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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
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
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 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 collision, 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
Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed
This film 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 to take the plans.
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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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The Accountant is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
The Accountant Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons
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Star Trek Beyond is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
Star Trek Beyond Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban
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Jason Bourne is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
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
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
Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler, Angela Bassett
London Has Fallen is a 2016 American action thriller film directed by Babak Najafi, It is a sequel to Olympus Has Fallen. After the UK Prime Minister dies, agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) ...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
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
Matt Bomer, Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe
The Nice Guys is a 2016 American neo-noir action comedy film directed by Shane Black. Set in 1977 Los Angeles, the film focuses on a private eye and a tough enforcer who team up to investigate ...more
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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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Criminal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
Criminal Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones
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The Divergent Series: Allegian... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Zoƫ Kravitz
The Divergent Series: Allegiant is a 2016 American dystopian romantic thriller film directed by Robert Schwentke. After Evelyn (Naomi Watts) forbids anyone from leaving Chicago, she announces ...more
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Blood Father is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
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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Sultan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
Sultan Salman Khan, Anushka Sharma, Marko Zaror
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Jane Got a Gun is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
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