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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
4,372 2,000
Sylvester Stallone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Rocky, The Expendables, Rambo

2
4,997 2,076
Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Terminator, Predator, Total Recall

3
3,493 1,598
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
3,365 1,661
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Unforgiven

5
3,816 1,374
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
3,478 1,356
Jason Statham is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch

7
3,663 1,155
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
2,835 1,428
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
2,759 1,228
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
2,289 1,490
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Braveheart, Signs, Lethal Weapon

11
2,015 1,080
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Dr. No, The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

12
2,352 1,234
Jean-Claude Van Damme is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Double Impact, Universal Soldier, Kickboxer

13
2,212 1,117
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
2,140 930
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
2,328 875
Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Hero, Unleashed, The Expendables

16
2,780 1,592
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
1,630 863
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Thing, Stargate, Death Proof

18
1,271 946
Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Alien, Aliens, Alien³

19
1,374 922
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
1,648 1,394
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
1,914 1,763
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Top Gun, Mission: Impossible, Jerry Maguire

22
1,188 942
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
1,417 1,017
Wesley Snipes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Blade, Blade II, Blade: Trinity

24
1,042 887
Linda Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Logan2011 added Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Terminator, Dante's Peak

25
1,944 986
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Matrix, Speed, John Wick

26
1,578 1,144
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Training Day, American Gangster American Gangster, Man on Fire

27
1,400 1,039
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Skyfall, Casino Royale, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

28
1,505 1,066
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Bourne Identity, Saving Private Ryan, Good Will Hunting

29
1,212 958
Dolph Lundgren is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Expendables, The Expendables 2, Universal Soldier

30
1,158 892
Jean Reno is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Léon: The Professional, The Da Vinci Code, Godzilla

31
1,791 1,394
Vin Diesel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Furious 7, Fast & Furious 6, Fast Five

32
1,261 720
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
ryanjjjj8 added The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3

33
1,199 929
Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Al Stamira added Spider-Man, Bolt, WrestleMania IV

34
871 513
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
No Country for Old Men, Men in Black, Men in Black II

35
1,140 944
Nicolas Cage is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Leaving Las Vegas, National Treasure, Moonstruck

36
1,305 986
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Dark Knight, The Prestige, American Psycho

37
1,072 775
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Godfather, Scarface, Heat

38
972 820
Carl Weathers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Predator, Rocky I, II & IV

39
744 750
Roger Moore is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Spy Who Loved Me, Live and Let Die, For Your Eyes Only

40
1,346 1,122
Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Boogie Nights, The Fighter, Lone Survivor

41
1,221 711
Milla Jovovich is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
The Fifth Element, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Resident Evil: Extinction

42
859 790
Patrick Swayze is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Ghost, Dirty Dancing, Donnie Darko

43
1,195 1,283
Steven Seagal is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Under Siege, Above the Law, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory

44
1,242 1,024
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

45
1,187 1,190
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Men in Black, I Am Legend, I

46
427 243
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Janka Garais added Goodfellas, The Godfather: Part II, Casino

47
969 981
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind, L.A. Confidential

48
861 888
Pierce Brosnan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Die Another Day

49
1,012 929
Gerard Butler is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
300, How to Train Your Dragon, Olympus Has Fallen

50
947 935
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest Action Stars
Inglourious Basterds, Fight Club, World War Z