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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- 1Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin
Directed by: Tim MIllerDeadpool is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Tim Miller, based on the Marvel Comics... more
- 2Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr.
Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe RussoCaptain America: Civil War is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Anthony and Joe... more
- 3Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Directed by: Scott DerricksonDoctor Strange is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Scott Derrickson, based on the... more
- 4Felicity Jones, Diego Luna
Directed by: Gareth EdwardsThis film is a 2016 American epic space opera film directed by Gareth Edwards. The daughter... more
X-Men: ApocalypseJames McAvoy, Michael Fassbender
The AccountantBen Affleck, Anna Kendrick
Suicide SquadWill Smith, Margot Robbie
Star Trek BeyondChris Pine, Zachary Quinto
The Magnificent SevenDenzel Washington, Chris Pratt
- 10Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones
Directed by: Paul GreengrassJason Bourne is a 2016 American action thriller film directed and written by Paul Greengrass... more
- 11Shailene Woodley, Theo James
Directed by: Robert SchwentkeThe Divergent Series: Allegiant is a 2016 American dystopian romantic thriller film directed... more
- 12Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill
Directed by: Zack SnyderBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Zack Snyder,... more
Central IntelligenceDwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart
- 14Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler
Directed by: Babak NajafiLondon Has Fallen is a 2016 American action thriller film directed by Babak Najafi, It is a... more
Assassin's CreedMichael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard
Jack Reacher: Never Go BackTom Cruise, Cobie Smulders
- 17Paula Patton, Ben Foster
Directed by: Duncan JonesWarcraft is an upcoming 2016 American epic fantasy film. It is based on the Warcraft video... more
Precious CargoBruce Willis, Mark-Paul Gosselaar
The TakeIdris Elba, Richard Madden
Independence Day: ResurgenceLiam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum
- 21Matt Bomer, Ryan Gosling
Directed by: Shane BlackThe Nice Guys is a 2016 American neo-noir action comedy film directed by Shane Black. Set in... more
CriminalKevin Costner, Gary Oldman
- 23Mel Gibson, William H. Macy
Directed by: Jean-François RichetBlood Father is a 2016 English-language French action crime thriller film directed by... more
- 24Alan Ruck, Darby Stanchfield
Directed by: Mickey Keating
SultanSalman Khan, Anushka Sharma