Iconic superheroes, epic battles, and a whole lot of sequels dominated the most exciting action films of 2016. The best 2016 action movies brought in millions at the box office while offering movie goers an array of special effects and thrilling stunts. This is a list of the best action movies of 2016 featuring everything from X-Men Apocalypse to Criminal to Star Trek Beyond.
What films will you find on this list of the top action movies of 2016? If you're a sci fi buff, you might vote Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to the top. A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, a father and daughter find themselves locked in a struggle surrounding the creation of the most powerful weapon known to man: the Death Star. Felicity Jones starred as Jyn Erso in this blockbuster film. The irreverent superhero flick Deadpool was another one of the most popular action movies of 2016. Tom Cruise returned to the role of a former army police officer in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Other good films featured on this roundup of the top action movies of 2016 include Independence Day: Resurgence, Criminal, and Jason Bourne.
Which action movie deserves the top spot on this list? It's up to you to decide. Give your favorites a thumbs up and please add any exciting films that are missing.
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Directed by: Tim MIllerDeadpool 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
Directed by: Scott DerricksonDoctor 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 Stephen... more
Directed by: Gareth EdwardsThis 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. ... more
Suicide SquadWill Smith, Margot Robbie
The AccountantBen Affleck, Anna Kendrick
Star Trek BeyondChris Pine, Zachary Quinto
Directed by: Paul GreengrassJason Bourne is a 2016 American action thriller film directed and written by Paul Greengrass and film editor Christopher Rouse. The fifth installment of the Bourne film series and the direct sequel... more
Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe RussoCaptain 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 rift... more
Directed by: Zack SnyderBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Zack Snyder, based on the DC Comics characters. Fearing that the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman (Ben... more
Central IntelligenceDwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart
Directed by: Babak NajafiLondon Has Fallen is a 2016 American action thriller film directed by Babak Najafi, It is a sequel to Olympus Has Fallen. After the UK Prime Minister dies, agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) must... more
Jack Reacher: Never Go BackTom Cruise, Cobie Smulders
Assassin's CreedMichael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard
X-Men: ApocalypseJames McAvoy, Michael Fassbender
Directed by: Duncan JonesWarcraft is an upcoming 2016 American epic fantasy film. It is based on the Warcraft video game series and set in the world of Azeroth. The film was first announced in 2006 as a project partnership... more
The TakeIdris Elba, Richard Madden
Directed by: Shane BlackThe Nice Guys is a 2016 American neo-noir action comedy film directed by Shane Black. Set in 1977 Los Angeles, the film focuses on a private eye and a tough enforcer who team up to investigate the... more
CriminalKevin Costner, Gary Oldman
Independence Day: ResurgenceLiam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum
Directed by: Robert SchwentkeThe Divergent Series: Allegiant is a 2016 American dystopian romantic thriller film directed by Robert Schwentke. After Evelyn (Naomi Watts) forbids anyone from leaving Chicago, she announces that... more
The Magnificent SevenDenzel Washington, Chris Pratt
Directed by: Jean-François RichetBlood Father is a 2016 English-language French action crime thriller film directed by Jean-François Richet, based on the novel by Peter Craig. An ex-con (Mel Gibson) reunites with his estranged... more
Precious CargoBruce Willis, Mark-Paul Gosselaar
SultanSalman Khan, Anushka Sharma
Jane Got a GunNatalie Portman, Ewan McGregor
Directed by: Gavin O'ConnorJane Got a Gun is a 2016 American action western film directed by Gavin O'Connor. A woman (Natalie Portman) asks her ex-lover (Joel Edgerton) for help in order to save her outlaw husband (Noah... more