20 action series

Impossible missions that are nevertheless carried out, large portions of fights, explosions, and abuse – all this is enough in films that have been loved since childhood and are often released in the format of serials. The same movie that is better not to turn on at night or watch with headphones, because it will be loud and hot. In the best action movie series, viewers are offered not only epic fights and shootouts, but also colorful main characters with an interesting backstory.

Barbarians (2020)

In honor of the leader Arminius, the hero of the German novelty cinema in the format of a mini-series, a monument 53 meters high was erected in Germany. The victory over the Roman legions in the battle in the Teutoburg Forest, a legendary historical event, is credited to the warrior. What was behind the decision of a citizen of Rome, a rider favored by the imperial governor, to go over to the side of his tribe, is hidden behind the thickness of time. A hero to some and a traitor to others, Arminius helped defeat the Romans and drive the invaders back across the Rhine.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Barbaren

Actors:
Lawrence Rupp, Jeanne Gourso, David Schütter …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Alice in the Borderlands (2020)

If Korean cinema has accustomed viewers to surprises, then the new Japanese action series is in no way inferior to competitors in terms of unpredictable plot. At the center of the stunning events is the asocial gambler Ryohei Arisu with two friends. A trio of idlers suddenly find themselves in an empty Tokyo, and are forced to participate with a group of strangers in a game with levels of fitness, intelligence, and betrayal. Any mistake leads to consequences not only for yourself, but also for other participants. For refusing to participate or losing, death arrives from a celestial laser.

Original title:
Imawa no Kuni no Arisu

Actors:
Kento Yamazaki, Tao Tsuchiya, Nijiro Murakami…

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions :
18+


Most Dangerous Game (2020)

Athlete Dodge Maynard gets a chance to provide for his pregnant wife – a nurse in the hospital gives a terminally ill man a business card with a number. Mr. Miles explains the rules of the game on the phone – the hunt will begin for Dodge, but as long as he is alive, money will be transferred to his account every hour. There is only one condition – not to leave the city for a day, and if the guy survives, he will receive millions. An action movie from Quibi is an experiment of the service in the form of a mini-series for mobile devices, with episodes up to 10 minutes.

Original title:
Most Dangerous Game

Actors:
Liam Hemsworth, Christoph Waltz, Sarah Gadon…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Strong Hart (2020)

An American TV series about a stand-up comedian who decided to change the role of a comedian to an action hero in the cinema. Kevin Hart no longer likes comedy, but in order to get a role in a brutal film, the guy must take classes at the school for future action stars. The story of what turned out to be a popular comedian studying with an eccentric teacher played by John Travolta fit into one season of the series with many Easter eggs and quotes from popular movie hits.

Original title:
Die Hart

Actors:
Kevin Hart, John Travolta, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jean Reno…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Wayne (2019)

Wayne and Del, two rebellious teenagers, travel to Florida to recover a 1979 Pontiac Trans Am that was stolen from the boy’s father. After he died, the son set fire to the house along with the deceased, bit off the nose of his girlfriend’s father, put his girlfriend on a motorcycle, and pulled out of Massachusetts. The injured parent Del and her twin brothers, the principal of the school, and two police officers chase after the fugitives .

Original title:
Wayne

Actors:
Mark McKenna, Ciera Bravo, John Champagne …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Warrior (2019 – 2020)

A spectacular action movie with a high rating from the top series about the best kung fu masters was filmed, albeit without the participation of the legendary Bruce Lee, but according to his idea. The action takes place at the end of the XIX century, in San Francisco. The Chinese Ah Sam descends from the ship, and right there, in the port, he scatters three policemen who insulted his fellow citizens. A martial artist is noticed by a local Asian mafia , and the migrant finds himself at the epicenter of a gang war in Chinatown.

Original title:
Warrior

Actors:
Andrew Koji, Olivia Cheng, Jason J. Tobin …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 8.4

Age limit:
16+


Hannah (2019 – 2020)

In the television remake of the action movie Hannah. The perfect weapon ”the story about a child from the laboratory of special services unfolded into a full-fledged story with chases, explosions and exciting brawls. Eric, a mercenary and fugitive CIA officer, teaches the rescued Hannah how to fight, foreign languages ​​and how to survive. in the deep Polish forest. But the secret services did not forget about Eric and the girl – the result of a genetic experiment to create super-soldiers. When the asylum of the hermits is accidentally discovered, they will have to return to the modern world.

Original title:
Hanna

Actors:
Esme Creed-Miles, Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Combat origami (2019 – 2020)

A Canadian with Japanese roots learns that she has a twin brother and that she is endowed with the magical ability to kill with papers. Wendy Ohata is not a bureaucrat, but a kamijin, and in her hands any piece of paper becomes a deadly weapon. The heroine of the fantasy series in the action genre will have interesting fights with another kamijin, and a series of combat adventures with oriental flavor.

Original title:
Warigami

Actors:
Emily Piggford, Kai Bradbury, Miho Suzuki…

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Death Academy (2018 – 2019)

A tough North American series based on comics about a school with a murderous specialization, where the homeless orphan Marcus ends up. Within the walls of the educational institution, future killers are trained in shooting, hand-to-hand combat, the use of poisons and the handling of edged weapons. Action serial action movie takes place in the 80s to the soundtrack of selected rock – Depeche Mode, The Velvet Underground, Duran Duran, The Cure.

Original title:
Deadly Class

Actors:
Benedict Wong, Benjamin Wadsworth, Lana Condor …

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Cobra Kai (2018 – 2021)

Years later, Johnny Lawrence decides to open a Cobra Kai karate school, and fate once again brings the martial artist together with another famous fighter, Daniel LaRusso. In the sequel to the Karate Kid franchise, the characters will intersect as coaches with dissimilar life philosophies. Set 30 years after the duel between Daniel and Johnny, the story will feature a new generation – the children of old rivals and their peers. Comedy thriller with elements of teenage drama – in the top series of recent years.

Original title:
Cobra Kai

Actors:
Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Jolo Maridueno …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.6

Age Limits :
12+


Punisher (2017 – 2019)

In the list of the best Netflix series is an action movie about Frank Castle, waging a personal bloody war against New York crime gangs. The former Marine has his own account for the criminal world – due to a shootout of bandits in the park, his family died. But the punisher himself is not so clean in the past, and the hour will come when the hero will have to deal with the dubious missions that he performed on behalf of the government.

Original title:
The Punisher

Actors:
Jon Bernthal, Amber Rose Reva, Ben Barnes …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 8.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Defenders (2017)

A team of four individualistic heroes who trust no one and each other too, fight New York criminals in a fantasy series action series. Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Daredevil once again face off in a dramatic showdown with The Hand and Black Sky. The Marvel/Netflix project on popular comics kept within eight episodes, pushing the psychology of the characters, and preferring the action.

Original title:
The Defenders

Actors:
Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Iron Fist (2017 – 2018)

The film adaptation of the cult comic book series is a Marvel action movie about billionaire Daniel Rand, the coolest kung fu fighter in the world. 25-year-old Dani reappears in New York to find out the truth about the death of his parents and deal with crime using the power of a glowing fist. Finn Jones, who plays the martial artist, trained for at least 4 hours a day before filming to look convincing to fans of the superhero.

Original title:
Iron Fist

Actors:
Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick, Jessica Stroup …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Special forces (2017 – 2021)

A military drama about SEALs – the special forces of the US Navy, saving the world in each episode. One episode – one mission diluted with fillers. Among the main characters are a commander suffering because of a murdered partner, a recruit honestly earning credibility, and, of course, excursions into the family problems of cats. An exemplary serial film in the action genre of the 90s, where the economic director dragged all the clichés from such films.

Original title:
SEAL Team

Actors:
David Boreanaz, Max Thieriot, Jessica Pare …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Lethal Weapon (2016 – 2019)

A duo of dissimilar partners fight the drug mafia in Los Angeles, using unexpected methods and helping each other cope with psychological problems. The comedy action series is a copy of the 1987 action movie with Mel Gibson, built, like the original, on the relationship of a suicidal police officer with a personal tragedy and a positive cop – an exemplary family man with an age crisis.

Original title:
Lethal Weapon

Actors:
Damon Wayans, Keisha Sharp, Kevin Ram …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.9

Age Limits :
16+


In the desert of death (2015 – 2019)

The hero of the kung-fu western shredder Sunny accompanies a mysterious boy through a barren wasteland against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic landscape. Along the way, the ruthless warrior begins to question the power of the Baron he serves. The adventure drama is set in a world tightly controlled by several Barons. An American series with well-staged fights is worth watching for fans of cool action movies and classic stunt scenes.

Original title:
Into the Badlands

Actors:
Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Emily Beecham…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist (2014)

“Killer’s Fist” or Ansatsuken is a secret fighting style and only a select few are allowed to master it. These elite fighters are Ryu and Ken – the last to be introduced to the unique art of martial arts. The British fantasy series will follow the story of two famous game characters – how selflessly they trained and how their friendship was born.

Original title:
Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist

Actors:
Togo Igawa, Chris Howard, Mike Mo …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 7.4

Age Limits :
18+


Carrier (2012 – 2014)

Foreign series based on the action films of Luc Besson about the transporter Frank Martin, who must never open the cargo. The television version of the adventures of a courageous hero who gets into trouble because of his specific business is filmed in the format “new series – new order with new problems”. Ride-on-the-go action fans are guaranteed hours of chases, shootouts, hand-to-hand combat and spectacularly choreographed stunts.

Original title:
Transporter: The Series

Actors:
Chris Vance, Francois Berlean, Charlie Huebner …

Country:
Canada, France, USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Mortal Kombat: Legacy (2011 – 2013)

The web series based on the cult games Mortal Kombat tells about each fighter of the fighting game in a separate episode, filmed in a variety of styles – from game to animation. All participants of the tournament, transferred to the action movie, retained recognizable costumes, techniques and individual weapons. Switching from one character to another and the difference in the styles of the series does not interfere with the main author’s idea – to show how the preparations for the “Mortal Kombat” went on for the heroes of the legendary tournament.

Original title:
Mortal Kombat

Actors:
Casper Van Dien, Ian Anthony Dale, Samantha Win…

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Strike Back (2010 – 2020) 2010

John Porter of the British Special Forces, during the course of the mission, was unable to shoot an Iraqi boy, presumably a suicide bomber, which led to the accusation of the sergeant in the death of his comrades. The dismissed commando feels guilty and condemned by the families of the fallen soldiers. Seven years later, he is given a chance to redeem himself in a risky British intelligence operation to free a hostage television journalist captured by terrorists in Iraq.

Original title:
Strike Back

Actors:
Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton, Michelle Lukes …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 8.2

Age Limits :
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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