The inception of action movies in Hollywood took place many decades back. There is indeed something mesmerizing and appealing in the action movies. This preference for action movies never seems to end and is increasing no matter what. The main reason why youngsters and even adults prefer watching such movies is the element of excitement and the adrenaline rush these movies come to create. There is not the slightest doubt in asserting that Hollywood has always brought forward the best action movies and actors. Below is the list of top 10 action movies of all time.

10. Equilibrium (2002)

At number 10 we have the hit science fiction movie, Equilibrium. The plot of the movie has been encapsulated in a futuristic state which was formed in order to bring equilibrium or balance in the human societies. The lead role in the movie was played by the extremely talented actor Christian Bale. This specific action movie is really enthralling, unique and fast.

9. Mission Impossible-Ghost Protocol (2011)

This action packed and high grossing American movie was directed by Brad Bird. Tom cruise has played the leading role in the movie. The movie is an addition to the super hit trilogy of Mission Impossible. The movie is full of thrilling and action packed scenes. The touch of humor merged with action made this movie even more enjoying. The movie revolves around the bombing of Kremlin, a fortified Russian complex. This move is one of the most highly recommended action movies.

8. Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003)

Kill Bill is an American action movie which was directed by Quentin Tarantino and the leading role was played by Uma Thurman. The movie’s plot revolves around the assassination of the Thurman’s family who was named as The Bride (Black Mamba) in the movie. Then after a period of 5 years she wakes up in order to get revenge from the people responsible. The action scenes have been executed in such a great way that the audience even claimed to feel the actual blows and the bloodshed scenes. This movie is a must watch for those who love violent forms of action.

7. First Blood (1982)

This movie is yet another master piece movie of the great Sylvester Stallone who starred in the movie as John Rambo (A Vietnam War fighter). The plot of the movie deals with the struggle of John Rambo, a Vietnam War Fighter, against a number of police officers who mistook him to be a threat for the town. This movie did well at the box office and also got positive recognition for the action scenes shown in the movie.

6. Predators (1987)

No doubt, this movie is one of the best action movies ever. The leading role in the movie was played by Arnold Schwarzenegger alongside Jess Ventura and many other talented actors of those times. This movie is more like a science fiction movie which primarily deals with an Alien life form who is hunting down soldiers and the locals one by one. It can be rightly said that this movie truly initiated the wave of action movies in Hollywood.

5. Enter the Dragon (1973)

This movie showed the last performance of the legendary martial artist and actor (Bruce Lee). This movie was indeed one a kind in terms of the fighting styles and techniques which were shown in the movie. This thriller was also one of the first Chinese movies to be produced by Hollywood. The plot deals with Lee (a martial artist) going on an undercover mission to an Island for uncovering a drug dealer and the owner of the Island named as Han.

4. The Matrix (1999)

On the number 4 spot, we have the super hit science fiction movie (The Matrix) in which the leading role was played by Keanu Reeves (Neo). The movie depicted a type of future in which the reality of humans and their potentials would be truly accomplished. One of the most famous dialogues of the movie is (He is beginning to believe). The movie showed a number of scenes that were against the laws of physics (like the scene in which neo dodged bullets), but that is exactly what the makers wanted to show in the movie.

3. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

This movie is yet another super hit Arnold Schwarzenegger movies and the second installment to the terminator movie franchise. The movie was directed by the legend James Cameron. The plot of the movie begins with the return of the cyborg (Arnold Schwarzenegger) who a few years back tried to kill Sarah Connor, but this time he is here to protect her young son (John Connor), from an even more advanced terminator (T-1000).

2. Die Hard (1988)

This movie truly redefined action and thrill in the year 1988. The movie’s success and fame can be well understood by the fact that the movie continued till four sequels. This is also one of the best Bruce Willis movies of all time. The plot of the movie deals with a New York police officer attempting to save a number of hostages from a group of terrorists.

1. Gladiator (2000)

At the number 1 spot we have the super hit and epic movie, Gladiator.  This historical film is one of the greatest Russell Crow movies who played the leading role as Maximus, a Roman General. The movie proved to be a super hit at the box office winning five Academy Awards including the award for Best Actor (Russell Crow). The plot of the movie depicts the life history of a Roman General (Maximus) who was exiled. With his family murdered, Maximus returns as a Gladiator.Know you might be interested in a list of some Funny Movies 2012 please see this.