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The Best Drama Movies for Action Fans

Updated March 16, 2020 0 votes 80 voters 3.7k 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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  • 1
    Unforgiven
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    Unforgiven

    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman

    Released1992

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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  • 2
    Saving Private Ryan
    53
    6

    Saving Private Ryan

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic drama war film set during the Invasion of Normandy... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 3
    Heat
    49
    4

    Heat

    Natalie Portman, Al Pacino

    Released1995

    Directed byMichael Mann

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  • 4
    Man on Fire
    46
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    Man on Fire

    Mickey Rourke, Denzel Washington

    Released2004

    Directed byTony Scott

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  • 5
    Gladiator
    48
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    Gladiator

    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2000

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • 6
    The Fugitive
    45
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    The Fugitive

    Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford

    Released1993

    Directed byAndrew Davis

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  • 7
    Bullitt
    36
    5

    Bullitt

    Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen

    Released1968

    Directed byPeter Yates

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  • 8
    Braveheart
    34
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    Braveheart

    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau

    Released1995

    Directed byMel Gibson

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  • 9
    Open Range
    28
    8

    Open Range

    Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall

    Released2003

    Directed byKevin Costner

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  • 10
    Mulan
    30
    14

    Mulan

    Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen

    Released1998

    Directed byTony Bancroft, Barry Cook

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  • 11
    Blood Diamond
    21
    4

    Blood Diamond

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly

    Released2006

    Directed byEdward Zwick

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  • 12
    Zero Dark Thirty
    22
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    Zero Dark Thirty

    Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt

    Released2012

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

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  • 13
    The Last Samurai
    26
    12

    The Last Samurai

    Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly

    Released2003

    Directed byEdward Zwick

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  • 14
    Courage Under Fire
    21
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    Courage Under Fire

    Meg Ryan, Matt Damon

    Released1996

    Directed byEdward Zwick

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  • 15
    The Patriot
    24
    12

    The Patriot

    Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger

    Released2000

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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  • 16
    Rules of Engagement
    18
    7

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    Tombstone
    14
    5

    Tombstone

    Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell

    Released1993

    Directed byKevin Jarre, George P. Cosmatos

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  • 18
    The Jackal
    14
    7

    The Jackal

    Bruce Willis, Richard Gere

    Released1997

    Directed byMichael Caton-Jones

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  • 19
    Seraphim Falls
    11
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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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 20
    The Kingdom
    9
    5

    The Kingdom

    Jennifer Garner, Minka Kelly

    Released2007

    Directed byPeter Berg

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  • 21
    Edge of Darkness
    5
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    Edge of Darkness

    Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone

    Released2010

    Directed byMartin Campbell

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  • 22
    Free State of Jones
    11
    9

    Free State of Jones

    Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw

    Directed byGary Ross

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  • 23
    Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

    Released2003

    Directed byPeter Weir

    Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is a 2003 epic historical drama film... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 24
    The Quick and the Dead
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    The Quick and the Dead

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Sharon Stone

    Released1995

    Directed bySam Raimi

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  • 25
    Heaven's Burning
    0
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    Heaven's Burning

    Russell Crowe, Colin Hay

    Released1998

    Directed byCraig Lahiff

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