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.
Directed by: Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David ZuckerAirplane! 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 Julie... more
Directed by: David ZuckerThe 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. J.... more
Directed by: David ZuckerThe 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 Jane, with... more
Directed by: Edgar WrightHot 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 to... more
Hot Shots!Charlie Sheen, Cary Elwes
Directed by: Jim AbrahamsHot 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 film... more
Directed by: Dean ParisotGalaxy 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 who... more
Directed by: Edgar WrightShaun of the Dead is a 2004 British horror comedy film directed by Edgar Wright. In a small flat on the outskirts of London, Shaun (Simon Pegg), a 30-something dull loser, must protect his girlfriend... more
Directed by: Ben StillerTropic 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 the... more
Directed by: Jay RoachAustin 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, who... more
Directed by: Jay RoachAustin 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 Roach,... more
Directed by: Jay RoachAustin 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 Mystery... more
Directed by: Gene QuintanoNational Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 is a 1993 comedy film, directed by Gene Quintano and starring Emilio Estevez, Samuel L. Jackson and William Shatner. The film mainly spoofs the first three Lethal... more
Directed by: Pat ProftWrongfully Accused is a 1998 comedy film starring Leslie Nielsen as a man who has been framed and desperately attempts to expose the true culprits.... more
Directed by: Peter HowittJohnny 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 1983... more
Directed by: Evan Goldberg, Seth RogenThis 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
Directed by: Rick FriedbergSpy 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 comedy... more
Directed by: Jorma TacconeMacGruber 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 comedy... more
Directed by: Seth MacFarlaneThis 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 must put... more
Directed by: Craig MazinSuperhero 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 McDonald, and... more