The Most Unforgettable Action Scenes in Movie History

Countless films have given audiences unforgettable action scenes that intensify the viewing experience. They can come in various forms, which may involve car chases, action heroes, special effects, and countless stuntmen. The combination of these elements contribute to a heart stopping action scene.

Scanning the entire movie archives to search for action movie scenes that stood out is a grueling task, but ExploreTalent has managed to pick the best ones.

Find out if your favorite has made the list below.

1. Mad Max: Fury Road

Scene: Into the Sandstorm


The Mad Max franchise has had its fair share of remarkable action scenes, with both Road Warrior and Fury Road often being hailed as the best action films of all time. Director George Miller is the man behind all these great movies, and his career as a filmmaker was certainly culminated in Fury Road.

The visuals in the sandstorm scene are strikingly beautiful especially with the brown-red sky, jolts of lighting, and twisters that make it even more exciting. The chase sequence lasted for just the right amount of time, allowing audiences to catch their breath right in the end.

2. Kill Bill: Volume 1

Scene: The Bride vs. The Crazy 88s


No one can deny that director Quentin Tarantino has an eye for detail, and his Kill Bill series was enough to prove just that. It is hard to pick out just one scene from the whole movie that stood out, but the fight scene, which involved Uma Thurman as The Bride versus a whole army of Yakuza henchmen, is both technically complex and outstanding to watch at the same time.

Seeing the scorned Bride scythe her way through sword-wielding opponents left several audiences at the edge of their seats. A little-known fact about this particular scene is that Tarantino had to tone it down to evade it from getting censored.

3. Saving Private Ryan

Scene: Normandy Beach


War is truly a terrifying experience, and numerous films have failed to capture the fearsome environment that is often associated with it. But award-winning director Steven Spielberg managed to do so with the heartbreak and terrors of war in the opening sequence of the 1998 movie Saving Private Ryan.

The opening scene depicted the beginning of the Normandy Invasion, wherein several soldiers met their untimely death right as they prepared to land in shore. The numerous lives lost and bloodshed are both almost too difficult to watch as the scene is extremely graphic. But as it unfolds, audiences are given a look at the true cost of war.

4. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Scene: The Battle for Helm’s Deep


After the massive success of The Fellowship of the Ring, audiences had every right to believe that Peter Jackson was more than capable of bringing J. R. R. Tolkien‘s masterpiece justice. So by the time The Two Towers hit cinemas, he certainly did not disappoint.

The battle for Helm’s Deep was definitely a class of its own, and it can be easily regarded as one of the most epic war scenes in cinematic history. It is an excellent mix of tension and excitement as audiences are left waiting to see how their favorite character will fare in the battle against the Orcs. But the scene is not all serious sword fighting as a few laughs are delivered, courtesy of the dwarf Gimli’s (John Rhys-Davies) friendly competition with the elf Legolas (Orlando Bloom).

5. Captain America: Winter Soldier

Scene: The Elevator Scene


The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been well received by both fans and critics alike. They have delivered the most outstanding superhero flicks and action scenes that come in massive scales. Needless to say, most of them involved the main characters engaging in battles against aliens and robots that wreak havoc in big cities. But in the case of Captain America: Winter Solider, we see our hero take on the bad guys . . . in an elevator.

Chris Evans reprises his role as the titular character in this superhero sequel, but this time Cap is a rogue agent on a mission. Cap is well aware that he is a target, and S.H.I.E.L.D wants him weeded out of the operation he continues to dig his nose into. So when he finds himself stuck in an elevator with armed men, he already knows what to do next. The 3-minute sequence involves the star-spangled superhero analyzing the men he is with, and even though he is greatly outnumbered, he still engages in this rather claustrophobic brawl.