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The greatest action movies of all time starring some of the best action stars to have ever fought on screen. The best action movies tend to be the ones where we get a little substance to go along with the shooting; a little banter along with the battles. This list has some of the most awesome action films of all time, and it's now up to Ranker users to vote on which of these are truly the top action movies of all time. If you're looking for some of the greatest actions movies of all time that are streaming on Netflix or Amazon, check out The Best Action Movies on Netflix Instant and The Best Action Movies On Amazon Prime

The list of greatest action movies ever has a mix of one man renegades (Die Hard), supernatural thrills (Alien), and science fiction dreams brought to reality on the big screen (Terminator, Jurassic Park). You'll even find some great comedic performances among the gun fights, smack talking, and explosions. Heck, you could probably fill a New Jersey size dump with all the stuff that gets blown up in these action films. The list covers a broad time range as well with nearly as many classic action movies making the list as newer, big budget CGI action-fest.

Don't see your favorite action movie on the list? Shoot it up there! This is a fan ranked list and if you know that the best action movie of all time hasn't been added yet, put it on there and vote it up so everyone can know that the biggest action movie of all time was actually...(this is where you fill in what you think the coolest action movie ever is). Make your voice heard and don't forget, these are action films so you're gonna have to be loud.
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Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Die Hard Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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2
2,060 731
Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

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1,931 669
Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

4
1,557 849
The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

5
1,386 624
The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

6
1,794 690
The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
The Dark Knight Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

7
1,203 609
Aliens is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Aliens Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

8
1,413 571
Predator is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Predator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

9
1,130 579
Lethal Weapon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Lethal Weapon Mel Gibson, Gary Busey, Danny Glover

10
1,219 576
Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

11
1,128 677
The Bourne Identity is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
The Bourne Identity Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles

12
1,316 361
Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
gamedemon24 added Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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1,141 572
Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Jurassic Park Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

14
1,052 460
First Blood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
First Blood Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, David Caruso

15
1,111 365
Indiana Jones and the Last Cru... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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1,016 307
Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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1,043 368
Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Gladiator Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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971 383
Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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1,027 578
The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
KarenHarris added The Avengers Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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877 512
Taken is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Taken Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace

21
755 531
Die Hard with a Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Die Hard with a Vengeance Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons

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699 387
Dirty Harry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Dirty Harry Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, Andrew Robinson

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970 388
The Lord of the Rings film tri... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time

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653 517
Batman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Batman Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

25
887 556
300 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
300 Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

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732 463
Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Independence Day Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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883 452
Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Iron Man Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson

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700 380
True Lies is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
True Lies Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku, Jamie Lee Curtis

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664 339
Total Recall is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Total Recall Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

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683 503
Speed is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Speed Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper

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606 411
Mad Max 2 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Mad Max 2 Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells

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559 304
Enter the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Enter the Dragon Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung

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555 450
RoboCop is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
RoboCop Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller, Leeza Gibbons

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513 301
Lethal Weapon 2 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Lethal Weapon 2 Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Danny Glover

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493 316
Heat is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Heat Natalie Portman, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro

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513 396
Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Goldfinger Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall

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638 274
Indiana Jones and the Temple o... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Dan Aykroyd

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589 385
The Fifth Element is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
The Fifth Element Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman

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560 381
Léon: The Professional is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Léon: The Professional Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Jean Reno

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638 420
Kill Bill Volume 1 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Kill Bill Volume 1 Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino

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629 335
Alien is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Dismalhead added Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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625 319
Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Batman Begins Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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532 293
Die Hard 2 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Die Hard 2 Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo, Dennis Franz

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585 342
The Bourne Supremacy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
The Bourne Supremacy Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Michelle Monaghan

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591 155
Return of the Jedi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Return of the Jedi Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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596 377
Skyfall is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Skyfall Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem

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544 228
The Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
The Fugitive Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones

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425 330
Beverly Hills Cop is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Beverly Hills Cop Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser

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522 328
Scarface is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Scarface Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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456 256
Commando is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Commando Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alyssa Milano, Bill Paxton