Best American Action Movies

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best American Action Movies" contains films with the following parameters. Style: suspense, surprise ending, exciting, entertaining, intense and suspenseful. Plot: chase, gun, violence, fight, explosion, death, weapons, redemption, escape and mentor. Genre: Action, Adventure and Sci-Fi. Country: USA, Australia and UK.
Best American Action Movies
Best American Action Movies
TOP Movies: Shooter (2007), The Equalizer 2 (2018), Edge of Tomorrow (2014), Red Notice (2021), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), The Accountant (2016), Eternals (2021), Men in Black (1997), Con Air (1997), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Leon: The Professional (1994), The Avengers (2012), Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Deadpool (2016), The Matrix (1999), Die Hard (1988), American Sniper (2014), Black Widow (2021), Spy (2015).

List of Best Movies

 7.1
 335K
Shooter (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: 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.
Style: intense, exciting, suspense, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sniper, conspiracy, fbi, corruption, swat team, military, revenge, one man army, cover up, assassination, false accusation, on the run ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: virginia, boston, philadelphia, iraq, usa ...
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 6.7
 161K
The Equalizer 2 (2018)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Robert McCall returns to deliver his special brand of vigilante justice -- but how far will he go when it's someone he loves?
Style: suspense, bloody, neo noir, ambiguous ending, surprise ending ...
Plot: revenge, cia, one against many, tough guy, ex military, vigilantism, loner, one man army, warrior, kidnapping, vigilante, martial arts ...
Time: 2010s
Place: istanbul turkey, brussels, europe, north america, usa ...
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Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 113 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: futuristic, mind bending, suspenseful, exciting, heroic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time loop, time travel, alien invasion, alien, soldier, invasion, repeated event, changing the past or future, military, evil alien, time paradox, heroic mission ...
Time: future, near future
Place: france, paris france, united kingdom, europe, big ben london ...
Is relevant ?
 6.3
 274K
Red Notice (2021)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: An Interpol-issued Red Notice is a global alert to hunt and capture the world's most wanted. But when a daring heist brings together the FBI's top profiler and two rival criminals, there's no telling what will happen.
Style: funny, ridiculous, exciting, tense, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: heist, interpol, agent, criminal, ruse, thief, mission, wanted, art thief, chase, money, crimes ...
Time: future, 2020s
Place: london, argentina, rome italy, italy, england ...
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Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: 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.
Style: exciting, breathtaking, epic, atmospheric, semi serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, boys' night, teens
Plot: treasure hunt, adventure, archaeologist, archaeology, artifact, treasure, nazi, adventurer, escapades, journey, ancient, desert ...
Time: 1930s, year 1936, 20th century
Place: egypt, nepal, africa, south america, peru ...
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 7.3
 297K
The Accountant (2016)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities and the body count starts to rise.
Style: surprise ending, suspense, tense, suspenseful, intense ...
Plot: autism, accountant, assassin, lone hero, mathematics, organized crime, justice, twists and turns, gunfight, sniper, hitman, investigation ...
Time: year 2010, 80s, 2010s, year 2006, 2000s ...
Place: washington d.c., new york, germany, new hampshire, illinois ...
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 6.3
 339K
Eternals (2021)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 156 min.
Story: The story of a race of immortal beings who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations.
Style: exciting, captivating, tense, suspenseful, cerebral ...
Plot: superhero, alien attack, alien race, space and aliens, evil alien, suicide, heroes, super strength, alien monster, alien encounter, supernatural, alien ...
Time: 21st century, 16th century, 1940s, 2020s, year 1945
Place: usa, hiroshima japan, india, mumbai india, rio de janeiro ...
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 7.3
 569K
Men in Black (1997)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: After a police chase with an otherworldly being, a New York City cop is recruited as an agent in a top-secret organization established to monitor and police alien activity on Earth: the Men in Black. Agent Kay and new recruit Agent Jay find ...
Style: entertaining, exciting, humorous, not serious, funny ...
Audience: boys' night, kids, teens
Plot: alien, government agency, ufo, secret agents, space and aliens, partners, invasion, superhero, undercover, save the world, alien encounter, escapades ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, new jersey, usa, plymouth, north america ...
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 6.9
 301K
Con Air (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: When the government puts all its rotten criminal eggs in one airborne basket, it's asking for trouble. Before you can say, "Pass the barf bag," the crooks control the plane, led by creepy Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom. Watching ...
Style: suspense, exciting, serious, intense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: airplane, hijacking, prison, master criminal, convict, aviation, law enforcement, machismo, prison escape, air disaster, confined, tough heroes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada, north america, california ...
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Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Nearly 10 years have passed since Sarah Connor was targeted for termination by a cyborg from the future. Now her son, John, the future leader of the resistance, is the target for a newer, more deadly terminator. Once again, the resistance has ...
Style: exciting, suspense, tense, suspenseful, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: time travel, artificial intelligence, man versus machine, terminator, cyborgs, androids and robots, robot, apocalypse, end of the world, post apocalypse, child in peril, robot vs. robot ...
Time: future, 90s, 80s, 20th century, year 1997 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, north america
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Leon: The Professional (1994)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: 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, ...
Style: neo noir, rough, suspenseful, suspense, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hitman, organized crime, mentor, murder, loneliness, revenge, sniper, crimes, loner, killings, friendship, life philosophy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, paris france, france, manhattan new york city
Is relevant ?
 8.0
 1.4M
The Avengers (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: When an unexpected enemy emerges and threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. ...
Style: exciting, heroic, entertaining, humorous, captivating ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night, family outing, boys' night
Plot: superhero, heroes, alien invasion, good versus evil, teamwork, alien, monster, superhuman powers, team, partners, heroic mission, female assassin ...
Time: 21st century, future, contemporary, 2010s
Place: grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, usa, russia, plymouth ...
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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: When Dr. Henry Jones Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent archaeologist Indiana must team up with Marcus Brody, Sallah and Elsa Schneider to follow in his father's footsteps and stop the Nazis from recovering the ...
Style: exciting, breathtaking, epic, entertaining, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, girls' night, boys' night, teens
Plot: treasure hunt, archaeologist, archaeology, holy grail, father son relationship, map, artifact, adventurer, treasure, courage, escapades, husky dog ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1912, year 1938, 1910s
Place: germany, israel, egypt, venice, san francisco ...
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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 120 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: exciting, road movie, surreal, suspense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: post apocalypse, desert, distopia, survival, apocalypse, chase, car, on the run, car chase, future dystopia, chaos, dark hero ...
Time: future, near future
Place: australia
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Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: Following the events of Age of Ultron, the collective governments of the world pass an act designed to regulate all superhuman activity. This polarizes opinion amongst the Avengers, causing two factions to side with Iron Man or Captain America, ...
Style: exciting, humorous, captivating, epic, entertaining ...
Plot: superhero, disagreement, ex soldier, heroes, tony stark character, civil war, supernatural power, super powers, brainwashing, teenage hero, escape, chase ...
Time: future, year 1991, 2010s, 90s
Place: africa, eastern europe, vienna, usa, moscow russia ...
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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Jack Sparrow, a freewheeling 17th-century pirate, quarrels with a rival pirate bent on pillaging Port Royal. When the governor's daughter is kidnapped, Sparrow decides to help the girl's love save her.
Style: exciting, fairy tale, entertaining, colourful, funny ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night, date night, boys' night ...
Plot: pirate, adventure, treasure hunt, ship, sword fight, treasure, disney, british empire, fantasy world, pirate captain, pirate ship, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: 18th century, georgian era
Place: caribbean, jamaica
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 8.0
 1.0M
Deadpool (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: stylized, exciting, parody, humorous, funny ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: superhero, revenge, violence, immortality, escapades, dark hero, mutant, invulnerability, regeneration, dark humor, fight scenes, x men ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, new york
Is relevant ?
 8.7
 1.9M
The Matrix (1999)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 136 min.
Story: 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.
Style: thought provoking, philosophical, surreal, mind bending, cerebral ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: distopia, artificial intelligence, martial arts, cyberpunk, philosophy, alternate reality, virtual reality, post apocalypse, gunfight, hacker, existentialism, fight ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future, 20th century, 90s ...
Place: los angeles
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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In the "classic Spider-Man mold", Miles Morales must juggle his high school life with his status as a superhero. Until he learns by Peter Parker, the original Spider-Man, that there is a multiverse, called the "Spider-Verse", in ...
Style: feel good, colourful, exciting, light, psychotronic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens
Plot: superhero, spider man character, teenager, alternate universe, multiverse, peter parker character, teenage hero, teenage superhero, superheroine, super powers, physics, school ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, north america, usa, manhattan new york city, brooklyn new york city
Is relevant ?
 8.2
 874K
Die Hard (1988)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: NYPD cop, John McClane's plan to reconcile with his estranged wife is thrown for a serious loop when minutes after he arrives at her office, the entire building is overtaken by a group of terrorists. With little help from the LAPD, wisecracking ...
Style: intense, exciting, suspenseful, suspense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostage, gunfight, heist, terrorist, tough guy, christmas, one man army, police officer, terrorism, police, robbery, machismo ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 489K
American Sniper (2014)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle takes his sole mission—protect his comrades—to heart and becomes one of the most lethal snipers in American history. His pinpoint accuracy not only saves countless lives but also makes him a prime target of insurgents. ...
Style: tense, emotional, factual, intense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, iraq war, sniper, military, violence, navy seal, soldier, battles, american soldier, assassin, courage, u.s. marine ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, september 11 2001, year 1998, year 2001 ...
Place: iraq, middle east, usa, california, texas
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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: After arriving in India, Indiana Jones is asked by a desperate village to find a mystical stone. He agrees – and stumbles upon a secret cult plotting a terrible plan in the catacombs of an ancient palace.
Style: exciting, humorous, entertaining, intense, semi serious ...
Audience: kids, boys' night, family outing, teens
Plot: treasure hunt, archaeology, archaeologist, adventure, artifact, treasure, tombs and skeletons, good versus evil, adventurer, crocodile, supernatural, survival ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, year 1984, year 1935
Place: india, china, shanghai
Is relevant ?
 6.7
 376K
Black Widow (2021)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Natasha Romanoff, on the run from the government following her disobedience to the Sokovia Accords and for aiding Steve Rogers, finds herself on her own and is forced to deal with some of the red in her ledger.
Style: suspense, captivating, suspenseful, tense, exciting ...
Plot: superhero, female assassin, female protagonist, female spy, superheroine, heroes, strong female lead, heroine, female agent, one woman army, secret agents, one against many ...
Time: future, 2010s, 90s, year 1995, year 2016 ...
Place: morocco, norway, ohio, budapest, russia ...
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 7.0
 246K
Spy (2015)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster.
Style: funny, humorous, parody, ridiculous, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: spy, cia, espionage, female spy, cia agent, female agent, secret agents, female assassin, female protagonist, assassin, knife fight, spy spoof ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, rome italy, italy, usa, budapest ...
Is relevant ?
 8.8
 2.3M
Inception (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 148 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: psychological, surreal, mind bending, twist ending, suspense ...
Plot: memory, alternate reality, subconscious, virtual reality, dream, fictional reality, teamwork, mind control, architecture, existentialism, imagination, lucid dream ...
Time: future, near future, 2010s
Place: paris france, japan, los angeles, new york, tokyo ...
Is relevant ?
 7.4
 653K
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: sincere, entertaining, exciting, intense, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, date night, kids, family outing, boys' night
Plot: superhero, double life, teenage hero, spider man character, superhuman powers, peter parker character, heroes, mad scientist, friendship, disguise, chase, fight ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, future
Place: new york, usa, plymouth, manhattan new york city
Is relevant ?
 5.9
 20K
Traffik (2018)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A couple off for a romantic weekend in the mountains are accosted by a biker gang. Alone in the mountains, Brea and John must defend themselves against the gang, who will stop at nothing to protect their secrets.
Style: sad, rough, suspense
Plot: sex trafficking, fight, kidnapping, human trafficking, female journalist, escape, young couple, death of loved one, chase, corrupt cop, black man, gang ...
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 578K
Zombieland (2009)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Columbus has made a habit of running from what scares him. Tallahassee doesn't have fears. If he did, he'd kick their ever-living ass. In a world overrun by zombies, these two are perfectly evolved survivors. But now, they're about to ...
Style: funny, humorous, absurd, entertaining, parody ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick, boys' night
Plot: zombie, post apocalypse, apocalypse, survival, road trip, zombie apocalypse, virus, survival horror, amusement park, dark humor, chaos and mayhem, supernatural ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: washington d.c., california, usa, texas, los angeles
Is relevant ?
 9.0
 2.6M
The Dark Knight (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 152 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: exciting, suspense, epic, atmospheric, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: superhero, batman, heroes, secret identity, organized crime, moral dilemma, tragic hero, double life, good versus evil, psychopath, rivalry, crimes ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2000s, contemporary
Place: usa, hong kong
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 365K
Speed (1994)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Los Angeles SWAT cop Jack Traven is up against bomb expert Howard Payne, who's after major ransom money. First it's a rigged elevator in a very tall building. Then it's a rigged bus--if it slows, it will blow, bad enough any day, but ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, exciting, tense, romantic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: hostage, bomb, bus, highway, terrorism, unlikely partners, save the day, rescue, terrorist, chase, swat team, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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