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The Most Unrealistic Action Films

Updated September 22, 2019 2.0k votes 242 voters 6.2k views53 items

List RulesMust 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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    Sharknado is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Unrealistic Action Films
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    Sharknado

    Tara Reid, Cassie Scerbo

    Released2013

    Directed byAnthony C. Ferrante

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    Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Unrealistic Action Films
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    Armageddon

    Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis

    Released1998

    Directed byMichael Bay

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    Face/Off is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Unrealistic Action Films
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    Face/Off

    John Travolta, Nicolas Cage

    Released1997

    Directed byJohn Woo

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    Crank is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Unrealistic Action Films
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    Crank

    Jason Statham, Amy Smart

    Released2006

    Directed byNeveldine/Taylor

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    Sharknado 2: The Second One is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Unrealistic Action Films
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    Sharknado 2: The Second One

    Tara Reid, Kurt Angle

    Released2014

    Directed byAnthony C. Ferrante

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    Con Air is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Unrealistic Action Films
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    Con Air

    Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich

    Released1997

    Directed bySimon West

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    Red Dawn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Unrealistic Action Films
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    Red Dawn

    Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn Milius

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    The Expendables is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Unrealistic Action Films
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    The Expendables

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone

    Released2010

    Directed bySylvester Stallone

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    The Core is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Unrealistic Action Films
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    The Core

    Hilary Swank, Stanley Tucci

    Released2003

    Directed byJon Amiel

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  • 10
    Commando is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Unrealistic Action Films
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    Commando

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alyssa Milano

    Released1985

    Directed byMark L. Lester

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    Rambo: First Blood Part II is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Unrealistic Action Films
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    Rambo: First Blood Part II

    Sylvester Stallone, Charles Napier

    Released1985

    Directed byGeorge P. Cosmatos

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    Wanted is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Unrealistic Action Films
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    Wanted

    Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman

    Released2008

    Directed byTimur Bekmambetov

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    Live Free or Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Unrealistic Action Films
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    Live Free or Die Hard

    Bruce Willis, Maggie Q

    Released2007

    Directed byLen Wiseman

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    2012 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Unrealistic Action Films
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    2012

    Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson

    Released2009

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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    Speed is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Unrealistic Action Films
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    Speed

    Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves

    Released1994

    Directed byJan de Bont

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    The Pacifier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Unrealistic Action Films
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    The Pacifier

    Whoopi Goldberg, Vin Diesel

    Released2005

    Directed byAdam Shankman

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    Kill Bill Volume 2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Unrealistic Action Films
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    Kill Bill Volume 2

    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

    Released2004

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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    The Rock is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Unrealistic Action Films
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    The Rock

    Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery

    Released1996

    Directed byMichael Bay

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    Broken Arrow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Unrealistic Action Films
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    Broken Arrow

    John Travolta, Christian Slater

    Released1996

    Directed byJohn Woo

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    Mission: Impossible II is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Unrealistic Action Films
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    Mission: Impossible II

    Tom Cruise, Anthony Hopkins

    Released2000

    Directed byJohn Woo

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    Executive Decision is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Unrealistic Action Films
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    Executive Decision

    Halle Berry, Steven Seagal

    Released1996

    Directed byStuart Baird

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    Tango & Cash is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Unrealistic Action Films
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    Tango & Cash

    Sylvester Stallone, Teri Hatcher

    Released1989

    Directed byAndrei Konchalovsky, Albert Magnoli

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    Under Siege is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Unrealistic Action Films
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    Under Siege

    Steven Seagal, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released1992

    Directed byAndrew Davis

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    Shoot 'Em Up is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Unrealistic Action Films
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    Shoot 'Em Up

    Monica Bellucci, Clive Owen

    Released2007

    Directed byMichael Davis

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    The Town is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Unrealistic Action Films
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    The Town

    Blake Lively, Ben Affleck

    Released2010

    Directed byBen Affleck

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