Best French Action Movies

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best French Action Movies" contains films with the following parameters. Style: suspense, tense, suspenseful, entertaining, visually appealing and serious. Plot: gun, murder, violence, dialogue, chase, storytelling, vengeance, mentor, catastrophe and danger. Genre: Action, Thriller and Sci-Fi. Country: France, USA and UK.
Best French Action Movies
Best French Action Movies
TOP Movies: Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), The Descent: Part 2 (2009), Leon: The Professional (1994), Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), The Hills Have Eyes (2006), Silent Hill (2006), Dunkirk (2017), Hot Fuzz (2007), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), Taken (2008), Under Siege (1992), The Stronghold (2020), The Transporter (2002), The Purge: Anarchy (2014), Stargate (1994), Hitman (2007), The Fifth Element (1997), Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018), Blood Father (2016), Lockout (2012).

List of Best Movies

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, suspenseful, tense, suspense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: man versus machine, androids and robots, cyborgs, time travel, future dystopia, robot vs. robot, post apocalypse, save the world, terminator, killer robot, artificial intelligence, chase ...
Time: 90s, future, 20th century, year 1997, year 1995 ...
Place: los angeles, usa, california, united states, north america
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The Descent: Part 2 (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Distraught, confused, and half-wild with fear, Sarah Carter emerges alone from the Appalachian cave system where she encountered unspeakable terrors. Unable to plausibly explain to the authorities what happened - or why she's covered in her ...
Style: tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, scary, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cave, sole survivor, supernatural, deadly creature, claustrophobia, missing person, expedition, survival, rescue, survival horror, monster, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, north carolina, new jersey
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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: rough, suspenseful, neo noir, serious, touching ...
Plot: hitman, loneliness, mentor, sniper, life philosophy, friendship, dark hero, loner, killings, lone wolves, murder, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The world's most highly qualified crew of archaeologists and explorers is led by historian Milo Thatch as they board the incredible 1,000-foot submarine Ulysses and head deep into the mysteries of the sea.
Style: atmospheric, exciting, serious, stylized, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: atlantis, adventure, expedition, underwater, fantasy world, adventurer, disney, scientist, princess, ancient mystery, family, beast ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1914
Place: iceland, washington d.c.
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The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Based on Wes Craven's 1977 suspenseful cult classic, The Hills Have Eyes is the story of a family road trip that goes terrifyingly awry when the travelers become stranded in a government atomic zone. Miles from nowhere, the Carter family soon ...
Style: slasher, brutal, scary, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rape, cannibalism, desert, kidnapping, human monster, survival, fear, victim, torture, wilderness, gore, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2006
Place: new mexico, usa
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 6.5
 222K
Silent Hill (2006)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The eerie and deserted ghost town of Silent Hill draws a young mother desperate to find a cure for her only child's illness. Unable to accept the doctor's diagnosis that her daughter should be permanently institutionalized for psychiatric ...
Style: scary, dark, surreal, suspenseful, gothic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, monster, survival, evil, insanity, revenge, ghost town, torture, mysterious place, demon, good versus evil, suffering ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa, west virginia
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 7.8
 600K
Dunkirk (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Netherlands, France, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The story of the miraculous evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain, Canada and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk between May 26th and June 4th 1940 during World War II.
Style: dramatic, atmospheric, epic, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, british history, rescue mission, wartime, warship, war, survival, evacuation, british army, military, army, military officer ...
Time: 1940s, year 1940, 20th century
Place: europe, france, england, english channel, united kingdom ...
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 7.8
 484K
Hot Fuzz (2007)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 121 min.
Story: 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. ...
Style: parody, humorous, exciting, cult film, absurd ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: police, murder, arrest, new job, serial killer, partner, conspiracy, village, fish out of water, disorder, rivals, chase ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe, london
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The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, France, Spain
Duration: 115 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cia, espionage, secret agents, conspiracy, spy, corruption, fighting the system, manhunt, chases and races, danger, escapades, uncover truth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: langley virginia, paris france, europe, london, united kingdom ...
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 7.8
 582K
Taken (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, USA, UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, realistic, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: one man army, kidnapping, chase, dark hero, vigilantism, human trafficking, lone hero, abduction, woman in danger, tough heroes, danger, child abduction ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: paris france, europe, france, usa, north america
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 6.5
 83K
Under Siege (1992)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: This action-packed thriller takes place on the soon-to-be-decommissioned USS Missouri. Disgruntled ex-CIA operative Strannix, his assistant Krill and their group of terrorists seize the battleship with nuclear blackmail in mind. They've planned ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: one man army, mercenary, nuclear threat, u.s. navy, battleship, hostage, tough law enforcer, hijacking, race against time, warship, terrorism, save the day ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s
Place: pentagon, hawaii, san francisco, new jersey
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The Stronghold (2020)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A police brigade working in the dangerous northern neighborhoods of Marseille, where the level of crime is higher than anywhere else in France.
Style: unusual plot structure, tense, suspenseful, disturbing, suspense
Plot: police, police officer, chase, crimes, partners against crime, danger, law enforcement, death, who done it, track down, friends, vengeance ...
Time: 21st century
Place: marseille, france
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 6.8
 294K
The Transporter (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Former Special Forces officer, Frank Martin will deliver anything to anyone for the right price, and his no-questions-asked policy puts him in high demand. But when he realizes his latest cargo is alive, it sets in motion a dangerous chain of ...
Style: serious, exciting, stylized, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: tough guy, lone hero, one man army, chase, car chase, chases and races, tough heroes, ex military, escapades, one against many, fight scenes, smuggling ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: france, europe, french riviera, provence, riviera ...
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The Purge: Anarchy (2014)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Three groups of people are trying to survive Purge Night, when their stories intertwine and are left stranded in The Purge trying to survive the chaos and violence that occurs.
Style: tense, suspense, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: masked man, survival horror, distopia, survival, future dystopia, graphic violence, group of strangers, death, murder, psychopath, rage, sniper ...
Time: 21st century, future, near future, 2020s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, France
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Katniss Everdeen reluctantly becomes the symbol of a mass rebellion against the autocratic Capitol.
Style: futuristic, bleak, exciting, serious, disturbing ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night
Plot: female protagonist, strong female character, distopia, future dystopia, survival, rebellion, society, against the odds, youth, fighting the system, rivalry, adventure ...
Time: future
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 183K
Stargate (1994)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, France
Duration: 116 min.
Story: An interstellar teleportation device, found in Egypt, leads to a planet with humans resembling ancient Egyptians who worship the god Ra.
Style: exciting, futuristic, tense, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: space travel, archaeology, alien planet, adventure, teleportation, evil alien, pyramid, ancient mystery, egyptian mythology, creature, nuclear, portal ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1920s, 1990s, future
Place: egypt, middle east, africa
Is relevant ?
 6.3
 165K
Hitman (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The best-selling videogame, Hitman, roars to life with both barrels blazing in this hardcore action-thriller starring Timothy Olyphant. A genetically engineered assassin with deadly aim, known only as "Agent 47" eliminates strategic ...
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: hitman, one man army, killer, sniper, fight scenes, danger, cia, assassination, fist fighting, interpol, secret identity, fistfight ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia, europe, soviet union, ussr, london ...
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The Fifth Element (1997)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: France, UK, USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: In 2257, a taxi driver is unintentionally given the task of saving a young girl who is part of the key that will ensure the survival of humanity.
Style: futuristic, exciting, cerebral, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: space travel, good versus evil, alien, future dystopia, space and aliens, save the world, heroic mission, end of the world, adventure, dystopic future, spacecraft, love ...
Time: future, 90s, 1990s, 23rd century, 1910s
Place: egypt, new york, usa, brooklyn new york city
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Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA, China, France, Norway, UK
Duration: 147 min.
Story: When an IMF mission ends badly, the world is faced with dire consequences. As Ethan Hunt takes it upon himself to fulfil his original briefing, the CIA begin to question his loyalty and his motives. The IMF team find themselves in a race against ...
Style: suspense, surprise ending
Plot: female spy, terrorist, tough guy, spy, mi6, hand to hand combat, plutonium, race against time, countdown, fistfight, cia agent, terrorist group ...
Time: 2010s
Place: paris france, kashmir, london, rome italy, france ...
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 6.4
 62K
Blood Father (2016)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 88 min.
Story: An ex-con reunites with his estranged wayward 16-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her.
Style: harsh, suspense, stylized, road movie, tense ...
Plot: revenge, protector, gunfight, father daughter relationship, ex convict, drug dealer, parent child relationship, redemption, rescue, teenage girl, gangsters, survival ...
Time: 2010s, 80s
Place: california, new mexico, usa, santa monica california, los angeles
Is relevant ?
 6.1
 97K
Lockout (2012)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Set in the near future, Lockout follows a falsely convicted ex-government agent , whose one chance at obtaining freedom lies in the dangerous mission of rescuing the President's daughter from rioting convicts at an outer space maximum security ...
Style: futuristic, exciting, suspenseful, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: outer space, space station, hotshot hero, heroic mission, hostage, prison, lone hero, convict, secret service, group of criminals, tough guy, space battle ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c., new york
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 6.7
 258K
Resident Evil (2002)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When a virus leaks from a top-secret facility, turning all resident researchers into ravenous zombies and their lab animals into mutated hounds from hell, the government sends in an elite military task force to contain the outbreak. Alice and Rain ...
Style: scary, suspense, futuristic, bloody, rough ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: zombie, zombie apocalypse, bio weapon, virus, infected, experiment gone awry, mutant, survival, quarantine, imaginary, gory, monster ...
Time: future, 2000s, near future
Is relevant ?
 6.3
 71K
Ninja Assassin (2009)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Ninja Assassin follows Raizo, one of the deadliest assassins in the world. Taken from the streets as a child, he was transformed into a trained killer by the Ozunu Clan, a secret society whose very existence is considered a myth. But haunted by the ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, rough, intense, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, ninja, martial arts, vengeance, assassination, assassin, violence spree, tough guy, mixed martial arts, haunted by the past, punishment, ninja master ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: china, asia, osaka japan, berlin germany, japan
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 6.6
 80K
U-571 (2000)
Genre: Action, War
Country: France, USA, Italy
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In the midst of World War II, the battle under the sea rages and the Nazis have the upper hand as the Allies are unable to crack their war codes. However, after a wrecked U-boat sends out an SOS signal, the Allies realise this is their chance to ...
Style: realistic, exciting, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: submarine, navy, naval battle, war, world war two, nazism, military, sea battle, naval officer, german, mission, battles ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 198K
The Raid (2011)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Indonesia, France, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Deep in the heart of Jakarta's slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world's most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the run-down apartment block has been considered untouchable to even the bravest of police. Cloaked under ...
Style: brutal, exciting, suspense, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, swat team, fist fighting, swat, fistfight, death, warrior, fighting crime, drug lord, fight, survival, strong violent content ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indonesia, hong kong
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The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Years have passed since the Three Musketeers, Aramis, Athos and Porthos, have fought together with their friend, D'Artagnan. But with the tyrannical King Louis using his power to wreak havoc in the kingdom while his twin brother, Philippe, ...
Style: baroque, exciting, atmospheric, serious, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: musketeer, twins, adventure, royal family, lookalikes, conspiracy, throne, mask, daring rescue, righting the wronged, escapades, danger ...
Time: 17th century, 18th century, 19th century
Place: france, europe, paris france, egypt
Is relevant ?
 7.0
 238K
Spy (2015)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: USA, UK, France, Hungary, Germany
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: humorous, funny, exciting, not serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: female spy, secret agents, female assassin, female agent, espionage, cia, undercover, cia agent, spy, arms dealer, weapons, fat woman ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, rome italy, paris france, washington d.c., budapest ...
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 304K
Lord of War (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: France, Germany, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Yuri Orlov is a globetrotting arms dealer and, through some of the deadliest war zones, he struggles to stay one step ahead of a relentless Interpol agent, his business rivals and even some of his customers who include many of the world's most ...
Style: clever, cynical, realistic, suspense, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: arms dealer, corruption, arms dealing, smuggling, greed, cold war, interpol, millionaire, human nature, rise and fall, criminal heroes, pride and honor ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, year 1991, year 2001 ...
Place: bolivia, europe, africa, brooklyn new york city, new york ...
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The Next Three Days (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 133 min.
Story: A married couple's life is turned upside down when the wife is accused of a murder. Lara Brennan is arrested for murdering her boss with whom she had an argument. It seems she was seen leaving the scene of the crime and her fingerprints were on ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense, twists and turns ...
Plot: false accusation, life turned upside down, family relations, injustice, confined, danger, daring rescue, crimes, escape, life is a bitch, chases and races, escapades ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, pittsburgh, venezuela, canada, haiti
Is relevant ?
The Purge: Election Year (2016)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Two years after choosing not to kill the man who killed his son, former police sergeant Leo Barnes has become head of security for Senator Charlene Roan, the front runner in the next Presidential election due to her vow to eliminate the Purge. On ...
Style: brutal, bloody, suspense, intense, psychological thriller ...
Audience: teens
Plot: class differences, gunfight, distopia, fighting the system, survival, murder, violence, politics, death, social decay, rebellion, female politician ...
Time: near future
Place: washington d.c., florida
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