The All-Time Greatest Action Stars

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List Criteria: Must be actors known for their work in action films.

Who are the all-time greatest action stars? This list includes some of the biggest names in movie history, and each actor or actress listed here is fully capable of kicking butt and taking names in any movie they're in. Action stars are a special breed. They combine great acting ability with physicality that brings an action film to life. Be sure to vote for your favorite action stars and vote down any you don't like. Also, feel free to add any great action movie stars who are missing from the list.

What makes an action star the best? It's someone who commands the screen with feats of strength and prowess, adding to the already amped-up feeling of an action film. Many people listed here are top action movie stars who starred in some of the greatest action movies of all time. Some are newcomers, having landed major roles in recent films, including the best action movies of 2012, for example.

Not all of the all-time greatest action stars are men, no no. Some of the sexiest women in action movies are included here. Among them: Sigourney Weaver, aka Ripley in Alien. She definitely qualifies. Angelina Jolie and Milla Jovovich are other good examples.

Enjoy voting for the best action stars, and remember: You can, and should, add any famous Hollywood action actors who deserve a spot but aren't already listed here!
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    Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars


    Clint Eastwood age 85

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    Sylvester Stallone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars


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    Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger age 68

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    Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars

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    Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars

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    Jason Statham is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars

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    Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars


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    Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars


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    Jean-Claude Van Damme is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars


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    Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars


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    Steve McQueen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars


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    Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars


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    Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars

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    Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars


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    John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars

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    Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars


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    Vin Diesel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars


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    Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars


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    Dolph Lundgren is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars


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    Linda Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars

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    Wesley Snipes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars


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    Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars


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    Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars

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    Carl Weathers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars

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    Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars

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    Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars


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    Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars


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    Nicolas Cage is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars


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    Patrick Swayze is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars


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    Michelle Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars

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    Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars

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    Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars


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    Charlton Heston is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars

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    Pierce Brosnan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars

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    Milla Jovovich is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars

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    Jessica Biel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars

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    Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars


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    Roger Moore is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars


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