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The 100 best action movies: who voted?

The world’s leading action stars, directors and critics pick the best action movies ever, including martial-arts movies, explosive stunts and the best action thrillers

By Time Out contributors, edited by Joshua Rothkopf

How did we choose the 100 best action movies of all time? We went straight to the experts and polled people who have created some of the greatest action films ever made. People like John McTiernan (Die Hard), Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita, Lucy) and Danny Trejo (Machete). We spoke to actors, directors, stunt performers, film critics and other experts. That amounts to over 50 experts each sharing their top ten action movies. Then we used their choices to inform our own final countdown of the 100 best action movies. You can explore and enjoy their personal lists.

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Actors, directors and stunt performers

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Film critics and experts

Grady Hendrix

Grady Hendrix is a writer and co-founder of the New York Asian Film Festival, which The New York Times has called “one of the city’s most valuable cultural events.”

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Outlaw Vern

The self-described “outlaw film critic,” Vern is a longtime and esteemed reviewer of movies, with a primary interest in “Badass Cinema.”

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