Movies in the Action/Thriller genre

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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. Home Release Date: 2020-12-29
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, ...
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, ...
John Wick

John Wick is a rousing action thriller of the sort rarely encountered in theaters these days. The once popular genre, which was headlined by the likes of Stallone and Schwarzenegger during its heyday, has been a dying breed during the past two deca...

Run Time: 1:41
U.S. Release Date: 2014-10-24
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: ACTION/THRILLER
Director: Chad Stahelski, David Leitch
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, ...
John Wick Chapter 3 - Parabellum

The John Wick series, now on cruise control for its third installment, has fallen into a trap. The filmmakers have become so intent on delivering “more of the same” that they have lost all sense of proportion. While hyper-violent, quasi-co...

Run Time: 2:10
U.S. Release Date: 2019-05-17
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Action/Thriller
Director: Chad Stahelski
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne, ...