The 20 Best Action Movies of 2022 (So Far) (2023)

Explosions, drama, hand-to-hand combat, romance—the action movie has it all. Though rarely recognized by the Academy outside of awards for visual effects or sound design, action movies are always there to guarantee audiences a good time.

They may not always be cinematic triumphs, but you know what to expect with an action film and so rarely do they ever let you down. Outlandish adventures, daredevil stunts, and cheesy, righteous heroes—nothing draws audiences to the movie theaters like a good old fashioned blockbuster. (Seriously though: Fans were swinging fists at the ticket booth just to get a presale ticket to Spider-Man: No Way Home last year, and now it's one the top ten highest-grossing films of all time.)

Including superhero stories, buddy comedies, and video game adaptations, below you’ll find a round-up of our 20 favorite action films of the year (so far).

The Gray Man

Netflix put a boatload of cash into The Gray Man—a Russo brothers-directed spy/action thriller starring Ryan Gosling vs. Chris Evans—and it seems to have paid off. Their standoff sends them all over the world and Gosling's Fast & Furious-esque heroics put him as close to a superhero role as the actor has seen in his career yet.

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Jurassic World: Dominion (In Theaters)

In this supposedly final installment to the Jurassic World trilogy, the dinosaurs are now living among humans and causing havoc worldwide. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard set out on rescue missions to relocate and wrangle strays, but everything changes when the company Biosyn Genetics creates yet another Jurassic wildlife preserve and dips their toes back into the science of cloning.


A prequel of sorts to the original Predator from the late 80s, Prey also serves as a reboot for the franchise and a reestablishing of the Predator and what he wants. Amber Midthunder stars as a Comanche warrior out to prove to her community that she can hunt with the best of men, and a dangerous alien on a killing spree is the perfect test.

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Bullet Train (In Theaters)

Directed by Deadpool 2's David Leitch, Bullet Train features a high-speeding locomotive full of deadly assassins who are after the contents of a specific briefcase on board. Brad Pitt stars as "Ladybug," an American mercenary, with Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Hiroyuki Sanada, Zazie Beetz, and Bad Bunny appearing as the titular train's assassins.


Disney gave Toy Story fans another animated romp for the whole family with Lightyear, a story that delves into Buzz Lightyear's backstory as an outer space explorer. This Buzz Lightyear has no idea that he's being sold in the outside world as a collectible action figure, however, since Lightyear focuses on the fictional movie in the Toy Story universe that would go on to make Buzz such a popular figurine.

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Beast (In Theaters)

Beast stars Idris Elba as Dr. Nate Samuels, a widower on a family vacation to a natural game preserve in South Africa. When a ferocious lion starts killing everyone in its path, it's up to the doctor and his family to figure out how to survive and tame the beast.

Secret Headquarters

A teenage boy and his friends discover that his father has a secret superhero lair under their house in Secret Headquarters, an original action-comedy film for Paramount+. Owen Wilson stars as an Iron Man-like hero hunted by criminals trying to steal his technology, while also protecting four teenagers who know his secret from danger.

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Sonic the Hedgehog 2

It took a second movie to get there, but Sonic the Hedgehog's friends Tails and Knuckles are finally along for the ride. Sonic is no longer the only non-human being on Earth, but it's bad timing because the evil Dr. Robotnik conspires to defeat Sonic by finding the dangerously powerful Chaos Emerald.

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The Man from Toronto

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The Man from Toronto, played by Woody Harrelson, is an international assassin hired by criminal organizations to extract information in brutal interrogations. When a case of mistaken identity leaves everyone to believe that a Virginia fitness instructor (Kevin Hart) is the Man from Toronto, the scared comedian must help Harrelson finish his latest dangerous mission.

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Liam Neeson plays an off-the-books FBI "fixer" in Blacklight, an action thriller about the guy who cleans up the U.S. government's messes that it doesn't want to you know about. When he finds out that the FBI is secretly assassinating whistleblowers and left-wing politicians, however, he turns his sights back toward taking down his own organization.

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Day Shift

Jamie Foxx stars in this Los Angeles vampire hunting flick for Netflix, mixing Blade with humor and Snoop Dogg cameos. Dave Franco also stars as Foxx's trainee and buddy bounty hunter.

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The Adam Project

Free Guy director Shawn Levy teamed up with Ryan Reynolds once again for The Adam Project on Netflix, a sci-fi/action film about a pilot who goes back in time to meet his younger self and stop time travel from ever being invented.

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The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

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Nicolas Cage, playing himself, receives an offer to attend a billionaire playboy Javi Gutierrez's birthday party for one million dollars. He's thinking about retiring, but Javi is a major fan of his work. However, the U.S. government informs Cage that Javi is one of the most ruthless criminals on the planet, and they want his help to take him down.

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RRR is an epic action drama from India about two real-life revolutionaries and their fight against British rule. Made on a budget of around $72 million, RRR is the most expensive Indian film to date, featuring tiger fights, insane motorcycle stunts, and heavily dramatized history.

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Everything Everywhere All at Once

A zany action comedy and indie favorite from this year's SXSW Film Festival, Everything Everywhere All at Once features the legendary Michelle Yeoh in one of her greatest starring roles yet. A multiverse adventure that's simultaneously a layered family drama, Everything Everywhere is quite literally all things at once—action-packed, humorous, bizarre, and heartwarming.

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The Batman

The DC hero is back and grittier than ever in Matt Reeves' dark, punishing The Batman, featuring Robert Pattinson as a young, emo Bruce Wayne just beginning to navigate the deadly streets of Gotham. Over the film's nearly three-hour runtime, Batman revs his Batmobile, cozies up with Zoe Kravitz's Catwoman, and beats down baddies like Colin Farrell's Penguin and Paul Dano's Riddler.

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Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Ambulance sees director Michael Bay in peak action movie mindset. The Armageddon and Transformers franchise filmmaker returns for a nonstop ride about two bank robbers who hijack an ambulance as a means of escape.

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The Lost City

While on a book tour with her Fabio-parody cover model (Channing Tatum), a romance novelist (Sandra Bullock) is kidnapped when a deranged billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) believes her titular "Lost City" is not only real but full of gold. Brad Pitt also makes a hilarious cameo as a CIA operative tasked with rescuing them from a remote volcanic island.

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The Northman

A brooding and violent Viking tale, Robert Eggers' The Northman is a brutal tale of revenge and folk savagery. The film stars an absolutely raging Alexander Skarsgård alongside Nicole Kidman, Ethan Hawke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Willem Dafoe, and Icelandic singing sensation Björk as the Seeress.

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Based on the popular PlayStation video game franchise, Uncharted partners Mark Wahlberg with Tom Holland as a seasoned fortune hunter and his young protege. Like National Treasure, but with more falling out of planes and less historical puzzle solving, the two adventurers embark on a perilous journey to uncover a hidden fortune that would make Indiana Jones's head spin.

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What is the best action movie of 2022 so far? ›

TOP ACTION MOVIES: 2000-2022 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
  • Black Adam (2022) 7.1. Rate. ...
  • Bullet Train (2022) 7.3. Rate. ...
  • Top Gun: Maverick (2022) 8.4. Rate. ...
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022) 8.1. Rate. ...
  • The Northman (2022) 7.1. Rate. ...
  • Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) 6.4. Rate. ...
  • The Woman King (2022) 6.7. ...
  • The Batman (2022) 7.9.

What's the latest action movie in 2022? ›

Feature Film, Released between 2022-01-01 and 2022-12-31, Action (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
  1. Black Adam (2022) ...
  2. The School for Good and Evil (2022) ...
  3. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022) ...
  4. Kantara (2022) ...
  5. All Quiet on the Western Front (2022) ...
  6. Bullet Train (2022) ...
  7. Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

What is the top 10 best action movie? ›

Best Action Movies Ever
  1. 1 Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Best action film ever made. ...
  2. 2 Die Hard. Die Hard is the quintessential action film. ...
  3. 3 The Matrix. ...
  4. 4 The Dark Knight. ...
  5. 5 The Lord of The Rings - The Return of The King. ...
  6. 6 Gladiator. ...
  7. 7 Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. ...
  8. 8 Saving Private Ryan.

What are the top 10 movies to see right now? ›

30 Most Popular Movies Right Now
  • #1. Black Adam (2022) 40% 91% #1. ...
  • #2. Barbarian (2022) 92% 67% #2. ...
  • #3. The Good Nurse (2022) 78% 78% ...
  • #4. All Quiet on the Western Front (2022) 91% 90% ...
  • #5. The Stranger (2022) 94% 63% ...
  • #6. Terrifier 2 (2022) 88% 77% ...
  • #7. Prey for the Devil (2022) 18% 62% ...
  • #8. The Banshees of Inisherin (2022) 97% 78%

What should I watch right now 2022? ›

Lord of the Rings, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Paper Girls, Andor, She-Hulk, Halo, The Sandman, Ms. Marvel and more make their debut, while Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, The Boys, Westworld and Bridgerton return. Plus it's the end as Better Call Saul, Killing Eve, Ozark and The Walking Dead reach their final seasons.

What is a very good action movie on Netflix? ›

Popular on NetflixExplore more
  • Enola Holmes 2.
  • Last Seen Alive.
  • The Gray Man.
  • Red Notice.
  • Uncharted.
  • Oblivion.
  • 6 Underground.
  • Mile 22.

Which is the most rated movie in IMDB in 2022? ›

1. House of the Dragon (2022– )

What 2 movies are coming out in 2022? ›

Top Sequel Movies 2022
  • Halloween Ends.
  • R.I.P.D. 2: Rise of the Damned.
  • Avatar: The Way of Water.
  • A Christmas Story Christmas.
  • Disenchanted.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules.
  • Enola Holmes 2.

What is the number 1 best action movie? ›

Top 50 Action Movies
  1. All Quiet on the Western Front (2022) R | 148 min | Action, Drama, War. ...
  2. Black Adam (2022) ...
  3. Avatar: The Way of Water (2022) ...
  4. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022) ...
  5. Enola Holmes 2 (2022) ...
  6. The School for Good and Evil (2022) ...
  7. Bullet Train (2022) ...
  8. The Woman King (2022)

What is the No 1 action movie in the world? ›

All Time Worldwide Box Office for Action Movies
22019Avengers: Endgame
32018Avengers: Infinity War
42021Spider-Man: No Way Home
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What is the best looking movie of all time? ›

The Most Beautiful Movies Ever Made
  • By Peter Martin. ...
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) ...
  • The Wizard of Oz (1939) ...
  • Lawrence of Arabia (1962) ...
  • The Searchers (1956) ...
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) ...
  • Days of Heaven (1978) ...
  • The Natural (1984)

What movie is number 1 in the box office 2022? ›

Top Gun: Maverick

What are the top 5 most viewed movies? ›

Most Watched Movies Of All Time
  • Titanic (1997) ...
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) ...
  • The Wizard of Oz (1939) ...
  • Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) ...
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) ...
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) ...
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) ...
  • The Lion King (1994)

What's hot at the movies right now? ›

This Weekend
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)
  • The Fabelmans (2022)
  • Spirited (2022)
  • Planes, Trains, & Automobiles 35th Anniversary.
  • Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio.
  • The Bodyguard 30th Anniversary.
  • The Metropolitan Opera: La Traviata Encore.
  • Black Panther Double Feature (2022)

What is the very best movie on Netflix right now? ›

The 50 best movies on Netflix right now (November 2022)
  • Enola Holmes 2 (2022) new. 58 % 6.9/10. 129m. ...
  • Loving (2016) 79 % 7/10. 123m. ...
  • Da 5 Bloods (2020) Trailer. 82 % ...
  • Passing (2021) 85 % 6.7/10. ...
  • Gerald's Game (2017) 77 % 6.5/10. ...
  • Mr. Harrigan's Phone (2022) 105m. ...
  • City Slickers (1991) 70 % 6.8/10. ...
  • Army of the Dead (2021) 57 % 5.7/10.
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What is the most viewed Netflix Series 2022? ›

As of October 2022, the most popular English-language Netflix TV show of all time was the fourth season of American science-fiction series "Stranger Things," based on number of hours viewed in the show's first 28 days on the platform. It counted over 1.3 billion hours viewed.

What's good on prime right now 2022? ›

  • El Presidente (2020) new. Trailer. 7.2/10. tv-ma 2 Seasons. ...
  • September Mornings (2021) Trailer. 7.1/10. ...
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017) Trailer. ...
  • Friday Night Lights (2006) Trailer. 83 % ...
  • The Outlaws (2021) Trailer. 75 % ...
  • As We See It (2022) Trailer. 82 % ...
  • Forever (2018) Trailer. 77 % ...
  • Good Omens (2019) Trailer. 66 %
3 days ago

Which is the top 10 series in the world? ›

The 10 Best TV Series of All Time (at a glance)
  1. BREAKING BAD. Average Rating: 9.7/10.
  2. PLANET EARTH. Average Rating: 9.5/10.
  3. THE BLUE PLANET. Average Rating: 9.5/10.
  4. THE SOPRANOS. Average Rating: 9.3/10.
  5. THE WIRE. Average Rating: 9.3/10.
  6. BETTER CALL SAUL. Average Rating: 9.1/10.
  7. RICK AND MORTY. Average Rating: 9.1/10.
10 Aug 2022

What is the most viewed film on Netflix? ›

Red Notice

What is a good action thriller to watch? ›

Top 50 Action, Thriller Movies and TV Shows
  • Andor (2022– ) TV-14 | 40 min | Action, Adventure, Drama. ...
  • Kantara (2022) 148 min | Action, Adventure, Drama. ...
  • Bullet Train (2022) ...
  • Shantaram (2022– ) ...
  • Werewolf by Night (2022 TV Movie) ...
  • Chainsaw Man (2022– ) ...
  • The Old Man (2022– ) ...
  • The Northman (2022)

What movies got 10 IMDB ratings? ›

User Rating of 10 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
  • Subway (2022) Drama. 10.0. ...
  • Background Extras (2022– ) 22 min | Biography. 10.0. ...
  • Amityville: The People of New York vs Ronald J DeFeo Jr. ( 2022) Short, Drama. ...
  • HEaRD (2021) 13 min | Short, Drama. 10.0. ...
  • How I Got Here (2022– ) TV-G | Adventure. 10.0. ...
  • [ Un]Righteous Men (2017)

What is coming onto Netflix in 2022? ›

Popular on Tudum
  • FILM. Orgasm Inc: The Story of OneTaste. 2022.
  • FILM. Descendant. 2022.
  • SERIES. From Scratch. 2022.
  • SERIES. The Mole. 2022.
  • FILM. Luckiest Girl Alive. 2022.

Is there any new movies in 2022? ›

2022 Movies: Upcoming Movies 2022

The top November 2022 movie releases are R.I.P.D. 2: Rise of the Damned, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Devotion, Lamborghini: The Man Behind The Legend and On The Line.

What is coming to Netflix in January 2022? ›

  • Jan. Action Pack.
  • Jan. Four to Dinner. Rebelde.
  • Jan. The Club: Part 2. The Wasteland.
  • Jan. Hype House. Johnny Test: Season 2.
  • Jan. Undercover: Season 3.
  • Jan. Dear Mother.
  • Jan. How I Fell in Love With a Gangster.
  • Jan. Brazen. Chosen. The Journalist. Photocopier.
3 Jan 2022

Which action movie has the most kills? ›

Bloodthirsty Cinema: The 10 Films With The Highest On-Screen Body Count
  • 5/10 The Last Samurai (2003) - 558 deaths.
  • 4/10 Troy (2004) - 572 deaths.
  • 3/10 300 (2006) - 600 deaths.
  • 2/10 Kingdom of Heaven (2005) - 610 deaths.
  • 1/10 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) - 836 deaths.
3 Jun 2022

What action movie star has the most kills? ›

We're breaking down the most lethal movie stars by highest number of on-screen kills and some of the deadliest stars might surprise you. Arnold Schwarzenegger tops the list with 369 kills.

What movie should everyone see at least once? ›

Movies that everyone should see at least once
  • Schindler's List (1993) R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History. ...
  • Citizen Kane (1941) ...
  • The Wizard of Oz (1939) ...
  • Eraserhead (1977) ...
  • The Godfather (1972) ...
  • West Side Story (1961) ...
  • Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) ...
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

What movie has the best quality? ›

BluRay-Blu-ray is a media format designed to replace the DVD format. Blu-ray allows more data to store on a single disc. As Blu-ray can store more data, it can provide a much better picture (Hi-def) than the DVD format as well as better audio.

Which movie has sold the most tickets? ›

Gone with the Wind

What are the top 3 best selling movies of all time? ›

The 10 Highest-Grossing Movies of All Time (at a glance)
  • AVENGERS: ENDGAME. $2.80 billion.
  • AVATAR. $2.79 billion.
  • TITANIC. $2.19 billion.
  • STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. $2.07 billion.
  • AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR. $2.05 billion.
  • JURASSIC WORLD. $1.67 billion.
  • THE LION KING. $1.63 billion.
  • THE AVENGERS. $1.519 billion.
17 Oct 2022

What is the lowest selling movie of all time? ›

Zyzzyx Road, a 2006 thriller, is the lowest-grossing film in history. It only earned a mere $30.

Is 2022 a good year for movies? ›

Post-pandemic, 2022 has proven to be an incredible year for film. Users of Reddit have voiced which films they think have made 2022 a great film year. With the commencement of the 79th Venice International Film Festival, many cinephiles are curious as to what films will round out the rest of 2022.

Will there be a star movie in 2022? ›

Disney has carved out release dates for three new Star Wars movies after The Rise of Skywalker. The first of these was to have been the first film from Game of Thrones executive producers and showrunners D. B. Weiss and David Benioff, coming on December 16, 2022.

What movies are coming out 2025? ›

Feature Film, Released between 2025-01-01 and 2025-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
  • Avengers: The Kang Dynasty (2025) ...
  • Fantastic Four (2025) ...
  • Aladdin 2 (2025) ...
  • Star Wars: Lost Horizons (2025) ...
  • The Batman 2 (2025) ...
  • A Quiet Place III (2025) ...
  • Tron 3 (2025) ...
  • Star Wars: A Droid Story (2025)

Which year movie is best? ›

Historians call 1939 "Hollywood's Golden Year" and for good reason. It gave us The Wizard of Oz, with its ruby red slippers, Wicked Witch, and classic songs like "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." There was Gone with the Wind, a Civil War epic that's still the highest-grossing movie ever, adjusting for inflation.

What movie comes out on March 4 2022? ›

The Batman (March 4, 2022)

Which movie is releasing on March 2022? ›

Bollywood Released Movies

Here you will get the complete list of Bollywood movies released in the month of March,2022. Check out the list. The list includes movies like Sharmaji Namkeen, RRR- Roudram Ranam Rudhiram, Hero of Nation Chandra Shekhar Azad, Alingan etc.

What is the next Marvel movie 2022? ›

One of the most highly anticipated Marvel release dates, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever premieres on November 11, 2022. Ryan Coogler's Black Panther quickly became one of the highest-rated Marvel movies by fans.

What movie will come out in 2024? ›

The top June 2024 movie releases are The Karate Kid Sequel, Untitled Pixar Jun. 2024 Animated Film , Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part Two, Inside Out 2 and Untitled Sony and Marvel Universe Film .

Which Star Wars movie is newest? ›

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

Rey's journey continues and the Skywalker saga concludes in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. New legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.


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