While we tried to keep the choices action-movie centric (which meant excluding some classic films like Star Wars, which just didn’t feel at home with the rest of the movies chosen), there’s undoubtedly some genre-bleeding, but you can rest assured that every movie on our list will raise your adrenaline and have you craving more car chases, slow-motion shootouts, cocky one-liners, and most of all, epic explosions.
In celebration of Die Hard’s 31st anniversary, join us as we countdown the 12 of the most outstanding action movies ever made. Buckle up!
12. John Wick (2014)
Chad Stahelski’s John Wick film is adored by both critics and audiences alike and was a return to form for somewhat disgraced action star Keanu Reeves. The man who starred in seminal action films such as Point Break (1993) and The Matrix (1999), Reeves hadn’t done some real quality work in quite some time before bringing us one of the most awesome action flicks of the past decade seemingly out of the blue. John Wick, which also stars Willem Dafoe, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Ian McShane, and Adrianne Palicki, sees Reeves play the titular assassin who goes on a devastating revenge spree after his dog is killed in a home invasion (it was a parting gift from his dead wife, dammit!). Featuring impressive world-building that draws you in and some of the most incredible action choreography in recent memory, John Wick is the kind of film action buffs love to brag about seeing.
Following the outstanding box office success of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, it was announced that a fourth John Wick movie is scheduled to be released on May 21, 2021.