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The Most Unrealistic Action Films 

ZachMoDelaune
Updated September 22, 2019 1.6k votes 231 voters 5.7k views 53 items

List Rules Must be a movie with elements of unbelievability. Cannot be self aware. No sci-fi or fantasy films.

A list of the most unrealistic action films. The films on this list have done well for themselves because of their insane plots and odd universes. Each one of these movies has an element (or 12) that make it unrealistic in some manor, but which ones are the most unrealistic action movies of all time? Vote up which ones you think are the most unrealistic and vote down the ones that could still potentially be considered a realistic movie (yes we get it - action movies are inherently unrealistic, but some of these are just off the charts).

Each movie on this list was selected because they are considered some of the most unbelievable action movies ever made. When thinking of the most unrealistic action movie, one thinks of dramatic action sequences, gore, guns, and explosions.

The movies on this list are separated by a fine line of good and bad. When one of these movies is good, most of the unbelievable things that happen are usually looked past because they are justified by the film. When one of them is bad, it is really bad. Each over the top action sequence is frowned upon and it takes you out of the experience of watching the movie.

The universes that these movies exist in are ones where nearly anything is possible. Reality is not something these movies aim to achieve. So long as the story is told, and the explosions are big. anything goes in this list of the most unrealistic, unbelievable, and over the top action movies.
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Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler

Released: 1998

Directed by: Michael Bay

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John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Gina Gershon

Released: 1997

Directed by: John Woo

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Released: 2013

Directed by: Anthony C. Ferrante

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Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Dwight Yoakam

Released: 2006

Directed by: Neveldine/Taylor

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Released: 2014

Directed by: Anthony C. Ferrante

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Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi

Released: 1997

Directed by: Simon West

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Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson

Released: 1984

Directed by: John Milius

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Hilary Swank, Stanley Tucci, Aaron Eckhart

Released: 2003

Directed by: Jon Amiel

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Bruce Willis, Maggie Q, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Released: 2007

Directed by: Len Wiseman

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Sylvester Stallone, Charles Napier, Richard Crenna

Released: 1985

Directed by: George P. Cosmatos

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alyssa Milano, Bill Paxton

Released: 1985

Directed by: Mark L. Lester

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis

Released: 2010

Directed by: Sylvester Stallone

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Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, James McAvoy

Released: 2008

Directed by: Timur Bekmambetov

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Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, Ed Harris

Released: 1996

Directed by: Michael Bay

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Steven Seagal, Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Busey

Released: 1992

Directed by: Andrew Davis

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Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper

Released: 1994

Directed by: Jan de Bont

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Whoopi Goldberg, Vin Diesel, Lauren Graham

Released: 2005

Directed by: Adam Shankman

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Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton

Released: 2009

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

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John Travolta, Christian Slater, Howie Long

Released: 1996

Directed by: John Woo

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Tom Cruise, Anthony Hopkins, Thandie Newton

Released: 2000

Directed by: John Woo

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Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Samuel L. Jackson

Released: 2004

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

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Monica Bellucci, Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti

Released: 2007

Directed by: Michael Davis

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Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson

Released: 2010

Directed by: Joe Carnahan

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Halle Berry, Steven Seagal, Kurt Russell

Released: 1996

Directed by: Stuart Baird

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Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Viola Davis

Released: 2009

Directed by: F. Gary Gray

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