7 Best Action Movies

After talking about movie sequels in best movie series, it’s time to post about best movies in each individual genre. Now it’s all about guns, explosions, and fighting scenes. It’s all about ACTIONS. Here I’m gonna list down some top action movies ever made in Hollywood history. Without any elements of science fiction or fantasy.

1. Die Hard (1988)

This is arguably the best action movie that I’ve ever seen. John Mc Tiernan really did a fantastic job directing this action flick. Die Hard was brought to screen from a novel called Nothing Lasts Forever (1979) written by Roderick Thorp.

Unlike any other action movies, Die Hard has all the elements of fantastic movie in general should be. Strong characters, good story, huge action sequences, and great conflict development. John McClane, played by Bruce Willis, is not your regular hero. He’s just another guy who has to face the international thieves organization on his own. Alan Rickman who played Hans Gruber (the terrorist) really stole the show on this movie.

2. Speed (1994)

Nobody had ever predicted that this movie could become a hit. The budget was only $28 millions, the director was the unknown Jan de Bont (Speed was his first movie as director), and had Keanu Reeves in it (he never starred in such action movies before Speed). The truth? It became a phenomenon.

Speed combined action with smart story. There’s a bomb on a bus. If it’s slowing down below 50mph it’ll explode. With that kind of story, it makes sense that the pace is built intensely very fast from the beginning. Jan de Bont showed the world that he could make a masterpiece from his first movie. Before directing Speed, Jan de Bont was actually a cinematographer in some great movies like Die Hard (1988), The Hunt for Red October (1990), Basic Instinct (1992), and Lethal Weapon 3 (1993).

3. Face/Off (1997)

What do you expect from Hong Kong director John Woo? Obviously action movies with artistic touch. And that’s exactly what this movie offered. John Woo has been famous by his unique action style. Shooting guns on both hands, bullets and explosion with flying pigeons, and male bonding. Those what you can find in Face/Off.

Surprisingly, Face/Off had a superb twist in its characters. This is a kinda action movie that really needs academy awards nominee actors in it. John Travolta and Nicolas Cage worked together really well to create a jaw dropping character switch that’s rarely found on other action movies.

4. Lethal Weapon (1987)

This is not an ordinary cop versus bad guy movie. It’s one of the best. The action sequences admittedly were not really special eventhough they were still good. It’s not the action what makes it special. It’s the characters.

Mel Gibson and Danny Glover were at their best. Their characters, Martin Riggs who’s crazy and Roger Murtaugh who’s sane family man, blend very well with all the differences they had together. The interactions between them was very touching and funny at the same time. Directed by senior director Richard Donner, Lethal Weapon eventually became one of the important cop films and has strecthed to 3 sequels including the last one, Lethal Weapon 4 (1998).

5. True Lies (1994)

You just can’t leave James Cameron from the list of best action movie. He’s arguably the master of action sequences. He used to combine action with science fiction or fantasy, but there’s one movie where he did it without those elements. The movie was True Lies and guess what, had Arnold Scwharzenegger in it.

True Lies was a fun and joy ride. And it was really funny. The story about a secret agent who has ordinary life in his family without his wife knowing it really became an interesting story. James Cameron surprisingly could bring the funny side of Arnold. He combined it with phenomenal action sequences involving VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) aircraft, Harrier. What a superb action sequences.

6. The Hunt for Red October (1990)

This was the first movie of CIA analyst Jack Ryan, character taken from Tom Clancy famous novel. I’m not gonna tell you about the story because it’ll be a major spoiler. But this movie is arguably the best submarine movie ever made. Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin lead the main characters.

Directed by John McTiernan who also directed Die Hard (1988). The Hunt for Red October is a full pack action thriller movie with high intensity on the conflict. It related to the cold war situation between US and Soviet Union. Alec Baldwin played the first Jack Ryan in this movie before being replaced by Harrison Ford in Patriot Games (1992) and Clear and Present Danger (1994), and later Ben Affleck in The Sum of All Fears (2002).

7. Top Gun (1986)

Top Gun (1986) was the best action movie involving dogfight sequences. The movie tells story about a jet fighter pilot who joined the top fighter pilot class program. It has actions, drama, and cheesy love story. The major point of this movie is the dogfight sequences. Aerial shot to cover the manouvre of some jet fighters was outstanding.

Top Gun was a major success back in 1986. Tom Cruise got his first $100 millions movie from Top Gun. His classy navy pilot looks became one of the fashion trend back then. Top Gun also had some of the greatest soundtracks ever appeared on the movie. It really blend with the action sequences.

That’s my version on 7 Best Action Movies. I will continue with other genre next time. If you have some great experience watching other action movies, please feel free to share it here :)

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  1. 1

    when Mr & Mrs Smith fighting! ;)

    hehe action romantic ya :mrgreen:

  2. 2

    Tumbern ngomongin pilem2 yang aku tahu, secara semua dah pernah disiarkan di TV :mrgreen:

    Sering2 aja Gis :D

    hehe kalo ini emang pilem2x popular semua :)

  3. 3

    ni film langganannya RCTI nih.. tiap taun pasti nongol :D

    siiiiippp bro. Jadi kalo mau nongton lagi tinggal setel tv :)

  4. 4

    Huwaaaa….that top gun’s pic, I had it in my room :D . He was so handsome there….Face off is my fav

    agree In, he was so damned good looking there with that pilot uniform. But i just knew that you had it in your room :mrgreen: Yup, Face/Off really suits you, poetic action :)

  5. 5

    ga suka pilem eksyen.. suka lebay soalnya.. hehehehehe

    hehehe lebay itu berlebihan ya artinya. Keliatannya die hard, lethal weapon, ama hunt for red october ga lebay deh chi :)

  6. 6

    serius deh gw sih kurang suka ma film action entah knapa… demennya yang ringan ringan aja sih huhuhuhu

    dari film film diatas yang paling gw suka yang FACE OFF!!! jarang jarang buo nicolas cage jadi jahat… demen bener gw huhuhuhu

    kemudian kalo jaman sekarangnya apa yah… erh… ga mudah kelintas di pikiran euy kalo action mah :lol:

    hehe iya ngerti gue, kalo doyan cicintaan biasanya ga gitu demen yg eksyen2x :) Dr semua pilem yg di atas emang kyknya face/off yg lebih deket ama ce yah. Puitis soalnya :)

  7. 7

    There are many better action movies worth to put on the list than true lies:
    - The Rock: Sean connery dan Nic Cage nice chemistry to conquire Alcatraz.
    - The Fugitive: Full action suspense from beginning til the end. One of my Tommy Le Jones’s fave film.
    - Con Air: Nic Cage try to subdue bandits on the plane alone.

    If you want to include Hongkong movie (especially John Woo + Chow Yuenfat ), put on it:
    - Hard Boiled: CYF and Tony Leung action at Hospital
    - The Killer: I like the gunfight scene at the old church
    - A Better Tommorow 1 and 2: You know why, if you watch it.

    The Rock for me is the best Michael Bay’s movie so far. But to beat those 7 I think he’s gonna need to try harder :) As for The Fugitive, I believe the high point is not the action but on the pace and story. If I remember correctly there was only one action scene there, involving train crash. Con Air was great, the best from Simon West I think. But still to compare with True Lies like comparing The Hunt for Red October with U571. Different class. I agree that The Killer and Hard Boiled were the best of Woo’s Hong Kong movies. I remember that A Better Tomorrow released in Indonesia with different titles. Gangland War or Gangland Boss, I can’t remember correctly :mrgreen: Both were great :)

  8. ReevaL #

    Yipee ka yee…Jargon paling keren yg pernah ada!John mc claine emang ga ada matinya!Gw nonton empat2nya bro!Bahkan si jet lee prnh maen versi mandarinya kan?Kalo ga salah judulnya high risk!Tapi katrok banget!

    hehehe gue inget tuh pilem High Risk pas msk indonesia tp gue kagak nongton. Baru tau gue kalo itu jiplakannya die hard :) Btw, ada ga yah jiplakan tp bukan parodi yg ngga katrok bro.

  9. 9

    Aksi jackie chan ga da ya ??
    Padahal dia kan ga pake stuntman… :D

    hehe kebetulan lagi ngomongin pilem hollywood doank nih bro :mrgreen: Pilem jackie chan yg era hollywood msh belon ada tuh yg keren soalnyah

  10. 10

    like mymoen, for me the best action movies are jackie chan’s movies, but when he was still young :D

    if I include hong kong movies then his movies must be on my list mas Jimmy :) I agree, I like his movies when I was a student. Project A and Police Story I think two of his best.

  11. 11

    aku suka face off. cuma, ngawur ah. muka ditukar, body tetap wkekekkkek

    apalagi true lies. doooohh kayak katun katun aja. tapi buat hiburan sih mayan. bikin ngakak.

    hehe mgkin body/off jg, soalnya istrinya john travolta kan ga nyadar kalo abis berhubungan ama nicolas cage :mrgreen: Buat true lies setuju banget, termasuk the best action comedy :mrgreen:

  12. 12

    (lagi males berbahasa inggris mode on)..

    mas, iya niy gw udah di bandung lagii….,
    mas, ko con air ga masuk?..itu juga kereeen abis apalagi pas ketemu lagi sama istri dan anaknya, diiringi lagu HOW DO I LIVE…sumpah bikin nangis..so sweeeeet dan mengharukan….

    pingin banget nonton face off…tapi nyari di pasar kota kembang, di vertex, di movie room, ko ga ada semua yaach…sharing ya mas….

    hehe setuju oereel, con air emang keren. Mgkin kalo listnya dipanjangin jadi top20 bakal masuk. Tp berhubung cuman 7 terpaksa deh dikalahin ama yg laen :) Wah gue ada tuh vcd face/off tp di kampung sayangnya. Btw, masak sih dvd nya ga ada. Prasa’an itu pilem yg popular banget deh

  13. oni #

    pasukan samber nyawa kok gak masuk git

    huehehe kebetulan On, gue uda lama tuh pengen nongton lagi pilem2x perjuangan yg nge-pop. Smoga ada stasiun tv yg mau nyiarin rutin ya heheh :mrgreen:

  14. 14

    setuju banget untuk DIE HARD! asli nontonnya bikin perasaan jd campur aduk, ya tegang, ya mengharukan, ya lucu juga… saya nonton sampe sekuel2nya, Bruce Wilis kl maen pilem emang ga pnh ngecewain deh, sayang pisahan sm Demi Moore (halah nggosip lagi!) :D

    ho’oh, sequel2x die hard so far jarang mengecewakan mskipun msh jauh banget dr kualitas pilem pertamanya. Tp kalo ngomongin bruce willis ama demi moore keliatannya hrs pake pendekatan kenapa tante2x demen banget ama brondong deh hihihi :mrgreen:

  15. 15

    Top Gun!

    Dulu gw jatuh cinta berat sm film ini, beberapa wkt lalu nonton lagi di tivi swasta…rasanya kok jadul banget ya! wkwkwk…

    hehehe mantan pecinta tomkrus kyknya nih mbak Astrid :)

  16. 16

    ternyata banyak yang belum pernah aku tonton nih..siap2 cari DVDnya :D

    wah selamat nonton marathon kalo gitu :)

  17. 17

    SPEED emang keren…sayang banget SPEED 2 ‘jelek banget’…
    The Matrix kok gak masuk, ya ?

    wah stuju banget Put, speed 2 termasuk sequel yg hrsnya ga pernah dibuat :mrgreen: Ini khusus action tanpa unsur sci-fi ataupun fantasy Put. Spt ditulis di paragraf pertama :)

  18. 18

    I love sean connery!

    by the way, didn’t watch most of the list so I could say anything

    but I think they are famous, I’ve heard/read about them as well

    I like rush hour – the adrenaline rush and the comic antics had me laugh

    Hi, Pchi. Yup they are all famous movies. You can start renting some DVD’s then :mrgreen: Rush Hour was very entertaining. Unfortunately it can’t compete with these top 7 :)

  19. 19

    ups..i’m sorry, mas sigit..
    i don’t recognize it :D

    hehe it’s okay Put. It’s nice to have your reply :)

  20. 20

    waah.. yang ngetop buat movie sequel mah <– versi gw neh git.. :

    2. BOURNE
    3. LOTRO
    4.SEX is ZERO <– Asli yang ini lucu banget deh…. ngakak habiss…

    that’s all my best movie sequel version !! silah di posting deh

    ini kyknya ketuker tempat ya pren :mrgreen: Kyknya elo uda nuker tadi gue liat. N’tar gue ke sono ya :)

  21. kunam88 #

    excellent list,tapi kurang 1menurut gw


    ni film punya semuanya,great action,great performance,and great story

    pilemnya Luc Besson ya bro? iya keren jg tuh pilem. Susah ya kalo listnya dibatasin. Abis msh ada lagi yg keren2x laen :mrgreen:

  22. ampri tatto #

    caranya download flm true lies gmna ya o aq ga bsa…

  23. agus mulyadin #

    bosan juga nonton film kalau bisa , kalau bisa di ganti aja jadi ceramah, heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  24. 24

    Top gun keren bgt tuh

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