Greatest Action Movies

List by al22 Last updated April 12, 2017

A collection of some great action movies to watch. This is my list of the great action movies of all time, I tried to remember them all but I guess there will be some that need to be on here. Please comment if you think there needs to be something added or a movie that shouldn't be on here :)


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Inception (2010)

Action Thriller Science Fiction
Your mind is the scene of the crime.

Cobb, a skilled thief who commits corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible: "inception", the implantation of another person's idea into a target's subconscious.

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Vote count 12,711 Vote avg 81 Release date 2010-07-14

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Star Wars (1977)

Adventure Action Science Fiction
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

Princess Leia is captured and held hostage by the evil Imperial forces in their effort to take over the galactic Empire. Venturesome Luke Skywalker and dashing captain Han Solo team together with the loveable robot duo R2-D2 and C-3PO to rescue the beautiful princess and restore peace and justice in the Empire.

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Vote count 5,515 Vote avg 80 Release date 1977-05-25

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The Dark Knight (2008)

Drama Action Crime
Why So Serious?

Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as the Joker.

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Vote count 11,060 Vote avg 82 Release date 2008-07-16

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The Lord of the Rings (1978)

Fantasy Drama Animation
Fantasy...beyond your imagination

The Fellowship of the Ring embark on a journey to destroy the One Ring and end Sauron's reign over Middle-earth.

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Vote count 150 Vote avg 61 Release date 1978-11-15

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X-Men (2000)

Adventure Action Science Fiction
Evolution Begins

Two mutants, Rogue and Wolverine, come to a private academy for their kind whose resident superhero team, the X-Men, must oppose a terrorist organization with similar powers.

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Vote count 2,945 Vote avg 70 Release date 2000-07-13

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The Matrix (1999)

Action Science Fiction
Welcome to the Real World.

Set in the 22nd century, The Matrix tells the story of a computer hacker who joins a group of underground insurgents fighting the vast and powerful computers who now rule the earth.

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Vote count 7,523 Vote avg 78 Release date 1999-03-30

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Captain America (1990)

War Action Science Fiction
Frozen in the ice for decades, Captain America is freed to battle against arch-criminal, The Red Skull.

During World War II, a brave, patriotic American Soldier undergoes experiments to become a new supersoldier, "Captain America." Racing to Germany to sabotage the rockets of Nazi baddie "Red Skull", Captain America winds up frozen until the 1990s. He reawakens to find that the Red Skull has changed identities and is now planning to kidnap the President of the United States.

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Vote count 67 Vote avg 46 Release date 1990-12-14

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Predator (1987)

Science Fiction Action Adventure
If it bleeds, we can kill it...

Dutch and his group of commandos are hired by the CIA to rescue downed airmen from guerillas in a Central American jungle. The mission goes well but as they return they find that something is hunting them. Nearly invisible, it blends in with the forest, taking trophies from the bodies of its victims as it goes along. Occasionally seeing through its eyes, the audience sees it is an intelligent alien hunter, hunting them for sport, killing them off one at a time.

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Vote count 1,730 Vote avg 72 Release date 1987-06-11

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Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Adventure Action
Indiana Jones - the new hero from the creators of JAWS and STAR WARS.

When Dr. Indiana Jones – the tweed-suited professor who just happens to be a celebrated archaeologist – is hired by the government to locate the legendary Ark of the Covenant, he finds himself up against the entire Nazi regime.

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Vote count 3,210 Vote avg 76 Release date 1981-06-12

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The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Adventure Action Science Fiction
The Adventure Continues...

The epic saga continues as Luke Skywalker, in hopes of defeating the evil Galactic Empire, learns the ways of the Jedi from aging master Yoda. But Darth Vader is more determined than ever to capture Luke. Meanwhile, rebel leader Princess Leia, cocky Han Solo, Chewbacca, and droids C-3PO and R2-D2 are thrown into various stages of capture, betrayal and despair.

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Vote count 4,942 Vote avg 81 Release date 1980-05-17

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Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

Action Crime
Go for the kill.

An assassin is shot at the altar by her ruthless employer, Bill and other members of their assassination circle – but 'The Bride' lives to plot her vengeance. Setting out for some payback, she makes a death list and hunts down those who wronged her, saving Bill for last.

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Vote count 3,869 Vote avg 76 Release date 2003-10-10

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Die Hard (1988)

Action Thriller
40 Stories. Twelve Terrorists. One Cop.

NYPD cop John McClane's plan to reconcile with his estranged wife, Holly, is thrown for a serious loop when minutes after he arrives at her office, the entire building is overtaken by a group of pitiless terrorists. With little help from the LAPD, wisecracking McClane sets out to single-handedly rescue the hostages and bring the bad guys down.

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Vote count 3,445 Vote avg 74 Release date 1988-07-15

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Die Hard 2 (1990)

Action Thriller
Die Harder

John McClane is an off-duty cop gripped with a feeling of déjà vu when on a snowy Christmas Eve in the nation's capital, terrorists seize a major international airport, holding thousands of holiday travelers hostage. Renegade military commandos led by a murderous rogue officer plot to rescue a drug lord from justice and are prepared for every contingency except one: McClane's smart-mouthed heroics.

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Vote count 1,625 Vote avg 66 Release date 1990-07-02

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Enter the Dragon (1973)

Crime Thriller Action
Their deadly mission: to crack the forbidden island of Han!

A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover.

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Vote count 396 Vote avg 73 Release date 1973-08-17

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Gladiator (2000)

Action Drama Adventure
A Hero Will Rise.

General Maximus' success in battle earns the favour of the Roman Empire's elderly Emperor at the expense of the Emperor's son. In a fit of jealous rage the son slays his father before turning his anger towards Maximus. Now reduced to a slave, and his family dead, Maximus must fight as a gladiator to gain his freedom – and his revenge.

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Vote count 4,474 Vote avg 78 Release date 2000-05-01

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Lethal Weapon (1987)

Adventure Action Comedy
If these two can learn to stand each other... the bad guys don't stand a chance.

Veteran buttoned-down LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh is partnered with unhinged cop Martin Riggs, who -- distraught after his wife's death -- has a death wish and takes unnecessary risks with criminals at every turn. The odd couple embark on their first homicide investigation as partners, involving a young woman known to Murtaugh with ties to a drug and prostitution ring.

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Vote count 1,142 Vote avg 69 Release date 1987-03-06

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The Bourne Identity (2002)

Action Drama Mystery
He was the perfect weapon until he became the target.

Wounded to the brink of death and suffering from amnesia, Jason Bourne is rescued at sea by a fisherman. With nothing to go on but a Swiss bank account number, he starts to reconstruct his life, but finds that many people he encounters want him dead. However, Bourne realizes that he has the combat and mental skills of a world-class spy – but who does he work for?

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Vote count 3,131 Vote avg 72 Release date 2002-06-14

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The Fast and the Furious (2001)

Action Crime Thriller
Live life 1/4 mile at a time.

Domenic Toretto is a Los Angeles street racer suspected of masterminding a series of big-rig hijackings. When undercover cop Brian O'Conner infiltrates Toretto's iconoclastic crew, he falls for Toretto's sister and must choose a side: the gang or the LAPD.

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Vote count 2,949 Vote avg 65 Release date 2001-06-22

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Taken (2008)

Action Thriller Crime
They took his daughter. He'll take their lives.

While vacationing with a friend in Paris, an American girl is kidnapped by a gang of human traffickers intent on selling her into forced prostitution. Working against the clock, her ex-spy father must pull out all the stops to save her. But with his best years possibly behind him, the job may be more than he can handle.

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Vote count 3,744 Vote avg 72 Release date 2008-02-18

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True Lies (1994)

Action Thriller
When he said I do, he never said what he did.

Harry Tasker is a secret agent for the United States Government. For years, he has kept his job from his wife, but is forced to reveal his identity and try to stop nuclear terrorists when he and his wife are kidnapped by them.

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Vote count 920 Vote avg 67 Release date 1994-07-14

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Face/Off (1997)

Action Crime Science Fiction
In order to catch him, he must become him.

An antiterrorism agent goes under the knife to acquire the likeness of a terrorist and gather details about a bombing plot. When the terrorist escapes custody, he undergoes surgery to look like the agent so he can get close to the agent's family.

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Vote count 1,328 Vote avg 67 Release date 1997-06-27

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The Terminator (1984)

Action Thriller Science Fiction
Your future is in his hands.

In the post-apocalyptic future, reigning tyrannical supercomputers teleport a cyborg assassin known as the "Terminator" back to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor, whose unborn son is destined to lead insurgents against 21st century mechanical hegemony. Meanwhile, the human-resistance movement dispatches a lone warrior to safeguard Sarah. Can he stop the virtually indestructible killing machine?

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Vote count 3,465 Vote avg 73 Release date 1984-10-26

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First Blood (1982)

Action Adventure Thriller
This time he's fighting for his life.

When former Green Beret John Rambo is harassed by local law enforcement and arrested for vagrancy, the Vietnam vet snaps, runs for the hills and rat-a-tat-tats his way into the action-movie hall of fame. Hounded by a relentless sheriff, Rambo employs heavy-handed guerilla tactics to shake the cops off his tail.

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Vote count 1,198 Vote avg 72 Release date 1982-10-22

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Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Action Science Fiction
Live, Die, Repeat

Major Bill Cage is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously demoted and dropped into combat. Cage is killed within minutes, managing to take an alpha alien down with him. He awakens back at the beginning of the same day and is forced to fight and die again... and again - as physical contact with the alien has thrown him into a time loop.

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Vote count 4,060 Vote avg 77 Release date 2014-05-27

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Leon: The Professional (1994)

Thriller Crime Drama
If you want a job done well, hire a professional.

Leon, the top hit man in New York, has earned a rep as an effective "cleaner". But when his next-door neighbors are wiped out by a loose-cannon DEA agent, he becomes the unwilling custodian of 12-year-old Mathilda. Before long, Mathilda's thoughts turn to revenge, and she considers following in Leon's footsteps.

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Vote count 3,387 Vote avg 81 Release date 1994-09-14

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RoboCop (2014)

Science Fiction Action
We've got the future under control.

In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years, but have been forbidden for law enforcement in America. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy – a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit – is critically injured, OmniCorp sees their chance to build a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine.

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Vote count 2,047 Vote avg 57 Release date 2014-01-30

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I, Robot (2004)

Action Science Fiction
Laws are made to be broken.

In 2035, where robots are common-place and abide by the three laws of robotics, a techno-phobic cop investigates an apparent suicide. Suspecting that a robot may be responsible for the death, his investigation leads him to believe that humanity may be in danger.

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Vote count 3,007 Vote avg 67 Release date 2004-07-15

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The Rock (1996)

Action Adventure Thriller
Alcatraz. Only one man has ever broken out. Now five million lives depend on two men breaking in.

A group of renegade marine commandos seizes a stockpile of chemical weapons and takes over Alcatraz, with 81 tourists as hostages. Their leader demands $100 million to be paid, as restitution to families of Marines who died in covert ops – or he will launch 15 rockets carrying deadly VX gas into the San Francisco Bay area.

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Vote count 1,244 Vote avg 69 Release date 1996-06-06

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Hot Fuzz (2007)

Crime Action Comedy
Big cops. Small town. Moderate violence.

Top London cop, PC Nicholas Angel is good. Too good. To stop the rest of his team from looking bad, he is reassigned to the quiet town of Sandford, paired with simple country cop, and everything seems quiet until two actors are found decapitated. It is addressed as an accident, but Angel isn't going to accept that, especially when more and more people turn up dead.

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Vote count 1,804 Vote avg 74 Release date 2007-02-14

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Point Break (1991)

Action Thriller Crime
Twenty-seven banks in three years. Anything to catch the perfect wave.

In the coastal town of Los Angeles, a gang of bank robbers call themselves The Ex-Presidents commit their crimes while wearing masks of Reagan, Carter, Nixon and Johnson. The F.B.I. believes that the members of the gang could be surfers and send young agent Johnny Utah undercover at the beach to mix with the surfers and gather information.

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Vote count 661 Vote avg 68 Release date 1991-07-12

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300 (2006)

Action Adventure War
Spartans, prepare for glory!

Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel, "300" is very loosely based the 480 B.C. Battle of Thermopylae, where the King of Sparta led his army against the advancing Persians; the battle is said to have inspired all of Greece to band together against the Persians, and helped usher in the world's first democracy.

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Vote count 4,185 Vote avg 70 Release date 2006-12-09

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Iron Man (2008)

Action Science Fiction Adventure
Heroes aren't born. They're built.

After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil.

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Vote count 8,100 Vote avg 73 Release date 2008-04-30

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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Action Adventure Science Fiction
What a Lovely Day.

An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There's Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.

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Vote count 9,099 Vote avg 72 Release date 2015-05-13
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Mission: Impossible (1996)

Adventure Action Thriller
Expect the Impossible.

When Ethan Hunt, the leader of a crack espionage team whose perilous operation has gone awry with no explanation, discovers that a mole has penetrated the CIA, he's surprised to learn that he's the No. 1 suspect. To clear his name, Hunt now must ferret out the real double agent and, in the process, even the score.

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Vote count 2,173 Vote avg 66 Release date 1996-05-21

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Deadpool (2016)

Action Adventure Comedy
Witness the beginning of a happy ending

Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

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Vote count 10,427 Vote avg 74 Release date 2016-02-09
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Avatar (2009)

Action Adventure Fantasy
Enter the World of Pandora.

In the 22nd century, a paraplegic Marine is dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission, but becomes torn between following orders and protecting an alien civilization.

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Vote count 10,924 Vote avg 72 Release date 2009-12-10

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Apocalypse Now (1979)

Drama War
This is the end...

At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, "does not exist, nor will it ever exist." His goal is to locate - and eliminate - a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter Kurtz, who has been leading his personal army on illegal guerrilla missions into enemy territory.

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Vote count 1,610 Vote avg 80 Release date 1979-08-15

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Aliens (1986)

Horror Action Thriller
This Time It's War

When Ripley's lifepod is found by a salvage crew over 50 years later, she finds that terra-formers are on the very planet they found the alien species. When the company sends a family of colonists out to investigate her story, all contact is lost with the planet and colonists. They enlist Ripley and the colonial marines to return and search for answers.

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Vote count 2,658 Vote avg 77 Release date 1986-07-18

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True Grit (2010)

Drama Adventure Western
Punishment Comes One Way or Another.

Following the murder of her father by hired hand Tom Chaney, 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross sets out to capture the killer. To aid her, she hires the toughest U.S. Marshal she can find, a man with "true grit," Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn. Mattie insists on accompanying Cogburn, whose drinking, sloth, and generally reprobate character do not augment her faith in him. Against his wishes, she joins him in his trek into the Indian Nations in search of Chaney. They are joined by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf, who wants Chaney for his own purposes. The unlikely trio find danger and adventure on the journey, and each has his or her "grit" tested.

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Vote count 1,404 Vote avg 71 Release date 2010-12-22

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Ghostbusters (1984)

Fantasy Action Comedy
They ain't afraid of no ghost.

After losing their academic posts at a prestigious university, a team of parapsychologists goes into business as proton-pack-toting "ghostbusters" who exterminate ghouls, hobgoblins and supernatural pests of all stripes. An ad campaign pays off when a knockout cellist hires the squad to purge her swanky digs of demons that appear to be living in her refrigerator.

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Vote count 1,889 Vote avg 73 Release date 1984-06-07

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Looper (2012)

Action Thriller Science Fiction
Hunted By Your Future, Haunted By Your Past

In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past where a looper, a hired gun, like Joe is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good until the day the mob decides to close the loop, sending back Joe's future self for assassination.

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Vote count 4,149 Vote avg 66 Release date 2012-09-26

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The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

Action Drama Mystery
Remember everything. Forgive nothing.

Bourne is brought out of hiding once again by reporter Simon Ross who is trying to unveil Operation Blackbriar, an upgrade to Project Treadstone, in a series of newspaper columns. Information from the reporter stirs a new set of memories, and Bourne must finally uncover his dark past while dodging The Company's best efforts to eradicate him.

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Vote count 2,540 Vote avg 73 Release date 2007-08-03

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Apollo 13 (1995)

Drama
Houston, we have a problem.

The true story of technical troubles that scuttle the Apollo 13 lunar mission in 1971, risking the lives of astronaut Jim Lovell and his crew, with the failed journey turning into a thrilling saga of heroism. Drifting more than 200,000 miles from Earth, the astronauts work furiously with the ground crew to avert tragedy.

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Vote count 1,326 Vote avg 73 Release date 1995-06-30

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Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Action Adventure Fantasy
There's a hero in all of us.

Peter Parker is going through a major identity crisis. Burned out from being Spider-Man, he decides to shelve his superhero alter ego, which leaves the city suffering in the wake of carnage left by the evil Doc Ock. In the meantime, Parker still can't act on his feelings for Mary Jane Watson, a girl he's loved since childhood.

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Vote count 3,413 Vote avg 65 Release date 2004-06-25

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Blade (1998)

Horror Action
Part Man. Part Vampire. All Hero.

When Blade's mother was bitten by a vampire during pregnancy, she did not know that she gave her son a special gift while dying: All the good vampire attributes in combination with the best human skills. Blade and his mentor Whistler battle an evil vampire rebel (Deacon Frost) who plans to take over the outdated vampire council, capture Blade and resurrect voracious blood god La Magra.

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Vote count 1,614 Vote avg 64 Release date 1998-08-21

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The Running Man (1987)

Action Science Fiction
A game nobody survives. But Schwarzenegger has yet to play.

By 2017, the global economy has collapsed and American society has become a totalitarian police state, censoring all cultural activity. The government pacifies the populace by broadcasting a number of game shows in which convicted criminals fight for their lives, including the gladiator-style The Running Man, hosted by the ruthless Damon Killian, where “runners” attempt to evade “stalkers” and certain death for a chance to be pardoned and set free.

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Vote count 581 Vote avg 64 Release date 1987-11-13

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TRON: Legacy (2010)

Adventure Action Science Fiction
The Game Has Changed.

Sam Flynn, the tech-savvy and daring son of Kevin Flynn, investigates his father's disappearance and is pulled into The Grid. With the help of a mysterious program named Quorra, Sam quests to stop evil dictator Clu from crossing into the real world.

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Vote count 2,445 Vote avg 63 Release date 2010-12-10

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Total Recall (1990)

Action Adventure Science Fiction
They stole his mind, now he wants it back.

Construction worker Douglas Quaid discovers a memory chip in his brain during a virtual-reality trip. He also finds that his past has been invented to conceal a plot of planetary domination. Soon, he's off to Mars to find out who he is and who planted the chip.

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Vote count 1,423 Vote avg 70 Release date 1990-06-01

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Commando (1985)

Action Adventure Thriller
Somewhere... somehow... someone's going to pay.

John Matrix, the former leader of a special commando strike force that always got the toughest jobs done, is forced back into action when his young daughter is kidnapped. To find her, Matrix has to fight his way through an array of punks, killers, one of his former commandos, and a fully equipped private army. With the help of a feisty stewardess and an old friend, Matrix has only a few hours to overcome his greatest challenge: finding his daughter before she's killed.

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Vote count 617 Vote avg 64 Release date 1985-10-03

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Bad Boys II (2003)

Adventure Action Comedy
If you can't stand the heat, get out of Miami.

Out-of-control, trash-talking buddy cops Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowrey of the Miami Narcotics Task Force reunite, and bullets fly, cars crash and laughs explode as they pursue a whacked-out drug lord from the streets of Miami to the barrios of Cuba. But the real fireworks result when Marcus discovers that playboy Mike is secretly romancing Marcus’ sexy sister.

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Vote count 1,331 Vote avg 63 Release date 2003-07-18

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