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The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked

Updated December 31, 2019 42.0k votes 1.3k voters 11.6k views102 items

List RulesVote 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
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    John Wick

    Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe

    Released2014

    Directed byChad Stahelski, David Leitch

    Rotten Tomatoes score:  87%

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    John Wick: Chapter 2 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
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    John Wick: Chapter 2

    Keanu Reeves, Common

    Directed byChad Stahelski

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%

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    Avengers: Infinity War is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
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    Avengers: Infinity War

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth

    Released2018

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%

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    The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
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    The Avengers

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans

    Released2012

    Directed byJoss Whedon

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

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    Captain America: The Winter So is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
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    Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders

    Released2014

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

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    John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
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    John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry

    Released2019

    Directed byChad Stahelski

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

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    Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
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    Guardians of the Galaxy

    Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana

    Released2014

    Directed byJames Gunn

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

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    Deadpool is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
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    Deadpool

    Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin

    Released2016

    Directed byTim MIller

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

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    Avengers: Endgame is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
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    Avengers: Endgame

    Robert Downey Jr, Josh Brolin

    Released2019

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

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    Thor: Ragnarok is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
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    Thor: Ragnarok

    Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston

    Released2017

    Directed byTaika Waititi

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

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    The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
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    The Dark Knight Rises

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2012

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%

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    Logan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
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    Logan

    Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart

    Directed byJames Mangold

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

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    Captain America: Civil War is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
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    Captain America: Civil War

    Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr.

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

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    Kingsman: The Secret Service is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
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    Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Lady Gaga, David Beckham

    Released2015

    Directed byMatthew Vaughn

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 74%

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    Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
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    Wonder Woman

    Gal Gadot, Chris Pine

    Released2017

    Directed byPatty Jenkins

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

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    Mad Max: Fury Road is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
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    Mad Max: Fury Road

    Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron

    Released2015

    Directed byGeorge Miller

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

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    Edge of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
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    Edge of Tomorrow

    Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt

    Released2014

    Directed byDoug Liman

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

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    Captain America: The First Ave is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
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    Captain America: The First Avenger

    Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans

    Released2011

    Directed byJoe Johnston

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

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    Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
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    Doctor Strange

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor

    Released2016

    Directed byScott Derrickson

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%

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    Red is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
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    Red

    Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman

    Released2010

    Directed byRobert Schwentke

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 71%

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    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
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    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Felicity Jones, Diego Luna

    Released2016

    Directed byGareth Edwards

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

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    Skyfall is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
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    Skyfall

    Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2012

    Directed bySam Mendes

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

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    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
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    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana

    Released2017

    Directed byJames Gunn

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

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    Inception is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
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    Inception

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy

    Released2010

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%

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    The Equalizer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
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    The Equalizer

    Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2014

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 59%

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