Most Suspensive Thrilling Action Movies Ever

List by john Last updated August 17, 2017

This is a list of 265 of the most thrilling, suspenseful action movies of all time. That mean we get movies from more than 60 years ago right up until 2017, I bet there are loads you have not seen. Enjoy.


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Insomnia (2002)

Crime Mystery Thriller
A tough cop. A brilliant killer. An unspeakable crime.

Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.

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Vote count 870 Vote avg 67 Release date 2002-05-24

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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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Anger Management (2003)

Comedy
Feel the Love.

After a misunderstanding aboard an airplane that escalates out of control, the mild-mannered Dave Buznik is ordered by Judge Daniels to attend anger management sessions run by Doctor Buddy Rydell, which are filled with highly eccentric and volatile men and women. Buddy's unorthodox approach to therapy is confrontational and abrasive and Dave is bewildered by it. Then, after yet another mishap, Judge Daniels orders Dave to step up his therapy or wind up in jail. So, Buddy moves in with Dave to help him battle his inner demons. Buddy himself has no inner demons since he acts out at every opportunity and that includes making lewd comments about Dave's girlfriend Linda and goading Dave into confronting every slight, past or present, head-on. But Buddy finally goes too far and Dave must decide whether to crawl back into his shell or stand up for himself. Could it be that Buddy's confounding and contradictory treatment is just what the doctor ordered?

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Vote count 743 Vote avg 59 Release date 2003-04-11

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The Rundown (2003)

Adventure Action Comedy
cut to the chase

When Travis, the mouthy son of a criminal, disappears in the Amazon in search of a treasured artifact, his father sends in Beck, who becomes Travis's rival for the affections of Mariana, a mysterious Brazilian woman. With his steely disposition, Beck is a man of few words -- but it takes him all the discipline he can muster to work with Travis to nab a tyrant who's after the same treasure.

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Vote count 417 Vote avg 64 Release date 2003-09-26

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Basic (2003)

Action Drama Mystery
Deception is their most deadly weapon.

A DEA agent investigates the disappearance of a legendary Army ranger drill sergeant and several of his cadets during a training exercise gone severely awry.

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Vote count 229 Vote avg 61 Release date 2003-04-18

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Identity (2003)

Mystery Thriller
The secret lies within.

Complete strangers stranded at a remote desert motel during a raging storm soon find themselves the target of a deranged murderer. As their numbers thin out, the travelers begin to turn on each other, as each tries to figure out who the killer is.

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Vote count 831 Vote avg 70 Release date 2003-04-25

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The Italian Job (2003)

Thriller Action Crime
Get in. Get out. Get even.

After being betrayed and left for dead in Italy, Charlie Croker and his team plan an elaborate gold heist against their former ally.

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Vote count 1,641 Vote avg 66 Release date 2003-05-30

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The Last Samurai (2003)

Drama Action War
In the face of an enemy, in the Heart of One Man, Lies the Soul of a Warrior.

Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare, which finds him learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them. Pressed to destroy the samurai's way of life in the name of modernization and open trade, Algren decides to become an ultimate warrior himself and to fight for their right to exist.

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Vote count 1,516 Vote avg 72 Release date 2003-12-05

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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)

Fantasy Action Thriller
The power of seven become a league of one.

To prevent a world war from breaking out, famous characters from Victorian literature band together to do battle against a cunning villain.

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Vote count 932 Vote avg 56 Release date 2003-07-11

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Cellular (2004)

Action Adventure Crime
If the signal dies so does she

A young man receives an emergency phone call on his cell phone from an older woman. She claims to have been kidnapped – and the kidnappers have targeted her husband and child next.

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Vote count 439 Vote avg 61 Release date 2004-09-06

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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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Man on Fire (2004)

Action Drama Thriller
Creasy's art is death, and he is about to paint his masterpiece.

Jaded ex-CIA operative John Creasy reluctantly accepts a job as the bodyguard for a 10-year-old girl in Mexico City. They clash at first, but eventually bond, and when she's kidnapped he's consumed by fury and will stop at nothing to save her life.

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Vote count 1,326 Vote avg 73 Release date 2004-04-23

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Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Drama
Beyond his silence, there is a past. Beyond her dreams, there is a feeling. Beyond hope, there is a memory. Beyond their journey, there is a love.

Despondent over a painful estrangement from his daughter, trainer Frankie Dunn isn't prepared for boxer Maggie Fitzgerald to enter his life. But Maggie's determined to go pro and to convince Dunn and his cohort to help her.

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Vote count 1,902 Vote avg 77 Release date 2004-12-14

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National Treasure (2004)

Adventure Action Thriller
The greatest adventure history has ever revealed.

Modern treasure hunters, led by archaeologist Ben Gates, search for a chest of riches rumored to have been stashed away by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin during the Revolutionary War. The chest's whereabouts may lie in secret clues embedded in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, and Gates is in a race to find the gold before his enemies do.

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Vote count 1,564 Vote avg 64 Release date 2004-11-19

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Ocean's Twelve (2004)

Thriller Crime
Twelve is the new eleven.

Danny Ocean reunites with his old flame and the rest of his merry band of thieves in carrying out three huge heists in Rome, Paris and Amsterdam – but a Europol agent is hot on their heels.

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Vote count 1,764 Vote avg 64 Release date 2004-12-09

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The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

Action Drama Thriller
They should have left him alone.

When a CIA operation to purchase classified Russian documents is blown by a rival agent, who then shows up in the sleepy seaside village where Bourne and Marie have been living. The pair run for their lives and Bourne, who promised retaliation should anyone from his former life attempt contact, is forced to once again take up his life as a trained assassin to survive.

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Vote count 2,443 Vote avg 72 Release date 2004-07-23

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The Ladykillers (2004)

Comedy Crime Thriller
The greatest criminal minds of all time have finally met their match.

An eccentric, if not charming Southern professor and his crew pose as a band in order to rob a casino, all under the nose of his unsuspecting landlord – a sharp old woman.

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Vote count 321 Vote avg 60 Release date 2004-03-25

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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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A History of Violence (2005)

Drama Thriller Crime
Tom Stall had the perfect life... until he became a hero.

An average family is thrust into the spotlight after the father commits a seemingly self-defense murder at his diner.

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Vote count 678 Vote avg 69 Release date 2005-09-23

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Batman Begins (2005)

Action Crime Drama
Evil fears the knight.

Driven by tragedy, billionaire Bruce Wayne dedicates his life to uncovering and defeating the corruption that plagues his home, Gotham City. Unable to work within the system, he instead creates a new identity, a symbol of fear for the criminal underworld - The Batman.

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Vote count 6,055 Vote avg 74 Release date 2005-06-14

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Spider-Man (2002)

Fantasy Action
With great power comes great responsibility.

After being bitten by a genetically altered spider, nerdy high school student Peter Parker is endowed with amazing powers.

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Vote count 4,073 Vote avg 67 Release date 2002-05-01

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Brick (2005)

Drama Mystery
A detective story.

A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.

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Vote count 307 Vote avg 68 Release date 2005-01-30

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King Kong (2005)

Adventure Drama Action
The eighth wonder of the world.

In 1933 New York, an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with the leading lady.

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Vote count 1,827 Vote avg 65 Release date 2005-12-14

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Munich (2005)

Drama Action History
The world was watching in 1972 as 11 Israeli athletes were murdered at the Munich Olympics. This is the story of what happened next.

During the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, eleven Israeli athletes are taken hostage and murdered by a Palestinian terrorist group known as Black September. In retaliation, the Israeli government recruits a group of Mossad agents to track down and execute those responsible for the attack.

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Vote count 583 Vote avg 69 Release date 2005-12-22

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

Adventure Family Fantasy
Evil Has Reigned For 100 Years...

Siblings Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter step through a magical wardrobe and find the land of Narnia. There, the they discover a charming, once peaceful kingdom that has been plunged into eternal winter by the evil White Witch, Jadis. Aided by the wise and magnificent lion, Aslan, the children lead Narnia into a spectacular, climactic battle to be free of the Witch's glacial powers forever.

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Vote count 1,924 Vote avg 66 Release date 2005-12-07

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V for Vendetta (2005)

Action Thriller Fantasy
People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.

In a world in which Great Britain has become a fascist state, a masked vigilante known only as 'V' conducts guerrilla warfare against the oppressive British government. When 'V' rescues a young woman from the secret police, he finds in her an ally with whom he can continue his fight to free the people of Britain.

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Vote count 3,515 Vote avg 76 Release date 2005-12-11

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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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Babel (2006)

Drama
If You Want to be Understood...Listen

Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.

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Vote count 855 Vote avg 69 Release date 2006-09-08

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Blood Diamond (2006)

Drama Thriller Action
It Will Cost You Everything.

An ex-mercenary turned smuggler. A Mende fisherman. Amid the explosive civil war overtaking 1999 Sierra Leone, these men join for two desperate missions: recovering a rare pink diamond of immense value and rescuing the fisherman's son conscripted as a child soldier into the brutal rebel forces ripping a swath of torture and bloodshed countrywide.

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Vote count 1,853 Vote avg 73 Release date 2006-12-07

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Casino Royale (2006)

Adventure Action Thriller
Everyone has a past. Every legend has a beginning.

Le Chiffre, a banker to the world's terrorists, is scheduled to participate in a high-stakes poker game in Montenegro, where he intends to use his winnings to establish his financial grip on the terrorist market. M sends Bond – on his maiden mission as a 00 Agent – to attend this game and prevent Le Chiffre from winning. With the help of Vesper Lynd and Felix Leiter, Bond enters the most important poker game in his already dangerous career.

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Vote count 3,332 Vote avg 72 Release date 2006-11-14

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Déjà Vu (2006)

Action Thriller Science Fiction
If you think it's just a feeling, go back... and look again.

Called in to recover evidence in the aftermath of a horrific explosion on a New Orleans ferry, Federal agent Doug Carlin gets pulled away from the scene and taken to a top-secret government lab that uses a time-shifting surveillance device to help prevent crime.

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Vote count 1,219 Vote avg 66 Release date 2006-11-21

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Flags of Our Fathers (2006)

War Drama History
They fight for their country but they die for their friends.

There were five Marines and one Navy Corpsman photographed raising the U.S. flag on Mt. Suribachi by Joe Rosenthal on February 23, 1945. This is the story of three of the six surviving servicemen – John 'Doc' Bradley, Pvt. Rene Gagnon and Pvt. Ira Hayes, who fought in the battle to take Iwo Jima from the Japanese.

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Vote count 453 Vote avg 67 Release date 2006-10-19

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Hollywoodland (2006)

Drama Thriller Crime
Living in Hollywood can make you famous. Dying in Hollywood can make you a legend.

The complicated life and controversial suicide of George Reeves is investigated by a fictional private detective who finds that there are reasons to suspect that Reeves may not have killed himself after all. The detective also finds that there is a little of George Reeves in himself, and maybe, each of us.

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Vote count 88 Vote avg 61 Release date 2006-08-31

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Inside Man (2006)

Crime Drama Thriller
It looked like the perfect bank robbery. But you can't judge a crime by its cover.

Bank robber Dalton Russell enters a Manhattan bank, locks the doors and takes hostages, working methodically and without haste. Detective Frazier is assigned to negotiate, but his mind is occupied with the corruption charges he is facing. With an army of police surrounding the bank, the thief, the cop and a high-profile 'fixer' enter high-stakes negotiations.

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Vote count 1,371 Vote avg 73 Release date 2006-03-23

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Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

Action Adventure Drama
The battle of Iwo Jima seen through the eyes of the Japanese soldiers.

The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.

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Vote count 460 Vote avg 72 Release date 2006-12-19

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Lucky Number Slevin (2006)

Drama Thriller Crime
Wrong Time. Wrong Place. Wrong Number.

Slevin is mistakenly put in the middle of a personal war between the city’s biggest criminal bosses. Under constant watch, Slevin must try not to get killed by an infamous assassin and come up with an idea of how to get out of his current dilemma. A film with many twists and turns.

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Vote count 1,088 Vote avg 74 Release date 2006-02-24

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The Departed (2006)

Drama Thriller Crime
Lies. Betrayal. Sacrifice. How far will you take it?

To take down South Boston's Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld, not realizing the syndicate has done likewise. While an undercover cop curries favor with the mob kingpin, a career criminal rises through the police ranks. But both sides soon discover there's a mole among them.

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Vote count 3,517 Vote avg 79 Release date 2006-10-05

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The Illusionist (2006)

Fantasy Drama Thriller
Nothing Is What It Seems.

With his eye on a lovely aristocrat, a gifted illusionist named Eisenheim uses his powers to win her away from her betrothed, a crowned prince. But Eisenheim's scheme creates tumult within the monarchy and ignites the suspicion of a dogged inspector.

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Vote count 1,342 Vote avg 71 Release date 2006-08-18

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The Prestige (2006)

Drama Mystery Thriller
Are You Watching Closely?

A mysterious story of two magicians whose intense rivalry leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy -- full of obsession, deceit and jealousy with dangerous and deadly consequences.

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Vote count 3,392 Vote avg 79 Release date 2006-10-19

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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Drama
Inspired by True Events

The true story of Christopher Gardner, who invests heavily in a device known as a 'Bone Density Scanner', only to find himself struggle to sell the product as it's just marginally better than the current technology, and much more expensive. His wife leaves him, he loses his house, bank account and credit cards and, now forced to live out in the streets with his young son, he's desperate to find a steady job. He takes on a job as a stockbroker but, before he can receive pay, he needs to go through 6 months of training, and must sell his devices.

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Vote count 1,957 Vote avg 76 Release date 2006-12-14

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American Gangster (2007)

Drama Crime
There are two sides to the American dream.

Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in the Harlem district of Manhattan. He does so by buying heroin directly from the source in South East Asia and he comes up with a unique way of importing the drugs into the United States. Based on a true story.

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Vote count 1,289 Vote avg 74 Release date 2007-11-02

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Flawless (2007)

Crime Drama Thriller

A female executive (Demi Moore) and a night janitor (Michael Caine) conspire to commit a daring diamond heist from their mutual employer, The London Diamond Corporation.

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Vote count 120 Vote avg 66 Release date 2007-09-01

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Fracture (2007)

Thriller
I shot my wife...prove it.

A husband is on trial for the attempted murder of his wife, in what is seemingly an open/shut case for the ambitious district attorney trying to put him away. However, there are surprises for both around every corner, and, as a suspenseful game of cat-and-mouse is played out, each must manipulate and outwit the other.

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Vote count 700 Vote avg 71 Release date 2007-04-20

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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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I Am Legend (2007)

Drama Horror Action
The last man on Earth is not alone

Robert Neville is a scientist who was unable to stop the spread of the terrible virus that was incurable and man-made. Immune, Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York City and perhaps the world. For three years, Neville has faithfully sent out daily radio messages, desperate to find any other survivors who might be out there. But he is not alone.

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Vote count 3,912 Vote avg 69 Release date 2007-12-14

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Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

Action Thriller
The old school cop is back!

John McClane is back and badder than ever, and this time he's working for Homeland Security. He calls on the services of a young hacker in his bid to stop a ring of Internet terrorists intent on taking control of America's computer infrastructure.

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Vote count 1,791 Vote avg 64 Release date 2007-06-20

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No Country for Old Men (2007)

Crime Drama Thriller
There are no clean getaways.

Llewelyn Moss stumbles upon dead bodies, $2 million and a hoard of heroin in a Texas desert, but methodical killer Anton Chigurh comes looking for it, with local sheriff Ed Tom Bell hot on his trail. The roles of prey and predator blur as the violent pursuit of money and justice collide.

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Vote count 2,341 Vote avg 77 Release date 2007-11-08

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Ocean's Thirteen (2007)

Crime Thriller
What are the odds of getting even? 13 to one.

Danny Ocean's team of criminals are back and are composing a plan more personal than ever. When ruthless casino owner Willy Bank double-crosses Reuben Tishkoff, causing a heart attack, Danny Ocean vows that him and his team will do anything to bring Willy Bank and everything he's got down. Even if it includes hiring help from one of their own enemies, Terry Benedict.

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Vote count 1,703 Vote avg 65 Release date 2007-06-07

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Shooter (2007)

Action Drama Mystery
Yesterday was about honor. Today is about justice.

A marksman living in exile is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the president. Ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt, he goes on the run to track the real killer and find out who exactly set him up, and why.

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Vote count 1,228 Vote avg 69 Release date 2007-03-22

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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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