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The Best Action Movies of 2013  

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List of the best action movies of 2013, as ranked by movie fans and film critics. Sometimes you’re just in the mood to watch a film that’s filled with explosions, gun fire, and plenty of bad-ass fight scenes. When you’rein the mood to watch that sort of film, the best cure is an action movie. In 2013, there were plenty of amazing action-packed movies released for the public’s viewing pleasure. These films features the most iconic actions actors, well choreographed fight scenes, large explosions, and plots that kept viewers at the edge of their seats.

2013’s action films starred some of the world’s best action stars, including Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone, Tom Cruise, and Jason Statham, as well as newer action stars like Channing Tatum and Jennifer Lawrence. There were originals flicks like The Last Stand and Pacific Rim, as well as awesome sequels like Hunger Games Catching Fire and The Fast and the Furious 6.

What are the best action movies of 2013? Whether you’re interested in superheroes like Iron Man and Wolverine or action flicks that take place in the real world, there is sure to be a film or two on this list just for you. To vote on more films, check out Ranker's list of the best movies of 2013.

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Thor: The Dark World is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston
Thor: The Dark World is a 2013 American superhero film directed by Alan Taylor, based on the Marvel Comics character. When Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) gets cursed with a powerful entity ...more
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Iron Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley
Iron Man 3 is a 2013 superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Iron Man, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2008's ...more
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Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve
Star Trek Into Darkness is a 2013 American science fiction action film. It is the twelfth installment in the Star Trek franchise and the sequel to 2009's Star Trek. J. J. Abrams directed a ...more
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Man of Steel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon
Man of Steel is a 2013 superhero film directed by Zack Snyder, based on the DC Comics character. Clark Kent (Henry Cavill), one of the last of an extinguished race disguised as an unremarkable ...more
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Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson
This film is a 2013 American science fiction action film based on Suzanne Collins' dystopian novel and the second installment in The Hunger Games trilogy. The film is the sequel to The Hunger ...more
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Olympus Has Fallen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler, Ashley Judd
Olympus Has Fallen is a 2013 American action thriller film. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, it stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman, with Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Cole ...more
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The Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima
The Wolverine is a 2013 American superhero film directed by James Mangold, based on the Marvel Comics superhero. When Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, he is ...more
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Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, David Morse
This film is a 2013 American apocalyptic action horror film directed by Marc Forster. The screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, and Damon Lindelof is from a screen story by ...more
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Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman
Pacific Rim is a 2013 action sci-fi film directed by Guillermo del Toro.
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Fast & Furious 6 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson
Fast & Furious 6 is a 2013 American action film directed by Justin Lin, and the sixth installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise. Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) has Dominic (Vin Diesel) and ...more
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Kick-Ass 2 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
Jim Carrey, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lyndsy Fonseca
This film is a 2013 action comedy film written and directed by Jeff Wadlow.
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White House Down is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal
White House Down is a 2013 American political action-thriller film directed by Roland Emmerich about an assault on the White House by a paramilitary group and the Capitol Police Officer who ...more
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Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Karl Urban
Riddick is a 2013 British-American science fiction thriller film, the third installment in the The Chronicles of Riddick film series. Produced by and starring Vin Diesel as the title character, ...more
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G.I. Joe: Retaliation is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum
G.I. Joe 2: Cobra Strikes is a 2012 action adventure sci-fi film written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and directed by Jon M. Chu.
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Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga
Elysium is a 2013 American dystopian science fiction action thriller film written, directed, and co-produced by Neill Blomkamp, and starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga and Sharlto ...more
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Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko
Oblivion is a 2012 action and science fiction film written by Joseph Kosinski and William Monahan and directed by Joseph Kosinski.
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Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis
Ender's Game is a 2013 American science fiction action film based on the novel of the same name by Orson Scott Card. Written and directed by Gavin Hood, the film stars Asa Butterfield as Andrew ...more
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Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, Ed Harris
Pain & Gain is a 2013 American comedy film directed by Michael Bay and starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie. The film is loosely based on a story published in a 1999 ...more
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The Last Stand is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jaimie Alexander, Forest Whitaker
The Last Stand is a 2013 American action comedy film directed by South Korean film director Kim Jee-woon in his American directorial debut. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker, ...more
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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, 50 Cent
The Tomb is a 2013 crime drama thriller film written by Miles Chapman and directed by Mikael Håfström.
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Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane
Jack the Giant Slayer is a 2013 American fantasy adventure film based on the English fairy tales "Jack the Giant Killer" and "Jack and the Beanstalk". The film is directed by ...more
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Parker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte, Jason Statham
Parker is a 2013 crime thriller film written by John J. McLaughlin and directed by Taylor Hackford.
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Bruce Willis, Patrick Stewart, Anne Vyalitsyna
This film is a 2013 action thriller film written by Roderick Thorp and Skip Woods and directed by John Moore.
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47 Ronin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
Keanu Reeves, Rinko Kikuchi, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
47 Ronin is a 2013 American fantasy action film depicting a fictional account of the forty-seven Ronin, a real-life group of masterless samurai in 18th-century Japan who avenged their lord, in ...more
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Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Marlon Wayans
The Heat is a 2013 American buddy cop comedy film written by Katie Dippold and directed by Paul Feig. The plot centers on Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn ...more