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!
Evil Dead 2 – No.1 on best action horror movies
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
The Purge: Anarchy
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
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
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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