Jon the Non-Gamer: Best Darn Action Movies

I believe we have previously established that as a true non-gamer, I hold little to no respect for millenials for a variety of reasons. Central to my position is that you dang millenials don’t know ish about real action movies! Rest assured, that I, Jon the Non-Gamer, have your back!

We can all agree that technology, work, and work-related technology is boring af. I know you can find plenty of that boring ish on this site, albeit it may be helpful, but when you type code for fifty hours a week the last thing you need is to be plugged in during your evening or weekend.  If you are looking for quality action cinema look no further than this comprehensive list of the best action movies ever to exist.  You can thank me later when your lady or guy friend gets excited and says "I had no idea you had great taste in action movies!"  I cannot be held responsible if you have a baby in nine months. 

Jon the Non-Gamer’s Best Darn Action Movies (in no particular order)

The Matrix

Not one of you, after watching The Matrix, hasn’t imagined what it would be like to be plugged in and be able to learn any martial art, dodge bullets, and have the biggest closet of guns in the world.  

Die Hard:

Its not Christmas until you watch Die Hard, which came out in 1988, and watch John Mclane kill the germans in Nakatomi Plaza. You can see this building in LA today, it is a 34-story, 493-foot skyscraper in Century City, Los Angeles, California.

Bourne Series:

Starting with The Bourne Identity in 2002, followed by The Bourne Supremacyin 2004, The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, The Bourne Legacy in 2012, and Jason Bourne in 2016, This series follows Jason Bourne, an amnesiac trying to figure out who he is, as he takes it to the government and the CIA. I’m also looking forward to the new series Treadstone coming out this month!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (90s version):

Turtles are amazing. Ninja are amazing. What is better than turtles or ninjas? Ninja Turtles.


Mission Impossible Series:

"Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to take out the shadowy, sinister, geo-political bad guys. As always, if you or any member of your IM force be caught or killed, the secretary will disavow any knowledge of your activities.” Jon the Non-Gamer believes in you Ethan!

Rambo (AKA Rambo 4):

Rambo is dropped into Southeast Asia with the mission of obtaining evidence that POWs are not being held, even though the corrupt politician knows they are. While watching Rambo take out the bad guys is always a good time, this movie actually hits home for me. For a long while after the Vietnam war ended, there were POWs being held that politicians knew about, yet no action was taken. I’d like to give a huge ‘Thank you for your service’ to the veterans of the Vietnam War. My mother’s cousin died in action in Vietnam, and my roommate’s father is currently suffering side effects from being exposed to Agent Orange.

Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Arnold fighting cyborgs that cannot be killed. Sign me up! Thats all you need to say and I will be in the front row watching that action. In this film, the system controlling the entire world is called SkyNet. Interestingly, London has a system called Skynet and according to some reports the average Londoner gets captured on camera 300 times per day. That, along with the surveillance system in use by the Chinese government, is simply too much surveillance for my blood. I will have to get Arnold, Keanu, Bruce, Matt, Donatello, Tom, Sylvester, and Vince together and find a way to stop Skynet if it gets to Terminator status.

Honorable Mention:

Dodge Ball: A True Underdog Story. "If you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball!"


The Raid: Redemption. Contains one of the best fight scenes in cinematic history.

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