The Top 100 Action Movies of All Time

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Seven Samurai 1954, 207 min.

Akira Kurosawa     Starring: Toshirô MifuneMinoru ChiakiTakashi Shimura

Action    Drama    Ensemble Film

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Yojimbo 1961, 110 min.

Akira Kurosawa     Starring: Toshirô MifuneIsuzu YamadaDaisuke Katô

Action    Action Comedy    Adventure

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Die Hard 1988, 131 min.

John McTiernan     Starring: Bruce WillisAlan RickmanBonnie Bedelia

Action Thriller    Action    Crime Thriller

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The Professional 1994, 110 min.

Luc Besson     Starring: Jean RenoNatalie PortmanGary Oldman

Action Thriller    Action    Buddy Film

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Gladiator 2000, 155 min.

Ridley Scott     Starring: Russell CroweJoaquin PhoenixConnie Nielsen

Action    Adventure Drama    Adventure

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The Wild Bunch 1969, 145 min.

Sam Peckinpah     Starring: William HoldenRobert RyanEdmond O'Brien

Action    New Hollywood    Outlaw

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Ran 1985, 162 min.

Akira Kurosawa     Starring: Tatsuya NakadaiAkira TeraoJinpachi Nezu

Action    Based-on-Shakespeare    Drama

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Sanjuro 1962, 96 min.

Akira Kurosawa     Starring: Toshirô MifuneTatsuya NakadaiKeiju Kobayashi

Action    Action Comedy    Adventure

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Platoon 1986, 120 min.

Oliver Stone     Starring: Charlie SheenTom BerengerWillem Dafoe

Action    Anti-War Film    Combat Films

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Batman 1989, 126 min.

Tim Burton     Starring: Michael KeatonJack NicholsonKim Basinger

Action    Based-on-Comics    Crime Thriller

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Heat 1995, 188 min.

Michael Mann     Starring: Al PacinoRobert De NiroVal Kilmer

Action Thriller    Action    Caper

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The Fifth Element 1997, 126 min.

Luc Besson     Starring: Bruce WillisMilla JovovichIan Holm

Action    Adventure    Science Fiction

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Dirty Harry 1971, 102 min.

Don Siegel     Starring: Reni SantoniClint EastwoodJohn Vernon

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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Star Trek 2009, 127 min.

J.J. Abrams     Starring: Chris PineZachary QuintoLeonard Nimoy

Action    Adventure    Based-on-Television

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Goldfinger 1964, 110 min.

Guy Hamilton     Starring: Sean ConneryGert FröbeHonor Blackman

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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Enter the Dragon 1973, 110 min.

Robert Clouse     Starring: Bruce LeeJim KellyJohn Saxon

Action    Martial Arts

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Hot Fuzz 2007, 121 min.

Edgar Wright     Starring: Simon PeggNick FrostTimothy Dalton

Action    Action Comedy    Comedy

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Akira 1988, 124 min.

Katsuhiro Ôtomo     Starring: Mitsuo IwataNozomu SasakiTesshô Genda

Action    Animation    Anime

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The Warriors 1979, 92 min.

Walter Hill     Starring: Michael BeckJames RemarDorsey Wright

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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Serenity 2005, 119 min.

Joss Whedon     Starring: Nathan FillionAdam BaldwinJewel Staite

Action    Based-on-Television    Dystopian Film

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They Live 1988, 93 min.

John Carpenter     Starring: Roddy PiperKeith DavidMeg Foster

Action    Alien Invasion Films    Dystopian Film

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Dr. No 1962, 110 min.

Terence Young     Starring: Sean ConneryJoseph WisemanJack Lord

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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Lethal Weapon 1987, 117 min.

Richard Donner     Starring: Mel GibsonDanny GloverGary Busey

Action Thriller    Action    Buddy Film

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X-Men 2000, 104 min.

Bryan Singer     Starring: Hugh JackmanPatrick StewartIan McKellen

Action    Based-on-Comics    Fantasy

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The Killer 1989, 111 min.

John Woo     Starring: Chow Yun-FatDanny LeeSally Yeh

Action    Action Thriller    Buddy Film

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Spider-Man 2002, 121 min.

Sam Raimi     Starring: Tobey MaguireKirsten DunstWillem Dafoe

Action    Based-on-Comics    Sci-Fi Action

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Skyfall 2012, 120 min.

Sam Mendes     Starring: Daniel CraigJavier BardemJudi Dench

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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Warrior 2011, 141 min.

Gavin O'Connor     Starring: Tom HardyNick NolteJoel Edgerton

Action    Drama    Family Drama

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Deadpool 2016, 106 min.

Tim Miller     Starring: Ryan ReynoldsMorena BaccarinEd Skrein

Action Comedy    Action    Based-on-Comics

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The Karate Kid 1984, 126 min.

John G. Avildsen     Starring: Ralph MacchioPat MoritaElisabeth Shue

Action    Coming-of-Age    Drama

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Superman 1978, 143 min.

Richard Donner     Starring: Marlon BrandoGene HackmanChristopher Reeve

Action    Adventure    Based-on-Comics

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Edge of Tomorrow 2014, 113 min.

Doug Liman     Starring: Tom CruiseEmily BluntBill Paxton

Action    Alien Invasion Films    Combat Films

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Watchmen 2009, 162 min.

Zack Snyder     Starring: Malin AkermanBilly CrudupJackie Earle Haley

Action    Based-on-Comics    Drama

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Beverly Hills Cop 1984, 105 min.

Martin Brest     Starring: Eddie MurphyJudge ReinholdJohn Ashton

Action Comedy    Action    Comedy

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Looper 2012, 118 min.

Rian Johnson     Starring: Joseph Gordon-LevittBruce WillisEmily Blunt

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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True Lies 1994, 141 min.

James Cameron     Starring: Jamie Lee CurtisBill PaxtonTia Carrere

Action    Action Comedy    Action Thriller

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