The 10 Best Action Scenes of the 21st Century

'Atomic Blonde' features two killer action set pieces that could give these recent favorites a run for their money.

  1. Highway Chase – The Matrix Reloaded

Reeves again, following up one of the great action movies of the 20th century with one of the first big disappointments of the 21st. But none of Reloaded’s flaws – its lackluster pacing, its heavy-handed dialogue, its stifling self-seriousness – can detract from the magnificence of its stunning climactic sequence, a chase, fight, and shootout atop and inside several moving vehicles on a busy highway. It’s a testament to the considerable gifts of the Wachowskis, who took the endless resources of this big-budget production and gave us the oldest chestnut in the action movie book (car chase, snooooze) and turned into something thrillingly new.