Action Cliches You See In Every Action Movie  

BrettDahlenburg
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List Rules Cliches, cliches, cliches. Vote for the ones that you agree are in most action movies.

Nary a soul is immune to the adrenaline pumping joy of a great action movie. Explosion laden escapist fare is so popular that you'd think that's all moviegoers want to see these days. But let's get real (reel?): with so many action movies in existence, there are bound to be some repeated ideas.

Some of these ideas are recalled so often they reach the level of cliché; be it jumping through a plate glass window, a single punch knockout, or gratuitous nudity, this list is full of the best, the worst, and the most often seen action movie cliches. Vote up your favorites or add a few you think were left out.

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Explosions is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Cliches You See In Every Action Movie
Explosions No brainer. It's not an action movie without some explosions; the bigger the better!

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Too Many Bullets is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Cliches You See In Every Action Movie
Too Many Bullets Wait... since when can you shoot a revolver 75 times without reloading?

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Just a Flesh Wound is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Cliches You See In Every Action Movie
Just a Flesh Wound Don't worry! I just barely got hit, I'm still cool to save the day.

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Jump Through Glass Window is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Cliches You See In Every Action Movie
Jump Through Glass Window Plate glass windows can't stop me!

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Monologuing is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Cliches You See In Every Action Movie
Monologuing Instead of killing you, I'm going to take this moment to tell you about all my evil plans. It would be pretty awkward if you escaped somehow...

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Last Second Bomb Dismantle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Cliches You See In Every Action Movie
Last Second Bomb Dismantle Cut the green wire... no wait! The red one!

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Catchy One-liners is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Cliches You See In Every Action Movie
Catchy One-liners "I'll be back." "No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die." "This is Sparta!" "Yippee Ki Yay mother***er!" "Get off my plane!" "Welcome to Earth." "Dead or alive, you're ...

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Tragic Backstory is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Cliches You See In Every Action Movie
Tragic Backstory Backstory, AKA plot exposition that only serves to distract from the explosions.

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Single Punch Knockout is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Cliches You See In Every Action Movie
Single Punch Knockout Ever tried knocking someone out in one punch? Me neither, but the movies make it look really easy.

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He's Dead... Right? is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Cliches You See In Every Action Movie
He's Dead... Right? No need to put that final bullet in his head; I'm pretty much certain he's dead... right?

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Impervious to Bullets is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Cliches You See In Every Action Movie
Impervious to Bullets How many times do we have to shoot this guy? And why can we never manage to hit him in the head? What's going on here??

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Desperately Trying to Warn Som... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Cliches You See In Every Action Movie
Desperately Trying to Warn Someone Apparently, it is impossible to warn someone about their impending doom in an action movie... that was bad timing to leave your cell phone in that cab.

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Backstabbing Sidekick is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Cliches You See In Every Action Movie
Backstabbing Sidekick Double-crossed! I would have never suspected that the person living in my shadow was somehow resentful of all the attention I've been getting!

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"He's Mine!" is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Cliches You See In Every Action Movie
"He's Mine!" My need to settle the score trumps the practicality of killing this guy, so back off!

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Gratuitous Nudity is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Cliches You See In Every Action Movie
Gratuitous Nudity Yes, I'm sure having all the fight scenes take place in a strip club was a plot driven, artistic choice.

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Too Old for This Sh*t is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Cliches You See In Every Action Movie
Too Old for This Sh*t Danny Glover wasn't the only one. Plenty of old-timers are still suiting up for big action movies. I'm looking at you, Schwarzenegger! 

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Plans for the Future is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Cliches You See In Every Action Movie
Plans for the Future Just two days until retirement, what could possibly go wrong?

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Cliffhanger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Cliches You See In Every Action Movie
Cliffhanger Want to know what happens next? You'll need to shell out another $15 when we release Part Two!

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Return from the Dead is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Cliches You See In Every Action Movie
Return from the Dead Oops! Maybe we should've confirmed that guy was dead before we went about our business.

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Eurotrash is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Cliches You See In Every Action Movie
Eurotrash Europeans make the best villains, don't they? 

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Save the Villain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Cliches You See In Every Action Movie
Save the Villain Finally got the bad guy into a compromising position! On second thought... let's be friends? That definitely won't backfire...