Indiana Jones to search for the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler’s Nazis find it out and possess the Ark’s superpowers. This movie had an estimated budget of $18,000,000 but made a gigantic $389,925,971 worldwide collection.
6. Die Hard (1988)
When during a Christmas party, the wife of an NYPD officer is taken as a hostage and several other civilians at the Nakatomi Plaza in L.A. by a group of German terrorists, the NYPD officer comes into play to save the hostages. This is what the movie Die Hard is all about. It is one of the finest and intense action movies that John McTiernan has directed. The film has a star-studded cast with Bruce Willis playing the character of John McClane, Bonnie Bedelia playing Holly Gennaro McClane, and Reginald VelJohnson depicting Sgt. Al Powell’s role as the leads. The movie is rated 8.2 with 803,588 viewers’ votes and collected a massive $141,603,197 out of an estimated budget of $28,000,000.
7. Fight Club (1999)
The most handsome Hollywood actor, Brad Pitt acted in this action movie as the lead. Apart from him, Meat Loaf as Robert ‘Bob’ Paulsen and Zach Grenier as Richard Chesler were a part of the main cast. Director David Fincher had cast Edward Norton as The Narrator in this movie. Fight Club. The movie is 8.8 stars rated film on IMDb with 1,889,442 votes. It is a story of an insomniac officer goer and a soap manufacturer who form an underground fight club that progresses into more than a fight club. The movie earned a whopping $101,209,593 out of an estimated budget of $63,000,000.
8. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
With a rating of 8.0 based on 609,208 votes on IMDb, The Bourne Ultimatum is the story of Jason Bourne. He manages to escape from a new assassination program under a ruthless C.I.A. officer and his agents to learn the actual truth of how and since he has been living a life of a trained killer. This is one of the highest-grossing action movies that collected $444,100,035 on an estimated budget of $110,000,000. The main cast crew comprises Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, Julia Stiles as Nicky Parsons, and David Strathairn as Noah Vosen. Paul Greengrass directed the movie.
9. First Blood (1982)
The story of First Blood is simple. It revolves around a retired Green Beret whom a wicked Sheriff and his deputies force to leave his residing place and take shelter into the mountains, which the retired officer does, but only to plan and execute a soaring one-person war to defeat his troublemakers. This action movie has the sturdy Sylvester Stallone as Rambo, Brain Dennehy as Teasle, and Richard Crenna as Trautman. It is one of the best Sylvester Stallone’s action movies, which Ted Kotcheff had directed. First Blood has 7.7 stars on IMDb with 231,380 votes. The estimated budget of the movie was 15,000,000, and the film garnered $125,212,904 worldwide.
10. The Matrix (1999)
The Matrix is an amalgamation of action and sci-fi genres. Directed by The Wachowski Brothers, Lana, and Lilly Wachowski, The Matrix is still a highly appreciated action movie that stars Keanu Reeves as Neo, Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus, Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity in the leads. The film is all about Neo, a computer hacker, who is led into a forbidden underworld by a beautiful stranger where he unearths the absolute truth about life that it is a high-level deception created by an evil cyber intelligence. The movie was made on an estimated budget of $63,000,000 but could only accumulate $466,364,845 worldwide. The film has a rating of 8.7 on IMDb based on 1,707,974 viewer votes.
There are innumerable action movies worth mentioning in the list of greatest action movies of all time, but they cannot be done. I hope there will be another part of this article here. I will bring more of such top action movies of all time. All these movies are available online for you to watch and have a gala time. Watch, if you haven’t, or re-watch it and share your reviews here.