The 10 best action movies of all time are not necessarily great films when it comes to plot or acting, but they can keep you riveted to your seat. A good action movie has some serious chase scenes and good one-liners to lighten up the action. Make sure you add the  best action movies of all time to your movie collection.

  1. "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981). This movie just never stops, and we are all wondering ho Indiana Jones will survive from one challenge to the next. This movie, and its two sequels, were some of the most exciting movies ever made.

  2. "From Russia With Love" (1963). All of the James Bond movies could be put on this list, but this one holds a special place as one of the best action movies ever made. Sean Connery is at his best in this movie that starts to really introduce the gadgets that future Bond movies would be famous for.

  3. "The Dark Knight" (2008). This second installment in the Christian Bale series of Batman movies is one of the finest superhero movies ever made and definitely one of the best action movies of all time. The internal and external struggles that Batman endures to stop the Joker help to add to the action that makes this movie exciting.

  4. "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back" (1980). What puts this on the list of the best action movies of all time as the "Star Wars" representative is the way in which the emotional and mental struggles the characters are going through manifest themselves into the action of the movie. It just never stops pressing the story forward with more and more action.

  5. "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" (1991). This movie in the "Terminator" franchise has car chases, motorcycle chases and a Terminator that is made from liquid. This movie was ahead of its time when it was made, and it belongs on the list of the best action movies of all time.

  6. "Die Hard" (1988). There cannot be a list of the best action movies of all time without the movie "Die Hard" (1988). This was Bruce Willis' first major motion picture and it wound up making him an action star.

  7. "Platoon" (1986). This is such a well-rounded war movie that it has to be on the list of the best action movies of all time. Not only do we learn almost everything there is to know about the main characters, but we care whether they live or die as the movie goes along.

  8. "Star Trek" (2009). The producers did everything right in this re-boot of the famous television and movie series. The action is non-stop, the characters are familiar but the results are less than expected.

  9. "V for Vendetta" (2006). This movie can be hard to follow sometimes, but the intense action scenes make it fun to watch. We never get to see Hugo Weaving's face from under his character's mask, but we feel his pain and root for his cause.

  10. "Sherlock Holmes" (2009). From beginning to end, this movie never stops delivering action and suspense. Dr. Watson (Jude Law) spends most of his time trying to back out of the adventures, but he always finds himself intimately involved in every exciting detail.