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

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Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Bruce Willis The Sixth Sense, Die Hard, The Fifth Element

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Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Clint Eastwood Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Unforgiven

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Dwayne Johnson San Andreas, Fast & Furious 6, G.I. Joe: Retaliation

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Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 16 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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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

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Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Tom Cruise Top Gun, Mission: Impossible, Jerry Maguire

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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

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Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Kurt Russell The Thing, Stargate, Death Proof

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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

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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

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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

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Vin Diesel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Vin Diesel Furious 7, Fast & Furious 6, Fast Five

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Dolph Lundgren is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Dolph Lundgren The Expendables, The Expendables 2, Universal Soldier

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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

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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

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

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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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Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Robert Downey Jr. The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3

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Linda Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Linda Hamilton Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Terminator, Dante's Peak

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Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Keanu Reeves The Matrix, Speed, John Wick

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Steven Seagal is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Steven Seagal Under Siege, Above the Law, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory

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Carl Weathers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Carl Weathers Predator, Rocky I, II & IV

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Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Samuel L. Jackson Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Mark Wahlberg Boogie Nights, The Fighter, Lone Survivor

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Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Tommy Lee Jones No Country for Old Men, Men in Black, Men in Black II

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Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Al Pacino The Godfather, Scarface, Heat

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Nicolas Cage is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Nicolas Cage Leaving Las Vegas, National Treasure, Moonstruck

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

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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Will Smith Men in Black, I Am Legend, I

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Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Randy Savage Spider-Man, Bolt, WrestleMania IV

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Jean Reno is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Jean Reno Léon: The Professional, The Da Vinci Code, Godzilla

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Brad Pitt Inglourious Basterds, Fight Club, World War Z

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Jessica Biel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Jessica Biel The Illusionist, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 7th Heaven

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Kate Beckinsale is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Kate Beckinsale The Aviator, Underworld, Underworld Evolution