The Best New Action Movies Of The Last Few Years (According To Ranker)

With casting news for John Wick: Chapter 4 making waves online, fans are likely looking for similar action films to fill their time as they wait for the sequel’s highly anticipated premiere in 2023. Viewers on Ranker have made it easy to add the must-see action movies from recent years to one’s watch list .

From the criminally underrated movie The Old Guard to the international hit John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, the highest-scoring action films on the site are a great mix of superhero stories, revenge flicks, and even comedies. Fans of the genre should consider these riveting movies as essential viewing.


10 The Old Guard (2020)

Available to stream on Netflix.

When a group of immortal mercenaries is threatened by external forces who want to use their power for nefarious purposes in The Old Guard, it’s up to their leader Andy to guide them through the dangers. Things are complicated by a new arrival, Nile, who is yet to learn the extent and limits of her new ability.

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The Netflix original’s take on the concept of immortality raises intriguing questions about how endless regeneration could impact one’s psyche. There’s also no shortage of gripping action sequences in the underrated film, which is getting a well-deserved sequel that will hopefully answer some of the biggest unresolved questions from the first movie.

9 Black Widow (2021)

Available to stream on Disney+.

Natasha Romanoff is forced to confront her dark past in Black Widow, but not before a messy reunion with her sister Yelena Belova. Together, the pair must use their skills to free their fellow Widows, which is not an easy task as they face some of Black Widow’s biggest enemies.

With surprising emotional depth, flawlessly choreographed action sequences, and compelling characters, fans will find themselves rooting for the two sisters in no time. The origin story is even more poignant when viewers consider the events in Avengers: Endgamewhich add a more tear-jerking layer to Natasha’s actions in the film.

8 Shazam! (2019)

Available to stream on HBO Max.

The teenager Billy Batson’s life is forever changed when an ancient wizard gives him the unique ability to transform into an adult with superpowers in Shazam!. Billy just has to utter the magic word to gain amazing powers, which he soon has to use to stop Dr. Thaddeus Sivana and the Seven Deadly Sins.

The box office hit has been praised for being a feel-good and lighthearted superhero movie, which is in stark contrast with the increasingly dark entries in the genre. Fans are likely excited to see the continuation of Billy’s fun story in Shazam! Fury of the Godswhich is coming out on December 21.

7 Free Guy (2021)

Available to stream on Disney+.

Guy’s life is turned around when he learns he’s an NPC in a video game in Free Guy. What’s worse is that the game is about to be shut down, so he works with a player to uncover evidence that can prove the CEO stole that player’s source code to design Free City.

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The hilarious action-comedy flick is chock-full of pop culture references, entertaining cameos, and video game-inspired action sequences. Fans will likely find themselves cheering for its lovable protagonist as he overcomes increasingly difficult obstacles to preserve his friends and their community.

6 Nobody (2021)

Available to stream on HBO Max.

Often cited alongside the best movies of 2021, nobody tells the story of the unassuming suburban dad Hutch Mansell, whose daily routines and peaceful life are interrupted by two thieves. After they break into his home, Hutch sets out on a quest for revenge, unearthing unsavory elements from his past.

The action film doesn’t have any groundbreaking story elements, which is part of what makes it so entertaining. It doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel, choosing instead to flawlessly execute action movie tropes, complete with a likable underdog that audiences can root for.

5 The Gentlemen (2019)

Available to stream on Netflix.

When a legendary drug kingpin decides to retire in The Gentlemen, he unintentionally opens a can of worms that sends murderous schemes and bold blackmail his way. Chaos ensues thanks to the anticipation of the power struggle that his departure will cause, which turns his empire into a target.

The more serious interactions in the action-comedy film are perfectly balanced by the witty humor that’s present throughout. With a stellar cast and a well-written story that’s full of brawls and retaliation, it’s the ideal choice for a fun movie night with friends.

Available to stream on Netflix.

A black ops mercenary, Tyler Rake, is sent on a high stakes mission to rescue a drug lord’s kidnapped son in Extraction. The risky operation soon gets even more complicated when Tyler is double crossed by someone on the inside, making it difficult to determine who he can really trust in the foreign country.

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While audiences likely won’t be surprised by the protagonist’s somewhat generic backstory, it’s the high production value and mind-blowing action scenes that make the movie worth checking out. Fans will be glad to know they’re already filming Extraction 2but no release date has been announced as of this writing.

3 Spider Man: Far From Home (2019)

Available to rent on Apple TV.

Right when it seems as if Peter Parker is finally going to be able to catch a break in Spider-Man: Far From Home, Nick Fury interrupts his summer trip to Europe to inform him that mysterious creatures are wreaking havoc all over the continent. Peter has no choice but to balance his time between his friends and his important mission.

The rewatchable Spider-Man movie has all the Marvel trademarks that fans know and love. From its fast-paced actions sequences to its gut-busting humor, it’s easy to see why it’s among the best MCU films ever made.

2 Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Available to stream on Disney+.

Marvel’s Infinity Saga finally comes to a head in Avengers: Endgame, which follows the surviving members of earth’s mightiest heroes as they attempt to reverse the devastating effects of the Mad Titan’s catastrophic snap. The weary Avengers have to make some hard decisions along the way.

The major action sequences in Endgame are arguably the best that fans have seen from the MCU so far. It’s the culmination of years of building up the individual characters and overarching narrative, which all pay off in an epic way.

1 John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)

Available to rent on Apple TV.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum revitalized interest in the franchise, as it portrays the titular character’s most exhilarating storyline yet. The assassin becomes the target of his old colleagues after he’s declared excommunicado, which opens the door for every killer with a grudge or a death wish to come after him.

The third entry in the film series has the same high production value and impeccably choreographed fight scenes that fans have come to expect from a John Wick movie. Its ever-growing fanbase is likely looking forward to even higher stakes and more awesome action sequences in the upcoming sequel, John Wick 4.

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