Today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 anticipated action movies of 2021. There’s going to be carnage. In this list we’re looking at the pulse-pounding films that are required viewing for thrill-seeking moviegoers in 2021. We’re looking at conventional action movies as well as any other films that look like they’ll have plenty of thrilling scenes. Keep in mind that some release dates are subject to change.
Top Gun - Maverick
Release Date : 2nd July, 2021
A combination of impressive flying scenes and a cast of fun characters gave audiences everywhere a need for speed in the first outing of this film. After over three decades of waiting, the upcoming sequel seems poised to bring even more thrills. Tom Cruise will return as a hotshot pilot in Top Gun – Maverick. He’ll have to put aside his ego to train a batch of new recruits. What he has to teach may very well mean the difference between life and death. The trailer promises some absolutely gorgeous and exciting flying scenes and between the beach scene and Miles Teller playing the son of beloved character. There are plenty of callbacks for longtime fans. We can’t wait to see this movie take off.
Cast : Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Val Kilmer, Jean Louisa Kelly, Jon Hamm, Miles Teller, Ed Harris, Glen Powell, Manny Jacinto, Lewis Pullman, Monica Barbaro, Jay Ellis, Jake Picking, Lyliana Wray, Peter Mark Kendall, etc.
Director : Joseph Kosinski
Release Date : 11th June, 2021
There hasn’t been a ghost sighting in 30 years. While fans may think of ghostbusters as a comedy film, the upcoming entry in the franchise looks like an action-packed supernatural spectacle. The trailer follows two children who move into a peaceful looking town in the country. After they arrive, their new home town is rattled with earthquakes and mysterious green lights. These events will eventually motivate the kids to jump into the Ectomobile and start shooting proton lasers with poltergeists killer. The movie features an all-star ensemble that includes Finn Wolfhard and Paul Rudd. It will also feature several surviving cast members of the original classic. Between the thrilling concept and stellar cast, Ghostbusters Afterlife might be able to revive the franchise’s hopes for the future.
Cast : Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Mckenna Grace, Carrie Coon, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Logan Kim, Celeste O’Connor, Annie Potts, Oliver Cooper, Sydney Mae Diaz, Marlon Kazadi, Bokeem Woodbine, Paul Rudd, Billy Bryk, CJ Collard, Bud Klasky, Faith Louissaint, Artoun Nazareth, Daniel D’Angelo Sparks, etc.
Director : Jason Reitman
The Matrix 4
Release Date : 22nd December, 2021
The original matrix had a huge impact on the action genre. We’ve lost track of how many movies have tried to pay homage to the bullet time scene alone. Hopefully matrix 4 will kickstart another action revolution. We don’t know too much about the plot at this point. The film’s casting gives us plenty to be excited about. Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett Smith and others will be returning to reprise their famous roles and we’re also going to see talented actors like Jessica Henwick and Yaya Abdul-Mateen II join the franchise. Audiences will not want to miss their chance to enter the matrix again.
Priyanka Chopra, Keanu Reeves, Jonathan Groff, Jessica Henwick, Ellen Hollman, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett Smith, Neil Patrick Harris, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Daniel Bernhardt, Lambert Wilson, Brian J. Smith, Max Riemelt, Eréndira Ibarra, Andrew Lewis Caldwell, Toby Onwumere, Ian Pirie, Chris Reid, Etienne Vick, Mel Powell, Andrew Koponen, James D. Weston II, Thomas Dalby, John Lobato, William W. Barbour, Cabran E. Chamberlain, John Denton, Erwin Felicilda, Michael J. Gwynn, Skip Howland, Lindsay Peak, etc.
Director : Lana Wachowski
Mission Impossible 7
Release Date : 19th November, 2021
Fate whispers to the warrior, the storm is coming and the warrior whispers back. Every installment in this thrilling spy franchise has featured a jaw-dropping action sequence. Mission Impossible – Fallout alone featured a high-altitude jump, a helicopter chase and a fight on top of a mountain. The behind the scenes footage of a crazy motorcycle stunt is more than enough to get us excited for Mission Impossible 7. We also know that fantastic actors like Hayley Atwell and Shea Whigham will appear in new roles and since the movie will reportedly setup a two-part story there’s going to be plenty of plot packed in between all the action.
Cast : Vanessa Kirby, Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Angela Bassett, Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff, Simon Pegg, Shea Whigham, Ving Rhames, Esai Morales, Henry Czerny, Nico Toffoli, Gregory Sanon, Ross Donnelly, Swaylee Loughnane, etc.
Director : Christopher McQuarrie
Release Date : 28th may, 2021
F9 can’t get here fast enough. Wrestling superstar John Cena is joining the franchise alongside musician Cardi B. The film will also be a tokyo drift reunion of sorts with the return of Lucas Black. Sung Kang returns as fan favorite Han. They’ll all collide in a plot that pits Cena’s Jacob against Vin diesel’s Dom. Their conflict will involve crazy fight scenes, fast cars and physics-defying action and if Michelle Rodriguez was telling the truth, they might even go to space. F9 has the potential to be one of the best movies in the franchise.
Cast : Charlize Theron, Vin Diesel, Sung Kang, Nathalie Emmanuel, Helen Mirren, Magdalene Shaw, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, Michael Rooker, Lucas Black, Finn Cole, John Cena, Martyn Ford, Amber Sienna, Ludacris, Jim Parrack, Cardi B, Jason Tobin, Miranda Chambers, Anna Sawai, Ella Walker, Miraj Grbic, Thue Ersted Rasmussen, Jimmy Star, Demitra Sealy, etc.
Director : Justin Lin
No Time to Die
Release Date : 2nd April, 2021
Bond’s 25th outing will be unlike any other film that’s come before. Lashana Lynch will become the first black woman to take up the codename 007.She’ll be alongside Anna de Armas’ Paloma and of course Daniel Craig as James Bond. No Time to Die will also feature two oscar winners as villains Christoph Waltz’s Blofeld and Rami Malek’s Safin. The trailers have hinted at creative and pulse-pounding action sequences. Bond will jump off of bridges and narrowly avoid shoot cars while trying to save the world. We’ll see if he’ll prevail when the epic and historic No Time to Die is released.
Cast : Ana de Armas, Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Léa Seydoux, Rami Malek, Ben Whishaw, Christoph Waltz, Naomie Harris, Billy Magnussen, Jeffrey Wright, Eliot Sumner, Lashana Lynch, Rory Kinnear, David Dencik, Priyanga Burford, Lourdes Faberes, Ahmed Bakare, Rae Lim, Gordon Alexander, Brigitte Millar, Rod Hunt, Amor Evans, Lampros Kalfuntzos, Douglas Bunn, etc.
Director : Cary Joji Fukunaga
Release Date : 7th May, 2021
Marvel fans are hungry for a new cinematic release. While Shang-Chi and Eternals will probably be great. Black Widow is the most exciting upcoming project. Scarlett Johansson will lead the long overdue movie about this popular avenger. Fans will also get to explore her mysterious origins and see what she was doing before her untimely death and Endgame. Judging by the trailers, Black Widow’s adventures involved lots of guns, death-defying risks and tons of enemies. She’ll have to fight brainwashed female agents and the deadly taskmaster. Black Widow will be aided by David Harbour, Rachel Weiss and Florence Pugh. Together they will uncover an exciting new chapter in the MCU.
Cast : Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, David Harbour, William Hurt, Ray Winstone, Olivier Richters, Violet McGraw, O-T Fagbenle, Michelle Lee, Ever Anderson, Nanna Blondell, Yolanda Lynes, Ahmed Bakare, Daniel Joseph Woolf, Jade Ma, Ione Butler, Andrew Byron, Stephen Samson, John Wolfe, etc.
Director : Cate Shortland
The Suicide Squad
Release Date : 6th August, 2021
It’s going to surprise people. There is plenty of excitement in the air for the Snyder cut of Justice League but James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad can give that heroic team a run for their money. The new DC film will follow a variety of villains with crazy abilities going on an insane mission. The squad will include Idris Elba’s Bloodsport and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. We’ll also get John Cena as Peacemaker, Peter Capaldi as the thinker and so many more. Gunn proved he can bring humor, drama and balance to a big ensemble cast in both Guardians of the galaxy films. His talents and the huge cast seem to be adding up to one fantastic action movie.
Caste : Alice Braga, Margot Robbie, Taika Waititi, Viola Davis, Sylvester Stallone, Joel Kinnaman, Idris Elba, Jai Courtney, Nathan Fillion, Michael Rooker, Pete Davidson, John Cena, Mikaela Hoover, Peter Capaldi, David Dastmalchian, Sean Gunn, Storm Reid, Flula Borg, Jennifer Holland, Mayling Ng, Joaquín Cosio, Steve Agee, Juan Diego Botto, etc
Director : James Gunn
Release Date : 1st October, 2021
Book to movie adaptations don’t always turn out well but the upcoming dune might break the cycle right off. The trailer showed off some sleek fight scenes between its cast members. Timothee Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Jason Mamoa, Zendaya and way too many other talented people to name here will all take part in the action. The original novel has plenty of material to adapt. Director Denis Villeneuve and the creative team will only cover half of the book in this film. This genius move should make the complex story much easier to digest. Dune is a must-see.
Cast : Zendaya, Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Oscar Isaac, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, Javier Bardem,Charlotte Rampling, David Dastmalchian, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Chen Chang, Michael Nardone, Babs Olusanmokun, Charlie Rawes, Gloria Obianyo, Richard Carter, Oliver Ryan, Stephen Collins, etc.
Director : Denis Villeneuve
Godzilla vs Kong
Release Date : 21st May, 2021
In one side we have the giant primate from Kong Skull island. This massive mammal is both ridiculously strong and intelligent enough to use improvised weapons to take down other monsters. One the other side we have Godzilla who’s ready to defend his title as King of the monsters. This giant lizard can unleash atomic blasts from its mouth take on other titans and gain more power when he absorbs nuclear energy. These two ridiculously famous monster icons haven’t clashed since 1962. We can’t wait to see Godzilla and Kong back together.
Cast : Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, Zhang Ziyi, Alexander Skarsgard, Rebecca Hall, Brain Tyree Henry, Eiza Gonzalez, Shun Oguri, Jessica Henwick, Demian Bichir and Julian Dennison, etc.
Director : Adam Wingard
Here are some honorable mentions
Untitled Spider-Man – Far From Home Sequel : Release Date : 17th December, 2021
Venom – Let there be carnage : Release Date : 25th June, 2021. There’s gonna be carnage.
Nobody : Release Date : 26th February, 2021
The King’s Man : Release Date : 12th February, 2021
Uncharted : Release Date : 16th July, 2021