Sponsored
1.2k voters

The Best New Action Movies Of The Last Few Years

Updated November 3, 2020 7.7k votes 1.2k voters 17.4k views119 items

List RulesVote up the action movies that were released on or after January, 1 2018.

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. That sort of devotion gives them an extra edge of excitement. 

Vote up your favorites from this list of new action movies. Then check back as new and recent action-packed movies are added to the list. 

Photo:
...more
  • John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum1
    371
    187

    John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry

    Released2019

    Directed byChad Stahelski

    Amazon buy button

    More John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum 

    Get Pumped For 'Parabellum' on DVD With These Ranker Facts About 'John Wick'#37 of 123 The Best Assassin Movies

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout2
    286
    173

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson

    Released2018

    Directed byChristopher McQuarrie

    Amazon buy button

    More Mission: Impossible - Fallout 

    #4 of 14 Franchises Where The Best Installment Came Way After The Original#1 of 30 The Best Action Movies Streaming on Hulu

  • Avengers: Infinity War3
    215
    154

    Avengers: Infinity War

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth

    Released2018

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

    Amazon buy button

    More Avengers: Infinity War 

    Small Details From 'Avengers: Infinity War' That Enhance Our 100th ViewingDetails Infinity War Fans Didn’t Catch… Until They Watched It In 4K

  • Avengers: Endgame4
    209
    171

    Avengers: Endgame

    Robert Downey Jr, Josh Brolin

    Released2019

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

    Amazon buy button

    More Avengers: Endgame 

    How The Time Travel Works In 'Avengers: Endgame'#357 of 480 The Greatest Movies For Guys

  • Alita: Battle Angel5
    938
    1,009

    Alita: Battle Angel

    Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz

    Released2019

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

    Amazon buy button

    More Alita: Battle Angel 

    Easter Eggs And References In 'Alita: Battle Angel'#3 of 541 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies

  • Black Panther6
    172
    179

    Black Panther

    Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan

    Released2018

    Directed byRyan Coogler

    Amazon buy button

    More Black Panther 

    15 Killmonger Details That Prove He's Marvel's Most Complicated Villain'Black Panther' Interviews That Prove They're The Best Cast Ever Assembled

  • Bumblebee7
    111
    130

    Bumblebee

    Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena

    Released2018

    Directed byTravis Knight

    Amazon buy button

    More 

    #21 of 117 Movies That Need Sequels#140 of 206 The Best Adventure Movies

  • The Equalizer 28
    92
    111

    The Equalizer 2

    Denzel Washington, Ashton Sanders

    Released2018

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

    Amazon buy button
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse9
    11
    7

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld

    Released2018

    Directed byBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

    Amazon buy button

    More Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 

    34 Small But Poignant Details From 'Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse' That Fans DiscoveredBehind-The-Scenes Stories From ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’

  • Deadpool 210
    14
    11

    Deadpool 2

    Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin

    Released2018

    Directed byDavid Leitch

    Amazon buy button

    More Deadpool 2 

    12 Reasons Why 'Deadpool 2' Is Better Than The Original23 Small Details From 'Deadpool 2' You'll Need Tiny Baby Hands To Catch

  • Upgrade11
    10
    5

    Upgrade

    Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel

    Released2018

    Directed byLeigh Whannell

    Amazon buy button

    More Upgrade 

    #31 of 43 Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic#10 of 75 The Best Blumhouse Productions Movies

  • Extraction12
    10
    5

    Extraction

    Chris Hemsworth, David Harbour

    Released2020

    Directed bySam Hargrave

    Amazon buy button

    More Extraction 

    #79 of 101 The Best Kidnapping & Hostage Movies Of All Time, Ranked#17 of 29 The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping

  • Aquaman13
    12
    12

    Aquaman

    Jason Momoa, Amber Heard

    Released2018

    Directed byJames Wan

    Amazon buy button

    More 

    14 Clever Details You May Have Missed In 'Aquaman'Every Submerged And Buried Easter Egg In 'Aquaman'

  • Wonder Woman 198414
    12
    12

    Wonder Woman 1984

    Gal Gadot, Kristen Wiig

    Released2020

    Directed byPatty Jenkins

    Amazon buy button

    More Wonder Woman 1984 

    13 Easter Eggs In 'Wonder Woman 1984' You May Have Missed#8 of 9 The Best Movies In The DC Extended Universe

  • Sicario: Day of the Soldado15
    5
    2

    Sicario: Day of the Soldado

    Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin

    Released2018

    Directed byStefano Sollima

    Amazon buy button
  • The Old Guard16
    5
    2

    The Old Guard

    Charlize Theron, Harry Melling

    Released2020

    Directed byGina Prince-Bythewood

    Amazon buy button

    More The Old Guard 

    #2 of 25 The Best Fantasy Films Of 2020#16 of 85 The Best New Sci-Fi Movies Of The Last Few Years

  • The Gentlemen17
    8
    7

    The Gentlemen

    Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam

    Released2020

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

    Amazon buy button
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home18
    8
    7

    Spider-Man: Far From Home

    Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released2019

    Directed byJon Watts

    Amazon buy button

    More Spider-Man: Far From Home 

    28 Small But Interesting Details From 'Spider-Man: Far From Home'17 Jake Gyllenhaal And Tom Holland Interviews That Prove They Have Even Better Off-Screen Chemistry

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs19
    7
    5

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    Tim Blake Nelson, Liam Neeson

    Released2018

    Directed byJoel Coen, Ethan Coen

    Amazon buy button

    More The Ballad of Buster Scruggs 

    #113 of 437 The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years#196 of 399 The Best Western Movies Ever Made

  • Beirut20
    4
    2

    Beirut

    Jon Hamm, Rosamund Pike

    Released2018

    Directed byBrad Anderson

    Amazon buy button
  • Outlaw King21
    4
    2

    Outlaw King

    Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson

    Released2018

    Directed byDavid Mackenzie

    Amazon buy button

    More Outlaw King 

    Here's Where You've Seen Everyone In 'Outlaw King' Before#3 of 12 12 Pretty Accurate Movies Set In Medieval Times

  • Mandy22
    4
    2

    Mandy

    Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough

    Released2018

    Directed byPanos Cosmatos

    Amazon buy button

    More Mandy 

    Why 'Mandy' Isn't As Great As Everyone Says It Is#404 of 722 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time

  • Hobbs & Shaw23
    77
    108

    Hobbs & Shaw

    Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham

    Released2019

    Directed byDavid Leitch

    Amazon buy button

    More Hobbs & Shaw 

    #88 of 89 The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives#197 of 224 The Worst Sequels Of All Time

  • 21 Bridges24
    7
    7

    21 Bridges

    Chadwick Boseman, Sienna Miller

    Released2019

    Directed byBrian Kirk

    Amazon buy button
  • The Hunt25
    5
    5

    The Hunt

    Ike Barinholtz, Betty Gilpin

    Released2020

    Directed byCraig Zobel

    Amazon buy button