Picking out the top 5 action movies is practically impossible because everyone’s tastes are different and also because there are so many different action movies out there. These may not be your top 5 choices but they are all great action movies. Please let me know in the comments below what your favorite action movies are. Each year a lot of action movies are made, but the action movies listed below are not only considered classics because they have stood the test of time but they have also appealed to a wide audience. The only newer selection movie on this list is the Expendables. Other than the Expendables all of the action movies are older and proven classics in the action movie genre.
5. The Expendables
The Expendables was so popular that a sequel was made. About the only action stars who did not seem to make an appearance in the film was Jean-Claude Van Damme who turned down a role but does appear in the sequel and Steven Seagal who turned down a cameo appearance offer.
The Expendables was specifically designed to be an action movie and it stars some of the top action movie stars of the top action movies from the 80’s and 90’s. The Expendables is almost like a Hall of Fame movie for action movie stars. If you like action and love the classic action movie actors such as Sylvester Stallone then you definitely need to watch the Expendables if you are one of the few who has not seen this movie yet. The Expendables is available for instant streaming on Netflix.
Some people may see the movie Speed as being sort of cheesy and not necessarily believable, but when this action movie came out in 1994 it was one of the most popular movies that year. You remember this movie right? There was a bomb set-up on a City Bus and if the bus slows to less than 50 MPH then the bomb will explode. There was even a sequel to the movie but unlike the original it had different stars, same plot, and crappy acting. The original Speed film was truly an action flick unlike any seen to that date. Sandra Bullock did return for the sequel but the sequel truly sucked and may be one of the worst movies of all time. The original however has kept its place in the heart of action movie fans around the Globe.
It is easy to look back on this movie now and think it was kind of a stupid plot, yet at the time Speed was released it was common for people to stand around the water cooler at work discussing not only the plausibility of the movie’s plot but also how much they enjoyed the unique plot that was unlike any action movie made to date.
3. Lethal Weapon
Lethal Weapon has spawned multiple sequels and all of them have been enjoyable and chocked gull of action and comedy; however the very first Lethal Weapon movie is by far one of the best action movies of all time. The combination of Danny Glover and Mel Gibson was possible some of the greatest casting off all time.
Mel Gibson played the suicidal cop who was not entirely there in the “head” and then they paired him up with the character played by Danny Glover who was a normal guy and enjoyed his family. This combination made for many funny scenes in addition to the great action scenes.
The characters of Lethal Weapon will once again be reunited in a new film but this time it will use new actors. Since the Lethal Weapon 4 film was released Mel Gibson has somehow managed to anger almost every segment of society from Jewish people, black people, women, and many other groups so it is probably better that he does not star in any further Lethal Weapon movies. It will be interesting to see if the new actors pull off the characters as well as Mel Gibson and Danny Glover did. I really hope they do because I think these 2 characters are amazingly awesome and the 2 characters work great together.
2. Die Hard
Bruce Willis stars in this hugely popular action movie series. So far there have been a total of 4 Die Hard movies in the franchise but it is possible another one will be coming out in the next couple of years but will probably be released in 2013. The original Die Hard is one of the top action movies of all-time. Many men like to refer to Die Hard as the “best Christmas movie ever”.
1. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark was the top grossing film of 1981. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark proved to be a hugely popular movie that has stood the test of time. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark has spawned multiple sequels, but none of them are near as good as the original. Originally the film was simply called Raiders of the Lost Ark but once they realized how popular it was the changed the title to include Indiana Jones so they could build a franchise around the title character.
Your Favorite Action Movies
What are your favorite action movies? Please leave a comment below and share what action movies you like best and which ones you think should not be on the list I made here. I would love to hear your opinions about action movies. Action movies come in all ratings and there are even action movies such as Jumanji that are desined specifically for kids as family movies. What do YOU think is the best action movies of all time? Please share with us which action movies you like the most.