The Greatest Action Movies of All Time Films
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The Greatest Action Movies of All Time

List Criteria: 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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    John Rhys-Davies, Alfred Molina, Frank Marshall

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    Clarence Gilyard, Alan Rickman, Kym Malin

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    Edward Furlong, S. Epatha Merkerson, Diane Rodriguez

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    Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving, Gloria Foster

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    Paul Winfield, Bill Paxton, William Wisher

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    Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Kiley

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    Gary Oldman, Anthony Michael Hall, Heath Ledger

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    Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Brian Cox

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    Bill Paxton, Sigourney Weaver, Mark Rolston

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    Steve Boyum, R. G. Armstrong, Sven-Ole Thorsen

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    Matt Damon, Ted Danson, Tom Sizemore

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    Gary Busey, Tom Atkins, Traci Wolfe

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    David Caruso, Brian Dennehy, Alf Humphreys

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    Robert Downey Jr., Paul Bettany, Stellan Skarsgård

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    Robert Downey Jr., Paul Bettany, Jon Favreau filmography

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    David Wenham, Gerard Butler, Stephen McHattie

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    River Phoenix, John Rhys-Davies, Julian Glover

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    Mark Gordon, Jeff Daniels, Keanu Reeves

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    Sam Phillips, James Saito, Larry Bryggman

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    Holly Valance, Maggie Grace, Tamara Witmer

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    John Hurt, Ian Holm, Tom Skerritt

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    Will Smith, Harvey Fierstein, Jeff Goldblum

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    Brian Cox, Ian Bannen, Brendan Gleeson

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    Carrie Fisher, Denis Lawson, Harrison Ford

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    Clint Eastwood, Kristoffer Tabori, Joe Finnegan

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    Matt Damon, Karl Urban, Julia Stiles

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    Gary Oldman, Danny Aiello, Jean-Hugues Anglade

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    Carrie Fisher, Frank Oz, Billy Dee Williams

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    Bill Paxton, Tia Carrere, Grant Heslov

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    Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton, Billy Dee Williams

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    Paul McCrane, Leeza Gibbons, Ray Wise

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    Gert Fröbe, Garry Marshall, Sean Connery

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    Ian Holm, Chris Tucker, Gary Oldman

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    Michael Sheen, Al Hunter Ashton, Russell Crowe

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    Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem, Rory Kinnear

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    Tone-Lōc, Tom Sizemore, Jeremy Piven

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    Ken Watanabe, Gary Oldman, Linus Roache

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    Roy Chiao, Billy Chan, Hoi Mang

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    Patsy Kensit, Jim Piddock, Traci Wolfe

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    Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside, Alexia Robinson

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    John Malkovich, John Cusack, Nicolas Cage

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    Lucy Liu, David Carradine, Vivica A. Fox

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    Holly Hunter, Mark Andrews, Brad Lewis

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    John Searle, Steven Spielberg, Carl Gottlieb

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    Minnie Driver, Joe Don Baker, Robbie Coltrane

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    Franco Nero, Sheila McCarthy, Dennis Franz

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    Ving Rhames, Anil Kapoor, Tom Cruise

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    James Russo, Damon Wayans, Rick Overton

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