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The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans 

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Updated February 14, 2020 1.5k votes 102 voters 1.7k views 163 items

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

Released: 1986

Directed by: James Cameron

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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Predator is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

Released: 1987

Directed by: John McTiernan

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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Dog Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Kevin McKidd, Liam Cunningham, Sean Pertwee

Released: 2002

Directed by: Neil Marshall

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) 4 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Wyatt Russell, Jacob Anderson, Iain De Caestecker

Released: 2018

Directed by: Julius Avery

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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Mandy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache

Released: 2018

Directed by: Panos Cosmatos

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) 6 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robin Tunney, Renee Olstead

Released: 1999

Directed by: Peter Hyams

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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Upgrade is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel, Harrison Gilbertson

Released: 2018

Directed by: Leigh Whannell

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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The Purge: Election Year... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson

Directed by: James DeMonaco

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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Brightburn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn

Released: 2019

Directed by: David Yarovesky

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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From Dusk till Dawn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

Released: 1996

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez, Sarah Kelly

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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Blade is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Traci Lords

Released: 1998

Directed by: Stephen Norrington

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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Constantine is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Rachel Weisz, Keanu Reeves, Shia LaBeouf

Released: 2005

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

Constantine is a 2005 American supernatural action-thriller film directed by Francis Lawrence as his feature film directorial debut, starring Keanu Reeves as John Constantine, with Rachel Weisz, ...more
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The Purge is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Lena Headey, Ethan Hawke, Adelaide Kane

Released: 2013

Directed by: James DeMonaco

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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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
John Hurt, Jim Caviezel, Ron Perlman

Released: 2008

Directed by: Howard McCain

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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Ghosts of Mars is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Ice Cube, Jason Statham, Natasha Henstridge

Released: 2001

Directed by: John Carpenter

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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Predator 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Gary Busey, Bill Paxton, Danny Glover

Released: 1990

Directed by: Stephen Hopkins

Predator 2 is a 1990 American science fiction action horror film written by Jim and John Thomas, directed by Stephen Hopkins, and starring Danny Glover and Kevin Peter Hall. The film is a sequel ...more
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Dead Heat is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Vincent Price, Joe Piscopo, Darren McGavin

Released: 1988

Directed by: Mark Goldblatt

This film is a 1988 movie about an LAPD police officer, Roger Mortis, life ended while attempting to arrest zombies who have been reanimated by the head of Dante Laboratories. Joe Piscopo
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The Mummy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser, Patricia Velásquez

Released: 1999

Directed by: Stephen Sommers

The Mummy is a 1999 American fantasy adventure film written and directed by Stephen Sommers and starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, and Kevin J. O'Connor, with Arnold Vosloo in ...more
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The First Purge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
The First Purge Y'Lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade

Released: 2018

Directed by: Gerard McMurray

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
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Dawn of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell, Kevin Zegers

Released: 2004

Directed by: Zack Snyder

This film is a 2004 American horror film directed by Zack Snyder in his feature film directorial debut. A remake of George A. Romero's 1978 film of the same name, it is written by James Gunn and ...more
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DeepStar Six is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Nia Peeples, Miguel Ferrer, Cindy Pickett

Released: 1989

Directed by: Sean S. Cunningham

DeepStar Six is an American science fiction horror film about the struggles of the crew of an underwater military outpost to defend their base against the attacks of a sea monster. It was ...more
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28 Weeks Later is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Rose Byrne, Idris Elba, Jeremy Renner

Released: 2007

Directed by: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

28 Weeks Later is a 2007 British-Spanish post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film, structured as a sequel to the 2002 critical and commercial success, 28 Days Later. 28 Weeks Later was ...more
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Jaws is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

Released: 1975

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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) 24 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Roddy Piper, Keith David, Tommy Morrison

Released: 1988

Directed by: John Carpenter

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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Planet Terror is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 100+ Best Action Movies for Horror Fans
Bruce Willis, Rose McGowan, Fergie

Released: 2007

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

Planet Terror is a 2007 American action horror science-fiction film directed by Robert Rodriguez, about a group of people attempting to survive an onslaught of zombie-like creatures as they feud ...more