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.

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    the people's #1 & most listed 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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    Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Bill Paxton

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    often listed Mel Gibson, Gary Busey, Danny Glover

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern

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    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    ranked low on reranks Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale, Gary Oldman

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    Sylvester Stallone, David Caruso, Brian Dennehy

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    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Paul Reiser

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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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    Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Jean Reno

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    Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells

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    added by Dismalhead Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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

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    added by KarenHarris Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Alex Van Halen, Leeza Gibbons, Peter Weller

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    Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, John Vernon

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    Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall

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    Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Michelle Monaghan

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Nicolas Cage, Steve Buscemi, John Malkovich

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    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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    Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Judi Dench

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    Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Danny Glover

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson

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    Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Brett Ratner

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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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    ranked low on reranks Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    ranked low on reranks Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw

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    Lucy Liu, Uma Thurman, Quentin Tarantino

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    Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman

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    Natalie Portman, Al Pacino, Val Kilmer

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    ranked low on reranks Katie Holmes, Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Dean Norris

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    ranked low on reranks & added by gamedemon24 Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner

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    ranked low on reranks Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz, Ken Howard

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Jason Statham, Shu Qi, François Berléand

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    Pierce Brosnan, Famke Janssen, Judi Dench

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    ranked low on reranks Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, January Jones

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