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The Most Rewatchable Action Movies 

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Updated March 12, 2020 29.9k votes 2.7k voters 13.8k 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

The Matrix is a 1999 American-Australian science fiction action film written and directed by The Wachowskis, starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe ...more
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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

Men in Black is a 1997 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. ...more
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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

Independence Day is a 1996 American science fiction disaster film co-written and directed by Roland Emmerich. The film stars Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, ...more
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Alita: Battle Angel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Rewatchable Action Movies
Doug Ford added Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly

Released: 2019

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

Alita: Battle Angel is a 2019 American science fiction action film directed by Robert Rodriguez, based on the manga by Yukito Kishiro. After being revived by Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz), ...more
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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

Gladiator is a 2000 American-British epic historical drama film directed by Ridley Scott, starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Ralf Möller, Oliver Reed, Djimon Hounsou, ...more
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Aliens is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Rewatchable Action Movies
Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

Released: 1986

Directed by: James Cameron

Aliens is a 1986 American science-fiction action horror film written and directed by James Cameron, produced by his then-wife Gale Anne Hurd, and starring Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael ...more
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The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Escape from Alcatraz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Rewatchable Action Movies
Scott Merritt added Clint Eastwood, Danny Glover, Patrick McGoohan

Released: 1979

Directed by: Don Siegel

Escape from Alcatraz is a 1979 American prison film, directed by Don Siegel and starring Clint Eastwood. It is based on true events. It dramatizes possibly the only successful escape attempt ...more
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Dredd is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Rewatchable Action Movies
tfan2009 added Lena Headey, Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby

Released: 2012

Directed by: Pete Travis

Dredd is a 2012 science fiction action film directed by Pete Travis and written and produced by Alex Garland. It is based on the 2000 AD comic strip Judge Dredd and its eponymous character ...more
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Eraser is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Rewatchable Action Movies
Scott Merritt added Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Caan, James Coburn

Released: 1996

Directed by: Chuck Russell

Eraser is a 1996 American action film directed by Chuck Russell, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Caan and Vanessa L. Williams. The film was released in the United States on June 21, 1996. ...more
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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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Hudson Hawk is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Rewatchable Action Movies
Scott Merritt added Bruce Willis, Andie MacDowell, James Coburn

Released: 1991

Directed by: Michael Lehmann

Hudson Hawk is a 1991 American action comedy film directed by Michael Lehmann. Bruce Willis stars in the title role and also co-wrote the story. Danny Aiello, Andie MacDowell, James Coburn, ...more
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Batman Returns is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Rewatchable Action Movies
Scott Merritt added Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Danny DeVito

Released: 1992

Directed by: Tim Burton

Batman Returns is a 1992 American superhero film, directed and produced by Tim Burton, based upon the Batman character appearing in comics published by DC Comics. It is the second installment of ...more
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Die Hard 2 is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Captain Marvel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Rewatchable Action Movies
Scott Merritt added Captain Marvel Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn

Released: 2019

Directed by: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

Captain Marvel is a 2019 American superhero film directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, based on the Marvel Comics character. In 1995, former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Carol Danvers (Brie ...more
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Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Rewatchable Action Movies
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson

Released: 2005

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Batman Begins is a 2005 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character. After training with his mentor (Liam Neeson), Batman (Christian Bale) begins his fight to ...more
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Cliffhanger is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Condorman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Rewatchable Action Movies
Scott Merritt added Oliver Reed, Barbara Carrera, Michael Crawford

Released: 1981

Directed by: Charles Jarrott

Condorman is a 1981 American adventure/comedy superhero film from Walt Disney Productions starring Michael Crawford, Barbara Carrera and Oliver Reed. Inspired by Robert Sheckley's The Game of X, ...more
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Licence to Kill is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Rewatchable Action Movies
Scott Merritt added Benicio del Toro, Timothy Dalton, Talisa Soto

Released: 1989

Directed by: John Glen

This film, released in 1989, is the sixteenth entry in the James Bond film series by Eon Productions, and the first one not to use the title of an Ian Fleming story. It is the fifth consecutive ...more
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Star Wars Episode I: The... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Rewatchable Action Movies
Scott Merritt added Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Ewan McGregor

Released: 1999

Directed by: George Lucas

(32 Years Before Episode IV) Stranded on the desert planet Tatooine after rescuing young Queen Amidala from the impending invasion of Naboo, Jedi apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Jedi Master ...more