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Best action and adventure movies 2021


In a year when moviegoers have largely stayed at home, it’s pretty fitting that three of the top five action-adventure movies have been westerns (yes, Heights is distinctly Australian, but it’s a western in spirit). What better way to help quell that cabin fever than to take in lush photographed vistas and watch grizzled cowpokes zip through them on their stately steeds? But perhaps even more fitting than that is the fact that Daniel Craig’s latest outing as James Bond tops the list to win the Golden Tomato, which we’re sure will be the crowning achievement of his tenure as than 007.

The order reflects the Tomatometer scores (as of December 31, 2021) after adjusting our ranking formula, which compensates for variation in the number of reviews when comparing movies or TV shows.

#1

Adjusted score: 104918%

Consensus of critics: It’s not the most stylish or daring 007 adventure, but no time to die wraps up Daniel Craig’s franchise tenure in satisfying style.

Synopsis: In No Time To Die, Bond has left active service and is living a quiet life in Jamaica. His peace… [More]

#2

Adjusted score: 96929%

Consensus of critics: Led by a solid and reliable performance from Tim Blake Nelson, Old Henry serves up a supple cut of vintage western rawhide.

Synopsis: Old Henry is an action western about a widowed farmer and his son who suspiciously take in a mysterious injured man… [More]

#3

Adjusted score: 97187%

Consensus of critics: He’s not as bold and fearless as his characters, but The more they fall fills out his well-worn template with style, energy and a fantastic cast.

Synopsis: When outlaw Nat Love (Jonathan Majors) discovers that his nemesis Rufus Buck (Idris Elba) has been released from prison, he… [More]

#4

Adjusted score: 91343%

Consensus of critics: A gripping action story along with sobering commentary on colonialism, Heights is a very captivating attempt to approach Australian history.

Synopsis: Travis never thought he would cross paths with Australian native Gutjuk again, when he saved the life of this young… [More]

#5

Adjusted score: 95766%

Consensus of critics: Combining a clever concept, soft, self-aware humor and a charming cast, free guy is frivolous fun.

Synopsis: In “Free Guy”, a bank teller who discovers he’s actually a background player in an open-world video game, decides… [More]

#6

Adjusted score: 83509%

Consensus of critics: Part creature feature, part war movie, and part social commentary, shadow in the cloud doesn’t always mix its ingredients evenly – but it’s often a pulpy pleasure.

Synopsis: In the midst of World War II, Captain Maude Garrett (CHLOË GRACE MORETZ) joins the all-male crew of a B-17… [More]

#7

Adjusted score: 81451%

Consensus of critics: An ambitious and over-the-top zombie heist mashup, army of the dead takes Zack Snyder back to his genre roots with a suitably gory twist.

Synopsis: From filmmaker Zack Snyder (300, Zack Snyder’s Justice League), ARMY OF THE DEAD is set in the wake of a zombie outbreak that… [More]

#8

Adjusted score: 79646%

Consensus of critics: Fight just enough stakes of his thin plot, man’s anger sees Guy Ritchie and Jason Statham reunite for a fun, action-packed ride.

Synopsis: Mysterious and feisty, a new security guard for a cash-in-transit truck surprises his co-workers when he unleashes precision skills during… [More]

#9

Adjusted score: 79643%

Consensus of critics: His contraption isn’t as sturdy as some of the classic adventures he’s indebted to, but Jungle Cruise remains a fun and family trip.

Synopsis: Join fan favorites Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt for the adventure of a lifetime on Disney’s JUNGLE CRUISE, a… [More]

#ten

Adjusted score: 72510%

Consensus of critics: army of thieves doesn’t reinvent the heist thriller, but star director Matthias Schweighöfer proves an appealing presence on both sides of the camera.

Synopsis: In this prequel to Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead, Dieter, a small-town bank teller, is drawn into the adventure of… [More]