The All-Time Greatest Action Stars People

The All-Time Greatest Action Stars

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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 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 defintiely qualifies. Angelina Jolie and Milla Jovovich are other good examples.

Enjoy voting for the best action stars, and remember: You can, and should, add anyone who deserves a spot and isn't already listed here!

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

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    Bruce Willis

    1955 More
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    Bruce Lee

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger

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    Clint Eastwood

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    Harrison Ford

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    Sean Connery

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    Jason Statham

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    Mel Gibson

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    Jet Li

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    Jean-Claude Van Damme

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    Matt Damon

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    Steve McQueen

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    Tom Cruise

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    Vin Diesel

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    Daniel Craig

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    Charles Bronson

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    Will Smith

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    Kurt Russell

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    Denzel Washington

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    Wesley Snipes

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    Gerard Butler

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    Steven Seagal

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    Russell Crowe

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    Jean Reno

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    Mark Wahlberg

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    Charlton Heston

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    Pierce Brosnan

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    Nicolas Cage

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    Milla Jovovich

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    Patrick Swayze

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    Dolph Lundgren

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    Chow Yun-Fat

    1955 More
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    Angelina Jolie

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    Chuck Norris

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    Brad Pitt

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    Antonio Banderas

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    added by: wiabux
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