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20 Bad Action Movies That Are Actually Good

April 13, 2020 19.2k votes 1.9k voters 31k views20 items

There are days when you just want to hang out on the couch and throw on an action movie that’s so bad that it’s good. It can be hard to find a movie that has the perfect bad/good ratio, but thanks to Rotten Tomatoes it’s easier than ever to find the best bad action movies that are good. These action movies may not be critically acclaimed but they hold a special place in the hearts of action fans.

These so bad they’re good action films don’t stick to one specific era. Hollywood has been making over the top movies that focus more on action than story for decades and some of the worst offenders are actually the best to watch when you’re having a rough day. Whether you like your action mixed with science fiction or gymnastics there’s something on here that’s going to bake your noodle. 

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    When Army captain Frank Dux goes AWOL and travels to Hong Kong to take part in a deadly underground tournament he runs into some of the meanest fighters on the planet. Bloodsport is one of the many films made by Cannon in the 1980s that's just pure ridiculous action.

    Whether you like lengthy training montages, lengthy fight scenes, or watching Jean Claude Van Damme do the splits again and again this movie has it all. Honestly what else do you want from a movie called Bloodsport?

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

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  • Conan the Destroyer gets a bad rap for not being as ambitious as its predecessor. It's rare that a sword and sandals action flick is well received and it's even more rare for a sequel to stand up under scrutiny but decades after its release it's clear that the filmmakers just threw logic out the window and made a truly bonkers movie.

    Aside from the normal cast of Conan characters there's a mirror demon, a wizard,  a virgin princess, a sex demon, and Kareem Abdul Jabar all just running around in the movie.What the film lacks in logic it more than makes up for in excitement.

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 26%

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  • The follow up to Rush Hour was never going to be as good as the original but that's no reason to fault this genuinely fun movie. The biggest sin that Rush Hour 2 commits is trying to recreate the gags from the first film rather than do its own thing.

    The movie is basically an inversion of the first film with Chris Tucker working as a fish out of water in Hong Kong. Some of the stuff in this movie will make you face palm so hard but that's just a part of the fun.

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

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  • Both the Alien and Predator franchises have a few stellar films in their respective franchises. Bringing the two creatures together didn't bring critical accolades but the combination does make for a very enjoyable movie.

    Alien vs. Predator is gives the audience the best of both worlds: a group of researchers are stuck in an arctic pyramid with xenomorphs and predators, whoever wins we lose. It's not high art but it delivers, and if you like the film enough to explore its sequel you won't be disappointed. Both of the films in this sub-franchise absolutely tear it up. 

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 21%

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