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
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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    1991 More
    90
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    1999 More
    87
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    The Dark Knight

    2008 More
    78
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    Predator

    1987 More
    78
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    The Bourne Identity

    2002 More
    78
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    1993 More
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    1984 More
    76
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    1998 More
    74
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    1986 More
    72
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    1987 More
    72
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    1995 More
    71
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    300

    2006 More
    70
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    Speed

    1994 More
    68
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    First Blood

    1982 More
    68
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    1994 More
    67
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    Mad Max 2

    1981 More
    63
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    1964 More
    63
  22. 22
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    2012 More
    62
    added by: KarenHarris
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    1983 More
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    Independence Day

    1996 More
    61
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    Kill Bill Volume 1

    2003 More
    61
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    1989 More
    61
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    Alien

    1979 More
    61
    added by: Dismalhead
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    RoboCop

    1987 More
    60
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    The Fifth Element

    1997 More
    60
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    Dirty Harry

    1971 More
    60
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    The Bourne Supremacy

    2004 More
    60
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    The Incredibles

    2004 More
    59
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    1975 More
    59
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    1994 More
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    Con Air

    1997 More
    57
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    Batman

    1989 More
    57
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    2005 More
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    Skyfall

    2012 More
    57
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    56
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    1977 More
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    Total Recall

    1990 More
    56
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    GoldenEye

    1995 More
    55
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    Enter the Dragon

    1973 More
    55
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    Heat

    1995 More
    55
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    Rambo

    2008 More
    54
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    Beverly Hills Cop

    1984 More
    53
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    1999 More
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    Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

    2011 More
    52
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    X-Men: First Class

    2011 More
    52
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    Hot Fuzz

    2007 More
    51
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