The All-Time Greatest Action Stars People
Ultimate List
22  reranks 10,738 votes 721 voters 21,533 views more info

The All-Time Greatest Action Stars

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 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 is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
  • 22 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
</> Rerank List
Score
  1. 1
    Up 274
    Down 122

    the people's #1 &most listed
    Bruce Willis

    1955 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 309
    Down 81

    ranked low on reranks
    Bruce Lee

    1940 More
    99
  3. 3
    Up 282
    Down 95
    1947 More
    99
  4. 4
    Up 267
    Down 80
    1946 More
    97
  5. 5
    Up 245
    Down 71
    1930 More
    97
  6. 6
    Up 203
    Down 72
    1942 More
    94
  7. 7
    Up 183
    Down 65
    1930 More
    93
  8. 8
    Up 239
    Down 66
    1954 More
    88
  9. 9
    Up 212
    Down 73
    1967 More
    88
  10. 10
    Up 216
    Down 96
    87
  11. 11
    Up 159
    Down 86
    1956 More
    85
  12. 12
    Up 165
    Down 71
    1952 More
    83
  13. 13
    Up 195
    Down 64

    ranked low on reranks
    Jet Li

    1963 More
    81
  14. 14
    Up 131
    Down 66
    1907 More
    78
  15. 15
    Up 143
    Down 66
    1968 More
    77
  16. 16
    Up 144
    Down 75
    1960 More
    74
  17. 17
    Up 156
    Down 74
    1972 More
    73
  18. 18
    Up 128
    Down 77
    1970 More
    70
  19. 19
    Up 112
    Down 57
    1930 More
    70
  20. 20
    Up 136
    Down 72
    1967 More
    70
  21. 21
    Up 120
    Down 105

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Tom Cruise

    1962 More
    69
  22. 22
    Up 100
    Down 66
    1921 More
    68
  23. 23
    Up 97
    Down 77

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Kurt Russell

    1951 More
    68
  24. 24
    Up 113
    Down 67
    1968 More
    67
  25. 25
    Up 114
    Down 63
    1974 More
    67
  26. 26
    Up 118
    Down 62
    1954 More
    66
  27. 27
    Up 112
    Down 70
    1962 More
    65
  28. 28
    Up 108
    Down 90
    1952 More
    65
  29. 29
    Up 95
    Down 69
    1969 More
    65
  30. 30
    Up 120
    Down 89
    1968 More
    64
  31. 31
    Up 104
    Down 67
    1948 More
    60
  32. 32
    Up 85
    Down 71
    1953 More
    60
  33. 33
    Up 107
    Down 69
    1971 More
    59
  34. 34
    Up 88
    Down 68
    1948 More
    59
  35. 35
    Up 103
    Down 62
    1964 More
    59
  36. 36
    Up 85
    Down 74
    1949 More
    59
  37. 37
    Up 78
    Down 72
    1923 More
    57
  38. 38
    Up 78
    Down 81
    1964 More
    57
  39. 39
    Up 81
    Down 51
    1948 More
    56
  40. 40
    Up 85
    Down 69
    1952 More
    55
  41. 41
    Up 67
    Down 66
    1957 More
    55
  42. 42
    Up 92
    Down 63

    ranked low on reranks
    Milla Jovovich

    1975 More
    54
  43. 43
    Up 65
    Down 70
    1927 More
    53
  44. 44
    Up 64
    Down 75
    1955 More
    51
  45. 45
    Up 86
    Down 78
    1964 More
    51
  46. 46
    Up 45
    Down 76

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Burt Reynolds

    1936 More
    49
  47. 47
    Up 84
    Down 87
    1975 More
    48
  48. 48
    Up 37
    Down 21

    ranked low on reranks
    Chuck Norris

    1940 More
    46
  49. 49
    Up 61
    Down 74
    1963 More
    46
  50. 50
    Up 10
    Down 1
    1940 More
    46
  51. 72 +

    Something missing? Add it!

Is this list missing something?
RANKERS WHO ADDED ITEMS

items 1 - 50 of 71

think you can do better?

Rerank This List
why?

got a blog or website?

embed this list
why?

viewers of this list also saw

more popular lists