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The Best Drama Movies for Action Fans

Updated February 26, 2021 959 votes 89 voters 4.5k views101 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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  • Unforgiven1
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    Unforgiven

    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman

    Released1992

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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  • Saving Private Ryan2
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    Saving Private Ryan

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic drama war film directed by Steven Spielberg. Set...  more
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  • Heat3
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    Heat

    Natalie Portman, Al Pacino

    Released1995

    Directed byMichael Mann

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  • Man on Fire4
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    Man on Fire

    Mickey Rourke, Denzel Washington

    Released2004

    Directed byTony Scott

    Man on Fire is a 2004 American thriller film and the second adaptation of A. J. Quinnell's...  more
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  • Gladiator5
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    Gladiator

    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2000

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Gladiator is a 2000 American-British epic historical drama film directed by Ridley Scott,...  more
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  • The Fugitive6
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    The Fugitive

    Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford

    Released1993

    Directed byAndrew Davis

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  • Bullitt7
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    Bullitt

    Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen

    Released1968

    Directed byPeter Yates

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  • Braveheart8
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    Braveheart

    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau

    Released1995

    Directed byMel Gibson

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  • Open Range9
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    Open Range

    Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall

    Released2003

    Directed byKevin Costner

    Open Range is a 2003 American western film directed and co-produced by Kevin Costner, starring...  more
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  • Blood Diamond10
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    Blood Diamond

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly

    Released2006

    Directed byEdward Zwick

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  • The Last Samurai11
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    The Last Samurai

    Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly

    Released2003

    Directed byEdward Zwick

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  • Zero Dark Thirty12
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    Zero Dark Thirty

    Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt

    Released2012

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

    Zero Dark Thirty is a 2012 American war thriller film directed by Kathryn Bigelow. A chronicle...  more
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  • Courage Under Fire13
    22
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    Courage Under Fire

    Meg Ryan, Matt Damon

    Released1996

    Directed byEdward Zwick

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  • The Patriot14
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    The Patriot

    Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger

    Released2000

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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  • Rules of Engagement15
    19
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    Rules of Engagement

    Samuel L. Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released2000

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

    Rules of Engagement is a 2000 American drama film directed by William Friedkin and starring...  more
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  • Tombstone16
    15
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    Tombstone

    Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell

    Released1993

    Directed byKevin Jarre, George P. Cosmatos

    Tombstone is a 1993 American western film directed by George P. Cosmatos, written by Kevin...  more
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  • The Jackal17
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    The Jackal

    Bruce Willis, Richard Gere

    Released1997

    Directed byMichael Caton-Jones

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  • Seraphim Falls18
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    Seraphim Falls

    Pierce Brosnan, Liam Neeson

    Released2006

    Directed byDavid Von Ancken

    Seraphim Falls is a 2006 American revenge film directed by television producer and director...  more
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  • The Kingdom19
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    The Kingdom

    Jennifer Garner, Minka Kelly

    Released2007

    Directed byPeter Berg

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  • Edge of Darkness20
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    Edge of Darkness

    Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone

    Released2010

    Directed byMartin Campbell

    Edge of Darkness is a 2010 crime thriller film directed by Martin Campbell and also produced...  more
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  • Free State of Jones21
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    Free State of Jones

    Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw

    Released2016

    Directed byGary Ross

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  • The Quick and the Dead22
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    The Quick and the Dead

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Sharon Stone

    Released1995

    Directed bySam Raimi

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  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World23

    Released2003

    Directed byPeter Weir

    Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is a 2003 epic historical drama film...  more
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  • Troy24
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    Troy

    Brad Pitt, Eric Bana

    Released2004

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

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  • Lone Survivor25
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    Lone Survivor

    Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana

    Released2013

    Directed byPeter Berg

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