5 Action Movies You Can Watch Again & Again


Guns blazing, music pounding, and people in some kind of turmoil – yeah, everyone likes a good action movie. Not that every film needs this specific criteria to qualify as a “good” action movie. The summer blockbusters are clear evidence that we all enjoy munching down on some tasty popcorn as the CGI sequences blow our minds away. I find that time and time again if I’m ever in the mood to pop in a BluRay that it will more often than not be of the action/adventure genre.

What is it about these kind of films that makes us shell out our hard earned cash so easily? Doing some quick research on the topic at hand, I found that it might be due to the fact that for whatever reason we enjoy being stressed out. But this stress is “controlled stress” which, as I was reading, is referred to as being similar to a roller coaster ride. I don’t know about all of that, but I definitely consider the action movies I watch to be a great escape from the mundane. With this in mind, I felt that I should make mention of 5 action flicks that are my “go-to” when I need to indulge my senses.

Yeah, I’m not using the picture from the header image as one of my movies, I just love the idea of “only cool guys walk away from explosions” … on to the list!


Terminator 2: Judgment Day

It’s not a tumor!


Ok, so when we were kids, were you terrified of the T-1000 too? Yeah, I thought so. Probably one of the oldest movies on this list, it still measures up with it’s special effects and story telling. This will always be one of those movies that I will forever love. This could be due to the fact that having the T-800 coming back and playing the good guy totally made my jaw drop. Regardless, the amount of fond regard we all show Arnold Schwarzenegger for this movie will always endear. I’ll never get sick of hearing all the one liners and watching him go into the vat of molten metal with his thumb up. “I’ll be back…


the Matrix



Man I wish I could say that I was one of the first people to see this in theater when it was released. Sadly, I wasn’t…I was hearing about it again and again from all my friends at school weeks after the fact. Which in turn was the biggest reason for me to see it, just so that I could be involved in the conversation. Now I had no idea what the movie was about, and as I sat there watching with my mind completely blown, I knew that I wanted to watch it again – immediately. So, I did – I watched it the following day with another set of friends and was still completely amazed. Even today, I can watch this movie from start to finish with a huge smile on my face as the bullets fly. Who among you can tell me that you don’t crack a grin when Keanu says, “whoa”, or “I know kung fu”…? I bet your dying to punch this into the BluRay player right now aren’t you?


Bad Boys II

All cops look like this I assure you.


Hate me all you want, but I know for a fact you’ve seen this movie. Chances are, you’ve seen Bad Boys 2 multiple times. And yes, go ahead and despise Michael Bay all you want, but he knows how to put together an action movie that sells tickets. Now this is not one of those movies that benefits from watching it on TV on a lazy Sunday afternoon, (movies that have language and crude humor tend to lose their appeal on national TV) but even then I’ll still sit my butt down and see it through. I think the chemistry between Will Smith and Martin Lawrence is undeniably funny and I still laugh a helluva lot during the sequence with Martin high on ecstasy. “Woosa!”


Casino Royale

Bond, James Bond.


The film that introduced us to Daniel Craig and proved that James Bond can be a blonde hair blue eyed stone cold killer. Not only was it an introduction to a new Bond, but it was also a re-imagining of the franchise. They changed quite a bit in this movie and I believe that the audience/movie going experience was better for it. What made this film stand out was that Bond seemed to have an edge now, it was a grittier take on the “clean” guy image that he always had up to this point. The opening sequence quickly throws you directly into the scenario and the action that plays out does a great job at letting you know things have changed. For me it’s definitely one of the few 007 films that I can watch over and over again. The only others that I might be able to throw in that list would be Goldeneye and Goldfinger.


Jurassic Park

Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.


What can I say about Jurassic Park that hasn’t been said before? A childhood dream come true, I saw this movie not only in theaters but at the local drive in as well. (which I would say is an awesome way to see a film like this) What’s even more impressive about Jurassic Park is that it still looks fantastic even today. Much like what Terminator 2 has done, the special effects were so ground breaking that they still hold up among modern movies like Avatar. Though that’s not what brings you back, it’s really just the dinosaurs and the carnage that they cause. Remember earlier when I mentioned being stressed out and how that’s a major pull for us with action movies? Well if you didn’t get stressed at least a little during the Velociraptor scenes, or the one above with the T-Rex, I’d say that action movies aren’t for you. How many times have you seen Jurassic Park? I think I’m up to around 12 by now.


I picked 5 action movies, but you could easily make a list of 20. The action genre is so great because it lends itself to many of the other types of film out there. For example, you can have a sci-fi action movie or a horror action movie … or even a horror sci-fi action movie! So, can you muster a list of 5 action movies that you can watch again and again? Maybe you can watch the Fast and the Furious, the Dark Knight, Face/Off, the Rock, and Transformers again and again…well, maybe not Transformers.


Just because it was in my head the entire time I was writing this … 


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  1. I’ll cop to watching The Rock more times than a reasonable person should (that amount being 1/3 of a time, because you start watching it and then stop because of how terrible it is). What can I say? The combination of Nick Cage Crazy and Sean Connery Smooth is some kind of unholy alliance that makes an extremely weak movie something of a guilty pleasure.

    1. That’s funny because I almost listed The Rock over Jurassic Park! I agree completely on how you stop and start watching it because you just can’t get away from the Cage/Connery mashup.

  2. Nice list. If I had Casino Royale and The Matrix on VHS they would have worn out a long time ago. And I was the same, it’s kind of weird to think I’ve never seen the Matrix at the cinema.

    Jurassic Park seemed out of place though. Rewatchable for sure, but it was always in the sci-fi/adventure zone for me with ET etc. I was expecting Die Hard or Raiders at the end :p

    1. See I’d consider Jurassic Park to be Action/Adventure more than anything but I see your point.

      Perhaps I’ll edit the post and add in a conjunction to the Jurassic Park listing …

  3. Lol, as soon as I saw right from the beginning that T2 is the oldest movie on the list I already knew I wasn’t gonna like it. Most of these are good, but I haven’t really re-watched them. I stick to my childhood classics:

    – Rocky 4
    – The Terminator
    – Top Gun
    – Aliens
    – Robocop

    1. Oh see – that’s a good list too! Though I don’t know if I’d consider Rocky to be much of an “action” movie per say. Aliens should really take the place of Jurassic Park on my list – so maybe that’s the one I’ll edit in there.

    1. Enter the Dragon and The Protector are definitely classics, but I put Martial Arts films in their own genre. Otherwise, pretty much everything John Woo has done (OK, about half of what he’s done, lol) would have to be on this list to lol.

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