Movies in the Action/Thriller genre

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Benghazi. Few words have become more politicized in the last decade than this one, the Libyan city where, on September 11, 2012, two U.S. diplomatic compounds were sacked and four men (including Ambassador Chris Stevens) killed. It became a political...

Run Time: 2:24
U.S. Release Date: 2016-01-15
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Action/Thriller
Director: Michael Bay
Cast: John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, Pablo Schreiber, ...
16 Blocks

When I think of director Richard Donner, my mind gravitates toward titles like Superman and Lethal Weapon - high points in the filmmaker's career. Recently, however, Donner's output has been less impressive, and includes the bloated excess of Assa...

Run Time: 1:35
U.S. Release Date: 2006-03-03
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: ACTION/THRILLER
Director: Richard Donner
Cast: Bruce Willis, Mos Def, David Morse
Abduction

Perhaps the only way to approach Abduction that will not result in a 105-minute boredom-induced coma is to think of it as a comedy, preferably with a drinking game attached. There are laughs to be had, although none of them are intentional. Girls (...

Run Time: 1:45
U.S. Release Date: 2011-09-23
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: ACTION/THRILLER
Director: John Singleton
Cast: Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina, ...
American Assassin

American Assassin is as generic an espionage thriller as you’re likely to find. Leaving no cliché unturned and offering a roster of predictable “twists” and unsurprising “surprises”, the production seems more like it was assembled f...

Run Time: 1:52
U.S. Release Date: 2017-09-15
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Torture, Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: Action/Thriller
Director: Michael Cuesta
Cast: Dylan O’Brian, Michael Keaton, Taylor Kitsch, ...
Angel Has Fallen

It’s not surprising that Angel Has Fallen exists. The first film in the series, Olympus Has Fallen, performed well enough ($100M domestic; $170M worldwide) to justify a sequel. London Has Fallen opened three years later to a less enthusiasti...

Run Time: 2:02
U.S. Release Date: 2019-08-23
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, More Violence)
Genre: Action/Thriller
Director: Ric Roman Waugh
Cast: Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Danny Huston, ...
Atomic Blonde

Atomic Blonde combines the storytelling intrigue of a LeCarre/Deighton Cold War spy novel with the in-your-face kinetic style of John Wick. The result, while at times a little too visually chaotic, is bracing. Headlined by a committed Charliz...

Run Time: 1:55
U.S. Release Date: 2017-07-28
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Sexual Content, Nudity, Profanity)
Genre: Action/Thriller
Director: David Leitch
Cast: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Eddie Marsan, ...
Baby Driver

Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver seeks to inject a dose of high octane into a heist film while illustrating how it’s possible to make a car chase exciting in an era when few action staples have become more boring and predictable. The film also s...

Run Time: 1:53
U.S. Release Date: 2017-06-28
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Action/Thriller
Director: Edgar Wright
Cast: Ansel Elgort, Flea, CJ Jones, ...
Birds of Prey

It’s hard to imagine that something as vapid and chaotic as Birds of Prey (full title: Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) transpires in the same “universe” (the DCEU) as Joker. With its John Wick-inspire...

Run Time: 1:49
U.S. Release Date: 2020-02-07
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Drugs)
Genre: Action/Thriller
Director: Cathy Yan
Cast: Margot Robbie, Ewan McGregor, Rosie Perez, ...
Bourne Identity, The

In all likelihood, Robert Ludlum fans will not be pleased by this adaptation of one of the spy master's best-received novels. That's because The Bourne Identity uses the premise, a few character names, and some isolated incidents from the novel, t...

Run Time: 1:58
U.S. Release Date: 2002-06-14
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: ACTION/THRILLER
Director: Doug Liman
Cast: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Clive Owen, ...
Bourne Legacy, The

The total worldwide box office gross for the first three Jason Bourne movies (The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum) is nearly one billion dollars (more if adjusted for inflation). With that kind of money in play, was ther...

Run Time: 2:15
U.S. Release Date: 2012-08-10
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: ACTION/THRILLER
Director: Tony Gilroy
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Stacy Keach, ...