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The Best Action Movies Of 2021

Updated June 16, 2021 368 votes 77 voters 1.6k views49 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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    Nobody

    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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    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
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    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
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    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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    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

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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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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    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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    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
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    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
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    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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    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
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    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
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    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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    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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    Enforcement

    Jacob Lohmann, Simon Sears

    Directed byFrederik Louis Hviid, Anders Ølholm

    Enforcement (aka Shorta) is a 2021 Danish action crime film directed by Frederik Louis Hviid and Anders Ølholm. Two police officers on routine patrol find themselves trapped in a maze of buildings...  more
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    The Vault

    Famke Janssen, Freddie Highmore

    Directed byJaume Balagueró

    The Vault (aka Way Down) is a 2021 Spanish action thriller heist film directed by Jaume Balagueró. When an engineer learns of a mysterious, impenetrable fortress hidden under The Bank of Spain, he...  more
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    Funny Face

    Cosmo Jarvis, Barzin Akhavan

    Directed byTim Sutton

    Funny Face is a 2021 American crime thriller film directed by Tim Sutton. After his grandparents' home is destroyed by a greedy real estate developer, a New York yuppie takes revenge under a masked...  more
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    Take Back

    Mickey Rourke, Michael Jai White

    Directed byChristian Sesma

    Take Back is an 2021 American action thriller film directed by Christian Sesma. Zara (Gillian White) and Brian (Michael Jai White) are living the perfect small town life when a mysterious stranger...  more
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    The Misfits

    Pierce Brosnan, Jamie Chung

    Directed byRenny Harlin

    The Misfits is a 2021 American action heist film directed by Renny Harlin. A band of modern-day Robin Hoods recruits a renowned thief to help steal millions in gold bars stashed underneath one of the...  more
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    Edge of the World

    Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ralph Ineson

    Directed byMichael Haussman

    Edge of the World is a 2021 American adventure drama film directed by Michael Haussman. The adventures of Sir James Brooke, who defied the British Empire to rule a jungle kingdom in 1840s Borneo,...  more

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    The Virtuoso

    Anthony Hopkins, Abbie Cornish

    Directed byNick Stagliano

    The Virtuoso is a 2021 American action crime thriller film directed by Nick Stagliano. A lonesome stranger, secure, nerves of steel, must track down and kill a rogue Hitman to satisfy an outstanding...  more
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    Spiral

    Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson

    Directed byDarren Lynn Bousman

    Spiral (also known as Spiral: From The Book of Saw) is a 2021 American horror film. The film will serve as the ninth installment in the Saw franchise. The film is directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, and...  more

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