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The Best Drama Movies for Action Fans

Updated March 16, 2020 0 votes 84 voters 4.0k views86 items

List RulesVote up your favorite dramatic action movies.

These are the best action drama movies the hybrid genre has to offer. They tend to be slower movies that are punctuated by scenes of dramatic action. Often times centered around a character looking for redemption as is the case in Tony Scott's Man on Fire starring Denzel Washington. Westerns easily lend themselves to the hybrid genre of dramatic action and you'll find a few on this list such as Unforgiven and the Coen Brothers' The Quick and the Dead. But are these films the top action dramas out there?

The greatest action drama movies give you compelling, thoughtful storylines but also deliver the expected adrenaline rush. Now it's time to determine the best action drama movie of all time. Vote up the action drama movies that you love and vote down the ones that you wish you'd never seen. Don't see your favorite or new action drama on the list? Feel free to add it and check back to see how other users rank your additions.

 

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  • The Hard Easy26
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    The Hard Easy

    Gary Busey, Vera Farmiga

    Released2005

    Directed byAri Ryan

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  • First Time Is the Last Time27
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    First Time Is the Last Time

    Andy Lau, Kenneth Tsang

    Released1988

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  • Alatriste28
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    Alatriste

    Viggo Mortensen, Elena Anaya

    Released2006

    Directed byAgustín Díaz Yanes

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  • Alexander29
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    Alexander

    Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer

    Released2004

    Directed byOliver Stone, Wilhelm Sasnal, Anka Sasnal

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  • As Tears Go By30
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    As Tears Go By

    Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau

    Released1988

    Directed byWong Kar-wai

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  • Basic31
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    Basic

    John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released2003

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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  • Busting32
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    Busting

    Elliott Gould, Robert Blake

    Released1974

    Directed byPeter Hyams

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  • Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N.33
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    Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N.

    Christopher Lee, Stanley Baker

    Released1951

    Directed byRaoul Walsh

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    Death Sentence

    Kevin Bacon, John Goodman

    Released2007

    Directed byJames Wan

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  • Frank and Jesse35
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    Frank and Jesse

    Rob Lowe, Bill Paxton

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Boris

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  • Hidalgo36
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    Hidalgo

    Viggo Mortensen, Omar Sharif

    Released2004

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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  • Kingdom of Heaven37
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    Kingdom of Heaven

    Eva Green, Liam Neeson

    Released2005

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • King Arthur38
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    King Arthur

    Keira Knightley, Clive Owen

    Released2004

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

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  • Valley of the Wolves: Iraq39
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    Valley of the Wolves: Iraq

    Gary Busey, Tito Ortiz

    Released2006

    Directed bySerdar Akar

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  • Mercury Rising40
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    Mercury Rising

    Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin

    Released1998

    Directed byHarold Becker

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  • No Way Out41
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    No Way Out

    Brad Pitt, Kevin Costner

    Released1987

    Directed byRoger Donaldson

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  • Posse42
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    Posse

    Pam Grier, Big Daddy Kane

    Released1993

    Directed byMario Van Peebles

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  • Rising Sun43
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    Rising Sun

    Sean Connery, Steve Buscemi

    Released1993

    Directed byPhilip Kaufman

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  • River Queen44
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    River Queen

    Kiefer Sutherland, Samantha Morton

    Released2005

    Directed byVincent Ward

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  • Rosewood45
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    Rosewood

    Jon Voight, Don Cheadle

    Released1997

    Directed byJohn Singleton

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  • The Emerald Forest46
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    The Emerald Forest

    Powers Boothe, Meg Foster

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Boorman

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  • The International47
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    The International

    Naomi Watts, Clive Owen

    Released2009

    Directed byTom Tykwer

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  • The Karate Kid48
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    The Karate Kid

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

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    The Karate Kid, Part II

    Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

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  • The Karate Kid, Part III50
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    The Karate Kid, Part III

    Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

    Released1989

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

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