The best Michael Bay movies are often overlooked because of their explosions and over-the-top action sequences. However, these films are actually entertaining to watch for anyone who likes a good movie!

Michael Bay is an American film director who has been in the industry since 1995. He has made some of the most iconic movies in history.

He’s best known for his action movies, such as Armageddon and Pearl Harbor.

In this article, we will be discussing the top Michael Bay movies that are worth watching!

His films are often filled with explosions, car chases, and lots of people getting injured or killed.

Those who appreciate a good explosion and some fast-paced action will enjoy this list.

Best Michael Bay Movies

All of these films are worth watching in my opinion because they each offer something different for every type of audience member – explosions for those who like violence, romance for those who like love stories, comedy for those with a sense of humor.

The Rock (1996)

The Rock is a 1996 American action comedy film directed by Michael Bay, starring Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage.

It tells the story of two prisoners in an island prison who must stop a group of terrorists from breaking into Alcatraz Island and starting a nuclear war.

The movie was filmed on location in San Francisco, California.

The Rock is a 1996 action film that stars Sean Connery, Nicholas Cage, and Ed Harris.

Directed by Michael Bay, this epic adventure follows the journey of an ex-con with a heart of gold as he’s coerced into helping stop a group of renegade US military officers from starting World War III in the Middle East.

The film has been described as one of Hollywood’s most entertaining movies for its mix of humor and nonstop action.

The Rock is best known for its car chase scene which was filmed on location at Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay.

It has also been noted for being one of the first films to use digital compositing techniques to combine live actors and backgrounds together into single scenes.

The Rock [Blu-ray]
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris (Actors)
  • Michael Bay (Director) - David Weisberg (Writer) - Don Simpson (Producer)
  • English, Spanish, French (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

Bad Boys (1995)

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are partners who find themselves in over their heads when they go up against some drug dealers.

This movie is so much fun because it features a lot of witty banter between Will and Marty as well as plenty of explosions.

If you’re looking for an entertaining film that also has some substance then this may be just what you need!

The 1995 movie Bad Boys stars two of the most popular actors in Hollywood at the time, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.

The film was directed by Michael Bay, who is known for directing blockbuster summer action films.

The story revolves around detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett as they chase after drug lord Frank Colton to try to stop him from smuggling heroin into Miami.

The film has been criticized for its use of racial stereotypes, but it went on to be one of the most successful films of 1995 with grossing over $141 million worldwide.

Bad Boys (1995) / Bad Boys for Life / Bad Boys II - Set [Blu-ray]
  • Will Smith, Martin Lawrence (Actors)
  • Thai, Malay, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Indonesian (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)



Who Is Michael Bay?

Michael Bay is a world-renowned film director and producer who has directed or produced over 20 blockbuster movies.

He was born in Los Angeles, but grew up in nearby Orange County.

His first job was as an animator for Hanna-Barbera where he helped produce the series Scooby Doo: Mystery Incorporated.



Armageddon (1998)

In 1998, director Michael Bay released the movie “Armageddon.” The film stars Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck.

Armageddon is about a team of deep-core drillers sent by NASA to try to prevent an asteroid from colliding with Earth following reports that it would destroy all life on the planet in 18 days.

The movie follows these characters as they work together to save humanity from extinction.

Though it was met with mixed reviews from critics, it ended up being a box office success earning over $350 million in theaters worldwide and spawning two straight-to-video sequels.

  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Bruce Willis, Billy Thornton, Liv Tyler (Actors)
  • Michael Bay (Director) - Michael Bay (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Pearl Harbor (2001)

Pearl Harbor is a 2001 American war film directed by Michael Bay. It portrays the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and stars Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, and Alec Baldwin.

The film’s budget was US$140 million but it grossed more than $450 million worldwide.

The film follows two childhood friends who end up fighting for opposite sides in WWII.

One of them is played by Ben Affleck, and the other by Josh Hartnett. It also stars Kate Beckinsale as Affleck’s love interest, with Cuba Gooding Jr., Alec Baldwin, Jon Voight, and many others playing supporting characters.

Pearl Harbor [Blu-ray]
  • - (Actor)
  • - (Director)
  • English, French, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

Pain & Gain (2013)

Pain & Gain is a 2013 American comedy-crime film written and directed by Michael Bay.

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You’ll see how greed can lead people down dark paths in this film that will make you think twice before taking anything for granted again!

These two men want nothing more than to be rich; however, their dreams are put on hold when they can’t get any legitimate jobs because of their criminal records so they decide to start up a business that will help them get the money fast!


The movie tells the true story of Daniel Lugo, an ex-convict who masterminded one of the most outrageous heists in US history, which led to his arrest.

Pain & Gain (BD) [Blu-ray]
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Various (Actor)
  • Various (Director)
  • English (Publication Language)

Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)

Transformers: The Last Knight is the fifth installment of the Transformers series and it doesn’t disappoint.

It has a ton of action scenes, some well-known actors such as Anthony Hopkins and Mark Wahlberg, tons of new robots, and more explosions than you could ever ask for.

It’s directed by Michael Bay and stars Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yeager with Laura Haddock playing Vivian Wembley.

The Last Knight revolves around a Cybertronian knight who is on Earth to protect some ancient relic that can be used for either good or evil purposes.

Sound familiar? It should be because this storyline was also featured in the 1986 animated movie “Transformers: The Movie.”

If you’re interested in watching a live-action version of Transformers with a lot of action sequences and special effects then you will enjoy this film

Most critics and fans of the series have found fault with the film’s pace and many of its plot points. Despite these criticisms, Transformers: The Last Knight grossed over $600 million worldwide on a budget of $217 million. This is more than any other film in the franchise.

Transformers: The Last Knight
  • Transformers: The Last Knight
  • Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, Stanley Tucci (Actors)
  • Michael Bay (Director)
  • Portuguese, English, French, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

The first five minutes of Transformers is filled with so many amazing shots that it’s hard not to get excited about the rest of the film.

The opening scene includes an epic fight between two robots in Times Square, New York City; this alone makes for one memorable viewing experience.

Transformers has some truly thoughtful moments too: when Sam Witwicky heads back into battle despite being told he could return home safely, only to see his mother crying as she watches him leave on television, we feel sympathy for both characters at once.

The film, which was directed by Michael Bay, features Shia LaBeouf as Sam Witwicky.

With the help of his girlfriend Mikaela Banes (played by Megan Fox) and new allies, including NEST soldiers Epps (played by Josh Duhamel) and Lennox (played by John Turturro), they must save the world from being destroyed.

The movie’s release date was June 24th, 2009 in the US and Canada. This live-action film features Shia Labeouf as Sam Witwicky who is forced to watch an old friend get killed by Megatron.

The Autobots are then ordered by Optimus Prime to retrieve Sam’s glasses so that they can find out what happened to their comrades on Earth.

The film grossed $836 million dollars worldwide at theaters which made it the highest-grossing animated movie of 2009 until Toy Story 3 overtook it later in 2010.

There were many reviews written about this movie with Variety Magazine saying Michael Bay once again delivers…

The Transformers franchise is one of the most successful movie series in history. This blog will discuss why that is and what makes this film so great.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel (Actors)
  • Michael Bay (Director) - Ehren Kruger (Writer) - Don Murphy (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

The Island (2005)

This is a science fiction action thriller that takes place in an unknown future time where there are no more resources on earth.

To sustain life, people have to travel to a man-made island called IM4 or “the Island” for short. They do this through the company IOI.

They take care of all aspects of their lives such as food, shelter, clothing, schooling, and entertainment; but they never leave the island.  One day Lincoln Six Echo (Ewan McGregor) discovers he might not be human…

The story follows two young men who are shipwrecked on an island where they are hunted by the inhabitants of the land.

In 2004, The Island was nominated for 3 Academy Awards: Best Sound Editing; Best Visual Effects; and Best Original Screenplay (Michael Bay). It won one award for Best Visual Effects.

The Island
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson, Djimon Hounsou (Actors)
  • Michael Bay (Director) - Caspian Tredwell-Owen (Writer) - Kenny Bates (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

Transformers: Age of Extinction is the fourth installment in the Transformers series.

In this movie, a new cast of humans and Autobots must work together to save Earth from being destroyed by an alien race. The film features many explosions and large-scale action scenes.

It was released on June 27th, 2014.

Transformers: Age of Extinction stars Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yeager, Stanley Tucci as Joshua Joyce, Nicola Peltz as Tessa Yeager, Jack Reynor as Shane Dyson, and Kelsey Grammer as Harold Attinger.

The movie is set four years after the events of Dark of Darkness and follows a mechanic named Cade Yeager, who discovers an Autobot that becomes important to his family’s survival.

Transformers: Age of Extinction [Blu-ray]
  • Transformers: age of extinction
  • Transformers: age of extinction is the fourth film in Director Michael bay's Global blockbuster...
  • Optimus Prime and the autobus must rise to meet their most fearsome Challenge yet
  • Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz (Actors)
  • Michael Bay (Director)

Transformers (2007)

Transformers (2007) is a science fiction action film based on the Transformers toy line.

The plot revolves around Sam Witwicky, a teenager who buys his first car for his 18th birthday and discovers that it is actually an alien robot from Cybertron seeking to destroy all life on Earth.

The Autobots must help him stop the Decepticons before they can find their way to Chicago’s nuclear power plant which will be destroyed by them if activated.

The film is set in contemporary America with Witwicky’s family leaving for a military assignment in Nogales, Mexico but he decides to stay behind because his girlfriend (Mikaela) has broken up with him over her new job at her father’s car company.

The film stars Shia LaBeouf as Sam Witwicky, a teenager who gets caught up in a war between two factions of alien robots that have been going on for centuries.

Megan Fox and Josh Duhamel also star as Mikaela Banes and Lieutenant Colonel William Lennox respectively.

  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Shia LaBeouf, Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel (Actors)
  • Michael Bay (Director) - Roberto Orci (Writer) - Michael Bay (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Bad Boys II (2003)

The 2003 film Bad Boys II is the sequel to the 1995 hit!

In this action-comedy, Lawrence stars as Marcus Burnett, and Smith stars as Mike Lowrey.

The two Miami detectives are back on the case in order to take down a drug kingpin who is supplying South Florida with narcotics manufactured in Cuba by Fidel Castro’s army.

This movie offers up laughs while also providing an entertaining storyline that will keep viewers engaged until the very end.

Throughout the movie, there are many gunfights, car chases, explosions, and other thrilling action sequences that will keep you on your toes!

Bad Boys (1995) / Bad Boys for Life / Bad Boys II - Set [Blu-ray]
  • Will Smith, Martin Lawrence (Actors)
  • Thai, Malay, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Indonesian (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) is a science fiction film directed by Michael Bay. It’s based on a toy line from Hasbro and it’s part of the Transformers series.

The movie focuses on Sam Witwicky, who tries to find his place in life after graduation while simultaneously battling the Decepticons with help from his new girlfriend Carly Spencer and old friend Mikaela Banes.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon is a 2011 American science fiction action film, and the third installment in the live-action Transformers film series.

Directed by Michael Bay and starring Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Kevin Dunn, and John Goodman.

It was released on June 29th in 3D and IMAX 3D.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Tyrese Gibson (Actors)
  • Michael Bay (Director) - Ehren Kruger (Writer) - Don Murphy (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

6 Underground (2019)

The latest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “6 Underground” is a smart and entertaining film.

It features an all-star cast including Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, and Jeff Bridges.

The group must work together to save the world from an evil organization called Outlaw Incorporated that wants to turn the human race into mutants.

In terms of tone, this film is both lighthearted and dramatic at times while also being informative about what viewers can expect from future installments in the franchise.

There are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments throughout!

The film, which also stars Dave Franco, Corey Hawkins, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Adria Arjona, and Ben O’Toole was directed by Michael Bay.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldier of Benghazi (2016)

A team of six elite soldiers from the United States Special Forces were given an order to intervene and help save lives.

The film is based on Mitchell Zuckoff’s book 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi which was written from interviews with the CIA contractors themselves while they were still on duty at Benghazi after the attack had ended, as well as their families and friends back home in Statesville, North Carolina.

It also includes interviews with intelligence officials and information from FBI interrogations of Libyans captured during the raid that killed Abu Khattala, one of those believed to have been involved in directing the attack.

The movie by Michael Bay and starring John Krasinski, tells the story of a group of CIA contractors who find themselves fighting for their lives against hordes of militants.

It tells the story through interviews with American soldiers who fought there on that day as well as recordings from inside the CIA annex and military command centers.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
  • John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, Pablo Schreiber (Actors)
  • Michael Bay (Director)
  • Spanish, Portuguese, French (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)


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