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The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years  

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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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Alita: Battle Angel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly
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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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
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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John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabel... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ruby Rose
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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Mission: Impossible - Fallout is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames
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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War for the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn
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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Mission: Impossible - Rogue Na... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner
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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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed
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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Rambo V: Last Blood is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Sylvester Stallone, Adriana Barraza, Paz Vega
Rambo V: Last Blood is a 2019 American action thriller film directed by Adrian Grunberg, and the fifth movie in the series. Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) travels to Mexico to save a friend's ...more
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Baby Driver is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James
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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Bumblebee is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr.
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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Hobbs & Shaw is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba
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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The Accountant is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J. K. Simmons
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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Furious 7 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson
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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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, James Badge Dale
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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John Wick: Chapter 2 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Keanu Reeves, Common, Laurence Fishburne
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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Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright
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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Stuber is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Kumail Nanjiani, Dave Bautista, Iko Uwais
Stuber is a 2019 American action-comedy directed by Michael Dowse. A mild-mannered Uber driver named Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) picks up a grizzled detective (Dave Bautista) who is hot on the trail ...more
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The Equalizer 2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Denzel Washington, Ashton Sanders, Pedro Pascal
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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Angel Has Fallen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Jada Pinkett Smith
Angel Has Fallen is a 2019 American action thriller film directed by Ric Roman Waugh, it is the third installment in the Olympus Has Fallen film series. Secret Service agent Mike Banning is ...more
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Boss Level is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Mel Gibson, Frank Grillo, Will Sasso
Boss Level is a 2019 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 government ...more
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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, B. D. Wong
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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Jason Bourne is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander
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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Avengers: Endgame is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Robert Downey Jr, Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo
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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Kong: Skull Island is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman
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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Dunkirk is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Fionn Whitehead, Kenneth Branagh, James D'Arcy
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