Maimovie logo Award 2020

Top rated unpleasantly surprising movies that are also excitingly action-packed

Check out today’s highest ranked unpleasantly surprising and excitingly action-packed movies! Looking for the greatest movies of all times? Here is the list of the best movies that are unpleasantly surprising and excitingly action-packed, based on the crowd's interest and popular searches from the country. Maimovie provides context-aware recommendation based on extensive data gathered and analyzed by AI.

Last Update Mar 01 2021

1 The Guest (2014)

A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.

Info

2014-09-17 | Mystery / Thriller

Cast

Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe

Rating

rating icon 6.6

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    highly watchable
  2. Ranked #1 for
    popcorn flick
  3. Ranked #1 for
    quite enjoyable

Trailer

The Guest trailer
play button
View More Details in Maimovie View more detail button

2 Shock Wave (2017)

When a terrorist who specializes in explosives takes hold of an underground tunnel, he threatens to kill hostages if his demands are not met.

Info

2017-04-20 | Action / Crime

Cast

Andy Lau, Jiang Wu

Rating

rating icon 6.6

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #6 for
    chilling moments
  2. Ranked #6 for
    jolting
  3. Ranked #9 for
    loud explosion

Trailer

Shock Wave trailer
play button
View More Details in Maimovie View more detail button

3 The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

The epic saga continues as Luke Skywalker, in hopes of defeating the evil Galactic Empire, learns the ways of the Jedi from aging master Yoda. But Darth Vader is more determined than ever to capture Luke. Meanwhile, rebel leader Princess Leia, cocky Han Solo, Chewbacca, and droids C-3PO and R2-D2 are thrown into various stages of capture, betrayal and despair.

Info

1980-05-20 | Adventure / Action

Cast

Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford

Rating

rating icon 8.4

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    new chapter
  2. Ranked #1 for
    surprisingly mature
  3. Ranked #1 for
    dark mood

Trailer

The Empire Strikes Back trailer
play button
View More Details in Maimovie View more detail button

4 The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)

Balthazar Blake is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath. Balthazar can't do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler, a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant protégé. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together, these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness.

Info

2010-07-13 | Fantasy / Adventure

Cast

Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel

Rating

rating icon 6.1

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    feeling rushed
  2. Ranked #1 for
    milder
  3. Ranked #1 for
    dopey

Trailer

The Sorcerer's Apprentice trailer
play button
View More Details in Maimovie View more detail button

5 Salt (2010)

As a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt swore an oath to duty, honor and country. Her loyalty will be tested when a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. Salt goes on the run, using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative to elude capture. Salt's efforts to prove her innocence only serve to cast doubt on her motives, as the hunt to uncover the truth behind her identity continues and the question remains: "Who is Salt?"

Info

2010-07-21 | Action / Mystery

Cast

Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber

Rating

rating icon 6.3

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    balls-to-the-wall action
  2. Ranked #1 for
    frenetic action
  3. Ranked #1 for
    unlikely scenario

Trailer

Salt trailer
play button
View More Details in Maimovie View more detail button

6 United 93 (2006)

A real time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on 9/11 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.

Info

2006-04-28 | Drama / History

Cast

J.J. Johnson, Polly Adams

Rating

rating icon 7.1

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    fictional character
  2. Ranked #1 for
    profoundly moving
  3. Ranked #1 for
    filling in details

Trailer

United 93 trailer
play button
View More Details in Maimovie View more detail button

7 Real Steel (2011)

Charlie Kenton is a washed-up fighter who retired from the ring when robots took over the sport. After his robot is trashed, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son to rebuild and train an unlikely contender.

Info

2011-09-28 | Action / Science Fiction

Cast

Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo

Rating

rating icon 6.9

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    desperately hopping
  2. Ranked #1 for
    kindred spirit
  3. Ranked #1 for
    slightly irritating voice

Trailer

Real Steel trailer
play button
View More Details in Maimovie View more detail button

8 Ant-Man (2015)

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Doctor Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Info

2015-07-14 | Science Fiction / Action

Cast

Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas

Rating

rating icon 7.1

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    comedic approach
  2. Ranked #1 for
    comedic tone
  3. Ranked #1 for
    with moments of levity

Trailer

Ant-Man trailer
play button
View More Details in Maimovie View more detail button

9 Deep Blue Sea (1999)

Researchers on the undersea lab Aquatica have genetically altered the brains of captive sharks to develop a cure for Alzheimer's disease. But there's an unexpected side effect: the sharks got smarter, faster, and more dangerous. After a big storm damages their remote research facility, they must fight for their lives.

Info

1999-07-28 | Action / Horror

Cast

Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrows

Rating

rating icon 5.9

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    completely unbelievable
  2. Ranked #1 for
    super-smart
  3. Ranked #1 for
    totally illogical

Trailer

Deep Blue Sea trailer
play button
View More Details in Maimovie View more detail button

10 Warrior (2011)

The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament – a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother.

Info

2011-09-09 | Drama / Action

Cast

Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy

Rating

rating icon 7.8

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #2 for
    layered performance
  2. Ranked #2 for
    powerhouse performance
  3. Ranked #2 for
    more authentic

Trailer

Warrior trailer
play button
View More Details in Maimovie View more detail button

FAQ

According to the review analysis on Maimovie, movies in Top rated unpleasantly surprising movies that are also excitingly action-packed list are rated as fairly enjoyable, adrenaline pumping, nail biting moments, balls-to-the-wall action, slightly annoying voice, pretty neat, very appealing, solid entertainment, seamless flow, pretty cheesy.
We collect all existing reviews on the web for all movies and proceed machine learning to calculate the A.I. ranking. It ranks the movies while automatically updating new information every week.
Using Taste search, Maimovie provides a unique system which helps you search for specific results through phrases that are collected from movie reviews and information from various movie databases. You can look for movies with phrases such as “adrenaline pumping movies” or “unexpected plot twist of all time.” The Maimovie application’s database covers movie information from all 540K+ movies and connects you to all 74+ available streaming services.