As a cultural commodity, the action movie is in a state of flux. On one end of the spectrum, you have enormous, globe-devouring public spectacles Hollywood best action movies like Avengers: Endgame, this year’s biggest blockbuster and a genuine pop culture phenomenon; on the other end, smaller crime thrillers and adventure stories, once the beating heart and lifeblood of the genre, have been relegated to relatively under-the-radar releases on streaming platforms and on-demand services. Except for the rare successful franchise like John Wick, it feels like the middle class of action movie-dom has been hollowed out.
Let’s Check out the best action movies 2019 and the best action movies 2018.
1. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
2. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)
Legendary hitman John Wick must fight his way out of New York when a $14 million contract on his life makes him the target of the world’s top assassins. Being declared as excommunicado after killing D’Antonio on Continental grounds, the chances of survival have never been thinner for Wick. With the aid of old allies, John seeks to turn the tide and be reunited with the reincarnation of his dog Bailey.
Initial release: May 9, 2019 (Brooklyn)
Director: Chad Stahelski
Box office: 324.8 million USD
Budget: 75 million USD (2018)
Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
3. SHADOW (2019)
To finally achieve victory over a rival kingdom, a brilliant general devises an intricate plan involving his wife, a look-alike and two kings.
I was excited to see the movie because of Zhang Yimou’s previous movies such as Hero and this movie blew me away. The movie is the most gorgeous looking movie I have seen all year and has some great action sequences in it. This is one of the best martial arts movies I have seen in a while and I seriously think everyone should see it when they get the opportunity. I would love to hear Adam’s thoughts on the movie. Best Action Movies 2019
4. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw(2019)
Brixton Lorr is a cybernetically enhanced soldier who possesses superhuman strength, a brilliant mind and a lethal pathogen that could wipe out half of the world’s population. It’s now up to hulking lawman Luke Hobbs and lawless operative Deckard Shaw to put aside their past differences and work together to prevent the seemingly indestructible Lorr from destroying humanity.
Initial release: July 13, 2019 (USA)
Director: David Leitch
Box office: 759.4 million USD
Budget: 200 million USD (2018)
5. Star Wars: Episode IX (December 20)
The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more as Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron’s journey continues. With the power and knowledge of generations behind them, the final battle commences.
Initial release: December 2019 (Belgium)
Director: J.J. Abrams
6. Alita: Battle Angel
Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido, a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens, she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious past. Best Action Movies 2019
Initial release: January 31, 2019 (Leicester Square)
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Box office: 404.9 million USD
Budget: 200 million USD
7. Spider-Man: Far from Home
After his return to life Peter Parker and his friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang go on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks is quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent and the new superhero Mysterio who is intent on stopping them.\
Initial release: June 26, 2019 (USA)
Director: Jon Watts
Box office: 1.132 billion USD
Budget: 160 million USD (2019)
Producers: Kevin Feige, Amy Pascal
8. Captain Marvel(2019)
Captain Marvel is an extraterrestrial Kree warrior who finds herself caught in the middle of an intergalactic battle between her people and the Skrulls. Living on Earth in 1995, she keeps having recurring memories of another life as U.S. Air Force pilot Carol Danvers. With help from Nick Fury, Captain Marvel tries to uncover the secrets of her past while harnessing her special superpowers to end the war with the evil Skrulls.
Captain Marvel is the eighth-fastest film to reach $500 million worldwide gross (7 days)
Release date: March 8, 2019 (USA)
Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Box office: 1.128 billion USD
Budget: 152 million USD (2018)
9. X-MEN Dark Phoenix(2019)
During a rescue mission in space, Jean Grey is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling out of control and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite — not only to save Jean’s soul but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.
10. Men in Black: International (2019)
The Men in Black have expanded to cover the globe, but so have the scum of the universe. And to keep us safe, decorated Agent H and determined rookie M are partnered – an unlikely pairing that just might work. As they face a new alien threat that can take the form of anyone, including MIB agents, they must join forces on a globetrotting adventure to save the agency and ultimately the world.
I really wanted to say that it was a good movie, honestly thought no it wasn’t. My reasons Lack of emotion, the plot was lacking (the blue alien at the beginning should have had more parts) And Honestly I wanted will Smith in the movie without him it just felt lacking What I will say is that I liked how the actors reacted to each other (bloopers) felt good.
JJ, aka John Shaft Jr., maybe a cybersecurity expert with a degree from MIT, but to uncover the truth behind his best friend’s untimely death, he needs an education only his dad can provide. Absent throughout JJ’s youth, the legendary locked-and-loaded John Shaft agrees to help his progeny navigate Harlem’s heroin-infested underbelly. And while JJ’s own FBI analyst’s badge may clash with his dad’s trademark leather coat, there’s no denying family. Besides, Shaft’s got an agenda of his own, and a score to settle that’s professional and personal.
I started watching with low expectations due to the RT score and finished it pleasantly surprised. The funny parts made me laugh and the action sequences had me engaged.
12. Terminator: Dark Fate(2019)
More than two decades have passed since Sarah Connor prevented Judgment Day, changed the future, and re-wrote the fate of the human race. Dani Ramos is living a simple life in Mexico City with her brother and father when a highly advanced and deadly new Terminator – a Rev-9 – travels back through time to hunt and kill her. Dani’s survival depends on her joining forces with two warriors: Grace, an enhanced super-soldier from the future, and a battle-hardened Sarah Connor. As the Rev-9 ruthlessly destroys everything and everyone in its path on the hunt for Dani, the three are led to a T-800 from Sarah’s past that may be their last best hope.
13. COLD PURSUIT (2019)
Nels Coxman is a family man whose quiet life with his wife is upended following the mysterious death of their son. Nels’ search for justice turns into a vengeful hunt for Viking, a drug lord he believes is connected to the death. As one by one each of Viking’s associates “disappear,” Nels goes from upstanding citizen to ice-cold vigilante, letting nothing – and no one – get in his way.
I was pleasantly surprised by this film. This might just be the best Liam Neeson film I’ve seen since The Grey. I loved the dark humor and the snowy setting. It was evident how much this film was inspired by Fargo. A solid 8/10 for me.
14. Rambo: Last Blood(2019)
Vietnam War veteran John Rambo tries to find some semblance of peace by raising horses on a ranch in Arizona. He’s also developed a special familial bond with a woman named Maria and her teenage granddaughter Gabriela. But when a vicious Mexican cartel kidnaps Gabriela, Rambo crosses the border on a bloody and personal quest to rescue her and punish those responsibly.
Initial release: September 18, 2019 (Indonesia)
Director: Adrian Grunberg
15. Angel Has Fallen
Secret Service agent Mike Banning finds himself framed for an assassination attempt on President Allan Trumbull. Pursued by his own agency and the FBI, Banning turns to unlikely allies in a race against time to clear his name and uncover the real terrorist threat.
This movie is another unofficial remake of Fugitive that fails. The other one is Taken 3.Olympus and London were much better. All I wanted to see was Gerard Butler kick ass. Instead, I got him running from feds and mercs while getting migraines every 10 minutes.