The top 10 action movies 2006 featured everything from shootouts to sword fights. And, of course, you’ll find the occasional explosion. Notable actors such as Johnny Depp, Jet Li and Hugh Jackman added to the action in these intense movies.

  1. “300” Zack Snyder’s “300” was one of the most action-filled movies of 2006. In the movie, an army of 300 Spartans faced impossible odds for the sake of their homeland. Gerald Butler led the cast as King Leonidas.  

  2. “Fearless” Jet Li starred in the 2006 action movie “Fearless.” This martial arts flick featured a series of intense battles with incredible stunts. Ronny Yu directed the action.

  3. “Casino Royale” This 2006 action movie was another installment in series of James Bond flicks. Daniel Craig assumed the role of Agent 007 and battled La Chiffre, played by Mads Mikkelsen. Martin Campbell directed “Casino Royale.”

  4. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” Johnny Depp returned to his role as the infamous Captain Jack Sparrow in the 2006 action film “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.” Joined by Orlando Bloom’s character, Will Turner, Sparrow battled Davy Jones on the high seas.

  5. “Smokin’ Aces” Directed by Joe Carnahan, “Smokin’ Aces” was an action movie about a mafia snitch with a target on his head. Ryan Reynolds played Richard Messner, an FBI agent who was tasked with keeping the snitch alive. Ben Affleck and Alicia Keys also appeared in the cast.

  6. “X-Men: The Last Stand” The third movie in the “X-Men” series debuted in 2006. Hugh Jackman, Halle Barry, and Ian McKellen were a few of the talented actors who took on mutant roles. Brett Ratner directed this action flick.

  7. “Miami Vice” In 2006, Michael Mann directed this action movie based on a popular television series. Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell played the leading men in this adaptation.

  8. “Superman Returns” This action movie reintroduced audiences to the Man of Steel. Brandon Routh played Superman and his alter ego Clark Kent. Kevin Spacey took on the role of the Superman’s nemesis Lex Luthor.

  9. “Underworld: Evolution” Len Wiseman is largely responsible for the writing and directing the “Underworld” series. Kate Beckinsale returned to star as Selene in this 2006 action movie sequel. The battle between Vampires and Lycans continued with the plot.

  10. “Mission: Impossible III” Ethan Hunt faced new challenges in “Mission: Impossible III.” J.J. Abrams directed this 2006 action movie. Tom Cruise and Philip Seymour Hoffman headed the cast.