Best new action movies in 2018 & 2017 (Netflix & Cinema List)


The Vore's Film staff selects the top best action movies of 2018 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 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.


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.

New action movies in 2018

Top movies up for release in 2018

  • The Equalizer 2

    DIRECTOR: Antoine Fuqua
    CAST: Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Orson Bean


    Director Antoine Fuqua and star actor Denzel Washington return with a sequel to the acclaimed action flick from 2014. Read more

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  • Skyscraper

    DIRECTOR: Rawson Marshall Thurber
    CAST: Dwayne Johnson, Pablo Schreiber, Neve Campbell, Noah Taylor


    If you are into the high-adrenaline, race-against-the-clock kinda action movies, 'Skyscraper' is going to blow you off your socks. Dwayne Johnson is a (former FBI agent) security guard assessing safety for a Hong Kong skyscraper. When that skyscraper is set ablaze, he gets falsely accused. To make things even worse, he has to save his family that is within that same building... Read more

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  • Revenge

    DIRECTOR: Coralie Fargeat
    CAST: Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe, Guillaume Bouchède


    A young is woman is left for the dead in the desert after being raped by her boyfriend and two associates of his. She has one thing on her mind: REVENGE. Read more

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  • Entebbe

    DIRECTOR: José Padilha
    CAST: Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl, Eddie Marsan


    Inspired by a true story, Brazlian director José Padilha's new movie evolves around the 1976 hijacking of an Air France plane. Demanding the release of a bunch of Palestine prisoners, the hijackers made the pilots land in Uganda. Read more

    RATING: 77/100

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  • Black Panther

    DIRECTOR: Ryan Coogler
    CAST: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o


    Taking up where we left off in 'Captain America: Civil War', T'Challa returns to his native country Wakanda. As rightful heir to the throne, he comes to claim what is his. But soon enough he finds out he has enemies that try to drag Wakanda into a world wide war. Read more

    RATING: 80/100

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  • Gringo

    DIRECTOR: Nash Edgerton
    CAST: Joel Edgerton, Charlize Theron, David Oyelowo, Thandie Newton


    A kind-hearted and somewhat naive man who is in the pharmaceutical industry, finds himself wound up in the world of drugs, narcotic brigades and cartels in Mexico. An energetic black comedy full of hilariously excessive violence. Read more

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  • Sicario 2: Soldado

    DIRECTOR: Stefano Sollima
    CAST: Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Catherine Keener


    Taking place shortly after events we witnessed in Sicario (2015), the story continues as the war on drugs on the Mexican-American borders intensifies. Federal Agent Graver (Josh Brolin) yet again needs the unpredictable Alejandro Gillick's services. Read more

    RATING: 76/100

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  • Game Night

    DIRECTOR: John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein
    CAST: Jesse Plemons, Rachel McAdams, Jason Bateman


    Somewhat similar to David Fincher's masterpiece 'The Game', this action/comedy evolves around three couples who, during their weekly game night, end up in something that isn't exactly funny anymore. Thinking they're taking part in something that has been 'scripted', they soon start to doubt whether it's really a game they are a playing. Read more

    RATING: 78/100

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  • Death Wish

    DIRECTOR: Eli Roth
    CAST: Bruce Willis Vincent D'Onofrio Elisabeth Shue


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    RATING: 82/100

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  • The Commuter

    DIRECTOR: Jaume Collet-Serra
    CAST: 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

    RATING: 77/100

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  • Tomb Raider

    DIRECTOR: Roar Uthaug
    CAST: Alicia Vikander, Hannah John-Kamen, Walton Goggins


    Lara Croft's father has disappeared from a mysterious island 7 years ago. Now Lara is finally determined to find out what happened. Read more

    RATING: 82/100

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Best action movies of 2017

Top rated 2017 action movies

  • Good Time

    DIRECTOR: Benny Safdie & Josh Safdie
    CAST: 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

    RATING: 83/100

    RELEASE DATE: August 25th, 2017

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  • Baby Driver

    DIRECTOR: Edgar Wright
    CAST: 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

    RATING: 85/100

    RELEASE DATE: June 28th, 2017

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  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    DIRECTOR: Chad Stahelski
    CAST: 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

    RATING: 77/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 9th, 2017

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  • Baywatch

    DIRECTOR: Seth Gordon
    CAST: Alexandra Daddario Dwayne Johnson Zac Efron


    Devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon butts heads with a brash new recruit. Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay. Read more

    RATING: 75/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 9th, 2017

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  • Kfc

    DIRECTOR: Lê Bình Giang
    CAST: Nguyen Tony Ta Quang Chien Tram Primrose


    Not for the faint of heart, this bizarre and bloody Vietnamese flick about a cannibalistic doctor from Hanoi. Read more

    RATING: 76/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 9th, 2017

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  • The Silence

    DIRECTOR: Martin Scorsese
    CAST: Andrew Garfield Adam Driver Liam Neeson


    Two priests travel to Japan in an attempt to locate their mentor and propagate Catholicism. Read more

    RATING: 82/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 9th, 2017

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  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

    DIRECTOR: Guy Ritchie
    CAST: Charlie Hunnam Hermione Corfield Katie McGrath


    Feature film version of the classic King Arthur story. Read more

    RATING: 78/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 9th, 2017

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  • Guardians

    DIRECTOR: Sarik Andreasyan
    CAST: Valeriya Shkirando Alina Lanina Anton Pampushnyy


    This Russian movie about a elite squad of superhero's can totally measure with Hollywood's biggest productions. Read more

    RATING: 77/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 9th, 2017

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  • The Dark Tower

    DIRECTOR: Nikolaj Arcel
    CAST: Katheryn Winnick Matthew McConaughey Idris Elba


    Upcoming Danish director Nicolaj Arcel got the job of directing this very high-profile, upcoming western fantasy spectacle, based on Stephen King's book. We... Read more

    RATING: 88/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 9th, 2017

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  • Blade Runner 2049

    DIRECTOR: Denis Villeneuve
    CAST: Ryan Gosling Ana de Armas Jared Leto


    Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge... Read more

    RATING: 95/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 9th, 2017

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  • Live by Night

    DIRECTOR: Ben Affleck
    CAST: Ben Affleck Elle Fanning Brendan Gleeson


    Ben Affleck as a Boston gangster taking over Florida at the time of the prohibition in the roaring 20's. Read more

    RATING: 65/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 9th, 2017

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  • Split

    DIRECTOR: M. Night Shyamalan
    CAST: James Mcavoy Anya Taylor-Joy Haley Lu Richardson


    A psycho with 23 different personality kidnaps girls and does what them whatever he pleases. Psychological mind games all around. Read more

    RATING: 85/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 9th, 2017

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Best action movies on Netflix or DVD in 2018

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

  • Skyfall

    DIRECTOR: Sam Mendes
    CAST: 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

    RATING: 91/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 26th, 2012

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    DIRECTOR: George Miller
    CAST: 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

    RATING: 88/100

    RELEASE DATE: May 7th, 2015

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  • The Last Stand

    DIRECTOR: Jee-woon Kim
    CAST: 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

    RATING: 85/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 12th, 2013

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  • The Guest

    DIRECTOR: Adam Wingard
    CAST: 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

    RATING: 82/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 17th, 2014

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  • The Hateful Eight

    DIRECTOR: Quentin Tarantino
    CAST: 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

    RATING: 78/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 8th, 2016

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  • Drive

    DIRECTOR: Nicolas Winding Refn
    CAST: 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 to offer help to his neighbour. Read more

    RATING: 78/100

    RELEASE DATE: September 16th, 2011

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  • The Accountant

    DIRECTOR: Gavin O'Connor
    CAST: 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

    RATING: 74/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 14th, 2016

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  • Taken

    DIRECTOR: Pierre Morel
    CAST: 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 across the streets of France, deeper into... Read more

    RATING: 73/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 30th, 2009

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  • Snowpiercer

    DIRECTOR: Joon-ho Bong
    CAST: 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 Earth after a climate change experiment... Read more

    RATING: 70/100

    RELEASE DATE: July 11th, 2014

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  • Cold in July

    DIRECTOR: Jim Mickle
    CAST: 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

    RATING: 68/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 18th, 2014

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  • Out of the Furnace

    DIRECTOR: Scott Cooper
    CAST: 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

    RATING: 68/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 16th, 2013

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  • The Rover

    DIRECTOR: David Michôd
    CAST: 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 toughened loner pursues the thieves, in the... Read more

    RATING: 65/100

    RELEASE DATE: June 20th, 2014

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  • R100

    DIRECTOR: Hitoshi Matsumoto
    CAST: 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

    RATING: 60/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 23rd, 2015

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  • Violet

    DIRECTOR: Bas Devos
    CAST: 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 describes the incidence to his friends... Read more

    RATING: 60/100

    RELEASE DATE: March 3rd, 2015

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  • Ben-Hur

    DIRECTOR: Timur Bekmambetov
    CAST: 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

    RATING: 56/100

    RELEASE DATE: August 19th, 2016

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