The 10 best Hollywood action movies offer excitement for your entertainment dollar. A good action movie keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. This list of the best Hollywood action movies is worth more than the price of admission.

  1. "Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back" (1980) This episode in the "Star Wars" saga makes it onto the list of the ten best Hollywood action movies because much of the action is unexpected but spectacular. This was the movie that elevated the art of the lightsaber duel to a more significant role in the "Star Wars" series. It was also the movie that created one of the most memorable dramatic moments when we find out who Luke Skywalker's father really is.

  2. "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981) The very first installment in the "Indiana Jones" series of movies starts off with excitement and maintains its spot on the list of ten best Hollywood action movies to the very end. Just about everythin Indiana Jones hated from snakes to Nazis was thrown into his path. This is also the movie that introduced the famous visual of Indiana Jones getting chased by a giant bolder.

  3. "Die Hard" (1988) This action classic takes a few minutes to get going, but once Bruce Willis starts taking out bad guys, this movie really picks up. This is a mainstay on any list of the ten best Hollywood action movies of all time. It was the first action movie for Bruce Willis who, at that point, was known mostly as a television star.

  4. "Star Trek" (2009) This was one of the best re-boots of any movie franchise ever done. The action in this movie starts from the first scene and rarely stops until the movie is over. One of the most impressive scenes is the climatic battle between the Federation ships and the evil Nero who is out to kill Spock.

  5. "Batman Begins" (2005) The action changes so frequently and happens so fast in this movie that it can be hard to keep track of. When the movie is over, the audience is finally allowed to breathe again. We get see how and why Bruce Wayne becomes Batman and the intense training he had to endure.

  6. "Platoon" (1986) This is a war movie that gets right to the war part and leaves the Washington, D.C. desk generals at home. Deceit and action are the major plot devices of this member of the list of the best Hollywood action movies ever. The jungl fighting scenes are some of the most vivid ever produced.

  7. "Avatar" (2009) With "Avatar," director James Cameron creates a brand new world that is full of color and action. The audience is exposed to an alien world where the warriors travel on huge flying beasts and the sacred ground can work a variety of miracles.

  8. "The Bourne Identity" (2002) We follow lead character Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) through more than half of this movie before we even get a clue as to what is going on. The film is full of car chases, gun fights and enough international espionage to make it one of the best Hollywood action movies ever.

  9. "Saving Private Ryan" (1998) Few World War II movies are as realistic as this one. Tom Hanks leads a cast of characters that help to re-create some of the most climatic battles of World War II. You can see the tracers on the bullets as they fire over the heads of the soldiers and the camera shakes with every explosion.

  10. "The Terminator" (1984) This is a classic science-fiction movie that has some of the best car chases ever filmed. A technologically advanced cyborg that is a robot covered in human flesh travels back in time to kill the man that would save the human race before he is even born.