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50 Best Action Movies of All Time

24/7 Wall St. Logo By Steven M. Peters of 24/7 Wall St. | Slide 1 of 51: The highly anticipated release of “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” on December 20 marks yet another action movie projected to do well with audiences nationwide and abroad. It's the high energy of action films – with their high speed chases, exciting fights, and often mesmerizing violence – that keeps audiences glued to their seats.Viewers have loved action films for nearly as long as movies have been made. Perhaps this is because of the genre taking advantage of what may be cinema’s greatest strength: the representation of motion. Action films take advantage of this aspect to the fullest, constantly pushing the boundaries and capturing increasingly gripping sequences of motion.To identify the best action movies, 24/7 Wall St. has created an index based on user and critic ratings from IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes. The films included span from 1924 to this year.Action films frequently blend with other genres. Therefore a movie such as “Jumanji” can be considered to be an action, adventure, or comedy film. Our list of best action movies includes films that bleed into the comedy, sci-fi, horror, drama, and even animation genres. These movies find wide appeal because of their ability to tap into various audiences.Another reason for their widespread appeal is the fact that international distribution favors action movies – action sequences require no subtitles to enjoy. Audiences worldwide can similarly enjoy a car chase or an exceptional bout of kung fu.

The highly anticipated release of “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” on December 20 marks yet another action movie projected to do well with audiences nationwide and abroad. It's the high energy of action films – with their high speed chases, exciting fights, and often mesmerizing violence – that keeps audiences glued to their seats.

Viewers have loved action films for nearly as long as movies have been made. Perhaps this is because of the genre taking advantage of what may be cinema’s greatest strength: the representation of motion. Action films take advantage of this aspect to the fullest, constantly pushing the boundaries and capturing increasingly gripping sequences of motion.

To identify the best action movies, 24/7 Wall St. has created an index based on user and critic ratings from IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes. The films included span from 1924 to this year.

Action films frequently blend with other genres. Therefore a movie such as “Jumanji” can be considered to be an action, adventure, or comedy film. Our list of best action movies includes films that bleed into the comedy, sci-fi, horror, drama, and even animation genres. These movies find wide appeal because of their ability to tap into various audiences.

Another reason for their widespread appeal is the fact that international distribution favors action movies – action sequences require no subtitles to enjoy. Audiences worldwide can similarly enjoy a car chase or an exceptional bout of kung fu.

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