The Greatest Action Movies of All Time Films

The Greatest Action Movies of All Time

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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.

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 fests.

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.

If you're looking for some more recent action movies, check out the best action movies of 2012

List Criteria: Movies in the action genre only.

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    1981 More
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    1988 More
    95
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    1991 More
    90
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    The Dark Knight

    2008 More
    79
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    Predator

    1987 More
    78
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    2002 More
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    Jurassic Park

    1993 More
    77
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    The Terminator

    1984 More
    76
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    Saving Private Ryan

    1998 More
    74
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    1986 More
    72
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    Lethal Weapon

    1987 More
    71
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    1995 More
    70
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    300

    2006 More
    70
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    Speed

    1994 More
    68
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    1982 More
    67
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    Taken

    2008 More
    67
  18. 18
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    2008 More
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    Léon: The Professional

    1994 More
    66
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    1964 More
    63
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    Mad Max 2

    1981 More
    63
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    2012 More
    62
    added by: KarenHarris
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    1983 More
    62
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    1996 More
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    61
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    2003 More
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    1989 More
    60
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    RoboCop

    1987 More
    60
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    2004 More
    60
  30. 30
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    1971 More
    59
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    1997 More
    59
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    1975 More
    59
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    The Incredibles

    2004 More
    58
  34. 34
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    1994 More
    57
  35. 35
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    1997 More
    57
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    2005 More
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    2012 More
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    1989 More
    56
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    The Lord of the Rings film trilogy

    56
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    1977 More
    56
    added by: gamedemon24
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    1995 More
    56
  42. 42
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    1990 More
    55
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    1973 More
    54
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    2008 More
    54
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    1999 More
    54
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    1984 More
    53
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    2011 More
    53
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    2011 More
    53
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    2007 More
    52
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