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The All-Time Greatest Action Stars 

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Updated February 18, 2020 315k votes 23.6k voters 330.7k 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
Age 71 from Thal, Austria
2
Jackie Chan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Age 64 from Hong Kong, Victoria Peak
3
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
4
Jason Statham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Age 51 from Shirebrook
5
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Age 54 from Lebanon, Beirut
6
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
7
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
8
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Age 63 from Idar-Oberstein, West Germany
9
Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Age 55 from China, Beijing
10
Chuck Norris is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Age 78 from Ryan, Oklahoma, United States of America
11
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Age 88 from USA, California, San Francisco
12
Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Age 43 from USA, Hayward, California
13
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Age 50 from Sydney, Australia
14
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Age 66 from Ballymena, United Kingdom
15
Jean-Claude Van Damme is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Age 58 from Sint-Agatha-Berchem, Brussels, Belgium
16
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Age 88 from Fountainbridge, United Kingdom
17
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Age 67 from Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
18
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Age 63 from USA, New York, Peekskill
19
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
20
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Age 64 from USA, New York, Mount Vernon
21
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Age 50 from Chester, England
22
Milla Jovovich is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Age 43 from Kiev, Ukrainian SSR
23
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
24
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
25
Chris Hemsworth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
MattBryant added Age 35 from Melbourne, Australia