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The Best Action Movies of 2014 

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Updated September 24, 2019 6.2k votes 711 voters 28.5k views 31 items

List Rules Only films in the action genre that were released (or wide released) in the United States in 2014.

Buckle up! It's time to blast through the explosive list of the best action movies from 2014. We've got superheroes and mutants and old men blowing stuff up. Want more? How about a Mockingjay, some Hobbits, and a guy named Jack Ryan? It seems every year brings bigger and more explosive action to theaters, but these 2014 action films really set the bar high.

Now it's your turn to lock and load and fire away on these movies. How will you vote on Transformers: Age of Extinction and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Do the X-Men or RoboCop get a thumbs up from you? How about the 2014 Marvel movies, Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier?

Whichever your favorite action movie of 2014 was, we need your votes to find out which action-packed films were the greatest of 2014. So fire away with those thumbs and let us know which 2014 action movies were a hit and which ones bombed epically.
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James Gunn

Actors: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper, + more

Released: 2014

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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Bryan Singer

Actors: Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Michael Fassbender, + more

Released: 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past is a 2014 science fiction action film written by Jane Goldman, Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn; directed by Matthew Vaughn.

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Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Actors: Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Elizabeth Olsen, + more

Released: 2014

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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Doug Liman

Actors: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson, Charlotte Riley, + more

Released: 2014

Edge of Tomorrow is a 2014 American military science fiction thriller film directed by Doug Liman. A soldier (Tom Cruise) on the front lines of a civilization-ending alien threat finds himself ...more

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David Ayer

Actors: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jason Isaacs, Scott Eastwood, + more

Released: 2014

Fury is a 2014 American film directed by David Ayer. A grizzled tank commander (Brad Pitt) makes tough decisions as he and his crew fight their way across Germany in April, 1945.

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Chad Stahelski, David Leitch

Actors: David Leitch, Chad Stahelski

Released: 2014

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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Matt Reeves

Actors: James Franco, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Judy Greer, Andy Serkis, + more

Released: 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a 2014 American science fiction film directed by Matt Reeves and written by Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. It stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary ...more

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Francis Lawrence

Actors: Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Liam Hemsworth, + more

Released: 2013

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Marc Webb

Actors: Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Sally Field, Paul Giamatti, Martin Sheen, + more

Released: 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a 2014 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, directed by Marc Webb and released by Columbia Pictures. It It is the fifth ...more

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Antoine Fuqua

Actors: Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz, Melissa Leo, Bill Pullman, Haley Bennett, + more

Released: 2014

The Equalizer is a 2014 American neo-noir vigilante action thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua, based on the TV series. Believing he has put his mysterious past behind him, a man (Denzel ...more

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Peter Berg

Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, + more

Released: 2013

Lone Survivor is a 2013 American film written and directed by Peter Berg, and starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Eric Bana. The film is based on the 2007 ...more

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Peter Jackson

Actors: Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom, + more

Released: 2014

The Hobbit: There and Back Again is a 2014 film writted by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro and directed by Peter Jackson.

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Neil Burger

Actors: Kate Winslet, Shailene Woodley, Ashley Judd, Maggie Q, Zoë Kravitz, + more

Released: 2014

Divergent is a 2014 American science fiction action film directed by Neil Burger, based on the novel of the same name by Veronica Roth. The film is the first installment in The Divergent Series ...more

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Bong Joon-ho

Actors: Bong Joon-ho

Released: 2013

Snowpiercer is a 2013 South Korean-Czech dystopian science-fiction action film based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette. A new ...more

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Gareth Edwards

Actors: Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Sally Hawkins, + more

Released: 2014

Godzilla is a 2014 American science fiction monster film directed by Gareth Edwards. It is a reboot of the Godzilla film franchise and retells the origins of Godzilla in contemporary times as a ...more

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Michael Bay

Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, Nicola Peltz, Sophia Myles, + more

Released: 2014

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Luc Besson

Actors: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Analeigh Tipton, Amr Waked, Choi Min-sik, + more

Released: 2014

Lucy is a 2014 English-language French science fiction action film written and directed by Luc Besson and produced by his wife Virginie Silla for his company Europacorp. The film was shot in ...more

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Gary Shore, Andy Cockrum

Actors: Sarah Gadon, Charles Dance, Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Charlie Cox, + more

Released: 2014

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Patrick Hughes

Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Wesley Snipes, + more

Released: 2014

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Tur... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2014
Jonathan Liebesman

Actors: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, + more

Released: 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a 2014 American 3D science fiction action comedy film based on the franchise of the same name. A reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film series, the film ...more

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Noam Murro

Actors: Eva Green, Lena Headey, Rodrigo Santoro, David Wenham, Jack O'Connell, + more

Released: 2014

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Brett Ratner

Actors: Dwayne Johnson, Irina Shayk, John Hurt, Barbara Palvin, Ian McShane, + more

Released: 2014

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José Padilha

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Released: 2014

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Kenneth Branagh

Actors: Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, Chris Pine, Kenneth Branagh, Gemma Chan, + more

Released: 2014

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