The Best Action Movies of 2018 List

By   February 23, 2018

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Hello movie lovers and friends, I am back again to cover 2018’s action movies. I have noticed that action is among such genres that is produced in a huge quantity. There are 1000s of films released each year that have action element somewhere in them.

This year there is also a flood of such movies; and I have gathered them from worldwide cinema including our favorite Hollywood.

I have collected 250 films of action genre from more than 1000 films, and a big thanks to IMDB to help me accomplishing the task. 250 are those action movies that are being popular and have gained good response.

Here, I would specially like to talk about anime films; they are also in our list. You will also have south Indian films that are famous for larger than life action scenes. So let’s begin.

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THE BEST ACTION MOVIES 2018

So guys from those fine action films I have filtered 20 movies to talk about. Obviously these films are the most promising and trending; it looks like audience will love them once they get released. Moreover, I have focused to have more pure action films here, hence some superhero films like “Avengers: Infinity War” have been out of the list. Yes, they do have great action but they are more superhero films.

20. Ölümlü Dünya

Ölümlü-Dünya
Unrated

Rating (4.1 / 5)

Director – Ali Atay

Writer – Ali Atay, Ali Demirel

Star Cast – Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan, Alper Kul, Sarp Apak

Release Date – 26 January 2018

Run Time – 1.47 hr

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It is a Turkish film that means Mortal World in English. It has been already released and has gotten over 8 on IMDB. Along with the great ratings, what has had my eyes on it is its trailer; initially there was comedy but later there was a boom of good action scenes. The film has a simple and straightforward script which is made effective by the screenplay.

I can tell that if it is released in your language then you will also enjoy it a lot.

Plot Summary: The story focuses 8 members family who has been working at a restaurant in Haydarpasa since years. All is being prosperous until a threatening secret of theirs is about to reveal.


19. Den of Thieves

Den of Thieves
R

Rating (3.5 / 5)

Director – Christian Gudegast

Writer – Christian Gudegast

Star Cast – Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, O’Shea Jackson Jr

Release Date – 19 January 2018

Run Time – 2.10 hr

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I believe that crime is the genre that suits action the best; you may call the collaboration “Pure Action”. Den of Thieves is a super impressive film that is loaded with real action scenes. It showcases a giant clash between police department and a group of skilled robbers.

Plot Summary: Outlaws, a gang of skilled men who used to be militarians have the plan to rob Los Angeles’ Federal Reserve Bank. However, they are going to deal with the most hazardous police unit called “Regulators”. While being engaged in the heist, the gang comes to realize that the leader of Regulators named Bick Nick is much more dangerous than they thought. Read More


18. The Maze Runner: The Death Cure

The-Maze-Runner-The-Death-Cure
PG – 13

Rating (3.2 / 5)

Director – Wes Ball

Writer – T.S. Nowlin

Star Cast – Dylan O’Brien, Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario

Release Date – 26 January 2018

Run Time – 2.21 hr

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It is among those franchises that made me a fan in initial hours of the first film. And, I guess you would have been also waiting for this final Maze Runner movie. Now the film has been released and gained nice feedbacks.

I haven’t watched it yet but it feels equal to the previous two films. Reviews and the trailer of the movie insure that there will be good action, adventure and connectivity of characters with the audience.

Plot Summary: Thomas and his Glader friends have to breakout the deadliest maze in the Last City to rescue their friends, and to know the untold answers Gladers have been wanting to know. Meanwhile, they also need to find the cure of an infectious virus that is turning humans into zombies.


17. Batman: Gotham by Gaslight

Batman-Gotham-by-Gaslight
R

Rating (3.4 / 5)

Director – Sam Liu

Writer – James Krieg, Brian Augustyn

Star Cast – Bruce Greenwood, Jennifer Carpenter, Chris Cox

Release Date – 23 January 2018

Run Time – 1.18 hr

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It is the only direct to video animated film in our list and there is a huge reason of it being here. I have found “Gotham by Gaslight” the most impressive animated movie on the super hero; though I haven’t watched many.

You may have heard about Jack The Ripper, the real life serial killer in London in 1800s. There have been many films on the character, I watched the 1959’s film last year.

Having said that, this Batman movie is set in that Victorian era where there are less to no gadgets Batman uses in his movies. He needs to stop and unmask Jack The Ripper who has been murdering women in Gotham.

The film has been released on DVD and people have liked it. I personally want to watch this film; it seems like there will be good clashes among the two characters along with mystery.


16. Braven

Braven
R

Rating (3.2 / 5)

Director – Lin Oeding

Writer – Michael Nilon, Thomas Pa’a Sibbett

Star Cast – Jason Momoa, Garret Dillahunt, Stephen Lang

Release Date – 2 February 2018

Run Time – 1.34 hr

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It may not be like movies with great concept that audience and critics applaud till years. However, it is among those quick films that you can enjoy once. Braven consists of nice action, drama and a bit of thriller. And, I am most affected by the energy its screenplay brings you as a viewer.

Plot Summary: Joe Braven, a logger plans to visit his cabin in the snow with his family to have some fun time. But at the last night a truck of drug mafia has an accident near the cabin and it is decided to hide the drugs into the cabin. In the morning when Braven family arrives at the place, they get shocked to see drugs in the place. Soon the gang comes and a deadly encounter embarks between the both sides. Read More


15. Black Panther

Black-Panther
PG – 13

Rating (3.8 / 5)

Director – Ryan Coogler

Writer – Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole

Star Cast – Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o

Release Date – 16 February 2018

Run Time – 2.14 hr

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I know you had been waiting for the release of the movie since its announcement. Now it has hit the theaters and as expected, it has won hearts. The interesting thing about Black Panther is that you don’t need to watch Captain America: Civil War or any other Marvel movies to fully understand it.

Having said that, there are so many brilliantly shot action scenes in the movie that make the viewers feel wow. One such scene is when Black Panther stops a car by putting his hand inside its wheel.

Plot Summary: After the death of his father, T’Challa gets to Wakanda to be the new King and serve his people. However, Erik Killmonger becomes his rebel and puts his all to take down T’Challa. This war of throne embarks to a hazardous situation in Wakanda. Now T’Challa’s another character, Black Panther has to stop Wakanda being destroyed. Read More


14. Accident Man

Accident-Man
R

Rating (3.1 / 5)

Director – Jesse V. Johnson

Writer – Scott Adkins, Pat Mills

Star Cast – Scott Adkins, Ray Stevenson, Ashley Greene

Release Date – 6 February 2018

Run Time – 1:45 hr

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I found Accident Man a really cool action film. The plot follows a simple storyline; however the highlight of the movie is its characters. There are different kinds of assassins in the script that have unique working style, including the main character Mike Fallon (Scott Adkins).

Plot Summary: Mike Fallon is a highly skilled assassin who kills his targets in a way that looks like an accident. Rest of the gang members also have their style of killing. When Mike’s lover’s life comes to an end; he doubts one of his gang members and seeks for avenge. Read More


13. Bad Investigate

Bad-Investigate
Unrated

Rating (3.7 / 5)

Director – Luis Ismael

Writer – Luis Ismael

Star Cast – Enrique Arce, Sandra B, Diogo Balestra

Release Date – 18 January 2018

Run Time – 2 hr

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This film also fits in that good one time watch movies. It is a Portuguese film that has crime, comedy and drama along with action. After watching the trailer it feels like there are some quality humor scenes in the movie as well.

The plot showcases a bad and corrupt cop who hires two people named Alex and Cid to catch an infamous drug dealer who has been trying to have avenge for his brother’s death.

The film may not release theatrically in USA and UK, we have to wait for its DVD and Online release.


12. Tomb Raider

Tomb-Raider
PG-13

Rating (3.4 / 5)

Director – Roar Uthaug

Writer – Geneva Robertson-Dworet

Star Cast – Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins

Release Date – 16 March 2018

Run Time – 1:58 hr

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So we have already had 2 Tom Raider films that got nice review if not good. Tomb Raider is rebooting from this 2018 film; the entire team is different that involves Warner Bros. Pictures in production and distribution. All this gives a smell of a better film than previous ones.

The 2018 film is loaded with amazing action scenes, carried in the adventurous journey.

Plot Summary: Lara Croft embarks a journey to find the mystery of her lost father. She has to face all the fatal challenges come in her way at a tomb in Japan.


11. Pacific Rim Uprising

Pacific-Rim-Uprising
PG – 13

Rating (3 / 5)

Director – Steven S. DeKnight

Writer – Steven S. DeKnight

Star Cast – John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny

Release Date – 23 March 2018

Run Time – 1:51 hr

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The 2018 movie follows that simple and fascinating idea that is loaded with larger than life destruction. It is promised that the audience will have a great experience of science fiction-action. And, after having a look at the trailer, the screenplay of the movie seems full of endeavor.

Plot Summary: A new Monstrous threat has embarked and the world is on the edge of apocalypse again. This time, Jake, son of Stacker, unites a new team of Jaegers to take down Kaijus. Read More


10. Ready Player One

Ready-Player-One
PG-13

Rating (3.9 / 5)

Director – Steven Spielberg

Writer – Zak Penn

Star Cast – Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn

Release Date – 29 March 2018

Run Time – 2:20 hr

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I have always been a big fan of concepts & ideas Steven Spielberg brings to the silver screen. He has contributed to several genres and in 2018 he is coming up with a great sci-fi script of Ready Player One. The movie showcases near future and how virtual reality has been dominating over the real world.

Plot Summary: Set in 2045, the world has been a place with lack of resources and people are suffering badly. The last hope of living a prosperous lifestyle is a virtual world called OASIS, crated by James Halliday. People can do and feel what they could in real world. Moreover, there is an Easter egg hidden in OASIS and the person who find it will have total control to this new world of virtual reality.


9. Deadpool 2

Deadpool-2
R

Rating – NA

Director – David Leitch

Writer – Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick

Star Cast – Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Zazie Beetz

Release Date – 18 May 2018

Run Time – NA

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The character has gained a solid fan base; people have been loving the style and attitude of Deadpool. In the first film, it was more about the character itself that was shown in a straightforward storyline. The strength was Wade Wilson and the screenplay.

And, I believe that Deadpool films may not have great stories in future as well and they shouldn’t have too. People would more enjoy the character instead of a great plot.

In this 2018 film the creators have done the same; they have introduced two more characters from X-Men universe. Cable and Domino will be centered in the script in the upcoming movie along with Wade. This means there is going to be more happenings in the movie.


8. Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Mission-Impossible-Fallout

Rating – NA

Director – Christopher McQuarrie

Writer – Christopher McQuarrie

Star Cast – Rebecca Ferguson, Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill

Release Date – 27 July 2018

Run Time – NA

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Another film in our list that fans have been waiting for eagerly. The trailer is full of action and drama. What I like are the scenes where Ethan Hunt is on the verge of death.

Needless to say but it is the movie that most action fans have planned to watch in the theaters.

The script showcases how CIA begins to have doubts on their spy Ethan Hunt when he gets failed in an IMF mission that brings a hazard for the world. He is now also the target of many including his former teammates.


7. Game Over, Man!

Game-Over,-Man!
TV-MA

Rating (2.7 / 5)

Director – Kyle Newacheck

Writer – Anders Holm

Star Cast – Adam Devine, Anders Holm, Blake Anderson

Release Date – 23 March 2018

Run Time – 1:41 hr

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It may not be a highly popular film in our list but believe me it is going to be an awesome film. Game Over, Man! is getting a release on Netflix on 23 March 2018. The movie is full of sensible comedy scenes along with cool action. A fascinating fact to know about is that it has gotten less than 5% dislikes on its trailer; a great achievement these days.

Plot Summary: Three video game developers get a chance to have their product published. However, the person who is going to sponsor their game is kidnapped by the terrorists. Now the three take the responsibility to rescue their sponsor and others. The newly formed rescue squad creates messes while accomplishing the task.


6. Rampage

Rampage
PG-13

Rating (3.2 / 5)

Director – Brad Peyton

Writer – Ryan Engle

Star Cast – Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman

Release Date – 13 April 2018

Run Time – 1:47 hr

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Dwayne Johnson is back again to dominate and save the world in his helicopter. Sounds like “San Andreas”? Yes, it is directed by Brad Peyton and you can feel that theme in this 2018 film as well. Rampage is about monsters and saving the world. We have seen such scripts several times; hence Rampage is a one-time watch film to enjoy with your near ones. There is no need to bring critics’ minds into the theater.

Plot Summary: Davis Okoye has been caring an albino gorilla since he found him; he nurtures him and is kind of a parent of it. The gorilla turns into a giant and aggressive monster after an accidental experiment on him, along with a wolf and a crocodile. Now the three clash with each other to show their dominance, and it triggers to the destruction of mankind. Davis gets into the situation, and he has to save mankind and his beloved gorilla as well.


5. Robin Hood: Origins

Robin-Hood-Origins
PG-13

Rating – NA

Director – Otto Bathurst

Writer – Ben Chandler, David James Kelly

Star Cast – Jamie Dornan, Taron Egerton, Ben Mendelsohn

Release Date – 21 November 2018

Run Time – NA

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It is going to be another movie on the legendary character of Robin Hood. There have been dozens of movies on him from different creators, most showcases about how Robin Hood thieves rich and helps poor people.

But, according to a report on movieweb; the 2018 film has an entire different view on the character. The movie has a script that is focused on the greatness of the character instead of his thefts. It is going to be like showing people why Robin Hood is so iconic even after centuries.

I believe that it may be more a cinematic movie; can’t say it with assurance but it popped in my mind. What do you think? Please comment.


4. X-Men: Dark Phoenix

X-Men-Dark-Phoenix
PG-13

Rating – NA

Director – Simon Kinberg

Writer – John Byrne

Star Cast – Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence

Release Date – 14 February 2019 (postponed)

Run Time – NA

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The second X-Men film in our list and a much anticipated one too. The film will display Dark Phoenix Saga script, focuses an X-Men superhero Jean Grey and the Phoenix Force.

Plot Summary: Jean Grey’s superpowers get increased drastically while she is on a cosmic mission. Grey turns into a dark force and can be a hazard to others. Now the X-Men need to take a decision if they are going to save others in return of Jean.


3. The Predator

The-Predator
R

Rating – NA

Director – Shane Black

Writer – Fred Dekker, Shane Black

Star Cast – Yvonne Strahovski, Olivia Munn, Lochlyn Munro

Release Date – 14 September 2018

Run Time – NA

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Another spin-off franchise’s film that is going to be released in 2018. So far all the three franchise’s films (Predator, Predator 2, Predators) have been really fine for commercial cinema’s fans and as well as for real critics. Most interestingly, Arnold Schwarzenegger has stated on TheArnoldFans.com that he has been discussing with the creators of The Predator about his comeback in the role. If that happens, it would be a delightful present for his fans across the globe, such as me in India.

Shane Black, the director of the film has said that he and his team has been trying to have fascinating modifications in the upcoming sequel to create a kind of uniqueness to have a new base for the franchise. However, The Predator can’t be called a reboot as its story will be chained with previous films.


2. Bumblebee

Bumblebee
PG-13

Rating – NA

Director – Travis Knight

Writer – Christina Hodson

Star Cast – Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Marcella Bragio

Release Date – 21 December 2018

Run Time – NA

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Transformers is among those brands that people have been caring since times. All of its movies have shown us fascinating action sequences and have been applauded all around the world.

In 2018, the franchise is getting a spin-off from Bumblebee, one of the Transformers character. Obviously the creators would be trying to elevate the brand; they have brought Travis Knight as the new director.

It is going to be a prequel to the first Transformers movie and will display events two decades before it. It is going to connect with the audience as it may have many emotional scenes focusing Bumblebee. And, we have already witness that original stories are more emotional.


1. Bad Boys for Life

Bad-Boys-for-Life
R

Rating – NA

Director – Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah

Writer – Chris Bremner, Joe Carnahan

Star Cast – Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Derrick Gilbert

Release Date – in 2018

Run Time – NA

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So we are going to see the third installment of Bad Boys after a long period of 15 years. It is again such a movie that’s highlight is its characters. All the previous two films had simple script but having cool characters and screenplay made the things worked.

In the first film Marcus and Mike had to chase the robbers who stole drugs from their station. And, the next part continued the drug thing where they stopped drug trafficking. The 2018 film may also have drugs involved; however there is no official statement. Will Smith and Martin are again being shown as our favorite cops.

So these were the 20 action films that I thought should be discussed with my beloved viewers. I may have missed a few films, please name a movie in the comments section below.

Expert Bloggers’ NOTES

 

You should not miss reading this section. I asked some bloggers on my Twitter who have really deep knowledge about cinema to share an action movie/movies they have been waiting for. Without any surprise, there are very passionate and in-depth  replies to the question.

Scriptease

Website

In terms of action movies: Mission Impossible – Fallout (the franchise is working wonders in recent times, and excited to see Rebecca Ferguson returning after nailing it in Rogue Nation)


Luke

Website

An action film I am looking forward to is Proud Mary. It has obvious inspiration from John Wick and Atomic Blond, but at the same time it’s about a hitwomen’ bond with a kid she cross paths with. It looks really good the action looks great and it’s an important step in the right direction by Hollywood.

I’ll have to wait and see how it turn out but I think it could be this year’s John Wick, and by that I mean a fast fluid action film.


Shona Harding

Shona Harding

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Action movies may not be my favorite genre but that doesn’t mean I won’t be enjoying one or two at the cinema! From the list above the ones I can’t wait for are:

Tomb Raider – I used to try and play the old game when I was younger on my Playstation 2 (could never get the hang of it though, too hard for me) so I am very excited to see it all play out on screen. I was too young for the Angelina Jolie movie so I feel going into this blind will be a fantastic experience. I love adventure movies like Indiana Jones and I feel this movie could fit into that category fantastically.

Ready Player One – I am obsessed with this movie! The amount of nostalgia and excitement for finding easter eggs within it is crazy and I can’t wait to see if it’s as good as I imagine it to be. Again, I haven’t read the book or anything, so I’m going in blind but I just hope this movie meets my expectations.

Deadpool 2 Deadpool was absolutely fantastic and has quickly become one of my favourite superheroes. I am ridiculously excited for Deadpool 2 if a little apprehensive. The original was so brilliant I just hope this one isn’t a failure. Will it be as good as the first one though? That still remains to be seen.


Arran Wilson

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For me the action movies that really have my interest in 2018 are

Pacific Rim Uprising, I loved the first one and was delighted it was given a sequel. The first pacific rim delivered on so many levels I just hope the sequel doesn’t just go down the generic more is better option that most sequels tend to do.

Skyscraper staring Dwayne Johnson, just looks simply fun thus movie, true the plot is nothing new but am sure Dwayne Johnson will deliver and fully expect this to do well. Looking forward to this more than Rampage.

The Predator, with Shane Black on board pulling the strings the signs are good for this to work.

Robin Hood, if done right a good Robin Hood film will always interest an audience and this looks like it’s got a great cast so am hopeful we get a fun movie.

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