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The Greatest Action Movies Of All Time

Updated May 14, 2021 435.6k votes 31.8k voters 1.1m views627 items

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The greatest epic action movies ever made have some of the best action stars to have ever fought on screen. Good Hollywood 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 action movies of all time that are streaming on Netflix or Amazon, check out The Best Action Movies on Netflix and The Best Action Movies On Amazon Prime

The list of popular action movies ever has famous action films with 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. Other good action movies to watch include The Matrix Trilogy, the John Wick movies, and The Bourne Series

This is a fan ranked list and that means you can rerank this list 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. And, if you love action movies, you might want to check out this list of the best action shows.

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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong


    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • 2

    Dark Knight Trilogy

    Christian Bale, Gary Oldman

    Released2005 - 2012

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix


    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • 4

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  • 5

    Star Wars Franchise

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1977 - Present

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  • 8


    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau


    Directed byMel Gibson

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  • 9

    First Blood

    Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy


    Directed byTed Kotcheff

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  • 10

    Saving Private Ryan

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 11

    The Fugitive

    Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford


    Directed byAndrew Davis

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  • 12

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach


    Directed bySergio Leone

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  • 13

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  • 14

    The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    Elijah Wood, Ian McKellan

    Released2001 - 2003

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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  • 15

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  • 16

    Indiana Jones Franchise

    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery

    Released1981 - Present

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 17

    Jurassic Park Franchise

    Richard Attenborough, Sam Neill

    Released1993 - Present

    Directed bySteven Spielberg, Joe Johnston, Colin Trevorrow, J.A. Bayona

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    Marvel Cinematic Universe

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans


    Directed byJon Favreau, Joss Whedon, Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Ryan Coogler

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    The Matrix Franchise

    Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishbourne

    Released1999 - 2021

    Directed byLana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski

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  • 20

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  • 21

    Bourne Franchise

    Matt Damon, Brian Cox

    Released2002 - Present

    Directed byDoug Liman, Paul Greengrass

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  • 22

    The Rock

    Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery


    Directed byMichael Bay

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  • 23

    Total Recall

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone


    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

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  • 24

    Point Break

    Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey


    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

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  • 25

    Casino Royale

    Daniel Craig, Pierce Brosnan

    Released1962 - Present

    Directed byTerence Young, Guy Hamilton, Lewis Gilbert, Sam Mendes, Peter R. Hunt

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