Action movies aren't exactly an endangered species at the box office, but it's become a genre that encompasses almost all other genres. In 2016 alone, we've had a great sci-fi action, superhero action, foreign action, action thrillers, and what we lovingly call "action action." If you can't find the action movie that's right for you, you're not trying hard enough!
Here are our picks for the top 10 action movies of 2016.
The best action film of 2016 was also one of the best comedies... and a superhero film! Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool really did it all with unmistakable style. It's truly hilarious, and there's more than enough action to send everyone home happy.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Rumor had it that the first Star Wars anthology film was going to be a huge let down. Instead, Rogue One turned out to be the most "Star Wars" Star Wars movie in years. The quest to steal the Death Star plans was fun, but the jaw-dropping, action-packed third act made this an unforgettable experience.
Captain America: Civil War
One of Marvel's greatest films pits the Avengers against each other in a fight scene that puts all other superhero fights to shame. The Russo Brothers' follow up to Captain America: The Winter Soldier firmly established them as a top tier directing duo. Somehow, Captain America: Civil War not only successfully juggled Cap's conflict with Iron Man, it also gave Spider-Man and Black Panther memorable MCU intros.
Train to Busan
It's pretty rare for a South Korean zombie apocalypse action movie to make an international impact, but Train to Busan is simply terrific. Think of it as Snowpiercer with zombies, but with more heart, personality, and breakneck action.
You know his name, and even a lesser Bourne film is better than the vast majority of action flicks. Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass reunited for this sequel, which brought Jason Bourne back into the CIA's crosshairs.
The Nice Guys
Occasionally, even the best action movies barely make an impact at the box office. Shane Black's The Nice Guys is a '70s era throwback that focuses on a private investigator named Holland March (Ryan Gosling) and an enforcer, Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe); as they team up find a missing girl. This is an underrated gem that deserves a wider audience.
Reset is a wild Chinese sci-fi action flick that didn't get a lot of attention in America, but it's worth tracking down. Yang Mi portrays a scientist who travels to parallel universes and teams up with her alternate selves to save their young son. But only one of these leading ladies can ultimately survive...
How's this for a dream cast? Anthony Mackie, Woody Harrelson, Aaron Paul, Kate Winslet, Gal Gadot, Norman Reedus, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Casey Affleck headlined a crime thriller that pit corrupt cops and criminals against each other over the ultimate heist. Some screenplay problems can't diminish the film's intense action scenes.
London Has Fallen
Although it's not the equal of Olympus Has Fallen, London Has Fallen is a more than serviceable follow-up for Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman. This time, Butler's Mike Banning has to stop a terrorist plot to assassinate several heads of state at once. Plus, Banning still has to protect Eckhart's President Benjamin Asher. It's all in a day's work ... while waiting for the next sequel.
A Jason Statham action movie is gonna Jason Statham, and there's nothing wrong with that! Mechanic: Resurrection is an unapologetic Statham sequel that brings his titular assassin out of retirement to complete a series of impossible kills... while making them look like accidents. Check your brain at the door, but it's still undeniably fun mayhem.