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List Rules Must be actors known for their work in action films.

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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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Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Arnold Schwarzenegger The Terminator, Predator, Total Recall

2
4,132 1,905
Sylvester Stallone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Sylvester Stallone Rocky, The Expendables, Rambo

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3,311 1,521
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Bruce Willis The Sixth Sense, Die Hard, The Fifth Element

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3,186 1,582
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Clint Eastwood Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Unforgiven

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3,625 1,321
Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Bruce Lee The Big Boss, The Way of the Dragon, The Chinese Connection

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3,295 1,265
Jason Statham is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Jason Statham Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch

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3,460 1,101
Jackie Chan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Jackie Chan Jackie Chan Adventures, Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2

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2,698 1,353
Chuck Norris is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Chuck Norris The Way of the Dragon, Missing in Action, The Delta Force

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2,615 1,174
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Harrison Ford Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

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2,164 1,426
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Mel Gibson Braveheart, Signs, Lethal Weapon

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2,230 1,165
Jean-Claude Van Damme is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Jean-Claude Van Damme Double Impact, Universal Soldier, Kickboxer

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1,909 1,037
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Sean Connery Dr. No, The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

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2,094 1,066
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Liam Neeson Schindler's List, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Batman Begins

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2,011 888
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Hugh Jackman The Prestige, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men

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2,212 833
Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Jet Li Hero, Unleashed, The Expendables

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2,609 1,542
Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Dwayne Johnson San Andreas, Fast & Furious 6, G.I. Joe: Retaliation

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1,535 815
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Kurt Russell The Thing, Stargate, Death Proof

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1,195 889
Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Sigourney Weaver Alien, Aliens, Alien³

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1,292 881
Charles Bronson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Charles Bronson Once Upon a Time in the West, The Great Escape, The Dirty Dozen

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1,549 1,347
John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
John Wayne The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Rio Bravo

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1,754 1,697
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Tom Cruise Top Gun, Mission: Impossible, Jerry Maguire

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1,126 901
Steve McQueen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Steve McQueen The Great Escape, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Papillon

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1,339 971
Wesley Snipes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Wesley Snipes Blade, Blade II, Blade: Trinity

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989 833
Linda Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Logan2011 added Linda Hamilton Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Terminator, Dante's Peak

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1,779 963
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Keanu Reeves The Matrix, Speed, John Wick

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1,486 1,111
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Denzel Washington Training Day, American Gangster American Gangster, Man on Fire

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1,109 846
Jean Reno is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Jean Reno Léon: The Professional, The Da Vinci Code, Godzilla

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1,173 861
Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Al Stamira added Randy Savage Spider-Man, Bolt, WrestleMania IV

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1,314 1,004
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Daniel Craig Skyfall, Casino Royale, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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1,419 1,021
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Matt Damon The Bourne Identity, Saving Private Ryan, Good Will Hunting

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1,138 922
Dolph Lundgren is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Dolph Lundgren The Expendables, The Expendables 2, Universal Soldier

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1,161 684
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
ryanjjjj8 added Robert Downey Jr. The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3

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1,691 1,362
Vin Diesel is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Vin Diesel Furious 7, Fast & Furious 6, Fast Five

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1,066 904
Nicolas Cage is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Nicolas Cage Leaving Las Vegas, National Treasure, Moonstruck

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801 487
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Tommy Lee Jones No Country for Old Men, Men in Black, Men in Black II

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1,226 956
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Christian Bale The Dark Knight, The Prestige, American Psycho

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1,021 747
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Al Pacino The Godfather, Scarface, Heat

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911 792
Carl Weathers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Carl Weathers Predator, Rocky I, II & IV

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703 718
Roger Moore is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Roger Moore The Spy Who Loved Me, Live and Let Die, For Your Eyes Only

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1,265 1,094
Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Mark Wahlberg Boogie Nights, The Fighter, Lone Survivor

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817 756
Patrick Swayze is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Patrick Swayze Ghost, Dirty Dancing, Donnie Darko

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1,146 692
Milla Jovovich is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Milla Jovovich The Fifth Element, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Resident Evil: Extinction

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1,123 1,236
Steven Seagal is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Steven Seagal Under Siege, Above the Law, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory

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1,162 1,002
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Samuel L. Jackson Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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1,116 1,159
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Will Smith Men in Black, I Am Legend, I

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376 208
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Janka Garais added Robert De Niro Goodfellas, The Godfather: Part II, Casino

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911 957
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Russell Crowe Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind, L.A. Confidential

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813 856
Pierce Brosnan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Pierce Brosnan GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Die Another Day

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944 911
Gerard Butler is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Gerard Butler 300, How to Train Your Dragon, Olympus Has Fallen

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