The Greatest Action Movies of All Time

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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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    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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    Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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    Mel Gibson, Gary Busey, Danny Glover

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    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

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    Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles

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    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    often listed
    Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, David Caruso

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    Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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    Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

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    Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, Andrew Robinson

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    Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper

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    Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson

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    Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace

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    Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells

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    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku, Jamie Lee Curtis

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    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

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    Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Dan Aykroyd

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    Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller, Leeza Gibbons

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    Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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    Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Michelle Monaghan

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    Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Danny Glover

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    Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall

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    Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

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    Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Jean Reno

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    Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo, Dennis Franz

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    Natalie Portman, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro

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    Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman

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    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino

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    Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones

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    Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem

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    Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser

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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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    Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner

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    Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom

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