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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
5,245 2,151
Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Terminator, Predator, Total Recall
2
4,598 2,085
Sylvester Stallone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Rocky, The Expendables, Rambo
3
3,669 1,664
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
3,531 1,735
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Unforgiven
5
3,965 1,430
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
3,639 1,417
Jason Statham is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch
7
3,837 1,204
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
2,937 1,500
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
2,890 1,286
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
2,404 1,546
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Braveheart, Signs, Lethal Weapon
11
2,477 1,282
Jean-Claude Van Damme is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Double Impact, Universal Soldier, Kickboxer
12
2,103 1,137
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
2,329 1,163
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Schindler's List, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Batman Begins
14
2,258 972
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Prestige, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men
15
2,431 906
Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Hero, Unleashed, The Expendables
16
2,927 1,631
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
1,716 900
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Thing, Stargate, Death Proof
18
1,342 995
Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Alien, Aliens, Alien³
19
1,428 968
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
1,724 1,448
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
2,035 1,814
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Top Gun, Mission: Impossible, Jerry Maguire
22
1,241 984
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
2,107 1,004
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Matrix, Speed, John Wick
24
1,471 1,070
Wesley Snipes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Blade, Blade II, Blade: Trinity
25
1,082 941
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