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The Best Action Movies of 2016

Updated November 5, 2019 6.8k votes 1.1k voters 58.3k views26 items

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.

Looking for more action movies? Check out The Best Action Movies of 2019 list.

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    Deadpool is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
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    Deadpool

    Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin

    Released2016

    Directed byTim MIller

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    Captain America: Civil War is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
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    Captain America: Civil War

    Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr.

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

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    Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
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    Doctor Strange

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor

    Released2016

    Directed byScott Derrickson

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    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
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    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Felicity Jones, Diego Luna

    Released2016

    Directed byGareth Edwards

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    X-Men: Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
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    X-Men: Apocalypse

    James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender
  • 6
    Suicide Squad is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
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    Suicide Squad

    Will Smith, Margot Robbie
  • 7
    The Accountant is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
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    The Accountant

    Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick
  • 8
    Star Trek Beyond is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
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    Star Trek Beyond

    Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto
  • 9
    Jason Bourne is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
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    Jason Bourne

    Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

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    The Magnificent Seven is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
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    The Magnificent Seven

    Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt
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    The Divergent Series: Allegian is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
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    The Divergent Series: Allegiant

    Shailene Woodley, Theo James

    Released2016

    Directed byRobert Schwentke

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    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Jus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
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    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill

    Released2016

    Directed byZack Snyder

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    Central Intelligence is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
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    Central Intelligence

    Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart
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    London Has Fallen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
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    London Has Fallen

    Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler

    Released2015

    Directed byBabak Najafi

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    Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
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    Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

    Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders
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    Assassin's Creed is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
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    Assassin's Creed

    Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard
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    Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
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    Warcraft

    Paula Patton, Ben Foster

    Released2016

    Directed byDuncan Jones

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    The Take is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
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    The Take

    Idris Elba, Richard Madden
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    Precious Cargo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
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    Precious Cargo

    Bruce Willis, Mark-Paul Gosselaar
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    The Nice Guys is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
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    The Nice Guys

    Matt Bomer, Ryan Gosling

    Released2016

    Directed byShane Black

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    Independence Day: Resurgence is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
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    Independence Day: Resurgence

    Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum
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    Criminal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
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    Criminal

    Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman
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    Blood Father is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
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    Blood Father

    Mel Gibson, William H. Macy

    Released2016

    Directed byJean-François Richet

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    Sultan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
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    Sultan

    Salman Khan, Anushka Sharma
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    Jane Got a Gun is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2016
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    Jane Got a Gun

    Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor

    Released2016

    Directed byGavin O'Connor

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