The Top 50 Action Thrillers of All Time

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The Dark Knight

2008    Christopher Nolan    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Based-on-Comics

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Die Hard

1988    John McTiernan    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Holiday Film

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The Professional

1994    Luc Besson    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Buddy Film

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Batman Begins

2005    Christopher Nolan    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Based-on-Comics

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Inception

2010    Christopher Nolan    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Caper

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Throne of Blood

1957    Akira Kurosawa    Not Rated

Action    Action Thriller    Based-on-Shakespeare

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The French Connection

1971    William Friedkin    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Chase Movie

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Kill Bill Vol. 1

2003    Quentin Tarantino    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Hitman / Assassin Film

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The Bourne Identity

2002    Doug Liman    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Hitman / Assassin Film

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Heat

1995    Michael Mann    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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The Fugitive

1993    Andrew Davis    Rated PG13

Action Thriller    Based-on-Television    Chase Movie

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12

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

1982    Nicholas Meyer    Rated PG

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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Dirty Harry

1971    Don Siegel    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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14

The Dark Knight Rises

2012    Christopher Nolan    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Based-on-Comics

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Kill Bill Vol. 2

2004    Quentin Tarantino    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Hitman / Assassin Film

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Children of Men

2006    Alfonso Cuarón    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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17

Goldfinger

1964    Guy Hamilton    Not Rated

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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The Road Warrior

1981    George Miller (II)    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Australian New Wave

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Casino Royale

2006    Martin Campbell    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Glamorized Spy Film

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Dr. No

1962    Terence Young    Rated PG

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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21

From Russia with Love

1963    Terence Young    Not Rated

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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22

The Warriors

1979    Walter Hill    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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Total Recall

1990    Paul Verhoeven    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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Lethal Weapon

1987    Richard Donner    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Buddy Film

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Bullitt

1968    Peter Yates    Not Rated

Action Thriller    Chase Movie    Police Detective Film

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29

The Bourne Supremacy

2004    Paul Greengrass    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Hitman / Assassin Film

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V for Vendetta

2006    James McTeigue    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Based-on-Comics

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The Bourne Ultimatum

2007    Paul Greengrass    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Hitman / Assassin Film

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32

Die Hard With a Vengeance

1995    John McTiernan    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Buddy Film

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Skyfall

2012    Sam Mendes    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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Looper

2012    Rian Johnson    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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35

Hard Boiled

1992    John Woo    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Foreign Language Film

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The Killer

1989    John Woo    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Buddy Film

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First Blood

1982    Ted Kotcheff    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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38

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

1974    Sam Peckinpah    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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Battle Royale

2000    Kinji Fukasaku    Not Rated

Action    Action Thriller    Dystopian Film

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Die Hard 2

1990    Renny Harlin    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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From Dusk Till Dawn

1996    Robert Rodriguez    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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The Hunt for Red October

1990    John McTiernan    Rated PG

Thriller    Political Thriller    Sea Adventure

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43

True Lies

1994    James Cameron    Rated R

Action    Spy Film    Action Comedy

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The Hurt Locker

2008    Kathryn Bigelow    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Combat Films

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RoboCop

1987    Paul Verhoeven    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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46

Assault on Precinct 13

1976    John Carpenter    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Drama

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47

Mad Max

1979    George Miller (II)    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Australian New Wave

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Avatar

2009    James Cameron    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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Thunderball

1965    Terence Young    Not Rated

Action    Action Thriller    Glamorized Spy Film

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The Rock

1996    Michael Bay    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Buddy Film

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