10 Best Action Movies Since John Wick

10 Best Action Movies Since John Wick

Action movies are some of the best, most entertaining pieces of cinema in the film industry, delivering a steady stream of high-octane violence to audiences. In 2014, the genre was forever changed when Keanu Reeves debuted as the titular lead of John Wick, casting him as a former Mafia assassin on a revenge mission against the man who killed his dog. Known for its stylish cinematography, brilliant fight choreography, likable hero and great characters, John Wick raised the bar for what constitutes a good action movie.




Since the release of John Wick, major film studios have produced intense action movies more often than ever before, leaving behind the generic shoot-em-up flicks of the past and adopting a more contemporary approach to filmmaking. The genre has since gained more depth, often tinged with the likes of comedy, horror, war and other complimentary genres. Ranging from World War II tales of vengeance to suburban dads waging war on the Mafia, the action genre has been ramped up in the last decade, and it has John Wick to thank for it.

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10 Sisu Is a World War II Action Epic


Director

Year of Release

IMDb Rating

Jalmari Helander

2022

6.9/10

Sisu takes place during the Second World War and follows a former commando turned gold prospector, Aatami. After finding a small fortune, he begins the trek to the city to cash in on his gold. However, along the way, he crosses paths with a small German convoy. When some of the soldiers attempt to kill him and take his wealth, the Finnish native turns the tables, killing some of his attackers and fleeing into the wilderness.

Sisu follows Aatami as he evades and fights his Nazi enemy in an epic one-man war that spans across the Finnish landscape. As the former commando’s journey turns into a mission of revenge, he sets about ridding his country of the Nazis, saving a group of captured women along the way. The film took the one-man army trope to the most extreme point imaginable, showing Aatami to be practically indestructible as he survives the seemingly impossible, kept alive by his grit and need for vengeance.


Sisu Movie Poster

Sisu

Director
Jalmari Helander

Release Date
April 28, 2023

Cast
Jorma Tommila , Aksel Hennie , Jack Doolan , Onni Tommila

Runtime
91 minutes

Main Genre
War

9 The Hunt Is Blumhouse’s Most Controversial Movie

betty-gilpin-the-hunt-looks-on-determinedly

Director

Year of Release

IMDb Rating

Craig Zobel

2020

6.5/10

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The Hunt tells the story of a small group of American conservatives who wake up in a field. After being attacked and hunted for sport, they realize they’re being pursued by wealthy liberal elites, part of a conspiracy theory known as “ManorGate.” The film focuses on Crystal May Creasy, a resourceful war veteran who outsmarts and out-shoots her hunters. As both groups see their numbers cut down, Crystal gets closer to taking down the group’s leader, Athena Stone.

The Hunt is a fun blend of action, satire and horror, with Crystal May Creasy being the best contender for the status of “the female John Wick” since Keanu Reeves’ character made his debut. As she turns the table on her captors, the Mississippi native cuts loose, intimating that she suffers from PTSD. In the grand finale, she has one of the decade’s most entertaining and engaging fight sequences, leaving the audience to wonder if she can best her well-trained opponent.


The Hunt 2020 movie directed by Craig Zobel

The Hunt

Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don’t know where they are, or how they got there. They don’t know they’ve been chosen – for a very specific purpose – The Hunt.

Director
Craig Zobel

Release Date
March 13, 2020

Studio
Universal Pictures

Cast
Betty Gilpin , Hilary Swank , Ike Barinholtz

Writers
Nick Cuse , Damon Lindelof

Runtime
1 hour 30 minutes

Production Company
Blumhouse Productions, Dentsu, Perfect World Pictures

8 Nobody Follows a Retired Assassin Who Takes on the Russian Mob

Bob Odenkirk loading a gun while making a serious face in the movie, Nobody

Director

Year of Release

IMDb Rating

Ilya Naishuller

2021

7.4/10


Nobody begins when a seemingly normal suburban family man, Hutch Mansell, allows two burglars to steal from his home, leaving him with a sense of humiliation after his family unfairly blames him. When he steps out one night and tracks down the criminals to recover stolen items, he crosses paths with the younger brother of a local Russian mobster and his friends on the bus home. When they harass the passengers, Hutch takes the group on in a fight, leaving them all seriously injured. When the mobster learns of the attack, he sets out to kill Hutch, attacking his home, triggering an all-out war between the two.

Nobody is one of the more obvious John Wick copycats, borrowing its idea of a relatable motivation, with Hutch setting out to protect his family similar to how Wick avenges his dog. The two films boast Russian mobsters as their antagonists and utilize many of the same storytelling tropes, making Nobody mandatory viewing for fans of Reeves’ franchise.

A bunch of anonymous fists hit Bob Odenkirk on the poster of Nobody the film

Nobody

A docile family man slowly reveals his true character after his house gets burgled by two petty thieves, which, coincidentally, leads him into a bloody war with a Russian crime boss.

Director
Ilya Naishuller

Release Date
March 26, 2021

Cast
Bob Odenkirk , Connie Nielsen , Christopher Lloyd , RZA , Michael Ironside , Gage Munroe

Writers
Derek Kolstad

Runtime
92 minutes

Main Genre
Action

Producer
Braden Aftergood, David Leitch, Kelly McCormick, Bob Odenkirk, Marc Provissiero

Production Company
87North, Dentsu, Eighty Two Films, Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment, Perfect World Pictures


7 Shaft Unites Three Generations of Actors

Jessie T Usher, Samuel L Jackson and Richard Roundtree walking in Shaft

Director

Year of Release

IMDb Rating

Tim Story

2019

6.4/10

Continuing the classic Blaxploitation action franchise into the modern day, 2019’s Shaft focuses on JJ Shaft — son of Samuel L. Jackson’s character, John Shaft Jr. The film follows JJ as he investigates the shady death of his childhood best friend, a war veteran who seemingly overdosed on heroin. When his case lands a target on his own back, the young FBI agent turns to his father, Harlem’s foremost private detective.


Shaft sees three generations of the family of investigators come together to blow the lid off a drug operation, as JJ seeks to avenge the murder of his friend. With callbacks to the original franchise, the inclusion of Richard Roundtree in his original role and plenty of great action, this Netflix original is worth a watch for fans of action and detective movies alike.

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6 Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning Pits Ethan Hunt Against AI

Hayley Atwell and Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One.

Director

Year of Release

IMDb Rating

Christopher McQuarrie

2023

7.7/10


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After defeating Solomon Lane’s Syndicate in Mission: Impossible — Fallout, Tom Cruise reprised his role as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One. The film follows Hunt and his IMF team as they’re charged with recovering the key to a Russian submarine’s sonar chamber, where the source code of a malevolent AI program, the Entity, is stored.

Hunted by special forces and up against an enemy from his past, Ethan Hunt and his team use their expertise to obtain the key, culminating in a high-speed heist aboard the Orient Express. Although the Mission: Impossible franchise was a hit years before John Wick, the former’s latest films have benefitted from audiences’ renewed interest in action films, as evidenced by Dead Reckoning Part One‘s impressive box office performance.


5 The Suicide Squad Gives Task Force X a Great Adventure

Director

Year of Release

IMDb Rating

James Gunn

2021

7.2/10

The Suicide Squad follows a newly formed group of villains sent by Amanda Waller to the small island of Corto Maltese, a dictatorship in the Caribbean. After the first team is defeated, leaving everyone but Harley Quinn and Rick Flag dead, Bloodsport leads a second team into the island’s interior, where they rescue Flag and head to the capital.


The Suicide Squad signaled a change in the DCEU, away from the gritty darkness of Zack Snyder’s style towards James Gunn’s signature comedy action style. After the antiheroes realize they’ve been sent to an island that houses the giant alien, Starro the Conqueror, they’re forced to disobey orders to fight the monster and save the world.

The cast of The Suicide Squad 2021 on the movie poster

The Suicide Squad

Supervillains Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, Peacemaker, and a collection of nutty cons at Belle Reve prison join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X as they are dropped off at the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.

Release Date
August 5, 2021

Cast
Margot Robbie , Viola Davis , Idris Elba , John Cena , Joel Kinnaman , Michael Rooker

Runtime
2 hours 12 minutes

4 The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare Is Action-Adventure at Its Best

Gus sticks his tongue out in The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare


Director

Year of Release

IMDb Rating

Guy Ritchie

2024

7.3/10

The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare tells the true story of an elite unit within British intelligence during World War II assembled to engage in unconventional, covert tactics to help win the war. With the permission of Churchill himself, a British Army officer forms an off-the-books team to sabotage German and Italian war efforts, with U-Boats being a key target of theirs. With an eccentric batch of heroic operatives assembled, they set off for enemy territory on their mission.

The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare is basically a who’s who of action heroes of the 2020s, combining the talents of Henry Cavill and Alan Ritchson into a single dynamic duo. The film’s backstory is as fascinating as the action sequences themselves, as the real unit that serves as the film’s inspiration housed Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, as well as several people who helped inspire his characters. For audiences who want a look at a secretive turning point in the Second World War, this war-action romp deserves a watch.


A poster for The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare

The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare

The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare is a World War II film following a top-secret combat unit who were formed by Winston Churchill to hunt down Nazis. The film is directed by Guy Ritchie and based on the book The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: How Churchill’s Secret Warriors Set Europe Ablaze and Gave Birth to Modern Black Ops by Damien Lewis.

Director
Guy Ritchie

Cast
Henry Cavill , Alan Ritchson , Eiza Gonzalez , Cary Elwes

3 Kingsman: The Secret Service Takes the Spy Genre To Extremes

Taron Egerton's Gary "Eggsy" Unwin looks on with a smirk during Kingsman: The Secret Service

Director

Year of Release

IMDb Rating

Matthew Vaughn

2014

7.7/10

Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a young London man, Eggsy Unwin, who follows in his dead father’s footsteps by joining the titular spy agency. Despite being a hardened street youth, Eggsy is a man with a sense of honor, loyalty and courage, something that allows him to overcome his class difference with the team. He aids the service in their battle against Valentine, a Malthusian billionaire plotting the death of every human being outside a small, hand-picked population of elites.


Kingsman: The Secret Service is a great spin on Bond movies and spy thrillers, taking every element of the genre to extremes as Eggsy takes on Valentine. The film is a good story of overcoming class boundaries, while also working as a great comedy with consistently over-the-top action sequences that did the original Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons comic book.

Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine, Mark Strong, Sofia Boutella, and Taron Egerton in Kingsman- The Secret Service (2014)

Kingsman: The Secret Service

A spy organisation recruits a promising street kid into the agency’s training program, while a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

Director
Matthew Vaughn

Release Date
February 13, 2015

Cast
Colin Firth , Samuel L. Jackson , Michael Caine , Mark Strong , Sofia Boutella , Taron Egerton

Writers
Jane Goldman , Matthew Vaughn , Mark Millar

Runtime
2 hours 9 minutes

Production Company
Twentieth Century Fox, Marv FilmsCloudy Productions

2 Mad Max: Fury Road Is Endlessly Rewatchable

Imperator Furiosa looks forward in Mad Max Fury Road


Director

Year of Release

IMDb Rating

George Miller

2015

8.1/10

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Mad Max: Fury Road takes place in a future where Australia has been reduced to a desert wasteland by an apocalyptic event. Viewers are reintroduced to Max Rocketansky, the heroic drifter of the classic franchise, when he is taken captive by raiders under the control of the warlord, Immortan Joe. When one of Joe’s lieutenants, Furiosa, flees with his brides on his war rig, he cobbles together a war party to hunt them down, with Max taken along as a blood bank. When the fleet of vehicles gets caught up in a sandstorm, Joe’s force is left in disarray, and Max escapes and joins Furiosa’s journey.


Mad Max: Fury Road is one of the most rewatchable films in modern cinema, and has a unique style of cinematography, character designs and editing. The film became one of the few reboots to handily surpass the original, even eclipsing the status of Road Warrior as the best Mad Max movie. The non-stop plot and mastery over the post-apocalypse genre led to one of the best action films of the 21st century.

Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy in Mad Max Fury Road 2015 film poster

Mad Max: Fury Road

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in search for her homeland with the aid of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper and a drifter named Max.

Director
George Miller

Release Date
May 7, 2015

Cast
Charlize Theron , Tom Hardy , Nicholas Hault , Zoë Kravitz

Writers
George Miller , Brendan McCarthy , Nick Lathouris

Runtime
2 Hours

Main Genre
Action

Production Company
Village Roadshow Pictures, Kennedy Miller Productions


Director

Year of Release

IMDb Rating

Sam Hargrave

2023

7.0/10

Extraction II picks up on the story of Tyler Rake following his chaotic mission in India. The sequel follows the mercenary as he is tasked with rescuing his ex-wife’s sister from a prison, where she is being held by her criminal husband to prevent her from leaving. Starting with his arrival at the prison, everything quickly goes wrong as Tyler and the family are thrust into the midst of a riot.

Extraction II feels like a live-action Call of Duty movie, showing Tyler Rake at his best, with brilliant fight choreography and special effects as he fights his way through enemy forces. The film rivals the first for its high-octane, fast-paced action, matching the seemingly impossible odds for the soldier of fortune to overcome.


Extraction 2 Poster

Extraction 2

Director
Sam Hargrave

Release Date
June 16, 2023

Cast
Chris Hemsworth , Golshifteh Farahani , Sinead Phelps , Daniel Bernhardt

Main Genre
Action