The Top 25 Action Movies - IGN
March 5, 2014: This list last ran in December, 2013. As always, let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
While we love all types of movies here at IGN, we're especially fond of action films. That's what we were weaned on, both the good and the bad.
As fondly as we recall the mindless slaughterfests that powered the Saturday evenings and lazy Sunday afternoons of the '80s and '90s, the term 'action movie' means more than just camp B-movie schlock. Along with the classic action fare we've tried to reinvigorate this list with the best action anywhere you can find it. Action/comedy, sci-fi action, martial arts, superhero action, war and adventure, they're all here. (Be advised this list includes videos featuring NSFW violence and language.) Here, then, are IGN's Top 25 Action Movies of all time:Perhaps the most philosophical surfing/heist movie ever made, Point Break sees Patrick Swayze as Bodhi, leader of the bank-robbing "Ex Presidents," and Keanu Reeves as undercover FBI agent Johnny Utah. What follows is a rollercoaster ride as the pair surf and sky-dive while playing the ultimate game of cat-and-mouse with plenty of foot chases and gunfights along the way. Director Kathryn Bigelow attacks these sequences with such ferocity and style that it's hard to imagine a better pairing of the film's disparate elements – the physicality of the surfing, screwing and fighting with personal ideals and character-based beliefs. It's one of the few movies that thrives on frenetic thrills and yet arguably gives you the sense that if you paid a little closer attention you might actually learn something.
Released December, 1968
Released November, 2006