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The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies 

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Updated August 14, 2019 1.1k votes 119 voters 3.1k views 35 items

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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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Predator is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

Released: 1987

Directed by: John McTiernan

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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Commando is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Gabriel Esparza added Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alyssa Milano, Bill Paxton

Released: 1985

Directed by: Mark L. Lester

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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Face/Off is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Gina Gershon

Released: 1997

Directed by: John Woo

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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True Lies is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
carlybobarly added Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku, Jamie Lee Curtis

Released: 1994

Directed by: James Cameron

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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The Running Man is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura

Released: 1987

Directed by: Paul Michael Glaser

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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Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Gabriel Esparza added Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

Released: 1996

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

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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Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler

Released: 1998

Directed by: Michael Bay

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Deep Blue Sea is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Samuel L. Jackson, LL Cool J, Thomas Jane

Released: 1999

Directed by: Renny Harlin

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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Rambo: First Blood Part ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Gabriel Esparza added Sylvester Stallone, Charles Napier, Richard Crenna

Released: 1985

Directed by: George P. Cosmatos

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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The Fast and the Furious... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster

Released: 2001

Directed by: Rob Cohen

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Con Air is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi

Released: 1997

Directed by: Simon West

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Transformers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Odette Annable

Released: 2007

Directed by: Michael Bay

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Terminator 3: Rise of th... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Claire Danes, Kristanna Loken

Released: 2003

Directed by: Jonathan Mostow

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Batman Forever is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Nicole Kidman, Drew Barrymore, Jim Carrey

Released: 1995

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

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I, Robot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf, Bridget Moynahan

Released: 2004

Directed by: Alex Proyas

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XXX is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Samuel L. Jackson, Vin Diesel, Eve

Released: 2002

Directed by: Rob Cohen

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Last Action Hero is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tina Turner, Sharon Stone

Released: 1993

Directed by: John McTiernan

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) 18 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Betty White, Mariska Hargitay, Bridget Fonda

Released: 1999

Directed by: Steve Miner

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Waterworld is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Kevin Costner, Jack Black, Dennis Hopper

Released: 1995

Directed by: Kevin Costner, Kevin Reynolds

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Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Gabriel Esparza added Bridgette Wilson, Frank Welker, Talisa Soto

Released: 1995

Directed by: Paul W. S. Anderson

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Timecop is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Gabriel Esparza added Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara, Ron Silver

Released: 1994

Directed by: Peter Hyams

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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

Released: 2013

Directed by: Zack Snyder

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Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Gabriel Esparza added Kylie Minogue, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Ming-Na Wen

Released: 1994

Directed by: Steven E. de Souza

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Death Wish is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
HarryBerman added Jeff Goldblum, Charles Bronson, Christopher Guest

Released: 1974

Directed by: Michael Winner

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Species is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
HarryBerman added Michelle Williams, Ben Kingsley, Natasha Henstridge

Released: 1995

Directed by: Roger Donaldson

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