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10 Best Action movies on HBO Max in 2022

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If you are a fan of action movies, there are several that you can watch on online platforms. Action films have historically been the most popular genre online nowadays. Moreover, the action movie lineup on HBO Max is surprisingly extensive, from the DC Universe, beloved classics, to the current blockbusters.

However, it can be overwhelming to browse the HBO Max library. Its extensive selection of several major franchises and legendary work makes it difficult to decide what to watch. The below list of top 10 action movies on HBO Max will help you opt for the best action-packed movie to watch this weekend.


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The Matrix

Director: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski

Writer: Lilly Wachowski, Lana wachowski

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss

IMDb Rating: 8.7

Runtime: 2 hrs. 16 mins

It’s a Sci-Fi action film that was a box office hit in 1999. It grossed over $460 million on a $63 million budget and topped the list of the highest-grossing movies of Warner Bros. Due to the movie’s popularity, two feature-length prequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, were released in 2003.

It shows a bleak future where smart machines have constructed the Matrix, a realistic simulation. They keep people distracted while utilizing their bodies as a source of energy, and humanity is unknowingly stuck inside them. Thomas Anderson, a computer expert who goes by “Neo,” the hacker, learns the reality. He then unites with others who have escaped the Matrix in a revolt against the machines.

Lost World: Jurassic Park

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The Lost World: Jurassic Park

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Michael Crichton, David Koepp

Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite

IMDb Rating: 6.5

Runtime: 2hrs. 9mins

It’s an American fiction and action film and the second highest-grossing film of 1997. It is the second part of the Jurassic Park trilogy. The film received a nomination for the Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects.

It starts with a research team sent to Jurrasic Park to examine and learn about dinosaurs. But an InGen team arrives at the Island of Jurrasic Park site B with some other plan in mind.

Wonder Woman (2017)

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Wonder Woman

Director: Patty Jenkins

Writer: Allan Heinberg, Zack Snyder, Jason Fuchs

Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright

IMDb Rating: 7.4

Runtime: 2hrs. 21mins

Wonder Woman is a superhero movie built on a DC comic character with the same title. It is the first movie in the Wonder Woman trilogy and the spin-off to the film Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. It grossed over $822 million, becoming the tenth highest-grossing film of 2017.

The Amazon princess Diana goes to stop WWI, fearing that Ares, an old nemesis of the Amazons, is to blame. It all started when American pilot and snoop Steve Trevor crashes-lands on the Amazon island, Themyscira.

Escape Plan

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Escape Plan

Director: Mikael Håfström

Writer: Miles Chapman, Jason Keller

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 50 Cent

IMDb Rating: 6.7

Runtime: 1hr. 55mins

It’s an action thriller of 2013 and the first installment in the Escape Plan series. On October 18, 2013, the movie premiered in the US. It garnered average reviews and made $137 million globally against a $54 million investment.

Escape Plan revolves around structural security expert Ray Breslin. He must use his expertise to escape from the prison he built after finding himself imprisoned there. He has to figure out who is framing him and why.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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Terminator 2:Judgement Day

Director: James Cameron

Writer: James Cameron, William Wisher

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong

IMDb Rating: 8.6

Runtime: 2hrs. 17mins

It’s an American Sci-Fi film and the second installment in the Terminator franchise. After being reevaluated by critics following its first release, Terminator 2 is now regarded as one of the greatest movies ever created. It is one of the greatest Sci-Fi movies of its time.

In its premise, the evil AI Skynet dispatches a Terminator, a highly advanced assassination machine, to the past in 1995. He sent the terminator in order to kill John Conner, the leader of the resistance movement when he was a young boy. However, to safeguard Connor and guarantee the survival of humanity, the opposition sends a modified but less-advanced Terminator.


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Non Stop

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

Writer: John W. Richardson, Christopher Roach, Ryan Engle

Cast: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy

IMDb Rating: 6.9

Runtime: 1hr. 46mins

The 2014 mystery and action thriller Non-Stop garnered mixed reviews from the viewers but was a box office hit. It grossed $222 million against its $50 million budget.

It centers on a former NYPD officer struggling with alcoholism. He is tasked with finding a murderer aboard a plane traveling from New York to London. He receives warning messages that passengers will be slaughtered every 20 minutes unless certain requirements are fulfilled.

Hollow Man (2000)

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Hollow Man

Director: Paul Verhoeven

Writer: Gary Scott Thompson, Andrew W. Marlowe

Cast: Kevin Bacon, Elisabeth Shue, Josh Brolin

IMDb Rating: 5.8

Runtime: 1hr. 52mins

It is an American horror action thriller modeled on H.G. Wells’s novel, The Invisible Man, and its film adaptation. Viewers gave negative reviews about the film, but it was financially successful, grossing over $190 million globally.

It depicts the tale of scientist Sebastian Caine, who consents to serve as the very first human test subject for a serum. It is a kind of serum that makes anyone invisible. But the plot is that it indeed makes him invisible but turns him into an invincible, deadly megalomaniac.


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Director: Gareth Edwards

Writer: Ishirô Honda, Takeo Murata, Shigeru Kayama

Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston

IMDb Rating: 6.4

Runtime: 2hrs. 3mins

The 2014 American monstrous movie Godzilla is a relaunch of the Toho Godzilla series. Godzilla garnered positive reviews, and critics praised the visual effects, music, cinematography, and Cranston’s performance. The film was successful and grossed $529 million against its budget of $160 million.

It revolves around a soldier’s attempt to reach his family. While he’s being trapped in the middle of an old conflict involving Godzilla and two parasitic creatures known as MUTOs.

First Blood

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First Blood

Director: Ted Kotcheff

Writer: David Morrell, Michael Kozoll, William Sackheim

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, Richard Crenna

IMDb Rating: 7.7

Runtime: 1hr. 33mins

The 1982 American action flick is based on the novel by David Morrell, First Blood. Despite receiving average initial reviews, the movie was a blockbuster hit, earning $156 million. Its success led to four sequels, an animated series, a comic book series, many video games, and an Indian remake.

In the movie, Rambo plays a disturbed and misunderstood Vietnam War soldier. He has to rely on his fighting and survival abilities to escape a chase by cops and government forces. It all started as the result of a string of violent occurrences between him and the county Sheriff.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

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Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Director: Simon West

Writer: Sara B. Cooper, Mike Werb, Michael Colleary

Cast: Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Iain Glen

IMDb Rating: 5.7

Runtime: 1hr. 40mins

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is inspired by The Tomb Raider video game series. On its opening weekend, it had the highest box office take. It was nominated for two MTV Movie Awards – Best Female Performance and Best Fight Scene.

The film’s plot is that the online game character Lara Croft, an explorer, comes to life. She fights to recover valuable historical artifacts while racing against time and dangerous men.



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