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The Best Action Movies Of 2021

Updated August 4, 2021 657 votes 106 voters 2.5k views71 items

Year after year, action movies dominate the box office and while this year is a little different, there are still plenty of great action movies coming to streaming in 2021. The best 2021 action movies deliver thrills at a rapid pace and even mix in a little comedy here and there. Some of the most anticipated action movies this year include Godzilla vs. KongTop Gun: Maverick, and No Time to Die. But which of these 2021 action films is the best of the year? You get to help decide with your votes. The best part is that you can vote for more than just one action flick.

This list of 2021 action movies ranks the most exciting, thrilling, and spectacular action movies of the year. Which action movies of 2021 are your favorites? Which ones left you yawning? Vote up the best new action movies of 2021 below. Also be sure to check back as more upcoming 2021 action movies are released.

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  • 1


    Connie Nielsen, Bob Odenkirk

    Directed byIlya Naishuller

    Nobody is a 2020 American thriller film directed by Ilya Naishuller. A bystander who intervenes to help a woman being harassed by a group of men becomes the target of a vengeful drug lord....  more

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  • 2

    Outside the Wire

    Anthony Mackie, Damson Idris

    Directed byMikael Håfström

    Outside the Wire is a 2021 American science-fiction film directed by Mikael Håfström. In the near future, a drone pilot (Damson Idris) is sent into a deadly militarized zone and must work with an...  more
  • 3

    Mortal Kombat

    Jessica McNamee, Mehcad Brooks

    Directed bySimon McQuoid

    Mortal Kombat is a 2021 American martial-arts fantasy action film directed by Simon McQuoid, based on the video game franchise of the same name created by Ed Boon and John Tobias....  more
  • 4

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill

    Directed byZack Snyder

    Zack Snyder's Justice League (HBO Max, 2021) is an American superhero movie based on the comic book of the same name created by Gardner Fox. The film will feature Zack Snyder's director's cut of the...  more
  • 5

    No Man's Land

    Frank Grillo, Andie MacDowell

    Directed byConor Allyn

    No Man's Land is an 2021 American western thriller film directed by Conor Allyn. While out on a father-son border patrol, a teenage boy accidentally kills a Mexican immigrant and flees on horseback,...  more
  • 6

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown

    Directed byAdam Wingard

    Godzilla vs. Kong is a 2020 American monster film directed by Adam Wingard, and the sequel to the 2019 film Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Humanity's fight for its future sets Godzilla and Kong on a...  more

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  • 7

    The Paper Tigers

    Yuji Okumoto, Jae Suh Park

    Directed byQuoc Bao Tran

    The Paper Tigers is a 2020 Vietnamese-American action comedy film directed by Quoc Bao Tran. Three childhood kung fu prodigies have grown into washed-up, middle-aged men, but when their master is...  more

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  • 8

    Boss Level

    Mel Gibson, Frank Grillo

    Directed byJoe Carnahan

    Boss Level is a 2021 American science fiction action film written and directed by Joe Carnahan. A retired special forces soldier, Roy Pulver (Frank Grillo) finds himself trapped in a sinister...  more
  • 9

    Shadow in the Cloud

    Chloë Grace Moretz, Beulah Koale

    Directed byRoseanne Liang

    Shadow in the Cloud is a 2020 New Zealand action horror film directed by Roseanne Liang. A female WWII pilot traveling with top secret documents on a B-17 Flying Fortress encounters an evil presence...  more
  • 10

    The Marksman

    Liam Neeson, Katheryn Winnick

    Directed byRobert Lorenz

    The Marksman is an 2021 American action thriller film directed by Robert Lorenz. A rancher on the Arizona border becomes the unlikely defender of a young Mexican boy desperately fleeing the cartel...  more
  • 11

    Wrath of Man

    Jason Statham, Josh Hartnett

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

    Wrath of Man is a 2021 British action thriller film directed by Guy Ritchie, based on the 2004 French film, Cash Truck by Nicolas Boukhrie. A cold and mysterious man working at a cash truck company...  more

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  • 12

    Chaos Walking

    Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley

    Directed byDoug Liman

    Chaos Walking is a 2020 American science fiction film directed by Doug Liman, based on the novel The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. In a dystopian world where there are no women and all...  more

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  • 13

    Bloody Hell

    Ben O'Toole, Meg Fraser

    Directed byAlister Grierson

    Bloody Hell is a 2021 Australian action horror mystery film directed by Alister Grierson. A man with a mysterious past flees the country to escape his own personal hell, only to arrive somewhere...  more
  • 14

    Army of the Dead

    Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell

    Directed byZack Snyder

    Army of the Dead is a 2020 American thriller film directed by Zack Snyder. A group of mercenaries plot a heist on a Las Vegas casino during a zombie outbreak....  more


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  • 15


    Mark Wahlberg, Jason Mantzoukas

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

    Infinite is a 2021 American science fiction film directed by Antoine Fuqua. A troubled young man haunted by memories of two past lives stumbles upon the centuries-old secret society of similar...  more

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  • 16

    Without Remorse

    Michael B Jordan, Jamie Bell

    Directed byStefano Sollima

    Without Remorse is a 2020 American crime drama film directed by Stefano Sollima and is based on the novel of the same name by Tom Clancy. John Clark (Michael B. Jordan), a U.S. Navy SEAL, goes on a...  more
  • 17

    Those Who Wish Me Dead

    Angelina Jolie, Nicholas Hoult

    Directed byTaylor Sheridan

    Those Who Wish Me Dead is a 2020 neo-western film directed by Taylor Sheridan and is based on the novel of the same name by Michael Koryta. A teenage murder witness finds himself pursued by twin...  more

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  • 18

    Cosmic Sin

    Frank Grillo, Bruce Willis

    Directed byEdward Drake

    Cosmic Sin is a 2021 American science fiction action film directed by Edward Drake. Seven rogue soldiers launch a preemptive strike against a newly discovered alien civilization in the hopes of...  more
  • 19

    Me, You, Madness

    Ed Westwick, Louise Linton

    Directed byLouise Linton

    Me, You, Madness is a 2021 American comedy thriller film directed by Louise Linton. A young thief cases an architectural dream house in Malibu, not realizing it is the home of an eccentric female...  more
  • 20

    Thunder Force

    Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer

    Directed byBen Falcone

    Thunder Force is a 2021 American superhero comedy film directed by Ben Falcone. In a world where supervillains are commonplace, two estranged childhood best friends reunite after one devises a...  more
  • 21

    The Reckoning

    Joe Anderson, Sean Pertwee

    Directed byNeil Marshall

    The Reckoning is a 2021 British horror adventure film directed by Neil Marshall. A young widow haunted by the recent suicide of her husband is falsely accused of being a witch by her Landlord after...  more
  • 22

    Space Sweepers

    Song Joong-Ki, Kim Tae-ri

    Directed byJo Sung-hee

    Space Sweepers is a 2021 South Korean space opera film directed by Jo Sung-hee. In the year 2092, the crew of a space junk collector ship called The Victory discovers a humanoid robot that's known to...  more
  • 23

    Endangered Species

    Rebecca Romijn, Philip Winchester

    Directed byM.J. Bassett

    Endangered Species is a 2021 American action thriller movie directed by M.J. Bassett. A wealthy American family travel to the vast African wilderness of Kenya hoping for a dream vacation filled with...  more


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  • 24

    The Birthday Cake

    Ewan McGregor, Val Kilmer

    Directed byJimmy Giannopoulos

    The Birthday Cake is a 2021 American crime thriller film directed by Jimmy Giannopoulos. On the 10th anniversary of his father's death, a young man reluctantly accepts the task of bringing a cake to...  more


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  • 25

    Snake Eyes

    Samara Weaving, Henry Golding

    Directed byRobert Schwentke

    Snake Eyes (aka Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe: Origins) is a 2021 American action adventure film directed by Robert Schwentke, and the third film in the G.I. Joe franchise. A mysterious lone fighter, known...  more