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, DVD and Netflix. Are Justin Kurzel, George Miller & Sam Mendes our new action genre directors? The main focus is on international art house & American and British indie cinema.

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 movies2017
Popular actorsTom Hardy, Liam Neeson & Charlize Theron
Trending moviesMacbeth, Mad Max: Fury Road & James Bond: Spectre

Anticipated 2017 action movies to watch

    Good Time (Friday August 25, 2017)

    Good Time film poster Director
    Benny Safdie & Josh Safdie
    Robert Pattinson
    Benny Safdie
    Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Robert Pattinson is brilliant as 'Connie', a young NYC criminal, in this high-tensioned heist-gone-wrong film. ...Read more

    Baby Driver (Wednesday June 28, 2017)

    Baby Driver film poster Director
    Edgar Wright
    Ansel Elgort
    Kevin Spacey
    Lily James

    Praised by critics alike, 'Baby Driver' is easily the most fun and energetic action flick of the summer. Baby is very gifted getaway driver. When he falls in love with a girl, he decides it's time to leave the business. If it only were that easy. The heist that is supposed to be his last proves to be quite a heist... Set to a absolutely great soundtrack, 'Baby Driver' is pure fun, stuffed with chase scenes. Directed by Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World)....Read more

    The Commuter (Thursday October 12, 2017)

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

    A businessman, played by newly founded action hero Liam Neeson, is caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home Update: Update: The film is delayed and will be released in 2018....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

    Baywatch (Thursday June 1, 2017)

    Baywatch film poster Director
    Seth Gordon
    Alexandra Daddario
    Dwayne Johnson
    Zac Efron

    A hilarious 'reboot' of the highly successful 1990's TV-series. ...Read more

    Kfc (Wednesday January 25, 2017)

    Kfc film poster Director
    Lê Bình Giang
    Nguyen Tony
    Ta Quang Chien
    Tram Primrose

    Not for the faint of heart, this bizarre and bloody Vietnamese flick about a cannibalistic doctor and his bloodthirsty kid from Hanoi. This is not just for anyone!...Read more

    The Silence (Friday January 13, 2017)

    The Silence film poster Director
    Martin Scorsese
    Andrew Garfield
    Adam Driver
    Liam Neeson

    Martin Scorsese struggled for years to realize this project, but in february it's finally there. 'The Silence', an epic and tragic story about the two Catholic missionaries in 16th century Japan. ...Read more

    King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (Friday May 12, 2017)

    King Arthur: Legend of the Sword film poster Director
    Guy Ritchie
    Charlie Hunnam
    Hermione Corfield
    Katie McGrath

    Brilliant British filmmaker Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Lock Stock) took on the job of directing an adaptation of Shakespeare legendary epic. Sounds interesting, even more so because with this project, Ritchie seems to move away from his comfort zone. ...Read more

    Guardians (Thursday February 23, 2017)

    Guardians film poster Director
    Sarik Andreasyan
    Valeriya Shkirando
    Alina Lanina
    Anton Pampushnyy

    During the Cold War, an organization called "Patriot" created a super-hero squad, which includes members of multiple soviet republics. For years, the heroes had to hide their identities, but in hard times they must show themselves again....Read more

    The Dark Tower (Thursday July 27, 2017)

    The Dark Tower film poster Director
    Nikolaj Arcel
    Katheryn Winnick
    Matthew McConaughey
    Idris Elba

    The Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, roams an Old West-like landscape where "the world has moved on" in pursuit of the man in black. Also searching for the fabled Dark Tower, in the hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world....Read more

    Blade Runner 2049 (Friday October 6, 2017)

    Blade Runner 2049 film poster Director
    Denis Villeneuve
    Ryan Gosling
    Ana de Armas
    Jared Leto

    For us this sequel is bigger than Star Wars. The cult film with Harrison Ford set in a dystopian futuristic postmodern version of earth returns after thirty years, now starring Ryan Gosling in the lead as a young LAPD officer. The director in charge is Dennis Villeneuve, an excellent director with titles like Prisoners and Arrival (Check out our best of the decade sci-fi's) to his name. ...Read more

    Live by Night (Friday January 13, 2017)

    Live by Night film poster Director
    Ben Affleck
    Ben Affleck
    Elle Fanning
    Brendan Gleeson

    Coming back from the war, he is no longer the man he used to be. Ben Affleck is a Boston gangster taking over the state of Florida with violence. ...Read more

    Split (Friday January 20, 2017)

    Split film poster Director
    M. Night Shyamalan
    James Mcavoy
    Anya Taylor-Joy
    Haley Lu Richardson

    James McAvoy goes truly insane in Split, a movie about three girls who get kidnapped by a mad man with 23 different personalities. Naturally, they are trying to escape, and it's quite thrilling. ...Read more

Best action movies on Netflix or DVD in 2017 & 2016

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

    Skyfall (Friday October 26, 2012)

    Skyfall film poster Director
    Sam Mendes
    Daniel Craig
    Javier Bardem
    Naomie Harris

    Skyfall is the twenty-third Bond film and without a doubt the best. Every piece falls into the right place this time: being James Bond finally suits Daniel Craig, there’s a truly great bad guy (Bardem), there’s a beautiful classical Bond song (Adele) and there’s the soulful directing by Sam Mendes, a guy we know from directing sincere, American family drama’s (American Beauty, Revolutionary Road, Away We Go). And last but not least the strong and clear plotline, which felt like a respite after the needless complicated Quantum of Solace. ...Read more

    Mad Max: Fury Road (Thursday May 7, 2015)

    Mad Max: Fury Road film poster Director
    George Miller
    Tom Hardy
    Charlize Theron
    Nicholas Hoult

    One of the most anticipated 2015 films, and yet Georg Miller pulled it of to surpass all expectations. 'Mad Max: Fury Road' is post-apocalyptic extravaganza at its very finest. The plot is ridiculously simple and effective; together with hardboiled rebel Furiosa (Charlize Theron) Max has to stay out of the hands of tyrant Immortan Joe's army. Basically the film is one, big chase scene. But it never looked cooler. ...Read more

    The Last Stand (Saturday January 12, 2013)

    The Last Stand film poster Director
    Jee-woon Kim
    Arnold Schwarzenegger
    Forest Whitaker,
    Johnny Knoxville

    'The Last Stand' is a delightful return to acting (and form) for Arnold Schwarzenegger. In this classic western/action flick, 'The Governator' ironically plays a burnt-out sheriff in Texan border town who had his moments of glory a long time ago. When an escaped cartel leader is on his way back to Mexico, the sheriff wants to show what he's worth once more. ...Read more

    The Guest (Friday January 17, 2014)

    The Guest film poster Director
    Adam Wingard
    Dan Stevens
    Sheila Kelley
    Maika Monroe

    After directing a bunch of great low budget horror flicks, Adam Wingard released 'The Guest', a brilliant hommage to 80's action flicks. A family is mourning the death of their son, who died a soldier. When all of a sudden David, a young man who claims to be their son's friend from the army, knocks at their door, the family happily welcomes him. The longer the David is around though, the more it becomes clear he is not entirely who they think he is. ...Read more

    The Hateful Eight (Friday January 8, 2016)

    The Hateful Eight film poster Director
    Quentin Tarantino
    Samuel L. Jackson
    Kurt Russell
    Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Quentin Tarantino is sinking his teeth into the genre, and he is clearly biting as well. His films keeping getting more gory and bloodier. Nonetheless, they are exciting and suspenseful movies that are incredibly entertaining. In The Hateful Eight he has perfected the art of the surprise kill - a bounty hunter and his prisoner are stuck in a cabin with suspicious individuals that who have their own agenda's. ...Read more

    Drive (Friday September 16, 2011)

    Drive film poster Director
    Nicolas Winding Refn
    Ryan Gosling
    Carey Mulligan
    Bryan Cranston

    A getaway driver, who is basically a Hollywood stuntman and a mechanic by profession finds himself in deep trouble when he decides...Read more

    The Accountant (Friday October 14, 2016)

    The Accountant film poster Director
    Gavin O'Connor
    Ben Affleck
    Anna Kendrick
    J.K. Simmons

    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'....Read more

    Taken (Friday January 30, 2009)

    Taken film poster Director
    Pierre Morel
    Liam Neeson,
    Maggie Grace
    Famke Janssen

    A flesh trade gang kidnaps a retired CIA agent's daughter; now he relies on his skills to retrieve her as he travels all...Read more

    Snowpiercer (Friday July 11, 2014)

    Snowpiercer film poster Director
    Joon-ho Bong
    Chris Evans
    Jamie Bell
    Tilda Swinton

    A class system emerges in the train 'Snowpiercer' that travels around the globe and contains the only survivors on the...Read more

    Cold in July (Saturday January 18, 2014)

    Cold in July film poster Director
    Jim Mickle
    Michael C. Hall
    Sam Shepard
    Don Johnson

    Cold in July starts of with a relatively straight-forward premise. From the very first second the film draws us into the life of Richard Dane, an average Joe (with one of the worst haircuts I have ever seen in film) played by Dexter‘s Michael C. Hall, who in a state of panic kills a burglar. This burglar turned out to be the son of a vindictive ex-con, Ben Russel (Sam Shepard), who sets out to make Dane’s life miserable. Dane gets police protection, but soon the feeling creeps up on him that the police is not telling him the whole story....Read more

    Out of the Furnace (Saturday February 16, 2013)

    Out of the Furnace film poster Director
    Scott Cooper
    Christian Bale
    Casey Affleck
    Zoe Saldana

    Christian Bale is Russell, a hard-working guy from the Rust Belt. When his brother Rodney (Casey Affleck), who suffers from a post-traumatic stress disorder, gets into trouble with the local hillbilly gang and disappears, Russell takes the law into his own hands. A dark and atmospheric revenge thriller. Woody Harrelson is absolutely stunning as the mean-as-hell gang leader Harlan. ...Read more

    The Rover (Friday June 20, 2014)

    The Rover film poster Director
    David Michôd
    Guy Pearce
    Robert Pattinson
    Scoot McNairy

    The story is set against the backdrop of a global economic crisis; a man's car gets stolen and even after 10 years the...Read more

    R100 (Friday January 23, 2015)

    R100 film poster Director
    Hitoshi Matsumoto
    Nao Ohmori
    Mao Daichi
    Shinobu Terajima

    One of the most bizarre films you’re likely to see in a while. The plot concerns a man seeking more excitement in his life and hoping to find it in dark corners. While trying to fulfill his deeper sadomasochistic desires, he enlists with a strange organization that provides erotic pleasure in an alternative way. Anyone who enlists, as our protagonist did, gets to deal with attacks by strange and scary women, dressed in black leather, at seemingly random moments during the day or by night. Once a member, you cannot withdraw. As you read, this movie cannot possibly be normal and nearing the end it only gets more and more weird. For me, it didn’t really work as a comedy (apart from some metafictional scenes wherein we see the viewers, at the screening of R100, getting irritated by this ungraspable movie they’re seeing), as I’m sure it was meant. But the eerie atmosphere and grainy cinematography did it for me...Read more

    Violet (Tuesday March 3, 2015)

    Violet film poster Director
    Bas Devos
    Cesar De Sutter
    Koen De Sutter
    Mira Helmer

    A young teenager bore the sheer shock of witnessing his friend getting stabbed and he has to live the horror again and again as he...Read more

    Ben-Hur (Friday August 19, 2016)

    Ben-Hur film poster Director
    Timur Bekmambetov
    Jack Huston
    Toby Kebbell
    Rodrigo Santoro

    It took surprisingly long, but here it finally is: the 21st century remake of epic movie. 'Ben-Hur'. Does it disappoint? Sure, it would be impossible surpass the 1958 classic, but yet there is plenty to enjoy. Beautiful decors, sweeping shots and an unforgettable plot....Read more

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