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List Rules Must be actors known for their work in action films.

Who are the all-time greatest action stars? This list includes some of the biggest names in movie history, and each actor or actress listed here is fully capable of kicking butt and taking names in any movie they're in. Action stars are a special breed. They combine great acting ability with physicality that brings an action film to life. Be sure to vote for your favorite action stars and vote down any you don't like. Also, feel free to add any great action movie stars who are missing from the list.

What makes an action star the best? It's someone who commands the screen with feats of strength and prowess, adding to the already amped-up feeling of an action film. Many people listed here are top action movie stars who starred in some of the greatest action movies of all time. Some are newcomers, having landed major roles in recent films, including the best action movies of 2012, for example.

Not all of the all-time greatest action stars are men, no no. Some of the sexiest women in action movies are included here. Among them: Sigourney Weaver, aka Ripley in Alien. She definitely qualifies. Angelina Jolie and Milla Jovovich are other good examples.

Enjoy voting for the best action stars, and remember: You can, and should, add any famous Hollywood action actors who deserve a spot but aren't already listed here!
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1
4,065 1,861
Sylvester Stallone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Sylvester Stallone Rocky, The Expendables, Rambo

2
4,645 1,938
Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Arnold Schwarzenegger The Terminator, Predator, Total Recall

3
3,259 1,488
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Bruce Willis The Sixth Sense, Die Hard, The Fifth Element

4
3,140 1,547
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Clint Eastwood Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Unforgiven

5
3,573 1,293
Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Bruce Lee The Big Boss, The Way of the Dragon, The Chinese Connection

6
3,235 1,230
Jason Statham is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Jason Statham Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch

7
3,403 1,076
Jackie Chan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Jackie Chan Jackie Chan Adventures, Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2

8
2,666 1,321
Chuck Norris is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Chuck Norris The Way of the Dragon, Missing in Action, The Delta Force

9
2,572 1,157
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Harrison Ford Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

10
2,133 1,407
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Mel Gibson Braveheart, Signs, Lethal Weapon

11
2,199 1,144
Jean-Claude Van Damme is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Jean-Claude Van Damme Double Impact, Universal Soldier, Kickboxer

12
1,884 1,019
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Sean Connery Dr. No, The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

13
2,056 1,046
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Liam Neeson Schindler's List, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Batman Begins

14
1,969 865
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Hugh Jackman The Prestige, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men

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15
2,169 818
Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Jet Li Hero, Unleashed, The Expendables

16
2,551 1,518
Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Dwayne Johnson San Andreas, Fast & Furious 6, G.I. Joe: Retaliation

17
1,510 797
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Kurt Russell The Thing, Stargate, Death Proof

18
1,176 869
Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Sigourney Weaver Alien, Aliens, Alien³

19
1,267 863
Charles Bronson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Charles Bronson Once Upon a Time in the West, The Great Escape, The Dirty Dozen

20
1,529 1,324
John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
John Wayne The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Rio Bravo

21
1,112 885
Steve McQueen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Steve McQueen The Great Escape, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Papillon

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22
1,690 1,667
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Tom Cruise Top Gun, Mission: Impossible, Jerry Maguire

23
1,320 952
Wesley Snipes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Wesley Snipes Blade, Blade II, Blade: Trinity

24
973 818
Linda Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Logan2011 added Linda Hamilton Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Terminator, Dante's Peak

25
1,461 1,093
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Denzel Washington Training Day, American Gangster American Gangster, Man on Fire

26
1,740 948
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Keanu Reeves The Matrix, Speed, John Wick

27
1,101 825
Jean Reno is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Jean Reno Léon: The Professional, The Da Vinci Code, Godzilla

28
1,156 842
Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Al Stamira added Randy Savage Spider-Man, Bolt, WrestleMania IV

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29
1,287 987
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Daniel Craig Skyfall, Casino Royale, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

30
1,121 901
Dolph Lundgren is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Dolph Lundgren The Expendables, The Expendables 2, Universal Soldier

31
1,383 1,006
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Matt Damon The Bourne Identity, Saving Private Ryan, Good Will Hunting

32
1,659 1,340
Vin Diesel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Vin Diesel Furious 7, Fast & Furious 6, Fast Five

33
1,208 945
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Christian Bale The Dark Knight, The Prestige, American Psycho

34
1,119 671
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
ryanjjjj8 added Robert Downey Jr. The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3

35
1,044 886
Nicolas Cage is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Nicolas Cage Leaving Las Vegas, National Treasure, Moonstruck

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36
781 480
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Tommy Lee Jones No Country for Old Men, Men in Black, Men in Black II

37
1,003 738
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Al Pacino The Godfather, Scarface, Heat

38
900 778
Carl Weathers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Carl Weathers Predator, Rocky I, II & IV

39
696 706
Roger Moore is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Roger Moore The Spy Who Loved Me, Live and Let Die, For Your Eyes Only

40
1,242 1,079
Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Mark Wahlberg Boogie Nights, The Fighter, Lone Survivor

41
1,133 681
Milla Jovovich is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Milla Jovovich The Fifth Element, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Resident Evil: Extinction

42
1,107 1,219
Steven Seagal is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Steven Seagal Under Siege, Above the Law, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory

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43
801 750
Patrick Swayze is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Patrick Swayze Ghost, Dirty Dancing, Donnie Darko

44
1,143 991
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Samuel L. Jackson Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

45
1,094 1,150
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Will Smith Men in Black, I Am Legend, I

46
805 844
Pierce Brosnan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Pierce Brosnan GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Die Another Day

47
894 946
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Russell Crowe Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind, L.A. Confidential

48
930 901
Gerard Butler is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Gerard Butler 300, How to Train Your Dragon, Olympus Has Fallen

49
362 197
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Janka Garais added Robert De Niro Goodfellas, The Godfather: Part II, Casino

50
869 893
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Brad Pitt Inglourious Basterds, Fight Club, World War Z