The Top 100 Action Movies of All Time

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1

Star Wars

1977    George Lucas    Rated PG

Action    Adventure    Cyborg / Android / Robot

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The Empire Strikes Back

1980    Irvin Kershner    Rated PG

Action    Adventure    Cyborg / Android / Robot

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Raiders of the Lost Ark

1981    Steven Spielberg    Rated PG

Action    Adventure    Costume Adventure

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Return of the Jedi

1983    Richard Marquand    Rated PG

Action    Adventure    Cyborg / Android / Robot

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

1989    Steven Spielberg    Rated PG13

Action    Action Comedy    Adventure

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Yojimbo

1961    Akira Kurosawa    Not Rated

Action    Action Comedy    Adventure

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The Dark Knight

2008    Christopher Nolan    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Based-on-Comics

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Die Hard

1988    John McTiernan    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Holiday Film

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Blade Runner

1982    Ridley Scott    Rated R

Action    Cyberpunk / Tech Noir    Cyborg / Android / Robot

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Aliens

1986    James Cameron    Rated R

Action    Body Horror    Cyborg / Android / Robot

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The General

1926    Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton    Not Rated

Action    Action Comedy    Comedy

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The Terminator

1984    James Cameron    Rated R

Action    Cyberpunk / Tech Noir    Cyborg / Android / Robot

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The Professional

1994    Luc Besson    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Buddy Film

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Jurassic Park

1993    Steven Spielberg    Rated PG13

Action    Fantasy    Prehistoric Fantasy

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A Fistful of Dollars

1964    Sergio Leone    Rated R

Action    Foreign Language Film    Outlaw

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Batman Begins

2005    Christopher Nolan    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Based-on-Comics

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Inception

2010    Christopher Nolan    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Caper

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The Wild Bunch

1969    Sam Peckinpah    Rated R

Action    Outlaw    Revisionist Western

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Throne of Blood

1957    Akira Kurosawa    Not Rated

Action    Action Thriller    Based-on-Shakespeare

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Gladiator

2000    Ridley Scott    Rated R

Action    Adventure    Adventure Drama

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The French Connection

1971    William Friedkin    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Chase Movie

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Kill Bill Vol. 1

2003    Quentin Tarantino    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Hitman / Assassin Film

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Ran

1985    Akira Kurosawa    Rated R

Action    Based-on-Shakespeare    Drama

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Inglourious Basterds

2009    Quentin Tarantino    Rated R

Action    Adventure    Revenge Film

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Platoon

1986    Oliver Stone    Rated R

Action    Anti-War Film    Combat Films

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Predator

1987    John McTiernan    Rated R

Action    Alien Invasion Films    Horror

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The Avengers

2012    Joss Whedon    Rated PG13

Action    Adventure    Alien Invasion Films

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Batman

1989    Tim Burton    Rated PG13

Action    Based-on-Comics    Crime

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The Bourne Identity

2002    Doug Liman    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Hitman / Assassin Film

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Heat

1995    Michael Mann    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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Iron Man

2008    Jon Favreau    Rated PG13

Action    Based-on-Comics    Cyborg / Android / Robot

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Sanjuro

1962    Akira Kurosawa    Rated PG13

Action    Action Comedy    Adventure

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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

1982    Nicholas Meyer    Rated PG

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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The Dark Knight Rises

2012    Christopher Nolan    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Based-on-Comics

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Dirty Harry

1971    Don Siegel    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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Kill Bill Vol. 2

2004    Quentin Tarantino    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Hitman / Assassin Film

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The Fifth Element

1997    Luc Besson    Rated PG13

Action    Adventure    Science Fiction

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Children of Men

2006    Alfonso Cuarón    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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Goldfinger

1964    Guy Hamilton    Not Rated

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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43

Star Trek

2009    J.J. Abrams    Rated PG13

Action    Adventure    Based-on-Television

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Enter the Dragon

1973    Robert Clouse    Rated R

Action    Martial Arts

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The Road Warrior

1981    George Miller (II)    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Australian New Wave

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All Quiet on the Western Front

1930    Lewis Milestone    Not Rated

Action    Anti-War Film    Drama

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Akira

1988    Katsuhiro Ohtomo    Rated R

Action    Animation    Anime

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Casino Royale

2006    Martin Campbell    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Glamorized Spy Film

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Dr. No

1962    Terence Young    Rated PG

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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The Warriors

1979    Walter Hill    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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Total Recall

1990    Paul Verhoeven    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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From Russia with Love

1963    Terence Young    Not Rated

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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Big Trouble in Little China

1986    John Carpenter    Rated PG13

Action    Action Comedy    Comedy

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Hot Fuzz

2007    Edgar Wright    Rated R

Action    Action Comedy    Comedy

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Lethal Weapon

1987    Richard Donner    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Buddy Film

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Serenity

2005    Joss Whedon    Rated PG13

Action    Based-on-Television    Dystopian Film

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They Live

1988    John Carpenter    Rated R

Action    Alien Invasion Films    Dystopian Film

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The Bourne Supremacy

2004    Paul Greengrass    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Hitman / Assassin Film

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Skyfall

2012    Sam Mendes    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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Men in Black

1997    Barry Sonnenfeld    Rated PG13

Action    Action Comedy    Alien Invasion Films

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Escape from New York

1981    John Carpenter    Rated R

Action    Crime    Crime Thriller

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V for Vendetta

2006    James McTeigue    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Based-on-Comics

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Forbidden Planet

1956    Fred M. Wilcox    Rated G

Action    Adventure    Based-on-Shakespeare

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The Bourne Ultimatum

2007    Paul Greengrass    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Hitman / Assassin Film

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Die Hard With a Vengeance

1995    John McTiernan    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Buddy Film

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X-Men

2000    Bryan Singer    Rated PG13

Action    Based-on-Comics    Fantasy

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Looper

2012    Rian Johnson    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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Midnight Run

1988    Martin Brest    Rated R

Action    Action Comedy    Adventure

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Hard Boiled

1992    John Woo    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Foreign Language Film

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Spider-Man

2002    Sam Raimi    Rated PG13

Action    Based-on-Comics    Science Fiction

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District 9

2009    Neill Blomkamp    Rated R

Action    Psychological Sci-Fi    Science Fiction

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The Killer

1989    John Woo    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Buddy Film

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

2010    Edgar Wright    Rated PG13

Action    Action Comedy    Based-on-Comics

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First Blood

1982    Ted Kotcheff    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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Superman

1978    Richard Donner    Rated PG

Action    Adventure    Based-on-Comics

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Minority Report

2002    Steven Spielberg    Rated PG13

Action    Chase Movie    Cyberpunk / Tech Noir

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The Karate Kid

1984    John G. Avildsen    Rated PG

Action    Coming-of-Age    Drama

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Battle Royale

2000    Kinji Fukasaku    Not Rated

Action    Action Thriller    Dystopian Film

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Warrior

2011    Gavin O'Connor    Rated PG13

Action    Drama    Family Drama

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81

Planet of the Apes

1968    Franklin J. Schaffner    Rated G

Action    Adventure    Dystopian Film

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Die Hard 2

1990    Renny Harlin    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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Independence Day

1996    Roland Emmerich    Rated PG13

Action    Alien Invasion Films    Apocalyptic Film

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Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

1974    Sam Peckinpah    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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From Dusk Till Dawn

1996    Robert Rodriguez    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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Beverly Hills Cop

1984    Martin Brest    Rated R

Action    Action Comedy    Comedy

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The Public Enemy

1931    William A. Wellman    Not Rated

Action    Crime    Crime Drama

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The Hurt Locker

2008    Kathryn Bigelow    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Combat Films

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True Lies

1994    James Cameron    Rated R

Action    Spy Film    Action Comedy

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RoboCop

1987    Paul Verhoeven    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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300

2007    Zack Snyder    Rated R

Action    Based-on-Comics    Epic

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Mad Max

1979    George Miller (II)    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Australian New Wave

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Assault on Precinct 13

1976    John Carpenter    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Drama

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

2011    David Yates    Rated PG13

Action    Adventure    Fantasy

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Watchmen

2009    Zack Snyder    Rated R

Action    Based-on-Comics    Drama

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Escape from Alcatraz

1979    Don Siegel    Rated PG

Action    Escape Film    Prison Film

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Avatar

2009    James Cameron    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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Black Hawk Down

2001    Ridley Scott    Rated R

Action    Based-on-a-True-Story    Combat Films

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Thunderball

1965    Terence Young    Not Rated

Action    Action Thriller    Glamorized Spy Film

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