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The All-Time Greatest Action Stars  

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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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Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Top Gun, Mission: Impossible, Jerry Maguire
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Jean Reno is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Léon: The Professional, The Da Vinci Code, Godzilla
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Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
ryanjjjj8 added The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3
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Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Al Stamira added Spider-Man, Bolt, WrestleMania IV
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Dolph Lundgren is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Expendables, The Expendables 2, Universal Soldier
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Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Skyfall, Casino Royale, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
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Vin Diesel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Furious 7, Fast & Furious 6, Fast Five
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Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Training Day, American Gangster American Gangster, Man on Fire
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Nicolas Cage is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Leaving Las Vegas, National Treasure, Moonstruck
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Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Godfather, Scarface, Heat
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Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Bourne Identity, Saving Private Ryan, Good Will Hunting
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Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Dark Knight, The Prestige, American Psycho
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Steven Seagal is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Under Siege, Above the Law, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory
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Carl Weathers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Predator, Rocky I, II & IV
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Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Boogie Nights, The Fighter, Lone Survivor
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Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind, L.A. Confidential
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Milla Jovovich is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Fifth Element, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Resident Evil: Extinction
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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Men in Black, I Am Legend, I
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Roger Moore is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Spy Who Loved Me, Live and Let Die, For Your Eyes Only
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Patrick Swayze is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Ghost, Dirty Dancing, Donnie Darko
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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
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Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, Captain America: The Winter Soldier
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Chris Evans is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
MattBryant added Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Snowpiercer
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Jessica Biel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Ag47 added The Illusionist, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 7th Heaven
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Michelle Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Logan2011 added he Fast and the Furious, Avatar, Fast & Furious 6 Fast & Furious 6