10 Best Hardcore Action Movies

Monday, February 28 by Travis Petersen

The 10 best hardcore action movies are violent, gritty, sexy, and over-the-top. Bullets, babes and blood are what define the 10 best hardcore action movies, from the lunatic appeal of films starring Jason Statham in the lead to overseas films pushing the limits of what we think action movies can be about. Here they are, the 10 best hardcore action movies.

  1. "Hard Boiled" – John Woo's Hong Kong action epic may have the highest body count of any film, ever. Bullets fly from twin automatic pistols in ridiculous action sequences, including a final battle between cops and gangsters in a hospital, where innocent patients make up a large portion of the body count. This is indeed the top of the list of the 10 best bardcore action movies of all time.
  2. "Crank" – Jason Statham stars in a movie that's basically set around the idea that what a thirteen-year-old boy thinks is awesome will make an awesome movie. Guess what, it does, as the poisoned hitman Chev Chelios (Statham) must keep his adrenaline up by kicking ass, crashing cars, and banging his lovely girlfriend (Amy Smart) in public on the way to avenging his own death. This is truly one of the most hardcore action movies ever.
  3. "Oldboy" – This Korean film is a cerebral and creepy action movie. One long action sequence involving a hammer and its twist ending make it one of the sickest and best hardcore action movies of all time.
  4. "The Proposition" - This violent Australian western is truly hardcore. It is also a great film, its violence as lyrical as it is brutal.
  5. "Battle Royale" – This Japanese film has teenage students in a battle to the death on an island High school cliques are lampooned in this hardcore action movie.
  6. "The Devil's Rejects" – Rob Zombie's tribute to seventies action exploitation is bloody, sexy, and misanthropic. It is easily one of the best hardcore action movies, coming in at number six on our list.
  7. "Master of the Flying Guillotine" – Check out the title of this martial arts film and try to argue it isn't hardcore. Heads roll by the hundreds in this bloody hardcore action movies.
  8. "The Harder They Come" - This tough, gritty film from Jamaica is low-budget and dark. It is definitely one of the 10 best hardcore action movies ever made.
  9. "The Last Boy Scout" - Bruce Willis' most profane, bloody, gratuitous-nudity-filled film is a hilarious example of hardcore action movies. They don't make them like this anymore.
  10. "Hard Target"John Woo closes out our list as well with his American debut, challenging his Hong Kong hit's body count with Jean-Claude Van Damne in the lead. People hunt people in this bloody epic, a fitting closer for our list of the 10 best hardcore action movies.
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