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The Best Action Movies of 2017 

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Action fanatics, it's time to rank the best action movies of this year. Featuring superhero movies, shoot-em-ups, and action comedies, 2017 action movies have thrilled audiences with explosions, fight scenes, and car chases. What is the best action movie of 2017? 

While Keanu Reeves (John Wick: Chapter 2) and Hugh Jackman (Logan) returned for their solo action sequels, stars collided for ensemble action movies The Fate of the Furious, Baby Driver, and Spider-Man: Homecoming. Other great 2017 action films include Wonder Woman, War for the Planet of the Apes, Baby Driver, and Dunkirk.

Vote up the best action movies of 2017 and feel free to add any missing 2017 action movies missing from the list.

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John Wick: Chapter 2 Keanu Reeves, Common, Laurence Fishburne

Directed by: Chad Stahelski

John Wick: Chapter 2 is a 2017 action thriller film directed by Chad Stahelski and written by Derek Kolstad. It is a sequel to the 2014 film John Wick. Legendary hitman John Wick (Keanu Reeves) ...more

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Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant

Directed by: James Mangold

Logan is a 2017 American superhero drama film featuring the Marvel Comics character Wolverine. It is the 10th installment in the X-Men film series and the third and final Wolverine solo film ...more

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Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista

Released: 2017

Directed by: James Gunn

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a 2017 American superhero film directed by James Gunn, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family ...more

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Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya

Released: 2017

Directed by: Jon Watts

Spider-Man: Homecoming is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Jon Watts, based on the Marvel Comics character. Peter Parker (Tom Holland) balances his life as an ordinary high school ...more

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Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen

Released: 2017

Directed by: Patty Jenkins

Wonder Woman is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Patty Jenkins, based on the DC Comics character. When a pilot (Chris Pine) crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana ...more

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Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jamie Foxx

Directed by: Edgar Wright

Baby Driver is a 2017 British-American action thriller film written and directed by Edgar Wright. A young talented getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) who works for different hooligans gets in trouble ...more

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War for the Planet of the Apes Andy Serkis, Gabriel Chavarria, Woody Harrelson

Directed by: Matt Reeves

This film is a 2017 science fiction film directed by Matt Reeves. Following the events of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), Caesar (Andy Serkis) and the apes are embroiled in a conflict ...more

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Dunkirk Fionn Whitehead, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy

Released: 2017

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Dunkirk is a 2017 British-American epic action thriller written, co-produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. During the early stages of WWII, Allied soldiers from Britain, Belgium, Canada, ...more

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Kong: Skull Island Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman

Directed by: Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Kong: Skull Island is a 2017 American monster film directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. The film is a reboot of the King Kong franchise and will serve as the second film in Legendary's Godzilla–Kong ...more

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Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett

Released: 2017

Directed by: Taika Waititi

Thor: Ragnarok is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Taika Waititi. Four years after the events of Thor: The Dark World, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must win a gladiatorial duel against an ...more

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle Taron Egerton, Julianne Moore, Mark Strong

Directed by: Matthew Vaughn

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a 2017 British-American spy action comedy film directed by Matthew Vaughn, and is the sequel to 2014 film Kingsman: The Secret Service. Eggsy (Taron Egerton), ...more

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Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman

Directed by: David Leitch

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The Fate of the Furious Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham

Released: 2017

Directed by: F. Gary Gray

The Fate of the Furious is a 2017 American-Chinese action film directed by F. Gary Gray, and the eighth installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise. When a mysterious woman (Charlize ...more
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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey

Released: 2017

Directed by: Guy Ritchie

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is a 2017 Australian-American epic adventure drama film directed by Guy Ritchie. The young Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) runs the back passages of Londinium with his ...more

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Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush

Directed by: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a 2017 fantasy swashbuckler film, and the fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is ...more
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American Assassin Dylan O'Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan

Directed by: Michael Cuesta

American Assassin is an action thriller film directed by Michael Cuesta and written by Stephen Schiff, Michael Finch, Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, based on Vince Flynn's 2010 novel of ...more
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver

Directed by: Rian Johnson

This film is a 2017 American epic space opera film written and directed by Rian Johnson. Having taken her first steps into the Jedi world, Rey (Daisy Ridley) joins Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) ...more

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Andy Lau, Matt Damon, Willem Dafoe

Directed by: Zhang Yimou

The Great Wall is a 2016 epic historical fiction action-adventure monster film directed by Zhang Yimou. During the Song dynasty, a few miles north of the Great Wall, William (Matt Damon), Tovar ...more
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Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan, Charlie Murphy

Directed by: Martin Campbell

The Foreigner is a 2017 Chinese-British action thriller film directed by Martin Campbell, based on the 1992 novel The Chinaman by Stephen Leather. A humble businessman (Jackie Chan) with a ...more
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Justice League Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams

Released: 2017

Directed by: Zack Snyder

Justice League is a 2017 American superhero film based on the DC Comics superhero team of the same name, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is the fifth installment in the DC Extended ...more

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Transformers: The Last Knight Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, Stanley Tucci

Released: 2017

Directed by: Michael Bay

Transformers: The Last Knight is a 2017 American science-fiction action film directed by Michael Bay, based on the toy line, and the fifth film in the series. With Optimus Prime gone, the ...more
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Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Tobias Menzies

Released: 2017

Directed by: Anna Foerster

Underworld: Blood Wars is a 2016 action horror film directed by Anna Foerster. It is the fifth installment in the Underworld franchise. Vampire death dealer Selene (Kate Beckinsale) continues ...more
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Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace

Released: 2017

Directed by: David Ayer

Bright is a 2017 American urban fantasy action crime film directed by David Ayer. In an alternate present where humans and fantasy creatures have co-existed since the beginning of time, human ...more
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Ghost in the Shell Scarlett Johansson, Takeshi Kitano, Michael Pitt

Directed by: Rupert Sanders

Ghost in the Shell is a 2017 science fiction action film directed by Rupert Sanders, based on the Japanese manga of the same name by Masamune Shirow. Cyborg counter-cyberterrorist field ...more

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Baywatch Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario

Directed by: Seth Gordon

Baywatch is a 2017 American action comedy film directed by Seth Gordon, based on the television series of the same name. Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson) is the no-nonsense leader of an elite ...more