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The Best Action Movies of 2013

Updated June 14, 2019 2.4k votes 421 voters 54.0k views28 items

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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    Star Trek Into Darkness is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
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    Star Trek Into Darkness

    Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Released2013

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

    Star Trek Into Darkness is a 2013 American science fiction action film. It is the twelfth... more on Wikipedia

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    Man of Steel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
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    Man of Steel

    Henry Cavill, Amy Adams

    Released2013

    Directed byZack Snyder

    Man of Steel is a 2013 superhero film directed by Zack Snyder, based on the DC Comics... more on Wikipedia
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    Thor: The Dark World is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
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    Thor: The Dark World

    Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman

    Released2013

    Directed byAlan Taylor

    Thor: The Dark World is a 2013 American superhero film directed by Alan Taylor, based on the... more on Wikipedia

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    The Hunger Games: Catching Fir is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
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    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks

    Released2013

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

    This film is a 2013 American science fiction action film based on Suzanne Collins' dystopian... more on Wikipedia

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    Parker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
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    Parker

    Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte

    Released2013

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

    Parker is a 2013 crime thriller film written by John J. McLaughlin and directed by Taylor... more on Wikipedia

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    Iron Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
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    Iron Man 3

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released2013

    Directed byShane Black

    Iron Man 3 is a 2013 superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Iron Man, produced... more on Wikipedia
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    Fast & Furious 6 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
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    Fast & Furious 6

    Vin Diesel, Paul Walker

    Released2013

    Directed byJustin Lin

    Fast & Furious 6 is a 2013 American action film directed by Justin Lin, and the sixth... more on Wikipedia

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    White House Down is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
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    White House Down

    Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx

    Released2013

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

    White House Down is a 2013 American political action-thriller film directed by Roland Emmerich... more on Wikipedia

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    The Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
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    The Wolverine

    Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto

    Released2013

    Directed byJames Mangold

    The Wolverine is a 2013 American superhero film directed by James Mangold, based on the Marvel... more on Wikipedia
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    World War Z is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
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    World War Z

    Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox

    Released2013

    Directed byMarc Forster

    This film is a 2013 American apocalyptic action horror film directed by Marc Forster. The... more on Wikipedia
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    Kick-Ass 2 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
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    Kick-Ass 2

    Jim Carrey, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2013

    Directed byJeff Wadlow

    This film is a 2013 action comedy film written and directed by Jeff Wadlow.

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    Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
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    Pacific Rim

    Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam

    Released2013

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

    Pacific Rim is a 2013 action sci-fi film directed by Guillermo del Toro.

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    Pain & Gain is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
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    Pain & Gain

    Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg

    Released2013

    Directed byMichael Bay

    Pain & Gain is a 2013 American comedy film directed by Michael Bay and starring Mark Wahlberg,... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
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    Oblivion

    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman

    Released2013

    Directed byJoseph Kosinski

    Oblivion is a 2012 action and science fiction film written by Joseph Kosinski and William... more on Wikipedia

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    G.I. Joe: Retaliation is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
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    G.I. Joe: Retaliation

    Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis

    Released2013

    Directed byJon M. Chu

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    Elysium is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
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    Elysium

    Matt Damon, Jodie Foster

    Released2013

    Directed byNeill Blomkamp

    Elysium is a 2013 American dystopian science fiction action thriller film written, directed,... more on Wikipedia

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    The Last Stand is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
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    The Last Stand

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jaimie Alexander

    Released2013

    Directed byKim Jee-woon

    The Last Stand is a 2013 American action comedy film directed by South Korean film director... more on Wikipedia
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    After Earth is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
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    After Earth

    Will Smith, Zoë Kravitz

    Released2013

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

    One Thousand A.E. is 2013 Science Fiction written by Stephen Gaghan and Gary Whitta and... more on Wikipedia

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    A Good Day to Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
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    A Good Day to Die Hard

    Bruce Willis, Patrick Stewart

    Released2013

    Directed byJohn Moore

    This film is a 2013 action thriller film written by Roderick Thorp and Skip Woods and directed... more on Wikipedia

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    Olympus Has Fallen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
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    Olympus Has Fallen

    Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler

    Released2013

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

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    The Heat is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
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    The Heat

    Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy

    Released2013

    Directed byPaul Feig

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    47 Ronin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
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    47 Ronin

    Keanu Reeves, Rinko Kikuchi

    Released2013

    Directed byCarl Rinsch

    47 Ronin is a 2013 American fantasy action film depicting a fictional account of the... more on Wikipedia

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    Gangster Squad is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
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    Gangster Squad

    Emma Stone, Sean Penn

    Released2013

    Directed byRuben Fleischer

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    Jack the Giant Killer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
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    Jack the Giant Killer

    Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci

    Released2013

    Directed byBryan Singer

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    Machete Kills is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2013
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    Machete Kills

    Jessica Alba, Lady Gaga

    Released2013

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

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