Movies in the Action/Thriller genre

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Good Day to Die Hard, A

One hot summer day in 1988, I emerged from a movie theater exhilarated by what I had just experienced. The film in question was the original Die Hard, one of the best thrillers of the decade and, one could argue, an all-time Top 10 entry for the ge...

Run Time: 1:37
U.S. Release Date: 2013-02-14
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: ACTION/THRILLER
Director: John Moore
Cast: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch, ...
Grindhouse

The term "grindhouse" refers to a specific type of '60s and '70s exploitation film: the sex-and-gore soaked fare that played in run-down urban cinemas and drive-in theaters. With their consistently poor production values and often horrifically bad ...

Gunman, The

If I was in the mood for an over-the-hill action hero, I think I'd go with Schwarzenegger. Or maybe Stallone. Or even Liam Neeson. I definitely wouldn't pick Sean Penn. Granted, the two-time Oscar winner has an impressive resume, but he's...

Run Time: 1:55
U.S. Release Date: 2015-03-20
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: ACTION/THRILLER
Director: Pierre Morel
Cast: Mark Rylance, Ray Winstone, Sean Penn, ...
Hell Ride

Hell Ride is pretty much what a viewer would expect from a movie of that name. The film is chock full of motorcycles, cheesy dialogue, naked women, and over-the-top acting. It's part homage and part parody and works best when seen as an unabashe...

Run Time: 1:22
U.S. Release Date: 2008-08-08
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Situations, Nudity, Drugs)
Genre: ACTION/THRILLER
Director: Larry Bishop
Cast: Larry Bishop, Dennis Hopper, Michael Madsen, ...
Hitman: Agent 47

Hitman: Agent 47 is an adaptation of a popular video game. It's also a reboot of a 2007 film. One might reasonably ask what this production does that wasn't accomplished in either of its other incarnations. The answer is: nothing. But that...

Run Time: 1:36
U.S. Release Date: 2015-08-21
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Action/Thriller
Director: Aleksander Bach
Cast: Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto, ...
Homefront

There's something almost refreshing about a movie that delivers exactly what's expected of it. With a script developed by Sylvester Stallone and a cast led by Jason Statham, it wouldn't be hard to put together a checklist of obligatory scenes/momen...

Run Time: 1:40
U.S. Release Date: 2013-11-27
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content, Drugs)
Genre: ACTION/THRILLER
Director: Gary Fleder
Cast: Jason Statham, James Franco, Izabela Vidovic, ...
Honest Thief

It’s probably fair to say that Liam Neeson could do this role in his sleep. Perhaps that would explain the curious lack of energy not only in his performance but in the production as a whole. Ever since Neeson became accepted as an action st...

Run Time: 1:39
U.S. Release Date: 2020-10-16
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Action/Thriller
Director: Mark Williams
Cast: Liam Neeson, Kate Walsh, Jai Courtney, ...
Hurt Locker, The

War is hell. It's a cliché, but not one that Hollywood often embraces. There are exceptions, of course, like Oliver Stone's Platoon, which takes no prisoners in depicting war as the gruesome, dehumanizing business it is. But Platoon and other f...

Run Time: 2:10
U.S. Release Date: 2009-06-26
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: ACTION/THRILLER
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, ...
Ice Road, The

The Ice Road may be the worst direct-to-Netflix movie to feature a major star. It may also offer the worst entry into Liam Neeson’s catalog of strong, resilient action heroes. It’s not hard to understand the potential in the premise but it...

Run Time: 1:49
U.S. Release Date: 2021-06-25
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Action/Thriller
Director: Jonathan Hensleigh
Cast: Liam Neeson, Marcus Thomas, Laurence Fishburne, ...
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

“I wouldn't bet the mortgage on there being a Jack Reacher 2.” - James Berardinelli, December 2012 Shows how much I know. Even though Tom Cruise’s tarnished star is burning up in the atmosphere and it would be an exaggeration...

Run Time: 1:58
U.S. Release Date: 2016-10-21
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Action/Thriller
Director: Edward Zwick
Cast: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Robert Knepper, ...