The Greatest Action Movies of All Time Films

The Greatest Action Movies of All Time

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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.

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 fests.

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.

If you're looking for some more recent action movies, check out the best action movies of 2012

List Criteria: Movies in the action genre only.

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    added by: KarenHarris
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    RoboCop

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    The Incredibles

    2004 More
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    Total Recall

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    Rambo

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    Beverly Hills Cop

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    Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

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    X-Men: First Class

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    Hot Fuzz

    2007 More
    51
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