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The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked  

Jason Bancroft
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List Rules Vote up your favorite action films that were released between 2010-2019.

Buckle up, because it's time to vote for the top 2010s action movies. This has been an extraordinary decade for action cinema. Advancements in stuntwork, camerawork, and CGI have made it possible for filmmakers to come up with previously unimaginable action sequences that deliver top-notch thrills. As such, good action scenes in movies have both a dash realism and an intensity unlike what audiences have seen in previous decades. It's no exaggeration to say that the genre is more vibrant now than ever before.

The greatest action films of the 2010s are as diverse as they are exciting. There are traditional spy/cop/secret agent pictures like the Mission: Impossible series or Skyfall. There are also, of course, superhero movies, The Avengers, Logan, and Black Panther are three prime examples. Others take the traditional action format and ratchet it up to new levels. The John Wick trilogy emphasizes that. And then there are the game-changers -- the ones that write their own rules. Mad Max: Fury Road, considered by many to be the best of the best 2010s action movies, is in a class by itself. 

Vote up your favorites on this list of 2010s action movies. Don't forget to check back later on to see how your picks are faring and feel free to add any action movies that you feel are missing.

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John Wick is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe, Adrianne Palicki

Rotten Tomatoes score:  87%

John Wick is a 2014 American action thriller film directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch. Starring Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean ...more
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Deadpool is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein

Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

Deadpool is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Tim Miller, based on the Marvel Comics character. After being given mutant abilities with a scarred physical appearance, Wade Wilson (Ryan ...more
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John Wick: Chapter 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
John Wick: Chapter 2 Keanu Reeves, Common, Laurence Fishburne

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%

John Wick: Chapter 2 is a 2017 action thriller film directed by Chad Stahelski and written by Derek Kolstad. It is a sequel to the 2014 film John Wick. Legendary hitman John Wick (Keanu Reeves) ...more
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Avengers: Infinity War ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo

Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%

Avengers: Infinity War is a 2018 American superhero film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. Torn apart after the events of Captain America: Civil War, the Avengers join forces with the Guardians ...more
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Avengers: Endgame is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Robert Downey Jr, Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Avengers: Endgame is a 2019 American superhero film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team, and the sequel to Avengers: Infinity War. After Thanos (Josh ...more
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The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman

Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%

The Dark Knight Rises is a 2012 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character. Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman (Christian Bale), with the ...more
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John Wick: Chapter 3 - P... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ruby Rose

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is a 2019 American neo-noir action thriller film directed by Chad Stahelski, and the third film in the John Wick series. Still on the run following his ...more
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Thor: Ragnarok is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Thor: Ragnarok is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Taika Waititi. Four years after the events of Thor: The Dark World, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must win a gladiatorial duel against an ...more
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Guardians of the Galaxy ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film directed by James Gunn, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) forms a group of intergalactic "bad ...more
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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Marvel's The Avengers is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a ...more
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Captain America: The Win... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a 2014 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Captain America, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios ...more
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Logan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Logan is a 2017 American superhero drama film featuring the Marvel Comics character Wolverine. It is the 10th installment in the X-Men film series and the third and final Wolverine solo film ...more
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Captain America: Civil W... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Captain America: Civil War is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, based on the Marvel Comics character. Political interference in the Avengers' activities causes a ...more
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Mad Max: Fury Road is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 action film directed by George Miller. In a post apocalyptic desert wasteland where gasoline and water are scarce commodities, Max Rockatansky (Max Hardy) joins ...more
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Edge of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

Edge of Tomorrow is a 2014 American military science fiction thriller film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Doug Liman directed the film. The film takes place in a future where Earth is ...more
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Inception is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%

Inception is a 2010 science fiction thriller film written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars a large ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph ...more
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Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Wonder Woman is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Patty Jenkins, based on the DC Comics character. When a pilot (Chris Pine) crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana ...more
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Kingsman: The Secret Ser... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Lady Gaga, David Beckham, Elton John

Rotten Tomatoes score: 74%

Kingsman: The Secret Service is a 2014 action spy comedy film directed by Matthew Vaughn. A street kid (Taron Egerton) is recruited into an elite agency's training program, just as a tech genius ...more
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Rogue One: A Star Wars S... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed

Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

This film is a 2016 American epic space opera film directed by Gareth Edwards. The daughter (Felicity Jones) of an Imperial scientist joins the Rebel Alliance in a risky move to take the plans.
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Captain America: The Fir... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones

Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

Captain America: The First Avenger is a 2011 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Captain America, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It is ...more
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Skyfall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Skyfall is the twenty-third James Bond film produced by Eon Productions. It features Daniel Craig in his third performance as James Bond, and Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva, the film's villain. It ...more
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Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%

Doctor Strange is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Scott Derrickson, based on the Marvel Comics character. After a career-ending car collision, brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon ...more
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The Equalizer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz, Melissa Leo

Rotten Tomatoes score: 59%

The Equalizer is a 2014 American neo-noir vigilante action thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua, based on the TV series. Believing he has put his mysterious past behind him, a man (Denzel ...more
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Red is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren

Rotten Tomatoes score: 71%

Red is a 2010 American action comedy film directed by Robert Schwentke, inspired by the comic book series by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner. When his peaceful life is threatened by a high-tech ...more
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Guardians of the Galaxy ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista

Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a 2017 American superhero film directed by James Gunn, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family ...more