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The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years 

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Updated November 15, 2019 7.8k votes 1k voters 13.3k views 69 items

List Rules Vote up the action movies that were released on or after January, 1 2015.

What are the best recent action movies? Now is your chance to decide. There are a lot of modern action films to choose from. Action films have been wowing audiences for a long time, but they are currently more popular than ever. Advancements in computer technology - such as the ability to digitally erase safety wires - has allowed for the design and execution of never-before-possible stunts. New cinematography techniques and special camera equipment allow those stunts to be photographed as never before. In short, the best new action films make you feel as though you're participating in the danger right alongside the characters onscreen.

It also helps that several actors have shown a willingness to do their own stunt work, which provides the movies with an extra dose of realism. Keanu Reeves reportedly does 90% of his own fighting in the John Wick series, and Tom Cruise hung on to the side of an in-flight airplane for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. That sort of devotion gives them an extra edge of excitement. 

Vote up your favorites from this list of new action movies. If you don't see an especially good one listed, add it so that other users can rank it. 

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John Wick: Chapter 3 - P... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ruby Rose

Released: 2019

Directed by: Chad Stahelski

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is a 2019 American neo-noir action thriller film directed by Chad Stahelski, and the third film in the John Wick series. Still on the run following his ...more
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Mad Max: Fury Road is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne

Released: 2015

Directed by: George Miller

Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 action film directed by George Miller. In a post apocalyptic desert wasteland where gasoline and water are scarce commodities, Max Rockatansky (Max Hardy) joins ...more
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Mission: Impossible - Fa... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames

Released: 2018

Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is a 2018 American action spy film directed by Christopher McQuarrie, and the sixth installment in the film series. When IMF Agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) tries to ...more
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John Wick: Chapter 2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
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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Rogue One: A Star Wars S... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed

Released: 2016

Directed by: Gareth Edwards

This film is a 2016 American epic space opera film directed by Gareth Edwards. The daughter (Felicity Jones) of an Imperial scientist joins the Rebel Alliance in a risky move to take the plans.
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Mission: Impossible - Ro... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner

Released: 2015

Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is a 2015 American action spy film directed by Christopher McQuarrie, and the fifth film in the series. IMF agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is on the run from ...more
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Alita: Battle Angel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly

Released: 2019

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

Alita: Battle Angel is a 2019 American science fiction action film directed by Robert Rodriguez, based on the manga by Yukito Kishiro. After being revived by Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz), ...more
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Avengers: Infinity War ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2018

Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Avengers: Infinity War is a 2018 American superhero film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. Torn apart after the events of Captain America: Civil War, the Avengers join forces with the Guardians ...more
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The Accountant is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J. K. Simmons

Directed by: Gavin O'Connor

The Accountant is a 2016 American action thriller film directed by Gavin O'Connor. The film follows a highly-functioning autistic small-town certified public accountant (Ben Affleck) who makes ...more
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Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright

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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13 Hours: The Secret Sol... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, James Badge Dale

Released: 2016

Directed by: Michael Bay

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (a.k.a. 13 Hours) is a 2016 American biographical thriller war film directed and produced by Michael Bay. In 2012, Benghazi, Libya Jack Silva is newly ...more
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Avengers: Endgame is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Robert Downey Jr, Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2019

Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Avengers: Endgame is a 2019 American superhero film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team, and the sequel to Avengers: Infinity War. After Thanos (Josh ...more
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Logan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
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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Bumblebee is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Bumblebee Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr.

Directed by: Travis Knight

Bumblebee is a 2018 American science fiction action film directed by Travis Knight, based on the Transformers' character. In 1987, Bumblebee takes refuge in a small California beach town ...more
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War for the Planet of th... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
War for the Planet of the Apes Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn

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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Furious 7 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson

Released: 2015

Directed by: James Wan

Furious 7 is a 2015 American action film directed by James Wan, and the seventh installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise. Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) seeks revenge against Dominic ...more
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Baby Driver is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James

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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Dunkirk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Dunkirk Fionn Whitehead, Kenneth Branagh, James D'Arcy

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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Jason Bourne is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander

Directed by: Paul Greengrass

Jason Bourne is a 2016 American action thriller film directed and written by Paul Greengrass and film editor Christopher Rouse. The fifth installment of the Bourne film series and the direct ...more
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Spectre is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux

Released: 2015

Directed by: Sam Mendes

Spectre is a 2015 spy film directed by Sam Mendes, and the twenty-fourth film in the James Bond film series. James Bond (Daniel Craig) is pitted against the global organization Spectre and their ...more
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Hobbs & Shaw is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba

Released: 2019

Directed by: David Leitch

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is a 2019 action film directed by David Leitch and written by Chris Morgan, and a spin-off from The Fast and the Furious series. Two years after the ...more
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Jurassic World: Fallen K... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, B. D. Wong

Released: 2018

Directed by: J. A. Bayona

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a 2018 American science fiction adventure film directed by J. A. Bayona. When the island's dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire ...more
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The Equalizer 2 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
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.
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Kong: Skull Island is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
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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Atomic Blonde is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman

Directed by: David Leitch

Atomic Blonde is a 2017 American action spy thriller film directed by David Leitch and written by Kurt Johnstad. It is based on Antony Johnston's 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City, which ...more