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List Rules Movies in the action genre only.

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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1,874 659
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
1,697 584
Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

3
1,854 608
Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... is listed (or ranked) 3 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

4
1,388 734
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
1,235 541
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
1,571 619
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
1,090 524
Aliens is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Aliens Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

8
1,245 493
Predator is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Predator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

9
996 526
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
1,087 512
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
991 614
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
1,170 310
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

13
1,033 513
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
995 314
Indiana Jones and the Last Cru... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

15
926 413
First Blood is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
First Blood Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, David Caruso

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16
912 312
Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Gladiator Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

17
909 264
Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

18
873 330
Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

19
920 512
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.

20
768 454
Taken is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Taken Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace

21
631 341
Dirty Harry is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Dirty Harry Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, Andrew Robinson

22
678 468
Die Hard with a Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Die Hard with a Vengeance Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons

23
848 339
The Lord of the Rings film tri... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time

24
795 499
300 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
300 Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

25
579 460
Batman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Batman Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

26
660 412
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

27
789 410
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

28
582 307
Total Recall is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Total Recall Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

29
608 339
True Lies is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
True Lies Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku, Jamie Lee Curtis

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30
607 462
Speed is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Speed Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper

31
497 270
Enter the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Enter the Dragon Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung

32
540 369
Mad Max 2 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Mad Max 2 Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells

33
490 411
RoboCop is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
RoboCop Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller, Leeza Gibbons

34
471 357
Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Goldfinger Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall

35
455 266
Lethal Weapon 2 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Lethal Weapon 2 Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Danny Glover

36
577 245
Indiana Jones and the Temple o... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Dan Aykroyd

37
437 278
Heat is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Heat Natalie Portman, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro

38
575 300
Alien is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Dismalhead added Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

39
569 373
Kill Bill Volume 1 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Kill Bill Volume 1 Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino

40
517 351
The Fifth Element is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
The Fifth Element Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman

41
500 353
Léon: The Professional is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Léon: The Professional Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Jean Reno

42
556 288
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

43
471 265
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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517 131
Return of the Jedi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Return of the Jedi Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

45
533 331
Skyfall is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Skyfall Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem

46
520 311
The Bourne Supremacy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
The Bourne Supremacy Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Michelle Monaghan

47
485 201
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

48
475 291
Scarface is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Scarface Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

49
380 302
Beverly Hills Cop is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Beverly Hills Cop Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser

50
394 229
Commando is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Action Movies of All Time
Commando Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alyssa Milano, Bill Paxton