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Poll: The Greatest Action Movie Director of All Time

Crash! Bang! Wallop! Who, in your opinion, is the greatest action movie director of all time?

Special Mentions

The following people are considered fine action movie directors but didn't quite make the list:

Buster Keaton, William Wyler, Martin Campbell, Joe Carnahan, Louis Leterrier, George Miller, Guy Ritchie

Discuss the list here

Make Your Choice

  1. Vote!

    James Cameron

    Known for:

    The Terminator


    The Abyss

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    True Lies



  2. Vote!

    John McTiernan

    Known for:


    Die Hard

    The Hunt for Red October

    Last Action Hero

    Die Hard: With a Vengeance

    The 13th Warrior


  3. Vote!

    Tony Scott

    Known for:

    Top Gun

    Beverly Hills Cop II

    Days of Thunder

    The Last Boy Scout

    Crimson Tide

    Enemy of the State

    Spy Game

    Man on Fire

    Deja Vu

    The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

  4. Vote!

    Ridley Scott

    Known for:

    Blade Runner

    Black Rain


    Black Hawk Down

    Kingdom of Heaven

    Body of Lies


  5. Vote!

    John Woo

    Known for:

    The Young Dragons

    A Better Tomorrow

    A Better Tomorrow II

    The Killer

    Just Heroes

    Bullet in the Head

    Hard Boiled

    Hard Target

    Broken Arrow


    Mission: Impossible II



    Red Cliff

    Red Cliff II

  6. Vote!

    Michael Bay

    Known for:

    Bad Boys

    The Rock

    Bad Boys II


    Pearl Harbor

    The Island


    Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

    Transformers: Dark of the Moon

    Pain and Gain

    Transformers: Age of Extinction

  7. Vote!

    Woo-Ping Yuen

    Known for:

    Snake in the Eagle's Shadow

    Drunken Master

    Dance of the Drunken Mantis

    The Miracle Fighters

    Last Hero in China

    Drunken Tai Chi

    Iron Monkey

    True Legend

  8. Vote!

    Hark Tsui

    Known for:

    Once Upon a Time in China

    Once Upon a Time in China II

    Once Upon a Time in China III

    Once Upon a Time in China V

    Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

  9. Vote!

    Paul Greengrass

    Known for:

    The Bourne Supremacy

    The Bourne Ultimatum

    Green Zone

  10. Vote!

    Sam Peckinpah

    Known for:

    The Wild Bunch

    The Getaway

    Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

    The Killer Elite

  11. Vote!

    Wolfgang Petersen

    Known for:

    Das Boot

    Enemy Mine


    In the Line of Fire

    Air Force One


  12. Vote!

    Walter Hill

    Known for:

    The Driver

    The Warriors

    48 Hrs.

    Red Heat

    Last Man Standing

    Bullet to the Head

  13. Vote!

    Michael Mann

    Known for:


    The Last of the Mohicans



    Miami Vice


  14. Vote!

    Richard Donner

    Known for:


    Lethal Weapon

    Lethal Weapon 2

    Lethal Weapon 3

    Lethal Weapon 4

    16 Blocks

  15. Vote!

    Paul Verhoeven

    Known for:


    Total Recall

    Starship Troopers

  16. Vote!

    Gareth Evans

    Known for:

    The Raid: Redemption

    The Raid 2


  17. Vote!

    David Ayer

    Known for:

    Harsh Times

    Street Kings

    End of Watch



  18. Vote!

    Sylvester Stallone

    Known for:

    Rocky II

    Rocky III

    Rocky Balboa


    The Expendables

  19. Vote!

    Doug Liman

    Known for:

    The Bourne Identity

    Mr. & Mrs. Smith

    Edge of Tomorrow

  20. Vote!

    Justin Lin

    Known for:

    The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

    Fast & Furious

    Fast Five

    Fast & Furious 6

  21. Vote!

    Christopher Nolan

    Known for:

    Batman Begins

    The Dark Knight


    The Dark Knight Rises

  22. Vote!

    Steven Spielberg

    Known for:

    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    Jurassic Park

    The Lost World: Jurassic Park

    Saving Private Ryan

    War of the Worlds

    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

    The Adventures of Tintin

  23. Vote!

    Antoine Fuqua

    Known for:

    Training Day

    The Equalizer

    Olympus Has Fallen


  24. Vote!

    Matthew Vaughn

    Known for:

    X-Men: First Class


    Kingsman: The Secret Service

  25. Vote!

    Stephen Chow

    Known for:

    Kung Fu Hustle

    Shaolin Soccer

    From Beijing with Love

  26. Vote!

    Jaume Collet-Serra

    Known for:



    Run All Night

  27. Vote!

    Simon West

    Known for:

    Con Air

    Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

    The Mechanic

    The Expendables 2


    Wild Card

  28. Vote!

    Roland Emmerich

    Known for:

    Universal Soldier


    Independence Day

    The Day After Tomorrow

    White House Down

  29. Vote!

    Guillermo del Toro

    Known for:


    Hellboy II: The Golden Army

    Pacific Rim

  30. Vote!

    Kathryn Bigelow

    Known for:

    Point Break

    Blue Steel

    Strange Days

  31. Vote!

    Akira Kurosawa

    Known for:

    Seven Samurai

    Throne of Blood


  32. Vote!

    Sam Raimi

    Known for:


    The Quick and the Dead


    Spider-Man 2

    Spider-Man 3

  33. Vote!

    Bryan Singer

    Known for:


    X-Men 2

    Superman Returns

    X-Men: Days of Future Past

  34. Vote!

    John Sturges

    Known for:

    The Great Escape

    The Magnificent Seven

    The Eagle Has Landed

    Joe Kidd


    Gunfight at the O.K. Corrall

    Escape from Fort Bravo

  35. Vote!

    Robert Aldrich

    Known for:

    The Dirty Dozen

    The Longest Yard

    The Flight of the Phoenix

    Ten Seconds to Hell

    ...All the Marbles

    The Choirboys

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