The Greatest Action Movies of All Time

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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.

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    Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time


    Die Hard Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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    Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time


    Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time

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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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    The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time


    The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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    The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time


    The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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    Lethal Weapon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time


    Lethal Weapon Mel Gibson, Gary Busey, Danny Glover

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    Aliens is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time


    Aliens Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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    Predator is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time


    Predator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

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    The Bourne Identity is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time


    The Bourne Identity Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles

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    Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time


    Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    Indiana Jones and the Last Cru... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time

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    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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    Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time


    Jurassic Park Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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    Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time

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    Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, David Caruso

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    Die Hard with a Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time

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    Die Hard with a Vengeance Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons

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    Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time


    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time


    Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time


    Gladiator Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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    Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

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    Dirty Harry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time


    Dirty Harry Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, Andrew Robinson

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    Speed is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time

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    Speed Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper

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    Mad Max 2 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time


    Mad Max 2 Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells

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

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    Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time


    Independence Day Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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    Taken is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time


    Taken Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace

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    Indiana Jones and the Temple o... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time

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    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Dan Aykroyd

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    Alien is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time

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    Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku, Jamie Lee Curtis

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    The Lord of the Rings film tri... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time


    The Lord of the Rings film trilogy

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    RoboCop is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time

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    RoboCop Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller, Leeza Gibbons

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    Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time


    Batman Begins Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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    The Bourne Supremacy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time


    The Bourne Supremacy Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Michelle Monaghan

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    Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time


    Goldfinger Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall

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    Lethal Weapon 2 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time


    Lethal Weapon 2 Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Danny Glover

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    Enter the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time


    Enter the Dragon Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung

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    Total Recall is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time


    Total Recall Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

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    Léon: The Professional is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time


    Léon: The Professional Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Jean Reno

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    Die Hard 2 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time


    Die Hard 2 Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo, Dennis Franz

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    Heat is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time


    Heat Natalie Portman, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro

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    The Fifth Element is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time


    The Fifth Element Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman

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    Kill Bill Volume 1 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time


    Kill Bill Volume 1 Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino

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    The Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time

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    The Fugitive Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones

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    Skyfall is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time


    Skyfall Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem

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    Beverly Hills Cop is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time

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    Beverly Hills Cop Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser

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    Scarface is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time


    Scarface Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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    Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner

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    Black Hawk Down is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time

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    Black Hawk Down Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom

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