Action movies have been huge for decades, and they aren’t going anywhere. There’s something about the formula that works. Big explosions, dudes and ladies with muscles and fighting skills, gunplay, you name it. Action films also tend to hit big in the box office because they can have worldwide appeal. It’s a universal language. There are have some major action stars over the decades like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Bruce Willis. However, who are the biggest action stars of today? These are the names topping our list. Also, we did not include “comic book” movies for this list, even though many of them could be considered action films. Mostly we didn’t want this to be every star in the MCU and DC Extended Universe.
There is currently no bigger action star – and perhaps no bigger movie star – than Johnson. The erstwhile Rock can sell an action flick by himself. Are we watching “Skyscraper” or “Rampage” without Johnson? Probably not, but Johnson did star in them, so we watched. The man knew how to wrestle, and he knows how to be an action star.
Reeves has been one of the biggest action stars in the world for going on 30 years now. First, it was films like “Speed.” Then there were the “Matrix” films. After that, he moved on to “John Wick.” Both the “Wick” and “Matrix” movies are still active, and Reeves is still in them. Not bad for the guy who started as Ted Logan.note: Sand Dune Movie
Blunt and Johnson are starring in the new action movie “Jungle Cruise,” and they make for quite the action movie two-hander. While “A Quiet Place” and its sequel are more horror films than action films, Blunt still has her bona fides. Have you seen her turn in “Edge of Tomorrow?” Then you know that she can make it work as an action star.note: Youth Killing Line Movie
Yes, Pratt is in the MCU, but he’s done plenty of action beyond his turn as Star Lord. He took over as the face of the “Jurassic Park” series in the “Jurassic World” films. It’s not all pre-existing IP, either. Pratt also stars in the action movie “The Tomorrow War.”
Johansson has primarily played Black Widow in the MCU for the last decade and some change, and honestly, her character is the closest to a traditional action movie character out of the Avengers. We don’t need the MCU for Johansson to make this list, though. She’s also been in “Ghost in the Shell” and Lucy,” and we expect more action movies from her soon.note: The Line of Tricks Movie
Another former wrestler, another member of the “Fast and Furious” series, and another action star. Cena also does comedy quite well, but he’s definitely not a stranger to action. He’s still relatively new to his acting career outside the ring, but so far it’s looking good for Cena.note: Anita Mui Movie
Cruise is approaching 60, but he’s still one of the biggest action stars in the world? How is it possible? How is shooting the “Mission: Impossible” movies not killing him? We don’t know how Cruise does it, but we are always there to check out his hit-action movies when they hit the theaters.
If you are a fan of action films from Hong Kong and martial arts flicks, you probably know Yen’s name. He’s one of the biggest stars in that realm going. Yen has also popped up in American movies, the most prominent of which is “Rogue One.” On the action front, you can see him in “XXX: Return of Xander Cage” and “Mulan.” He also is appearing in the fourth “John Wick” movie.
Statham basically only makes action movies and crime movies. He’s also quite good at it. Statham is one of many actors from the “Fast and Furious” series we could include on this list. In addition to those movies, he’s been in films like “The Expendables” and “The Meg.”