• Entertainment

The Best Action Movies Set in Paris

List RulesThe action movie must be primarily set in Paris.

What do Harrison Ford, Kevin Costner, and Liam Neeson have in common? They've all made some of the best action movies set in Paris. The city has many different locales in which to set action sequences, not to mention some world-class landmarks. Filmmakers love showing the natural beauty of Paris -- and sometimes appearing to destroy parts of it in the process. Having films full of mayhem based in such a luxurious city makes for something that's a visual treat.

Vote up the action movies based in Paris that you think are the most thrilling. If you have a personal favorite that's not already here, please add it. Keep checking back to see how other users are voting. 

  • Matt Damon, Franka Potente
    13
    1

    Released2002

    Directed byDoug Liman

    The story of a man (Matt Damon), salvaged, near death, from the ocean by an Italian fishing boat. When he recuperates, the man suffers from total amnesia, without identity or background... except for  ...more
  • Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace
    7
    1

    Released2008

    Directed byPierre Morel

    Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson), a former government operative, is trying to reconnect with his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace). Then his worst fears become real when sex slavers abduct Kim and her friend  ...more
  • Robert De Niro, Jean Reno
    10
    3

    Released1998

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

    Deirdre (Natascha McElhone) puts together a team of experts that she tasks with stealing a valuable briefcase, the contents of which are a mystery. The international team includes Sam (Robert De  ...more
  • Frederic Andrei, Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez
    3
    0

    Released1981

    Directed byJean-Jacques Beineix

    A young mail carrier, Jules (Frederic Andrei), becomes entranced with the voice of American diva Cynthia Hawkins (Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez). She doesn't believe in being recorded, but Jules  ...more
  • Harrison Ford, Emmanuelle Seigner
    7
    2

    Released1988

    Directed byRoman Polanski

    While attending a medical conference in Paris, Dr. Richard Walker (Harrison Ford) is horrified when his wife, Sondra (Betty Buckley), is abducted from their hotel room while he is taking a shower.  ...more
  • Jean Reno, Jeanne Moreau
    5
    1

    Released1990

    Directed byLuc Besson

    Nikita, also called La Femme Nikita, is a 1990 Franco-Italian action thriller film written and directed by Luc Besson. Nikita is a teen who robs a pharmacy and takes out a policeman. She is sentenced  ...more
  • Cyril Raffaelli, David Belle
    5
    2

    Released2004

    Directed byPierre Morel

    In 21st-century Paris, a member (Cyril Raffaelli) of an elite police squad must enter a crime-ridden ghetto to defuse a bomb that has fallen into the hands of Taha (Larbi Naceri), a powerful hoodlum.  ...more
  • Jet Li, Bridget Fonda
    3
    1

    Released2001

    Directed byChris Nahon

    Jet Li plays Liu Jiuan, China's top government agent, who arrives in Paris from Shanghai to carry out a sensitive, top-secret mission. Liu is in Paris to assist Richard (Tcheky Karyo), an unorthodox  ...more
  • Sarah Shahi, Jackie Chan
    2
    1

    Released2007

    Directed byBrett Ratner

    Rush Hour 3 is a 2007 martial arts/action-comedy-Adventure film, and the third and final installment in the Rush Hour series, starring Jackie Chan as Inspector Lee and Chris Tucker as Detective  ...more
  • Rebecca Romijn, Antonio Banderas
    3
    2

    Released2002

    Directed byBrian De Palma

    Laure (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos), a member of a crime ring, lifts an extravagant set of jewels from a model at a red carpet event. But instead of splitting the loot with her partners, Laure flees. While  ...more
  • Kevin Costner, Amber Heard
    2
    3

    Released2014

    Directed byMcG

    Facing a terminal disease, spy Ethan Renner (Kevin Costner) has decided to give up his dangerous, high-stakes life in order to rebuild his relationship with his estranged wife and daughter (Hailee  ...more
  • Eric Stoltz, Julie Delpy
    1
    2

    Released1994

    Directed byRoger Avary

    An adept safe-cracker, Zed (Eric Stoltz) arrives in Paris for his latest gig: a bank robbery organized by his old friend Eric (Jean-Hugues Anglade). On his first night in town, he spends time with a  ...more
  • John Travolta, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers
    1
    5

    Released2010

    Directed byPierre Morel

    James Reese (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) has a good job as an ambassador's aid in France, but his real passion is a side gig, working in a minor role in the CIA. He would love to be a full-fledged agent  ...more
  • Mark Wahlberg, Thandie Newton
    0
    1

    Released2002

    Directed byJonathan Demme

    The Truth About Charlie is a 2002 remake of the 1963 classic film Charade. It is also an homage to François Truffaut's 1960 film Shoot the Piano Player complete with that film's star, Charles  ...more