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Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Action Movies of All Time

Which action movie ranked above ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark,’ ‘Terminator 2’ and ‘Rambo?’

First Blood/The Marix

Taken 3 exceeded even the most optimistic expectations this weekend by grossing nearly $40 million. That's pretty impressive considering it's the third Taken movie since 2008 and reviews were absolutely scathing. It's further evidence that audiences love a good action movie, and even a film that plays like a half-hearted remake of The Fugitive can rake in huge money. In honor of Taken 3's release, we asked our readers to vote for their favorite action movies of all time. Unsurprisingly, every single one of the Top 10 films came out of a franchise that arrived in theaters between 1979 and 2002. Here are the results.

Mad Max 2

‘Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior’

The second movie in a trilogy has the strong potential to be the strongest. The first movie, which often has a limited budget, has to establish the setting and backstory before it can dive into the main action. The third movie is often the work of an exhausted team quickly running out of steam, leaving number two as the best of the bunch. 

This is arguably the case with Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, George Miller's post-apocalyptic movies starring Mel Gibson as a former Main Force Patrol officer trying to survive in a dusty, hellish version of Australia. By this point, he's increasingly desperate, even losing his dog, but he agrees to help a besieged group of people defend their turf against a group of motorcyclists. The long-awaited fourth film is coming out this May, but with Tom Hardy taking over for Mel Gibson. 

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