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13 Intriguing Action Movies Like 'Deadpool'

Rahul is a movie addict who can never get enough of good films. His all time favorites are Inception, 12 Angry Men, and Scarface.


What Films Are Like Deadpool?

Deadpool is a foul-mouthed, violence-loving mercenary who turns into sort of an anti-hero when a scientist experiments on him, leaving him disfigured for life. I honestly wasn’t expecting this movie to be any good. Perhaps from my low expectations, I ended up liking Deadpool way more than I thought I would. I was rooting for the violent, cocky character who had no value for life. If you’re like me, there is no doubt that you’ve been looking for more movies like Deadpool. Being a big fan, I compiled a list of some films. Take a look.

Thirteen Movies Like 'Deadpool'

  1. Iron Man
  2. Spawn
  3. Green Lantern
  4. The Voices
  5. The Punisher
  6. Zombieland
  7. Cloverfield
  8. Chronicle
  9. 30 Days of Night
  10. Watchmen
  11. The Crow
  12. Sin City
  13. Kick-Ass

1. 'Iron Man'

While Iron Man might not be as brutal and bloodthirsty as Deadpool, he can be quite chaotic when he wants to be. Both of them are disfigured; they know what it’s like to be in the jaws of the death and make it back to life.

While they both act as larger-than-life characters, deep down they’re broken and in pain. And this is what helps the audience connect with flawed heroes like Iron Man and Batman. It shows that at the end of the day, they’re all human beings.

If you’re looking for good action films, you should start watching the Iron Manseries. The first movie sets the plot for something bigger and rest of the movies build up on that. Overall, it's a pretty solid series.


2. 'Spawn'

When an assassin working for the government gets double-crossed and killed in a big set up, he goes to hell for his heinous deeds. However, the Devil himself wants to cut a deal with him, which involves him going back to Earth. Once he comes back, he realizes that it’s not the deal the Devil had offered him.

With a horribly distorted face and not much memory of the past, he sets out to kill the man who double-crossed him. The devil, however, has other plans in store.


3. 'Green Lantern'

I normally wouldn’t suggest anyone to watch this movie. However, since we are talking about movies like Deadpool, you should give Green Lantern a go.

The plot revolves around a reckless pilot who unknowingly inherits the power of a Green Lantern, one of the protectors of the universe. He learns about his powers and starts using it for good. Things don’t go as smooth as he’d planned when he learns about Parallax’s plan to destroy the Earth. Will he stop the evil in time?

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4. 'The Voices'

Doing dark comedies seems to be Ryan Reynolds’ forte. Before Deadpool blew up and the whole world noticed him, he was still doing movies like The Voices.

He plays a troubled guy who thinks his cat and dog can talk to him. While Jerry is pretty likeable on the outside, he is pretty dangerous and is ready to lose it at anytime. Everything seems to be going just about fine for hime. Things go awry when a girl he met stands him up for a date.

What will he do? Will he listen to the sinister voices inside his head?

The one thing this film does better than other entries in its genre is that it can still make you laugh in its darkest moments. This is impressive considering the mood can change pretty quickly.

Overall, this is a good movie with a pleasant blend of fun and some serious drama.


5. 'The Punisher'

The Punisher came out back when I was not a very big fan of comic book adaptations. Still, I gave it a shot and was surprised with its gritty, dark content.

The Punisher tells the story of an ex-FBI agent who had everything one could ask for in life. An amazing life, a loving wife, and two beautiful kids. Things go south when they’re killed by the mob for witnessing a murder. Devastated by the incident, Frank transforms into a nightmarish assassin to avenge the slaughter of his family.

If you’d like to watch more of the Punisher’s deeds, you should watch Daredevil, a Netflix show where the character appears in the second season.

It seems that he’s gonna stay on our TV screens for a while. Netflix has ordered a standalone TV series, which would tell the story of Frank Castle. I for one am glad that he'll get some much-deserved screen time.


6. 'Zombieland'

The plot revolves around two men who’ve somehow managed to survive in a world overrun by zombies. They have different ways of going about their lives. The college student has survived so far by avoiding contact with those infected while the AK-toting badass kills every infected brutally. He loves it. Things take a turn for the worse when they meet two girls, one of whom is supposedly bitten.

Horror comedies often go awry. I’ve seen them fall apart many times in the past. I’m glad to report that Zombieland ticks all the boxes for a good horror comedy. The plot, talented cast, and cinematography is all top-noch.

If you are looking for a unique movie, you wouldn’t be disappointed by Zombieland.


7. 'Cloverfield'

A group of friends throw a surprise farewell party for Rob, who is leaving New York for Japan. Things don’t go as planned when a series of explosions force them to leave the apartment. Apparently, an unknown creature has arrived in New York, wreaking havoc in the city. Determined to rescue Rob’s love from a destroyed apartment, they head out in the open, risking their lives. Is there enough time left? One of them manages to capture the whole thing with a hand-held camera.

Some people compare this to movies like [REC} and The Blair Witch Project, mostly because they belong to the same genre of found footage film. However, that’s where the similarity ends. You have to experience this firsthand to know what I’m talking about.


8. 'Chronicle'

When three high school friends decide to venture away from a party and explore a cavern, they end up gaining mysterious powers. When they figure out how to use them, the fun only lasts a while before things go awry. Who’d stop them from going to the dark side?

The whole movie unfolds through the eyes of Andrew—one of the guys to get those powers. It kinda reminded me of The Blair Witch Project. The only difference was that I actually cared about the characters here.

Although it starts pretty slow, you'll see that it picks up the pace steadily, leading to a harrowing conclusion.


9. '30 Days of Night'

The plot revolves around a small town in Alaska—a place where the sun doesn’t rise for one month during the winter. The bloodthirsty vampires use this opportunity to attack whoever they please as the town plunges further into chaos.

Those who’ve managed to withstand them so far must survive the whole month without starving or being sucked dry.

One of the best things I liked about this film was the feeling of dread and despair that never goes away. It’s consistent with the ambience and plot. This movie never lets you breathe easy.


10. 'Watchmen'

The story takes place in an alternate 1985, a dark time for all our heroes and vigilantes who’ve been forced to retire early. When one of their own is mysteriously killed, the whole team is called back to help find the perpetrators. They get to the bottom of it, uncovering a bigger and more sinister plot.

The real beauty of this movie lies in its ability to make you laugh and cry at the same time. Our superheroes are not perfect, and they don’t have to be.

Apart from a very gripping plot and outstanding acting, the music and visuals are worth looking out for. The special effects are used in quite a few places, but they don’t feel overused.

If you’re looking for good movie, you should give Watchmen a go.


11. 'The Crow'

Deadpool somehow managed to survive despite all the odds stacked against him. Our protagonist here wasn’t so lucky. He gets brutally murdered only to be revived by a crow a year later. Unlike his previous life, he is invincible and more dangerous than ever. The crow leads him to the perpetrators, helping him reduce their numbers. Things begin to get out of hand when one of them gets pretty close to learning the secret of the vigilante.

While the visuals are staggering, the main attraction here is a gritty plot that never lets up. There is an amazing performance by Michael Wincott. He plays a wicked, menacing villain who’d stop at nothing to get what he wants. Sofia Shinas didn’t get much time on screen. Despite that, her character will stick with you for a long time.

Just a heads up; the whole movie is pretty violent. If you’re into movies like Deadpool, you’re probably a bloodhound already. You may end up loving all the slashing, impaling, stabbing and gunshots. A must-see for everyone.


12. 'Sin City'

Adapted from a popular comic series, Sin City is a story of four different people with different agendas in a city where crime and corruption is at its peak. It features a man taking the law into his own hands, a muscular dude adamant on finding those who killed his Goldie, a cop willing to risk everything to save a girl, and an assassin just looking for some extra money.

Everything kind of clicks together. From the casting to the flawless direction, you’d be hard-pressed to point your finger towards anything that’s wrong with the movie. It’s violent yet full of humor. It makes you chuckle even in its darkest moments.

Movies like this have managed to set the bar very high for comic book adaptations. Here is hoping that we get more movies like this more often.


13. 'Kick-Ass'

Kick-Ass is the story about a teenage nerd who thinks that he needs to be a superhero. With no superpowers or magic to aid him in his quest, it sure as hell is not going to be easy. When he finally beats up some bad guys, a YouTube video is made, which gets him a lot of fans. Things go awry when a big time New York mobster sees that video.

Overall, this is a pretty simple and action-filled movie that will entertain you.


steve on June 29, 2020:

some really good movies on here, cheers!

Peter Sandberg on November 22, 2018:

I am a movie lover too. But I see that you love 12 angry men. I hope and pray that you are talking about the original from 1957.

Me on October 22, 2018:

Stupid article, most of these movies are nothing like deadpool or even close

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