The 20 Best Action Sequences of 2013


It was a pretty simple idea, originally. Rather than ask all my writers to contribute their own lists of the Best Action Sequences of 2013 – since after all, how many could there be? – I decided to get everyone to nominate their favorite action sequences so we could all vote on the final order as a matter of course.

Sure enough, Witney Seibold, Fred Topel and Brian Formo had such interesting and unexpected picks that a simple Top 10 list quickly ballooned into a Top 20, with some thoroughly unexpected choices (#5 came out of nowhere to me, but the more I think about it the more I can't dispute it). So unexpected were the scenes that CraveOnline's Film Channel writers came up with that a few of the more obvious choices, after the final voting concluded, turned up a lot lower on the list than I expected. And some of them didn't make the cut at all, like that awesome bit with the hammer at the end of Thor: The Dark World, the ninja mountain battle from G.I. Joe: Retaliation, or any of the action sequences from Pacific Rim or The Man of Tai Chi.

But the voters have spoken, and while I find the following films – and their order – to be a little off from what I or any of our writers would have put down originally, I think it's an intriguing read. So here they are, CraveOnline's picks for The 20 Best Action Sequences of 2013.

William Bibbiani is the editor of CraveOnline's Film Channel and co-host of The B-Movies Podcast. Follow him on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani.