June 5, 2023
10 Movies Like John Wick To Watch If You Love Action - IGN

10 Movies Like John Wick To Watch If You Love Action – IGN

Johnny Utah, Ted, Neo and so many other Keanu roles led to one of our all-time favorite Keanu Reeves movie series: John Wick. Why is this movie so great? Is it the fast-paced, well-choreographed action sequences? Is it the creative cinematography and set design that grabs our attention? Did Reeves perform most if not all of the stunts in the movies? Either way, these are just a few of the reasons we love John Wick movies in all their glory.

Even though the first three movies are still re-watchable, it’s good to have similar options with new stories to explore while you wait for John Wick: Chapter 4. Check out this list of the best movies like John Wick to try a new shade of Wick.

The Raid 2 (2014)

In what some call “the greatest action movie of all time”, The Raid 2 is the high-octane sequel that far surpassed its predecessor in quality and budget. Same guys in The night is coming for us, the cast fully showcases his fighting and stunt skills which surely paved the way for these future projects. Keeping that in mind, so far this movie has been received as their best movie to date. As John Wick, there are lots of fight scenes and good secondary characters but in the end there is only one guy who single-handedly takes on a small army of attackers.

Read our Raid 2 review.

Nobody (2021)

The very new-age action-packed dark comedy everyone is talking about is Nobody, a film that takes the “old guy ass kicking” genre to the next level. As the newest film on this list, it’s starting to become apparent that the studios are catching up with what audiences want: senseless violence paired with dark humor. While it’s not the first film to do so, it seems they’ve already perfected the formula, only improved by Bob Odenkirk’s impressive performances and line deliveries. What makes this film similar to John Wick is the resilience of the protagonist, able to recover from injuries that would destroy others.

Read our Person reviews.

Hardcore Henry (2015)

The extreme and exaggerated violence of Hard Henry is one of the things that audiences fell in love with right away. No disclaimer is required, the Bond-esque intro is violent enough to put off uncertain viewers. Shot entirely from a first-person perspective, this film is unique in that it can somehow give the protagonist no face and literally no voice, while making you sympathize with them. Highlighted by the appearance of the Sharlto Copley clones, this film also has a great comic self-awareness of how ridiculous it is. If over-the-top action is what you’re looking for, look no further because Hard Henry gets more and more ridiculous until its twisted ending.

Read our hardcore henry review.

A rock and retro film about international espionage and double agents, Atomic Blonde is a show that solidifies Charlize Theron as the badass first lady that she is. Set in Berlin, Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is a British spy who must navigate the chaotic city during the year the wall fell. As one might guess, it’s hard to know who to trust during the Cold War, which leads to a lot of plot twists. The addition of James McAvoy as Theron’s counterpart is also a great choice, as showing obvious chemistry on screen can only increase the visibility of this unique film.

Read our reviews on Atomic Blonde.

The Night Comes for Us (2018)

Adapted from a graphic novel of the same name, The night is coming for us is a grand story based on the horrific actions and events caused by the Triad: a Chinese crime syndicate that reigns supreme over a large number of countries around the world. The action is graphic yet entertaining with a mix of styles like Kill Bill and John Wick combined to create a bloodier but slightly excessive sequence of events. What makes it unique is that this story feels darker and more desperate from the start, creating more of an arthouse feeling that stays with you.

Read our The Night Comes For Us review.

Taken (2008)

As Commando, Taken talks about a girl being stolen from the only guy you don’t want to steal. Like John Wick, Brian Mills (Liam Neeson) is a man of unwavering focus when it comes to achieving his goal: killing everyone responsible for his kidnapped daughter. Something similar about this movie is the actor’s age at the time: Reeves was 49 for John Wick and Neeson was 56 for Taken. Although Neeson doesn’t pull off his own stunts like Reeves, the mere fact that he’s featured in a hardcore action movie is a blessing to fans everywhere. It is truly one of the best Liam Neeson films of all time.

Read our Pris review.

Extraction (2020)

Another story of a lone wolf taking over the world, Extraction features virtually non-stop action – after a short introduction to story building – and some of the most intricate stunts in modern cinema. Considering that the director, Sam Hargrave, was the stunt coordinator on movies like Avengers: Endgame and another feature on our list Atomic Blonde, this movie was always guaranteed to top that department at least. The action scenes are just as relentless and hardcore as John Wick, and also use long takes where the actors perform most of the stunts. Plus, Chris Hemsworth throws henchmen as bonus rag dolls – especially if you like Chris Hemsworth movies.

Read our extraction review.

The Wicked (2017)

Slightly more story driven than John Wick, The meanie stands out on this list as having moments of creative fight cinematography that will raise your expectations of fight movies forever. The most similar things about this movie are the fighting styles, the choreography (they did the moto katana fight scene two years before John Wick Chapter 3 did), and even some of the sets are evocative. It’s one of two films on this list with a female lead and a boy, Kim Ok-bin delivers an amazing performance.

Read our The Wicked review.

Commandos (1985)

A Schwarzenegger classic, Commando is another movie on this list that shows us how far a man can go when someone takes his daughter away from him. John Matrix (Schwarzenegger) may not be your favorite action protagonist, but you better believe Arnold (as a retired Special Forces Colonel) really is a one-man army. . As far as cheesy 80s action movies go, this one is up there in the ranks for silly. With its excessive explosions and a Freddie Mercury-style villain, there are some laughable moments that arguably make the adventure all the more enjoyable.

The Nowhere Man (2010)

An ass-kicking and might make you cry genre-blending film, The Man From Nowhere (also known as That man) is a beautiful blend of elements that balance each other naturally. Despite some cheesy editing and score choices throughout the movie, the plot, performance, and action are all pretty impressive. The characters are fun and well-written, which sometimes gives them an extra comedic angle. It doesn’t contain as much action as John Wick but the revenge-based plot easily makes the buildup worth the wait. With a score of 100% for Rotten Tomatoes, it’s hard to ignore the great qualities of this film.

Looking for more movies? Take a look at our list of upcoming movies and the highest rated movies of 2022.

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