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 Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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    the people's #1 Anne Hathaway, Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale

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    Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Judi Dench

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis

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    Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alan Tudyk, Rufus Sewell

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    Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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    Willem Dafoe, Bryan Cranston, David Schwimmer

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    Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba

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    Lena Headey, Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz

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    Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Colin Farrell

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    ranked low on reranks Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Jeremy Renner

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    The Raid: Redemption

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    added by KingDDK Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy

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    Emma Stone, Sally Field, Martin Sheen

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    Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth

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    added by KingDDK Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga

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    Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube

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    added by KingDDK Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Ealy

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    Maggie Grace, Guy Pearce, Peter Stormare

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    Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo

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    added by KingDDK Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker, Liam Neeson

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    Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace

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    added by KingDDK Jason Statham, Anson Mount, James Hong

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    Nicolas Cage, Idris Elba, Ciarán Hinds

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    Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Ali Larter

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    Chris Hemsworth, Adrianne Palicki, Josh Hutcherson

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    added by KingDDK Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Will Smith

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    added by KingDDK Elizabeth Banks, Ed Harris, Sam Worthington

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    new! & added by wiabux Jack Reacher

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    added by wiabux Lucy Liu, Russell Crowe, Jamie Chung

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