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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 Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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The Dark Knight Rises Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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Skyfall Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law

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Django Unchained Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

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The Expendables 2 Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis

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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

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The Bourne Legacy Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Jeremy Renner

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The Raid: Redemption Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Victoria

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alan Tudyk, Erin Wasson

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29 31
John Carter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2012
John Carter Willem Dafoe, Bryan Cranston, Mark Strong

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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

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Dredd Lena Headey, Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby

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Wrath of the Titans is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2012
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The Amazing Spider-Man Emma Stone, Sally Field, Martin Sheen

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Prometheus Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba

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Snow White and the Huntsman Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth

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Safe House is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2012
KingDDK added Safe House Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga

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21 Jump Street Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube

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Underworld: Awakening is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2012
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Taken 2 Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace

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Lockout Maggie Grace, Guy Pearce, Peter Stormare

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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

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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

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The Grey Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo

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Red Dawn Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutchersonm, Adrianne Palicki

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Resident Evil: Retribution Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Michelle Rodriguez

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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Nicolas Cage, Idris Elba, CiarĂ¡n Hinds

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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

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Jack Reacher is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2012
wiabux added Jack Reacher Tom Cruise, Robert Duvall, Rosamund Pike

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Man on a Ledge is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2012
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Haywire Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum

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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

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Premium Rush is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2012
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