10 Action Movies Already Getting Our Heart Racing in 2024

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2023'S SLATE OF action movies centered around endings. John Wick 4, Fast X, and Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny–arguably the three biggest releases in the genre–focused on closing (or, at least, beginning to close) a chapter in each of their respective stories. And in a way, the genre overall is shifting. As action stars from decades past begin to retire from the industry (or at least from the roles we knew them best in), there's a need for new names to take the torch and keep one of most exciting and creative corners of the filmmaking world alive.

And if 2023 really was the end of an era, 2024 is arguably the start of a new one. Of the notable releases in the coming year, at least four are remakes, sequels, or prequels, building on foundations set by action stars of yesteryear. Paul Mescal will star in a sequel to Gladiator, Daisy Edgar-Jones and Glen Powell in a sequel to Twister, and Cailee Spaeny will star in a sequel/prequel in the Aliens franchise.

And while remakes and prequels usually incite a common complaint over lack of original material, these upcoming releases feel like a proof of concept in a way, showing audiences that although new faces are gracing their screens, these actors could also be Hollywood greats in the making. In the years to come, they may even create new action franchises of their own, perhaps even as critically acclaimed as the ones from the '80s and '90s they're currently joining.

All of this is to say: 2024 is an exciting time to be an action movie fan. It's going to be a great year.

The Beekeeper

Jason Statham stars in The Beekeeper. The action veteran plays a former operative of a mysterious organization called "The Beekeepers," and is thrust back into his dangerous former life when he sets out on a quest for revenge.

This film will be released on January, 12, 2024.

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A star-studded cast makes up this comedic action film. Dua Lipa, Henry Cavill, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Rockwell, and John Cena appear in the movie, which follows a reclusive author of spy thrillers whose books begin to mirror real life and pull her into an actual thrilling spy adventure.

This film will be released on February 2, 2024.

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Road House

Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this remake of the 1989 film of the same name starring Patrick Swayze. The new film has a modern twist, however, as Gyllenhaal will be an ex-UFC fighter who works at a bar in the Florida Keys.

This film will be released on March 21, 2024.

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The Fall Guy

Ryan Gosling stars alongside Emily Blunt in this action rom-com about a former stunt man pulled back into the job when the stunt man in his ex's film goes missing, and he's tasked with finding him.

This film will be released on May 3, 2024.

Related: Watch Ryan Gosling Sing 'Just Ken' From the 'Barbie' Movie

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Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

After the thrilling Mad Max: Fury Road, the next entry in the long-running Mad Max action franchise is a prequel film about that film's breakout character, Furiosa. Originally played by Charlize Theron, the younger version of Furiosa will be played by Anya Taylor-Joy. Chris Hemsworth will also have a major role.

This film will be released on May 24, 2024.

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Fans of John Wick will have a new entry in the franchise to enjoy in 2024 (that hopefully fares better than the miniseries The Contintental). Ana de Armas stars in Ballerina, which is set between the events of John Wick 3 and John Wick 4. Armas plays a ballerina and assassin who gets revenge on the people who killed her family.

This film will be released on June 7, 2024.

Related: John Wick: Chapter 4 Ending Explained

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A standalone sequel to the 1996 film, Twisters stars Daisy Edgar-Jones and Glen Powell and will likely follow the daughter of Jo and Bill (the characters from the original film, Twister).It's directed by Lee Isaac Chung, who was Oscar-nominated for his work on A24's Minari, and directed some really solid episodes of The Mandalorian.

This film will be released on July 19.

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Deadpool 3

Ryan Reynolds returns in his humorous, fourth-wall breaking role as the Marvel character Deadpool. In the third installment, he'll also be joined by Hugh Jackman, reprising his role as the superhero Wolverine. MCU fans who've been waiting for the X-Men to puncture their universe could finally get what they want here.

This film will be released on July 26.

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Alien: Romulus

Cailee Spaeney (Priscilla) stars in the newest film in the Alien franchise, which will take place between the events of the first and second film. The film will likely be unconnected from the events of the others, so don't expect a Sigourney Weaver cameo.

This film will be released on August 16.

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Gladiator 2

One of Russell Crowe's best known films, Gladiator, is getting a sequel. Since Crowe's character died at the end of the first film, Paul Mescal (Oscar-nominated for his role in Aftersun) will play the adult version of Lucious from the original film, who finds himself fighting in the same arena as his father. Denzel Washington and Pedro Pascal are among the film's other stars.

This film will be released on November 22.

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