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.

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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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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    Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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    Mel Gibson, Gary Busey, Danny Glover

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    Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

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    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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    Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, David Caruso

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    Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons

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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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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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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, Andrew Robinson

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    Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace

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    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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

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    Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells

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    Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Michelle Monaghan

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    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

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    Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper

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    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku, Jamie Lee Curtis

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    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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    Natalie Portman, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro

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    Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall

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    Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Jean Reno

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    Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Danny Glover

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    Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller, Leeza Gibbons

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    Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung

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    Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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    Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem

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    Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo, Dennis Franz

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    Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

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    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino

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    Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Dan Aykroyd

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    Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner

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    Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom

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    Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser

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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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    Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones

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