Watch Movies: 21 Most Popular Action Movies Of The Year That Must Be On Your Watchlist


September 28th, 2016   |   Updated on February 22nd, 2024

We, human being, need action, a thrill from adrenaline. What’s wrong that after a long day at the office, if we want to watch action filled movies just from the comfort of our living rooms.

Here is a list of most popular action movies of the year which you must watch.

1. Suicide Squad (2016)

It feels good to be bad..Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. Read More.

Review: StarTribune

Please come back, Christopher Nolan. Big, historic movies like your upcoming World War II epic “Dunkirk” are important, your ingenious magical mysteries like “The Prestige” and “Inception” are remarkable. Even your misfire, the theoretical-physics science fiction odyssey “Interstellar,” was rich in its sweep and themes. Read Full Review…


2. X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)


Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a God. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto, to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. Click Here.

Review: TheGlobeAndMail

First, the film has one character randomly decry Return of the Jedi, because “everyone knows the third movie is always the worst” – a knowing wink to those who loathed X-Men: The Last Stand, the franchise’s third film and one of two X-movies to be made by someone not named Bryan Singer. Read Full Review…


3. The Magnificent Seven (2016)


Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in The Magnificent Seven. With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue, the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns. As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money,  Read More.

Review: BuzzFeed

Faraday is a cowboy variant on the lovable dirtbag that Pratt has made his speciality, the kind of guy with a heart of gold and the mouth of a man born two centuries too early to complain about political correctness on Facebook. Read Full Review…


4. Captain America: Civil War (2016)


With many people fearing the actions of super heroes, the government decides to push for the Hero Registration Act, a law that limits a hero’s actions. This results in a division in The Avengers. Iron Man stands with this Act, claiming that their actions must be kept in check otherwise cities will continue to be destroyed, but Captain America feels that saving the world is daring enough and that they cannot rely on the government to protect the world. Click Here.

Review: christylemire

They’ve made a movie that’s both self-referential and self-reverential, thrilling and heady, packed with giant set pieces and sly pop-culture quips in equal measure.

Yes, there’s probably too much going on here: too many characters, too many subplots, too many gears keeping the behemoth Marvel Cinematic Universe grinding ever forward toward world domination. Read Full Review…


5. Snowden (2016)


SNOWDEN stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and is written and directed by Oliver Stone. The script is based on the books The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena, Read More.

Review: The New Yorker

Oliver Stone’s fast-paced and large-scale but narrow-focus bio-pic of Edward Snowden covers the near-decade from 2004, when Snowden (played, or, rather, impersonated, by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) dropped out of Army training because of injury, to 2013, when he left the United States and then got stuck in Russia. Read Full Review…


6. Godzilla Resurgence (2016)


An unknown accident occurs in Tokyo Bay’s Aqua Line, which causes an emergency cabinet to assemble. All of the sudden, a giant creature immediately appears, destroying town after town with its landing reaching the capital. This mysterious giant monster is named “Godzilla”, Click Here.

Review: IndieWire

Originally conceived for the 1954 Ishirō Honda classic that bore his name and first introduced him to the world, Godzilla is the king of the kaiju and the most durable of all movie monsters because — by feeding on nuclear energy. it essentially feeds on human folly, itself. Read Full Review…


7. Train to Busan (2016)


Sok-woo and his daughter Soo-ahn are boarding the KTX, a fast train that shall bring them from Seoul to Busan. But during their journey, the train is overrun by zombies which kill several of the train staff and other passengers.While the KTX is shooting towards Busan, the passengers have to fight for their lives against the zombies, Read More.

Review: AV Film

Hundreds of movies come to American theaters every year. Sometimes they arrive at a rate of 20 per week, at least in New York, where most films that don’t open widely begin their first runs. Read Full Review…


8. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)


Jyn Erso, a Rebellion soldier and criminal, is about to experience her biggest challenge yet when Mon Mothma sets her out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. With help from the Rebels, a master swordsman, and non-allied forces, Jyn will be in for something bigger than she thinks. Click here. 

Review: npr

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away — a slightly longer time ago, actually, than usual — there’s a little girl named Jyn. She has a dad who was an important cog in the Empire’s war machine until he went on the lam. Read Full Review…


9. Warcraft (2016)


When the world of the Orcs Draenor is being destroyed by the evil fel magic that uses life-force, the powerful warlock Gul’dan creates a portal to the world of Azeroth and forms the Horde with members of the Orc clans. He also captures many prisoners to keep the portal. The king of Azeroth Llane Wrynn and his brother-in-law Anduin Lothar are informed by the apprentice of magician Khadgar that he has found fel magic in dead bodies and the king decides to summon the Guardian of Tirisfal Medivh to protect his kingdom. Lothar and Khadgar head Kharazhan to meet Medivh and a shadow points a book to Khagdar and he takes it and hides. Read More.

Review: BuzzFeed

Warcraft feels like a bad date both parties are desperately trying to make the best of, smiling brightly through every lull in the conversation and pretending an awkward hug was the totally optimal way to say good night. Read Full Review…


10. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

30 years after the defeat of Darth Vader and the Empire, Rey, a scavenger from the planet Jakku, finds a BB-8 droid that knows the whereabouts of the long lost Luke Skywalker. Rey, as well as a rogue stormtrooper and two smugglers, are thrown into the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the daunting legions of the First Order, Click Here.

Review: The New Yorker

The director J. J. Abrams infuses the latest installment of George Lucas’s intergalactic franchise with the spirit of Steven Spielberg in this awestruck, warmhearted, and good-humored bobmovies action spectacle. It’s centered on the search for Luke Skywalker by the organized Resistance to the evil dominion of the First Order. Read Full Review…


11. Mechanic: Resurrection (2016)


Arthur Bishop thought he had put his murderous past behind him when his most formidable foe kidnaps the love of his life. Now he is forced to travel the globe to complete three impossible assassinations, and do what he does best, make them look like accidents. Read more. 

Review: ChicagoReader

just wants to enjoy retirement on his houseboat in Rio, but he’s too damn good at killing for the world to let him be. In this sequel to the 2011 thriller (itself a remake of a 1972 film starring Charles Bronson). Read Full Review…



12. Ben-Hur (2016)


Judah Ben-Hur, a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother, an officer in the Roman army, returns to his homeland after years at sea to seek revenge, but finds redemption. Read more.

Review: ReelViews

If one thing is certain, it’s that director Timur Bekmambetov’s remake of Lew Wallace’s Ben-Hurisn’t going to make anyone forget the 1959 Charlton Heston classic. An amateurish effort that boasts direct-to-video characteristics, the latest version disappoints in almost every production aspect. The acting, primarily by Jack Huston (as Judah Ben-Hur) and Toby Kebbell (as Messala Severus), is wooden. Read Full Review…


13. Now You See Me 2 (2016)


One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, The Four Horsemen resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry, a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all, Read More.

Review: The New Yorker

The Horsemen from the 2013 film return to right unredressed wrongs, thwart evildoers, and put on a good show, but this sequel, directed by Jon M. Chu, lacks even the deftness of the average party entertainer. Eluding an F.B.I. agent (Mark Ruffalo) on their trail, three world-class vigilante magicians (Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, and Woody Harrelson) come out of hiding, joined by a newly arrived Horsewoman. Read Full Review…


14. Blood Father (2016)


An ex-con reunites with his estranged wayward 17-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her. Read more.

Review: The New York Times

Hobbesian to the max, “Blood Father” is unwaveringly nasty and brutish. It’s also short, a combination that pretty much gives you all that you could want from a pulp fiction in which Mel Gibson plays a grizzled loner inking skin in a spot called the Missing Link Tattoo. Read Full Review…


15. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)

The Turtles continue to live in the shadows and no one knows they were the ones who took down Shredder. And Vernon is the one everyone thinks is the one who took Shredder down. April O’Neill does some snooping and learns a scientist named, Baxter Stockman is working for Shredder. He plans to break him out while he’s being transported. April tells the turtles who try to stop it but can’t. Stockman tries to teleport Shredder but he some how ends up in another dimension and meets a warlord named Krang who instructs Shredder to assemble a teleportation device he sent to Earth a long time ago. Read More.

Review: RollingStone

Cowabunga, the vigilante demi-gods on a half shell are back, and more inane and irritating than ever. Their antics make the 112 minutes it takes to watch this frenetic followup to 2014’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles a torturous mindfuck for any sentient being over the age of  infancy. Read Full Review…


16. Free State of Jones (2016)


Set during the Civil War, Free State of Jones tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War, Click Here.

Review: TimeOut

Is the McConaissance well and truly over? Looks like it: Matthew McConaughey stars in this strident, half-successful Civil War drama, a movie that leans too hard on its star’s Southern-fried smoothness (which is getting to be a joke, Oscars coronation aside).

The Free State of Jones certainly looks and sounds right, and probably smells right too—these gunky Mississippi battles and unwashed soldiers feel authentic. Read Full Review…


17. Doctor Strange (2016)


Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilising a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Click here.

Review: Time

There are many ridiculous but not inconsiderable pleasures to be found in Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange The sight of Mads Mikkelsen, villain supreme, skulking around in metallic eye makeup and a silly ponytail. Read Full Review…


18. Jason Bourne (2016)


Jason Bourne is again being hunted by the CIA. It begins when Nicky Parson a former CIA operative who helped Bourne who then went under and now works with a man who’s a whistle blower and is out to expose the CIA’s black ops. So Nicky hacks into the CIA and downloads everything on all their Black Ops including Treadstone which Bourne was a part of. And Heather Lee, a CIA agent discovers the hack and brings it to the attention of CIA Director Dewey, the man behind the Black Ops. He then orders Parsons be found and hopefully Bourne too, Click Here.

Review: BuzzFeed

The original Bournetrilogy (let’s not speak of the regrettable attempt at passing the torch from Matt Damon to Jeremy Renner in The Bourne Supremacy) was made up of movies that were bruisingly, brilliantly precise in their action and less so in terms of the relevance they flirted with. Read Full Review…


19. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)


The general public is concerned over having Superman on their planet and letting the “Dark Knight” – Batman – pursue the streets of Gotham. While this is happening, a power-phobic Batman tries to attack Superman.,Meanwhile Superman tries to settle on a decision, and Lex Luthor, the criminal mastermind and millionaire, tries to use his own advantages to fight the “Man of Steel”. Click here.

Review: The New Republic

Sometimes, superhero movies help you see beloved childhood stories in entirely novel ways. Other times, they deliver tired tropes of familiar characters, with plotlines crafted only to set up money-making sequels. Read Full Review…


20. Deepwater Horizon (2016)


A story set on the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, which exploded during April 2010 and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history, Click Here.

Review: The New Yorker

Madness, beauty, sniper, gangster, gigolo, psycho, graffiti, hustle, and pie: tack the word “American” to any hunky noun, and you’ve got yourself a movie. The latest addition to the list is “American Honey,” which tells the story of Star (Sasha Lane). She is eighteen, with dreadlocks, dark eyes, and an upper lip so full that it looks swollen. Read Full Review…


21. Star Trek Beyond (2016)

Day 966 in the USS Enterprise’s five-year mission takes them into the new uncharted territory. There, the Enterprise is nearly destroyed and strands Kirk and his crew on a remote planet with no means of communication. . Kirk must then work with the elements to reunite his crew and get back to save the Starbase Yorktown. Idris Elba, and other actor works are really very fantastic Read More.

Review: ChicagoReader

Into Darkness (2013), has beamed up to the ship, leaving us stranded on the planet’s surface with Fast and the Furiousauteur Justin Lin. This third instalment in the Millennial Star Trek reboot races along without an idea in its head, often recalling the silly, monster-driven final season of the 60s TV show. Read Full Review…