Top 20 French action films of recent years

Cinema was invented in France – and there are no genres where the compatriots of the Lumiere brothers would not light up and make their contribution. And it’s not just comedies, war films and dramas about love! We have prepared a short guide to the best French action films of recent years, which will include dizzying gun chases and long kisses, during which you can have time to make sandwiches.

Sentry (2021)

A slow- paced French revenge thriller starring Olga Kurylenko. Clara is a military translator who suffered from PTSD due to her service in Syria. When the stern girl returns home, fate gives her a cruel surprise. Clara’s sister becomes a victim of a villain, and justice is powerless. A young woman who has already fit into civilian life again recalls her fighting skills and takes up arms to take revenge.

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

Original title:
Sentinelle

Actors:
Olga Kurylenko, Marilyn Lima, Michel Nabokoff …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.9, IMDb – 4.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Stray Bullet (2020)

A new French action movie with car chases – a crime story, in the center of which was the mechanic Lino. The guy, along with his brother, planned a robbery of the store, equipping a runabout for ramming concrete walls. The idea failed, but Lino was offered cooperation in exchange for freedom. The guy has to upgrade the police cars, and the mechanic agreed. But before he could get to work, the corrupt cops dealt with Commissioner Chara, and Lino was accused of the crime.

Original title:
Balle perdue

Actors:
Alban Lenoir, Nicolas Duvauchel, Ramzi Bedia…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Fraud City (2020)

An interesting novelty of the movie will touch upon the topic of corruption in the ranks of modern French policemen . Deception and bribes have long been part of the life of law enforcement officers, but not everyone is ready to part with their own conscience. A fair and incorruptible inspector looks like a black sheep against the background of enterprising colleagues, continuing the fight against bandits and corrupt cops.

Original title:
Rogue City

Actors:
Lannik Gautry, Stanislas Merhar, Kaaris, Jean Reno …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Undercover Playboy (2018)

Comedy action movie produced in France, based on the popular Japanese manga. An elixir of love with a powerful effect has been developed in a secret laboratory. Top-notch fighter Nicky Larson is assigned the task of delivering a sample to a client. When handing over the suitcase, bandits attack the private detective, and the dangerous perfume falls into the hands of a passerby. A few drops are enough to subdue the will of another person, so Nicky must return the miracle cure at any cost.

Original title:
Nicky Larson et le parfum de Cupidon

Actors:
Philippe Lachot, Elodie Fontan, Tarek Budali…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Survivor (2017)

Jennifer hopes to spend the weekend in the company of a married lover, but the privacy is interrupted by the arrival of Richard’s friends. The girl decides to tease her boyfriend and flirts with his friends, which leads to tragic consequences. Jennifer becomes a victim of rapists, and her lover throws her off a cliff to cover her tracks. The girl miraculously manages to survive – and from that moment she declares a hunt for scoundrels.

Original title:
Revenge

Actors:
Matilda Anna Ingrid Luts, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Columbus …

Country:
France, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Burnout (2017)

The French action movie tells how one ridiculous accident can destroy fate. Professional motorcycle racer Tony is one step away from his cherished dream – to become a pilot of the legendary Ducati team. On the eve of the qualifying race, the ex-wife turns to the man for help. Leyla wanted to make quick money, got involved in business with drug dealers, but a large consignment of goods disappeared from the house. Tony is forced to turn into a night drug courier in order to save his ex-wife and son from the gypsy mafia.

Original title:
Burn Out

Actors:
Francois Civil, Olivier Rabourdin, Manon Azem …

Country:
France, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Antigang (2015)

Experienced police officer Buren often flouts the rules as bureaucratic delays prevent criminals from being quickly caught. Subordinates support illegal methods that help in dealing with criminal elements. With the arrival of a new police chief, the team has to act more carefully, but the next task turns into a shootout. Buren is suspended from duty, at which point the cop discovers a connection between the bank robbery and a more serious crime.

Original title:
Antigang

Actors:
Jean Reno, Alban Lenoir, Katerina Murino…

Country:
France, Great Britain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.5, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Rabid (2015)

The plot of the dynamic action movie produced in France develops so rapidly that it captures attention until the very credits of the film. The four criminals are planning a big deal, but the robbery turns into a bloody massacre. The police kill one of the bandits, and the rest try to escape in any way. Robbers are willing to risk the lives of strangers who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Original title:
Enragés

Actors:
Lambert Wilson, Guillaume Gouy, Virginie Ledoyen…

Country:
France, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Raiders (2015)

Longtime friends trade in robberies of collection vans, not forgetting about their own safety. The guys prudently set realistic goals for themselves so that the new business does not become the last. A series of successful sorties is interrupted due to a rash act and the greed of a relative of one of the robbers. The guys are forced to come out of the shadows and negotiate with a dangerous authority from the world of crime.

Original title:
Braqueurs

Actors:
Sami Bouazhila, Guillaume Gui, Yousef Hadjdi …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Colt 45 (2014)

The list of the best French action films continues with an action-packed movie about a talented tactical shooting instructor. Vincent Milies is a world champion, virtuoso shooter, so many organizations want to get such a professional. A police officer is involved in a dirty game to unlock his potential and force him to make a choice in his favor. In the past, Vincent swore to himself not to use weapons outside of duty, but the promise would have to be broken.

Original title:
Colt 45

Actors:
Gerard Lanvin, Joey Starr, Alice Taglioni …

Country:
France, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Payback (2014)

Just one wrong deed changed the life of police officer Simon. He got behind the wheel in a state of intoxication, becoming the culprit of an accident with three victims, and went to jail. After being released, an unemployed man is forced to get involved in criminal showdowns in order to protect his only child. The son from his ex-wife accidentally witnessed the crime, and the ruthless mafia is hunting for the boy.

Original title:
Mea culpa

Actors:
Vincent Lindon, Gilles Lellouche, Nadine Labaki…

Country:
France, Belgium, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Special Detachment (2011)

Military dramatic movie about a French journalist who was captured by militants. The hostage actively fought for the rights of eastern women, which incurred the wrath of the Taliban. The terrorists put forward a number of demands to the French government, and the silence of the authorities is perceived as a refusal. In response, the Taliban publish a video of bullying the journalist, and a special forces detachment is sent to help the girl in Afghanistan.

Original title:
Forces spéciales

Actors:
Diane Kruger, Djimon Hounsou, Benoît Magimel…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.4

Age limit:
16+


Sleepless Night (2011)

Police officer Vincent could not resist the possibility of easy money and appropriated a large batch of drugs from an influential mafia. The gangster intends to return the goods by any means, and as a safety net he kidnaps the son of a dishonest cop. Vincent has already managed to sell cocaine, but he cannot confess this to the crime boss. The man tries to delay the time of the exchange, gaining a couple of hours for himself and his son – and the night becomes the longest in his life.

Original title:
Nuit blanche

Actors:
Tomer Sisle, Serge Ryabukin, Julien Boisselier …

Country:
France, Luxembourg, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Extraction (2011)

One of the best action films in France, viewers call a crime thriller about the adventures of an escaped prisoner. The thief Adrian is serving a sentence for robbing a bank, and at large a cache of hidden money awaits him. Less than a year is left before leaving the colony, when the man is forced to escape from prison in order to protect his family and punish the maniac . The police start chasing Adrian and interfere with the restoration of justice.

Original title:
La proie

Actors:
Albert Dupontel, Alice Taglioni, Stephane Debac…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


22 Bullets: Immortal (2010)

The godfather of Charlie Matei decided to leave the criminal activity in order to relax peacefully, surrounded by loved ones. During the unspoken rule in Marseille, the crime boss managed to make a lot of enemies, and one day retired mafiosi lie in wait and stuffed with bullets. Charlie manages to survive, and after leaving the hospital, Matei intends to deal with everyone involved in the attempt on his life.

Original title:
L’immortel

Actors:
Jean Reno, Kad Merad, Jean-Pierre Darroussin …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Three Hours to Escape (2010)

French crime thriller will appeal to fans of intricate thrillers with unpredictable plot twists . Samuel is an ordinary nurse in the clinic, helping patients. One day, an important witness becomes his ward, and the doctor prevents the visitor from finishing off the unfortunate man in the hospital. Mafiosi declare Samuel an enemy and blackmail the savior by kidnapping his pregnant wife.

Original title:
A bout portant

Actors:
Gilles Lellouche, Rochedi Zem, Gerard Lanvin …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.8

Age Limits :
16+


Storm (2010)

The film is based on real events that took place in 1994, when the passengers of the plane were held hostage by Algerian terrorists. Air France Flight 8969 was hijacked by militants on the runway, and the authorities decided to let go of the airliner. In Paris, detachments of special forces were already waiting for the board, but the terrorists provided for the intervention of an elite unit.

Original title:
L’assaut

Actors:
Vincent Elbaz, Gregory Deranger, Melanie Bernier …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Like Five Fingers (2010)

The top French action films were replenished with a film about brothers, ready at any moment to come to the aid of each other. Everyone chose their own path in life, but years later, a common enemy unites the family. One of the brothers turns to his loved ones for help to escape from the bandits, and the men put aside temporary disagreements. The fugitive reveals the secret of his father’s death, and the relatives decide to take revenge on the killers.

Original title:
Comme les cinq doigts de la main

Actors:
Patrick Bruel, Vincent Elbaz, Pascal Elbe…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 5.2

Age restrictions:
16+


District 13 (dilogue, 2004 and 2009)

The highly rated fantasy action movie is on the list of the best French action films. Due to rampant crime, the authorities of Paris divide the city into several sectors. Especially dangerous zones have turned into a fenced area where their own laws reign. The leader of a large gang manages to take possession of a deadly weapon, and Damien, a commando, is sent to the area to neutralize the criminal. The local guy Leito, who has his own scores with the bandit group, becomes the guide and assistant officer.

Original title:
Banlieue 13

Actors:
Cyril Raffaelli, David Belle, Tony D’Amario …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Taxi (film series, 1998 – 2018)

The hardcore crime comedy has turned into a cult franchise that has become popular far beyond the borders of France. Daniel loves speed, so he arranges races on the city streets during the working day. The guy delivers passengers anywhere in Marseille in a matter of minutes, but the trips cannot be called safe. One of them turns into a meeting with the police, and the racer is forced to help the investigation in exchange for keeping his driver’s license.

Original title:
Taxi

Actors:
Sami Naceri, Frederic Diefenthal, Marion Cotillard, Emma Sjoberg, Bernard Farsi …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.0

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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