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List Rules 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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1
3,142 1,226
Sylvester Stallone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Sylvester Stallone Rocky, The Expendables, Rambo

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2
3,301 1,532
Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Arnold Schwarzenegger The Terminator, Predator, Total Recall

3
2,383 1,155
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Clint Eastwood Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Unforgiven

4
2,450 1,129
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Bruce Willis The Sixth Sense, Die Hard, The Fifth Element

5
2,782 981
Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Bruce Lee The Big Boss, The Way of the Dragon, The Chinese Connection

6
2,482 887
Jason Statham is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Jason Statham Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch

7
2,526 878
Jackie Chan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Jackie Chan Jackie Chan Adventures, Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2

8
2,028 975
Chuck Norris is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Chuck Norris The Way of the Dragon, Missing in Action, The Delta Force

9
1,677 1,094
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Mel Gibson Braveheart, Signs, Lethal Weapon

10
1,941 941
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Harrison Ford Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

11
1,603 863
Jean-Claude Van Damme is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Jean-Claude Van Damme Double Impact, Universal Soldier, Kickboxer

12
1,431 805
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Sean Connery Dr. No, The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

13
1,650 660
Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Jet Li Hero, Unleashed, The Expendables

14
1,552 838
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Liam Neeson Schindler's List, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Batman Begins

15
1,434 702
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Hugh Jackman The Prestige, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men

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16
1,869 1,057
Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Dwayne Johnson San Andreas, Fast & Furious 6, G.I. Joe: Retaliation

17
1,174 944
John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
John Wayne The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Rio Bravo

18
1,041 619
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Kurt Russell The Thing, Stargate, Death Proof

19
968 652
Charles Bronson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Charles Bronson Once Upon a Time in the West, The Great Escape, The Dirty Dozen

20
1,297 1,211
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Tom Cruise Top Gun, Mission: Impossible, Jerry Maguire

21
1,008 666
Wesley Snipes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Wesley Snipes Blade^! Blade II^! Blade: Trinity^! Demolition Man

22
1,156 760
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Denzel Washington Training Day, American Gangster American Gangster, Man on Fire

23
901 685
Steve McQueen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Steve McQueen The Great Escape, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Papillon

24
866 607
Dolph Lundgren is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Dolph Lundgren The Expendables, The Expendables 2, Universal Soldier

25
1,305 958
Vin Diesel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Vin Diesel Furious 7, Fast & Furious 6, Fast Five

26
1,072 727
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Matt Damon The Bourne Identity, Saving Private Ryan, Good Will Hunting

27
989 693
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Daniel Craig Skyfall, Casino Royale, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

28
835 642
Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Sigourney Weaver Alien, Aliens, Alien³

29
916 684
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Christian Bale The Dark Knight, The Prestige, American Psycho

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30
1,163 719
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Keanu Reeves The Matrix, Speed, John Wick

31
790 418
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
ryanjjjj8 added Robert Downey Jr. The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3

32
724 583
Linda Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Logan2011 added Linda Hamilton Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Terminator, Dante's Peak

33
716 589
Carl Weathers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Carl Weathers Predator, Rocky I, II & IV

34
906 866
Steven Seagal is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Steven Seagal Under Siege, Above the Law, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory

35
802 546
Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Al Stamira added Randy Savage Spider-Man, Bolt, WrestleMania IV

36
544 314
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Tommy Lee Jones No Country for Old Men, Men in Black, Men in Black II

37
990 840
Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Mark Wahlberg Boogie Nights, The Fighter, Lone Survivor

38
749 673
Nicolas Cage is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Nicolas Cage Leaving Las Vegas, National Treasure, Moonstruck

39
729 602
Jean Reno is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Jean Reno Léon: The Professional, The Da Vinci Code, Godzilla

40
622 581
Patrick Swayze is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Patrick Swayze Ghost, Dirty Dancing, Donnie Darko

41
895 774
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Samuel L. Jackson Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

42
707 546
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Al Pacino The Godfather, Scarface, Heat

43
844 907
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Will Smith Men in Black, I Am Legend, I

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44
693 723
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Russell Crowe Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind, L.A. Confidential

45
832 547
Milla Jovovich is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Milla Jovovich The Fifth Element, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Resident Evil: Extinction

46
633 689
Pierce Brosnan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Pierce Brosnan GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Die Another Day

47
718 719
Gerard Butler is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Gerard Butler 300, How to Train Your Dragon, Olympus Has Fallen

48
902 546
Jessica Biel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Ag47 added Jessica Biel The Illusionist, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 7th Heaven

49
669 735
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Brad Pitt Inglourious Basterds, Fight Club, World War Z

50
461 546
Roger Moore is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Roger Moore The Spy Who Loved Me, Live and Let Die, For Your Eyes Only