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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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3,607 1,586
Sylvester Stallone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Sylvester Stallone Rocky, The Expendables, Rambo

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2
4,083 1,701
Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Arnold Schwarzenegger The Terminator, Predator, Total Recall

3
2,892 1,313
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

4
2,778 1,352
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Clint Eastwood Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Unforgiven

5
3,232 1,129
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

6
2,860 1,089
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

7
3,004 993
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

8
2,377 1,156
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

9
2,284 1,064
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

10
1,908 1,287
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Mel Gibson Braveheart, Signs, Lethal Weapon

11
1,937 1,019
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

12
1,666 927
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

13
1,930 749
Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Jet Li Hero, Unleashed, The Expendables

14
1,797 964
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Liam Neeson Schindler's List, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Batman Begins

15
1,705 797
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 15 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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16
2,225 1,301
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

17
1,306 704
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Kurt Russell The Thing, Stargate, Death Proof

18
1,119 761
Charles Bronson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Charles Bronson Once Upon a Time in the West, The Great Escape, The Dirty Dozen

19
1,019 754
Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Sigourney Weaver Alien, Aliens, Alien³

20
1,351 1,151
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

21
1,181 795
Wesley Snipes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Wesley Snipes Blade, Blade II, Blade: Trinity

22
1,464 1,454
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Tom Cruise Top Gun, Mission: Impossible, Jerry Maguire

23
1,003 791
Steve McQueen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Steve McQueen The Great Escape, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Papillon

24
1,306 902
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Denzel Washington Training Day, American Gangster American Gangster, Man on Fire

25
1,001 706
Dolph Lundgren is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Dolph Lundgren The Expendables, The Expendables 2, Universal Soldier

26
1,125 789
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Daniel Craig Skyfall, Casino Royale, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

27
838 675
Linda Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Logan2011 added Linda Hamilton Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Terminator, Dante's Peak

28
1,223 829
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Matt Damon The Bourne Identity, Saving Private Ryan, Good Will Hunting

29
1,466 792
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Keanu Reeves The Matrix, Speed, John Wick

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30
1,460 1,148
Vin Diesel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Vin Diesel Furious 7, Fast & Furious 6, Fast Five

31
1,048 785
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Christian Bale The Dark Knight, The Prestige, American Psycho

32
969 688
Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Al Stamira added Randy Savage Spider-Man, Bolt, WrestleMania IV

33
925 688
Jean Reno is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Jean Reno Léon: The Professional^!The Da Vinci Code^!Godzilla^!Mission: Impossible

34
930 536
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
ryanjjjj8 added Robert Downey Jr. The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3

35
655 394
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

36
811 679
Carl Weathers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Carl Weathers Predator, Rocky I, II & IV

37
860 638
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Al Pacino The Godfather, Scarface, Heat

38
868 764
Nicolas Cage is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Nicolas Cage Leaving Las Vegas, National Treasure, Moonstruck

39
1,008 1,083
Steven Seagal is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Steven Seagal Under Siege, Above the Law, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory

40
704 667
Patrick Swayze is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Patrick Swayze Ghost, Dirty Dancing, Donnie Darko

41
1,004 609
Milla Jovovich is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Milla Jovovich The Fifth Element, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Resident Evil: Extinction

42
1,095 995
Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Mark Wahlberg Boogie Nights, The Fighter, Lone Survivor

43
601 628
Roger Moore is listed (or ranked) 43 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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44
1,015 907
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

45
953 1,062
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

46
715 770
Pierce Brosnan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Pierce Brosnan GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Die Another Day

47
791 861
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

48
823 825
Gerard Butler is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Gerard Butler 300, How to Train Your Dragon, Olympus Has Fallen

49
738 595
Michelle Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Logan2011 added Michelle Rodriguez he Fast and the Furious, Avatar, Fast & Furious 6 Fast & Furious 6

50
1,000 654
Jessica Biel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Ag47 added Jessica Biel The Illusionist, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 7th Heaven