Best Of 2012 The Best Action Movies of 2012  

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List Rules Movies must have been released in 2012.

The best action movies of 2012 kept audiences on their toes, brought impressive special effects and included some of the best action stars of this generation. These 2012 action movies rose above all others and along with the best comedy movies of 2012, made for some of the best movies of the year.

In line with the best action movies of 2011, many of the top 2012 action movies were based on superhero comics. "The Dark Knight Rises," "The Avengers" and "The Amazing Spider-Man" each received praise from critics and fans alike as they earned over a billion dollars in combined box office revenue. Those three, along with "The Hunger Games," were among the top five highest grossing movies of the year.

But not all of the best 2012 action movies involved superheroes though many others did use familiar stories. 2012 featured a number of successful sequels back for another go around. Films like "The Expendables 2," The Bourne Legacy" and "Taken 2" all reintroduced some of our favorite action stars and characters in new adventures. The same goes for remakes with films like "Total Recall," "21 Jump Street" and "Dredd" each providing updated versions of old favorite action movies.

So whether you're a fan of the time-traveling thriller "Looper" or highly anticipating the new Bond film "Skyfall," if you're a fan of action movies, chances are some of your favorites from 2012 are right here. Tell us which you enjoy best by voting for those you love, re-ranking the list your way or adding any not listed all below.

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The Avengers Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo Marvel's The Avengers is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a ...more

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The Dark Knight Rises Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman The Dark Knight Rises is a 2012 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character. Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman (Christian Bale), with the ...more

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Skyfall Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem Skyfall is the twenty-third James Bond film produced by Eon Productions. It features Daniel Craig in his third performance as James Bond, and Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva, the film's villain. It ...more

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is a 2011 British-American action mystery film directed by Guy Ritchie and produced by Joel Silver, Lionel Wigram, Susan Downey and Dan Lin. It is a sequel to ...more

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Django Unchained Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson Django Unchained is a 2012 American revisionist Western film directed by Quentin Tarantino. With the help of a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz), a freed slave (Jamie Foxx) sets out to ...more

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The Expendables 2 Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li The Expendables 2 is a 2012 American action film directed by Simon West, and the sequel to the 2010 film. After one of their own is murdered, the mercenary group set out for revenge against ...more

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Looper is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2012
Looper Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt Looper is a 2012 American science fiction action thriller film written and directed by Rian Johnson and starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Emily Blunt. In the film, time travel is ...more

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The Bourne Legacy Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Jeremy Renner The Bourne Legacy is a 2012 American action thriller film directed by Tony Gilroy, and is the fourth installment in the series of films adapted from the novels originated by Robert Ludlum, and ...more

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore The Hunger Games is a 2012 action, adventure film written by Gary Ross, Suzanne Collins and Billy Ray and directed by Gary Ross.

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alan Tudyk, Erin Wasson Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a 2012 American dark fantasy action horror film directed by Timur Bekmambetov, based on the 2010 mashup novel of the same name. The novel's author, Seth ...more

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John Carter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2012
John Carter Willem Dafoe, Bryan Cranston, Mark Strong John Carter is a 2012 American science fiction fantasy film directed by Andrew Stanton and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is based on A Princess of Mars, the first book in the Barsoom ...more

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The Raid: Redemption Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Victoria The Raid: Redemption is a 2011 Indonesian martial arts action film written and directed by Welsh filmmaker Gareth Evans and starring Iko Uwais. This is the second collaboration of Evans and ...more

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Total Recall is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2012
Total Recall Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Colin Farrell Total Recall is a 2012 American science fiction action film directed by Len Wiseman. It is the second adaptation of the 1966 short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" by ...more

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Dredd Lena Headey, Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby Dredd is a 2012 science fiction action film directed by Pete Travis and written and produced by Alex Garland. It is based on the 2000 AD comic strip Judge Dredd and its eponymous character ...more

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The Amazing Spider-Man Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans The Amazing Spider-Man is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Marc Webb, based on the Marvel Comics character. After Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is bitten by a genetically altered ...more

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Wrath of the Titans is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2012
KingDDK added Wrath of the Titans Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Rosamund Pike Wrath of the Titans is a 2012 film directed by Jonathan Liebesman.

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Prometheus Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba Prometheus is a 2012 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof, and starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan ...more

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Safe House is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2012
KingDDK added Safe House Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga Safe House is a 2012 American action thriller film directed by Daniel Espinosa, starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. It was released on February 10, 2012, in North America by Universal ...more

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Snow White and the Huntsman Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth Snow White and the Huntsman is a 2012 American dark fantasy action film based on the German fairy tale "Snow White" compiled by the Brothers Grimm. In the film's retelling of the tale, ...more

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21 Jump Street Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube 21 Jump Street is a 2012 American action comedy film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, executive produced by and starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, and scripted by Michael ...more

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Underworld: Awakening is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2012
KingDDK added Underworld: Awakening Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Ealy Underworld: Awakening is a 2012 American 3D action horror film directed by Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein. It is the fourth installment in the Underworld film series, with Kate ...more

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Taken 2 Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace Taken 2 is a 2012 Action Crime Drama Thriller film written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen and directed by Olivier Megaton.

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Lockout Maggie Grace, Guy Pearce, Peter Stormare Lockout is a 2012 French science fiction action film directed by James Mather and Stephen Saint Leger, and written by Mather, Saint Leger, and Luc Besson. The film stars Guy Pearce, Maggie ...more

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Battleship is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2012
KingDDK added Battleship Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker, Liam Neeson Battleship is a 2012 American military science fiction action-war film loosely inspired by the classic board game. The film was directed by Peter Berg and released by Universal Pictures. It was ...more

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Safe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2012
KingDDK added Safe Jason Statham, Anson Mount, Chris Sarandon Safe is a 2012 American action crime thriller film directed by Boaz Yakin. Luke Wright (Jason Statham), an ex-cop and former cage fighter, winds up protecting a gifted child who is being chased ...more

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The Grey Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo The Grey is a 2011 American survival thriller co-written, produced and directed by Joe Carnahan and starring Liam Neeson, Frank Grillo and Dermot Mulroney. It is based on the short story ...more

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Red Dawn Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutchersonm, Adrianne Palicki Red Dawn is a 2012 American war film directed by Dan Bradley. The screenplay by Carl Ellsworth and Jeremy Passmore is based on the 1984 film of the same name. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, ...more

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Resident Evil: Retribution Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Michelle Rodriguez Resident Evil: Retribution is a 2012 American-Canadian-German science fiction action horror film written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. It is the fifth installment in the Resident Evil ...more

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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Nicolas Cage, Idris Elba, CiarĂ¡n Hinds Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is a 2011 American superhero film directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, based on the Marvel Comics character. As Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) hides out in ...more

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Men in Black 3 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2012
KingDDK added Men in Black 3 Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Will Smith Men in Black 3 is a 2012 American 3D comic science fiction-action film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, and Josh Brolin. It is the third installment in the ...more

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Man on a Ledge is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2012
KingDDK added Man on a Ledge Elizabeth Banks, Ed Harris, Kyra Sedgwick Man on a Ledge is a 2012 American thriller action directed by Asger Leth, starring Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Edward Burns, Anthony Mackie, Génesis Rodríguez and ...more

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Jack Reacher is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2012
wiabux added Jack Reacher Tom Cruise, Robert Duvall, Rosamund Pike Jack Reacher is a 2012 American thriller film. It is an adaptation of Lee Child's 2005 novel One Shot. Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, the film stars Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher. ...more

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Haywire Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum Haywire is a 2011 action-thriller film directed by Steven Soderbergh, starring Gina Carano, Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Bill Paxton, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas, and Michael Douglas. ...more

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The Man with the Iron Fists is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2012
wiabux added The Man with the Iron Fists Lucy Liu, Russell Crowe, Jamie Chung The Man with the Iron Fists is a 2012 American martial arts film directed by RZA and written by RZA and Eli Roth. The film stars RZA, Russell Crowe, Cung Le, Lucy Liu, Byron Mann, Rick Yune, ...more

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Premium Rush is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2012
wiabux added Premium Rush Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jamie Chung, Dania Ramirez Premium Rush is a 2012 American action-thriller film directed by David Koepp and written by Koepp and John Kamps. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez and Jamie ...more