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The Best 2000s Action Movies  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite action films that were released in the 2000s.

A list of 2000s action films shows a very interesting trend: the unlikely action hero. 00s action movies also include some of the most profitable action franchises in film history. With so many great films from which to choose, it's up to you to decide the top 00s action movies. 

At quick glance, you'll notice that this 2000s action movies list is dominated by actors who up until this point had played more serious roles. There's Matt Damon in The Bourne Identity, Liam Neeson in Taken, and Uma Thurman in Kill Bill Volume I and II. Do you think their strong performances in these intense films were good enough to be called one of the greatest 00s action movies? If so, make sure to vote them up.

The 2000s also saw the spawn of some billion-dollar franchises. The Fast and the Furious has turned into an incredibly profitable series - of the ones released in the 2000s, which are the best? The TransformersPirates of the Caribbean, and Bond are also notable action franchises of the decade. Out of all of the popular movies in these series, it's your choice to vote up which deserve to be considered the best 00s action movies and vote down which should be considered only good 00s action movies.

There is no shortage of great 2000s action movies from which to choose (we haven't even talked about 300 and Gladiator), so have fun voting for your favorites. Feel free to add any that we may have missed!
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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 2000s Action Movies
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger
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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Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges
Iron Man is a 2008 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel Comics character. After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark (Robert ...more
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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2000s Action Movies
Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen
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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Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles
The Bourne Identity is a 2002 American-German action spy film adaptation of Robert Ludlum's novel of the same name. It stars Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, a man suffering from extreme memory loss ...more
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Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 2000s Action Movies
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson
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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Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace
Taken is a 2008 French action thriller film directed by Pierre Morel. A former CIA operative (Liam Neeson) sets about tracking down his teenage daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) and her best friend ...more
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Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2000s Action Movies
Alex Farias added Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista
Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film directed by James Gunn, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) forms a group of intergalactic "bad ...more
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The Lord of the Rings: The Fel... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2000s Action Movies
Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson based on the first volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is the first ...more
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Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 epic fantasy drama film directed by Peter Jackson based on the second and third volumes of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is ...more
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Casino Royale is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2000s Action Movies
Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green, Daniel Craig
Casino Royale is the twenty-first film in the Eon Productions James Bond film series and the first to star Daniel Craig as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Directed by Martin Campbell and ...more
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Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Brian Cox
The Bourne Ultimatum is a 2007 American-German action spy thriller film directed by Paul Greengrass loosely based on the Robert Ludlum novel of the same title. The screenplay was written by Tony ...more
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Pirates of the Caribbean: The ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2000s Action Movies
Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a 2003 American fantasy swashbuckler film based on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney theme parks. It was directed by Gore ...more
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Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey
300 is a 2006 American fantasy war film based on the 1998 comic series of the same name by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley. Both are fictionalized retellings of the Battle of Thermopylae which took ...more
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Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Michelle Monaghan
The Bourne Supremacy is a 2004 American-German action and spy film starring Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne character. Though it takes the name of the second Bourne novel, its plot is entirely ...more
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Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin
X-Men is a 2000 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the first installment in the X-Men film series. The ...more
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Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Black Hawk Down is a 2001 American-British war film directed by Ridley Scott. It is an adaptation of the 1999 book of the same name by Mark Bowden based on his series of articles published in ...more
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Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law
Sherlock Holmes is a 2009 British–American action mystery film based on the character of the same name created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The film was directed by Guy Ritchie. In the film, ...more
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Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino
Kill Bill: Volume 1 is a 2003 American martial arts film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. the Bride, who swears revenge on a team of bad guys and their leader Bill after they try to ...more
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Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin
X2 is a 2003 American superhero film, based on the X-Men superhero team appearing in Marvel Comics, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the second installment in the X-Men film series. The ...more
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Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2000s Action Movies
Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder
Star Trek is a 2009 science fiction film directed by J. J. Abrams, written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, and produced by Damon Lindelof and Bryan Burk. It is the eleventh film based on the ...more
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Mickey Rourke, Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning
Man on Fire is a 2004 American thriller film and the second adaptation of A. J. Quinnell's 1980 novel of the same name; the first film based on the novel was released in 1987. The 2004 film ...more
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Jason Statham, Shu Qi, François Berléand
The Transporter is a 2002 French action thriller film directed by Louis Leterrier and Corey Yuen and written by Luc Besson, who was inspired by BMW Films' The Hire series. The film stars Jason ...more
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Skyfall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2000s Action Movies
Alex Farias added Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem
Skyfall is the twenty-third James Bond film produced by Eon Productions. It features Daniel Craig in his third performance as James Bond, and Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva, the film's villain. It ...more
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Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst
Spider-Man is a 2002 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel Comics character. When bitten by a genetically modified spider, Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), a nerdy, ...more
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Inglourious Basterds is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 2000s Action Movies
Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger
Inglourious Basterds is a 2009 German-American war black comedy film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Laurent, Michael ...more