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The Best Action Movies Set in Boston 

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Updated April 3, 2019 67 votes 15 voters 17 items

List Rules The Action movie must be primarily set in Boston.

It has a reputation as a no-nonsense town, so it makes perfect sense that there are quite a few action movies set in Boston. The city is photogenic, and filmmakers enjoy showing the different sections of it. Several A-list stars hail from there. They enjoy returning to their hometown for work. Ben Affleck and Mark Wahlberg are two especially notable examples with films such as The Town and Patriots Day. Will one of those movies be crowned the best action film based in Boston?

It's time to determine the best action movies set in Boston with the help of your votes. Vote up the Boston movies you thought were the most action-packed. If there are any you don't see included, add them so that other action fans can rate them. Then check back to see where your selections ended up ranked on the list.

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The Town is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Boston
Blake Lively, Ben Affleck, Jon Hamm

Released: 2010

Directed by: Ben Affleck

The Town is a 2010 American drama film starring, co-written and directed by Ben Affleck. The film opened in theaters in the United States on September 17, 2010, at number one with more than $23 ...more
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The Boondock Saints is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Boston
Willem Dafoe, Norman Reedus, Billy Connolly

Released: 1999

Directed by: Troy Duffy

The Boondock Saints is a 1999 American film written and directed by Troy Duffy. The film stars Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus as fraternal twins, Connor and Murphy MacManus, who become ...more
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Patriots Day is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Boston
Mark Wahlberg, J. K. Simmons, John Goodman

Directed by: Peter Berg

Patriots Day is a 2016 American biopic drama film directed by Peter Berg, based on the book Boston Strong by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge. Starring Mark Wahlberg, J. K. Simmons, John Goodman, ...more
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Free Fire is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Boston
Free Fire Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson

Released: 2016

Directed by: Ben Wheatley

Free Fire is a 2016 British action-comedy film directed by Ben Wheatley. Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival.
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The Heat is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Boston
Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Marlon Wayans

Released: 2013

Directed by: Paul Feig

The Heat is a 2013 American buddy cop comedy film written by Katie Dippold and directed by Paul Feig. The plot centers on Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn ...more
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Blown Away is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Boston
Jeff Bridges, Tommy Lee Jones, Forest Whitaker

Released: 1994

Directed by: Stephen Hopkins

Blown Away is a 1994 action thriller film starring Jeff Bridges and Tommy Lee Jones. It was directed by Stephen Hopkins.
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Fuzz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Boston
Raquel Welch, Burt Reynolds, Yul Brynner

Released: 1972

Directed by: Richard A. Colla

Fuzz is a 1972 film directed by Richard A. Colla.
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Sci-Fighters is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Boston
Roddy Piper, Billy Drago, Jayne Heitmeyer

Released: 1996

Directed by: Peter Svatek

Sci-Fighters is a 1996 action film starring Roddy Piper. It was directed by Peter Svatek.
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The Boondock Saints II: ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Boston
Willem Dafoe, Julie Benz, Judd Nelson

Released: 2009

Directed by: Troy Duffy

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day is a 2009 American vigilante film written and directed by Troy Duffy. The film serves as a sequel to the 1999 film The Boondock Saints. The film stars Sean ...more
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The Thomas Crown Affair ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Boston
Faye Dunaway, Steve McQueen, Yaphet Kotto

Released: 1968

Directed by: Norman Jewison

The Thomas Crown Affair is a DeLuxe Color 1968 film directed and produced by Norman Jewison starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway. It was nominated for two Academy Awards, winning Best ...more
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Surrogates is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Boston
Bruce Willis, Rosamund Pike, Taylor Cole

Released: 2009

Directed by: Jonathan Mostow

Surrogates is a 2009 American science fiction action film, based on the 2005–2006 comic book series The Surrogates. Directed by Jonathan Mostow, it stars Bruce Willis as Tom Greer, an FBI agent ...more
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Edge of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Boston
Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Denis O'Hare

Released: 2010

Directed by: Martin Campbell

Edge of Darkness is a 2010 crime thriller film directed by Martin Campbell and also produced by Michael Wearing, starring Mel Gibson. It was based on the 1985 BBC television series Edge of ...more
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What Doesn't Kill You is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Boston
Amanda Peet, Mark Ruffalo, Ethan Hawke

Released: 2008

Directed by: Brian Goodman

What Doesn't Kill You is a 2008 film directed by Brian Goodman.
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R.I.P.D. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Boston
Ryan Reynolds, Marisa Miller, Jeff Bridges

Released: 2013

Directed by: Robert Schwentke

R.I.P.D. is a 2013 American science fiction action-comedy film starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds. Robert Schwentke directed the film based on a screenplay adapted from the comic book Rest ...more
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The Equalizer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Boston
Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz, Melissa Leo

Released: 2014

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

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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Proud Mary is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Boston
Taraji P. Henson, Billy Brown, Danny Glover

Released: 2018

Directed by: Babak Najafi

Proud Mary is a 2018 American action-thriller directed by Babak Najafi. Successful hitwoman Mary (Taraji P. Henson) meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes wrong, ...more
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The Equalizer 2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Boston
Denzel Washington, Ashton Sanders, Pedro Pascal

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

The Equalizer 2 is a 2018 American action thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua, and the sequel to 2014's The Equalizer.