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The Best Action Movies of 2006

Updated September 23, 2019 1.3k votes 72 voters 3.5k views50 items

List of the best 2006 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 2006, 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.

These movies, like 300 and X-Men: The Last Stand include images when available. This isn't necessarily a list of all action movies from 2006, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
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    The Pink Panther
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    The Pink Panther

    Beyoncé Knowles, Steve Martin

    Released2006

    Directed byShawn Levy

    The Pink Panther is a 2006 American detective comedy film and a reboot of The Pink Panther... more on Wikipedia

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    Blood Diamond
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    Blood Diamond

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly

    Released2006

    Directed byEdward Zwick

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    Children of Men
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    Children of Men

    Julianne Moore, Clive Owen

    Released2006

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

    Children of Men is a 2006 science fiction thriller film directed and co-written by Alfonso... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Night at the Museum
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    Night at the Museum

    Robin Williams, Ben Stiller

    Released2006

    Directed byShawn Levy

    Night at the Museum is a 2006 American fantasy adventure-comedy film based on the 1993... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Zoom
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    Zoom

    Courteney Cox, Kate Mara

    Released2006

    Directed byPeter Hewitt

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  • 6
    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
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    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley

    Released2006

    Directed byGore Verbinski

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  • 7
    Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
    18
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    Released2006

    Directed byAdam McKay

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    Casino Royale
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    Casino Royale

    Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green

    Released2006

    Directed byMartin Campbell

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  • 9
    300
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    300

    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender

    Released2006

    Directed byZack Snyder

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  • 10
    The Wind That Shakes the Barley
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    The Wind That Shakes the Barley

    Cillian Murphy, Liam Cunningham

    Released2006

    Directed byKen Loach

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  • 11
    Running Scared
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    Running Scared

    Paul Walker, Elizabeth Mitchell

    Released2006

    Directed byWayne Kramer

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  • 12
    Superman Returns
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    Superman Returns

    Marlon Brando, Kevin Spacey

    Released2006

    Directed byBryan Singer

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    Snakes on a Plane
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    Snakes on a Plane

    Samuel L. Jackson, Julianna Margulies

    Released2006

    Directed byDavid R. Ellis

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    Big Momma's House 2
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    Big Momma's House 2

    Kat Dennings, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2006

    Directed byJohn Whitesell

    Big Momma's House 2 is a 2006 American comedy film and the sequel to Big Momma's House. The... more on Wikipedia

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    Letters from Iwo Jima
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    Letters from Iwo Jima

    Ken Watanabe, Ryan Kelley

    Released2006

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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  • 16
    Eragon
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    Eragon

    Rachel Weisz, John Malkovich

    Released2006

    Directed byStefen Fangmeier

    Eragon is a 2006 British-American fantasy-adventure film based on the novel of the same name... more on Wikipedia

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    Apocalypto
    6
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    Apocalypto

    Raoul Trujillo, Gerardo Taracena

    Released2006

    Directed byMel Gibson

    Apocalypto is a 2006 American epic adventure film directed and produced by Mel Gibson. It was... more on Wikipedia

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    Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut
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    Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut

    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman

    Released2006

    Directed byRichard Lester, Richard Donner

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    Crossover
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    Crossover

    Wayne Brady, Anthony Mackie

    Released2006

    Directed byPreston A. Whitmore II

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    The Sentinel
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    The Sentinel

    Eva Longoria, Kim Basinger

    Released2006

    Directed byClark Johnson

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    Fearless
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    Fearless

    Michelle Yeoh, Jet Li

    Released2006

    Directed byRonny Yu

    Fearless, also known as Huo Yuanjia in Chinese, and as Jet Li's Fearless in the United Kingdom... more on Wikipedia

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  • 22
    Miami Vice
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    Miami Vice

    Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx

    Released2006

    Directed byMichael Mann

    Miami Vice is a 2006 American film about two Miami police detectives, Crockett and Tubbs, who... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Rescue Dawn
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    Rescue Dawn

    Christian Bale, Steve Zahn

    Released2006

    Directed byWerner Herzog

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  • 24
    Ice Age: The Meltdown
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    Ice Age: The Meltdown

    Queen Latifah, Jay Leno

    Released2006

    Directed byCarlos Saldanha

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    Mission: Impossible III
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    Mission: Impossible III

    Maggie Q, Keri Russell

    Released2006

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

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