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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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Alita: Battle Angel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly

Rotten Tomatoes score: 61%

Alita: Battle Angel is a 2019 American science fiction action film directed by Robert Rodriguez, based on the manga by Yukito Kishiro. After being revived by Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz), ...more
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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Thor: Ragnarok is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Deadpool is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 6 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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John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabel... 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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Mad Max: Fury Road is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Kick-Ass is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lyndsy Fonseca

Rotten Tomatoes score: 76%

Kick-Ass is a 2010 British-American superhero action comedy film based on the comic book of the same name by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. The film was directed by Matthew Vaughn, who ...more
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Logan is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Avengers: Infinity War is listed (or ranked) 11 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) 12 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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Edge of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Captain America: Civil War is listed (or ranked) 14 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
15
Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 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
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John Wick: Chapter 2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
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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Captain America: The Winter So... is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Star Wars: Episode VII - The F... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

This film is a 2015 American epic space opera film directed by J. J. Abrams. Three decades after the Empire's defeat, a new threat arises in the militant First Order. Ex-stormtrooper Finn (John ...more
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Captain America: The First Ave... is listed (or ranked) 22 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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The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Kingsman: The Secret Service is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Lady Gaga, David Beckham, Elton John

Rotten Tomatoes score: 74%

Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising ...more
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Ready Player One is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn

Rotten Tomatoes score: 72%

Ready Player One is a 2018 American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the novel by Ernest Cline. Teenager Wade Owen Watts (Tye Sheridan), who frequents the ...more