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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
4,501 2,035
Sylvester Stallone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Rocky, The Expendables, Rambo

2
5,141 2,108
Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Terminator, Predator, Total Recall

3
3,588 1,631
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
3,459 1,696
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Unforgiven

5
3,898 1,404
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
3,569 1,385
Jason Statham is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch

7
3,761 1,182
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
2,891 1,468
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
2,838 1,254
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
2,357 1,510
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Braveheart, Signs, Lethal Weapon

11
2,430 1,252
Jean-Claude Van Damme is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Double Impact, Universal Soldier, Kickboxer

12
2,066 1,107
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
2,203 946
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Prestige, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men

14
2,269 1,141
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Schindler's List, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Batman Begins

15
2,380 893
Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Hero, Unleashed, The Expendables

16
2,849 1,618
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
1,677 881
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Thing, Stargate, Death Proof

18
1,308 968
Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Alien, Aliens, Alien³

19
1,402 943
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
1,690 1,419
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
1,978 1,787
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Top Gun, Mission: Impossible, Jerry Maguire

22
1,217 960
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
1,441 1,043
Wesley Snipes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Blade, Blade II, Blade: Trinity

24
2,017 991
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Matrix, Speed, John Wick

25
1,065 912
Linda Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Logan2011 added Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Terminator, Dante's Peak