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The Best Action Movies of 2011

Updated September 29, 2019 1.4k votes 225 voters 22.4k views39 items

List RulesMovies must have been released in 2011

The best action movies of 2011 managed to combine thrills, feats of strength, a few pretty amazing car chases and explosions, a few impressive gun fights and, most importantly, heroes who managed to fight against overwhelming odds (including some really bad, bad guys) for the greater good. I've tried to list all of the best action films of 2011, but I am sure I've left off more than a few. If your favorite is missing, add it! And if your personal fave did make the cut, vote it up. See an action movie on this list that you thought was terrible? Vote it down!

2011 brought us some pretty good superhero action movies, like 'Thor' and 'Captain America: The First Avenger' (I thought both of these were fantastic, but I still can't wait for the 'Avengers' movie in 2012!). Moviegoers also got their fill of sci-fi action movies like 'Super 8,' 'Cowboys & Aliens' and 'Attack the Block.' The absolute best action drama movie of the year, in my humble opinion, was 'Drive' starring Ryan Gosling, but there were many others (hint: Add them if they aren't already on this list). Other standouts, to me, were '30 Minutes or Less' (great action comedy), 'Immortals,' 'Warrior' and 'Real Steel' (really, how can you screw up with fighting robots, right?). And of course, no list of great 2011 action movies would be complete without the final Harry Potter movie: 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II.'

For movie fans, 2011 offered a little bit of everything. Can't remember some of the great movies you saw? Check out this list of the best movies of 2011, along with lists of the best comedies and horror movies of the year. Sometimes, it's easier to recall the worst movies of the year, so check that list as well (and make sure to add your personal worst if it's not already on the list). So what was the best action movie of 2011?  That's up to you to decide.
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    Fast Five

    Vin Diesel, Paul Walker

    Released2011

    Directed byJustin Lin

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  • X-Men: First Class2
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    X-Men: First Class

    Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman

    Released2011

    Directed byMatthew Vaughn

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  • Captain America: The First Avenger3
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    Captain America: The First Avenger

    Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans

    Released2011

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon4
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    Transformers: Dark of the Moon

    Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Shia LaBeouf

    Released2011

    Directed byMichael Bay

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    Source Code

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan

    Released2011

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  • Cowboys & Aliens6
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    Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford

    Released2011

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

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  • Super 89
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    Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka

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  • Drive10
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    Drive

    Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling

    Released2011

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  • I Am Number Four11
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    Dianna Agron, Teresa Palmer

    Released2011

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  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes12
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    James Franco, Freida Pinto

    Released2011

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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides13
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  • Thor14
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    Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman

    Released2011

    Directed byKenneth Branagh

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  • The Adventures of Tintin15
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    Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg

    Released2011

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Real Steel

    Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly

    Released2011

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  • Warrior17
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    Jennifer Morrison, Tom Hardy

    Released2011

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    Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard

    Released2011

    Directed byPatrick Lussier

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    Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released2011

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  • Conan the Barbarian20
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    Morgan Freeman, Rose McGowan

    Released2011

    Directed byMarcus Nispel

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    Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds

    Released2011

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    Nick Frost, John Boyega

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    Liv Tyler, Ellen Page

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    Jason Statham, Donald Sutherland

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    Mickey Rourke, Freida Pinto

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