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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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Predator is listed (or ranked) 1 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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#139 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #68 of 336 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetimefeaturing Somehow, Making Predator Was WAY More Insane Than The Actual Movie

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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
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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#47 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #191 of 336 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetimefeaturing Behind-The-Scenes Stories From The Making Of 'Commando'

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The Running Man is listed (or ranked) 3 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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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
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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Rambo: First Blood Part ... is listed (or ranked) 5 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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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
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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Face/Off is listed (or ranked) 7 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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#27 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #336 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #36 of 51 The Most Rewatchable Action Movies

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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
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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#241 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #89 of 569 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time #6 of 135 The Scariest Animal Movies Ever Made

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Con Air is listed (or ranked) 9 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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#12 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #172 of 460 The Most Quotable Movies of All Time #377 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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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
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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#35 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #188 of 410 The Best Rainy Day Moviesfeaturing 16 Ridiculously Stupid Plot Holes in the Fast and Furious Movies

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Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 11 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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#5 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #26 of 291 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Crylisted on The Highest Grossing 90s Movies

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Terminator 3: Rise of th... is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Timecop is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
Gabriel Esparza added Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara, Ron Silver
Timecop is a 1994 science fiction action film directed by Peter Hyams and co-written by Mike Richardson and Mark Verheiden. Richardson also served as executive producer. The film is based on ...more

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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
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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#176 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Moviesfeaturing Tommy Lee Jones Hated Jim Carrey, And Other Stories From The Making Of 'Batman Forever'listed on The Highest Grossing 90s Movies

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Transformers is listed (or ranked) 15 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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#78 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #109 of 155 The Best Science Fiction Action Moviesfeaturing All the Transformers In The Michael Bay Transformers Movies

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Last Action Hero is listed (or ranked) 16 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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#318 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #134 of 302 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Timefeaturing 'Last Action Hero' Is A Bizarre Fever Dream

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XXX is listed (or ranked) 17 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 is listed (or ranked) 18 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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I, Robot is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Lake Placid is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Mortal Kombat: Annihilat... is listed (or ranked) 21 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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#37 of 217 The Worst Sequels Of All Time #18 of 101 The Worst Part II Movie Sequels #9 of 20 Terrible Movies You Have To See Before You Die

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Waterworld is listed (or ranked) 22 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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#89 of 155 The Best Science Fiction Action Movies #39 of 86 The 35+ Greatest Dystopian Action Moviesfeaturing Not Only Was 'Waterworld' A Complete Flop, It Was An Utter Disaster During Production

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Man of Steel is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Species is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
HarryBerman added Michelle Williams, Ben Kingsley, Natasha Henstridge
Species is a 1995 American science fiction horror film directed by Roger Donaldson, and starring Natasha Henstridge, Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Alfred Molina, Forest Whitaker and Marg ...more

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Death Wish is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
HarryBerman added Jeff Goldblum, Charles Bronson, Christopher Guest
This film is a 1974 American vigilante action film loosely based on the novel of the same name by Brian Garfield. The film was directed by Michael Winner and stars Charles Bronson as a man who ...more

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