Despite the range of fiery, computer-generated explosions on display at your local multiplex, this is a peculiar historical moment for the action movie. As major studios increasingly devote their resources to spectacle-filled comic book tentpoles like Avengers: Infinity War or sci-fi extravaganzas like Ready Player One, the more grounded punch-fest has become a specialized commodity for fans who keep track of streaming debuts, OnDemand releases, and the latest international exports. It’s a solid, creatively rich time for action movies. You just need to know where to find them.

Hopefully, the list below, which we will be updating throughout the year — like our other movie lists — will make the task of keeping up with what’s new (and good!) manageable. As you’ll soon find out, we consider the “action movie” to be an elastic concept that can be stretched to encompass genre-blurring stories that some might also describe as thrillers, spy dramas, superhero movies, buddy comedies, or horror films. What makes them action movies? Well, they’re on this list.


Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
149 min|Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi|27 Apr 2018
8.5Rating: 8.5 / 10 from 669,532 users
The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.




Black Panther (2018)
134 min|Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi|16 Feb 2018
7.3Rating: 7.3 / 10 from 515,352 users
T'Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country's past.




Deadpool 2 (2018)
119 min|Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi|18 May 2018
7.8Rating: 7.8 / 10 from 383,389 users
Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (AKA. Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy with supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling cyborg, Cable.




Ready Player One (2018)
140 min|Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi|29 Mar 2018
7.5Rating: 7.5 / 10 from 297,943 users
When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune.




Den of Thieves (2018)
140 min|Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller|19 Jan 2018
7.0Rating: 7.0 / 10 from 68,771 users
A gritty crime saga which follows the lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff's Dept. and the state's most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank.




Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
118 min|Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi|06 Jul 2018
7.1Rating: 7.1 / 10 from 236,379 users
As Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past.




Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018)
143 min|Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller|26 Jan 2018
6.2Rating: 6.2 / 10 from 91,160 users
Young hero Thomas embarks on a mission to find a cure for a deadly disease known as "The Flare".




The Commuter (2018)
105 min|Action, Mystery, Thriller|12 Jan 2018
6.3Rating: 6.3 / 10 from 82,362 users
An Insurance Salesman/Ex-Cop is caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home.




Rampage (2018)
107 min|Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi|13 Apr 2018
6.1Rating: 6.1 / 10 from 114,012 users
When three different animals become infected with a dangerous pathogen, a primatologist and a geneticist team up to stop them from destroying Chicago.




12 Strong (2018)
130 min|Action, Drama, History, War|19 Jan 2018
6.6Rating: 6.6 / 10 from 49,108 users
12 Strong tells the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11; under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban.




Tomb Raider (2018)
119 min|Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller|16 Mar 2018
6.3Rating: 6.3 / 10 from 161,963 users
Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she discovers the island where her father disappeared.





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