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The Best Action Movies of 2014 

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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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Bryan Singer
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James Gunn
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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Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
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
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Chad Stahelski, David Leitch
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David Ayer
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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Matt Reeves
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Francis Lawrence
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Antoine Fuqua
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Peter Jackson
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Peter Berg
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Marc Webb
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Men in Black 3 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2014
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Barry Sonnenfeld
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Neil Burger
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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Gareth Edwards
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Bong Joon-ho
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Luc Besson
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Michael Bay
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Gary Shore, Andy Cockrum
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Patrick Hughes
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Noam Murro
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Brett Ratner
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Kenneth Branagh
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José Padilha
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