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The Best Action Movies of 2006 

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Updated September 23, 2019 743 votes 57 voters 3.1k views 50 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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Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom

Released: 2006

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

This film 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 Pearl. It was directed by Gore ...more

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Robin Williams, Ben Stiller, Carla Gugino

Released: 2006

Directed by: Shawn Levy

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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Beyoncé Knowles, Steve Martin, Jason Statham

Released: 2006

Directed by: Shawn Levy

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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Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2006
Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine

Released: 2006

Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón

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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Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green, Daniel Craig

Released: 2006

Directed by: Martin Campbell

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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Courteney Cox, Kate Mara, Chevy Chase

Released: 2006

Directed by: Peter Hewitt

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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Marlon Brando, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth

Released: 2006

Directed by: Bryan Singer

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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Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly, Michael Sheen

Released: 2006

Directed by: Edward Zwick

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Sylvester Stallone, Milo Ventimiglia, Talia Shire

Released: 2006

Directed by: Sylvester Stallone

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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Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

Released: 2006

Directed by: Zack Snyder

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Cillian Murphy, Liam Cunningham, Orla Fitzgerald

Released: 2006

Directed by: Ken Loach

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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Queen Latifah, Jay Leno, Ariel Winter

Released: 2006

Directed by: Carlos Saldanha

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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Paul Walker, Elizabeth Mitchell, Vera Farmiga

Released: 2006

Directed by: Wayne Kramer

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Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Amy Adams

Released: 2006

Directed by: Adam McKay

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is a 2006 American sports comedy film directed by Adam McKay. Number one NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) stays atop the heap thanks to a pact ...more

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Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

Released: 2006

Directed by: Richard Lester, Richard Donner

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Ken Watanabe, Ryan Kelley, Kazunari Ninomiya

Released: 2006

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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Samuel L. Jackson, Julianna Margulies, Taylor Kitsch

Released: 2006

Directed by: David R. Ellis

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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Rachel Weisz, John Malkovich, Jeremy Irons

Released: 2006

Directed by: Stefen Fangmeier

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Vin Diesel, Bow Wow, Amber West

Released: 2006

Directed by: Justin Lin

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Paul Walker, Ryan Phillippe, Jamie Bell

Released: 2006

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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Maggie Q, Keri Russell, Michelle Monaghan

Released: 2006

Directed by: J.J. Abrams

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Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies

Released: 2006

Directed by: Werner Herzog

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Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Naomie Harris

Released: 2006

Directed by: Michael Mann

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Michelle Yeoh, Jet Li, Nathan Jones

Released: 2006

Directed by: Ronny Yu

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Kat Dennings, Chloë Grace Moretz, Martin Lawrence

Released: 2006

Directed by: John Whitesell

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