Top 10 Action Movie Stars

The Top Ten Action Movie Stars

1 Arnold Schwarzenegger Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-American actor, filmmaker, businessman, investor, author, philanthropist, activist, former professional bodybuilder and former politician.

I mean...Wow! This guy is the Terminator! He's The LAST ACTION HERO! Isn't that enough for you?

The only truly believable action star who you could see taking on a bunch of bad guys at once, a whole army base single handed or defeating an alien from another planet! See True Lies, See Running Man, Commando, Predator. Or almost any of his action films! Plus probably the best one liners ever!

Arnie is the BEST, he has done so many great films like Terminator 1&2, Predator, Commando, Total Recall, Conan the Barbarian and The Running Man to name a few. He was a big icon for his time. And aren't we forgetting those awesome one liners that he spews out in every film he's in. Arnold is the best, period!

Watch his performance in the first Terminator, and you’ll see how great of an actor he really is. He did a great job as the Terminator. He also did True Lies, Kindergarten Cop, and Terminator 2. He’s one of my favorites.

2 Sylvester Stallone Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone is an American actor, film director, screenwriter, and producer.

How on Earth by the name of Jesus Christ, Sylvester Stallone isn't THE #1!? Are you INSANE!? He is the BEST among the BEST & I don't think there won't be any Mortal being for Centuries to match the Epic, Legendary Caliber of the Greatest Action Star & Physical Movie-star of the History of Mankind! - Nirmal1991USA

Come on man bruce willis never deserves to be up their at the top. I agree he s a superb action hero but the main things in which he falls behind is his body. He can never compete with sylvester stallone or arnold. Must be sylvester at top and arnold following him. After that anyone comes they all are kids

From 70s till now - best action movie actor - Alexandr

They got this one right - Sly and Arnold are clearly the top 2. The reason why I think Sly tops the list is because he himself created the 2 most iconic action movie characters of all time (Rocky and Rambo). He created the characters and wrote the movies. And his career has spanned so long, over 40 years, and he's STILL making great action movies. He's the king of the series. The Rocky Character is still going strong, and he was so smart to switch over to "Creed", it's a spinoff of the rocky movies, and his character is still relevant. He has another Rambo coming out, as well. And the resent Rocky/Creed and Rambo movies have been great. Then he created the "Expendables" series, and those were great too. And Escape plans. Great movies like Cliffhanger, Assassins, Judge Dredd, Demolition man, Daylight, Cobra, Get Carter, Escape Plan, Over the top, Tango and Cash.. the list goes on

3 Bruce Willis Walter Bruce Willis, known professionally as Bruce Willis, is an American actor, producer, and singer.

He’s definitely one of my favorites. His greatest performance is in Die Hard. He has many great one-liners that I use often, and he stars in many other flicks that I enjoyed.

Unlike Arnold and Sylvester Bruce can act

Well I must admit sly is one of the greatest action star among others such as arnold, jakie chan and bruce lee but I consider bruce willis the best, he has something that makes you like him, he is suited for action.In all his film bruce is an average normal guy but he still manage to kick some ass.Bruce willis shows the power that common man can exert and to never underestiate anyone no matter who they are.

Die Hard, Twelve Monkeys, Fifth Element, The Sixth Sense, etc.

Bruce is not only great in action films, he is a great actor all around.

4 Jason Statham Jason Statham is an English actor. He is known for his roles in the Guy Ritchie crime films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, and Revolver.

He should be number 1, but at least he's in the list. I really like his acting and think he should at least be in the number 3 spot. The others are a little too old to be acting out some of the scenes they are in, but I respect them as actors, and as well as people. There are a lot of good actors.

Jason Statham should be number one! Not only is he gorgeous and has a perfect body (because that's not what being the #1 action actor like some of these ignorant people have implied! Hello you idiots its not hottest actor its best. ) Anyways but he's also got a great voice for an action actor, he's a great actor, his all around demeanor just fits the part perfectly. Or how about the fact ANY movie hr is in is guaranteed to be a good one. Like I see his name under the information or description of the movie and just his name Tells me it'll be a good movie and it always is.

Jason Statham is a badass in real life and in movies! He does his own stunts and fight scenes and he is a triple black belt! He's like a mixture of Bruce Willis and Bruce Lee! Have you ever seen Homefront!? Until you have, YOU HAVEN'T LIVED!

He is the best he's amazing forget about the old washed up guys like Stallone and Willis ( no disrespect guys) he is the new era of action stars

5 Jackie Chan Chan Kong-sang known professionally as Jackie Chan, is a Hong Kong martial artist, actor, film director, producer, stuntman, and singer. He is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised weapons, and innovative stunts, which he typically performs himself, in the cinematic more.

He is the Best Role Model for the Action Stars who do their own Dangerous Stunts.

I grew up on his movies - very passionate, performs his own stunts, an overall great actor.

Come on guys what is jackie chan doing at the 3rd place oh mahn! Sly is a good action hero but he doesn't perform all his own stunts. Same with Mr. Willis! Jackie chan is the only actor in the history of mankind who is willing to die for his fans! He performs all his own stunts! Come on guys vote of jackie- A true successor of bruce lee! He doesn't need any kinda information

Jackie Chan deserves #1 because he's the only Action star that does his own stunts, almost died in the process many times, and does it well! Sly just runs around with his guns, shoots stuff, look big, and sound big like many others while having a stunt double do all their dirty work. Jackie doesn't need to look big or sound big because his action is bigger than cheesy one-liners! When it comes to hardcore action, Jackie is number 1!

6 Bruce Lee Bruce Lee was a Hong Kong American martial artist, action film actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, filmmaker, and the founder of Jeet Kune Do.

Come on guys, bruce lee has to be number 1. It was he who made action movies, martial arts movies famous. If bruce wouldn't have been there, the world wouldn't have ever heard of all these guys mentioned in the list... He is the god of action... Undoubtedly the greatest martial artist of all time... Probably the greatest superstar who ever lived... All these guys just kids before bruce lee...

The greatest of them all.He set the style and the action from his amazing moves fast as lighting and deadly.You could just see the electricity in his stare the incredible build up of energy he was amazing.Got to be #1.

o my god pepal bruce lee is what made action movies is the one who started it all go and whatch one of his films like fist of fury or the way of the dragon or enter the dragon or big boss

Cant believe anyone would not vote Bruce Lee number 1. He tops athletic ability, charisma and influence over anyone in films let alone in action movies and he only made 4 films.

7 Harrison Ford Harrison Ford is an American actor and film producer. He gained worldwide fame for his starring roles as Han Solo in the original Star Wars epic space opera trilogy and the title character of the Indiana Jones film series.

Handsome and cool. He isn't a super muscle man that ordinary people will never be, he's the cool guy that always gets the girl. Every man wants to be him (and in our minds we are! )

He's Indiana Jones and Han Solo for crying out loud!

He does his own stunts and in my opinion is easily the best actor of all time!

Indiana Jones, Han Solo, and lots of more characters, he should be #1

8 Tom Cruise Tom Cruise is an American actor and filmmaker. Cruise has been nominated for three Academy Awards and has won three Golden Globe Awards.

Now he is very popular because of his impossible stunts(without using stunt double). so no 4

Tom Cruise is the best. He should be at least Top 3. He do his own stunts. Mission Impossible Series. Edge Of Tomorrow. Top Gun Jack Reacher etc

He does his own stunts, he's not like all of the others who are too scared to do their own stunts like hang onto an airplane

my fav movie star, top gun put his name one the map

9 Angelina Jolie Angelina Jolie is an American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian. She has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards. She has also been cited as Hollywood's highest-paid actress. more.

She's beautiful and dangerous and is exceptionally good at doing action movies. WE NEED MORE ANGIE ACTION MOVIES please

Great actress, and very good in action movies!

Why do people like her so much?!

She is the one

10 Dwayne The Rock Johnson Dwayne Douglas Johnson, also known by his ring name The Rock, is an American and Canadian actor, producer and semi-retired professional wrestler, signed with WWE.

No doubt the greatest wrestler that turned actor of all time. He might not be number 1 but he surely deserves a spot on this list. - aeromaxx777

Dwayne is a great movie star as we all know so he should be in top 10

Rock is number 1

He is a real hero in real life he kicked everybody ass in WWE

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11 Mel Gibson Mel Colmcille Gerard Gibson AO is an American actor and filmmaker. He is best known for his action hero roles, namely his breakout role as Max Rockatansky in the first three films in the Mad Max post-apocalyptic action series, and as Martin Riggs in the Lethal Weapon buddy cop film series.

Lethal Weapon alone should have Him in top 5. Throw Mad Max into the mix, not to mention Braveheart, and I am calling bull all over this one.

A spoiled brat. It is hard to watch his movies.

Deserves no.2 to sylvester in my opinion, sorry the rocky movies and creed+rambo just goes off the chart but mel gibsons lethal weapon and mad max gets him through to no.2

One of the best modern action stars... as realistic and vulnerable as an action hero should be.

12 Kurt Russell Kurt Vogel Russell is an American actor. He began acting on television at the age of 12 in the western series The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters. In the late 1960s, he signed a ten-year contract with The Walt Disney Company where, according to Robert Osborne, he became the studio's top star of the 1970s. more.

Simply for soldier bad ass movie

Soldier say no more

Soldiet. I still voted sly #1 for sure

Soldier! - Ananya

13 Jean Claude Van Damme

He is gevaalik at what he does he suppose to be on top of Jason Statham that's was up

Van damme is a martial artist and action hero he became famous in action ways and in the 90 he was a godfather of action films - Jalwa

I am not sure of elsewhere, but here in India, in 80s and 90s Van Damme became the most popular star from Hollywood after the release of Bloodsport. He was as big a name as Stallone and Schwarzneger. He was the favourite of at least 3 among 5 people.

Legend of martial art

14 Liam Neeson Liam John Neeson, OBE is an actor from Northern Ireland. In 1976, he joined the Lyric Players' Theatre in Belfast for two years. He then acted in the Arthurian film, Excalibur.

It would be better to recast the expendables with better directors and better action stars. Tom cruise to replace Sylvester Stallone. Liam Neeson to replace Jason statham


Liam neeson should be in top 10. He trained batman and Jedi. He killed gang/mafia members. If he doesn't deserve to be in top 10 then no one deserves it.

Come on, u guys can't do this.. have you watched his movies? he is such a bad ass actor.. THE GREY, TAKEN, NON STOP, A TEAM ETC... these should have at least put him in the tops actually not at least must have.. he has such charismatic personality.

15 Keanu Reeves Keanu Charles Reeves (born September 2, 1964) is a Canadian actor, director, producer, and musician. He gained fame for his starring role performances in several blockbuster films, including comedies from the Bill and Ted franchise.

Another one of my favorites. He did a decent job in Point Break, and did a great job in Speed. However, his greatest performance is without question, The Matrix. Which is one of my Top 10 favorite movies of all time.

Keanu has to be by far in top 5 actors. He's very commited to his acting, has a lot of great skills. He can play any role he wants. He's that good.

Amazing role as neo from the matrix, and john wick

Handsome dude inside and outside

16 Clint Eastwood Clinton "Clint" Eastwood Jr. is an American actor, film director, producer, musician, and political figure.

The man himself is a great legend. Never fails to amaze me.

I find it appalling that Clint isn't gaining recognition here, he's still and always will be the greatest Hollywood badass.

Clint Eastwood ain't belong on these list since he old.


17 Christian Bale Christian Charles Philip Bale is an English actor. He has starred in both blockbuster films and smaller projects from independent producers and art houses.


He is the back bone of the action movies..he should be in the top 3 rank

My favorite actor of all time. - letdot52

Batmans awesome. Where is heath ledger on the list? Easily best movie of all time is dark knight and Christian bale is the lead!

18 Sean Connery Sir Thomas Sean Connery is a retired Scottish actor and producer who has won an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards and three Golden Globes.

My favorite James Bond - yes, even before Pierce Brosnan, but overall a very very good actor.

He's James Bond, and always will be. Sets every woman's heart a flutter.

Sean should be in top five...

your mission is to take out the prime minister of fake action stunts and terrible acting. He won't be hard to miss. He looks like a mutated potato and goes by the name Vin Diesel

19 Kate Beckinsale Kathrin Romary "Kate" Beckinsale (born 26 July 1973) is a British actress. After some minor television roles, she made her film debut in Much Ado About Nothing (1993) while still a student at the University of Oxford. She then appeared in British costume dramas such as Prince of Jutland (1994), Cold more.

Very talented in action movies ( Underworld, Van Helsing, Total recall, Whiteout ) and on top of that very talented in every other kind of role like dramas, comedies, suspence. This beautiful actress deserves to move up on this list!

OH yea she is so beautiful, and talented. please remove Vin Diesel, he's a stupid potato face smugg tool.

Good actress, she can do more than just action. and so sexy.
Vin Diesel should not be on this list. he should be on the most talentless one.

She is badass in underworld +she is drop dead gorgeous! She should be in the top ten at least

20 Vin Diesel Mark Sinclair, better known by his stage name Vin Diesel, is an American actor, producer, director, and screenwriter.

Love him I have a question vin diesel has the best lines he's strong very very funny why isn't he #1

Vin Diesel is just amazing. He nails every role he plays. And he's gorgeous.

He's cute and he got a pack but he is super cool he nails

Vin diesel is the best hero

21 Milla Jovovich Milica Bogdanovna Jovovich, known professionally as Milla Jovovich, is an American actress, model and musician.

Most skilled killer on screen

22 Chuck Norris Carlos Ray "Chuck" Norris is an American martial artist, actor, film producer and screenwriter. He was born in March 10, 1940, in Ryan, OK. He is famous for mostly starring in western and action movies.


If you don't vote Chuck Norris up he's going to roundhouse kick you in the face.

When chuck Norris does a push up, he pushes the earth down

Chuck norris should be number 1!

23 Wesley Snipes
24 John Wayne Marion Mitchell Morrison, known professionally as John Wayne and nicknamed Duke, was an American actor, director, and producer.

The original cowboy heroe

the goat

25 Jet Li Li Lianjie, better known by his English stage name Jet Li, is a Chinese film actor, film producer, martial artist, and wushu champion who was born in Beijing.

Actor, may be not that much, but action? Oh yeah he knows how to do that. He's got so awesome martial arts style and executes them so freakishly well. I like his style more than Jackie, no offense. He's more brutal, interacts with more people in combat scenes. And remember he doesn't have only Hollywood movies, got a lot good old Chinese too.

Jet Li should be in top tens. Those who are saying that he can't act go watch fearless first. He is a total package.

Jet li is so awesome

Jet li is the best in action specially in fighting style

26 Steven Seagal Steven Frederic Seagal is an American actor, film producer, screenwriter, film director, martial artist, Aikido instructor, musician, reserve deputy sheriff and entrepreneur.

I love his movie called on deadly ground

Seagal is killer he should be in top 10

He one of the greatest of the late 80s and 90s, a big a name as Arnie, Vam Damme, Stallone and Norris. How isn't he higher? He also has an eighth grade black belt

27 Sigourney Weaver Susan Alexandra "Sigourney" Weaver is an American actress and film producer. Following her film debut as a minor character in Annie Hall, she quickly came to prominence in 1979 with her first lead role as Ellen Ripley in Alien.

Sigourney is a very talented actress. She looks wonderful in serious Drama films but in Action/Sci-Fi she is the Best. Alien franchise became classic thanks to her brilliant acting and charisma - Irina2932

Ripley in Aliens, easily the best action hero.

28 Chow Yun-Fat

A Better Tomorrow, A Better Tomorrow II, The Killer and Hard Boiled. He is the coolest action star, super amazing in the Hong Kong movies he was in.

29 Michelle Rodriguez

Is hot and fabulous actor

30 Will Smith Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. is an American actor, comedian, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He is best known for his acting career overall. He has been in many popular movies, These include, but are not limited to, the Men in Black franchise, The Pursuit of Happyness, and After Earth. He is more.

Should be number2

Will Smith makes acing look like a piece of cake. He's very atractive, has a smooth voice, it's safe to say that this man is great at acting.

His movie 'I am legend' is awesome

He is great as Agent J in Men in Black

31 Daniel Craig Daniel Wroughton Craig is an English actor. Craig trained at the National Youth Theatre and graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1991, before beginning his career on stage.

Plays the roles very nicely, has a good, soothing voice. I liked him a lot in his James Bond movie, he presented emotional depth to the character.

He is a best and best action movie star have you sky fall and casino royal



32 Sam Worthington Samuel Henry John Worthington is an Australian actor. He portrayed the protagonist Jake Sully in the 2009 film Avatar; Marcus Wright in Terminator Salvation; and Perseus in Clash of the Titans and its sequel, Wrath of the Titans; before transitioning to more dramatic roles, in Everest, Hacksaw Ridge, more.
33 Paul Walker Paul William Walker IV was an American actor . Walker began his career guest-starring in several television shows such as The Young and the Restless and Touched by an Angel .

Paul should be in the top 10! Think of all is other movies outside of the fast franchise...

Remember, he died in Furious 7 (not his character, him)? So sad

34 Vijay Joseph Vijay, better known mononymously as Vijay, is an Indian film actor and playback singer who works in Tamil cinema and his films dubbed into Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam and Mandarin Chinese. He is one of the highest paid actors in Tamil cinema.

He is awesome

He is super cool Hero.

His fight scenes are really cool. Vijay mass

He is one of the action king in Tamil cinema

35 Dolph Lundgren Hans "Dolph" Lundgren is a Swedish actor, director, screenwriter, producer, martial artist, and chemical engineer.

If he dies he dies

Dolph,the more talented actor

Yeah what he is so sexy and he acts really good movies if you haters don't vote you are so bitches

36 Scott Adkins

He is a good actor with amazing fighting skills.

shared the part of deadpool with ryan reynolds in x-men origins wolverine, is going to be in the expendables 2, has had a movie with michael jai white and a movie with jean-claude van damme - jared5

He should be the second best after Sylvester.

He s the Most complite fighter in the world

37 Mark Wahlberg Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg is an American actor, producer, businessman, former model, rapper, and songwriter.
38 Akshay Kumar Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia, better known by his stage name 'Akshay Kumar', is a Canadian actor, producer and martial artist who has appeared in over a hundred Hindi films.

He is number 1 in world

He is the best action star he deserves it. Keep it up khiladi kumar


Come on Akshay kumar should definitely be in the top 3.

39 Tom Hardy Edward Thomas Hardy, CBE is an English actor and film producer. Originally a model, Hardy made his film debut in Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down.

I'm gothams reckoning.

Tom hardy at 37?
Mad max fury Road
The dark knight rises
The man doesn't make bad movies.

40 Kelly Hu
41 Pierce Brosnan Pierce Brendan Brosnan is an Irish actor and film producer who after leaving comprehensive school at age 16, began training in commercial illustration.

Has a great style in acting, the roles he plays are very good, intriguing and also very inspiring.


42 Denzel Washington Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. is an American actor and filmmaker. He has received three Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award, and two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for the historical war drama film Glory and Best Actor for his role as a corrupt cop in the crime thriller Training Day.

I think one of top 5 actors would be Denzel. He makes acting look so easy, it comes naturally to him.

43 Nicolas Cage Nicolas Kim Coppola, known professionally as Nicolas Cage, is an American actor and producer. He is well known for his roles in Raising Arizona, Moonstruck, Vampire's Kiss, Wild at Heart, Honeymoon in Vegas, Red Rock West, Leaving Las Vegas, The Rock, Con Air, Face/Off, City of Angels, 8MM, Bringing more.

I Thought everyone hate him? But personally he did some good movies. - CanadianGuy99

Ben gates

Nic cage at 35 what
his action movies:
con air, face/off, the rock, kickass, lord of war etc.
he is better then sylvester stallone do to the fact that sylvester only makes good drama movies like: rocky 1 and 2, creed, rambo first blood part 1 and cop land: sylvesters best action movies are ok film but not good films

44 Tyrese Gibson Tyrese Darnell Gibson, also known mononymously as Tyrese, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, author, television producer, former fashion model and MTV VJ.
45 Tony Jaa

Tony jaa should be at the top guys!

Tony jaa is best action hero..

46 Matt Damon Matthew Paige "Matt" Damon is an American actor, film producer and screenwriter. He is ranked among Forbes magazine's most bankable stars and is one of the highest-grossing actors of all time.

He's Bourne! The best action movie character! Seriously, he should be in the top 5

Come on man... Haven't you seen the BOURNE series.. He is definitely top 5...

Thank god that his movies are AWESOME

#48! Bourne! And more

47 Robert Downey Jr. Robert John Downey Jr. is an American actor. His career has included critical and popular success in his youth, followed by a period of substance abuse and legal troubles, and a resurgence of commercial success in middle age.

I love his work as iron man

Iron man

48 Al Pacino Alfredo James "Al" Pacino is an American actor and filmmaker. Pacino has had a career spanning more than five decades, during which time he has received numerous accolades and honors.
49 John Travolta John Joseph Travolta is an American actor, dancer, and singer. Travolta first became known in the 1970s, after appearing on the television series Welcome Back, Kotter and starring in the box office successes Saturday Night Fever and Grease.
50 Uma Thurman Uma Karuna Thurman is an American actress and model. She has performed in leading roles in a variety of films, ranging from romantic comedies and dramas to science fiction and action movies.
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