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The Greatest Action Movies of All Time

List Criteria: Movies in the action genre only.

The greatest action movies of all time starring some of the best action stars to have ever fought on screen. The best action movies tend to be the ones where we get a little substance to go along with the shooting; a little banter along with the battles. This list has some of the most awesome action films of all time, and it's now up to Ranker users to vote on which of these are truly the top action movies of all time. If you're looking for some of the greatest actions movies of all time that are streaming on Netflix or Amazon, check out The Best Action Movies on Netflix Instant and The Best Action Movies On Amazon Prime

The list of greatest action movies ever has a mix of one man renegades (Die Hard), supernatural thrills (Alien), and science fiction dreams brought to reality on the big screen (Terminator, Jurassic Park). You'll even find some great comedic performances among the gun fights, smack talking, and explosions. Heck, you could probably fill a New Jersey size dump with all the stuff that gets blown up in these action films. The list covers a broad time range as well with nearly as many classic action movies making the list as newer, big budget CGI action-fest.

Don't see your favorite action movie on the list? Shoot it up there! This is a fan ranked list and if you know that the best action movie of all time hasn't been added yet, put it on there and vote it up so everyone can know that the biggest action movie of all time was actually...(this is where you fill in what you think the coolest action movie ever is). Make your voice heard and don't forget, these are action films so you're gonna have to be loud.

The Greatest Action Movies of All Time Films
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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    Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

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    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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    Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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    Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles

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    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    Mel Gibson, Gary Busey, Danny Glover

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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    Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, David Caruso Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons

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    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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    Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace

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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, Andrew Robinson

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    Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson

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    Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper

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    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells

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    Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Michelle Monaghan

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    Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall

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    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku, Jamie Lee Curtis

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    Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Jean Reno

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    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller, Leeza Gibbons Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Natalie Portman, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro

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    Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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    Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung

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    Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem

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    Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Danny Glover

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    Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman

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    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino

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    Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo, Dennis Franz

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    Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

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    Pierce Brosnan, Famke Janssen, Judi Dench

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

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    Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones

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    Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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