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The Best Action Movies of 2003

Updated February 7, 2020 1.0k votes 68 voters 3.2k views50 items

List of the best 2003 action movies, ranked by how many upvotes they've received by other fans of the genre. These movies give you car crashes, explosions, gun fights and everything else you could hope for in a good action flick. These are all the action movies that defined the year 2003, so vote for your favorites and help them rise to the top. This poll is also a great resource for finding new movies that you haven't already seen, especially since you can watch trailers for each film right on this page. To make sure this list is as accurate as possible, please don't downvote a movie if you haven't seen it.

List is made up of movies like The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. This isn't necessarily a list of all action movies from 2003, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
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    Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior
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    Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior

    Tatchakorn Yeerum, Mum Jokmok

    Released2003

    Directed byPrachya Pinkaew

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  • 2
    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

    Released2003

    Directed byGore Verbinski

    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a 2003 American fantasy swashbuckler... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
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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 Wikipedia

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  • 4
    The Italian Job
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    The Italian Job

    Charlize Theron, Kelly Brook

    Released2003

    Directed byF. Gary Gray

    The Italian Job is a 2003 film directed by F. Gary Gray, written by Wayne and Donna Powers and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
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    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

    Sean Connery, Peta Wilson

    Released2003

    Directed byStephen Norrington

    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, also promoted as LXG, is a 2003 superhero film loosely... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Oldboy
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    Oldboy

    Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae

    Released2003

    Directed byPark Chan-wook

    Oldboy is a 2003 South Korean mystery thriller neo-noir film directed by Park Chan-wook, based... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    The Recruit
    21
    9

    The Recruit

    Al Pacino, Colin Farrell

    Released2003

    Directed byRoger Donaldson

    The Recruit is a 2003 American-German spy thriller film, directed by Roger Donaldson and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Paycheck
    17
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    Paycheck

    Ben Affleck, Uma Thurman

    Released2003

    Directed byJohn Woo

    Paycheck is a 2003 sci-fi thriller film based on the short story of the same name by science... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Infernal Affairs II
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    10

    Infernal Affairs II

    Carina Lau, Edison Chen

    Released2003

    Directed byAlan Mak, Andrew Lau

    Infernal Affairs II is a 2003 Hong Kong crime-thriller film directed by Andrew Lau and Alan... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 10
    Kill Bill Volume 1
    13
    7

    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 Wikipedia

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  • 11
    Gods and Generals
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    Gods and Generals

    Robert Duvall, Mira Sorvino

    Released2003

    Directed byRonald F. Maxwell

    Gods and Generals is a 2003 American film based on the novel Gods and Generals by Jeffrey... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 12
    The Rundown
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    The Rundown

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dwayne Johnson

    Released2003

    Directed byPeter Berg

    The Rundown is a 2003 American action comedy film starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as a... more on Wikipedia

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  • 13
    Johnny English
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    Johnny English

    John Malkovich, Natalie Imbruglia

    Released2003

    Directed byPeter Howitt

    Johnny English is a 2003 British comedy film parodying the James Bond secret agent genre. The... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    The Missing
    9
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    The Missing

    Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood

    Released2003

    Directed byRon Howard

    The Missing is a 2003 American Revisionist Western thriller film directed by Ron Howard, based... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    X-Men 2
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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 Wikipedia

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  • 16
    Azumi
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    Azumi

    Aya Ueto, Shun Oguri

    Released2003

    Directed byRyuhei Kitamura

    Azumi is a manga series created by Yū Koyama in 1994. Its story concerns the title character,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 17
    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
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    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Claire Danes

    Released2003

    Directed byJonathan Mostow

    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is a 2003 American science fiction action film, directed by... more on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    The Last Samurai
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    10

    The Last Samurai

    Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly

    Released2003

    Directed byEdward Zwick

    The Last Samurai is a 2003 American epic film directed and co-produced by Edward Zwick, who... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Once Upon a Time in Mexico
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    9

    Once Upon a Time in Mexico

    Johnny Depp, Salma Hayek

    Released2003

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

    Once Upon a Time in Mexico is a 2003 American action film written, produced, edited,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    Bulletproof Monk
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    Bulletproof Monk

    Jaime King, Seann William Scott

    Released2003

    Directed byPaul Hunter

    Bulletproof Monk is a 2003 American action film directed by Paul Hunter in his directorial... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Open Range
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    Open Range

    Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall

    Released2003

    Directed byKevin Costner

    Open Range is a 2003 American western film directed and co-produced by Kevin Costner, starring... more on Wikipedia

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  • 22
    Timeline
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    Timeline

    Gerard Butler, Paul Walker

    Released2003

    Directed byRichard Donner

    Timeline is a 2003 science fiction adventure film directed by Richard Donner, based on the... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    A Man Apart
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    A Man Apart

    Vin Diesel, Timothy Olyphant

    Released2003

    Directed byF. Gary Gray

    A Man Apart is a 2003 U.S. vigilante action film directed by F. Gary Gray and released by New... more on Wikipedia
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    S.W.A.T.
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    S.W.A.T.

    Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell

    Released2003

    Directed byClark Johnson

    S.W.A.T. is a 2003 American action-thriller film directed by Clark Johnson, and is based on... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    The Core
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    The Core

    Hilary Swank, Stanley Tucci

    Released2003

    Directed byJon Amiel

    The Core is a 2003 American science fiction disaster film. It concerns a team that has to... more on Wikipedia

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