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The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies

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Given it's an inherently cheesy genre, all action films are kind of guilty pleasures. However, the corny action films below add an extra layer of absurdity that makes you a little ashamed to admit you love them. But, hey! You're not always in the mood for a thought provoking film that requires unpacking after viewing. (Or are you?) Sometimes, you just want something easy, and these films should suffice! 

What makes bad action movies so enjoyable? The genre, by nature, is over the top. This means when action movies fail, they do so spectacularly, granting you the hate watching experience of a lifetime. Some of the cheesiest movies of all time are poorly executed action films. Dumb action movies often involve terrible CGI, bad performances, and plot lines so absurd even the most gullible viewers can't suspend their disbelief. These flicks are the type you simply love to hate. Browse the list below to find the best guilty pleasure action movies for you!

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  • Predator1
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    Predator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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  • Commando2
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    Commando

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alyssa Milano

    Released1985

    Directed byMark L. Lester

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  • True Lies3
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    True Lies

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku

    Released1994

    Directed byJames Cameron

    True Lies is a 1994 American action-comedy film written and directed by James Cameron, and... more on Wikipedia
  • Face/Off4
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    Face/Off

    John Travolta, Nicolas Cage

    Released1997

    Directed byJohn Woo

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  • Independence Day5
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    Independence Day

    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1996

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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  • Con Air6
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    Con Air

    Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich

    Released1997

    Directed bySimon West

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  • The Running Man7
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    The Running Man

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Brown

    Released1987

    Directed byPaul Michael Glaser

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  • The Fast and the Furious8
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    The Fast and the Furious

    Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez

    Released2001

    Directed byRob Cohen

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  • Rambo: First Blood Part II9
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    Rambo: First Blood Part II

    Sylvester Stallone, Charles Napier

    Released1985

    Directed byGeorge P. Cosmatos

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  • Deep Blue Sea10
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    Deep Blue Sea

    Samuel L. Jackson, LL Cool J

    Released1999

    Directed byRenny Harlin

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  • Armageddon11
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    Armageddon

    Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis

    Released1998

    Directed byMichael Bay

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  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines12
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    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Claire Danes

    Released2003

    Directed byJonathan Mostow

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  • Mortal Kombat13
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    Mortal Kombat

    Bridgette Wilson, Frank Welker

    Released1995

    Directed byPaul W. S. Anderson

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  • I, Robot14
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    I, Robot

    Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf

    Released2004

    Directed byAlex Proyas

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  • XXX15
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    XXX

    Samuel L. Jackson, Vin Diesel

    Released2002

    Directed byRob Cohen

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  • Batman Forever16
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    Batman Forever

    Nicole Kidman, Drew Barrymore

    Released1995

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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  • Last Action Hero17
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    Last Action Hero

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tina Turner

    Released1993

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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  • Transformers18
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    Transformers

    Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf

    Released2007

    Directed byMichael Bay

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  • Timecop19
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    Timecop

    Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara

    Released1994

    Directed byPeter Hyams

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  • Primeval20
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    Primeval

    Dominic Purcell, Brooke Langton

    Released2007

    Directed byMichael Katleman

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  • Lake Placid21
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    Lake Placid

    Betty White, Mariska Hargitay

    Released1999

    Directed bySteve Miner

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  • Waterworld22
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    Waterworld

    Kevin Costner, Jack Black

    Released1995

    Directed byKevin Costner, Kevin Reynolds

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  • Death Wish23
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    Death Wish

    Jeff Goldblum, Charles Bronson

    Released1974

    Directed byMichael Winner

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  • Species24
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    Species

    Michelle Williams, Ben Kingsley

    Released1995

    Directed byRoger Donaldson

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  • Man of Steel25
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    Man of Steel

    Henry Cavill, Amy Adams

    Released2013

    Directed byZack Snyder

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