As of May 2015, some of the highest-rated action movies on both IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes are "The Dark Knight," "The Matrix" and "Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back." The IMDb list is based on user ratings, while the Rotten Tomatoes list is based on critic reviews.
"The Dark Knight," released in 2008, is the second in director Christopher Nolan's trilogy of Batman movies. It follows Bruce Wayne's struggle to live a normal life while confronting a new foe, The Joker. The movie grossed over $1 billion worldwide. Heath Ledger's role as The Joker was highly praised, and he won multiple best supporting actor awards, including an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe Award.
"The Matrix," released in 1999, is the beginning of a trilogy directed by The Wachowski Brothers. The movie follows a computer hacker called Neo, who discovers the truth about reality from a group of rebels who are fighting a war. It won 38 awards and had an additional 40 nominations.
"Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back," released in 1980, is the second in director George Lucas' original trilogy of "Star Wars" movies. The Rebel Alliance's battles against the Galactic Empire continue, and Luke Skywalker receives his Jedi training. The movie grossed over $500 million worldwide. Although reviews were mixed when it was first released, it is now considered by many to be the best film in the franchise.