Best new action movies (2017) - Top Netflix & Cinema

Action movies are usually associated with dumb entertainment, but that would sell this popular genre short. Anyone who has ever seen an action movie knows that to have real impact, you need to have a real story as well. Sure, some movies are merely about the explosions, car chases and violence, but the action films that stay with you are the ones that get your adrenaline pumping, AND get you emotionally rooting for the protagonist. Because when it feels there is nothing at stake, there is nothing to get excited about. We have listed some powerhouses that are exciting as hell, and satisfying on multiple levels.
The Vore's Film staff selects the top best action movies of 2017 in cinema or on DVD or Netfix. Are Justin Kurzel, George Miller & Sam Mendes our new action genre directors?

Action cinema can get away with almost anything. And that is what makes it stand out from the thriller genre, a genre that relies way more on plausibility and nuance. Here we have collected a few of the most exciting films that get adrenaline running through your veins.

action genre statistics

Rank#3 (List of most popular genres)
ActorsTom Hardy, Liam Neeson & Charlize Theron
TrendingMacbeth, Mad Max: Fury Road & James Bond: Spectre
Amount of genre films per year from 2010 to 2017

1138 action movies scheduled for release this year.

List of highest grossers of the decade & budget

TitleBox officeBudget
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)2,068B200M
Jurassic World (2015)1.7B150M
The Avengers (2012)1.5B220M
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)1.081B220M
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)864M130M
(Read: Who needs big budgets? 25 low budget success stories!)

2017 anticipated releases to watch

    The Space Between (Saturday February 25, 2017)

    The Space Between film poster Director
    Amy Jo Johnson
    Amy Jo Johnson
    Michael Ironside
    Julia Sarah Stone

    An interesting looking low-budget dramedy about a man who discovers his son is not actually his. In his little yellow old-timer, he hits the road, looking for answers. ... Read more


    Gold (Friday January 27, 2017)

    Gold film poster Director
    Stephen Gaghan
    Matthew McConaughey
    Edgar Ramírez
    Bryce Dallas Howard |

    Matthew McConaughey stars in this entertaining adventure movie about a failed businessman who tries his luck and goes searching for gold in the jungle of Indonesia. Based on a true story, this film is somewhat a mash up of 'The wolf of Wall Street' and Werner Herzog's classic 'Fitzcarraldo'. ... Read more


    The Commuter (Thursday October 12, 2017)

    The Commuter film poster Director
    Jaume Collet-Serra
    Vera Farmiga,
    Liam Neeson
    Patrick Wilson

    A businessman is caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home.... Read more


    John Wick: Chapter 2 (Thursday February 9, 2017)

    John Wick: Chapter 2 film poster Director
    Chad Stahelski
    Keanu Reeves
    Riccardo Scamarcio
    Ian McShane

    Keanu Reeves is back as John Wick, the tormented ex-criminal who once again ends up in situation he would've rather avoided...... Read more


Best action movies on Netflix or DVD in 2017

2010's best rated action movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  1. The Accountant (14-10-2016, 128 minutes)
  2. Ben Affleck stars as an autistic math prodigy working for criminal organizations. Afraid his 'services' will come to light, he decides to on a 'legit' customer this time, but soon he becomes entangled in a web of corruption, violence and death. A smart and entertaining action thriller with Affleck in his finest role since 'Gone Girl'.
    StarringBen Affleck, Anna Kendrick & J.K. Simmons
    DirectorGavin O'Connor (Warrior & Pride and Glory)
    Themescorruption, murder, technology, thriller,
    CountryUnited States
    Keywordsfast, solid,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  3. Cold in July (18-01-2014, 109 minutes)
    StarringMichael C. Hall, Sam Shepard & Don Johnson
    DirectorJim Mickle (Stake Land, We Are What We Are & Mulberry St )
    CountryFrance United States
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  5. Taken (30-01-2009, 93 minutes)
    StarringLiam Neeson, Maggie Grace & Famke Janssen
    DirectorPierre Morel (The Transporter, Transporter 2 & Before Sunset )
    CountryUnited States
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  7. Snowpiercer (11-07-2014, 126 minutes)
    StarringChris Evans, Jamie Bell & Tilda Swinton
    DirectorJoon Ho Bong (Mother, The Host & Memories of Murder )
    CountryUnited States
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  9. Out of the Furnace (06-12-2013, 116 minutes)
    StarringChristian Bale, Casey Affleck & Zoe Saldana
    DirectorScott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Black Mass & Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me )
    CountryUnited States
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

New action movies out now

Best recent & upcoming action movies with release dates.

X-Men: Apocalypse by Bryan Singer
Release date27-05-2016
CountryUnited States
StarringJennifer Lawrence, Olivia Munn & Evan Peters
Previous releasesHouse M.D., X-Men: Days of Future Past & X-Men 2
Associated with action, adventure,

Macbeth (23-10-2015, 113 minutes))

Michael Fassbender brings his a-game. An epic larger than life movie with stunning cinematography. A war-themed action movie based on the centuries old, but still valid Shakespeare play.
DirectorJustin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders & The Turning )
StarringMichael Fassbender, Elizabeth Debicki & Marion Cotillard
CountryFrance United Kingdom United States
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

Mad Max: Fury Road (15-05-2015, 120 minutes))

A high-speed chase movie with fantasy and sci-fi elements that is both entertaining and exhilarating. 'Hold onto your seat' is an understatement. George Miller has done it again - the Mad Max franchise is now stronger than ever.
DirectorGeorge Miller (Happy Feet, Mad Max & Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior )
StarringTom Hardy, Charlize Theron & Nicholas Hoult
CountryUnited States
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

James Bond: Spectre (06-11-2015, 148 minutes))
DirectorSam Mendes (Skyfall, Revolutionary Road & Road to Perdition )
StarringDaniel Craig, Christoph Waltz & Léa Seydoux
CountryUnited Kingdom United States
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

The Guest (05-09-2014, 100 minutes))
DirectorAdam Wingard (You're Next, V/H/S & V/H/S/2 )
StarringDan Stevens, Sheila Kelley & Maika Monroe
CountryUnited Kingdom United States
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix