The Greatest Action Movies of All Time Films
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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.
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    the people's #1 & most listed Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Frank Welker

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    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Robert Davi

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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    Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Bill Paxton

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    often listed 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, Laura Dern

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    Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale, Gary Oldman

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    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Paul Reiser

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    Sylvester Stallone, David Caruso, Brian Dennehy

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    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

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    Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper

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

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    Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace

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    added by KarenHarris Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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    added by Dismalhead Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, John Vernon

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    Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Jean Reno

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells

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    Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Alex Van Halen, Leeza Gibbons, Peter Weller

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    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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    Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Michelle Monaghan

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    Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Judi Dench

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    ranked low on reranks Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Danny Glover

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku, Jamie Lee Curtis

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Nicolas Cage, Steve Buscemi, John Malkovich

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson

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    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

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    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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    ranked low on reranks Katie Holmes, Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Dean Norris

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    Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Brett Ratner

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    Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman

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    ranked low on reranks Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw

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    ranked low on reranks & added by gamedemon24 Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Lucy Liu, Uma Thurman, Quentin Tarantino

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner

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    Natalie Portman, Al Pacino, Val Kilmer

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    Pierce Brosnan, Famke Janssen, Judi Dench

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    Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo, Dennis Franz

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, January Jones

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