If there is a movie genre that thrills many people and keeps them glued to their screens, its action movies. The main character or characters usually take part in a series of events that entail mostly violence, fights, and frantic chases. Many fans watch action movies because they are so thrilling to watch, expecting explosions, car chases, incredible stunts and much more.

Usually these films all include some types of weapons from guns, daggers, swords, to even grenades, and rocket launchers. To help keep actors safe on set, weapon and gun replicas replace real weapons. Often airsoft replicas are used due to their similarity to the real weapons.

While there have been many great actors over the years who have led fantastic action movies, here are just some of the staple actors that appear time and time again. 

Jason Statham

Born on July 26, 1967, Jason Statham is an English actor and film producer. Many of his movies come with great action-thrilling scenes that are eye-catching and full of suspense. His characters are described as Machiavellian and portraying things out of this world. His acting skills were attributed to the fact that he began taking part in karate, kickboxing, and kung fu while he was young, which sharpened each day. Some of his most notable action movies include Crank (2006) where he plays an adrenaline-fueled assassin, and also Furious 7 (2015) where he plays villain Deckard Shaw. He’s also teamed up with a variety of other action movie stars such as Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris, and more, in The Expendables film trilogy.

Slyvestor Stallone

Although he’s now in his seventies, Slyvestor Stallone is still making action movies to this day. Over the years he has starred in many great action film series including The Expendables and Rocky. One of the best film roles that he is most known for is playing Rambo in the Rambo film franchise. Starring in five films from the 1980s to 2019, Rambo is an unstoppable killing machine and can use different strikes, kicks, and movements to defeat his enemies. He also can turn anything around him into a deadly weapon. From First Blood (1982) to Last Blood (2019), there’s just no stopping Stallone when it comes to playing this well-known character.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Another long running actor of the big screen has been Arnold Schwarzenegger. During his film career he has starred in many different movies, from comedies to action films. One of his most iconic roles was in the Terminator franchise as, well, the Terminator. Since the first film in 1984, there have been six films in the series so far with Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) being the latest. Even decades after the first one, he still impresses on the big screen as his character. Other great action movies that Arnold Schwarzenegger has starred in over the years have been Conan The Barbarian (1982), True Lies (1994) and Predator (1987).

Dwayne Johnson

In the early 2000s, retired professional wrestler Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson started his acting career in film. His first leading role would be in an action adventure film The Scorpion King in 2002. Since then, he has starred in a range of films, including family films like Moana (2016), Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (2017) and Tooth Fairy (2010). But one of the popular genres that he excels at is action films. Over the years The Rock has starred in many thrilling action movies, some of his best movies according to IMDb being Fast Five (2011), Pain & Gain (2013), and Faster (2010). Worldwide his films have grossed over $10.5b, making The Rock one of the highest-grossing actors of all time.