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The Best 2000s Action Movies

Updated January 8, 2020 13.2k votes 854 voters 31.2k views64 items

List RulesVote 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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    Iron Man

    Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard

    Released2008

    Directed byJon Favreau

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  • The Dark Knight2
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    The Dark Knight

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2008

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • Gladiator3
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    Gladiator

    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2000

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • The Bourne Identity4
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    The Bourne Identity

    Matt Damon, Clive Owen

    Released2002

    Directed byDoug Liman

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  • Batman Begins5
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    Batman Begins

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2005

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring6
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    Released2001

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King7
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    Released2003

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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  • Taken8
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    Taken

    Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen

    Released2008

    Directed byPierre Morel

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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl9

    Released2003

    Directed byGore Verbinski

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  • The Bourne Ultimatum10
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    The Bourne Ultimatum

    Matt Damon, Julia Stiles

    Released2007

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

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  • Casino Royale11
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    Casino Royale

    Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green

    Released2006

    Directed byMartin Campbell

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  • Black Hawk Down12
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    Black Hawk Down

    Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy

    Released2001

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • 30013
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    300

    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender

    Released2006

    Directed byZack Snyder

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  • The Transporter14
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    The Transporter

    Jason Statham, Shu Qi

    Released2002

    Directed byCorey Yuen, Louis Leterrier

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  • The Bourne Supremacy15
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    The Bourne Supremacy

    Matt Damon, Julia Stiles

    Released2004

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

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  • Kill Bill Volume 116
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    Kill Bill Volume 1

    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

    Released2003

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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  • X-Men17
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    X-Men

    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman

    Released2000

    Directed byBryan Singer

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  • Skyfall18
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    Skyfall

    Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2012

    Directed bySam Mendes

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  • Sherlock Holmes19
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    Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law

    Released2009

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

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    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman

    Released2003

    Directed byBryan Singer

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  • Man on Fire21
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    Mickey Rourke, Denzel Washington

    Released2004

    Directed byTony Scott

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  • Star Trek22
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    Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison

    Released2009

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

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  • Mission: Impossible III23
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    Mission: Impossible III

    Maggie Q, Keri Russell

    Released2006

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  • Spider-Man24
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    Spider-Man

    Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe

    Released2002

    Directed bySam Raimi

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    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender

    Released2009

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