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The Best PG-13 Action Movies 

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List Rules Add your favorite PG-13 action movie to the list if it's missing, but only if it's the correct rating.

A list of PG-13 action movies, ranked from best to worst with movie trailers or clips when available. These action movies are rated PG-13, so if you want to take a more broad look at the genre, including all ratings, then check out the Best Action Movies of All Time. You can also find your favorite action movies that are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

PG-13 action movies are basically your average blockbuster action movie at this point. These action movies are all cleaned up and usually fine for the whole family to watch. The "13" part of the good PG-13 movie is really dying because a lot of these movies, most of them now, are marketed directly to kids. But sometimes there's blood and people get hurt and here we are. 

Anyway, this list takes the best PG-13 action movies and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest PG13 Action movie of all time is. This list of popular PG-13 action movies includes who directed the film, when it was released and which actors starred in the movie. If you think your top PG-13 Action movie isn't as high as it should be then be sure to vote it up so it can take its rightful place among the other great PG-13 Action films on this list. If you're trying to find a specific PG-13 Action film you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for. Maybe you're looking for a different movie. That's the great thing about PG-13 Actioners... they're great for (almost) the whole family!

If you're trying to find out "What are some good PG-13 action movies?" and "What are the most famous PG-13 action movies?" then this list is the perfect resource for you. Use this list if you're looking for some new action movies that are rated PG-13. Between Netflix, Hulu and other services there are thousands of great action movies rated PG-13, so get out there and start watching.

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Among those that have directed a Action PG-13 movie are Clint Eastwood and Kevin Costner.

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Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2012

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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best PG-13 Action Movies
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger

Released: 2008

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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Guardians of the Galaxy ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best PG-13 Action Movies
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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best PG-13 Action Movies
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Released: 1993

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Released: 2011

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Released: 2011

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The Lord of the Rings: T... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best PG-13 Action Movies
Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

Released: 2003

Directed by: Peter Jackson

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Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

Released: 2001

Directed by: Peter Jackson

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Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best PG-13 Action Movies
Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst

Released: 2002

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Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

Released: 1989

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Released: 2005

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Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana

Released: 2003

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

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Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles

Released: 2002

Directed by: Doug Liman

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Released: 2002

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Released: 2018

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Released: 2011

Directed by: Matthew Vaughn

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Released: 2000

Directed by: Bryan Singer

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Released: 1997

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Released: 2009

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Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best PG-13 Action Movies
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Released: 2009

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