The Best Action Movies of the 21st Century

Jean-François Richet's Plane is as sturdy, weathered, and unassuming as the Reagan-era passenger jet that gives this January-ass film its poetically blunt title.

Plane (2023)

Connoisseurs have made many of this century's best action films, paying respect to the classics and reassembling their best parts. 

Shoot Em Up (2007)

The first film in Edgar Wright's Cornetto Trilogy introduced the creative British hyphenate, but his aesthetic was already born.

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Edgar Wright's love of foot-stomping songs has always been satisfying, but Baby Driver 's story of a young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) takes it to another level.

Baby Driver (2017)

Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor's 2006 action film "Crank" had a great low-brow concept Could Jason Statham portray a hitman injected with a medicine that required him to keep his adrenaline

Crank: High Voltage (2009)

Even though Pixar pioneered computer-generated animation, its success has always been based on old-school storytelling and filmmaking. 

The Incredibles (2004)

Edgar Wright debuted in 2004 with Shaun of the Dead, but his buddy cop comedy proved his longevity. 

Hot Fuzz (2007)