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The Best 2000s Action Movies

Updated January 8, 2020 13.3k votes 818 voters 30.3k 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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    The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 2000s Action Movies
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    The Dark Knight

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2008

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 2000s Action Movies
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    Iron Man

    Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard

    Released2008

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

    Iron Man is a 2008 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel Comics... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2000s Action Movies
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    Gladiator

    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2000

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Gladiator is a 2000 American-British epic historical drama film directed by Ridley Scott,... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    The Bourne Identity is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 2000s Action Movies
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    The Bourne Identity

    Matt Damon, Clive Owen

    Released2002

    Directed byDoug Liman

    The Bourne Identity is a 2002 American-German action spy film adaptation of Robert Ludlum's... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 2000s Action Movies
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    Batman Begins

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2005

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Batman Begins is a 2005 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Taken is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 2000s Action Movies
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    Taken

    Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen

    Released2008

    Directed byPierre Morel

    Taken is a 2008 French action thriller film directed by Pierre Morel. A former CIA operative... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Fel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2000s Action Movies
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    Released2001

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic fantasy film directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Ret is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2000s Action Movies
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    Released2003

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 epic fantasy drama film directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    The Bourne Ultimatum is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2000s Action Movies
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    The Bourne Ultimatum

    Matt Damon, Julia Stiles

    Released2007

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

    The Bourne Ultimatum is a 2007 American-German action spy thriller film directed by Paul... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 10
    Casino Royale is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2000s Action Movies
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    Casino Royale

    Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green

    Released2006

    Directed byMartin Campbell

    Casino Royale is the twenty-first film in the Eon Productions James Bond film series and the... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 11
    Pirates of the Caribbean: The  is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 2000s Action Movies

    Released2003

    Directed byGore Verbinski

    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a 2003 American fantasy swashbuckler... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    300 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2000s Action Movies
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    300

    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender

    Released2006

    Directed byZack Snyder

    300 is a 2006 American fantasy war film based on the 1998 comic series of the same name by... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Black Hawk Down is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2000s Action Movies
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    Black Hawk Down

    Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy

    Released2001

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    The Bourne Supremacy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2000s Action Movies
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    The Bourne Supremacy

    Matt Damon, Julia Stiles

    Released2004

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

    The Bourne Supremacy is a 2004 American-German action and spy film starring Robert Ludlum's... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    The Transporter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2000s Action Movies
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    The Transporter

    Jason Statham, Shu Qi

    Released2002

    Directed byCorey Yuen, Louis Leterrier

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    Kill Bill Volume 1 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2000s Action Movies
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    Kill Bill Volume 1

    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

    Released2003

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    Kill Bill: Volume 1 is a 2003 American martial arts film written and directed by Quentin... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2000s Action Movies
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    Sherlock Holmes

    Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law

    Released2009

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

    Sherlock Holmes is a 2009 period mystery action film directed by Guy Ritchie, based on the... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    X-Men is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2000s Action Movies
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    X-Men

    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman

    Released2000

    Directed byBryan Singer

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    Skyfall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2000s Action Movies
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    Skyfall

    Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2012

    Directed bySam Mendes

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    X-Men 2 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2000s Action Movies
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    X-Men 2

    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman

    Released2003

    Directed byBryan Singer

    X2 is a 2003 American superhero film, based on the X-Men superhero team appearing in Marvel... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Man on Fire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 2000s Action Movies
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    Man on Fire

    Mickey Rourke, Denzel Washington

    Released2004

    Directed byTony Scott

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    Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2000s Action Movies
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    Spider-Man

    Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe

    Released2002

    Directed bySam Raimi

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    Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2000s Action Movies
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    Star Trek

    Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison

    Released2009

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

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    Mission: Impossible III is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2000s Action Movies
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    Mission: Impossible III

    Maggie Q, Keri Russell

    Released2006

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

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    Inglourious Basterds is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 2000s Action Movies
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    Inglourious Basterds

    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender

    Released2009

    Directed byEli Roth, Quentin Tarantino

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