40. Shooter (2007)
Directed by Antoine Fuqua
The recent TV adaptation of ‘Shooter’ has been met with positive reviews, but don’t forget that back in 2007 there was also an action movie starring Mark Wahlberg that followed the same story. For those of you who are not familiar with the plot, Bod Lee Swagger is an ex-professional marksman who while living in exile discovers a plot to assassinate the president, unfortunately for him he is framed for the attempt, and must find the real shooter to clear his name.
39. Lord of War (2005)
Directed by Andrew Niccol
Often in action movies, how massive groups of “bad guys” are able to get their hands on large quantities of firearms is sort of brushed aside. This Action flick follows Nicolas Cage portraying Yuri Orlov, a Ukrainian gun-runner who over his life has supplied many civil-wars and counties with the means of killing each other, and making a tidy profit along the way. After partnering with an African warlord Yuri starts to confront his mortality.
38. Four Brothers (2005)
Directed by John Singleton
The Mercer brothers are four adopted kids from different backgrounds who are all brought under one roof and raised by one woman. After their mother is killed in a store robbery they set out to avenge her death by hunting down the killers. But the road to revenge leads to dark truths, involving corruption and previous business deals. The four brothers consist of Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, André Benjamin and Garrett Hedlund who all give great performances.
37. Gold (2016)
Directed by Stephen Gaghan
After the family mining business begins to dry up after the death of Kenny’s dad, he looses everything, his home, his business and his wife. But after he has a “vivid dream” of an Indonesian jungle, he is filled with a new sense of determination to find pure gold, hidden in the mountains. Accompanied by an equally unsuccessful geologist they venture out to discover their fortune. The film is based on a true story and is filled with an inspiring story full of ups and downs.
36. The Divine Move (2014)
Directed by Beom-gu Cho
A professional Gambler Tae-seok takes part in a rigged high-stakes game against an infamous underground gambler Sal-soo with his Brother, what could possibly go wrong? Well, everything apparently… things go south pretty soon and Tae-seak ends up being framed for his own Brothers Murder. He vows during his seven-year sentence to relentlessly train and prepare for his revenge when he is set free. He must infiltrate the illegal gambling inner circle and take them out, one by one.
35. Vampire Academy (2014)
Directed by Mark Waters
Based on the novel by Richelle Mead, Vampire Academy is where the ‘Morio’ a peaceful race of vampires that co-exist with humans and only ‘feed’ of willing donors. They are training to be guardians at the Academy of St Vladimir. But there is also the ‘Strigoi’, who definitely are not peaceful, they drink to kill and are very vicious. Rose Hathaway is half vampire and half human, but her best friend is the Princess Vasilisa Dragomir, the last in her bloodline that must be protected at all cost.
34. Code Name: Geronimo (2012)
Directed by John Stockwell
Following the successful raid and assassination of Osama Bil Laden by SEAL team six. This 2012 movie tells that story and the problems they faced when planning the assault and all the situations they had to overcome to complete their goal. The elite team of SEALS dubbed ‘SEAL team six’ must identify their target Osama and must perform an unannounced attack in Pakistan.
33. Tropic Thunder (2008)
Directed by Ben Stiller
Tropic Thunder is an Action, Comedy that follows five actors all from different movie backgrounds attempting to record a serious Vietnam film. Damien Cockburn, the bumbling and somewhat incompetent British director decides in a last-ditch attempt to save the film from diaster to drop the uncooperative actors into a real thick Vietnam forest in order to capture “real fear in their eyes” with cameras set up in the trees. Due to circumstances the group somehow wander confidently into real-life drug lord territory and come under fire from real gorilla soldiers intending to kill them. This film is nowhere near a mindless action flick, but a very clever Hollywood parody. Some of the cast includes Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr and Tom Cruise, who all give great performances.
32. The Gunman (2015)
Directed by Pierre Morel
After a mercenary sniper kills a minster in the Congo, he is forced into hiding and eventually clashes with a ruthless kill squad who will do anything to kill him. Now Terrier (Sean Penn) must hunt down the man who has put a hefty price on his head, and in doing so discovers his old team and the girlfriend that he was forced to leave behind. If you are looking for a bit more of a realistic action film with believable conflict than you should enjoy The Gunman.
31. Assassination (2015)
Directed by Dong-hoon Choi
Set in 1933 ‘Assassination’ is about resistant fighters in Korea under Japanese occupation. They are under constant threat of being caught by the authorities and they have to plan an elaborate plan to assassinate a high commander in the Japanese army. This is an engaging Action War Drama will of twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat as they try and free their nation from this unwanted foreign power.