The Greatest Action Films of 2022, Ranked (2023)

2022 saw audiences returning to see movies on the big screen in mass, even if the box office is still struggling. While comedy and arthouse films failed to generate fanfare from casual moviegoers, several major franchises returned to the fold and became massive successes. Even bad reviews couldn’t stop Jurassic World Dominion and Thor: Love and Thunder from rising to the top of the box office for weeks. Netflix also got in on blockbuster-sized action films, even if anyone that watched The Adam Project or The Gray Man would be hard-pressed to remember anything about them.

Despite these disappointments, 2022 was a year that showed us that action films of different subgenres could find an audience. Between exciting comic book movies (Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness), ensemble thrillers (Bullet Train), surprisingly terrific animated films (Puss in Boots: The Last Wish), monster flicks (Beast), and romantic action comedies (The Lost City). With several action films in contention for major awards this winter, it’s an exciting time to be an action movie fan.


Here are the top eleven greatest action films of 2022, ranked.

The Woman King

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It’s been far too long since we’ve had a great historical epic like Gladiator or Braveheart, and Gina Prince-Bythewood certainly delivered a spectacle that delivered on a visceral level. The Woman King gets away with a surprising amount of carnage for a PG-13 crowd-pleaser, and the award-worthy performance by Viola Davis is enough to make every battle land with an emotional beat. While The Woman King is deliberately paced and races towards an exciting finale, the conversations about societal change, gender roles, imperialism, and slavery make it a particularly timely conversation starter.

Violent Night

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It’s accepted that Die Hard is a Christmas movie, so why not get a Die Hard movie starring Santa Claus? David Harbour does his best John McClane impression in this blood-fueled holiday romp about a particularly violent Christmas season. Director Tommy Wirkola’s background in horror makes the carnage particularly vivid, but it’s Harbour’s grumpy sense of humor that makes Violent Night such an enjoyable crowd-pleaser that will surely be a favorite for many viewers every holiday season.


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After several attempts to revive the Predator franchise, Dan Trachtenberg took the series hundreds of years into the past and reignited the series with Prey. While Prey is often an action-packed story of a Predator versus the Comanche Naru (Amber Midthunder), Prey is also great when in its quiet moments, as we see the methodical process of the Predator and Naru’s attempts to take down this mammoth enemy. Prey didn’t just make the Predator series interesting again, it might be the best installment so far.


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RRR was the first Tollywood film that many American audiences saw, and it's not a film that you can forget anytime soon. In a year filled with mega-sized running times, all three hours of RRR fly by through the mythologized friendship between two real-life Indian revolutionaries, Alluri Sitarama Raju (Ram Charan) and Komaram Bheem (N. T. Rama Rao) as they find themselves on opposite sides of a political revolution. With elaborate dance numbers, sweeping love scenes, ridiculous animals, and a good deal of humor, RRR is a nonstop blast that will hopefully draw more eyeballs to the Indian film industry.

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Many of Michael Bay’s fans may have given up on the dream that he would ever return to his roots in ‘90s action, but Ambulance was so good it might make you forget all those terrible Transformers sequels. Bay combines the relentless plot of Speed with the heightened male friendship of Point Break for a chaotic tour through Los Angeles with Yahya Abdul Mateen II and Jake Gyllenhaal. While you’re never going to get much depth to Bay’s projects, Ambulance showed that the legendary action filmmaker could successfully use technology to his advantage with the film’s constant drone shots and inventive editing techniques. It’s unfortunate that Bay’s best film since The Rock didn’t connect with a larger audience.

All Quiet on The Western Front

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The original 1930 All Quiet on The Western Front is one of the most riveting war films of all-time, but this incredible reimagining from the German point-of-view matches, if not succeeds its predecessor. Capturing both the bleakness of the original novel with traumatizing sequences of man’s banality, All Quiet on The Western Front doesn’t idealize the “Great War” in any way. It’s a tough film to sit through, especially with the incredible breakout performance from Felix Kammerer as a young idealist who sees true evil on the battlefield.

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Everything Everywhere All At Once

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We had a lot of multiverse movies this year, but Everything Everywhere All At Once used its complex body swapping and reality shifting story to explore the messiness of life. It’s a film that is proud of its weirdness, and doesn’t apologize for making even the most absurd moments grounded in an emotional reality. Would you have ever expected a pair of rocks to make you cry? Michelle Yeoh gets her best role in years as a struggling mother trying to balance her business and family, but it's the heartwarming performance by Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and The Goonies star Ke Huy Quan that is sure to steal your heart.

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The Batman

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Do we really need more Batman movies? Matt Reeves proves that we do in this epic crime thriller that has more in common with Chinatown than it does with Aquaman. Reeves presents a Gotham City that’s even grittier than Christopher Nolan’s, but the film does not indulge in its depravity without a point. The Batman explores the cyclical nature of violence and allows Robert Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne to understand the difference between “vengeance” and heroism. The performances by Paul Dano, Colin Farrell, and Zoë Kravitz breathe new life into some of the most iconic figures in Batman’s rogue's gallery.

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Avatar: The Way of Water

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It seemed impossible that James Cameron could live up to the expectation of topping the highest-grossing film of all-time, but Avatar: The Way of Water is a richer and more emotional film in every way. The new generation of Sully children are each compelling in their own way, and the underwater footage incorporates some of the most jaw-dropping visual effects sequences in history. It’s an emotional family story that connects to Cameron’s longtime support of environmentalism; while anticipation is high for Avatar 3, The Way of Water proved that the 13-year wait since the original was worth it.

The Northman

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The idea that the maverick genius behind The Witch and The Lighthouse was making a Viking version of Hamlet seemed too good to be true, but Robert Eggers proved once again why he’s one of the best directors working today. The Northman is a brutal reimagining of Shakespeare’s story that edges close to an NC-17 rating at points with its vicious swordplay. Eggers analyzes the text to explore how a son (Alexander Skarsgard) might idealize his father (Ethan Hawke) without accounting for his imperialism, and underestimate his mother’s (Nicole Kidman) seething rage. With insane surrealist sequences, a thrilling appearance by Björk, and some of the most heart-pounding music cues of the year, The Northman is an unforgettable experience.

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Top Gun: Maverick

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Almost three years after the first trailer was released, Top Gun: Maverick flew higher than anyone could have ever expected. Maverick is why we go to the movies; it’s a heartwarming, thrilling spectacle that hits every not just right in its homages to the original classic and the introduction of a new crop of heroes. Tom Cruise gives one of the best performances of his career as an older, and perhaps wiser version of the titular character who evolves as a leader, a hero, a family man, and an icon. That’s all to go without mentioning the stunning aerial combat sequences that should easily silence any doubters who thought a Top Gun sequel wouldn’t work.


What is the number 1 action movie in 2022? ›

1 Top Gun: Maverick

It's fresh, fast-paced, nostalgic, and the best action movie of the year.

Which movie has highest rating in 2022? ›

Best of 2022: Top 25 movies of 2022
  • The Batman (2022) PG-13 | 176 min | Action, Crime, Drama. ...
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) ...
  • Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) ...
  • Top Gun: Maverick (2022) ...
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022) ...
  • The Northman (2022) ...
  • The Gray Man (2022) ...
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)

What is the number 1 best action movie? ›

15 Best Action Movies of All Time, Ranked According to IMDb
  1. 1 'The Dark Knight' (2008)
  2. 2 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' (2003) ...
  3. 3 'Inception' (2010) ...
  4. 4 'The Matrix' (1999) ...
  5. 5 'Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back' (1980) ...
  6. 6 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day' (1991) ...
  7. 7 'Seven Samurai' (1954) ...
Feb 9, 2023

What is the top 1 movie? ›

Top Lifetime Grosses
2Avengers: Endgame2019
3Avatar: The Way of Water2022
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Which movie has 9.5 rating? ›

💯 #Kantara is already winning hearts with 9.5 IMDB rating and has become India's highest-rated.

What are the top 10 movies right now? ›

30 Most Popular Movies Right Now: What to Watch In Theaters and Streaming
  • #1. Cocaine Bear (2023) 69% #1. ...
  • #2. Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania (2023) 47% #2. ...
  • #3. Knock at the Cabin (2023) 67% #3. ...
  • #4. Jesus Revolution (2023) 60% ...
  • #5. The Strays (2023) 55% ...
  • #6. All That Breathes (2022) 99% ...
  • #7. Sharper (2023) 70% ...
  • #8. M3GAN (2022) 93%

What is the top 10 best movie? ›

Best movies of all time
  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Film. Science fiction. ...
  2. The Godfather (1972) Film. Thrillers. ...
  3. Citizen Kane (1941) Film. ...
  4. Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) Film. ...
  5. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Film. ...
  6. La Dolce Vita (1960) Film. ...
  7. Seven Samurai (1954) Film. ...
  8. In the Mood for Love (2000) Film.
Jan 25, 2023

What movie has the best acting of all time? ›

The 35 Greatest Acting Performances of All-Time
  • Marlon Brando in “The Godfather” (1972)
  • Dustin Hoffman in “Rain Man” (1988)
  • Al Pacino in “The Godfather: Part II” (1974)
  • Daniel Day-Lewis in “My Left Foot” (1989)
  • Jack Nicholson in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” (1975)

Who is the biggest action movie star? ›

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold probably tops that list if we were ranking the greatest action stars of all time. From world-famous body builder to action hero staple to politician, Schwarzenegger has always been larger than life.

What are the top 3 most watched 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 movie lost the most money? ›

As of June 2022, the four biggest movie flops of all time were Disney productions. "Turning Red" (2022), "Jungle Cruise" (2021), "Mars Needs Moms" (2011), and "Mulan" (2020) recorded losses of more than 140 million U.S. dollars at the global box office.

What are the highest rated movies? ›

MPAA has five rating categories

The new ratings system began with four categories: G (general audiences), M (mature audiences, changed in 1969 to PG, parental guidance suggested), R (restricted, no children under 17 allowed without parents or adult guardians), and X (no one under 17 admitted).

What is the longest movie ever? ›

Guinness World Records says the longest film ever made is "The Cure for Insomnia" released in 1987. The 85-hour experimental film was directed by John Henry Timmis IV.

What's the number one movie on Netflix? ›

We Have a Ghost

Is there a movie with 100% rating? ›

To date, Leave No Trace holds the site's record, with a rating of 100% and 251 positive reviews.

Which movie has got 10 10 rating? ›

IMDb Rating: 9.0 - 9.9
109.6Band of Brothers (2001)
109.3The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
109.2The Godfather (1972)
109.1The Godfather: Part II (1974)
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What is F movie rating? ›

Tarquini's classification awards an F rating to any film that is written or directed by one or more female film-makers, or features complex female characters who contribute significantly to the story. Films that feature all three of the criteria receive a triple F rating.

What are the top 3 Netflix movies? ›

Below, we've assembled the current list of the most popular movies on Netflix in the U.S., along with more information about each film.
  1. We Have a Ghost (2023)
  2. The Woman King (2022) ...
  3. 2 Guns (2013) ...
  4. The Strays (2023) ...
  5. Your Place or Mine (2023) ...
  6. Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022) ...
3 days ago

What are the top 10 movies being watched on Netflix? ›

The 10 most popular movies on Netflix right now
  • Sing 2 (2021) Trailer. ...
  • 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) 43 % ...
  • Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022) 56 % 6.6/10. ...
  • Your Place or Mine (2023) 51 % 5.7/10. ...
  • The Strays (2023) 4.7/10. r 100m. ...
  • 2 Guns (2013) 55 % 6.7/10. ...
  • The Woman King (2022) 77 % 6.8/10. ...
  • We Have a Ghost (2023) 6.2/10. pg-13 127m.
5 days ago

What's the top 10 on Netflix? ›

Top 10 By Country
  • We Have a Ghost. #1 this week. Watch now. ...
  • The Woman King. #2 this week. Watch now. ...
  • 2 Guns. #3 this week. Watch now. ...
  • The Strays. #4 this week. Watch now. ...
  • Your Place or Mine. #5 this week. Watch now. ...
  • Minions: The Rise of Gru. #6 this week. Watch now. ...
  • 47 Meters Down: Uncaged. #7 this week. ...
  • Sing 2. #8 this week.

What are top 5 best movies? ›

The 15 Best Movies Of All Time, According To IMDB
  • Pulp Fiction (1994) - 8.9. ...
  • The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (2003) - 8.9. ...
  • Schindler's List (1993) - 8.9. ...
  • 5.12 Angry Men (1957) - 8.9. ...
  • The Godfather: Part II (1974) - 9.0. ...
  • The Godfather (1972) - 9.2. ...
  • The Shawshank Redemption (1994) - 9.3.
Nov 21, 2021

What are the top five most popular movies? ›

TOP 100 FILMS OF ALL-TIME (Worldwide Gross)* (Unadjusted for Inflation)
  • Avatar (2009)
  • Avengers: Endgame (2019)
  • Titanic (1997)
  • Avatar: The Way of Water (2022)
  • Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)
  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
  • Jurassic World (2015)

Which actor has all hit movies? ›

Follow Us
1Akshay Kumar17
2Shahrukh Khan11
3Salman Khan8
4Ajay Devgn14
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Who is the best actor in the world? ›

30 Best Actors Of All Time
  • Al Pacino.
  • Tom Hanks.
  • Tom Cruise.
  • Gary Oldman.
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio.
  • Joaquin Phoenix.
  • Tom Hardy.
Feb 3, 2023

Who is the best female action star? ›

Look no further!
  • Lily Li aka Lily Li Li-li. An early female action star, Lily Li is from the golden age of Shaw Brothers films. ...
  • Cynthia Rothrock. Did you think we'd skip her? ...
  • Sofia Boutella. If you watch a lot of action and sci-fi, you know who Sofia Boutella is. ...
  • Michelle Yeoh. ...
  • Charlize Theron.
Oct 2, 2022

Who is world's best action hero? ›

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is the biggest movie star in the world. And he's done it without truly locking down his own action movie franchise yet.

Who is the best action movie in the world? ›

Top 50 Action Movies
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023) PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy. ...
  • Avatar: The Way of Water (2022) ...
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022) ...
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022) ...
  • All Quiet on the Western Front (2022) ...
  • Bullet Train (2022) ...
  • The Woman King (2022) ...
  • Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

Who is the biggest movie star 2022? ›

Highest Grossing Stars of 2022 at the Worldwide Box Office
RankNameStar Score
1Margot Robbie209
2Robert Pattinson190
3Tom Holland187
4Jim Carrey183
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What is the highest rated 2022 IMDB? ›

1. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)

Who is world no 1 actor? ›

Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Worldwide Box Office
1Scarlett Johansson33
2Robert Downey, Jr.43
3Samuel L. Jackson64
4Zoe Saldana31
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Who is No 1 highest paid actor in the world? ›

Best-paid actors worldwide 2021, by income. As of August 2021, Daniel Craig was the best-paid actor worldwide with an estimated income of 100 million U.S. dollars after, earlier that year, Netflix bought the rights for two sequels of "Knives Out" (2019).

Which is the No 1 IMDb rating movie in world? ›

1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

What movie has a 10 rating on IMDb? ›

1. Red Dead Redemption II (2022– )

What movies have a IMDb rating above 9? ›

Top Rated English Movies
  • The Shawshank Redemption (1994) 9.3.
  • The Godfather (1972) 9.2.
  • The Dark Knight (2008) 9.0.
  • The Godfather Part II (1974) 9.0.
  • 12 Angry Men (1957) 9.0.
  • Schindler's List (1993) 9.0.
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) 9.0.
  • Pulp Fiction (1994) 8.9.


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