Ranking The 10 Most Badass Action Stars Of All Time

They're not so tough...compared to Mack trucks.

Tyler Callawayby Tyler Callaway
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Hands down, the best place to watch an action film is the movie theater. With bass pounding against your chest and your eyes wide as you watch the physical athleticism of amazing actors at work, they captivate you with death-defying stunts and extreme pyrotechnics, creating a spectacle that begins an adrenaline rush close to that of the actual experience. It’s these kind of movies that may not win awards, but they’re constantly making money. That’s because fans love them and they love the actors in them, which is what makes them such big stars.

When filing through names and assessing the rankings for this list, I focused on four key qualities: quality of films, icon factor, acting ability, and screen presence. I want you to know how great the action films they made were and how well-known they are around the world, as well as their actual acting ability and if they captivate audiences just by their demeanor. Action stars don’t have to be the best actors of their generation, but they have to be able to send chills up our spine when they step onto the camera and provide feelings of envy that we can’t be as cool as their characters.

Top 10 Badass Action Stars Of All-Time

It was hard coming up with the list and I had to leave a lot of names off that deserved to be on here. Some honorable mentions would be Jason Statham, Steven Seagal, Jet Li and Harrison Ford. In the end I feel that I was able to find the right spot for the right names and I hope you all agree, but if you don’t, feel free to let me know down in the comments!

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