The Best Action Movies of 2012 Films
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The Best Action Movies of 2012

List Criteria: Movies must have been released in 2012.

The best action movies of 2012 kept audiences on their toes, brought impressive special effects and included some of the best action stars of this generation. These 2012 action movies rose above all others and along with the best comedy movies of 2012, made for some of the best movies of the year.

In line with the best action movies of 2011, many of the top 2012 action movies were based on superhero comics. "The Dark Knight Rises," "The Avengers" and "The Amazing Spider-Man" each received praise from critics and fans alike as they earned over a billion dollars in combined box office revenue. Those three, along with "The Hunger Games," were among the top five highest grossing movies of the year.

But not all of the best 2012 action movies involved superheroes though many others did use familiar stories. 2012 featured a number of successful sequels back for another go around. Films like "The Expendables 2," The Bourne Legacy" and "Taken 2" all reintroduced some of our favorite action stars and characters in new adventures. The same goes for remakes with films like "Total Recall," "21 Jump Street" and "Dredd" each providing updated versions of old favorite action movies.

So whether you're a fan of the time-traveling thriller "Looper" or highly anticipating the new Bond film "Skyfall," if you're a fan of action movies, chances are some of your favorites from 2012 are right here. Tell us which you enjoy best by voting for those you love, re-ranking the list your way or adding any not listed all below.
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    most listed
    The Avengers

    Joss Whedon More
    100
  2. 2
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    the people's #1
    The Dark Knight Rises

    Christopher Nolan More
    94
  3. 3
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    Sam Mendes More
    78
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    Quentin Tarantino More
    71
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    Simon West More
    61
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    Rian Johnson More
    55
  7. 7
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    Timur Bekmambetov More
    54
  8. 8
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    Andrew Stanton More
    53
  9. 9
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    Gary Ross More
    51
  10. 10
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    Pete Travis More
    51
  11. 11
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    Ridley Scott More
    50
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    Len Wiseman More
    50
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    The Bourne Legacy

    Tony Gilroy More
    48
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    The Raid: Redemption

    48
  15. 15
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    Jonathan Liebesman More
    47
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    Marc Webb More
    47
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    Rupert Sanders More
    44
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    Daniel Espinosa More
    42
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    Phil Lord, Chris Miller More
    41
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    Björn Stein, Måns Mårlind More
    39
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  21. 21
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    Joe Carnahan More
    37
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    Stephen St. Leger, James Mather More
    36
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    Olivier Megaton More
    36
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    Peter Berg More
    35
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  25. 25
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    Boaz Yakin More
    34
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    Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor More
    31
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    Resident Evil: Retribution

    Paul W. S. Anderson More
    31
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    Red Dawn

    Dan Bradley More
    30
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    Jack Reacher

    21
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    Men in Black 3

    Barry Sonnenfeld More
    21
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    Asger Leth More
    20
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    RZA More
    17
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    David Koepp More
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