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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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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is a 2006 American fantasy swashbuckler film and the second installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, following The Curse of the Black ...more

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The Pink Panther Beyoncé Knowles, Steve Martin, Jason Statham The Pink Panther is a 2006 American detective comedy film and a reboot of The Pink Panther franchise, marking the tenth installment in the series. In this film, Inspector Jacques Clouseau is ...more

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Night at the Museum Robin Williams, Ben Stiller, Carla Gugino Night at the Museum is a 2006 American fantasy adventure-comedy film based on the 1993 children's book of the same name by Milan Trenc. It follows a divorced father trying to settle down, ...more

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Casino Royale 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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Zoom Courteney Cox, Kate Mara, Chevy Chase Zoom: Academy for Superheroes is a 2006 American superhero comedy film based upon the children's book Amazing Adventures from Zoom's Academy by Jason Lethcoe. Directed by Peter Hewitt, the film ...more

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Superman Returns Marlon Brando, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth Superman Returns is a 2006 American superhero film directed and produced by Bryan Singer. It is based on the DC Comics character Superman and serves as an homage sequel to the motion pictures ...more

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Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2006
Children of Men Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine Children of Men is a 2006 science fiction thriller film directed and co-written by Alfonso Cuarón. The screenplay, based on P. D. James's 1992 novel of the same name, was credited to five ...more

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Blood Diamond Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly, Michael Sheen Blood Diamond is a 2006 American-German political war thriller film co-produced and directed by Edward Zwick, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly and Djimon Hounsou. The title refers ...more

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Rocky Balboa Sylvester Stallone, Milo Ventimiglia, Talia Shire Rocky Balboa is the sixth installment in the Rocky franchise, written, directed by, and starring Sylvester Stallone who reprises his role as the title character. The sixth film in the Rocky ...more

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The Wind That Shakes the Barley Cillian Murphy, Liam Cunningham, Orla Fitzgerald The Wind That Shakes the Barley is a 2006 Irish war drama film directed by Ken Loach, set during the Irish War of Independence and the Irish Civil War. Written by long-time Loach collaborator ...more

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Ice Age: The Meltdown Queen Latifah, Jay Leno, Ariel Winter Ice Age: The Meltdown is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy adventure film. It is a sequel to the 2002 computer-animated film Ice Age. It was produced by Blue Sky Studios for 20th Century ...more

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300 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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Running Scared Paul Walker, Elizabeth Mitchell, Vera Farmiga Running Scared is a 2006 American crime thriller film, written and directed by Wayne Kramer, and starring Paul Walker, Cameron Bright and Vera Farmiga. It was released in the United States on ...more

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Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut is an unfinished superhero film directed by Richard Donner. It is a re-edited director's cut of the 1980 film Superman II by restoring a significant amount of ...more

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Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Amy Adams, Will Ferrell, Sacha Baron Cohen Ricky Bobby (WILL FERRELL) has always dreamed of driving fast -- real fast -- like his father, Reese Bobby (GARY COLE), who left the family to pursue his racing dreams. Early on, Ricky’s mother, ...more

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Letters from Iwo Jima Ken Watanabe, Ryan Kelley, Kazunari Ninomiya Letters from Iwo Jima is a 2006 Japanese-American war film directed and co-produced by Clint Eastwood, starring Ken Watanabe and Kazunari Ninomiya. The film portrays the Battle of Iwo Jima from ...more

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The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Vin Diesel, Bow Wow, Amber West The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is a 2006 American action film directed by Justin Lin, produced by Neal H. Moritz and written by Chris Morgan. It is the third installment of The Fast and ...more

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Miami Vice Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Naomie Harris Miami Vice is a 2006 American crime film about two Miami police detectives, Crockett and Tubbs, who go undercover to fight drug trafficking operations. The film, written, directed, and produced ...more

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Poseidon Emmy Rossum, Fergie, Kurt Russell Poseidon is a 2006 disaster film directed and co-produced by Wolfgang Petersen. It is the third film adaptation of Paul Gallico's novel The Poseidon Adventure, and a loose remake of the 1972 ...more

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Fearless Michelle Yeoh, Jet Li, Nathan Jones Fearless, also known as Huo Yuanjia in Chinese, and as Jet Li's Fearless in the United Kingdom and in the United States, is a 2006 Chinese-Hong Kong martial arts film directed by Ronny Yu and ...more

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Mission: Impossible III Maggie Q, Keri Russell, Michelle Monaghan Mission: Impossible III is a 2006 American action spy film co-written and directed by J.J. Abrams, his first film as a director, starring Tom Cruise, who also served as a producer, in the role ...more

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Crossover Wayne Brady, Anthony Mackie, Eva Marcille Imagining tomorrow’s America today, FUTURESTATES is a series of independent mini-features — short narrative films created by veteran filmmakers and emerging talents transforming today’s complex ...more

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Rescue Dawn Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies Rescue Dawn is a 2006 American war drama film directed by Werner Herzog, based on an adapted screenplay written from his 1997 documentary film Little Dieter Needs to Fly. The film stars ...more

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The Sentinel Eva Longoria, Kim Basinger, Michael Douglas The Sentinel is a 2006 crime thriller film directed by Clark Johnson about a veteran United States Secret Service bodyguard who is suspected as a traitor after an attempted assassination of the ...more

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The Covenant Chace Crawford, Jessica Lucas, Taylor Kitsch The Covenant is a 2006 American action supernatural thriller film written by J. S. Cardone, directed by Renny Harlin, and starring Steven Strait, Taylor Kitsch, Toby Hemingway, Chace Crawford, ...more

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Snakes on a Plane Samuel L. Jackson, Julianna Margulies, Taylor Kitsch Snakes on a Plane is a 2006 American action thriller film directed by David R. Ellis and starring Samuel L. Jackson. It was released by New Line Cinema on August 18, 2006, in North America. The ...more

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Déjà Vu Denzel Washington, Val Kilmer, Elle Fanning Déjà Vu is a 2006 American action thriller film with elements of science fiction, directed by Tony Scott, written by Bill Marsilii and Terry Rossio, and produced by Jerry ...more

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Flags of Our Fathers Paul Walker, Ryan Phillippe, Jamie Bell Flags of Our Fathers is a 2006 American war film directed, co-produced and scored by Clint Eastwood and written by William Broyles, Jr. and Paul Haggis. It is based on the book of the same name ...more

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Undisputed II: Last Man Standing Michael Jai White, Scott Adkins, Ben Cross Undisputed II: Last Man Standing is a 2006 direct-to-video martial arts film and is the sequel to the 2002 boxing film Undisputed. The film stars Michael Jai White, Scott Adkins, Eli Danker and ...more

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Ultraviolet Milla Jovovich, William Fichtner, Cameron Bright Ultraviolet is a 2006 American dystopian science fiction action-horror-thriller film written and directed by Kurt Wimmer and produced by Screen Gems. It stars Milla Jovovich as Violet Song and ...more

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The Guardian Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher, Sela Ward The Guardian is a 2006 action-adventure drama film starring Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher, and Melissa Sagemiller. The film was released on September 29, 2006, and was directed by Andrew Davis. ...more

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Eragon Rachel Weisz, John Malkovich, Jeremy Irons Eragon is a 2006 British-American fantasy-adventure film based on the novel of the same name by author Christopher Paolini. The cast includes Edward Speleers in the title role, Jeremy Irons, ...more

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Smokin' Aces Ben Affleck, Alicia Keys, Ryan Reynolds Smokin' Aces is a 2006 American-British-French crime film written and directed by Joe Carnahan. It stars Jeremy Piven as a Las Vegas Strip magician turned mafia informant and Ryan Reynolds as ...more

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Underworld: Evolution Kate Beckinsale, Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy Underworld: Evolution is an American action-vampire film directed by Len Wiseman. It is the second installment in the Underworld series, following Underworld. The events of the film begin during ...more

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Crank Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Dwight Yoakam Crank is a 2006 American black comedy/action film written and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor and starring Jason Statham, Amy Smart and Jose Pablo Cantillo. The plot centers on a ...more

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Apocalypto Raoul Trujillo, Gerardo Taracena, Israel Contreras Apocalypto is a 2006 American epic adventure film directed and produced by Mel Gibson. It was written by Gibson and Farhad Safinia. Set in pre-Columbian Petén, Guatemala, around the year ...more

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Big Momma's House 2 Kat Dennings, Chloë Grace Moretz, Martin Lawrence Big Momma's House 2 is a 2006 American crime comedy film and the sequel to Big Momma's House. The film was directed by John Whitesell, based on the characters created by Darryl Quarles from the ...more

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Ultimate Avengers Olivia d'Abo, Grey DeLisle, Dee Bradley Baker Ultimate Avengers is a superhero film and direct-to-DVD, animated film loosely based on the Marvel Comics limited series The Ultimates, and released by Lionsgate Home Entertainment as part of ...more

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Curse of the Golden Flower Gong Li, Chow Yun-Fat, Jay Chou Curse of the Golden Flower is a 2006 Chinese epic drama film written and directed by Zhang Yimou. The Mandarin Chinese title of the movie is taken from the last line of a Qi Dynasty poem written ...more

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Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu Kamal Haasan, Prakash Raj, Jyothika Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu is a 2006 Tamil crime-detective-thriller film written and directed by Gautham Menon. Starring Kamal Haasan, Jyothika, Kamalinee Mukherjee, Prakash Raj and Daniel Balaji in ...more

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Waist Deep Meagan Good, Jayceon Terrell Taylor, Tyrese Gibson Waist Deep is a 2006 drama-action film directed by Vondie Curtis-Hall, starring Tyrese Gibson and Meagan Good. It is loosely based on the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde, including some similar ...more

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X-Men: The Last Stand Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin X-Men: The Last Stand is a 2006 superhero film, based on the X-Men superhero team introduced in Marvel Comics. The film, distributed by 20th Century Fox, is the third installment in the X-Men ...more

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Ultimate Avengers 2 Mark Hamill, Olivia d'Abo, Grey DeLisle Ultimate Avengers 2 is an animated action/science fiction film, superhero film and the sequel to Ultimate Avengers. It is loosely based on The Ultimates, the limited comic book series by Marvel ...more

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Firewall Harrison Ford, Paul Bettany, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Firewall is a 2006 British-American thriller film directed by Richard Loncraine and written by Joe Forte. The film stars Harrison Ford as a banker who is forced by criminals, led by Paul ...more

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Dhoom 2 Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Bipasha Basu, Hrithik Roshan Dhoom 2 is a 2006 Indian action film directed by Sanjay Gadhvi and produced by Aditya Chopra and Yash Chopra at an estimated budget of 350 million under the Yash Raj Films banner. It is the ...more

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Varalaru Ajith Kumar, Asin, Manobala Varalaru is a 2006 Indian Tamil action thriller film written and directed by K. S. Ravikumar. The film stars Ajith Kumar in a triple role as a father and his two sons, while Asin and Kanika play ...more

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Krrish Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, Rekha Krrish is a 2006 Indian science fiction superhero film directed, produced, and written by Rakesh Roshan, and starring Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Rekha and Naseeruddin Shah. It is the ...more

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Day Watch Jeanna Friske, Gosha Kutsenko, Aleksei Chadov Day Watch, is a 2006 Russian dark fantasy action film written and directed by Timur Bekmambetov. Marketed as "the first film of the year", it opened in theatres across Russia on 1 ...more

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DOA: Dead or Alive Jaime Pressly, Kevin Nash, Sarah Carter DOA: Dead or Alive is a 2006 ensemble martial arts film loosely based on the Tecmo/Team Ninja fighting game series Dead or Alive. It was directed by Corey Yuen and written by J. F. Lawton, Adam ...more

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Big Nothing Alice Eve, David Schwimmer, Simon Pegg Big Nothing is a 2006 British crime black comedy film directed by Jean-Baptiste Andrea starring David Schwimmer and Simon Pegg. It was released in December 2006, and had its premiere at Cardiff ...more