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The Most Rewatchable Action Movies 

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Updated March 12, 2020 31.4k votes 2.8k voters 15.3k views 92 items

List Rules Action movies that you've watched multiple times and continue to enjoy

Is there such a thing as comfort movies when it comes to action films? This is a list of action movies we keep watching, even when there are newer, more intense, or overall better action films to watch. Because it doesn't have to be good to be a rewatchable action movie, you just have to love it.

These are the movies we own multiple copies of, so if they're not available on streaming, we can still get our fix. Some of the greatest action movies, like The Dark Knight and The Matrix, have obvious rewatch value. Or, you love Bruce Willis so you end up watching Sin City as often as Die Hard. But then there are movies like Face/Off that are just much-loved guilty pleasures.

It doesn't matter why you like rewatching action movies, only that you love to watch them again and again. What action movies do you think are the best to rewatch?

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Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Rewatchable Action Movies
Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

Released: 1988

Directed by: John McTiernan

Die Hard is a 1988 American action film directed by John McTiernan and written by Steven E. de Souza and Jeb Stuart. It is based on the 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever, by Roderick Thorp. Die ...more

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Terminator 2: Judgment D... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Rewatchable Action Movies
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

Released: 1991

Directed by: James Cameron

Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a 1991 American science fiction action thriller film written, produced and directed by James Cameron. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert ...more

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Indiana Jones and the Ra... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Rewatchable Action Movies
Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

Released: 1981

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Raiders of the Lost Ark is a 1981 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. The screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan was from a story by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman. It was produced by ...more

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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Rewatchable Action Movies
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger

Released: 2008

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character, Batman. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), Police Lieutenant James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and ...more

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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Rewatchable Action Movies
Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

Released: 1999

Directed by: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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Star Wars Episode V: The... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Rewatchable Action Movies
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 1980

Directed by: Irvin Kershner

The Empire Strikes Back is a 1980 American epic space opera film directed by Irvin Kershner. Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan wrote the screenplay, with George Lucas writing the film's story ...more

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Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Rewatchable Action Movies
Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

Released: 1997

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

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Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Rewatchable Action Movies
Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

Released: 1996

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

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Aliens is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Rewatchable Action Movies
Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

Released: 1986

Directed by: James Cameron

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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Rewatchable Action Movies
Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

Released: 2000

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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Alita: Battle Angel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Rewatchable Action Movies
Doug Ford added Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly

Released: 2019

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

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Die Hard 2 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Rewatchable Action Movies
Jody added Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo, Dennis Franz

Released: 1990

Directed by: Renny Harlin

This film is a 1990 American action film and the second in the series. It was released on July 4, 1990. The film was directed by Renny Harlin. The novel has the same premise but differs ...more

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Dredd is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Rewatchable Action Movies
tfan2009 added Lena Headey, Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby

Released: 2012

Directed by: Pete Travis

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The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Rewatchable Action Movies
Scott Merritt added Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman

Released: 2012

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

The Dark Knight Rises is a 2012 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character. Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman (Christian Bale), with the ...more

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Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Rewatchable Action Movies
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson

Released: 2005

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Rewatchable Action Movies
Scott Merritt added Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright

Released: 2017

Directed by: Patty Jenkins

Wonder Woman is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Patty Jenkins, based on the DC Comics character. When a pilot (Chris Pine) crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana ...more

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Cliffhanger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Rewatchable Action Movies
Scott Merritt added Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Janine Turner

Released: 1993

Directed by: Renny Harlin

Cliffhanger is a 1993 American action adventure film directed by Renny Harlin and starring Sylvester Stallone and John Lithgow. Stallone, who co-wrote the screenplay, plays a mountain climber ...more

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Escape from Alcatraz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Rewatchable Action Movies
Scott Merritt added Clint Eastwood, Danny Glover, Patrick McGoohan

Released: 1979

Directed by: Don Siegel

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Eraser is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Rewatchable Action Movies
Scott Merritt added Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Caan, James Coburn

Released: 1996

Directed by: Chuck Russell

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Lethal Weapon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Rewatchable Action Movies
Mel Gibson, Gary Busey, Danny Glover

Released: 1987

Directed by: Richard Donner

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Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Rewatchable Action Movies
Scott Merritt added Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

Released: 1982

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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Rambo III is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Rewatchable Action Movies
Scott Merritt added Sylvester Stallone, Omar Sharif, Kurtwood Smith

Released: 1988

Directed by: Peter MacDonald

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Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Rewatchable Action Movies
Scott Merritt added Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

Released: 2002

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Ronin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Rewatchable Action Movies
Scott Merritt added Robert De Niro, Sean Bean, Ron Jeremy

Released: 1998

Directed by: John Frankenheimer

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Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Rewatchable Action Movies
Scott Merritt added Malin Ã…kerman, Carla Gugino, Billy Crudup

Released: 2009

Directed by: Zack Snyder

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