Ranking the most ultimate action films of the great Scott Adkins!
At this point in his career, Scott Adkins should be considered an action movie titan. The man has held down the action genre like no other has for almost 15 years. In my opinion, as a martial arts film / action movie performer, he has done enough so far throughout his career to have him sitting at the table with the likes of Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Sho Kosugi and so on…
And he damn sure has the resume to back that claim up. Don’t believe me? Well, let me draw up a few examples for you.
Here are the Top 10 Ultimate Scott Adkins Action Movies!
But before I get into it, let me list some of the honorable mentions. Movies of Scott Adkins that are just as great as the ones on the list, but just couldn’t find a place to fit in:
- Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning
- The Debt Collector
- El Gringo
- The Expendables 2
This list also does not include any selections where Scott is not a main (or at least major character) in the story. It also does not include any of his television appearances. Will also note that if you have any opinions on what your picks for Top 10 would be, please leave them in the comments below!
Now, let’s get to the goods.
10) Hard Target 2 (2016)
While not the action masterpiece the original was, Hard Target 2 contains enough great action, gorgeous cinematography, and awesome stunts (performed in very obvious large majority by Scott himself) to stand out on its own as a great Adkins action flick.
9) Close Range (2015)
Adkins & master of action Isaac Florentine re-team to give us an action packed modern day western filled with the usual assortment of excellent fight choreography and stunts, plus with added awesome firefights, making this another winner in their already amazing filmography.
8) Accident Man (2018)
While his appearance in a major comic book movie (Doctor Strange in case you were wondering) was minute to say the least, it all worked out in the end, since obviously the action gods were saving him for a way better comic book character: Mike Fallon, the Accident Man.
7) Undisputed 2 (2006)
The one that started it all. The one that endeared him to action fans around the world. The debut of one of the most awesome action movie characters in recent memory, Yuri Boyka. Scott & Isaac would start a path here with this new age action classic that will see them become instant action movie legends.
6) Triple Threat (2019)
While Triple Threat is without a doubt the martial arts version of Avengers: Endgame, Scott, playing the special forces antagonist in this one, sadly only has one fight in this movie. (But we do get some amazing bouts from Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Michael Jai White, and Michael Bisping.)
But his deliciously devilish performance, extreme prowess with a gun in the shootout sequences, great stunts and his one fight easily being the best fight in a movie filled to the brim with incredibly marvelous ones, make Triple Threat’s inclusion on the list hard to argue.
5) Avengement (2019)
The finest performance of Scott’s career by far, mixed in with blazingly brutal, non stop action scenes make this not only one of the best action movies of this year, but also one of the best movies of Scott’s career. You can’t go wrong with the true Adkins ultimate classic Avengement.
4) Undisputed 3 (2010)
As a follow up to Undisputed 2 (and stronger than the fourth installment), Undisputed III: Redemption manages to surpass its predecessor in every way with a tremendous lead performance from Scott, rich supporting cast, great story and some downright awe inspiring fight scenes.
3) Savage Dog (2017)
Jesse Johnson’s ode to Joseph Conrad, Savage Dog plays like the ultimate Michael Dudikoff/Cannon Group movie that they never made. Unforgiving story mixed with brutal & gory action, and a fierce, at times almost scary, lead performance from Scott make this the darkest movie on this list. But it’s legit great.
2) Boyka: Undisputed (2016)
Scott’s finest hour in the role that made him an icon of the genre. Coupled with the best action scenes of the series, a stupendous performance from Scott, and a staggering but beautifully heartfelt arc for the character of Boyka, Boyka: Undisputed is the pinnacle of the franchise that keeps getting better with every entry.
1) Ninja 2: Shadow of a Tear (2013)
As flawless an action masterpiece as they come. In my opinion, not only the best movie Scott & Isaac have made so far, not only one of the best action movies of this past decade, but simply one of the best action movies ever made, bar none. The action genre does not get much better than Ninja: Shadow of a Tear.
And that’s the top 10. But these are just the picks of one. What are your top 10 Adkins flicks? I would love to hear them. Because we’re all followers in The Church of Adkins, so let’s all join together to preach his word…
In Scott We Trust.