10. The Killer (1989)
> Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
> Directed by: John Woo
> Starring: Yun-Fat Chow, Danny Lee, Sally Yeh, Kong Chu
> Average critic rating: 8.72/10
Action-film director John Woo (“Broken Arrow,” “Mission: Impossible 2”) helmed this crime drama about a hit man who wants to get out of the criminal life and care for a lounge singer he accidentally blinded on a previous assignment. The assassin’s employers won’t pay him for the prior job, money he wants to use to restore the eyesight of the lounge singer.
9. Memento (2000)
> Genre: Mystery, Thriller
> Directed by: Christopher Nolan
> Starring: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior
> Average critic rating: 8.27/10
Guy Pearce stars in this Christopher Nolan-directed thriller about a man tracking down the person who raped and murdered his wife. What complicates his quest is that he suffers from an untreatable form of memory loss.
8. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
> Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
> Directed by: George Miller
> Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, ZoÃ« Kravitz
> Average critic rating: 8.59/10
The updated version of the dystopian sci-fi flick made famous by Mel Gibson in the 1970s won six Oscars and was nominated for four others. Tom Hardy is Max, who wants to find peace in the wake of the death of his wife and child. Charlize Tehron plays Furiosa, who believes her best chance to survive is to cross the desert and return to her homeland.
7. No Country for Old Men (2007)
> Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
> Directed by: Ethan Coen
> Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson
> Average critic rating: 8.73/10
The blood flows freely in Ethan and Joel Coen’s tale of a hunter (Josh Brolin) who finds dead drug dealers and $2 million and decides to keep the money. Javier Bardem won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor as the nut-job killer who goes after the money and Brolin, leaving dead bodies along the way. The Coen brothers also won Oscars for Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Picture.
6. Unforgiven (1992)
> Genre: Drama, Western
> Directed by: Clint Eastwood
> Starring: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris
> Average critic rating: 8.81/10
Clint Eastwood directed and starred in this Oscar-winning commentary about violence in America. In Wyoming in the 19th century, a prostitute is disfigured by cowboys, and her fellow brothel workers post a reward to avenge the attack. Eastwood, an aging outlaw who has become a farmer, agrees to take on this one last job.