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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    1981 More
    100
  2. 2
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    1988 More
    96
  3. 3
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    1991 More
    91
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    1999 More
    81
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    2002 More
    79
  6. 6
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    1984 More
    76
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    1987 More
    76
  8. 8
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    1998 More
    75
  9. 9
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    1993 More
    75
  10. 10
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    1987 More
    74
  11. 11
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    1982 More
    73
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    The Dark Knight

    2008 More
    73
  13. 13
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    1986 More
    72
  14. 14
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    2006 More
    69
  15. 15
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    1995 More
    68
  16. 16
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    1994 More
    66
  17. 17
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    often listed
    Mad Max 2

    1981 More
    64
  18. 18
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    2008 More
    64
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    Iron Man

    2008 More
    63
  20. 20
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    2012 More
    62
    added by: KarenHarris
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    1994 More
    61
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    1979 More
    60
    added by: Dismalhead
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    RoboCop

    1987 More
    60
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    1964 More
    60
  25. 25
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    58
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    Con Air

    1997 More
    58
  27. 27
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    1971 More
    57
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    1996 More
    57
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    The Incredibles

    2004 More
    56
  31. 31
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    1989 More
    55
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    1994 More
    55
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    1983 More
    55
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    1997 More
    55
  35. 35
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    2003 More
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    Jaws

    1975 More
    53
  37. 37
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Total Recall

    1990 More
    53
  38. 38
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    1995 More
    53
  39. 39
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    1989 More
    53
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    Batman Begins

    2005 More
    53
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    Braveheart

    1995 More
    52
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    1973 More
    50
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Beverly Hills Cop

    1984 More
    50
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    Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

    2011 More
    49
  45. 45
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    Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

    1977 More
    49
    added by: gamedemon24
  46. 46
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    GoldenEye

    1995 More
    49
  47. 47
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    Rambo

    2008 More
    49
  48. 48
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    49
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    2002 More
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    The Fugitive

    1993 More
    47
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