10 Best ‘Pure’ Action Movies

10 Best ‘Pure’ Action Movies

These are my ten favorite action movies of all-time. Not much more needs to be said, the trailers speak for themselves.

*Note: Regarding the title, the word ‘pure’ is interchangeable with ‘mindless,’ ‘dumb,’ ‘awesome,’ and ‘sexy.’

10) Fulltime Killer [Chuen jik sat sau] (2001)

Chinese hit man Lok Tok-Wah (Andy Lau) tries to over take Japan’s O (Takashi Sorimachi) as the #1 assassin in Asia.

  • Johnnie To has taken over Hong Kong action since John Woo went Hollywood.


9) Taken (2008)

Kim (Maggie Grace) is abducted and held captive by slave traders. Unfortunately for the kidnappers, her father is a former federal agent (Liam Neeson.) He specializes in finding people and bouncing their heads off of various objects.

  • World record holder for most heads smashed on objects by the hands of Liam Neeson.

8 ) The Boondock Saints (1999)

Two Irish-American brothers go on a mission to rid Boston of its mafia underworld. It’s okay though, they’re on a mission from God.

7) Commando (1985)

When John Matrix’s (Arnold) daughter is kidnapped, he’s left with no choice. To get her back he must jump out of an airborne plane (sans chute,) survive a rpg strike, and fight a whole army all by himself.

  • Literally, Arnold Schwarzenegger VS an entire army! (SPOILER: He wins)

6) The City of Violence [Jjakpae] (2006)

A detective must return home to avenge his childhood friends’ death and take down the crime syndicate responsible.

5) District B13 [Banlieue 13] (2004)

An undercover agent and an ex-con must find and diffuse a nuclear bomb in a futuristic Paris slum.

4) Kill Bill v1 (2003)

The Bride (Uma Thurman) kills everyone standing in her path to Bill (David Carradine.)

  • Features the only female main ass-kicker on the list and one of the best soundtracks to kick ass to. The House of Blue Leaves fight sequence alone makes it worthy of 4th place.

3) Ong-Bak (2003)

Ting (Tony Jaa) must save his village by finding and returning a stolen sacred statue head (?) using the only means he knows; repeated knees and elbows to people’s skulls.

2) Desperado (1995)

El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas) continues his vengeful quest, seeking the man who murdered his wife.

  • Every scene is oozing coolness and awesome manliness.

1) Hard Boiled [Lat sau san taam] (1992)

A ‘hardboiled’ cop, Tequila (Yun-Fat Chow,) and an undercover agent (Tony Leung) join forces to take down Hong Kong’s largest arms dealer.

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About sebastianhaff
I'm Steve. 24 year old recent college grad. My love of films (and sheer boredom) lead me to begin this blog. My taste in movies is eclectic, although I tend to lean toward foreign and non-mainstream cinema. Feel free to contact me at: sebastianhaff@ymail.com

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