Films The Best Action Movies of 2016  

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Iconic superheroes, epic battles, and a whole lot of sequels dominated the most exciting action films of 2016. The best 2016 action movies brought in millions at the box office while offering movie goers an array of special effects and thrilling stunts. This is a list of the best action movies of 2016 featuring everything from X-Men Apocalypse to Criminal to Star Trek Beyond.

What films will you find on this list of the top action movies of 2016? If you're a sci fi buff, you might vote Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to the top. A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, a father and daughter find themselves locked in a struggle surrounding the creation of the most powerful weapon known to man: the Death Star. Felicity Jones starred as Jyn Erso in this blockbuster film. The irreverent superhero flick Deadpool was another one of the most popular action movies of 2016. Tom Cruise returned to the role of a former army police officer in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Other good films featured on this roundup of the top action movies of 2016 include Independence Day: Resurgence, Criminal, and Jason Bourne.

Which action movie deserves the top spot on this list? It's up to you to decide. Give your favorites a thumbs up and please add any exciting films that are missing.

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Deadpool is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
Deadpool Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Karan Soni Deadpool is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Tim Miller, based on the Marvel Comics character. After being given mutant abilities with a scarred physical appearance, Wade Wilson (Ryan ...more

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Captain America: Civil War is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
Captain America: Civil War Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson Captain America: Civil War is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, based on the Marvel Comics character. Political interference in the Avengers' activities causes a ...more

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Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
AnthonyFindlater added Doctor Strange Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams Doctor Strange is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Scott Derrickson, based on the Marvel Comics character. After a career-ending car accident, brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon ...more

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a 2016 American epic space opera film directed by Gareth Edwards. The daughter (Felicity Jones) of an Imperial scientist joins the Rebel Alliance in a risky move ...more

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X-Men: Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
X-Men: Apocalypse James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence

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Suicide Squad is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
Suicide Squad Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis

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Star Trek Beyond is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
Star Trek Beyond Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban

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The Accountant is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
The Accountant Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons

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Jason Bourne is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
Jason Bourne Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander Jason Bourne is a 2016 American action thriller film directed and written by Paul Greengrass and film editor Christopher Rouse. The fifth installment of the Bourne film series and the direct ...more

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The Magnificent Seven is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
The Magnificent Seven Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Jus... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Zack Snyder, based on the DC Comics characters. Fearing that the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman ...more

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Central Intelligence is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
Central Intelligence Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Amy Ryan

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London Has Fallen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
London Has Fallen Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler, Angela Bassett London Has Fallen is an upcoming American action thriller film directed by Babak Najafi and written by Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt, Christian Gudegast and Chad St. John. It is a ...more

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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge

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Assassin's Creed is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
Assassin's Creed Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons

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Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
Warcraft Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Clancy Brown Warcraft is an upcoming 2016 American epic fantasy film. It is based on the Warcraft video game series and set in the world of Azeroth. The film was first announced in 2006 as a project ...more

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The Take is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
The Take Idris Elba, Richard Madden, Charlotte Le Bon

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The Nice Guys is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
The Nice Guys Matt Bomer, Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe

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Independence Day: Resurgence is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
Independence Day: Resurgence Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Jessie T. Usher

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The Divergent Series: Allegian... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
The Divergent Series: Allegiant Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Zoƫ Kravitz

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Criminal is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
Criminal Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones

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Blood Father is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
Blood Father Mel Gibson, William H. Macy, Diego Luna Blood Father is a 2016 English-language French action crime thriller film directed by Jean-François Richet, based on the novel by Peter Craig. An ex-con (Mel Gibson) reunites with his ...more

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Precious Cargo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
Precious Cargo Bruce Willis, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Claire Forlani

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Jane Got a Gun is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
Jane Got a Gun Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Rodrigo Santoro Jane Got a Gun is a 2016 American action western film directed by Gavin O'Connor. A woman (Natalie Portman) asks her ex-lover (Joel Edgerton) for help in order to save her outlaw husband (Noah ...more

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Sultan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
Sultan Salman Khan, Anushka Sharma, Marko Zaror

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Carnage Park is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
Carnage Park Alan Ruck, Darby Stanchfield, Ashley Bell