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The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked 

Jason Bancroft
Updated December 31, 2019 29.3k votes 1.2k voters 11.4k views 102 items

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

Released: 2014

Directed by: Chad Stahelski, David Leitch

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

Released: 2016

Directed by: Tim MIller

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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Avengers: Infinity War ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2018

Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

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) 4 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Robert Downey Jr, Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2019

Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

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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John Wick: Chapter 2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
John Wick: Chapter 2 Keanu Reeves, Common, Laurence Fishburne

Directed by: Chad Stahelski

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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Thor: Ragnarok is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett

Released: 2017

Directed by: Taika Waititi

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

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Guardians of the Galaxy ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista

Released: 2014

Directed by: James Gunn

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 Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman

Released: 2012

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2012

Directed by: Joss Whedon

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

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John Wick: Chapter 3 - P... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ruby Rose

Released: 2019

Directed by: Chad Stahelski

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

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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

Released: 2014

Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

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

Directed by: James Mangold

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

Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

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

Released: 2015

Directed by: George Miller

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

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Kingsman: The Secret Ser... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Lady Gaga, David Beckham, Elton John

Released: 2015

Directed by: Matthew Vaughn

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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Edge of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton

Released: 2014

Directed by: Doug Liman

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

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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

Released: 2017

Directed by: Patty Jenkins

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

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Inception is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

Released: 2010

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%

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Captain America: The Fir... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones

Released: 2011

Directed by: Joe Johnston

Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

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Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed

Released: 2016

Directed by: Gareth Edwards

Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

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Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams

Released: 2016

Directed by: Scott Derrickson

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%

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Skyfall is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem

Released: 2012

Directed by: Sam Mendes

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

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Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista

Released: 2017

Directed by: James Gunn

Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

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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

Released: 2010

Directed by: Robert Schwentke

Rotten Tomatoes score: 71%

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Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action Movies Of The 2010s, Ranked
Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o

Released: 2018

Directed by: Ryan Coogler

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

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