Ranking The Top 10 Best Action Horror Movies


Are you looking for some great movies to watch this spooky season? If so, we are here to help you with the ranking of the top 10 best action movies of all time. 

I want to present everyone with a fun list of best action horror movies. Turn the lights down low and the volume up for these action horrors!

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Evil Dead 2 – No.1 on best action horror movies

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Released in 1987

Directed by Sam Raimi

Starring Bruce Campbell and Sarah Berry

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Plot: Ash is trapped in the woods by demons, with his beloved girlfriend slipping into insanity. Ash soon learns that he is not leaving the woods anytime soon. This is obviously the second film in this amazing franchise but the best one and in my opinion the best action-horror of all time.

Let’s start the list of best action horror movies with Evil Dead 2. This film like all Evil Dead films is funny, gory, and has characters that you love. Bruce Campbell may not win any awards for his performance in this film, but it is that over the top acting that actually makes the film that much funner.


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Released in 1986

Directed by James Cameron

Starring Sigourney Weaver and Paul Reiser

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Plot: When Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is attacked by a vicious alien and adrift in space for 57 years before being picked up by her former employer. They tell her that the planet where her crew discovered the alien has since been settled by colonists. Contact with a colony was suddenly lost, so she and a detachment of colonial marines are sent to investigate. There they come in contact with the same aliens that attacked her the first time around.

Next to Evil Dead 2, Aliens is no2 in best action horror movies ranking list.

This is one of the most thrilling films ever made, with tension in almost every scene. It is slow building, but worth the wait to see the epic conclusion. Weaver gives such a great performance and her character is one of the most memorable feminist icons in Hollywood. Aliens is a movie that can be watched countless times and never get old, and it would be a great watch this Halloween.

The Cabin In The Woods

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Released in 2012

Directed by Drew Goddard

Starring Kristin Connolly and Chris Hemsworth

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

I am not going to go too far into detail on this plot, to avoid any kind of spoilers, because this movie has so many twists it would be doing it a disservice. Essentially, a bunch of teenagers head to a cabin in the woods (shocking right?) and they begin to be attacked by monsters and other terrifying phenomenons. This is one of those rare best action horror movies of all time that almost everyone can enjoy, even if you’re not a horror fan.

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Released in 2009

Directed by Ruben Fliescher

Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrellson, and Emma Stone

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Plot: When a young man is alone and scared, he is taken in by an abrasive stranger who takes him under his wing to survive the world together. They meet up with two sisters and the four of them partake in a hilarious journey to travel to hometowns and find meanings of survival.

When it comes to best action horror movies, we can’t miss out on zombie genre. This film will keep you entertained from start to finish with its outrageous action sequences that are mixed with the hilarity of the entire cast. Harrelson, Eisenberg, and Stone are all cast perfectly and the script plays to all their strengths. With all the gore that anyone could ask for, this film really doesn’t leave much unwanted to horror fans.

I Am Legend

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Released in 2007

Directed by Francis Lawrence

Starring Will Smith and Alice Braga

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Plot: Dr. Robert Neville is the last man on Earth as the entire world has suffered from a deadly disease that turns them into blood thirsty monsters that can only come out at night. Neville is attempting to find a cure, but is hit with more and more hardships along the way. Some being from forces of nature and others from his own sanity.

Another zombie apocalypse film, and this is my favorite of all. This film gave us an amazing performance by Will Smith; it truly showed the acting talent that he possesses to be able to pull off a role such as this where he is portraying a character sinking into insanity, and doing without any other actors or actresses to play off. The movie does a good job of keeping the story flowing and entertaining when most would probably fall into a somewhat boring trance. The movie is truly carried on the back of Smith’s incredible performance.

Don’t Breathe

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Released in 2016

Directed by Fede Alvarez

Starring Jane Levy and Stephen Lang

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Plot: This is a film about three petty thieves who are looking to make one last big heist before they call it quits. They attempt to steal from a blind man who is sitting on a tremendous amount of cash in his home, but obviously, things do not go according to plan.

If you have seen this film, then hopefully you understand why I have it so high on this list. This film will give you chills almost every scene and had amazing performances by the whole cast. Stephen Lang in particular is terrifying and gives one of the best performances of his career. There are twists that will widen your eyes and a story that is well developed. If you haven’t gone to see it in theaters yet, I recommend you do while you have a chance.

28 Days Later

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Released in 2003

Directed by Danny Boyle

Starring Cillian Murphy and Naomie Harris

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Plot: The film starts with an animal rights group who went in search of some chimps that were being experimented on. When they found the chimps, they were warned that they were infected and should not be released, but they didn’t listen. When a man named Jim wakes up 28 days later and the human race is on the brink on extinction, he is collected by a group of survivors who believe they can find a cure.

On again another zombie movie on the list of best action horror movies.

This film is given amazing direction by Danny Boyle with plenty of character development that makes you care about who you are seeing die. The film takes the idea of a zombie disease and makes it very much more real: The scariest thing is how possible this plot is.

World War Z

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Released in 2013

Directed by Marc Foster

Starring Brad Pitt and Mirielle Enos

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

World War Z is a basic zombie apocalypse film, but thanks to Brad Pitt’s great performance we get an above-average take on it. This film gives us a much more realistic feel to the zombie genre and doesn’t rely on cheap jump scares. We get a strong story that keeps people thinking.

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The Purge: Anarchy

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Released in 2014

Directed by James DeMonaco

Starring Frank Grillo and Carmen Ejogo

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

This is the second movie in The Purge franchise. This film keeps true to what the original film did, but starts to build toward what this franchise can be. The world building is what sets this film apart, along with its much higher rate of action and plot.

The Host – One Of Best Korean Action Monster Movies

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Released in 2007

Directed by Bong Joon-ho

Starring Song Kang-ho and Park Hae-il

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Plot: The Host is a foreign film with the familiara plot of a girl getting captured by an unknown monster, while the father must discover the secrets of the monster and save his daughter, but it is more well done then any before it

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Directed by Oscar-winning director Bong Joon Ho, and starring the most talented actor of Korea, Song Kang Ho, no doubt why this film got so many compliments from critics and got the high score on Rotten Tomatoes. This is also the only Korean movie on the list of best action horror movies. The movie has one of the better mixes of horror and comedy, and offers a great storyline and lovable characters.

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