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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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.
"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...
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!
Last Second Bomb Dismantle
Cut the green wire... no wait! The red one!
He's Dead... Right?
No need to put that final bullet in his head; I'm pretty much certain he's dead... right?
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.
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??
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!
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.
My need to settle the score trumps the practicality of killing this guy, so back off!
Yes, I'm sure having all the fight scenes take place in a strip club was a plot driven, artistic choice.
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!
Plans for the Future
Just two days until retirement, what could possibly go wrong?
Return from the Dead
Oops! Maybe we should've confirmed that guy was dead before we went about our business.
Want to know what happens next? You'll need to shell out another $15 when we release Part Two!
Save the Villain
Finally got the bad guy into a compromising position! On second thought... let's be friends? That definitely won't backfire...
Europeans make the best villains, don't they?