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 No brainer. It's not an action movie without some explosions; the bigger the better!
Too Many Bullets Wait... since when can you shoot a revolver 75 times without reloading?
Just a Flesh Wound Don't worry! I just barely got hit, I'm still cool to save the day.
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...
Jump Through Glass Window Plate glass windows can't stop me!
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 coming with me." "Say hello to my little friend!" You get the idea...
Last Second Bomb Dismantle Cut the green wire... no wait! The red one!
Tragic Backstory Backstory, AKA plot exposition that only serves to distract from the explosions.
Single Punch Knockout Ever tried knocking someone out in one punch? Me neither, but the movies make it look really easy.
He's Dead... Right? No need to put that final bullet in his head; I'm pretty much certain he's dead... right?
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??
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.
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!
"He's Mine!" My need to settle the score trumps the practicality of killing this guy, so back off!
Gratuitous Nudity Yes, I'm sure having all the fight scenes take place in a strip club was a plot driven, artistic choice.
Plans for the Future Just two days until retirement, what could possibly go wrong?
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!
Return from the Dead Oops! Maybe we should've confirmed that guy was dead before we went about our business.
Cliffhanger Want to know what happens next? You'll need to shell out another $15 when we release Part Two!
Eurotrash Europeans make the best villains, don't they?
Save the Villain Finally got the bad guy into a compromising position! On second thought... let's be friends? That definitely won't backfire...
not on the list? add item #22
List Rules: Cliches, cliches, cliches. Vote for the ones that you agree are in most action movies.