The Best Action Movies of 2012 Films

The Best Action Movies of 2012

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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.

List Criteria: Movies must have been released in 2012.

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    The Avengers

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    The Dark Knight Rises

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    Sam Mendes More
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    Django Unchained

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    Simon West More
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    Rian Johnson More
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    Prometheus

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    Gary Ross More
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    Pete Travis More
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    Len Wiseman More
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    John Carter

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    The Raid: Redemption

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    Marc Webb More
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    Rupert Sanders More
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    Phil Lord, Chris Miller More
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    Björn Stein, Måns Mårlind More
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    Olivier Megaton More
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    Stephen St. Leger, James Mather More
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    Joe Carnahan More
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    Jack Reacher

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    RZA More
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    Asger Leth More
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