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The Funniest Action Parody Movies 

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Updated October 1, 2019 532 votes 78 voters 3.3k views 20 items

List Rules Vote up the funniest comedies that most expertly spoof the traditional action genre movie.

 

The funniest action spoofs combine big explosions with even bigger laughs. The top action parody movies find the funny in the ridiculousness of the action film genre and its stereotypical scenarios. This is a list of the greatest funny action parodies, including everything from Shaun of the Dead to Airplane! to Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.

What films will you find on this list of the best action spoof movies? Tropic Thunder follows a group of actors who find themselves in real danger while filming a war movie. Ben Stiller co-wrote, directed, and starred in this 2008 comedy, which also stars Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Steve Coogan, and more. This Is the End is another hilarious, star-filled movie that pokes fun at the action genre. Action spoof master Simon Pegg took on police mysteries with his 2007 movie Hot Fuzz. Other good films featured on this list include Galaxy Quest, Johnny English, and A Million Ways to Die in the West.

It's up to you to decide which of these spoofs deserves the top spot on the list. Vote your picks up to number one, and please add any great comedies that are missing.

 

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Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Action Parody Movies
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen, Ethel Merman

Released: 1980

Directed by: Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker

Airplane! is a 1980 American satirical disaster comedy film directed and written by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker and released by Paramount Pictures. It stars Robert Hays and ...more

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The Naked Gun: From the ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Action Parody Movies
O. J. Simpson, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Reggie Jackson

Released: 1988

Directed by: David Zucker

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! is a 1988 American comedy film. It is the first in The Naked Gun series of films starring Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy, and O. ...more

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Shaun of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Action Parody Movies
Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg, Bill Nighy

Released: 2004

Directed by: Edgar Wright

Shaun of the Dead is a 2004 British horror comedy film directed by Edgar Wright and written by Wright and Simon Pegg, and starring Pegg and Nick Frost. Pegg plays Shaun, a man attempting to get ...more

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Austin Powers: Internati... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Action Parody Movies
Elizabeth Hurley, Will Ferrell, Carrie Fisher

Released: 1997

Directed by: Jay Roach

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery is a 1997 American action comedy film and the first installment of the Austin Powers series. It was directed by Jay Roach and written by Mike Myers, ...more

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Hot Fuzz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Action Parody Movies
Cate Blanchett, Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg

Released: 2007

Directed by: Edgar Wright

Hot Fuzz is a 2007 British action comedy parody film directed by Edgar Wright, written by Wright and Simon Pegg, and starring Pegg and Nick Frost. The film follows two police officers attempting ...more

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The Naked Gun 2½:... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Action Parody Movies
O. J. Simpson, Leslie Nielsen, Zsa Zsa Gábor

Released: 1991

Directed by: David Zucker

The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear is a 1991 comedy film starring Leslie Nielsen as the comically bumbling Police Lt. Frank Drebin of Police Squad!. Priscilla Presley plays the role of ...more

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Hot Shots! is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Action Parody Movies
Hot Shots! Charlie Sheen, Cary Elwes, Valeria Golino
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Austin Powers: The Spy W... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Action Parody Movies
Elizabeth Hurley, Heather Graham, Will Ferrell

Released: 1999

Directed by: Jay Roach

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me is a 1999 action comedy film and the second film in the Austin Powers series. It is preceded by the original film, Austin Powers: International Man of ...more

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Galaxy Quest is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Action Parody Movies
Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen

Released: 1999

Directed by: Dean Parisot

Galaxy Quest is a 1999 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Dean Parisot and written by David Howard and Robert Gordon. The film follows the adventures of a troupe of actors ...more

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Tropic Thunder is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Action Parody Movies
Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr.

Released: 2008

Directed by: Ben Stiller

Tropic Thunder is a 2008 American action satire comedy film directed by Ben Stiller. Through a series of freak occurrences, a group of actors shooting a big-budget war movie are forced to become ...more

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Hot Shots! Part Deux is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Action Parody Movies
Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen, Rowan Atkinson

Released: 1993

Directed by: Jim Abrahams

Hot Shots! Part Deux is a 1993 comedy/parody film, and a sequel to the 1991 comedy Hot Shots!. The sequel primarily spoofs the 1988 action film Rambo III. Directed again by Jim Abrahams, the ...more

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Austin Powers: Goldmembe... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Action Parody Movies
Britney Spears, Beyoncé Knowles, Tom Cruise

Released: 2002

Directed by: Jay Roach

Austin Powers in Goldmember is a 2002 American spy comedy film. It is the third installment of the Austin Powers film series starring Mike Myers in the title role. The film was directed by Jay ...more

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Loaded Weapon 1 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Action Parody Movies
Charlie Sheen, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson

Released: 1993

Directed by: Gene Quintano

National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 is a 1993 omedy film, directed by Gene Quintano and starring Emilio Estevez, Samuel L. Jackson and William Shatner. The film mainly spoofs the first three ...more

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This Is the End is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Action Parody Movies
James Franco, Jonah Hill, Rogen

Released: 2013

Directed by: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen

This Is the End is a 2013 American disaster comedy film directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and an adaptation of their 2007 short film Jay and Seth versus the Apocalypse. After a series of ...more

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Wrongfully Accused is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Action Parody Movies
Kelly LeBrock, Leslie Nielsen, Sandra Bernhard

Released: 1998

Directed by: Pat Proft

Wrongfully Accused is a 1998 comedy film starring Leslie Nielsen as a man who has been framed and desperately attempts to expose the true culprits.
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Spy Hard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Action Parody Movies
Hulk Hogan, Ray Charles, Nicollette Sheridan

Released: 1996

Directed by: Rick Friedberg

Spy Hard is a 1996 American spy comedy film parody starring Leslie Nielsen and Nicollette Sheridan, parodying James Bond films and other action films. The introduction to the movie is sung by ...more

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MacGruber is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Action Parody Movies
Val Kilmer, Kristen Wiig, Chris Jericho (Fozzy)*

Released: 2010

Directed by: Jorma Taccone

MacGruber is a 2010 American action comedy film based on the Saturday Night Live sketch of the same name, itself a parody of action-adventure television series MacGyver. Jorma Taccone of the ...more
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Johnny English is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Action Parody Movies
John Malkovich, Natalie Imbruglia, Rowan Atkinson

Released: 2003

Directed by: Peter Howitt

Johnny English is a 2003 British comedy film parodying the James Bond secret agent genre. The film stars Rowan Atkinson, Ben Miller and John Malkovich. Atkinson had previously appeared in the ...more

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Superhero Movie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Action Parody Movies
Pamela Anderson, Lil' Kim, Kevin Hart

Released: 2008

Directed by: Craig Mazin

Superhero Movie is a 2008 American comedy spoof film written and directed by Craig Mazin, produced by David Zucker and Robert K. Weiss, and starring Drake Bell, Sara Paxton, Christopher ...more
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A Million Ways to Die in... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Action Parody Movies
Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Sarah Silverman

Released: 2014

Directed by: Seth MacFarlane

This film is a 2014 American western comedy film directed by Seth MacFarlane. As a cowardly farmer (Seth MacFarlane) begins to fall for the mysterious new woman (Charlize Theron) in town, he ...more

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