10) Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

Director: James Cameron

Writers: James Cameron, William Wisher

Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong

Action Sub-genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller, Cyborg

Synopsis: “A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from a more advanced and powerful cyborg.”

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9) Death Wish (1974)

Director: Michael Winner

Writers: Brian Garfield, Wendell Mayes

Stars: Charles Bronson, Hope Lange, Vincent Gardenia

Action Sub-genre: Vigilante

Synopsis: “A New York City architect becomes a one-man vigilante squad after his wife is murdered by street punks in which he randomly goes out and kills would-be muggers on the mean streets after dark.”

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8) Rocky IV (1985)

Director: Sylvester Stallone

Writer: Sylvester Stallone

Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young

Action Sub-genre: Drama, Sports

Synopsis: “Rocky Balboa proudly holds the world heavyweight boxing championship, but a new challenger has stepped forward: Drago, a six-foot-four, 261-pound fighter who has the backing of the Soviet Union.”

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7) Die Hard (1988)

Director: John McTiernan

Writers: Roderick Thorp, Jeb Stuart, Steven E. de Souza

Stars: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

Action Sub-genre: Cop, Die Hard

Synopsis: “An NYPD officer tries to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.”

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6) Commando (1985)

Director: Mark L. Lester

Writers: Steven E. de Souza, Jeph Loeb, Matthew Weisman

Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rae Dawn Chong, Dan Hedaya

Action Sub-genre: Special Forces, Rescue

Synopsis: “A retired Special Forces colonel tries to save his daughter, who was abducted by his former subordinate.”

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5) Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

Director: George P. Cosmatos

Writers: David Morrell, Kevin Jarre, James Cameron, Sylvester Stallone

Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Charles Napier

Action Sub-genre: POW, Special Forces, War

Synopsis: “John Rambo is released from prison by the government for a top-secret covert mission to the last place on Earth he’d want to return – the jungles of Vietnam.”

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4) Lone Wolf McQuade (1983)

Director: Steve Carver

Writers: B.J. Nelson, H. Kaye Dyal

Stars: Chuck Norris, David Carradine, Barbara Carrera

Action Sub-genre: Cop, Western, Martial Arts

Synopsis: “After helping the local police with some horse thieves, a Texas Ranger aims at a drug lord with arms trade as well. They’re interested in the same woman and they’re both into martial arts.”


3) Predator (1987)

Director: John McTiernan

Writers: Jim Thomas, John Thomas

Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall

Action Sub-genre: Sci-Fi, Man is the Deadliest Prey, Thriller, Special Forces

Synopsis: “A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.”

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2) Bloodsport (1988)

Director: Newt Arnold

Writers: Sheldon Lettich (story), Sheldon Lettich (screenplay), Christopher Cosby (screenplay), Mel Friedman (screenplay)

Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Donald Gibb, Leah Ayres

Action Sub-genre: Martial Arts, Tournament

Synopsis: “Follows Frank Dux, an American martial artist serving in the military, who decides to leave the army to compete in a martial arts tournament in Hong Kong where fights to the death can occur.”

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1) Cobra (1986)

Director: George P. Cosmatos

Writers: Paula Gosling (novel), Sylvester Stallone (screenplay)

Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Brigitte Nielsen, Reni Santoni

Action Sub-genre: Cop, Thriller

Synopsis: “A tough-on-crime street cop must protect the only surviving witness to a strange murderous cult with far reaching plans.”

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That’s our list of THE TOP 100 MOST ULTIMATE ACTION MOVIES OF ALL TIME… Feel free to share yours in the comments below!


  1. wow this is one screwed up list, cobra #1 really? this movie never even got a sequel because it was one of stallones worst ever, picking it over terminator and die hard, again WOW

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