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The Greatest Action Movies Of All Time

Updated October 8, 2020 474.0k votes 31.1k voters 1.1m views723 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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  • 1
    Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Action Movies Of All Time
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    1,730

    Gladiator

    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2000

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    Star Wars Episode V: The Empir is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Action Movies Of All Time
    4,199
    1,542

    Released1980

    Directed byIrvin Kershner

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  • 3
    Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Action Movies Of All Time
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    3,138

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong

    Released1991

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • 4
    Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Action Movies Of All Time
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    1,820

    Star Wars

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1977

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

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  • 5
    Indiana Jones and the Last Cru is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Action Movies Of All Time
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    1,509

    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery

    Released1989

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 6
    Predator is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Action Movies Of All Time
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    2,016

    Predator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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  • 7
    Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Action Movies Of All Time
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    3,360

    Die Hard

    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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  • 8
    The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Action Movies Of All Time
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    The Dark Knight

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2008

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • 9
    John Wick is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Action Movies Of All Time
    4,407
    927

    John Wick

    Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe

    Released2014

    Directed byChad Stahelski, David Leitch

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  • 10
    Indiana Jones and the Raiders  is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Action Movies Of All Time
    6,603
    2,839

    Released1981

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 11
    The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Action Movies Of All Time
    5,332
    2,270

    The Terminator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton

    Released1984

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • 12
    The Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Action Movies Of All Time
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    742

    The Fugitive

    Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford

    Released1993

    Directed byAndrew Davis

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  • 13
    The Lord of the Rings: The Ret is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Action Movies Of All Time
    2,023
    789

    Released2003

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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  • 14
    Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Action Movies Of All Time
    3,561
    1,571

    Braveheart

    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau

    Released1995

    Directed byMel Gibson

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  • 15
    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Action Movies Of All Time
    1,665
    568

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach

    Released1966

    Directed bySergio Leone

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  • 16
    First Blood is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Action Movies Of All Time
    3,851
    1,665

    First Blood

    Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy

    Released1982

    Directed byTed Kotcheff

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  • 17
    Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Action Movies Of All Time
    4,115
    1,908

    Jurassic Park

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 18
    Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Action Movies Of All Time
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    2,052

    Saving Private Ryan

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 19
    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Action Movies Of All Time
    2,085
    851

    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1983

    Directed byRichard Marquand

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  • 20
    The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Action Movies Of All Time
    4,311
    2,158

    The Avengers

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans

    Released2012

    Directed byJoss Whedon

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  • 21
    The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Action Movies Of All Time
    6,150
    3,169

    The Matrix

    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving

    Released1999

    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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  • 22
    Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Action Movies Of All Time
    2,585
    1,207

    Batman Begins

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2005

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • 23
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Action Movies Of All Time
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    709

    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen

    Released2002

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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  • 24
    Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Action Movies Of All Time
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    612

    Guardians of the Galaxy

    Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana

    Released2014

    Directed byJames Gunn

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  • 25
    Lethal Weapon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Action Movies Of All Time
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    1,912

    Lethal Weapon

    Mel Gibson, Gary Busey

    Released1987

    Directed byRichard Donner

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