Superhero movies have captivated audiences with their intense fight scenes, suspenseful heists, and adrenaline-pumping chase sequences. While we eagerly await the next Marvel or DC film, it’s important not to overlook the enduring appeal of classic action movies. Franchises like Mission Impossible continue to thrive, drawing even the most dedicated home streamers back to theaters.
A prime example of this is Top Gun: Maverick, which, 36 years after its original release, still attracted a substantial crowd and even garnered a Best Picture nomination. Who knows, one of the upcoming action titles in 2023 might also have the potential to compete for the same accolade.
This year promises an exciting lineup of action films featuring talented actors such as Adam Driver, Keanu Reeves, and Chris Pine. With 11 noteworthy titles (so far) on our list, there’s a movie for every month of the year. Whether you’re a fan eagerly anticipating the latest installment of established franchises like Fast and the Furious or John Wick or seeking to broaden your cinematic horizons beyond the realms of the MCU and DCEU, our compilation of notable action releases for 2023 is a valuable resource to stay updated throughout the year.
Feel free to check back regularly for the latest information on these thrilling releases, as we strive to keep our list up to date. From high-octane car chases to intense combat sequences, 2023 is shaping up to be an action-packed year that caters to both superhero enthusiasts and fans of classic action cinema alike.
Adam Driver takes the lead in this thrilling sci-fi action movie, where a skilled pilot crashes and finds himself stranded on Earth…but not in the present. Instead, he discovers he has been transported 65 million years into the past. To make his way back to his own time, he must navigate treacherous terrain, battling both the environment and perhaps even dinosaurs to ensure his survival.
2) The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
While it has been several years since the last Hunger Games film, fans can rejoice as a compelling spin-off takes center stage. The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes serves as a prequel to the original trilogy, offering a fresh perspective on the dystopian universe.
With a dynamic cast featuring Tom Blyth, Hunter Schafer, Rachel Zegler, Viola Davis, and more, this eagerly anticipated film promises an immersive experience that delves into the rich lore of the Hunger Games franchise. Although Jennifer Lawrence will not make a cameo appearance, audiences can expect an enthralling journey through this new chapter in the series.
This film is set to premiere on November 17, 2023.
3) Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves
For an enjoyable action-comedy experience, look no further than Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves. Featuring a star-studded cast including Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Justice Smith, and Hugh Grant, this film draws inspiration from the renowned tabletop game Dungeons and Dragons.
The story follows a group of thieves who unexpectedly find themselves thrust into the role of heroes as they confront an evil adversary. With the talented team behind the underrated and hilarious Game Night at the helm, we have high hopes for this adventure-filled movie.
4) Fast X
Revving up for another high-octane entry in the beloved car-centric franchise, Fast X, starring Vin Diesel, promises thrilling action and a strong emphasis on the importance of family. As one of the highly anticipated action releases of 2023, this installment sets the stage for the series’ grand finale, as Fast XI is said to bring the saga to a close.
Mark your calendars for the premiere of Fast X on May 19, 2023, and get ready to embark on a fast-paced ride with Dom Toretto and his crew.
This film is set to premiere on May 19, 2023.
5) Transformers: Rise of the Beasts
Gear up for the highly anticipated seventh installment of the thrilling “cars” action franchise, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts. Anthony Ramos takes on the lead role as a skilled ex-military electronics expert based in Brooklyn. His life takes an unexpected turn when he finds himself entangled with three factions of Transformers, including the heroic Autobots. The legendary Peter Cullen reprises his role as the iconic Optimus Prime, accompanied by an impressive cast featuring Michelle Yeoh, Peter Dinklage, and Pete Davidson.
This film is set to premiere on June 9, 2023.
6) Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
The wait is finally over as Harrison Ford returns in the long-awaited fifth chapter of the Indiana Jones saga, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. Set against the backdrop of the ’60s space race, our beloved adventurer and archaeologist confronts the nefarious Nazis in a thrilling quest. This film marks Ford’s final appearance as the iconic Indiana Jones, adding an extra layer of anticipation to the epic adventure.
This film is set to premiere on June 30, 2023.
7) Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One
Prepare for heart-pounding action as Tom Cruise reprises his role in Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One, the seventh installment in the celebrated action series. Just like in Top Gun: Maverick, Cruise’s dedication shines through as he fearlessly performs his own daring stunts, promising an unforgettable cinematic experience. Following the remarkable success of 2018’s Fallout, a true pinnacle in the MI franchise, we eagerly anticipate Cruise’s relentless pursuit of excitement in this new installment.
This film is set to premiere on July 14, 2023.
8) Last Voyage of the Demeter
Drawing inspiration from Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula, Last Voyage of the Demeter takes audiences on a suspenseful journey. Centered around a doomed crew, the film delves into their desperate struggle for survival against a malevolent passenger: Dracula himself. Brace yourself for a gripping and haunting tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
This film is set to premiere on August 11, 2023.
9) Gran Turismo
Prepare for an inspiring and true-to-life coming-of-age tale that will captivate both sports enthusiasts and video game aficionados. Gran Turismo tells the story of a young gamer, fueled by his passion for the popular racing game, who sets his sights on a remarkable dream—to become a professional race car driver.
Anchored by the talents of David Harbour and Archie Madekwe from the series See, this film brings to life the incredible journey of the protagonist as he turns his virtual aspirations into a thrilling reality.
This film is set to premiere on August 11, 2023.
10) Dune: Part Two
Following the resounding success and critical acclaim of Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, the highly anticipated sequel, Dune: Part Two, is set to grace the screen. Returning with a stellar ensemble cast, including Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya, the film expands upon the first installment, delving into the second half of Frank Herbert’s beloved novel. Audiences can also look forward to the addition of talented actors Florence Pugh, Christopher Walken, and Austin Butler, who bring new dimensions to this epic sci-fi saga.
This film is set to premiere on November 3, 2023.
11) John Wick: Chapter 4
Keanu Reeves reprises his iconic role as the near-invincible assassin, John Wick, in the highly anticipated fourth installment of this beloved action franchise. Wick embarks on a mission to dismantle the powerful High Table, but he faces formidable adversaries, including new foes and familiar enemies from his past. Additionally, there is potential for the release of a spin-off film called Ballerina, starring Ana de Armas.