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The Best Drama Movies for Action Fans  

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List Rules Vote 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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Unforgiven is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Drama Movies for Action Fans
Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman
Unforgiven is a 1992 American Western film produced and directed by Clint Eastwood with a screenplay written by David Webb Peoples. The film portrays William Munny, an aging outlaw who takes on ...more
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Heat is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Drama Movies for Action Fans
Natalie Portman, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro
Heat is a 1995 American crime thriller film written, produced and directed by Michael Mann, and starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Val Kilmer. The film was released in the United States on ...more
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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Drama Movies for Action Fans
Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel
Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic drama war film set during the Invasion of Normandy in World War II. Directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Robert Rodat, the film is notable for ...more
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Man on Fire is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Drama Movies for Action Fans
Mickey Rourke, Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning
Man on Fire is a 2004 American thriller film and the second adaptation of A. J. Quinnell's 1980 novel of the same name; the first film based on the novel was released in 1987. The 2004 film ...more
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The Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Drama Movies for Action Fans
Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones
This film is a 1993 American action film based on the 1960s television series of the same name created by Roy Huggins. The film was directed by Andrew Davis and stars Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee ...more
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Bullitt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Drama Movies for Action Fans
Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bissett
Bullitt is a 1968 American action police procedural film directed by Peter Yates and produced by Philip D'Antoni. It stars Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn and Jacqueline Bisset. The screenplay by ...more
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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Drama Movies for Action Fans
Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen
Gladiator is a 2000 American-British epic historical drama film directed by Ridley Scott, starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Ralf Möller, Oliver Reed, Djimon Hounsou, ...more
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Mulan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Drama Movies for Action Fans
Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen, George Takei
Mulan is a 1998 American animated musical action-comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan. The 36th animated feature in the Walt ...more
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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Drama Movies for Action Fans
Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson
Braveheart is a 1995 epic historical medieval war drama film directed by and starring Mel Gibson. Gibson portrays William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish warrior who led the Scots in the First ...more
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Zero Dark Thirty is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Drama Movies for Action Fans
Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong
Untitled International Thriller is a 2012 thriller film written by Mark Boal and directed by Kathryn Bigelow.
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Open Range is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Drama Movies for Action Fans
Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Annette Bening
Open Range is a 2003 American western film directed and co-produced by Kevin Costner, starring Robert Duvall and Costner, with Annette Bening and Michael Gambon appearing in supporting roles. ...more
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The Last Samurai is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Drama Movies for Action Fans
Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly, Timothy Spall
The Last Samurai is a 2003 American epic film directed and co-produced by Edward Zwick, who also co-wrote the screenplay with John Logan. The film stars Tom Cruise, who also co-produced, as well ...more
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Courage Under Fire is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Drama Movies for Action Fans
Meg Ryan, Matt Damon, Denzel Washington
Courage Under Fire is a 1996 film directed by Edward Zwick, and starring Denzel Washington, Meg Ryan, Lou Diamond Phillips and Matt Damon.
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The Patriot is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Drama Movies for Action Fans
Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman
The Patriot is a 2000 American epic historical fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich. Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) is driven to lead the his own group of men during the ...more
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Blood Diamond is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Drama Movies for Action Fans
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly, Michael Sheen
Blood Diamond is a 2006 American-German political thriller film co-produced and directed by Edward Zwick, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly and Djimon Hounsou. The title refers to ...more
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Rules of Engagement is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Drama Movies for Action Fans
Samuel L. Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones, Ben Kingsley
Rules of Engagement is a 2000 American drama film directed by William Friedkin and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson. Jackson plays U.S. Marine Colonel Terry Childers. James Webb, ...more
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The Jackal is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Drama Movies for Action Fans
Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, Jack Black
The Jackal is a 1997 American spy action thriller film directed by Michael Caton-Jones, and starring Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, and Sidney Poitier. The film is a loose remake of the 1973 movie ...more
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Seraphim Falls is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Drama Movies for Action Fans
Pierce Brosnan, Liam Neeson, Angie Harmon
Seraphim Falls is a 2006 American revenge film directed by television producer and director David Von Ancken in his first feature film. The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by ...more
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The Quick and the Dead is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Drama Movies for Action Fans
Leonardo DiCaprio, Sharon Stone, Russell Crowe
This film is a 1995 western film directed by Sam Raimi and starring Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio. The story focuses on "The Lady", a gunfighter who ...more
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The Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Drama Movies for Action Fans
Jennifer Garner, Minka Kelly, Jamie Foxx
The Kingdom is a 2007 action thriller directed by Peter Berg and starring Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, and Ashraf Barhom, with Kyle Chandler, Jeremy Piven, Richard ...more
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Tombstone is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Drama Movies for Action Fans
Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell, Charlton Heston
Tombstone is a 1993 American western film directed by George P. Cosmatos, written by Kevin Jarre and starring Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer, with Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe, Michael ...more
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Master and Commander: The Far ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Drama Movies for Action Fans
Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Joseph Morgan
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is a 2003 epic historical drama film co-written and directed by Peter Weir, starring Russell Crowe as Jack Aubrey, with Paul Bettany as Stephen ...more
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The Man Who Came Back is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Drama Movies for Action Fans
The Man Who Came Back Carol Alt, Sean Young, Billy Zane
The Man Who Came Back is a 2008 western film directed by Glen Pitre. It stars Eric Braeden, Billy Zane, George Kennedy, and Armand Assante.
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The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Drama Movies for Action Fans
Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita
The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts romantic drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and written by Robert Mark Kamen, starring Ralph Macchio, who was 22 years old during principal ...more
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Top Gun is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Drama Movies for Action Fans
Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer
Top Gun is a 1986 American action drama film directed by Tony Scott, and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, in association with Paramount Pictures. The screenplay was written by Jim ...more