Get your blood pumping with these 10 awesome action movies. Whether you're watching Batman bring justice to Gotham or watching King Leonidas defend Sparta, these movies will have your heart racing in no time.

  1. "The Dark Knight." This movie will forever be remembered for its monologues, its gadgets, its explosions, and its amazing plot, but it will first and foremost be remembered as Heath Ledger's swan song thanks to his brilliant performance as The Joker.

  2. The "Star Wars" Trilogy. Don't let its sci-fi reputation prevent it from earning a spot in this list. In a galaxy far, far away, we were witness to light saber battles, dogfights, daring escapes, plot twists, and underdog victories. Add in record-setting special effects and a thrilling score by John Williams and you've got some of the most awesome action movies in history.

  3. "Raiders of the Lost Ark." This legendary action movie kept us on the edge of our seats, made us laugh, and made us all want to be as cool as Harrison Ford.

  4. "300."  Visually striking and thrillingly executed, this bloody movie was one of the best action movies of the 2000's.

  5. "Aliens." Sigourney Weaver proved that not only could a heroine carry a tough action flick, but she also do it better than the boys.

  6. The "Kill Bill" Series.  Following the massive success of movies like "Pulp Fiction" and "Reservoir Dogs," Quentin Tarantino delivered this action-packed duo that starred Uma Thurman as a woman who awakens from a coma with one goal in mind: to kill Bill.

  7. "The Great Escape." Steve McQueen, James Garner, and Charles Bronson helped formulate what would become the classic ensemble war movie genre. McQueen's motorcycle work on this movie is legendary.

  8. "First Blood." This movie starred a bulked up Sylvester Stallone as the infamous Vietnam vet John Rambo. This movie helped change the action movie genre forever.

  9. "Top Gun." One of the best military action movies ever made, Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer square off in this 80's eighties action movie. Kelly McGillis also stars as the tough-yet-sexy civilian instructor, Charlie.

  10. "The Rock." Sean Connery and Nicholas Cage star as a two-man team facing off against a renegade general who's threatening the Californian coast with biological weapons and a team of Marines.