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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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Last Updated: 2017-10-08
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 Title - (Year, Director) (Main Actors)
1. Raiders of the Lost Ark - (1981, Steven Spielberg) (Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman)
2. Die Hard - (1988, John McTiernan) (Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman)
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. The Matrix - (1999, Larry and Andy Wachowski) (Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne)
8. Mad Max: Fury Road - (2015, George Miller) (Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult)
9. Lethal Weapon - (1987, Richard Donner) (Mel Gibson, Danny Glover)
10. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - (2000, Ang Lee) (Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh)
11. The Road Warrior - (1981, George Miller) (Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence)
12. Bullitt - (1968, Peter Yates) (Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughan)
13. From Russia With Love - (1963, Terence Young) (Sean Connery, Daniela Bianchi)
14. Terminator 2: Judgment Day - (1991, James Cameron) (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton)
15. Skyfall - (2012, Sam Mendes) (Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris)
16. Once Upon a Time in China - (1991, Tsui Hark) (Jet Li, Yuen Biao)
17. Hard Boiled - (1992, John Woo) (Chow Yun-Fat, Tony Leung)
18. Predator - (1987, John McTiernan) (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers)
19. The Bourne Ultimatum - (2007, Paul Greengrass) (Matt Damon, Julia Stiles)
20. Speed - (1994, Jan de Bont) (Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock)
21. The French Connection - (1971, William Friedkin) (Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider)
22. Kill Bill Vol. 1 - (2004, Quentin Tarantino) (Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu)
23. Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance - (1972, K. Misumi) (Tomisaburo Wakayama)
24. Furious 7 - (2015, James Wan) (Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson)
25. Dr. No - (1962, Terence Young) (Sean Connery, Ursula Andress)
26. Mad Max - (1979, George Miller) (Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel)
27. A Better Tomorrow - (1986, John Woo) (Chow Yun-Fat, Ti Lung)
28. Robocop - (1987, Paul Verhoeven) (Peter Weller, Nancy Allen)
29. The Fugitive - (1993, Andrew Davis) (Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones)
30. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin - (1978, Chia-Liang Liu) (Chia-Hui Liu, Lieh Lo, Chia Yung Liu)
31. The Legend of Drunken Master - (1994, Chia-Liang Liu) (Jackie Chan, Ti Lung)
32. Fist of Fury - (1972, Lo Wei) (Bruce Lee, Nora Miao)
33. Police Story - (1985, Jackie Chan) (Jackie Chan, Brigitte Lin)
34. John Wick - (2014, Chad Stahelski) (Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen)
35. Sin City - (2005, Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller) (Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba)
36. Tokyo Drifter - (1966, Seijun Suzuki) (Tetsuya Watari, Chieko Matsubara)
37. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation - (2015, Christopher McQuarrie) (Tom Cruise)
38. First Blood - (1982, George P. Cosmatos) (Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna)
39. Clear and Present Danger - (1994, Phillip Noyce) (Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, Anne Archer)
40. Shaft - (1971, Gordon Parks) (Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn)
41. Fast Five - (2011, Justin Lin) (Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster)
42. The Warriors - (1978, Walter Hill) (Michael Beck, James Remar)
43. Kill Bill Vol. 2 - (2005, Quentin Tarantino) (Uma Thurman, David Carradine)
44. The Raid: Redemption - (2011, Gareth Evans) (Iko Uwais, Ananda George, Ray Sahetapy)
45. Taken - (2008, Pierre Morel) (Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace)
46. Midnight Run - (1988, Martin Brest) (Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin)
47. On Her Majesty's Secret Service - (1969, Peter R. Hunt) (George Lazenby, Diana Rigg)
48. Cliffhanger - (1993, Renny Harlin) (Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow)
49. Face/Off - (1997, John Woo) (John Travolta, Nicolas Cage)
50. The Rock - (1996, Michael Bay) (Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage)
51. La Femme Nikita - (1990, Luc Besson) (Anne Parillaud, Marc Duret)
52. Casino Royale - (2006, Martin Campbell) (Daniel Craig, Eva Green)
53. A Bullet in the Head - (1990, John Woo) (Tony Leung, Jackie Cheung)
54. The Bourne Identity - (2002, Doug Liman) (Matt Damon, Franka Potente)
55. The Italian Job - (1969, Peter Collinson) (Michael Caine, Noel Coward)
56. The Getaway - (1972, Sam Peckinpah) (Steve McQueen, Ali McGraw)
57. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - (1989, Steven Spielberg) (Harrison Ford, Sean Connery)
58. Once Upon a Time in China II - (Tsui Hark, 1992) (Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan)
59. Ronin - (1998, John Frankenheimer) (Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone)
60. Patriot Games - (1992, Phillip Noyce) (Harrison Ford, Sean Bean, Anne Archer)
61. Salt - (2010, hillip Noyce) (Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor)
62. Assault on Precinct 13 - (1976, John Carpenter) (Austin Stoker, Darwin Joston)
63. Jack Reacher - (2012, hristopher McQuarrie) (Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins)
64. Léon (The Professional) - (1994, Luc Besson) (Jean Reno, Gary Oldman)
65. Hanna - (2011, Joe Wright) (Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana)
66. Desperado - (1995, Robert Rodriguez) (Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek)
67. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx - (1972, K. Misumi) (Tomisaburo Wakayama)
68. Battle Royale - (2000, Kinji Fukasaku) (Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda)
69. Air Force One - (1997, Wolfgang Petersen) (Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman)
70. The Spy Who Loved Me - (1977, Lewis Gilbert) (Roger Moore, Barbara Bach)
71. Thunderball - (1965, Terence Young) (Sean Connery, Claudine Auger)
72. Goldeneye - (1995, Martin Campbell) (Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean)
73. Lethal Weapon 2 - (1989, Richard Donner) (Mel Gibson, Danny Glover)
74. The Fast and the Furious - (2001, Rob Cohen) (Paul Walker, Vin Diesel)
75. True Lies - (1994, James Cameron) (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis)
76. Versus - (2000, Ryuhei Kitamura) (Tak Sakaguchi, Hideo Sakaki)
77. Ip Man - (2008, Wilson Yip) (Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Siu-Wong Fan)
78. Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior - (2003, Prachya Pinkaew) (Tony Jaa, Petchtai Wongkamlao)
79. Escape from New York - (1981, John Carpenter) (Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef)
80. Mission: Impossible - (1996, Brian DePalma) (Tom Cruise, Jon Voight)
81. Under Siege - (1992, Andrew Davis) (Steven Seagal, Tommy Lee Jones)
82. Drunken Master - (1978, Yuen Woo-ping) (Jackie Chan, Siu Tien Yuen)
83. The Protector - (2005, Prachya Pinkaew) (Tony Jaa, Nathan Jones, Petchtai Wongkamlao)
84. Rambo: First Blood Part 2 - (1985, George P. Cosmatos) (Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna)
85. Top Gun - (1986, Tony Scott) (Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis)
86. Hero - (2002, Zhang Yimou) (Jet Li, Tony Leung)
87. Con Air - (1997, Simon West) (Nicolas Cage, John Cusack)
88. The Transporter - (2003, Corey Yuen) (Jason Statham, Shu Qi)
89. El Mariachi - (1992, Robert Rodriguez) (Carlos Gallardo, Consuelo Gómez)
90. Full Contact - (1993, Ringo Lam) (Chow Yun-Fat, Simon Yam)
91. Die Hard 2: Die Harder - (1990, Renny Harlin) (Bruce Willis, William Sadler)
92. The Bourne Supremacy - (2004, Paul Greengrass) (Matt Damon, Franka Potente)
93. The Expendables 2 - (2012, Simon West) (Sylvester Stallone, Liam Hemsworth)
94. Escape Plan - (2013, Mikael Håfström) (Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger)
95. Die Hard With a Vengeance - (1995, John McTiernan) (Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson)
96. Once Upon a Time in Mexico - (2003, Robert Rodriguez) (Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek)
97. Atomic Blonde - (2017, David Leitch) (Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman)
98. Rambo - (2008, Sylvester Stallone) (Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz, Matthew Marsden)
99. Fast & Furious 6 - (2013, Justin Lin) (Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson)
100. Death Wish - (1974, Michael Winner) (Charles Bronson, Hope Lange, Vincent Gardenia)
15 More Worth Mentioning
101. Machete - (2010, Ethan Maniquis, Robert Rodriguez) (Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez)
102. Commando - (1985, Mark L. Lester) (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rae Dawn Chong)
103. Lady Snowblood - (1973, Toshiyo Fujita) (Meiko Kaji, Toshio Kurosawa)
104. The Mechanic - (2011, Simon West) (Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland)
105. Diamonds Are Forever - (1971, Guy Hamilton) (Sean Connery, Jill St. John)
106. You Only Live Twice - (1967, Lewis Gilbert) (Sean Connery, Akiko Wakabayashi)
107. House of Flying Daggers - (2004, Zhang Yimou) (Takeshi Kaneshiro, Andy Lau)
108. Live and Let Die - (1973, Guy Hamilton) (Roger Moore, Jane Seymour)
109. The Sword of Doom - (1966, Kihachi Okamoto) (Tatsuya Nakadai, Yûzô Kayama)
110. Spectre - (2015, Sam Mendes) (Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux)
111. Licence to Kill - (1989, John Glen) (Timothy Dalton, Carey Lowell)
112. True Romance - (1993, Tony Scott) (Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette)
113. A Better Tomorrow II - (1987, John Woo) (Chow Yun-Fat, Dean Shek)
114. The Big Boss - (1971, Lo Wei) (Bruce Lee, Maria Yi)
115. The Sum of All Fears - (2002, Phil Alden Robinson) (Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman)





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