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The All-Time Greatest Action Stars 

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Updated February 18, 2020 320.6k votes 24k voters 335.9k views 149 items

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 - not to mention the uncanny ability to miraculously survive even in the face of impossible odds. 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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Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
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Jackie Chan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Age 64 from Hong Kong, Victoria Peak

Credits: Jackie Chan Adventures, Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2, Shanghai Knights

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Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Dec. at 33 (1940-1973) from Chinatown, California, United States of America

Credits: The Big Boss, The Way of the Dragon, The Chinese Connection, Enter the Dragon

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Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
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Jason Statham is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Age 51 from Shirebrook

Credits: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, The Transporter, Crank

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Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Age 76 from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Credits: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Blade Runner

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Sylvester Stallone is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Age 72 from New York City, New York, United States of America

Credits: Rocky, The Expendables, Rambo, Cliffhanger

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Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Age 63 from Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

Credits: The Sixth Sense, Die Hard, The Fifth Element, Armageddon

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Chuck Norris is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Age 78 from Ryan, Oklahoma, United States of America

Credits: The Way of the Dragon, Missing in Action, The Delta Force, The Expendables 2

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Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Age 55 from China, Beijing

Credits: Hero, Unleashed, The Expendables, The Expendables 2

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Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Age 88 from USA, California, San Francisco

Credits: Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Unforgiven, Rawhide

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Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Age 43 from USA, Hayward, California

Credits: San Andreas, Fast & Furious 6, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, The Scorpion King

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Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Age 66 from Ballymena, United Kingdom

Credits: Schindler's List, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Batman Begins, Taken

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Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Age 50 from Sydney, Australia

Credits: The Prestige, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men, Les Misérables

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Jean-Claude Van Damme is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
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Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Age 88 from Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

Credits: Dr. No, The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Rock

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Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Age 67 from Springfield, Massachusetts, USA

Credits: The Thing, Stargate, Death Proof, The Hateful Eight

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Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Age 63 from USA, New York, Peekskill

Credits: Braveheart, Signs, Lethal Weapon, The Patriot

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Chris Evans is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
MattBryant added Age 37 from Sudbury, Massachusetts, United States of America

Credits: Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Snowpiercer, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Age 64 from USA, New York, Mount Vernon

Credits: Training Day, American Gangster American Gangster, Man on Fire, Inside Man

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Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Age 50 from Chester, England

Credits: Skyfall, Casino Royale, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Quantum of Solace

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Milla Jovovich is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Age 43 from Kiev, Ukrainian SSR

Credits: The Fifth Element, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Resident Evil: Extinction, Resident Evil: Afterlife

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Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
ryanjjjj8 added Age 53 from Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

Credits: The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3, Iron Man 2

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Vin Diesel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Age 51 from New York City, New York, United States of America

Credits: Furious 7, Fast & Furious 6, Fast Five, xXx

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Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Age 56 from Syracuse, New York, United States of America

Credits: Top Gun, Mission: Impossible, Jerry Maguire, A Few Good Men

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