The 10 best American action movie all offer a unique, and very American, perspective on solving problems. The "shoot first and ask questions later" approach is extremely evident in American action films. But that just makes the 10 best American action movies that much more fun to watch.

  1. "The Matrix" (1999). Everything about this member of the list of 10 best American action movies is very American. From star Keanu Reeves to the audience that helped to make the "Matrix" movies a success.

  2. "Saving Private Ryan" (1998). World War II movies about American soldiers sacrificing themselves for each other always make for successful action movies. But this makes the list of the 10 best American action movies because of its realistic portrayal of the horrors of World War II.

  3. 'Chisum" (1970). Everything about John Wayne was all-American, especially his movies. This member of the 10 best American action movies list includes such American legends as Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett.

  4. "The Flying Leathernecks" (1951). John Wayne leads a pack of World War II American fighter pilots into some of the heavies fighting of the war. This is all about American action with one of the great American action heroes of all time.

  5. "Dirty Harry" (1971). American acting icon Clint Eastwood created the Dirty Harry character for this movie, and the character became so popular that several more Dirty Harry movies were made. Harry was a cop that just liked to shoot bad guys, and that makes for one of the 10 best American action movies ever made.

  6. "Firefox" (1982). Mitchell Gant (Clint Eastwood) is an American spy sent to steal a Russian secret super-sonic fighter. This movie never gets the credit it deserves as one of the 10 best American action movies, but it certainly belongs on the list.

  7. "First Blood" (1982). John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) is a Vietnam veteran that gets pushed around once too often by the sheriff of a small town. In some of the best American action scenes ever filmed, Rambo lays waste to that little town and makes the sheriff pay.

  8. "The Expendables" (2010). It is difficult to argue with the status of a movie that stars Sylvester Stallone, Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis as one of the 10 best American action movies ever made. This movie is non-stop action and shows yet another small group of Americans destroying an entire foreign army.

  9. "Ride the High Country" (1962). Randolph Scott was one of the great early American action heroes. This was the last movie he ever made, and it is one of the 10 best American action movies ever.

  10. "Inception" (2010). Many people liked the complicated plot in "Inception" (2010), but even more people thought it was just a great American action movie. The dream within a dream concept made for some interesting plot twists in this blockbuster hit.