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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    Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Frank Welker

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    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Robert Davi

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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    Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Bill Paxton

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    Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles

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    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale, Gary Oldman

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern

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    Mel Gibson, Gary Busey, Danny Glover

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

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    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Paul Reiser

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    Sylvester Stallone, David Caruso, Brian Dennehy

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

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    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

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    Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons

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    Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper

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    Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace

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    Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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    Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, John Vernon

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    Alex Van Halen, Leeza Gibbons, Peter Weller

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    Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Jean Reno

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    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku, Jamie Lee Curtis

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    Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall

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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Michelle Monaghan

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    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

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    Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Judi Dench

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Katie Holmes, Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale

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    Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman

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    Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Danny Glover

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Dean Norris

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    Nicolas Cage, Steve Buscemi, John Malkovich

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson

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    Natalie Portman, Al Pacino, Val Kilmer

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    Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung

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    Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner

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    Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser

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    Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo, Dennis Franz

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    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw

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    Lucy Liu, Uma Thurman, Quentin Tarantino

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    Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Brett Ratner

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