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Every Charlize Theron Action Movies Ranked From Worst To Best

Charlize Theron has starred in several successful action movies throughout her impressive acting career, but how do the F9 star’s action movies rank? Since her career began in the mid-‘90s, Charlize Theron has always been a reliably versatile actor. Beginning her screen CV with a role in a sequel to one of Stephen King’s worst adaptations, Children of the Corn III, Theron has since gone on to star in everything from animated comedies to period dramas to sci-fi horror movies.

However, it is the action genre that truly allows Theron to shine. Beginning with the thriller Reindeer Games in 2000, Theron has starred in numerous action movies since the start of her screen career. These have received mixed reviews, with some being all-time classics of the genre and others being regrettable flops.

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Throughout the ‘00s, Theron cropped up in mostly critically disliked action outings. Aeon Flux, 15 Minutes, and Hancock all earned mostly negative write-ups, although her later action efforts proved the actress had a future in the genre, despite her early duds. The ‘10s saw a shift in Theron’s critical fortunes, with Atomic Blonde, The Fate of the Furious, and particularly the long-awaited Mad Max sequel, Fury Road, earning critical acclaim for the actress. Now, Theron is firmly established as an action star—but which of her efforts in the genre are the best, and which are her weakest action movies?

12. Reindeer Games
Charlize Theron - Reindeer Games

Despite being the final film from legendary director John Frankenheimer (of Seconds and The Manchurian Candidate fame), Reindeer Games is unfortunately among Theron’s weakest action movies. The convoluted plot sees Ben Affleck break out of prison and assume his former cellmate’s identity, but by the time he’s wrangled into a heist, few viewers will be able to care about him or his love interest, Theron. Released around the same time as Affleck’s underrated Tom Clancy movie adaptation, The Sum of All Fears, this one is sadly not worth seeking out for anyone other than Theron career completists.

11. 15 Minutes
Charlize Theron 15 Minutes 2001

Theron has a minor role in 2001’s 15 Minutes and should consider herself lucky that the movie came early in her career. This action thriller wastes an impressive cast that includes Robert DeNiro in a flat police procedural, wherein a pair of killers tape their crimes to gain their titular few moments of fleeting fame. The satire is hopelessly dated and the action is too predictable to thrill, meaning even the most forgiving Theron fans are unlikely to seek out this stale, uninspired, 2000s rendition of the serial killer thrillers of the ’90s.

10. Aeon Flux
Charlize theron Aeon Flux reboot has to change from 2005 movie

One of the strangest misfires in Theron’s career, the flat and humorless Aeon Flux strips all the winking meta-laughs from the source series and leaves viewers with a listless sci-fi action effort. Despite having director Karyn Kusama, who helmed Megan Fox’s best movie Jennifer’s Body, Aeon Flux takes an inexplicably straight-faced approach to the campy MTV show of the same name. There’s little to recommend in this early action movie, and even Theron’s spirited attempts to liven up the over-familiar sci-fi action story can’t save Aeon Flux.

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9. Gringo

A middling action-comedy from 2018, Gringo sees David Oyelowo star as a businessman who fakes his own abduction to make a quick buck, only to become embroiled in the Mexican criminal underworld as the scheme spirals out of control. Theron co-stars alongside Amanda Seyfried and Joel Edgerton in an unmemorable, but passable thriller that will appeal to forgiving fans of Pineapple Express and American Made. The tone bounces between action-movie parody and straight-faced, violent thrills, but Gringo is still a watchable genre hybrid.

8. The Huntsman: Winter’s War
The Huntsman: Winter's War - Charlize Theron

Essentially a more grown-up (and less fun) spin on Frozen’s “magical royalty, sibling rivalry” story, The Huntsman: Winter’s War is a thoroughly unnecessary sequel that massively over-relies on the charms of Theron and co-star Emily Blunt. The plot is predictable, the action uninventive, and the leads are slumming it, but Theron’s campy turn as the movie’s villainess single-handedly elevates The Huntsman: Winter’s War from ignominy. Just about worth watching, The Huntsman: Winter’s War is still far from the actress’ best action movie.

7. Snow White & The Huntsman
Charlize Theron in Snow White and the Huntsman

After the success of the Twilight saga, star Kristen Stewart briefly reinvented herself as an action heroine, before finding her niche in indie drama. The result was 2012’s Snow White & The Huntsman, a movie that, while significantly superior to its sequel, was a relatively forgettable action-heavy retelling of the titular fairy tale. Arriving in an era when every fairy tale was receiving a big-budget action-movie adaptation, Snow White & The Huntsman does little to set itself apart from its many competitors, but it is still fun to see Theron’s icy evil queen chewing the scenery.

6. Hancock
Will Smith and Charlize Theron in Hancock

2008’s Hancock has the potential to be a superb satirical subversion of the superhero genre, if the creators had the nerve to stick with Hancock’s original, far darker script. Instead, this playful, but overlong effort relies on Will Smith’s alcoholic antihero for all of its few laughs, as it can’t give viewers a reason to care about its late-in-the-day third act twist. Theron is solid here, but Hancock is still a middle-of-the-road effort for two blockbuster stars who deserved better.

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5. The Old Guard

2020’s The Old Guard is a solid action-thriller with a killer premise, namely that Theron’s character leads a legion of secret immortal warriors who have protected humanity for centuries. Bleak and fast-paced, The Old Guard’s cast is solid but the movie is let down by an entirely predictable plot that doesn’t make use of its clever premise. Still, the action is undeniably effective and there’s not a weak link in the cast list, making this one of the actor’s stronger action movies.

4. F9
Charlize Theron as Cipher and John Cena as Jakob in F9

The Fast & Furious movie franchise has grown gradually more absurd and over-the-top with each new installment, and 2021’s long-awaited F9 did not disappoint when it came to adding more silliness to the already-ludicrous series. However, F9 could not recapture the intensity of its best predecessors, as its plot lapsed into increasingly goofy terrain, despite the best efforts of its great cast. That said, even a lesser Fast & Furious outing has more to offer than many more self-serious action movies, and Theron, John Cena, Vin Diesel, and company are clearly having a blast in this solid sequel.

3. The Fate of the Furious
Charlize Theron in Fate of the Furious

The Fate of the Furious was one of the Fast & Furious franchise’s best, with a focused plot and sharper script than its follow-up. The sequel owes a lot of its success to Theron’s Fast & Furious villain Cipher, one of the most brutal antagonists of the series. Whether she can sustain a spinoff remains to be seen, but the villain was undeniably effective in her screen debut.

2. Atomic Blonde
Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde

2017’s Atomic Blonde is one of a slew of female-centric assassin thrillers released in recent years, but it is the strongest of the lot by a stretch thanks to its lively, inventive direction and Theron’s stellar performance. The plot is pure spy-movie silliness, but the action set-pieces land like a heel to the throat, and the playful tone ensures this hit never takes itself too seriously. A brutal, bruising action effort, Atomic Blonde successfully solidified Theron’s status as a serious action star.

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1. Mad Max: Fury Road
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By far the best action movie Theron has appeared in so far, Mad Max: Fury Road is also one of the genre’s best offerings in decades. A stripped-back thrill ride that never lets up for a minute, this barnstorming reinvention of creator George Miller’s Mad Max franchise lets the title character take a backseat in a chase movie mostly centered around series newcomer Furiosa. Theron is incredible as the wounded, taciturn anti-heroine, and her performance elevates the already-great Mad Max: Fury Road to instant classic status, making the movie easily Charlize Theron’s best action outing to date.

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Fast & Furious 11 Release Delay & Filming Start Date Confirmed By Director


Fast and Furious 11
is facing a release date delay to Summer 2026 due to strikes, with director Louis Leterrier confirming the sequel will not be hitting its April 4, 2025 date.
Leterrier also confirms that filming starts in Fall 2025 after finishing a horror movie in September.
The final installment in the
Fast Saga
reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto for one last ride, while also leaving the door open for other spinoffs.

After facing multiple delays due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America strikes, Fast and Furious 11 is seeing its release date delayed. The next installment in the Vin Diesel-fronted franchise is expected to be the last mainline sequel, while development continues on the Dwayne Johnson-led spinoff Hobbs & Reyes, a mysterious standalone movie penned by Fast X’s Zach Dean and a potential female-led spinoff. While a filming start date was never confirmed, Universal had previously set the movie for an April 2025 release date.

During a recent interview with Collider at a CCXP MX panel, Louis Leterrier was asked for an update on Fast and Furious 11. The director went on to confirm that the final mainline installment in the action franchise will no longer be making its April 4, 2025 release date, instead now aiming for a Summer 2026 release window with the filming start date being set for this fall. Check out what Leterrier said below:

It’s happening. It’s happening very, very soon. I’m able to shoot a little horror movie this summer. I’m finishing my horror movie on September 15th, and I start Fast on September 16th.

Will Fast 11’s Multiple Delays Help Or Hurt The Sequel?

Much like the tenth film before it, Fast and Furious 11 has faced a few behind-the-scenes hardships in its road to getting off the ground, namely the delays stemming from the 2023 strikes. While the latest movie seems to have retained its core creative team in comparison to the shift in directors from franchise vet Justin Lin to Leterrier on Fast X after reported creative differences between the former and Diesel, this change didn’t seem to help much with the continued downward trend recent sequels have seen from critics. Check out how the franchise’s Rotten Tomatoes scores compare below:

Title RT Critical Score RT Audience Score The Fast and the Furious 54% 74% 2 Fast 2 Furious 37% 50% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 37% 69% Fast & Furious 28% 67% Fast Five 78% 83% Fast & Furious 6 71% 84% Furious 7 81% 82% The Fate of the Furious 67% 72% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 67% 88% F9: The Fast Saga 59% 82% Fast X 56% 84%

Even looking outside the Fast and Furious franchise, many movie sequels have found themselves hurt by various delays, be they from creative changes, general release shifts or other factors. The action genre in particular is one in which lengthier development periods can lead to diminishing returns, be it A Good Day to Die Hard, Rambo: Last Blood or Diesel’s own xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. While Fast and Furious 11 may only be getting pushed back by a year, the delay is nonetheless a concern that the final installment could find itself in trouble.

Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) looking angry with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) looking unimpressed in Fast & Furious

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On the other hand, the longer wait for Fast and Furious 11 to close out the mainline series of movies could actually prove beneficial for the sequel. Though Leterrier may be busy with another project in the lead-up to filming the next installment, writers Oren Uziel and Christina Hodson should now have more than enough time to really look back at the script and ensure it learns from the critical missteps of recent installments to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the Dominic Toretto saga.

Source: Collider

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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Vin Diesel Already Has His Perfect Fast & Furious Replacement Franchise With 51-Year-Old Remake


Vin Diesel’s dominance in Fast & Furious is ending, but Kojak could kick off a new action franchise for him.
Kojak’s reboot faces an uncertain future, but its similarity to Fast & Furious makes it a worthy project for Diesel.
Diesel’s potential shift from criminal racer to cop signifies a fresh start in a possible Fast & Furious-like series.

Vin Diesel’s days of playing Dominic Toretto are numbered, but the actor has already found his perfect Fast & Furious replacement. Diesel found a major breakout role in the early 2000s thanks to participating in The Fast and the Furious. The original 2001 street racing crime movie became the springboard for a sprawling franchise that has lasted for over two decades. The success of the Fast & Furious movies transformed Vin Diesel’s career, turning him into an even bigger star, especially in the action movie genre. But, Fast & Furious 11 is planned as the final chapter for him and the franchise.

The Fast & Furious franchise’s end will put Vin Diesel in an unfamiliar position of not having a major franchise to lean back on. This presents the actor with various options, such as changing the course of his career to pursue non-franchise roles. However, the more likely outcome is that Diesel will attempt to find a new IP that can replace Fast & Furious. He has had trouble in that regard recently, with franchises like xXx or Riddick running cold and Bloodshot and The Last Witch Hunter failing to launch franchises. There is another option for Diesel, though.

2:03 Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto from The Fast & Furious Franchise

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Kojak Can Be Vin Diesel’s New Action Crime Franchise After Fast & Furious
Diesel Has Been Developing The Reboot Since 2015

The impending conclusion of the Fast & Furious franchise means it is finally time for Vin Diesel’s Kojak reboot to get off the ground. The project was announced back in 2015 with Diesel re-teaming with Universal Pictures, the studio behind Fast & Furious, to develop a movie based on Kojak. The original TV series starred Telly Savalas as Theo Kokaj and ran for three seasons after debuting in 1973. The series revolves around Kojak, a New York detective known for being willing to go beyond the law and a love for cars and lollipops, and follows him as he investigates different cases.

Kojak was rebooted in 2005 as a TV show starring Ving Rhames, but it only ran for six episodes

Development on Vin Diesel’s Kojak movie has not been very active in the nine years since it was announced. However, it still maintains the base similarities to Fast & Furious, which makes the project a worthwhile endeavor for Diesel in terms of finding a new action franchise. He would now have another big action series about cars and crime, essentially making Kojak into a newer version of Fast & Furious. The irony here is that Diesel takes on the role of a cop after playing criminal racer Dominic Toretto.

Vin Diesel’s Involvement Can Morph Kojak Into A Major Action Franchise
Kojak Could Be A Fast & Furious Clone
Telly Savalas talking on the phone in Kojak

Looking at the original TV show, Kojak might not necessarily project to be a major blockbuster action franchise akin to Fast & Furious. The TV series was relatively grounded and small due to the nature of its production. However, the fact that Diesel and Universal pinpointed this property as something they wanted to revive together is telling. The announcement of Kojak’s reboot came months after Furious 7 debuted in theaters and took the franchise to new heights at the box office and in terms of how ridiculously big the action and story could get.

It’s sometimes difficult to remember that Fast & Furious started off with a story about DVD thieves who were also street racers before Diesel helped turn it into something much bigger. With that experience and success already behind him, it would be understandable if a similar path was envisioned for Kojak. The series could then morph into a Fast & Furious clone, one that gives Vin Diesel a new franchise to headline and Universal a “fresh” action franchise to grow.

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The Rock’s WWE Run Means Fast & Furious 11 Must Make 1 Major Hobbs Change


Hobbs from Fast & Furious 11 needs a gritty edge like The Rock’s WWE character to keep the franchise fresh and exciting.
The Rock’s time away from the Fast & Furious universe provides the perfect reason for Hobbs to return with a personal vendetta and a more savage attitude.
While Hobbs shouldn’t become a full-fledged villain in Fast & Furious 11, adding some edginess and dirty tricks could make his character more intriguing and dynamic.

Fast & Furious 11 must make one major Hobbs change after The Rock’s incredible WWE run. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s WWE return surpassed his recent movies, with the actor creating some of the best work of his career. Having returned to a thunderous reception, The Rock was able to flip the crowd’s reception by becoming a heel and playing a major part in WrestleMania’s main events. The Rock hasn’t played a villain on screen for years, as even his depiction of Black Adam lent more into the character’s anti-hero side, which made his wrestling run all the more refreshing.

While his wrestling character may not perfectly translate into the Fast & Furious universe, there is one aspect of The Rock’s WWE run that the franchise should attempt to implement. After debuting in Fast Five, The Rock’s best Fast & Furious scenes helped contribute to the movie series becoming so popular, with Luke Hobbs becoming an instrumental part of the story. He was even given his own spinoff alongside Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and is set to get a solo movie in the future. Despite this, Hobbs would still benefit from adding one key aspect of The Rock’s WWE run.

The Rock’s WWE Run Proves Fast & Furious 11 Needs To Give Hobbs More Of An Edge
Fast & Furious Would Benefit From Hobbs Adopting Some Of The Rock’s WWE Tendancies
Dwayne The Rock Johnson in Black Adam, WWE, and Hobbs and Shaw

Given how electrifying The Rock’s recent WWE run was, there is no doubt Fast & Furious 11 needs to give Hobbs more of an edge. Although the character has had his more serious moments, like most of the Fast & Furious cast, Hobbs tends to mix action with comedy. Hobbs and Shaw are supposed to be two of the more stoic heroes, yet they are constantly at each other’s throats and cracking jokes to help maintain the franchise’s lighthearted core. However, giving Hobbs a grittier side would help the character thrive upon his return.

The Rock’s Fast & Furious return may redeem Fast X’s box office, but the character needs to come back stronger than ever. By allowing him to be more ruthless, he can still maintain some elements of comedy but also become more interesting in the process. Johnson proved that despite being a detestable heel, he was still as hilarious as ever during his recent WWE tenure. This proves that he can maintain Fast & Furious’ tone and humorous style while being more layered; therefore, Hobbs adopting some of The Rock’s WWE characteristics could make him even more entertaining.

Fast & Furious Already Has A Reason For Hobbs To Be More Savage
Hobbs Has Been Away From The Franchise For Several Years

Making a major change to Hobbs’ character could be tough to explain, but Fast & Furious 11 already has a great reason to make him more savage. His four-year absence from the franchise gives him a perfect excuse to come back with a vengeance and potentially have a personal attachment to Fast & Furious 11’s villains. Hobbs’ time away from the main story could be explained through a connection to Fast X’s secondary villain, Aimes. Aimes’ villain twist in Fast X was well executed and suggests he’ll be around for the sequel, which is the perfect reason to bring back Hobbs.

Having a more personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, but it would also give him more of an edge.

Fast X never explained why he’s back, but having a personal vendetta against Aimes could be an intriguing reason. Given Dom and Dante are the focal point of the franchise’s conclusion, Hobbs returning to take down Aimes would avoid overshadowing the main story while still giving him an interesting role. Having a personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, while also giving him more of an edge. This provides The Rock with the perfect reason to implement some of his heel traits while still portraying a morally good hero.

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Why Fast & Furious Can’t Bring The Rock Back As A Villain
Hobbs Already Appeared As An Antagonist In Fast Five
A custom image featuring Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in the Fast and Furious movies Custom image by Debanjana Chowdhury

Although The Rock’s villainous tendencies worked well in the WWE, Fast & Furious can’t bring him back as an antagonist. Johnson already played the main villain of Fast Five, as Hobbs was originally an enemy of Dom and his crew before becoming an ally. Hobbs’ role in Fast Five was one of his best, but despite being the main antagonist, he always had a level of integrity. Dropping all of this to make him a villain in the final movie would be completely unnecessary, especially as the franchise needs him to remain a hero for his spinoff.

Fast & Furious 11 may end the main story, but The Rock will be part of the franchise beyond this, and altering his character so drastically wouldn’t make any sense. Instead, adding some extra edge to his character would have the same effect and would avoid stealing the thunder from Dante and Aimes. Although Fast & Furious 11 shouldn’t make him a villain, the film can still allow Hobbs to play dirty and pull some cheap tricks in order to show a grittier side, while letting him taunt his enemies when he inevitably helps save the day.

Fast & Furious 11
is scheduled to be released in theaters on April 4, 2025.

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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