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Aliens
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Aliens

(1986)
Aliens is a 1986 American science-fiction action horror film written and directed by James Cameron, produced by his then-wife Gale Anne Hurd, and starring Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen,...
7.3
7.3
from 4 votes
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Barely Lethal
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Barely Lethal

(2015)
Barely Lethal is an action-comedy film directed by Kyle Newman and written by John D'Arco, starring Hailee Steinfeld, Jessica Alba, Sophie Turner, Samuel L. Jackson, Dove Cameron and Jaime King. The film was released on May 29, 20...
7.2
7.2
from 6 votes
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
3

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

(2016)
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is an American superhero film featuring the DC Comics characters Batman and Superman, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film is directed by Zack Snyder, with a screenplay written by Chris...
7.3
7.3
from 3 votes
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Chappie
4

Chappie

(2015)
Chappie (stylized as CHAPPiE) is a 2015 American science fiction film directed by South African Neill Blomkamp. The screenplay, written by Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, is based on Blomkamp's 2004 short film Tetra Vaal. The film st...
7.5
7.5
from 2 votes
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Deadpool
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Deadpool

(2016)
Deadpool is a 2016 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is the eighth installment in the X-Men film series. The film is directed by Tim Miller, with a screenplay by Rhett Reese and Paul...
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Death Proof
6

Death Proof

(2007)
Death Proof is a 2007 American action–exploitation horror film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The film centers on a psychopathic stunt man, played by Kurt Russell, who stalks young women before murdering them in staged...
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District 9
7

District 9

(2009)
District 9 is a 2009 science fiction thriller film directed by Neill Blomkamp, written by Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, and produced by Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham. The film stars Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, and David Ja...
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from 1 vote
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Django Unchained
8

Django Unchained

(2012)
Django Unchained is a 2012 American black comedy western film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson. Set in the Old West and ant...
8.3
8.3
from 4 votes
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Doom
9

Doom

(2005)
Doom is a 2005 science fiction action film directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak. It is loosely based on the video game series of the same name created by Id Software. The film follows a group of Marines in a Research Facility on Mars –...
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Drunken Master II
10

Drunken Master II

(1994)
Drunken Master II (Chinese: 醉拳二; Cantonese Yale: Jui Kuen II) is a 1994 Hong Kong kung fu film directed by Lau Kar-leung and Jackie Chan, who stars as Chinese folk hero, Wong Fei-hung. It was Chan's first traditional style martial...
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from 2 votes
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Elysium
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Elysium

(2013)
Elysium is a 2013 American science fiction action thriller film written and directed by Neill Blomkamp. It stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga and Sharlto Copley. The film takes place on both a ravaged Earth, and a luxurio...
6.3
6.3
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Escape from L.A.
12

Escape from L.A.

(1996)
Escape from L.A. (also known as John Carpenter's Escape From L.A.) is a 1996 American science fiction action film co-written, co-scored, and directed by John Carpenter, co-written and produced by Debra Hill and Kurt Russell, with...
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6
from 1 vote
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Escape from New York
13

Escape from New York

(1981)
Escape from New York is a 1981 American dystopian action film co-written, co-scored, and directed by John Carpenter. The film is set in a then near-future 1997 in a crime-ridden United States that has converted Manhattan Island in...
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from 1 vote
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Full Metal Jacket
14

Full Metal Jacket

(1987)
Full Metal Jacket is a 1987 British-American war film directed and produced by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay by Kubrick, Michael Herr, and Gustav Hasford was based on Hasford's novel The Short-Timers (1979). The film stars Matth...
8.7
8.7
from 3 votes
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Furious 7
15

Furious 7

(2015)
Furious 7 (a.k.a. Fast & Furious 7 and Furious Seven) is a 2015 American action film. It is the sequel to the 2013 film Fast & Furious 6 and the seventh and final installment in the Fast & Furious film series. The film was written...
7.7
7.7
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Guardians of the Galaxy
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Guardians of the Galaxy

(2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the tenth installment i...
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from 1 vote
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Hardcore Henry
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Hardcore Henry

(2016)
Hardcore Henry (also known simply as Hardcore) is a 2015 Russian-American science fiction action film written and directed by Ilya Naishuller. The film stars Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky, Haley Bennett, and Tim Roth. It was re...
7.5
7.5
from 2 votes
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I am Legend
18

I am Legend

(2007)
I Am Legend is a 2007 American post-apocalyptic science fiction film directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Will Smith, who plays US Army virologist Robert Neville. The story is set in New York City after a virus has wiped out...
6.7
6.7
from 3 votes
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Inglourious Basterds
19

Inglourious Basterds

(2009)
Inglourious Basterds is a 2009 German-American black comedy war film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Diane Kruger, Michael Fassbender and Eli Roth. The film tells the fictional al...
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9
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Jack Reacher
20

Jack Reacher

(2012)
Jack Reacher is a 2012 American action thriller film written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, based on Lee Child's 2005 novel One Shot. The film stars Tom Cruise as the title character, with Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Ric...
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7
from 1 vote
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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

(2016)
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is a 2016 American action thriller film directed by Edward Zwick and written by Zwick, Richard Wenk and Marshall Herskovitz. A sequel to the 2012 film Jack Reacher, the film stars Tom Cruise, Cobie Smul...
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from 2 votes
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Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
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Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons

(2013)
Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons (Chinese: 西遊·降魔篇) is a 2013 fantasy comedy film co-written, produced, and directed by Stephen Chow. The movie was first announced in July 2011 and was released on February 10, 2013 in Chi...
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7
from 1 vote
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Kill Bill: Volume 1
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Kill Bill: Volume 1

(2003)
Kill Bill: Volume 1 is a 2003 American martial arts film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It is the first of two Kill Bill films produced at the same time, and was followed by Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004). It was originall...
7.8
7.8
from 5 votes
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Kill Bill: Volume 2
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Kill Bill: Volume 2

(2004)
Kill Bill: Volume 2 is a 2004 American martial arts film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It is the second of two volumes that were released several months apart. It was originally scheduled for a single theatrical relea...
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Kingsman: The Secret Service
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Kingsman: The Secret Service

(2015)
Kingsman: The Secret Service is a spy action comedy film, directed by Matthew Vaughn, and based on the comic book The Secret Service, created by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar. The screenplay was written by Vaughn and Jane Goldman...
7.4
7.4
from 5 votes
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Kung Fu Hustle
26

Kung Fu Hustle

(2004)
Kung Fu Hustle is a 2004 Hong Kong-Chinese action comedy martial arts film. It was directed, co-written and co-produced by Stephen Chow, who also stars in the lead role. The other producers were Chui Po-chu and Jeffrey Lau, and th...
8.5
8.5
from 2 votes
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Léon: The Professional
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Léon: The Professional

(1994)
Léon: The Professional (French: Léon; also known as The Professional) is a 1994 English-language French crime thriller film written and directed by Luc Besson. It stars Jean Reno and Gary Oldman, and features the motion picture de...
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from 3 votes
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Lucy
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Lucy

(2014)
Lucy is a 2014 English-language French science fiction action film written and directed by Luc Besson and produced by his wife Virginie Silla for his company Europacorp. The film was shot in Taipei, Paris and New York City. It sta...
7.6
7.6
from 5 votes
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Mad Max
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Mad Max

(1979)
Mad Max is a 1979 Australian dystopian action film directed by George Miller, produced by Byron Kennedy, and starring Mel Gibson. James McCausland and Miller wrote the screenplay from a story by Miller and Kennedy, uncredits. The...
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Mad Max 2
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Mad Max 2

(1981)
Mad Max 2 (also known as The Road Warrior and Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior) is a 1981 Australian post-apocalyptic action film directed by George Miller. The film is the second installment in the Mad Max film series, with Mel Gibson...
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Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome
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Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome

(1985)
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (also known as Mad Max 3: Beyond Thunderdome or simply Mad Max 3) is a 1985 Australian post-apocalyptic action adventure film directed by George Miller and George Ogilvie, distributed by Warner Bros., an...
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7
from 3 votes
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Mad Max: Fury Road
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Mad Max: Fury Road

(2015)
Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 action film directed and produced by George Miller, and written by Miller, Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris. The fourth instalment in the Mad Max franchise, it is an Australian and American venture...
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6.7
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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

(2015)
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is a 2015 American action spy film written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie. It is the fifth installment in the Mission: Impossible series and was preceded by Mission: Impossible – Ghost Pro...
8.3
8.3
from 3 votes
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Mortdecai
34

Mortdecai

(2015)
Mortdecai is a 2015 American action comedy film directed by David Koepp and written by Eric Aronson. The film is adapted from the book anthology Mortdecai written by Kyril Bonfiglioli. It stars Johnny Depp in the title role and al...
5.7
5.7
from 3 votes
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Oblivion
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Oblivion

(2013)
Oblivion is a 2013 post-apocalyptic science fiction film based on Joseph Kosinski's unpublished graphic novel of the same name. The film was co-written, produced and directed by Kosinski. It stars Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Andre...
7.5
7.5
from 2 votes
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Pitch Black
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Pitch Black

(2000)
Pitch Black (titled The Chronicles of Riddick: Pitch Black on its DVD release) is a 2000 science fiction action/horror film co-written and directed by David Twohy. The film stars Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, and Keith...
6.5
6.5
from 2 votes
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Predator
37

Predator

(1987)
Predator is a 1987 American science fiction action film directed by John McTiernan and was distributed by 20th Century Fox. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as the leader of an elite special forces team, who are on a mission to resc...
8.3
8.3
from 6 votes
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Predator 2
38

Predator 2

(1990)
Predator 2 is a 1990 American science fiction action horror film written by Jim and John Thomas, directed by Stephen Hopkins, and starring Danny Glover and Kevin Peter Hall. The film is a sequel to 1987's Predator, with Kevin Pete...
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6
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Reservoir Dogs
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Reservoir Dogs

(1992)
Reservoir Dogs is a 1992 American neo-noir black comedy crime thriller that depicts the events before and after a botched diamond heist. The film was the debut of director and writer Quentin Tarantino, and stars Harvey Keitel, Tim...
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from 1 vote
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Sicario
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Sicario

(2015)
Sicario is a 2015 American action crime thriller film directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, and Josh Brolin. Written by Taylor Sheridan, the film is about a principled FBI agent who is enlisted b...
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8
from 1 vote
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Sin City
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Sin City

(2005)
Sin City (also known as Frank Miller's Sin City) is a 2005 American neo-noir crime thriller anthology film written, produced, and directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. It is based on Miller's graphic novel Sin City. Much...
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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

(2014)
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (also known as Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) is a 2014 American 3D neo-noir crime action thriller anthology film and follow-up to the 2005 film Sin City. Directed by Robert Rodriguez and...
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7
from 1 vote
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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
43

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

(1999)
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is a 1999 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas, produced by Lucasfilm and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the fourth installment in the Star Wars saga a...
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5
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Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
44

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

(2002)
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones is a 2002 American epic space opera film directed by George Lucas and written by Lucas and Jonathan Hales. It is the second installment of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, and stars Ewan Mc...
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7
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Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
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Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

(2005)
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is a 2005 American epic space opera[discuss] film written and directed by George Lucas. It is the third and final installment of the Star Wars prequel trilogy and stars Ewan McGregor, Nat...
6.7
6.7
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

(2015)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, also known as Star Wars: Episode VII, or simply Star Wars 7, is an American epic space opera movie directed by J. J. Abrams. It stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis,...
7.3
7.3
from 39 votes
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Stargate
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Stargate

(1994)
Stargate (French: Stargate, la porte des étoiles) is a 1994 French-American adventure science fiction film released through Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and Carolco Pictures. Created by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, the film is th...
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7
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Taken 3
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Taken 3

(2015)
Taken 3 (stylized as TAK3N) is a 2014 French action thriller film directed by Olivier Megaton and written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen. It is the third and what is billed to be the final installment in the Taken trilogy, an...
6.1
6.1
from 7 votes
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Terminator 2: Judgment Day
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Terminator 2: Judgment Day

(1991)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (also referred to as simply Terminator 2 or T2) is a 1991 American science fiction film co-written, produced and directed by James Cameron. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Pa...
8.8
8.8
from 4 votes
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Terminator Genisys
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Terminator Genisys

(2015)
Terminator Genisys (a.k.a. Terminator 5) is an American science fiction action film directed by Alan Taylor and written by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier. Set in the year 2029, it is the fifth installment in the Terminator s...
8.3
8.3
from 3 votes
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