How could we leave G.I. Joe off this list? The code name of an elite covert special mission unit operating under the United States Military, G.I. Joe evolved from a popular toy line into a massive franchise that included animated series and numerous live-action movies, including “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” (2009), “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” (2013), and the upcoming “Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins.”
The films typically show the “Joes” taking on Cobra, a terrorist organization which originates from the corrupt company M.A.R.S. Industries in the movie timeline. Supported by highly advanced weapons and elite warriors, Cobra is a formidable force that succeeds in taking over the White House. Fortunately, G.I. Joe has its own powerful team of soldiers, tech experts, and ninja commandos that make them more than a match for the enemy. Plus, Bruce Willis shows up in the sequel as the original G.I. Joe, General Joseph Colton, so you know things are getting serious.
While originally created as representations of the real-life U.S. armed forces, G.I. Joe is now set firmly in the realm of science fiction-action. This military unit might not be an accurate depiction of true military combat, but its action sequences and memorable characters have earned them plenty of fans.