The 10 Best Unrealistically Dumb Action Movies Ever, According To Reddit

With the release of Thor: Love and Thunderwriter-director Taika Waititi has doubled down on Ragnarok‘s silliness, but the fourquel has been criticized for being too dumb. In the newly released MCU movie, Thor acts more like Ace Ventura than the God of Thunder, but it’s still so much fun despite how ridiculous it is.

Love and Thunder isn’t the first action movie that’s unrealistically dumb, and in the grand scheme of things, it’s relatively realistic. Redditors have jumped at the chance to debate which unrealistically dumb action movies are the best. And between a water-themed Mad Maxa protagonist who will die if his adrenaline drops, and oil drillers-turned-astronauts, Reddit users make some great arguments.


Blade (1998)

Wesley Snipes Blade Movie 4k restoration

Lifeofmammals points to one of the earliest Marvel movies as the best unrealistically dumb action movie: 1998’s blade. The Redditor notes, “It has a goth vampire warehouse party. I think that’s what I thought being an adult and going clubbing would be like when I was a teenager.” The warehouse sequence is stupendously fun, especially when it turns into an absolute bloodbath.

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with the blade reboot being in the hands of the Marvel Studios and a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the character will undoubtedly be in a much cleverer and far more interesting vehicle. However, there’s no denying that the dumb and unrealistic approach to the vampire hunter was so entertaining in the original 1998 movie.

Water World (1995)

The Mariner, Helen and Enola on board his ship in Waterworld

water world had an amazing concept, as the film imagines a dystopian future where the sea level has risen so much that it covers 90% of land. And it isn’t too farfetched either, as that’s an increasingly worrying problem. However, the 1995 movie couldn’t stick the landing and the concept was a missed opportunity.

However, Nothankyou821 thinks otherwise, and they posit that the ambitious movie is actually so much fun. water world could have been better, as, in the right hands, it would have been more like a water-themed Mad Max movie, but the movie isn’t without its merits. It builds its world in interesting ways, even if it is completely ridiculous.

crank (2006)

Chev fights on helicopter in Crank

crank‘s main character, Chev Chelios, was almost played by Nicolas Cage, and that’s hardly a surprise given the 2006 movie’s outrageous premise. The film is totally in line with Cage’s fascinating but questionable movie choices, as it follows Chev, who must keep his adrenaline flowing after being poisoned — otherwise, the poison will kill him.

RedOnyx94 notes, “God, that movie has such a ridiculous plot and is probably of the most entertaining action movies I’ve watched.” Chev has some interesting methods of keeping his adrenaline flowing, such as fighting gangsters, driving recklessly, and performing so many other outrageous stunts. the sequel, Crank: High Voltageis even more unrealistic and dumb, but it’s just as fun.

Armageddon (1998)

armageddon crew nasa

CowboyInTheBoatOfRa reckons the Michael Bay-directed Armageddon is the best ridiculously dumb movie ever, commenting, “Great cast. Ridiculous plot. So fun.” The movie does have an all-star cast that includes Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, and so many more, and it makes absolutely no sense.

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In the DVD commentary of the movie, Affleck infamously explained that he once asked Bay why NASA would teach oil drillers to be astronauts instead of training astronauts to be oil drillers, which would obviously be much easier. And that sums up how unrealistically dumb the 1998 film is, but it’s still wildly entertaining and full of Bay’s typical but reliable and exciting filmmaking style.

Face/Off (1997)

There’s no dumber premise than Face/Off, which sees an FBI Agent and the criminal he’s chasing undergo face transplants and switch faces. PugnaciousPangolin makes an interesting observation, noting that it’s “the best comic book movie that wasn’t adapted from a comic book.”

While the Redditor makes an intriguing point, it’s hard to even imagine Face/Off‘s narrative in an MCU movie or any other superhero movie. It’s that outlandish, but it also makes for the most entertaining and surprisingly resonating ’90s action flick, and it’s a perfect vehicle for Cage to act at his absolute uncaged. Even Cage himself is a big fan of the movie, as he admitted to Reddit that he wants to make Face/Off 2.

Speed ​​(1994)

Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves driving a bus in Speed

In the 1990s, if a certain movie star was attached to a movie, audiences knew to expect an unrealistically dumb action movie. Cage is the most obvious example, but Keanu Reeves gives Cage a run for his money. speed is one of Reeves’ dumbest movies, but Looney1023 explains, “It’s all done so damn well.”

The movie is completely illogical, as a terrorist has rigged a bus to blow up unless it stays above 50 miles per hour, and, at one point, the bus even jumps over a giant gap in the freeway. Even ignoring all of the major action from the movie, a bus staying above 50mph in LA where traffic is notoriously bad is supremely unrealistic.

Jingle All The Way (1996)

A group of mall Santas in the 1996 Christmas movie Jingle All The Way.

55tarabelle points to the 1996 Arnold Schwarzenegger-led Christmas movie as the best unrealistically dumb action movie. The Redditor comments, “there’s a lot of implausible action in Jingle All the Way.” The film is “family-friendly,” but there’s so much casual violence and terrorism that’s played off for laughs.

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The dumbest part of the film sees a mailman blow up an office with a parcel that’s concealing a bomb, and not only are the no repercussions but he’s rewarded for it and even redeemed by the end of the movie. The film has become a cult classic for just how ridiculous it is, whether it’s the unrealistic action or all the quotable one-liners.

The Mummy (1999)

The leads of the Mummy in an Egyptian tomb

Eldritchfingertips thinks The Mummy is the best dumb action movie, and they make some great points when defending the film. The user argues, “Few films have the mix of fun, action, pulp, melodrama, humor, and the self-awareness to pull it all together in an actually well-made package that The Mummy does.”

The Redditor adds that the movie was followed by a just as good sequel, The Mummy Returns. The follow-up might be even dumber, while it’s considered one of the worst movie sequels of all time, but still just as fun. The introduction of the Scorpion King adds a whole other dimension of entertainment, even if the CGI rendering of the antagonist is terrible even by 2001’s standards.

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

Dom escapes from burning plane in Fast and Furious 6

Fast & Furious 6 is a far cry from how the series started, and the high-octane blockbuster approach to the series was in full swing by 2013. Talismanic_Mechanic notes, “Dom basically had the durability of Superman.” The Redditor is referring to when Dom leaps dozens of feet above a bridge and catches Letty in midair, followed by him breaking their falls by landing on the hood of the car.

The whole sequence defines all logic and physics, and only the fast series can get away with it. And that’s just one of many examples of the dumb fun of the movie. The 2013 release is notorious for the final action scene that sees the fast crew jumping in and out of an airplane about to take off on a runway. Fans worked out that the runway had to be 28 miles long.

Commando (1985)

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Commando

Command is a classic Schwarzenegger movie, as it is simply another vessel for the actor to flex his muscles, spit out hilarious one-liners, and look like an action hero. The 1985 movie did that best, even better than the Terminator movies, as it threw all logic and reality out of the window when it came to John Matrix (Schwarzenegger).

Uncultured_swine2099 makes a great observation, noting, “He kills like 50 people at the end while holding his gun at the hip without looking down the sight. Amazing.” It doesn’t matter how much training anyone has had in the SAS, MI5, or CIA, nobody could ever pull off such a move. Well, nobody except for John Matrix.

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