John Wick is an American action thriller film featuring Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist and Alfie Allen. The movie is about a retired professional assassin who decides to come out again to find and kill the criminals who have been ruining his life. Directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, John Wick has been a huge international success, earning more than 300 million dollars worldwide. The movie premiered on October 24, 2014.
Check out other action thriller movies like “John Wick” that will give you reasons why, in this world full of betrayal, you should not trust anyone but yourself.
1. The Man From Nowhere
Release Date: August 5, 2010
Director: Jeong-beom Lee
Cast: Bin Won, Sae-ron Kim, Tae-hoon Kim
This South Korean action drama film is about a former special agent named Cha Tae-shik who almost has no connection to the world if it weren’t for the little girl, So-mi. Hyo-jeong, So-mi’s mother, traffics illegal drugs from an organization and hands them over to Tae-shik without his knowledge. When the drug trafficking organization discovers Hyo-jeong’s smuggling, they take both Hyo-jeong and So-mi. The traffickers will only release them if Tae-shik shows up. When the gang kills Hyo-jeong, Tae-shik realizes that So-mi’s life may also be in danger. He sets off to save her, even risking his own life.
2. The Raid: Redemption
Release Date: April 13, 2012
Director: Gareth Evans
Cast: Iko Uwais, Ananda George, Ray Sahetapy
Tama is the most powerful drug lord in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Lieutenant Wahyu will stop at nothing just to find him and put him in jail forever. Wahyu plots an operation to arrest Tama and the rest of his gang. The SWAT team is able to break through the apartment building that serves as Tama’s safe house. Unfortunately, one lookout is quick to alert Tama and his team. The next thing the authorities knew is that they are already trapped on the seventh floor. And since Lieutenant Wahyu has not informed his superiors about the raid, the entire SWAT has to fight with what little ammunition they have versus the equipped, brutal drug syndicate.
Release Date: September 1, 2006
Directors: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
Cast: Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Carlos Sanz
Professional hitman, Chev Chelios, is working for a West Coast crime organization. Eve, Chev's girlfriend, has no idea about his job. Wanting to have more time with her, Chev plans to leave the syndicate. But Chev discovers that his enemy, Verona, has injected him with a poison known as ‘The Beijing Cocktail,’ which will bring death to him when his heart rate stops. Chev knows that he has to survive. He seeks the help of his friends, Kaylo and Doctor Miles, to keep his heart beating. And while protecting Eve and struggling for his life, Chev sets out to take revenge on the people who have deceived him.
4. Kill Bill
Release Date: October 10, 2003
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah
Bill is the leader of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, where one of his members is his own lover ‘The Bride’. When ‘The Bride’ realizes that she is pregnant with Bill's child, she decides to escape to save both her life and the baby’s. She moves to Texas, meets a man who marries her. But during the ceremony, her husband is gunned down by the raging Bill, with some Deadly Viper Assassination Squad members. After four years, ‘The Bride’ awakens from a coma, and finds out that the baby in her womb is gone. With a strong desire to wreak vengeance, ‘The Bride’ sets off to destroy the group she was once part of.
5. Machete Kills
Release Date: October 11, 2013
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Cast: Danny Trejo, Alexa PenaVega, Mel Gibson
While on an operation, lovers Machete Cortez and Sartana Rivera succeed to stop the criminals, but not the group of masked men that kills Sartana. Machete is arrested, accused of murdering Sartana, and jailed by Sheriff Doakes. But US President Rathcock gives him pardon and hires him to assassinate Marcos Mendez, who is threatening to attack the USA with a missile bomb. When Machete finally meets Mendez, he discovers that his heart is linked to the missile bomb and the only one who’s capable of disarming it is the product dealer, Luther Voz. Now, Machete has only twenty-four hours to bring Mendez to the USA, unless he will not be able to save his new country.
6. In Order of Disappearance
Release Date: February 21, 2014
Directors: Hans Petter Moland
Cast: Kåre Conradi, Huyen Huynh, Anders Baasmo Christiansen
Nils is an honorable citizen who has recently been awarded for his good deeds. He ploughs snow in the desolate icy mountains of Norway, where his son is murdered for something that is not his fault. Putting down his respectable image, Nils sets off to seek for his son’s justice, taking revenge against “The Count,” a vegan gangster, and “Papa,” the Serbian mafia boss. What he has put himself into is not easy, but with heavy machineries, beginner’s luck, and a heart of a loving father, he will do everything to give his son justice.
7. Blue Ruin
Release Date: July 9, 2014
Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Cast: Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves
Beach wanderer Dwight is living a quiet life, away from home, searching through dumpsters and trash bags for money and food. One day, a policewoman informs him that the man who killed his parents, Wade Cleland, will be released from jail soon. When Wade has been released, that’s when Dwight does his bitter revenge. And despite being an amateur assassin, Dwight readies himself for a brutal battle, proving himself and protecting the family that does not even recognize him.
8. The Limey
Release Date: August 4, 1999
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Cast: Terence Stamp, Peter Fonda, Lesley Ann Warren
He is an ex-convict who has recently got out from prison. He goes to Los Angeles in search of the person responsible for his daughter’s death. But he learns that he is actually searching in a wrong place, which culture has shocked him. And then he meets a fellow ex-criminal, who helps him with his investigations. They find out that his daughter has had an affair with a wealthy record producer, who is currently having an affair with another woman. They meet an adult actress, who knows his daughter. She tells him his own faults as a father. Now, the ex-con is faced in a more complicated situation.
9. Law Abiding Citizen
Release Date: October 16, 2009
Director: F. Gary Gray
Cast: Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Leslie Bibb
When Clyde Shelton's family is heartlessly killed, all he has wanted is to find the murderers. When the killers are caught, he thinks that his fight is over. Until a wrong court procedure has been done by the district attorney, Nick Rice, and one of his family’s murderers has been given freedom. Frustrated, angered by the unjust plea bargain agreement, Clyde takes justice into his own hands, targeting not only the ones responsible for his family’s death… but also the attorney who has seen everything gets muddled up.
10. The Mechanic
Release Date: January 28, 2011
Director: Simon West
Cast: Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland
Arthur Bishop is a 'mechanic,' a coded, special assassin, whose talent in clean killing is excellent. Since being a ‘mechanic’ requires professional precision and full separation from the rest of the world, Arthur is perfect for the role. But when Harry, his close friend and mentor, is brutally killed, Arthur sets out a self-imposed plan: to kill the murderers no matter what it takes. However, Harry's son, Steve, wants to join him as he takes revenge. Although Arthur is used to doing things on his own, he accepts Steve’s request, and a deadly duo is born.
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Craig McCallaway (author) on December 27, 2017:
Dale, thank you for the great tips!
Dale Anderson from The High Seas on December 06, 2017:
Cool hub. I watch a lot of movies with subtitles but most people that I know do not so that might be something you want to consider when choosing movies for your lists. Also I would like it if you included some links, per movie, showing where we could either watch them or buy them. Keep sharing with us!