20 All-Time Best Action Stars

The adrenaline-inducing movie genre that makes audiences go aww every time, has been in demand in the media of entertainment. But one might wonder how their favorite action superstars manage to pull off such well-choreographed stunts that make it seem so realistic. But not all actors have the talent and not all action movies give off a thrilling experience.

Several notable action stars risk their lives instead of using doubles or stuntmen to get that perfect shot, which makes your favorite action movies memorable and puts these stars at the top of the list.

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20 Best Action Stars Of All-Time

  1. Arnold Schwarzenegger

     Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger hails from Thal as an Austrian-American actor but most importantly a legend in the field of bodybuilding, winning 7 Mr. Olympia throughout his career among other major achievements. Born on July 30, 1947, the Austrian Oak immigrated to the States in 1968 at the age of 21 after officially beginning his bodybuilding career at the age of 17.

    As much as he has excelled in bodybuilding, becoming prominent in the field, Arnold Schwarzenegger is also known for his action roles in Hollywood. He began his acting career in 1969, debuting in small roles for films and television.

    In the 1980s, Arnold stepped into his prime as an actor adopting his two popular roles; as Conan in the Conan series and as Cyberdyne Systems Model 101 a.k.a. T-800 in The Terminator franchise.

    Other popular movies by Arnold Schwarzenegger include Commando, The Running Man, Predator, Total Recall, Last Action Hero, and True Lies. Fans had to temporarily say goodbye to their favorite action star after his acting career was put on hiatus due to his position as California’s governor. A month after stepping down from his political role, Arnold announced that he would be continuing his acting career.

    Arnold Schwarzenegger

  2. Jackie Chan

    Performing in more than 150 movies and considered one of the best action stars of all time, Fang Shilong, professionally known as Jackie Chan, has had an unaccountable contribution to the action genre.

    Primarily working as a Hong Kong actor, Jackie Chan is a filmmaker, martial artist, stunt choreographer, and stuntman who has performed most of his stunts throughout his career. Just like battle scars, the legend has mentioned the injuries he had to suffer while doing the stunts which gives him such an honorable title in the movie industry.

    Besides being an influential film star worldwide, Jackie Chan is also a philanthropist. and has been named among the top 10 charitable celebrities by Forbes. Jackie Chan’s acting career began as an extra child in 1962’s Big and Little Wong Tin Bar.

    In his rookie years, Chan also participated as a stuntman in Bruce Lee’s Fist of Fury and Enter the Dragon. His breakthrough in 1978’s Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow gained him immense recognition and popularity. After more success with Drunken Master and The Young Master, Chan started experimenting and revolutionizing martial arts for movies.

    He invented his form of demonstrating martial arts in slapstick humor with subtle comedic and fluid movements. Modernizing the style, Jackie Chan used it in one of his most successful movies, Police Story.

    Jackie’s success reached the West where he did numerous movies playing major as well as minor roles before the popular action-comedy film series Rush Hour co-starring with Chris Tucker. A remake of the 1984’s Karate Kid in 2010 starring child star Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan was met with major positive critics across the world.

    Jackie Chan

  3. Bruce Lee

    Born on November 27 as Lee Jun-fan, Bruce Lee is one of the most influential stars across the globe. He is a pop culture icon symbol for many martial arts fans. Apart from being an actor and a top-notch martial artist, Bruce was also a reputed martial arts instructor, screenwriter, director, producer, and philosopher.

    He is also credited for bridging the cultural difference between the West and the East, breaking many false stereotypes about Asians. Being a well-renowned martial artist, Burce Lee adopted his style, Jeet Kune Do, which later transformed into a foundation for the modern MMA style of fighting.

    In early life, Bruce Lee was introduced to the Hong Kong film industry at a very young age. Upon moving to Seattle in 1961, Lee decided to teach martial arts, diverging from his acting passion.

    Lee started gaining fame after his speech and martial arts demonstration at the Long Beach International Karate Championship. Thereon, Lee tutored other prominent figures such as  Chuck Norris, Sharon Tate, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

    After releasing his Hong Kong and Hollywood-produced martial arts-based film, Lee was credited for popularising Hong Kong martial arts films in the West, boosting the reputation of Chinese martial arts by a huge difference.

    Among his famous films are Lo Wei’s The Big Boss and Fist of Fury; Golden Harvest’s Way of the Dragon (1972), directed and written by Lee; and Golden Harvest and Warner Brothers’ Enter the Dragon (1973) and The Game of Death (1978), both directed by Robert Clouse.

    Bruce Lee

  4. Keanu Reeves

    Born in Beirut on September 2, 1964, and raised in Toronto, Keanu Charles Reeves is a Canadian actor who gained fame in his feature film debut Youngblood and went on to gain success in his big breakthrough role in 1989’s Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and its sequels.

    Reeves, later on, played lead roles in movies like Point Break and Speed which established him as a reliable action star. Apart from his wide variety of roles such as Kevin Lomax in The Devil’s Advocate co-starring with Al Pacino and Charlie Theoren and Jonathan Harker in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Keanu is more popularly known for his role as Neo in the action-sci fi movie franchise The Matrix.

    It gained major success and met mostly positive critics that claimed it to be one of the best science fiction action-based films of all time. He also played John Constantine in 2005’s live-action Constantine.

    After a tough career in different genres, Keanu Reeves rolled up his sleeves and closely worked with the director to give a sense of depth to his upcoming film and restarted to gain stardom from his legendary role as Johnathan “John” Wick in 2010’s John Wick: Chapter 1 and reprising his role in the following two sequels.

    Keanu Reeves

  5. Donnie Yen

    Another Hong Kong-based action star, profound in martial arts as well. Apart from being a well-known actor, Donnie Yen Ji-dan, professionally known as Donnie Yen, is a martial artist, film director, producer, action director, and choreographer. Highly credited for introducing mixed martial arts (MMA) into mainstream Asian movies, Donnie Yen is one of Hong Kong’s top action stars.

    Well-versed in a range of different martial arts styles and techniques, Yen is also credited for popularising Wing Chun throughout the world, especially in China, in his role as grandmaster Ip in the Ip Man film series.

    Yen started his acting career with a starring role in 1984’s Drunken Tai Chi. His breakthrough role in Once Upon A Time in China II, where he had a fighting sequel with another Hong-Kong-based action star Jet Li was followed by another starring role in Iron-Monkey.

    Yen started his own production company in 1997 but later Yen almost went bankrupt after movies of his own production company could not earn good numbers at the box office.

    After moving back to the States, Yen was invited to choreograph the action sequences for Highlander: The Endgame and Blade II. Later, he was invited by Jet Li to play an antagonist role. Yen also played an antagonist in Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson’s Shanghai Knights.

    Donnie Yen

  6. Jet Li

    The next kung fu master and one of Hong Kong’s top action stars, Li Lianje stage named Jet Li is a retired Wushu champion, who won the 1974’s national championship for the Beijing Wushu Team. After retiring from Wushu, Li made his debut in 1982’s Shaolin Temple for his accomplishment in competitive Wushu.

    Li continued his acting career in the action genre starring in critically acclaimed films such as Hero, Fist of Legend, and in the first three films of the Once Upon A Time In China series. Other notable roles are as a villain in Lethal Weapon 4 and the lead role in Romeo Must Die. You can also check the list of the top 15 Jet li movies.

    After making moderately good but critically acclaimed martial arts movies, Li moved back to China in 2007 for his role in The Warlords. Later in May, he started the production of a collaborative movie with action star and martial artist  Jackie Chan in The Forbidden Kingdom.

    Li also co-starred with Brendan Fraser in the third official installment of The Mummy franchise, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor as the main antagonist.

    After a one-year break, Li returned in 2010’s Expendables and reprised his role in the next to sequels co-starring with action stars- Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Eric Roberts, Steve Austin, Terry Crews, and Randy Couture. In 2020, Li was cast as the Emperor of China in the live-action adaptation of Mulan.

    Jet Li

  7. Tony Jaa

    Initially, a stuntman, Jaa Phanom-born Tatchakorn Yeerum, formerly known as Phantom Yeerun, and internationally Tony holds an array of skills and mastery in Muay Thai making him a very accomplished action star hailing from Thailand. His major films include Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior, Ong Bak 2: The Beginning, Tom-Yum-Goong, and Furious 7.

    After being recognized as a stuntman and stunt double for 14 years, Tony Jaa, who practiced Muay Boran for more years to showcase his skills in movies, starred in Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior.

    Critically acclaimed by many, Jaa had the dedication to perform all his stunts without any support and computer-generated graphics for which he sustained injuries and got burnt during a take. His willingness to go to such extents to make Muay Thai more popular finally paid off after all the appreciation and box office hit.

    His next major role was in Tom-Yum-Goong a.k.a. The Protector (in the US) in which he played the titular character. In March 2006, Jaa reprised his role in Ong Bak 2: The Beginning, during which Jackie Chan, his idol, suggested him to be cast in Rush Hour 3 but due to scheduling deadlock Jaa had to turn down the offer.

    After co-directing the third and final film, Ong Bak 3, bringing an end to the trilogy, Jaa joined the Buddhist temple in Surin, Thailand, and became a Buddhist monk.

    After leaving it, he accepted a contract and starred in the sequel of Tom-Yum-Goong, Tom-Yum-Goong 2 opposite another international martial arts star Jija Yanin, which was his first time. Java was also cast in Furious 7 and XXX: Xander Cage.

    Tony Jaa

  8. Tom Cruise

    One of the greatest action movie stars in history. Tom Cruise Mapother IV, professionally known as Tom Cruise, is one of the greatest Hollywood stars. Coming from a humble Christian family background, Cruise had a tough time growing up because of his father. His mother and stepfather took the initiative and allowed Cruise to pursue his acting passion.

    His first television appearance was a bit role in 1981’s Endless Love. Later, his role in All the Right Moves and Risky Business is claimed to be his breakthrough film. Cruise secured his superstar status after starring in the box-office hit Top Gun. After playing the role of Ethan Hunt in 1996’s Mission Impossible, a reboot of a 60’s series, Cruise paved his path as an action star showcasing his creativity in filmmaking.

    Cruise has shown a peculiar innovative, and dedicated side when it comes to the Mission Impossible franchise, pulling off dangerous and life-threatening stunts all by himself. But that’s what makes him unique and lovable in his way.

    It does not end there. Cruise, unlike other action stars, has his way of getting the job done. One would argue about his acting skills but to put it to the test one must look at his dramatic roles as well, like in Magnolia and Born on the Fourth of July. For that, the superstar needs to be credited and also for holding up for himself in a world heavily relying on CGI and VFX to show otherworldly actions. You can also check popular tom cruise movies.

    Tom Cruise

  9. Michelle Yeoh

    Michelle Yeoh Choo Kheng, born on 6 August 1962 and hailing from Malaysia is a Malaysian-Hong Kong actress who has equally created a place in the Western movie industry. Before starting her acting career, Yeoh won the Miss Malaysia World Contest in 1983 and represented Malaysia in the Miss World 1983 held in London.

    After establishing herself as an actress in the Hong Kong industry, Yeoh started her Hollywood career in Tomorrow Never Dies co-starring with Pierce Brosnan. After immense recognition for their dedication, talent, and exceptional motive to perform her stunts, Yeoh was invited by Ang Lee to the Chinese industry for her role in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

    The martial arts movie was a huge hit and earned Yeoh a BAFTA 2000 award for the Best Actress in Leading Role. She continued her career in English movies. In 2008, she co-starred with Bernard Fraser and Jet Li in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.

    Yeoh has starred in a range of other genres, portraying her acting skills. She branched into television series in 2015 starring in Strike Back and Star Trek: Discovery. Yeoh made her MCU debut in Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings as Ying Nan.

    Michelle Yeoh

  10. Scott Adkins

    A not-so-famous action star like Arnold Schwarzenegger or Jackie Chan yet holds his own as the undisputed Yuri Boyka. Born in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, Scott Edward Adkins is an English actor, film, producer, screenwriter, gymnast, and martial artist.

    Excelling in Ninjutsu, Krav Maga, Karate, Wushu, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Jujutsu, Muay Thai, and Capoeira, Scott Adkins is one of the most talented martial arts actors in the movie industry. It goes to say why he does not need a stuntman and benefits from his training to perform his fighting scenes.

    His first breakthrough was in 2001’s Dei Seung Chui Keung. His talent and potential as martial arts action star was immediately recognized by the Head of the Hong Kong Stuntmen Association and director Wei Tung and England-born Hong Kong movie expert Bey Logan.

    Before earning his stardom, Adkins made special appearances in various BBC television series and played the lead role in a drama-comedy series Mile High. He earned fame after starring as Talbot in Special Forces and Yuri Boyka in Undisputed II: Last Man Standing.

    Following up, Adkins reprised his role as Boyka in the third installment of Undisputed and got a feature film for his character, Boyka: Undisputed (2016). Scott also had guest starring roles in The Bourne Ultimatum and The Tournament.

    In 2019, Adkins reunited with director Yuen Woo-ping in Ip Man 4: The FInale as the main antagonist Barton Geddes co-starring with Donnie Yen, who personally asked for his casting in the movie.

    Scott Adkins

  11. Michael Jai White

    An underrated action star but had his share of fame throughout his career. Michael Jai White started his martial arts training with jiu-jitsu at the age of 4 and ended up mastering 9 different styles of martial arts namely Shōtōkan, Goju-Ryu, Taekwondo, Kobudō, Tang Soo Do, Wushu, Jiu Jitsu, Kyokushin, and boxing.

    He is popular for portraying heavyweight boxing Champion Mike Tyson in the 1995 HBO film Tyson. He is also credited for being the first Afro-American to portray a major comic book character in a major motion picture; Al Simmons a.k.a. Spawn in the 1997’s Spawn.

    He worked beside Scott Adkins as George “Iceman” Chambers in Undisputed II: Last Man Standing. He played Gambol in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. He also starred as Jax Braggs in Mortal Kombat: Rebirth and Mortal Kombat: Legacy.

    In October 2020, White made his appearance in a remake of the 1995 movie Sudden Death, Welcome to Sudden Death which was released on Netflix and became one of the most watched movies on the platform.

    Michael Jai White

  12. Shinichi Chiba

    Born Sadaho Maeda in Fukuoka Shinichi Chiba, internationally known as Sonny Chiba, was a Japanese martial artist. Shinichi Chiba easily stands beside the likes of Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee, who achieved stardom through his impeccable martial arts skills.

    Being athletic since childhood, Chiba discovered his talent early on in life. He decided to make a career out of it and got his breakthrough in Japan after portraying in two tokusatsu superhero shows.

    His debut in the movie industry as well as his first starring role was in 1961’s Invasion of Neptune Men. His first martial arts movie Karate Kiba was also a huge hit in Japan.

    Chiba’s international debut in The Street Fighter was introduced to the West by New Line Cinema and, along with sequels, went on to make Chiba the greatest Japanese martial arts star for the next two decades.

    His filmography includes The Bullet Train (1975), Karate Warriors (1976), Doberman Cop (1977), Golgo 13: Assignment Kowloon (1977), and The Assassin (1977). He also starred in a couple of jidaigeki namely Shogun’s Samurai (1978), The Fall of Ako Castle (1978), G.I. Samurai (1979), Shadow Warriors (1980), and Samurai Reincarnation (1981).

    Apart from being an action star and martial artist, Chiba also contributed to his films as a stunt coordinator, especially in movies such as G.I. Samurai, Burning Brave (1981), and Shogun’s Shadow (1989). In his fifties, Chiba started choreographing stunt and action scenes.

    Chiba also starred in Quentin Tarantino’s cult classic Kill Bill: Volume I as Hattori Hanzo, the retired swordsmith as well as in Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift.

    Shinichi Chiba

  13. Antonio Banderas

    Antonio Banderas born José Antonio Domínguez Bandera is a Spanish actor known for his versatile roles in a range of genres. He has been nominated for an Academy Award and five Golden Globe Awards.

    Banderas started as a theatrical actor, performing and getting arrested for politically sensitive roles. He was recognized by Pedro Almodovar for his acting skills. After his film debut in Labyrinth of Passion and starring in a few more of Almodovar’s films, Banderas managed to star in his first American drama film The Mambo Kings.

    His breakthrough in North America was from his performance in the dramatic movie Philadelphia. In 1995, he starred in huge hit movies such as Desperado and as the main antagonist in Assassins. He is also internationally known for starring in The Mask of Zorro.

    He also starred in 1999’s The 13th Warrior. Other famous Banderas action films include Once Upon A Time In Mexico, The Expendables 3, Black Butterfly, and Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard. He also reprised his role in the sequel of The Mask of Zorro, The Legend of Zorro.

    Antonio Banderas

  14. Ziyi Zhang

    The female action star started her acting career at the age of 16 with her debut in 1996’s Touching Starlight. Famed as the Four Dan Actress of China of the 21st century.

    Her starring role which she obtained while studying at the Central Academy of Drama was offered the role by Zhang Yimou in his movie The Road Home. She gained international fame in the 2000s for her role in the classic martial arts action film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

    After international recognition, Zhang earned her way into the Western movie industry with her first Hollywood movie Rush Hour 2 co-starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. She also starred in the huge hit Hero opposite Jet Li and Tony Leung. Among other action movies, she starred in the martial arts movie House of the Flying Daggers.

    For achievements, she has won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama, the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for her outstanding role in the Memoirs of a Geisha.

    She is also a prominent member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Art and Science. Apart from action genres, because of her brilliant acting skills, she has dominated and outclassed in the romantic and drama genre as well.

    After 7 years from her last martial arts movie in 2006’s banquet, Zhang reunited with Wong Kar-wai and Tony Leung in The Grandmaster (2013). She also played Dr.Chen in Godzilla: King of Monsters.

    Ziyi Zhang

  15. Jason Statham

    Regarded as one of the most popular action Hollywood-English stars, known for his cold-blooded and action-packed roles in the action-thriller genre. Jason Statham started his martial arts training in his youth and was quite athletically active as a footballer and represented England in the 1990 CommonWealth Games as a diver.

    He worked with Guy Ritchie in a couple of crime movies such as Lock, Stock, Two Barrels, and Snatch which later gained him his role in the Transporter trilogy. Majoring in heist and crime-thriller genres, Jason Statham in no time achieved stardom through his fast-paced, quick-witted action style.

    He starred in other franchises such as the heavy action-based movies series The Expendables and as Deckard Shaw in Fast and Furious 6, Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious, F9, and a dedicated film for his character Fast and Furious presents: Hobbs and Shaw starring opposite to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson which are all a part of the Fast and Furious franchise.

    Other popular roles played by Statham include Arthur Bishop in Charles Bronson’s 1972 remake of The Mechanic. The movie was well-received and appreciated by critics and viewers the same.

    Statham broke his generic grim-faced roles by starring in the action comedy movie Spy alongside Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law, and Rose Byrne which was well-received and appreciated by Statham for his comedic side.

    Jason Statham

  16. Vin Diesel

    Standing as one of the highest-grossing actors, Mark Sinclair professionally known as Vin Diesel is a reputable American actor and producer. Unlike other actors, Sinclair started tough in his acting career, struggling to get roles for several years after his first minor film role in Awakenings. He finally decided to make his low-budget film, producing, directing, screenwriting, and starring in his short drama Multi-Facial.

    Noticing his effort and talent, Stephen Spielberg acted as Diesel in his Oscar-winning war film Saving Private Ryan. After getting a couple of roles here and there and his breakthrough role as an antihero in Pitch Black, Diesel achieved his action star stardom after two box office hits: The Fast and The Furious and the action-thriller XXX.

    Initially, turning down reprising his role in these two franchises, Diesel took a round-about after trying out other genres such as the comedy film Pacifier and the crime drama Find Me Guilty portraying gangster Jack DiNorscio.

    Making a cameo in the third installment of the Fast and Furious franchise: Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, Diesel marked his comeback and later starred in the sequels as Dominic Toretto receding the events of Tokyo Drift namely The Fast and The Furious, Fast 5, Fast and Furious 6, Furious 7, The Fate of the Furious and F9 which possibly earned him a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame after becoming a multi-billion dollar franchise.

    Vin Diesel has also voiced Groot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s movies Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardian of the Galaxy Vol.2, and the huge crossover of all the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies: Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Diesel reprised his role as Alexander Cage in XXX: Xander Cage.

    Vin Diesel

  17. Matt Damon

    Matt Damon is the best actor on the list. Unlike others, he understands the profession to its core and mixes it with his twist which earned him an Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards.

    Matt Damon is an extremely versatile actor when it comes to his roles in movies such as Goodwill Hunting and Saving Private Ryan which he nailed on point. Studying at Harvard, Matt Damon participated in the student theatre plays which unlocked his potential.

    His breakthrough, Goodwill Hunting, which he and his close friend, Ben Affleck, actor and filmmaker, scripted and screenwriting was a huge success and critically acclaimed Damon’s performance for playing WIll Hunting.

    His other action hits include his role in two lucrative film series- Ocean’s Trilogy and Bourne, Ford vs Ferrari, Elysium, Green Zone, and Contagion.

    Matt Damon

  18. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

    Undoubtedly, one of the most successful actors in the Hollywood industry and standing at a net worth of $800 million, Dwayne Douglas Johnson’s ring name The Rock is one of the highest-grossing and highest-paid actors in the world.

    As much as he is known in Hollywood, The Rock earned a considerable amount of fame in his wrestling career, regarded as one of the most prominent wrestlers in the World Wrestling Entertainment industry.

    Regardless of his fame hugely coming from his time in the ring, The Rock’s films have managed to gross over $3.5 billion in North America and over $10.5 billion across the world.

    His film debut started with his role as the Scorpion King in The Mummy Returns and continued with his character’s feature film The Scorpion King. Starring mainly in the action-adventure genre, the action superstar has become one of the most popular celebrities.

    His filmography includes The Rundown, Walking Tall, Game Plan, and Get Smart. He has also been a part of the Fast and Furious franchise, appearing in Fast 5 henceforth. He also portrayed the title character in Hercules(2014).

    Other famous movies include Baywatch, Moana (VA-Mawi), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Rampage, and Skyscraper. He continued to reprise his role as Luke Hobbs in Fast and Furious presents: Hobbs and Shaw starring opposite Jason Statham and as Dr. Smolder Bravestone in Jumanji: The Next Level.

    Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

  19. Will Smith

    Other than his controversial act at the 94th Academy Awards, Willard Caroll Smith II’s stage named The Fresh Prince is one of the most well-achieved actors who hold a lot of US blockbuster hits.

    According to the records of 2021, his films have grossed over 9.3 million dollars, worldwide. Apart from the Bad Boy series, he is very well known for his role in the sci-fi movie, The Men In Black (1997, 2002, 2012).

    Although Will Smith has used a stunt double in most of his movies, which was especially after having his two kids, he also has done some of the best stunts by himself. Smith has been pretty ripped all his life, no one can say otherwise.

    The A-lister has even started a new mini-series, “the Best Shape of My Life”, on YouTube, sharing his adventures and lifestyle secrets on the platform. Known for his role as Agent J in the sci-fi comedy movie Men in Black and Mike Lowrey in the Bad Boys.

    He reprised his roles in the following sequels Men in Black 2 and Men in Black 3, and Bad Boys 2 and Bad Boys Forever respectively. Other notable starring movies include I Am Legend, Hancock, The Pursuit of Happyness, and Ali (2001) in which he portrays heavyweight boxing champion, Muhammad Ali.

    He also starred in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s Aladdin as the Genie. He joined the DCEU as Deadshot in Suicide Squad.

    Will Smith

  20. Angelina Jolie

    Deemed one of the greatest and most highly-paid actresses of all time, Angelina Jolie Voight, daughter of Jonathan Voight, is an actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian.

    Even though credited for winning an Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards,  things did not start easy for Angelina in her career. Interested in acting and wanting to make a profession out of it from a very young age, Jolie had a hard time auditioning for roles.

    Her film career began with Cyborg 2 and her first major leading role was in Hackers. After starring as the game character Lara Croft in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Jolie gained prominence as a leading role actress thereon. She continued in the action genre, starring in Mr& Mrs. Smith, Wanted, Salt and Tourist.

    She reprised her role In Lara Croft: Tomb Raider- The Cradle of Life. Apart from her action star reputation, Jolie is also credited for her dramatic roles. Her beloved role as Maleficent in Disney’s movie of the same name has reprised the role in Maleficent 2.

    Angelina Jolie


Here are the top 20 movie stars of the 21st century. The astonishing variety of action films and methodical acting performed by these action stars has always managed to keep us entertained.

The awesomeness that radiates from the characters is perhaps the most important thing that makes us want more of it. Sometimes the movies do not make a good score in the collection but the effort put in by every single action star is noticeable and should be credited.

Kierra Rowsey
Kierra Rowsey

Kierra Rowsey is a freelance TV, Film and anime critic for over 12 years, living in Arkansas with her husband and three kids. She graduated from NYU College of Arts & Science in 2008.

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