Hollywood has given us some great movies, here we shortlist some of the best action movies it has given us. This list is not based on a ranking system; rather, it is set in chronological order (according to their release dates).

10.The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966)

Release Date:

23 December 1966

Directed by:

Sergio Leone

Box Office Collection:

$ 25.1 million

Plot Summary:

The movie is set in 1862 and starts off with a mercenary killing his target and the man who hired him.

The story revolves around a bandit called Tuco and a man whom Tuco calls by the name of Blondie. Blondie and Tuco go to various settlements where Blondie claims to hand over Tuco and then, after receiving the bounty, saves him, and they run away. They keep repeating this until one day, Tuco is abandoned by Blondie in the middle of the desert because of his excessive complaining.

Hell-bent on seeking Revenge, Tuco chases after Blondie to catch up with him in the desert. A near-death Bill Carson shows up and promises Tuco the $200,000 buried in a grave in exchange for his help. When Tuco decides to help and leave to get water, upon his return, he finds Bill dead and Blondie with the information about the money, and so Tuco helps Blondie recover. Then the duo decides to team up in search of the gold.

The story sees the unfolding events that occur between Tuco, Blondie and the Union forces. What is gripping about the story is the greed and cunning of the characters in order to gain the gold for themselves.

The movie draws near its end with a three-way duel between Tuco, Blondie and Angel Eyes, but the twists are yet to be seen, all of it set up by Blondie.

Who gets killed? Who survives? Who gets the gold? Find out by watching this action-packed cowboy movie from 1966

 

9.The Wild Bunch (1969)

Release Date:

18 June 1969

Directed by:

Sam Peckinpah

Box Office Collection:

$ 11 million (approx.)

Plot Summary:

This cowboy classic from the year 1969 is about a band of outlaws who wish to retire comfortably. Led by the ageing outlaw Pike Bishop (played by William Holden), this band of four rob a Railroad Office. The robbery ends in a disaster, and now the gang is being chased by Pike’s former partner, now reformed, forcing them to flee to Mexico. With another chance to secure their retirement, the gang is stuck between Thornton, the former partner (played by Robert Ryan) and the evil Juerta. The story continues with the chase and fierce gunfights as the group prepares for their lawless past to catch up to them.

 

8.Lethal Weapon (1987)

Release Date:

6 March 1987

Directed by:

Richard Donner

Box Office Collection:

$120.2 million

Plot Summary:

The plot of this classic cop action movie gravitates around an unlikely partnership of Martin Riggs (played by Mel Gibson) and Roger Murtaugh (played by Danny Glover). Assigned the case of the murder of a banker’s daughter, the pair of a sensible Roger and the reckless and suicidal Martin discover a major drug-trafficking ring. The pair of highly capable cops hustle through the movie to apprehend the criminals, having to increasingly trust each other more and more as the turn of events makes the case more personal.

 

7.Die Hard (1988)

Release Date:

15 July 1988

Directed by:

John McTiernan

Box Office Collection:

$ 139.8-141.5 million

Plot Summary:

John McClane (played by Bruce Willis), a New York City policeman, visits Los Angeles in the hopes of Christmas with his daughters and estranged wife Holly (played by Bonnie Bedelia). However, fate has different plans as the high-rise building, headquarters of Nakatomi Corporation, is taken over by a terrorist group. McClane soon realises that his wife is one of the hostages in the building. With not many hopes of assistance, John McClane must bust in to save his wife. Will he come out unscathed or maybe lose his life?

 

6.Terminator II

Release Date:

3 July 1991 (across the US)

Directed by:

James Cameron

Box Office Collection:

$520.9 million

Plot Summary:

A sequel to the 1984 “The Terminator”, this movie is set eleven years after its prequel events. John Connor (played by Edward Furlong) is now a young boy having survived an assassination attempt.

His fate is unique; he is the key to salvation for the human race, the leader that will be at the front of the human resistance against the future robot rising. Owing to John’s destiny, a shape-shifting T-1000 (played by Robert Patrick) is sent back in time to meet a young John and kill him. While Sarah Connor, his mother (played by Linda Hamilton) and John go on the run to save themselves from a Terminator, they find safety behind an old enemy. Another Terminator, the T-800 (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger), is also sent back in time, this time not to kill but to protect the mother and the future leader of humankind.

5.Bourne Identity

Release Date:

14 June 2002

Directed by:

Doug Linan

Box Office Collection:

$214 million

Plot Summary:

This is the Bourne series’s first movie and is based on the book by the same name written by Robert Ludlum. The story begins with a bullet-ridden unconscious man (played by Matt Damon) being picked up from the Mediterranean Sea by an Italian fishing boat. He is looked after by strangers and, upon recovery finds out, nothing. He wakes up with total amnesia, no sense of self, no history, without a name or a past. What the man does retain are his various skills that imply a dangerous past. Desperate to find out about himself, he sets to discover who he really is, his identity. He is soon thrown in a web of identities, unaware of which is real or which a cover. All he knows for sure is that assassins are in hot pursuit, unaware as to why.

4.Kill Bill Vol 1 (2003)

Release Date:

10 October 2003

Directed by:

Quentin Tarantino

Box Office Collection:

$180.9 million

Plot Summary:

This Tarantino action classic is about a former assassin, code-name: The Bride (played by Uma Thurman), who is put into a coma by her jealous ex-lover on her wedding day. She wakes up from the coma four years later after the failed murder attempt that put her there. Having lost everything, The Bride sets out on a mission to exact revenge. After setting a hit list of everyone who was a part of the scheme that led to the loss of her unborn child, her wedding, and her four years, she begins on her quest. The Bride rises again with a desire to kill and meets with unparalleled enemies, surviving through gruesome injuries to meet Bill, her ex-boss (played by David Carradine) and be the reason for his death.

 

3.Bourne Supremacy

Release Date:

23 July 2004

Directed by:

Paul Greengrass

Box Office Collection:

$290.6 million

Plot Summary:

The man who once fought to seek his identity now fights to prove his innocence. Jason Bourne (played by Matt Damon), now living in India, is framed by a Russian agent, Kirill (played by Karl Urban). On the run from Kirill, with his girlfriend, Marie (played by Franka Potente), suffers another loss as a shot meant for him accidentally kills Marie. Now, searing revenge, Jason changes his plan. Instead of running from Kirill, who is bent on assassinating Bourne, he sets out on a mission to prove his innocence and bring the people responsible to justice. He’s living on the edge as CIA head Pamela Landy (played by Joan Allen) is in hot pursuit to apprehend him, convinced that he is the guilt of theft of millions from the CIA.

2.The Expendables (2010)

Release Date:

13 August 2010 (across the US)

Directed by:

Sylvester Stallone

Box Office Collection:

$274.5 million

Plot Summary:

Mercenaries live a life where they can trust no one but themselves. Even under such pretences, a group of mercenaries led by Barney Ross is charged with assassinating and overthrowing a hard-hearted dictator by a mysterious Mr Church. They soon come to realise that they are not fully aware of the situation. Been double-crossed and caught in a web of lies, and a compromised mission over their head. The group decides to tackle all odds and decide to get the job done.

1.Dunkirk (2017)

Release Date:

21 July 2017

Directed by:

Christopher Nolan

Box Office Collection:

$526.9 million

Plot Summary:

The story set in the May of 1940, in the grim scenario of World War II. German forces have ascended into France, trapping 400,000 British, Belgian, Dutch and French soldiers in the town of Dunkirk. Among those is a young private of the British forces. With the German forces raining down on them from the skies, a plan is formulated to rescue those stuck. Britain sends civilian boats and every available and serviceable naval vessel for the rescue mission in a bold move. The movie is through the eyes of the young private as they try to escape from Dunkirk with their lives.