Movies in the Action/Thriller genre

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Purge, The: Anarchy

The success of 2013's The Purge took everyone by surprise, including writer/director James DeMonaco, who was immediately called upon by distributor Universal Studios to pen a sequel. The result is The Purge: Anarchy, a story set in the same world a...

Run Time: 1:43
U.S. Release Date: 2014-07-18
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: ACTION/THRILLER
Director: James DeMonaco
Cast: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zoe Soul, ...
Raid 2, The

Wow. For those with strong constitutions, The Raid 2 offers one of the most intense motion picture experiences available; it may also be the most violent movie ever to be released into theaters. It's somewhat astonishing that writer/director Garet...

Run Time: 2:30
U.S. Release Date: 2014-04-04
MPAA Rating: "R" (Extreme Violence, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: ACTION/THRILLER
Director: Gareth Evans
Cast: Iko Uwais, Arifin Putra, Tio Pakusodewo, ...
Rambo: Last Blood

Over the years, the Rambo sequels have been defended as “adrenaline and testosterone cocktails” and “odes to machismo.” It’s hard to imagine, however, what the defense might be for the fifth and final Rambo movie, Last Blood. Who was...

Revolver

Revolver had its world premiere at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival, some 27 months before finding its way into a small number of U.S. multiplexes. If that says nothing else, it's that distributors shied away from the film, fearing its complete lack...

Run Time: 1:55
U.S. Release Date: 2007-12-07
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Violence, Nudity)
Genre: ACTION/THRILLER
Director: Guy Ritchie
Cast: Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, Vincent Pastore, ...
Safe

Over the course of the past decade, Jason Statham has created a nice little niche with films like The Transporter and Crank. Although it would be unfair to saddle him with the mantle of "successor to Schwarzenegger and Stallone," he's the closest ...

Run Time: 1:34
U.S. Release Date: 2012-04-27
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: ACTION/THRILLER
Director: Boaz Yakin
Cast: Jason Statham, Catherine Chan, Robert John Burke, ...
Safe House

Safe House is an overlong, underwhelming knock-off of The Bourne Identity - another generic spy thriller in which the "bad guy" (a traitor) is the good guy (because he's at war against corruption) and the "good guys" (government agents) are the bad...

Run Time: 1:55
U.S. Release Date: 2012-02-10
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: ACTION/THRILLER
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Cast: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Brendan Gleeson, ...
Skyfall

Skyfall can take its place alongside From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, and On Her Majesty's Secret Service as the best Bond can offer. With an Oscar winner at the helm and Oscar winners in two prominent roles, Skyfall overflows with talent but, as...

Run Time: 2:22
U.S. Release Date: 2012-11-08
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: ACTION/THRILLER
Director: Sam Mendes
Cast: Daniel Craig, Rory Kinnear, Ben Whishaw, ...
Skyscraper

It would be fair to say that Skyscraper does what it sets out to do but the unambitious agenda isn’t something I’m especially interested in watching. A dumbed-down Die Hard with a Towering Inferno infusion, the film exists solely as a showca...

Run Time: 1:37
U.S. Release Date: 2018-07-13
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity, Scenes of Peril)
Genre: Action/Thriller
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, McKenna Roberts, Byron Mann, ...
Smokin' Aces

Smokin' Aces is Tarantino lite - a vague and unsuccessful attempt to bring together a bunch of offbeat, unrelated characters in a situation where a bloody resolution is inescapable. Like an absentminded chef, however, writer/director Joe Carnahan ...

Run Time: 1:50
U.S. Release Date: 2007-01-26
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Violence, Nudity)
Genre: ACTION/THRILLER
Director: Joe Carnahan
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Jeremy Piven, Ray Liotta, ...
Specialist, The

If I were in a kind mood, I might say that The Specialist attempts to be an atmospheric, dramatic thriller. On the other hand, if I wanted to be truthful, I could note that this film has two obvious assets (both of which are used to maximum advant...

Run Time: 1:50
U.S. Release Date: 1994-10-14
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Nudity, Sexual Situations)
Genre: ACTION/THRILLER
Director: Luis Llosa
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone, James Woods, ...