Action 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. 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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Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler Armageddon is a 1998 American science fiction disaster thriller film, directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and released by Touchstone Pictures. The film follows a group of ...more

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True Lies is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
carlybobarly added Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku, Jamie Lee Curtis True Lies is a 1994 American action-comedy film written and directed by James Cameron, and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis in the lead roles with Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton, ...more

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Con Air is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi Con Air is a 1997 American action film directed by Simon West and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, producer of The Rock. It stars Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, and John Malkovich. The film borrows ...more

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The Running Man is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura The Running Man is a 1987 American science fiction action film loosely based on the 1982 novel The Running Man, written by Stephen King and published under the pseudonym Richard Bachman. ...more

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Predator is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers Predator is a 1987 American science fiction action film directed by John McTiernan and was distributed by 20th Century Fox. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill ...more

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Transformers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Odette Annable Transformers is a 2007 American science fiction action film directed by Michael Bay, based on the toy line. An ancient struggle between two Cybertronian races, the heroic Autobots and the evil ...more

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Deep Blue Sea is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Samuel L. Jackson, LL Cool J, Thomas Jane Deep Blue Sea is a 1999 science fiction horror film, starring Saffron Burrows, Thomas Jane, LL Cool J, Michael Rapaport, Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson. The film was directed by ...more

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Face/Off is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Gina Gershon Face/Off is a 1997 American science fiction action thriller film directed by John Woo and starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. Travolta is an FBI agent and Cage is a terrorist, sworn enemies ...more

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XXX is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Samuel L. Jackson, Vin Diesel, Eve xXx, pronounced "Triple X", is a 2002 American action film directed by Rob Cohen and starring Vin Diesel as Xander Cage, a thrill seeking extreme sports enthusiast, stuntman and ...more

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Mortal Kombat: Annihilation is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Talisa Soto, Ray Park, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Mortal Kombat: Annihilation is a 1997 American martial arts action film directed by John R. Leonetti. Based on the Mortal Kombat series of fighting games, the film is the sequel to 1995's Mortal ...more

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The Fast and the Furious is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster The Fast and the Furious is a 2001 American street racing action film directed by Rob Cohen and starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster. The film is the first ...more

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Waterworld is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Kevin Costner, Jack Black, Dennis Hopper Waterworld is a 1995 American post-apocalyptic science fiction action film directed by Kevin Reynolds and co-written by Peter Rader and David Twohy. It was based on Rader's original 1986 ...more

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Batman Forever is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Nicole Kidman, Drew Barrymore, Jim Carrey Batman Forever is a 1995 American superhero film directed by Joel Schumacher and produced by Tim Burton, based on the DC Comics character Batman. It is the third installment of the initial ...more

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Last Action Hero is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tina Turner, Sharon Stone Last Action Hero is a 1993 American action-comedy-fantasy film directed and produced by John McTiernan. It is a satire of the action genre and its clichés, containing several parodies of ...more

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Lake Placid is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Betty White, Mariska Hargitay, Bridget Fonda Lake Placid is a 1999 American monster horror comedy film. The film was written by David E. Kelley and directed by Steve Miner, starring Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda, Oliver Platt, Brendan ...more

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Commando is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Gabriel Esparza added Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alyssa Milano, Bill Paxton Commando is a 1985 American action film directed by Mark L. Lester, and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Rae Dawn Chong. The film was released in the United States on October 4, 1985. The film ...more

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Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Gabriel Esparza added Kylie Minogue, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Ming-Na Wen Street Fighter is a 1994 American action film written and directed by Steven E. de Souza. It is based loosely on the video game Street Fighter II, produced by Capcom, and stars Jean-Claude Van ...more

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Rambo: First Blood Part II is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Gabriel Esparza added Sylvester Stallone, Charles Napier, Richard Crenna Rambo: First Blood Part II is a 1985 American action film directed by George P. Cosmatos and starring Sylvester Stallone. Picking up where the first film left, the sequel is set in the context ...more

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Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Gabriel Esparza added Bridgette Wilson, Frank Welker, Talisa Soto Mortal Kombat is a 1995 American fantasy martial arts film written by Kevin Droney, directed by Paul W. S. Anderson, and starring Robin Shou, Linden Ashby, Bridgette Wilson, Christopher Lambert, ...more

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Primeval is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Dominic Purcell, Brooke Langton, Orlando Jones Primeval is a 2007 American horror film which was released on January 12, 2007. The film, starring Dominic Purcell, Brooke Langton, Orlando Jones and Jürgen Prochnow, depicts a team of ...more

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Terminator 3: Rise of the Mach... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Claire Danes, Kristanna Loken Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is a 2003 American science fiction action film, directed by Jonathan Mostow and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes, and Kristanna Loken. ...more

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Man of Steel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon Man of Steel is a 2013 superhero film directed by Zack Snyder, based on the DC Comics character. Clark Kent (Henry Cavill), one of the last of an extinguished race disguised as an unremarkable ...more

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Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Gabriel Esparza added Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox Independence Day is a 1996 American science fiction disaster film co-written and directed by Roland Emmerich. The film stars Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, ...more

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Doom is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Dwayne Johnson, Rosamund Pike, Karl Urban Doom is a 2005 science fiction action film directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak. It is loosely based on the video game series of the same name created by id Software. The film follows a group of ...more

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I, Robot is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf, Bridget Moynahan I, Robot is a 2004 American dystopian science fiction action film directed by Alex Proyas. The screenplay was written by Jeff Vintar and Akiva Goldsman, and is inspired by Isaac Asimov's ...more

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Speed Racer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Christina Ricci, Susan Sarandon, John Goodman Speed Racer is a 2008 American sports action film based on the Japanese anime and manga series of the same name by Tatsunoko Productions. The film was written and directed by The Wachowskis, and ...more

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Jupiter Ascending is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Sean Bean Jupiter Ascending is a 2015 American-Australian space opera film written, produced, and directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski. Starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, the film is centered on ...more

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Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Sylvester Stallone, Ving Rhames, Estelle Getty Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot is a 1992 American buddy cop comedy film directed by Roger Spottiswoode. The film stars Sylvester Stallone and Estelle Getty. The film was released in the United ...more

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Battle: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Shaffer Smith Battle: Los Angeles is a 2011 American military science fiction film directed by Jonathan Liebesman. The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by Chris Bertolini. The film is set in ...more

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The Last Airbender is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Seychelle Gabriel The Last Airbender is a 2010 American fantasy adventure film written, produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. It is based on the first season of the Nickelodeon animated series Avatar: The ...more

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Gamer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Gerard Butler, Ludacris, Michael C. Hall Gamer is a 2009 American science fiction action film written and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. The film stars Gerard Butler as a participant in an online game in which ...more

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Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, Missy Peregrym Catwoman is a 2004 American superhero film directed by Pitof Comar and stars Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, Benjamin Bratt, Lambert Wilson, Frances Conroy and Alex Borstein. The film is loosely ...more