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The All-Time Greatest Action Stars

Updated November 13, 2020 352.8k votes 25.3k voters 350.2k views149 items

List RulesMust 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!

  • Vin Diesel26

    Vin Diesel

    Age: 53

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    CreditsFurious 7, Fast & Furious 6, Fast Five, xXx

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  • Charles Bronson27

    Charles Bronson

    Dec. at 82 (1921-2003)

    BirthplaceEhrenfeld, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    CreditsOnce Upon a Time in the West, The Great Escape, The Dirty Dozen, The Magnificent Seven

  • Matt Damon28

    Matt Damon

    Age: 45

    BirthplaceCambridge, USA, Massachusetts

    CreditsThe Bourne Identity, Saving Private Ryan, Good Will Hunting, The Departed

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    Tom Hardy

    Age: 43

    BirthplaceHammersmith, London, United Kingdom

    CreditsMad Max: Fury Road, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, The Revenant

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    CreditsBlade, Blade II, Blade: Trinity, Demolition Man

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  • Dolph Lundgren31

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    CreditsThe Expendables, The Expendables 2, Universal Soldier, Rocky IV

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    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    CreditsPulp Fiction, Django Unchained, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Hateful Eight

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    John Wayne

    Dec. at 72 (1907-1979)

    BirthplaceWinterset, Iowa, United States of America

    CreditsThe Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Rio Bravo, True Grit

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    CreditsThe Dark Knight, The Prestige, American Psycho, The Dark Knight Rises

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    BirthplaceEcho Park, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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    Theo James

    Age: 35

    BirthplaceOxford, United Kingdom

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  • Mark Wahlberg37

    BirthplaceDorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

    CreditsBoogie Nights, The Fighter, Lone Survivor, Prisoners

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    BirthplacePaisley, United Kingdom

    Credits300, How to Train Your Dragon, Olympus Has Fallen, RocknRolla

  • Chris Pratt39

    BirthplaceVirginia, Minnesota, United States of America

    CreditsGuardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World, Her, Parks and Recreation

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  • Chow Yun-Fat40

    BirthplaceLamma Island, Hong Kong

    CreditsCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Killer, Curse of the Golden Flower, Hard Boiled

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  • Tommy Lee Jones41

    BirthplaceSan Saba, Texas, United States of America

    CreditsNo Country for Old Men, Men in Black, Men in Black II, The Fugitive

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  • Carl Weathers42

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    CreditsPredator, Rocky I, II & IV

  • Will Smith43

    Will Smith

    Age: 52

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    CreditsMen in Black, I Am Legend, I, Robot, The Pursuit of Happyness

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  • Kate Beckinsale44

    BirthplaceFinsbury Park, London, United Kingdom

    CreditsThe Aviator, Underworld, Underworld Evolution, Pearl Harbor

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  • Sigourney Weaver45

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, USA

    CreditsAlien, Aliens, Alien³, Avatar

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  • Antonio Banderas46

    BirthplaceSpain, Málaga

    CreditsDesperado, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Shrek 2, The Skin I Live In

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  • Steve McQueen47

    Steve McQueen

    Dec. at 50 (1930-1980)

    BirthplaceBeech Grove, Indiana, United States of America

    CreditsThe Great Escape, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Papillon, Bullitt

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  • Al Pacino48

    Al Pacino

    Age: 80

    BirthplaceEast Harlem, New York City, New York, United States of America

    CreditsThe Godfather, Scarface, Heat, The Godfather: Part II

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  • Henry Cavill49

    BirthplaceJersey, United Kingdom, with Dependencies and Territories

    CreditsMan of Steel,The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,Immortals,Stardust

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    Brad Pitt

    Age: 56

    BirthplaceUSA, Shawnee, Oklahoma

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