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The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite terrifying action movies.

Are you ready for some frightening action-packed movies? These scary action films are the best that the hybrid genre has to offer. There are plenty of movies that fit this genre but good action horror films can be hard to find. Not sure what movies you will see on this list? Aliens, Overlord, and Mandy are just some of the top action horror movies you can vote on below. But are they the top action-packed horror films? The greatest scary action films deliver a double dose of adrenaline with their deadly combination of thrills and chills.

Now it's time to determine the best action horror movie of all time. Vote up the action horror films that you love and vote down the ones that you wish you'd never seen. Don't see your favorite horrifying action movie on the list? Feel free to add it and check back to see how other users rank your additions and new action horror films as they are released.

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Aliens is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn
Aliens is a 1986 American science-fiction action horror film written and directed by James Cameron, produced by his then-wife Gale Anne Hurd, and starring Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael ...more
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Mandy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache
Mandy is a 2018 American action horror film directed by Panos Cosmatos. When a vile band of ravaging cultists and supernatural creatures desecrate his idyllic home with vicious fury, Red ...more
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End of Days is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robin Tunney, Renee Olstead
End of Days is a 1999 American action fantasy horror thriller film directed by Peter Hyams starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gabriel Byrne, Robin Tunney, Kevin Pollak, Rod Steiger, CCH Pounder, ...more
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Dog Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Kevin McKidd, Liam Cunningham, Sean Pertwee
Dog Soldiers is a 2002 British horror film written and directed by Neil Marshall, and starring Kevin McKidd, Sean Pertwee and Liam Cunningham. A British production, set in the highlands of ...more
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Overlord is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Wyatt Russell, Jacob Anderson, Iain De Caestecker
Overlord is a 2018 American horror film directed by Julius Avery. In 1944, two American paratroopers are going down over Normandy in the midst of the D-Day invasion, and they soon discover that ...more
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Predator is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers
Predator is a 1987 American science fiction action film directed by John McTiernan and was distributed by 20th Century Fox. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill ...more
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Upgrade is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel, Harrison Gilbertson
Upgrade is a 2018 Australian science fiction action horror film directed by Leigh Whannell. A self-identified technophobe (Logan Marshall-Green) in a near-future world uses an experimental ...more
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Brightburn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn
Brightburn is a 2019 American superhero horror film directed by David Yarovesky. After adopting a baby that crash-landed on Earth, a couple (Elizabeth Banks and David Denman) attempt to raise ...more
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The Purge: Election Year is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson
The Purge: Election Year is a 2016 American dystopian action horror film written and directed by James DeMonaco and starring Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell and Mykelti Williamson. A sequel to ...more
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The Purge is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Lena Headey, Ethan Hawke, Adelaide Kane
The Purge is a 2013 American social science fiction action horror film written and directed by James DeMonaco. It stars Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Adelaide Kane and Max Burkholder. It is the ...more
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Maniac Cop is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Bruce Campbell, Richard Roundtree, William Smith
Maniac Cop is a 1988 action/slasher film directed by William Lustig, and written by Larry Cohen.
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Maniac Cop 2 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Bruce Campbell, Robert Davi, Charles Napier
Maniac Cop 2 is a 1990 American action horror film directed by William Lustig and written by Larry Cohen. It is the sequel to Maniac Cop and stars Robert Davi, Claudia Christian, Michael Lerner ...more
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Hollow Man is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Kevin Bacon, Elisabeth Shue, Josh Brolin
Hollow Man is a 2000 American-German science fiction-thriller-horror film directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Kevin Bacon, Elisabeth Shue, and Josh Brolin. The film is about a scientist who ...more
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Jaws is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider
Jaws is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley's novel of the same name. The prototypical summer blockbuster, its release is regarded as a ...more
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They Live is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Roddy Piper, Keith David, Tommy Morrison
They Live is a 1988 American science fiction film written and directed by John Carpenter. The film stars Roddy Piper, Keith David, and Meg Foster. It follows a nameless drifter referred to as ...more
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The Meg is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Jason Statham, Jessica McNamee, Li Bingbing
The Meg is a 2018 American science fiction action horror film directed by Jon Turteltaub, based on the book by Steve Alten. Former Naval captain and expert diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is ...more
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Ghosts of Mars is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Ice Cube, Jason Statham, Natasha Henstridge
John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars is a 2001 American science fiction action horror film composed, written, and directed by John Carpenter. The film stars Ice Cube, Natasha Henstridge, Jason ...more
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Jaws 2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Roy Scheider, Murray Hamilton, Ann Dusenberry
Jaws 2 is a 1978 American horror thriller film and the first sequel to Steven Spielberg's Jaws, and the second installment in the Jaws franchise, which was based on Peter Benchley's novel of the ...more
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Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Angus Scrimm, A. Michael Baldwin, Sam Phillips
Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead is a 1994 horror film and the second sequel to Phantasm, also written and directed by Don Coscarelli. The film stars Angus Scrimm as the Tall Man, Reggie Bannister ...more
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Scanners is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Michael Ironside, Patrick McGoohan, Jennifer O'Neill
Scanners is a 1981 Canadian science-fiction horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg and starring Jennifer O'Neill, Steven Lack, Michael Ironside, and Patrick McGoohan. In the film, ...more
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The Hitcher is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell
The Hitcher is a 1986 action horror film directed by Robert Harmon and written by Eric Red. The film stars Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jeffrey DeMunn.
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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
John Hurt, Jim Caviezel, Ron Perlman
Outlander is a 2008 American science fiction action film directed by Howard McCain and starring James Caviezel. The film revolves around a spaceship crashing in Viking-age Norway. Outlander is ...more
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Blade is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Traci Lords
Blade is a 1998 American vampire superhero action film starring Wesley Snipes and Stephen Dorff, loosely based on the Marvel Comics character Blade. Snipes plays Blade, a human-vampire hybrid ...more
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From Dusk till Dawn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino
From Dusk till Dawn is a 1996 American horror-crime thriller film directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Quentin Tarantino. It stars George Clooney, Tarantino, Harvey Keitel and Juliette ...more
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The First Purge is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Y'Lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade
The First Purge is a 2018 American dystopian action horror film directed by Gerard McMurray, and the fourth installment in the series. To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of ...more