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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
4,287 1,963
Sylvester Stallone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Rocky, The Expendables, Rambo

2
4,901 2,041
Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Terminator, Predator, Total Recall

3
3,421 1,575
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Sixth Sense, Die Hard, The Fifth Element

4
3,306 1,633
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Unforgiven

5
3,757 1,355
Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Big Boss, The Way of the Dragon, The Chinese Connection

6
3,406 1,326
Jason Statham is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch

7
3,600 1,135
Jackie Chan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Jackie Chan Adventures, Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2

8
2,797 1,397
Chuck Norris is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Way of the Dragon, Missing in Action, The Delta Force

9
2,709 1,212
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

10
2,247 1,464
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Braveheart, Signs, Lethal Weapon

11
2,314 1,206
Jean-Claude Van Damme is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Double Impact, Universal Soldier, Kickboxer

12
1,976 1,064
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Dr. No, The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

13
2,177 1,098
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Schindler's List, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Batman Begins

14
2,095 917
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Prestige, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men

15
2,292 861
Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Hero, Unleashed, The Expendables

16
2,734 1,566
Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
San Andreas, Fast & Furious 6, G.I. Joe: Retaliation

17
1,596 848
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Thing, Stargate, Death Proof

18
1,248 932
Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Alien, Aliens, Alien³

19
1,350 907
Charles Bronson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Once Upon a Time in the West, The Great Escape, The Dirty Dozen

20
1,616 1,377
John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Rio Bravo

21
1,867 1,739
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Top Gun, Mission: Impossible, Jerry Maguire

22
1,169 927
Steve McQueen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Great Escape, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Papillon

23
1,391 997
Wesley Snipes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Blade, Blade II, Blade: Trinity

24
1,025 873
Linda Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Logan2011 added Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Terminator, Dante's Peak

25
1,895 974
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Matrix, Speed, John Wick

26
1,556 1,128
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Training Day, American Gangster American Gangster, Man on Fire

27
1,373 1,029
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Skyfall, Casino Royale, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

28
1,479 1,053
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Bourne Identity, Saving Private Ryan, Good Will Hunting

29
1,143 879
Jean Reno is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Léon: The Professional, The Da Vinci Code, Godzilla

30
1,189 944
Dolph Lundgren is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Expendables, The Expendables 2, Universal Soldier

31
1,234 705
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
ryanjjjj8 added The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3

32
1,767 1,379
Vin Diesel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Furious 7, Fast & Furious 6, Fast Five

33
1,185 909
Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Al Stamira added Spider-Man, Bolt, WrestleMania IV

34
851 498
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
No Country for Old Men, Men in Black, Men in Black II

35
1,282 973
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Dark Knight, The Prestige, American Psycho

36
1,116 932
Nicolas Cage is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Leaving Las Vegas, National Treasure, Moonstruck

37
1,056 765
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Godfather, Scarface, Heat

38
950 812
Carl Weathers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Predator, Rocky I, II & IV

39
731 740
Roger Moore is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Spy Who Loved Me, Live and Let Die, For Your Eyes Only

40
1,326 1,112
Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Boogie Nights, The Fighter, Lone Survivor

41
1,199 702
Milla Jovovich is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Fifth Element, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Resident Evil: Extinction

42
846 775
Patrick Swayze is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Ghost, Dirty Dancing, Donnie Darko

43
1,170 1,267
Steven Seagal is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Under Siege, Above the Law, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory

44
1,219 1,012
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

45
1,164 1,177
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Men in Black, I Am Legend, I

46
412 231
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Janka Garais added Goodfellas, The Godfather: Part II, Casino

47
951 974
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind, L.A. Confidential

48
849 876
Pierce Brosnan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Die Another Day

49
993 922
Gerard Butler is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
300, How to Train Your Dragon, Olympus Has Fallen

50
927 926
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Inglourious Basterds, Fight Club, World War Z