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100 Greatest Action Movies

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Criteria: These are the Greatest Action Movies chosen for their impact and influence on the action genre, critical acclaim, and popularity.
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List Begun: 2010-02-24
100 Greatest Action Movies
  1. Die Hard - (1988, John McTiernan) (Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman)
  2. Terminator 2: Judgment Day - (1991, James Cameron) (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton)
  3. Goldfinger - (1964, Guy Hamilton) (Sean Connery, Honor Blackman)
  4. The Killer - (1989, John Woo) (Chow Yun-Fat, Danny Lee)
  5. Enter the Dragon - (1973, Robert Clouse) (Bruce Lee, Kien Shih)
  6. The Terminator - (1984, James Cameron) (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton)
  7. Dirty Harry - (1971, Don Siegel (Clint Eastwood, Andrew Robinson)
  8. The Matrix - (1999, Larry and Andy Wachowski) (Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne)
  9. The Road Warrior - (1981, George Miller) (Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence)
10. The French Connection - (1971, William Friedkin) (Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider)
11. Lethal Weapon - (1987, Richard Donner) (Mel Gibson, Danny Glover)
12. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - (2000, Ang Lee) (Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh)
13. Bullitt - (1968, Peter Yates) (Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughan)
14. Aliens - (1986, James Cameron) (Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn)
15. Once Upon a Time in China - (1991, Tsui Hark) (Jet Li, Yuen Biao)
16. Hard Boiled - (1992, John Woo) (Chow Yun-Fat, Tony Leung)
17. From Russia With Love - (1963, Terence Young) (Sean Connery, Daniela Bianchi)
18. Predator - (1987, John McTiernan) (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers)
19. Robocop - (1987, Paul Verhoeven) (Peter Weller, Nancy Allen)
20. The Bourne Identity - (2002, Doug Liman) (Matt Damon, Franka Potente)
21. Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance - (1972, K. Misumi) (Tomisaburo Wakayama, Fumio Watanabe)
22. Dr. No - (1962, Terence Young) (Sean Connery, Ursula Andress)
23. Shaft - (1971, Gordon Parks) (Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn)
24. A Better Tomorrow - (1986, John Woo) (Chow Yun-Fat, Ti Lung)
25. Mad Max - (1979, George Miller) (Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel)
26. 48 Hrs. - (1982, Walter Hill) (Nick Nolte, Eddie Murphy)
27. The Fugitive - (1993, Andrew Davis) (Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones)
28. Speed - (1994, Jan de Bont) (Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock)
29. Kill Bill Vol. 1 - (2004, Quentin Tarantino) (Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu)
30. Police Story - (1985, Jackie Chan) (Jackie Chan, Brigitte Lin)
31. Tokyo Drifter -(1966, Seijun Suzuki) (Tetsuya Watari, Chieko Matsubara)
32. Beverly Hills Cop - (1984, Martin Brest) (Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold)
33. Fist of Fury - (1972, Lo Wei) (Bruce Lee, Nora Miao)
34. Total Recall - (1990, Paul Verhoeven) (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone)
35. On Her Majesty's Secret Service - (1969, Peter R. Hunt) (George Lazenby, Diana Rigg)
36. Sin City - (2005, Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller) (Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba)
37. The Warriors - (1978, Walter Hill) (Michael Beck, James Remar)
38. Kill Bill Vol. 2 - (2005, Quentin Tarantino) (Uma Thurman, David Carradine)
39. Face/Off - (1997, John Woo) (John Travolta, Nicolas Cage)
40. First Blood - (1982, George P. Cosmatos) (Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna)
41. The Rock - (1996, Michael Bay) (Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage)
42. Casino Royale - (2006, Martin Campbell) (Daniel Craig, Eva Green)
43. Escape from New York - (1981, John Carpenter) (Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef)
44. Midnight Run - (1988, Martin Brest) (Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin)
45. The Italian Job -(1969, Peter Collinson) (Michael Caine, Noel Coward)
46. Cliffhanger - (1993, Renny Harlin) (Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow)
47. True Lies - (1994, James Cameron) (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis)
48. Once Upon a Time in China II - (Tsui Hark, 1992) (Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan)
49. Battle Royale - (2000, Kinji Fukasaku) (Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda)
50. The Spy Who Loved Me - (1977, Lewis Gilbert) (Roger Moore, Barbara Bach)
51. Léon (The Professional) - (1994, Luc Besson) (Jean Reno, Gary Oldman)
52. A Bullet in the Head - (1990, John Woo) (Tony Leung, Jackie Cheung)
53. 300 - (2006, Zack Snyder) (Gerard Butler, Lena Headey)
54. La Femme Nikita -(1990, Luc Besson) (Anne Parillaud, Marc Duret)
55. The Getaway - (1972, Sam Peckinpah) (Steve McQueen, Ali McGraw)
56. Drunken Master II - (1994, Lau Kar-Leung) (Jackie Chan, Ti Lung)
57. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx - (1972, K. Misumi) (Tomisaburo Wakayama)
58. Assault on Precinct 13 - (1976, John Carpenter) (Austin Stoker, Darwin Joston)
59. Smokey and the Bandit -(1977, Hal Needham) (Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason)
60. Goldeneye - (1995, Martin Campbell) (Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean)
61. The Bourne Ultimatum -(2007, Paul Greengrass) (Matt Damon, Julia Stiles)
62. Lethal Weapon 2 - (1989, Richard Donner) (Mel Gibson, Danny Glover)
63. Thunderball - (1965, Terence Young) (Sean Connery, Claudine Auger)
64. El Mariachi - (1992, Robert Rodriguez) (Carlos Gallardo, Consuelo Gómez)
65. Under Siege - (1992, Andrew Davis) (Steven Seagal, Tommy Lee Jones)
66. Top Gun - (1986, Tony Scott) (Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis)
67. Versus - (2000, Ryuhei Kitamura) (Tak Sakaguchi, Hideo Sakaki)
68. Drunken Master - (1978, Yuen Woo-ping) (Jackie Chan, Siu Tien Yuen)
69. Rambo: First Blood Part 2 - (1985, George P. Cosmatos) (Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna)
70. The Fast and the Furious - (2001, Rob Cohen) (Paul Walker, Vin Diesel)
71. Hero - (2002, Zhang Yimou) (Jet Li, Tony Leung)
72. Ong Bak - (2003, Prachya Pinkaew) (Tony Jaa, Petchtai Wongkamlao)
73. Con Air - (1997, Simon West) (Nicolas Cage, John Cusack)
74. The Transporter - (2003, Corey Yuen) (Jason Statham, Shu Qi)
75. Full Contact - (1993, Ringo Lam) (Chow Yun-Fat, Simon Yam)
76. The Big Boss - (1971, Lo Wei) (Bruce Lee, Maria Yi)
77. Commando - (1985, Mark L. Lester) (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rae Dawn Chong)
78. Octopussy - (1983, John Glen) (Roger Moore, Maud Adams)
79. The Street Fighter - (1974, Shigehiro Ozawa) (Sonny Chiba, Goichi Yamada)
80. Air Force One - (1997, Wolfgang Petersen) (Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman)
81. The Sword of Doom - (1966, Kihachi Okamoto) (Tatsuya Nakadai, Yûzô Kayama)
82. Die Hard 2: Die Harder - (1990, Renny Harlin) (Bruce Willis, William Sadler)
83. Lady Snowblood - (1973, Toshiyo Fujita) (Meiko Kaji, Toshio Kurosawa)
84. You Only Live Twice - (1967, Lewis Gilbert) (Sean Connery, Akiko Wakabayashi)
85. Mission: Impossible - (1996, Brian DePalma) (Tom Cruise, Jon Voight)
86. True Romance - (1993, Tony Scott) (Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette)
87. Live and Let Die - (1973, Guy Hamilton) (Roger Moore, Jane Seymour)
88. House of Flying Daggers - (2004, Zhang Yimou) (Takeshi Kaneshiro, Andy Lau)
89. Desperado - (1995, Robert Rodriguez) (Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek)
90. Apocalypto - (2006, Mel Gibson) (Rudy Youngblood, Dalia Hernández)
91. Coffy - (1973, Jack Hill) (Pam Grier, Booker Bradshaw)
92. Taken - (2008, Pierre Morel) (Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace)
93. Rush Hour - (1988, Brett Ratner) (Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker)
94. A Better Tomorrow II - (1987, John Woo) (Chow Yun-Fat, Dean Shek)
95. Die Hard With a Vengeance - (1995, John McTiernan) (Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson)
96. Diamonds Are Forever - (1971, Guy Hamilton) (Sean Connery, Jill St. John)
97. The Bourne Supremacy - (2004, Paul Greengrass) (Matt Damon, Franka Potente)
98. Licence to Kill - (1989, John Glen) (Timothy Dalton, Carey Lowell)
99. Red Dawn - (1984, John Milius) (Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell)
100. Tango & Cash - (1989, Andrei Konchalovsky) (Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell)
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