Plot Holes That Will Ruin Your Favorite Action Movies 

Renee Engelberth
Updated June 14, 2019 3.8k votes 753 voters 47.6k views 20 items

List Rules Upvote the most glaring plot holes in action movies - the ones that are hardest to ignore.

Everyone knows that, generally speaking, action movies are not to be taken seriously. When you go to the movie theater to check out a film about an alien invasion or people fighting off killer robots, you're probably there to get pumped and feel the thrill of carnage and destruction, not to dissect and scrutinize the film’s idiosyncrasies and errors… but that doesn’t mean that action movies are free of plot holes - some even feature the worst plot holes in any film of any genre.

Over the years, you’ve probably noticed some rather puzzling unanswered questions in some of your own favorite flicks, likely finding the biggest plot holes in action movies (if you can’t plug yourself into the Matrix, then how did Cypher sneak in to make a shady deal with Agent Smith?) As this list proves, there just might be more plot holes in action movies than any other kind of film out there. 

So which of these action movie plot holes do you find the most offensive and which ones can you forgive? Vote up the ones you can stand and vote down those you can look past.
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Slither is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Plot Holes That Will Ruin Your Favorite Action Movies
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Film: Slither

When Starla begins to get suspicious of her husband's activities in Slither, she decides to bust the lock off the basement and have a look at what he's hiding - she discovers a room full of rotting meat and dead animal carcasses, reeling from the stench. But no matter how thick those basement walls were, the smell of that much carnage would have permeated the entire house.

Actors: Elizabeth Banks, Jenna Fischer, Rob Zombie, Nathan Fillion, Michael Rooker, + more

Released: 2006

Directed by: James Gunn

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Spider-Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Plot Holes That Will Ruin Your Favorite Action Movies
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Film: Spider-Man 2

In exchange for the precious metal that Doc Octopus wants, Harry Osbourne demands that Spider-Man be brought to him; Harry tells Doc that to find Spider-Man he has to find Peter Parker. When Doc does find Peter, he hurls a car at him while sitting in a café with Mary Jane. Sure he dodged it - he’s Spider-Man… but how could Doc have known that?

Actors: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Alfred Molina, Rosemary Harris, + more

Released: 2004

Directed by: Sam Raimi

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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Plot Holes That Will Ruin Your Favorite Action Movies
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Film: Back to the Future

In Back to the Future, Marty and Doc reason that they can use a bolt of lightning to charge the time machine so Marty can get back to his time. Since Marty is from the future, he knows that lightning burnt out the clock on a certain day at a certain time, down to the minute - but not the second - and they plan to use that to their advantage. Trouble is, if a lightning strike lasts a fraction of a second, isn’t sixty seconds a pretty large margin of error?

Actors: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Billy Zane, + more

Released: 1985

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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Iron Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Plot Holes That Will Ruin Your Favorite Action Movies
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Film: Iron Man 3

Tony Stark is a genius who designed all of his Iron Man suits to the specifications of his height and other bodily dimensions. And yet, throughout Iron Man 3, a variety of other people get to wear the suits with no problems whatsoever.

Actors: Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, + more

Released: 2013

Directed by: Shane Black

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