2010 offered action fans plenty to choose from. Whether you like all-out fisticuffs with heads and guts flying, thrillers, nostalgia trips, comic geek-outs, comedy or futuristic flavor, you were sure to find something new at the local cineplex to whet your whistle at least every two weeks or so. It's way easier for me to put together a list of my favorite action movies from 2010 than, say, romantic comedies, even though I've probably seen more of the latter. (Public service announcement: rent or buy the fantastic French romantic comedy 'Heartbreaker' if you haven't already. Especially if you have a soft spot for 'Dirty Dancing.' Or hot French people. Or goofy and elaborate stunts. Or things that are great.)

There's no real formula at work here, just that these movies nailed me to my seat and left me slack-jawed with adrenaline buzzing through me long after the credits rolled. You might notice that there are a number of female protagonists doling out the ass-kickings on this list. Although some are fighting tooth and nail for justice or to exonerate themselves, others are just plain fighting -- let's not make it too political. For me, it's just as fun to pretend it's me causing chaos and blood loss like Evelyn Salt or Hit-Girl as it is for guys who want to play Rambo. And hey, Rambo is cool too. Or he was....