The action movie genre, with its hostile takeovers of office buildings on Christmas Eve and devices planted on buses to keep them chugging along above 50 mph, has always been one of the most popular genres of movies. No matter what happens in society, people will always want to watch these classic thrillers and action films for the epic car chases and well-choreographed battles.
Just this year, we've been treated to a bunch of exciting new action movies. We've seen Tom Cruise speeding around the streets of Paris on a motorcycle and we've seen Jason Statham fighting a gigantic prehistoric shark off the coast of China, and we've seen Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson take on a huge gorilla, a huge wolf, and a huge crocodile in a blockbuster movie based on an arcade game that was even bigger than all of them combined.
Action movies are among the most spectacular movies that ever get made. These movies have all the things that audiences go nuts for: helicopter chases, explosions, fist fights and fast cars. Those are the things that make action movies exhilarating and fun. Only the biggest action movie fan will be able to name all of these classic adrenaline-fueled thrill rides. Give it a shot!
1Which Die Hard homage starred Dwayne Johnson as a security consultant?
This 2018 action thriller movie starred Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as Will Sawyer, a sort of John McClane role, in a movie that combines the influence of both Die Hard and The Towering Inferno. Whereas those movies both chose just one, this movie had both a fire consuming a high rise building and a bunch of bad guys in it. Which Die Hard homage starred Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as a security consultant who assesses the safety concerns of tall buildings?
2In which movie did Keanu Reeves say, "I'm thinking I'm back!"?
Keanu Reeves has enjoyed a number of defining roles in movies. He started out in the Bill and Ted comedy movies in the role of Ted, which defined him as a wacky comedy actor, but then he played the role of Neo in The Matrix trilogy of films, which defined him as a cyberpunk Sci-Fi action hero. The title role in this neo-noir action thriller about an assassin who loses it when some gangsters take his dog's life may have truly defined him for good. In which movie did Keanu Reeves say, "I'm thinking I'm back!"?
3What is this post-apocalyptic chase movie called?
This movie was the reboot of a franchise that started in the late 1970s with Mel Gibson in the title role, and continued for a whole trilogy in the mid 1980s. The reboot swapped out Gibson and brought in Tom Hardy in his place for the lead role. Charlize Theron also joined the cast in the female lead role of Imperator Furiosa. What is this post apocalyptic Sci-Fi action movie about a car chase across a desert wasteland called?
4What movie pitted Jason Statham against a prehistoric shark?
It was announced recently that a sequel had been put into development for this Sci-Fi monster movie about a giant prehistoric shark. It made a huge splash, no pun intended, at the box office this year. It was the perfect role for former Olympic diver Jason Statham. The shark is 75 feet long and therefore three times the size of the shark in Jaws, which was already about three times the size of the average great white shark. What movie pitted Jason Statham against a prehistoric shark?
5Which thriller sent Liam Neeson to Paris in search of his daughter?
Before this movie came along and turned Liam Neeson into an action hero and made action movies with older stars cool, he was better known as an actor who played more serious roles in movies like Schindler's List or roles in big blockbuster movies like Clash of the Titans. This is the movie that reinvented him and paved the way for all of his movies that have followed. Which action thriller movie from 2008 sent Liam Neeson to Paris in search of his daughter?
6Which comic book adaptation stars Colin Firth as a gentleman spy?
Matthew Vaughn both wrote and directed this big budget adaptation of a comic book series created by Mark Millar. Colin Firth stars in the role of Harry Hart, a gentleman spy in the mold of James Bond. Firth is the big movie star who sold the film to its audience, but Taron Egerton was the true breakout star of the movie. He will play Elton John in an upcoming biopic entitled Rocketman. Which comic book adaptation stars Colin Firth as a gentleman spy?
7Which action movie got Brangelina together?
On the set of this action comedy movie, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie became an item, which made them the talk of the town. Just like Bennifer and Kimye, Brangelina became the focus of a lot of tabloid gossip. This movie is about a married couple who are going through some problems, mainly due to the fact that they are both assassins. There was once talk of a TV adaptation of this movie. Which action comedy movie got Brangelina together?
8Which buddy cop movie paired up Will Smith and Martin Lawrence?
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence confirmed recently that they would be starring in a third movie in the franchise that began with this buddy cop film directed by Michael Bay. The second one had a bigger budget and a bigger box office gross, so the hope with the third one is likely that those things will get bigger again and follow the same trajectory as the second one. Which buddy cop action comedy movie paired up Will Smith and Martin Lawrence?
9What is this extreme sports action thriller?
Vin Diesel is best known for the action movie franchise The Fast and the Furious, but he is actually the star of two other action movie franchises. He stars in the dark science fiction thriller series in which he plays the role of Riddick, of which he has made three movies, and he also stars in this series of action movies that revolve around the world of extreme sports. He plays Xander Cage. What is this extreme sports action thriller?
10In which thriller did Matt Damon play a spy with amnesia?
This thriller movie started off one of the most iconic and highest grossing action movie franchises of all time. Matt Damon plays a spy who washes up at sea and doesn't know who he is. The sequels would go on to reinvent the action movie with their shaky camera work and gritty, realistic tone, but it was the original film in the franchise that established the character as a pop culture fixture. In which thriller did Matt Damon play a spy with amnesia?
11Which Keanu Reeves/Patrick Swayze action thriller revolves around surfing?
Until this movie came along with its pairing of a cop (well, technically an FBI agent) and a criminal as the central leads, the films of the buddy cop movie genre usually revolve around a pair of cops. 48 Hrs. was the exception, and then this movie about surfers who are bank robbers joined it. Which action thriller movie starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze as an FBI agent and a hippie bank robber, respectively, revolves around the world of surfing?
12What movie introduced the world to Daniel Craig's James Bond?
Daniel Craig was the Bond that really turned the whole franchise around. It was the movie that tossed out the goofy gadgets and silly one liners of the previous Bond movies and went for a gritty tone in the style of the Bourne movies. It took the character back to basics and started his story from scratch, adapting the best novel possible for that with the first Bond novel ever written by Ian Fleming. What movie introduced the world to Daniel Craig's James Bond?
13What is this kung fu extravaganza directed by Quentin Tarantino?
This tale of revenge starring Uma Thurman told through action and well-choreographed kung fu sequences was written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and it ended up being too long to be released as just one movie. So, the studio ended up cutting it into two parts and releasing it as two different movies. Tarantino still considers it to be one single movie and one entry in his filmography. What is this kung fu extravaganza written and directed by Quentin Tarantino?
14What is this action movie spoof?
This is technically a spoof of the buddy cop action movie subgenre, but it is also a great action movie in its own right with thrilling action sequences and an engaging plot. It was the second movie in the Three Flavors Cornetto trilogy, which is a series of three movies that are connected by the fact that they are directed by Edgar Wright, written by Wright and Simon Pegg, and star Pegg and Nick Frost. What is this action movie spoof?
15What is this 2000 AD adaptation?
Karl Urban played the lead role in this adaptation of the 2000 AD comic books. The role was previously played by Sylvester Stallone, but that movie was not as well received by the fans of the character as this one. This movie was released in 3D and it was adored by the fans of the comic books who felt that it was a faithful adaptation of one of their favorite characters from the 2000 AD comics. What is this 2000 AD comic book adaptation?
16Which movie teamed up all the old school action heroes?
Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Bruce Willis and all the other old school action heroes from the action cinema of the 1980s teamed up a couple of years ago for an ensemble piece. They also teamed up with some of the newer guys from today's action movies, like Jason Statham and Jet Li. It was a huge cast that also included Mickey Rourke and Terry Crews, and was eventually expanded to include multiple sequels. Which movie teamed up all the old school action heroes from the 1980s?
17Which Sci-Fi action film pits guys in robot suits against monsters?
This 2013 Sci-Fi action movie got a sequel this year, but it had a different cast of actors and director than the original. The first one was directed by Guillermo del Toro, who is best known for making movies like Hellboy and Mimic and won an Oscar this year for the movie The Shape of Water. Idris Elba and Charlie Hunnam starred in this movie about robots versus kaiju. Which sci fi action movie pits guys in robot suits against monsters?
18What action movie is set on Alcatraz Island?
The title of this movie doubles as the nickname of Dwayne Johnson from his wrestler days in the WWE. He has been working off the nickname in the past few years as he has built a life as a movie star, but people still call him it. The movie was directed by Michael Bay and it came out in the mid 1990s. It stars Nicolas Cage and Sean Connery as the good guys and Ed Harris as the bad guy. What action movie is set on Alcatraz Island?
19What is this cyberpunk action thriller?
The Wachowski siblings wrote and directed this movie, which mixed allusions that they took from the Lewis Carroll fantasy novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with the kinetic action sequences of Japanese kung fu movies. It is also set in the kind of cyberpunk world that was the setting of William Gibson's science fiction novels. Keanu Reeves stars in the role of Neo alongside Laurence Fishburne as the wise Morpheus and Carrie Anne Moss as the highly capable Trinity. What movie is it?
20Which movie starred Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as private detectives?
Shane Black practically invented the buddy cop action comedy subgenre with his script for the first Lethal Weapon movie, and he created a new iconic pairing in 2016 in the form of these two private investigators who pair up against all odds. This movie is set in the 1970s and it is sort of a neo-noir piece with a lot of action and comedic elements, mostly coming from the banter of its two stars. Which 2016 neo-noir action comedy movie starred Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as private detectives?
21What is this Mexico City-set thrill-ride?
The novel that this movie was based on is actually set in Italy, and an early draft of the script for this adaptation was set in Naples, but the decision was eventually made to change the location to Mexico. Director Tony Scott had originally tried to make this movie as his second movie way back in 1983, but the studio execs felt that he didn't have enough experience to do it. He wouldn't get to do it until 2004 with Denzel Washington. What movie is it?
22What was Christian Bale's second movie as Batman?
Comic book movies do not usually get showered with awards, but this one was an exception. A lot of critics decided that it was one of the greatest movies ever made, thanks mostly to Heath Ledger's acclaimed performance as the Joker. This performance was awarded with a posthumous Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, which despite being from a superhero movie, surprised no one. This was the second chapter in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. What was Christian Bale's second movie as Batman?
23Which Fast & Furious movie was Paul Walker's last?
Paul Walker had been with The Fast and the Furious action movie franchise from the very beginning when he sadly passed away in the middle of shooting one of the sequels. His brothers filled in for him for the rest of filming and his character has since been retired from the franchise and won't be seen again for the foreseeable future. But he got one heck of an emotional sendoff. Which The Fast and the Furious movie was Paul Walker's last?
24Which buddy cop movie paired up Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker?
This movie ended up being the first in a trilogy, with each one more successful than the last. Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker made for one of the most well matched and memorable screen pairings of all time as they bounced off each other perfectly, with action movie star Chan as the straight man and standup comic Tucker as the funny guy. Their banter made the movie an endearing ride. Which buddy cop movie paired up Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker?
25What movie takes audiences into dreams within dreams?
Christopher Nolan took a break from his Dark Knight trilogy of gritty Batman movies to write and direct this complex Sci-Fi action blockbuster. It was a major risk for Warner Bros. to spend over $100 million on an original story that has so many layers and is difficult to get, but it was a risk that paid off handsomely when the movie became one of the highest grossing movies of all-time. What movie takes audiences into dreams within dreams, and confuses the heck out of them?
26Which dark thriller sent Emily Blunt across the border?
Denis Villeneuve has been making movies for almost two decades now, but he only burst onto the Hollywood scene recently and he has been moving from strength to strength ever since. He had a big Hollywood breakthrough with the thriller Prisoners and has since directed Blade Runner 2049, the long awaited sequel to Ridley Scott's 1982 neo-noir classic, and the Sci-Fi drama Arrival, and of course, this tense action thriller. Which dark thriller sent Emily Blunt across the border into Mexico?
27What action movie can't slow down below 50 mph?
Keanu Reeves has quietly become one of the greatest action movie stars in the world, because he does not always do action movies, but when he does, they turn out to be something special, like the universally admired science fiction head spinner The Matrix or the captivating, slickly made, beautifully choreographed neo-noir thriller John Wick. This movie about a bus that has had a device planted on it, requiring that the bus stay traveling above 50 mph is another example. What is the name of this movie?
28What 1980s TV remake is this?
This action thriller movie starring Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper has a lot of silly moments in it, like when the guys use the canon of a tank to fly it through the sky, but that is just faithful to the 1980s TV show that it was based on. That show used absurd situations like that to become of the most iconic series of that decade. The movie found a new audience for the show. What 1980s TV remake is this?
29Which action movie told a comic book version of the Battle of Thermopylae?
In the Battle of Thermopylae, the Spartans went up against all odds to fight the forces of Persia. Gerard Butler and Michael Fassbender appear in the movie, which was shot mostly in front of blue screens and used that technology to tell the story in the way that it was told in Frank Miller's graphic novel. Zack Snyder of Batman v Superman and Watchmen directed the movie. Which action movie told a comic book version of the Battle of Thermopylae?
30What is this King Kong reboot called?
This reboot of the King Kong franchise was released to a surprisingly huge box office gross in the summer of 2017. It swaps out the Great Depression era imagery and setting of the originals for the motifs and style of Vietnam War movies. The visual style feels like a tribute to Apocalypse Now. Brie Larson and Tom Hiddleston and John Goodman star in the movie. It's in the same universe as the 2014 Godzilla movie. What is this King Kong reboot called?
31In which action movie did Nicolas Cage get defensive about a bunny?
In this movie, Nicolas Cage's character Cameron Poe, an otherwise upstanding citizen, finds himself in prison after a scuffle outside a bar goes a little bit awry. And then on the day of his release, as he is being flown out to meet his daughter for the first time, a bunch of prisoners take over the plane and he is thrown into another fine mess. Dave Chappelle improvised his own dialogue in the movie. What is this action thriller directed by Simon West called?
32Which movie put Liam Neeson on a train?
This movie got some backlash for the fact that it was the same director and star as a previous movie set on a plane. It was criticized for being basically the same movie, just switching Liam Neeson on a plane out for Liam Neeson on a train. Either way, both of the movies connected with audiences and grossed over $200 million at the global box office. Which box office hit 2018 action thriller movie put Liam Neeson on a train?
33What 1990s thriller sent Harrison Ford on the run?
This action thriller movie starring Harrison Ford as a man who is forced to go on the run when he is accused of a crime that he did not commit. He insists that the crime was committed by a "one armed man," although there is no evidence of this and therefore he has to remain on the run. The movie was a huge box office hit, and was based on a TV show. What 1990s thriller sent Harrison Ford on the run?
34Which video game adaptation had "The Rock" fighting giant animals?
This movie was moderately successful at the box office this year. It stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who is verifiably the biggest movie star in the world right now, as a scientist who works closely with animals and gets involved when a gorilla, a wolf, and a crocodile all become giant monsters and start taking down skyscrapers. It was based on an old video game in which the player does pretty much the same thing. Which video game adaptation had "The Rock" fighting giant animals?
35What slick thriller stars Joel Kinnaman as Liam Neeson's estranged son?
This movie was released in 2015 and it came at the peak of the Liam Neeson action movie movement. After Taken was released in 2008, Neeson was being cast in all sorts of action movies, and a few years after that, certain scripts were being conceived and written specifically as starring vehicles for him. In this movie, he plays a mob enforcer whose relationship with his son is tested. What slick thriller stars Joel Kinnaman as Liam Neeson's estranged son?