The 10 best action movie stars pack the theaters and make the money. Action movies are known for their risky stunts, massive explosions, high-energy pace, and iconic stars. In particular, an iconic action star can turn a mediocre screenplay into a classic action movie. The following 10 best action movie stars have several classic action movies under their belts.

  1. Harrison Ford. Known for his iconic roles at Indiana Jones and Hans Solo, Harrison Ford has all the qualities that make someone one of the 10 best action movie stars. Ford has a larger than life presence and  well-respected acting skills. These acting skills were perhaps best displayed in "The Fugitive" and "Clear and Present Danger."

  2. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Before he became "The Governator," Schwarzenegger was "The Terminator." Along with "The Terminator," he is known for his roles in such action movie classics as "True Lies," "The Running Man," and "Conan the Barbarian." Schwarzenegger may be the most well-built actor on the 10 best action movie stars list (he was awarded Mr. Universe at age 20).

  3. Bruce Willis. Unlike some actors on the 10 best action movie stars list, Bruce Willis has shown the ability to play an action star and a dramatic lead role (most notably in the "Sixth Sense"). No matter which direction his career goes, he will probably remain best known for his role as Officer John McClane in the action movie classic "Die Hard."

  4. Tom Cruise. He may be the shortest man on the list of 10 best action movie stars, but movies like "Mission Impossible" and "Minority Report" make us think it's still best to stay on this action stars good side.

  5. Sigourney Weaver. The only woman to make the list of 10 best action movie stars, Sigourney Weaver showed she has what it takes to be an action star when she played Ripley in the "Alien" movies.

  6. Jackie Chan. Perhaps the fastest man to make the list of 10 best action movie stars, Jackie Chan has starred in such classics as "Rush Hour," "Rumble in Hong Kong," and "Shanghai Noon." As a modern action star, Jackie Chan has come a long way from his poverty-stricken upbringing in Hong Kong.

  7. Bruce Lee. Stars like Jackie Chan can thank Bruce Lee for paving the way. Bruce Lee, known for his roles in "Enter the Dragon" and "Fist of Fury," was an action hero in real life, serving as a martial arts instructor in Hong Kong and founder of the Jeet Kune Do martial arts movement.

  8. Vin Diesel. Vin Diesel is perhaps the most up and coming star to make the 10 best action movie stars list. As if his name isn't enough, he earned action movie credibility for his roles in "Pitch Black" and "Th Fast and Furious."

  9. Elijah Wood. He may not be a prototypical action movie star. But there is no denying his place on the list of 10 best action movie stars given the enormous popularity of "Lord of the Rings," in which he played Frodo Baggins.

  10. John Wayne. Perhaps the original action movie star, John Wayne is an American icon and Academy Award-winning actor. He honed his acting skills in Western action films, including "The Shootist," "The Searchers," "Rio Bravo," "The Quiet Man," and "El Dorado."