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The Best Action Movies to Watch on a Rainy Day

Are you in the mood for a non-stop action movie? Below is a list of the best with trailers included, so you can preview what you are about to watch right here.

There are many elements to a great action flick. You need a conflict that sparks a need in the character to retaliate, great stunts, amazing graphics and an epic ending. The following list is short, but I'm sure you will find a great movie you haven't seen or would like to see again.

I have included a rating system that indicates the movie rating, my age limit suggestions, and quality of script, editing, acting and story. I hope you enjoy watching and reading about some of my favorite action movies. These films are guaranteed to keep you entertained.

If you have any favorites you would like to add, leave them in the comments section.





Ong Bak Trailer

Buy Ong Bak

Ong Bak

This film is about a young man who goes in search of a stolen statue. That is really all there is to the plot, however, this movie is more than entertaining. Tony Jaa, originally known as Panom, is the star fighter in this film. He is a martial arts master that practices the arts of tae kwon do, judo and muay thai.

This film is action-packed from start to finish. You will cringe when Jaa brings his knees down on a giant man's shoulders and you will wonder how he effortlessly scales the sides of buildings.

If you are a martial arts fan, this film is for you. I promise you will never be bored watching this film. If you don't believe me, check out the trailer above.


Buy Cop Out

Cop Out

If you would like to see Tracy Morgan alongside Bruce Willis as parters in the force, this is the perfect movie for you. The officers are suspended due to a bust gone wrong and they try to make money to support the wedding of Willis' character's daughter. He tries to sell a valuable baseball card, but gets it stolen and starts to investigate the case on his own.

The film is as humorous as it is action-packed. Morgan is at his finest in this film. I'm sure you will be laughing the whole way through.

What I really liked about the movie was the plot. It was easy to follow, while being complex enough to keep you guessing. I hope you enjoy this film as much as I do.


Burn After Reading Trailer

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Burn After Reading

This film is a Cohen Brothers masterpiece. The film stars a number of A-list actors including Brad Pitt, George Clooney and John Malkovich, who all play interesting and well-focused characters that find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I don't want to give too much of the story away, so I won't go into detail, but just know that you will enjoy the mystery, action, and witty dialogue that this film brings to your screen. The Cohen Brothers are known for their other films like Fargo, which made my list for best comedies. Their ability to immerse their viewers into a story and make them watch the whole way through is what attracted me to this film and their others.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. With a star cast like this, I don't know where you could go wrong.

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Buy Red


This is an excellent film that many may have missed because of the vague and forgettable title. (Don't you hate when they do that?) Anyway, this film stars people like Bruce Willis, Hellen Miren, and Morgan Freeman as ex-CIA agents. R.E.D. is an acronym that stand for "Retired and Extremely Dangerous" and that is just what these characters are.

They learn about a possible assassination and do their best to stop it before it's too late. I love this film because it kept me guessing up until the final scene. The acting was above par, even for these experts, and the script wasn't too shabby either.

If you like to watch smart action flicks, this one's for you. Let me know what you thought of it in the comments below.


Tropic Thunder Trailer

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Tropic Thunder

This film is just as funny as it is exciting. With an outstanding cast including Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr. (as a black man), Tom Cruise, Matthew McConaughey, Danny McBride, and much much more, this film is full of exciting twists and turns. You will enjoy this gut-splitting feel-good movie any day of the week.

The film is about a group of actors out in Vietnam to make a modern movie about the war. They go out into the jungle to really feel their characters' emotions when their director loses touch with them and they realize they are out there alone, fighting for their lives.

This film is great, but a little mature, so give your kids another movie to watch while you enjoy the humor and excitement of this film.


Buy Pearl Harbor

Classic: Pearl Harbor

I grew up in Hawaii and my great grandfather lived 100 yards away from Pearl Harbor when it happened. He ended up directing traffic in the busiest intersection in all of the nation. I always pay respect to those whose lives were lost on December 7th, 1941 and feel like this movie accurately depicts the horror of the day that will live in infamy.

I chose this film as the classic because it is one action film and drama that is not only an excellent film, but a great depiction of the event that occurred. With leading actors like Kate Beckinsale, Ben Affleck, and Josh Hartnet, this film is one of the best historical films out there.

I hope you watch this film on a rainy day, but keep the tissues close, because I cannot watch it without crying and I hardly ever do during movies. Let me know what you thought below and which of these is your favorite action flick.


Brittany Kennedy (author) from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on January 23, 2012:

Thank you for the link, epi! I didn't know where to put Burn After Reading as it could fall into a ton of genres. Thank you for reading!

epigramman on January 23, 2012:

....obviously you know your movies although I wouldn't necessarily call BURN AFTER READING an action movie per se - it definitely is one of the funniest films I've ever seen (as you know anything by the Coen Brothers is always hard to categorize) .....I will post two hubs today from your hallowed hubspace to my Facebook page and a direct link back here ...... this one .....and

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Brittany Kennedy (author) from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on December 26, 2011:

Thanks, rednickle. I love those films.

rednickle from New Brunswick Canada on December 26, 2011:

Red and Cop Out are my selections from your list. Cheers

Brittany Kennedy (author) from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on December 20, 2011:

Thank you, parentsreview! I love Hot Fuzz! It was hard just picking a couple, but I like to have people leave more in the comments. Thanks for that one; I should watch that again soon.

parentsreview from Lansdowne, PA on December 20, 2011:

This is a great list, but if you're talking action movies, "Hot Fuzz" is my favorite.

Brittany Kennedy (author) from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on December 20, 2011:

Thank you so much, awayre. I'm glad you liked it!

Bhavesh Naik from Maryland, USA on December 20, 2011:

Interesting topic for a hub! Great job with the reviews your descriptions are extremely helpful!

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