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The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years 

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Updated August 4, 2020 9k votes 1.1k voters 15.6k views 55 items

List Rules Vote 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 - 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

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Alita: Battle Angel is listed (or ranked) 2 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

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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

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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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Avengers: Infinity War ... is listed (or ranked) 5 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

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Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 6 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

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Avengers: Endgame is listed (or ranked) 7 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

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Logan is listed (or ranked) 8 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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War for the Planet of th... is listed (or ranked) 9 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

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Baby Driver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James

Directed by: Edgar Wright

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Bumblebee is listed (or ranked) 11 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

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Dunkirk is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o

Released: 2018

Directed by: Ryan Coogler

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The Equalizer 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Denzel Washington, Ashton Sanders, Pedro Pascal

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

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Hobbs & Shaw is listed (or ranked) 15 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

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Kong: Skull Island is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Kingsman: The Golden Cir... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Kingsman: The Golden Circle Taron Egerton, Julianne Moore, Mark Strong

Directed by: Matthew Vaughn

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a 2017 British-American spy action comedy film directed by Matthew Vaughn, and is the sequel to 2014 film Kingsman: The Secret Service. Eggsy (Taron Egerton), ...more

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Atomic Blonde is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman

Directed by: David Leitch

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Jurassic World: Fallen K... is listed (or ranked) 19 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

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Jack Reacher: Never Go B... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge

Released: 2016

Directed by: Edward 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
The Hitman's Bodyguard Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman

Directed by: Patrick 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
Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone

Released: 2019

Directed by: Ruben Fleischer

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12 Strong is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña

Released: 2018

Directed by: Nicolai Fuglsig

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Rambo V: Last Blood is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Sylvester Stallone, Adriana Barraza, Paz Vega

Released: 2019

Directed by: Adrian Grunberg

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Angel Has Fallen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Action Movies of the Last Few Years
Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Jada Pinkett Smith

Released: 2019

Directed by: Ric Roman Waugh

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