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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    Robert Downey Jr., Paul Bettany, Stellan Skarsgård

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    the people's #1
    Tom Conti, Gary Oldman, Linus Roache

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    Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem, Rory Kinnear

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    Franco Nero, Don Johnson, Bruce Dern

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    Chuck Norris, Novak Djokovic, Bruce Willis

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    Jeff Daniels, Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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    Marton Csokas, Robin McLeavy, Rufus Sewell

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    David Schwimmer, Jon Favreau filmography, Samantha Morton

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    Karl Urban, Daniel Hadebe, Warrick Grier

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    Charlize Theron, Kate Dickie, Logan Marshall-Green

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    Ethan Hawke, Kate Beckinsale, John Cho

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    Lenny Kravitz, Julianne Moore, Jena Malone

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    The Raid: Redemption

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    Rachel Weisz, Shane Jacobson, Stacy Keach

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    Rosamund Pike, Ralph Fiennes, Édgar Ramírez

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    Irrfan Khan, Rhys Ifans, Campbell Scott

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    Charlize Theron, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane

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    Sam Shepard, Rubén Blades, Brendan Gleeson

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    Ice Cube, Brie Larson, Channing Tatum

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    Stephen Rea, Kate Beckinsale, Catlin Adams

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    Maggie Grace, Jacky Ido, Peter Hudson

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    Rade Šerbedžija, Maggie Grace, Liam Neeson

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    James Badge Dale, Liam Neeson, Ben Bray

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    Danny Hoch, Jay Giannone, Jason Statham

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    Brooklyn Decker, Peter MacNicol, Alexander Skarsgård

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    Nicolas Cage, Ciarán Hinds, Christopher Lambert

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    Michelle Rodriguez, Mika Nakashima, Iain Glen

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    Brad Garrett, Josh Peck, Michael Beach

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    Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Tommy Lee Jones

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    Jack Reacher

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    Ed Harris, Génesis Rodríguez, Jamie Bell

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    Lucy Liu, RZA, Eli Roth

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