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The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years

Updated September 18, 2020 9.3k votes 1.2k voters 16.3k views56 items

List RulesVote up the action movies that were released on or after January, 1 2017.

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 - Parabel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
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    John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry

    Released2019

    Directed byChad Stahelski

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    Mission: Impossible - Fallout is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
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    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson

    Released2018

    Directed byChristopher McQuarrie

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    John Wick: Chapter 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
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    John Wick: Chapter 2

    Keanu Reeves, Common

    Directed byChad Stahelski

    John Wick: Chapter 2 is a 2017 action thriller film directed by Chad Stahelski and written by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Avengers: Infinity War is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
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    Avengers: Infinity War

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth

    Released2018

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

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    Avengers: Endgame is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
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    Avengers: Endgame

    Robert Downey Jr, Josh Brolin

    Released2019

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

    Avengers: Endgame is a 2019 American superhero film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, based... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
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    Wonder Woman

    Gal Gadot, Chris Pine

    Released2017

    Directed byPatty Jenkins

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    Logan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
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    Logan

    Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart

    Directed byJames Mangold

    Logan is a 2017 American superhero drama film featuring the Marvel Comics character Wolverine.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Alita: Battle Angel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
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    Alita: Battle Angel

    Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz

    Released2019

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

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    War for the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
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    War for the Planet of the Apes

    Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson

    Directed byMatt Reeves

    This film is a 2017 science fiction film directed by Matt Reeves. Following the events of Dawn... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
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    Black Panther

    Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan

    Released2018

    Directed byRyan Coogler

    Black Panther is a 2018 American superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics character,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Baby Driver is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
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    Baby Driver

    Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey

    Directed byEdgar Wright

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    Kingsman: The Golden Circle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
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    Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    Taron Egerton, Julianne Moore

    Directed byMatthew Vaughn

    Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a 2017 British-American spy action comedy film directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 13
    Bumblebee is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
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    Bumblebee

    Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena

    Directed byTravis Knight

    Bumblebee is a 2018 American science fiction action film directed by Travis Knight, based on... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Dunkirk is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
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    Dunkirk

    Fionn Whitehead, Kenneth Branagh

    Released2017

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Dunkirk is a 2017 British-American epic action thriller written, co-produced, and directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Kong: Skull Island is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
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    Kong: Skull Island

    Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson

    Directed byJordan Vogt-Roberts

    Kong: Skull Island is a 2017 American monster film directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. The film... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Equalizer 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
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    The Equalizer 2

    Denzel Washington, Ashton Sanders

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

    The Equalizer 2 is a 2018 American action thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua, and the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Hobbs & Shaw is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
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    Hobbs & Shaw

    Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham

    Released2019

    Directed byDavid Leitch

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    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
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    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard

    Released2018

    Directed byJ. A. Bayona

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    Atomic Blonde is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
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    Atomic Blonde

    Charlize Theron, James McAvoy

    Directed byDavid Leitch

    Atomic Blonde is a 2017 American action spy thriller film directed by David Leitch and written... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
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    Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

    Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders

    Released2016

    Directed byEdward Zwick

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    The Hitman's Bodyguard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
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    The Hitman's Bodyguard

    Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson

    Directed byPatrick Hughes

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    Zombieland: Double Tap is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
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    Zombieland: Double Tap

    Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg

    Released2019

    Directed byRuben Fleischer

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    Rambo V: Last Blood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
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    Rambo V: Last Blood

    Sylvester Stallone, Adriana Barraza

    Released2019

    Directed byAdrian Grunberg

    Rambo V: Last Blood is a 2019 American action thriller film directed by Adrian Grunberg, and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Last Days of American Crim is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
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    The Last Days of American Crime

    Michael Pitt, Sharlto Copley

    Released2020

    Directed byOlivier Megaton

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    12 Strong is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
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    12 Strong

    Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon

    Released2018

    Directed byNicolai Fuglsig

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