Best Action Movies of 2022

The year 2022 is shaping up to be an epic year for action movie lovers! There have been some great action movies released this year. With just a quarter of the year remaining, we look at some of the best action movies released so far! Here is our list of the top 10 best action movies of 2022. Along with the mind-blowing action which gives you an adrenaline rush, these movies contain excellent storylines to keep you entertained. These are not just the best but also the top-rated action films on IMDb this year 

10. The Contractor

This is an action thriller film starring Chris Pine as James Harper. Released on April 1, the story revolves around special forces soldier James Harper who is forcefully removed from the military and denied his pension. Now in debt, out of choices, and anxious to pay for his family, Harper joins a secret underground armed group for covert operations. But when his very first job fails, things start to go wrong for him and he suddenly finds himself on the run, being pursued and tangled up in a deadly plan all while battling for his life in order to make it alive and figure out who betrayed him. 

Overall, the story is average but engaging enough to keep you hooked till the end. The film features amazing violent action and gunfight sequences making it one of the best action films of 2022. The Contractor has a 5.8 rating on IMDb and a 72% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

9. Bullet Train

Bullet Train is a 2022 action comedy film directed by David Leach. The plot centers on Ladybug, an unsuccessful assassin who is desperate to carry out his mission without violence following a string of jobs gone wrong. However, fate has other ideas as Ladybug’s most recent job lands him on a path of destruction with deadly enemies from all over the world who are all working towards similar but opposing goals aboard the world’s fastest train. 

Nevertheless, the mayhem starts when the remaining five killers on board this high-speed train across contemporary Japan realized that their assignments are interconnected. The film is a crazy non-stop adrenaline rush, from start to finish it is incredibly entertaining and absolutely worth watching. Bullet Train has a 7.5 rating on IMDb and a 76% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes 

8. The North Man

This epic historical action film was directed by Robert Eggers. The story takes place in AD895 when King Aurvandil is killed by his bastard brother Fjölnir who then kidnaps the king’s wife while the king’s son Amleth flees by boat pledging revenge. The main plot revolves around Prince Amleth who is about to become an adult when his father is stabbed to death by his uncle who also abducts his mother.  

Twenty years later, Amleth has transformed into a Viking who exploits Slavic settlements. On one of his raids, he encounters a series that remind him of his pledge to save his mother, kill his uncle and get revenge for his father. Now like a battle dog spotting the smell of the enemy ruthless Amleth sets out on a relentless adventure to track down the cruel opponent whose life is irreversibly connected with his.

Altogether, the film is fascinating and features epic battle scenes with mind-blowing cinematography which is a reason why it should be on your 2022 must-watch list. The North Man has a 7.2 rating on IMDb and a 64 audience score on Rotten Tomatoes 

7. Ambulance

A 2022 heist action thriller film directed by Michael Bay. The story revolves around an honorable soldier, Will Sharp who is in need of cash to meet his wife’s treatment costs. He seeks help from his foster brother Danny, an attractive violent criminal to assist with the money. Danny offers him a task in the largest bank robbery in Los Angeles history and of course, Will is unable to refuse because his wife’s survival is at stake however when their escape goes horribly wrong the panicked brothers steal an ambulance that is transporting a critically injured police officer and a paramedic. Now in a never-ending high-speed chase, Will and Danny have to avoid a massive police force from the entire city, keep their hostages alive, and somehow stay away from murdering each other while pulling off the craziest escape Los Angeles has ever witnessed. This film completely justifies the tagline and keeps you on the edge of your seat. It’s a gripping thriller that will leave you guessing as to what will happen next or how they will escape The movie has a 6.1 rating on IMDb and an 88% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

6. The Batman

The Batman is a 2022 superhero action adventure film based on the DC Comics character Batman. The movie begins when the riddler, a vicious serial murderer starts killing important political leaders in Gotham and leaves a trail of coded messages for Batman. The main plot follows Batman as he investigates Gotham city’s criminal underworld in search of a trail of puzzling clues that will lead him closer to his home and reveal the criminal’s true intentions. In order to find the conspirator, he must develop new alliances, expose the guilty and deliver justice to the city’s long-standing abuse of power and corruption. Without a doubt, this was the best Batman film since the Christopher Nolan trilogy but it’s also true that this film approaches Batman from an entirely new perspective. This film will shock you, keep you guessing with its mystery, surprise you with its action, and amaze you with its incredibly dark and realistic portrayal of Gotham’s corruption. The Batman has a 7.9 rating on IMDb and an 89% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

5. The Roundup

A 2022 South Korean crime-action film directed by Lee Sang-yong, The Roundup is a sequel to the 2017 film The Outlaws. The movie takes place four years after the events of the Garibong-dong district roundup mission when the Major Crimes Unit of the Geumcheon police is tasked with bringing a fugitive back from Vietnam. The main plot revolves around beast officer Ma Seok-do and Captain Jeon Il-man who instinctively sense that there is something off about the suspect’s desire to bring himself in and discover violence perpetrated by a deadly killer named Kang Hae-sang who has been murdering foreigners for many years. On the other hand, Ma Seok-do and his team launch their inquiry across two nations and follow the bloody breadcrumbs left behind by Kang in an effort to catch him once and for all and put an end to the killings. Overall, the film is terrific like its first part and features a great story and intense action. The Roundup is undoubtedly a treat for action movie fans. The movie has a 7.1 rating on IMDb and a 100% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

4. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

This is a 2022 superhero action adventure film based on the Marvel comic character Doctor Strange. The plot follows Doctor Strange as he joins forces with a mysterious teenage girl from his nightmares who has the ability to travel between multiverses in order to fight off numerous threats including other universe versions of himself who pose a threat to the girl’s safety and the multiverse as a whole. Traveling through the hazardous and mind-bending various worlds of the multiverse, Doctor Strange tries to recruit the help of powerful friends both old and new in order to face an unidentified new enemy. 

Personally, I enjoyed this film a lot. It has some wild action sequences and fantastic visual shots which elevate the action to a whole new level. The movie has a 7 rating on IMDb and an 85% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes 

3. The Grey Man 

The Grey Man is a 2022 action thriller film based on Mark Greaney’s Grey Man novel series. The plot centers on Court Gentry (Six), a longtime CIA agent with specialized training who served as one of the agency’s top assassins under the Sierra Project. However, Six becomes a primary target after accidentally discovering hidden agency operations and is pursued globally by a lethal old friend named Lloyd Hanson and killers from other countries who will not stop at any cost. Hansen on the other hand who is now negotiating with a secret agent will go to any length to get to Gentry first.

The Grey Man is a fast-paced action movie with a compelling storyline and incredible fight scenes like extraction and it is also likely to be the finest action entertainer of 2022. The film has a 6.5 rating on IMDb and a 90% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

2. Everything Everywhere All at Once 

This is an action-adventure comedy-drama film directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Daniel Scheinert. The plot revolves around Evelyn Wang, a Chinese immigrant who becomes unintentionally involved in an epic quest in which she must unite multiple versions of herself in parallel worlds in order to defeat someone who seeks to ruin the multiverse. 

The main conflict starts when the reality is torn apart by an interdimensional breach. Evelyn must use her newly discovered abilities to battle strange and confusing enemies from the multiverse while the destiny of the planet is at risk. This is the dark horse of 2022 and one of the most unique films of the year. The film Everything Everywhere All at Once has it all; action, comedy, and drama. A wonderful story and what else we could want if you haven’t seen this film yet believe me you’re missing out on a truly extraordinary experience. The film has an 8.2 rating on IMDb and an 89% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

1. Top Gun Maverick

Top Gun Maverick is a 2022 action drama film directed by Joseph Kosinski. The movie takes place 30 years after its original. It centers on Maverick, a top aviator for the Navy who is doing what he does best, testing the limits as a fearless test pilot while avoiding a promotion that would put him on the ground. However, Maverick returns to the US Navy’s strike fighter tactics instructor academy to prepare a group of Top Gun students including the son of his late closest buddy for a unique mission that no other pilot has ever experienced. Struggling with an unpredictable future and demons of his own, Maverick is forced into a battle with his own greatest fears resulting in an operation that requires the selfless sacrifice of those selected to perform it. 

Who would have thought that this movie would outperform box office titans like Doctor Strange and Batman? Well, it did because this film exceeded expectations. Top Gun Maverick takes you on a nostalgic journey that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The movie has an 8.9 rating on IMDb and a 99% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. 

That’s it for our list of the top 10 best action movies of 2022. Did we miss any of your favorites? 

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