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Best Action Movie of 2020

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A lot of us may have been stuck at home for most of 2020, but that doesn’t mean our movie heroes haven’t taken care of their usual range of car chases / pyrotechnics / martial arts / super-being fights etc. . We’ve had the return of the Bad Boys, Mulan’s jump to live-action, Christ Hemsworth’s exploits in Extraction, and so much more this year in the action realm. These are our best action movies from the nominations 2020.

Best Action Movie of 2020

Click on the gallery above or scroll down for the full list!

Bad boys for life

Bad Boys for Life features ridiculous, savage, and at times completely unbelievable action. The film aims to build the existing world of the franchise while providing moments of fan service, callbacks to classic characters, and a chance for stars Martin Lawrence and Will Smith to roll again. The action hits its breakneck pace in the third act and fully engages in all-out war, and while this probably isn’t the last time the Bad Boys roll, it would be a perfectly acceptable send off to a franchise of. action that still flies the flag for the old days of mainstream hit awards.

For more information, see our full Bad Boys for Life review!

Birds of prey

Much like its central character, Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is a riot – an anarchic madness glitter bomb that has some of the most inventive fight sequences ever seen in a comic book movie. Her wacky energy and focus on Harley Quinn make her a stunning showcase for Margot Robbie, who commands the screen and gives her damaged protagonist all the dimension she deserves. In the skillful hands of producer / star Robbie, director Cathy Yan and writer Christina Hodson, Birds of Prey allows us to see Harley in her best light; a trickster goddess who undoubtedly creates more mess than she cleans up, but a goddess who is not perverse, despite years of being in the grip of her green haired puddin.

For more information, see our full review of birds of prey!


The ripping works because its simple but sufficient story allows the action in the film to take center stage. If the stunt work was mediocre it would be a complete waste of time. Luckily, Extraction offers an extremely impressive showcase of expertly choreographed fists, knives, guns, and explosions. If you enjoyed the hard-hitting clashes between Bucky and Steve in the Captain America movies, you are going to love this movie.

For more information, see our full review of extraction!


With sweeping scale, dramatic action, and a dynamic lead in Yifei Liu, Mulan Live from Disney surprisingly and above all effectively updates the original while maintaining the spirit of its predecessor, making it the remake of Most confident Disney to date.

For more information, see our full review of Mulan!

The old guard

The Old Guard is a trite at first glance genre action flick that gets so much more once you dive in. Charlize Theron delivers an excellent performance as Andy, a hardened, flawed, and complicated character who leads a team of immortal mercenaries, each with their own intriguing stories stretching back hundreds of years. The fact that these immortal mercenaries use edged weapons from their time of origin with modern firearms adds a bit of flair to the action scenes – and the whole team fighting together is an absolute blast to watch.

For more information, see our full review of The Old Guard!

These are our picks for the best action movies of 2020 – let us know in the comments what’s on your list that hasn’t been ours, and be sure to stream your. vote for our 2020 People’s Choice Award Movie of the Year here!

There are plenty of other rewards! Check out all of our movie, TV and comic book nominees below!

Best Movies of 2020

Best TV of 2020

Best comics of 2020

Be sure to check out all of our other nominees for the Movies, TV Series and Comics of the Year awards, as well as our picks for the best games of 2020!

IGN’s Best of 2020 was designed by:
Main design + artistic direction: Justin vachon
Branding + Artistic direction: Angela Nguyen
Branding + Social Design: Julia rago
Editorial design: Amanda Flagg
Editorial design: Eric Sapp
Motion Graphics: Will Batchelor


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