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List Rules 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.

Don't see your favorite action movie on the list? Shoot it up there! This is a fan ranked list and if you know that the best action movie of all time hasn't been added yet, put it on there and vote it up so everyone can know that the biggest action movie of all time was actually...(this is where you fill in what you think the coolest action movie ever is). Make your voice heard and don't forget, these are action films so you're gonna have to be loud.

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Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina Karen Allen

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Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Die Hard Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman Bonnie Bedelia

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong Linda Hamilton

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The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton Linda Hamilton

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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving Carrie-Anne Moss

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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
The Dark Knight Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman Gary Oldman

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Lethal Weapon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Lethal Weapon Mel Gibson, Gary Busey Danny Glover

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Predator is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Predator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura Carl Weathers

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Aliens is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Aliens Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton Michael Biehn

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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon Vin Diesel

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Indiana Jones and the Last Cru... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Harrison Ford, Sean Connery River Phoenix

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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher Mark Hamill

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The Bourne Identity is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
The Bourne Identity Matt Damon, Clive Owen Julia Stiles

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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Jurassic Park Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum Richard Attenborough

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First Blood is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
First Blood Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy David Caruso

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Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher Mark Hamill

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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau Brendan Gleeson

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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Gladiator Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix Michael Sheen

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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
The Avengers Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow Robert Downey Jr.

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Batman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Batman Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger Michael Keaton

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Die Hard with a Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Die Hard with a Vengeance Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson Jeremy Irons

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Dirty Harry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Dirty Harry Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel Andrew Robinson

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The Lord of the Rings film tri... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time

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Taken is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Taken Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen Maggie Grace

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Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Goldfinger Sean Connery, Honor Blackman Garry Marshall

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300 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
300 Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender Lena Headey

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Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Iron Man Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr. Samuel L. Jackson

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Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Independence Day Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum Vivica A. Fox

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Speed is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Speed Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves Dennis Hopper

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Indiana Jones and the Temple o... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg Dan Aykroyd

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Mad Max 2 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Mad Max 2 Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence Vernon Wells

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True Lies is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
True Lies Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku Jamie Lee Curtis

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Total Recall is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Total Recall Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone Michael Ironside

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Enter the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Enter the Dragon Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan Sammo Hung

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RoboCop is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
RoboCop Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller Leeza Gibbons

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Alien is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt Ian Holm

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Léon: The Professional is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Léon: The Professional Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman Jean Reno

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Lethal Weapon 2 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Lethal Weapon 2 Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci Danny Glover

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The Fifth Element is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
The Fifth Element Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis Gary Oldman

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The Bourne Supremacy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
The Bourne Supremacy Matt Damon, Julia Stiles Michelle Monaghan

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Heat is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Heat Natalie Portman, Al Pacino Robert De Niro

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Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Batman Begins Katie Holmes, Christian Bale Morgan Freeman

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Kill Bill Volume 1 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Kill Bill Volume 1 Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu Quentin Tarantino

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Skyfall is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Skyfall Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes Javier Bardem

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Die Hard 2 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Die Hard 2 Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo Dennis Franz

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The Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
The Fugitive Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford Tommy Lee Jones

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Return of the Jedi is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Return of the Jedi Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher Mark Hamill

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Scarface is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Scarface Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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Beverly Hills Cop is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Beverly Hills Cop Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans Paul Reiser

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The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
The Incredibles Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter Jason Lee