10 Frequently Ridiculed Action Flicks You Know You Secretly Adore

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Jean-Claude Van Damme in Hard Target (1993) Movie Image

Here’s the thing — I secretly like Stephen Sommers’ “G.I. Joe”. Although I hated every minute of the film during my initial viewing, I have found myself popping the DVD in the ol’ player on several occasions, particularly when I need something as background noise. Somewhere along the way, I began to appreciate the film for what it was: a big, stupid, loud-mouthed action flick. Was this much-maligned adaptation of my favorite childhood cartoon show dumber than a box of rocks? Of course it was; I don’t think anyone will argue with that. However, there’s entertainment value to be had, especially if you just let yourself go with it. I’m sure a few of my friends are getting a kick out of this.

Below you’ll find a small gathering of films that, I think, most people secretly enjoy. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, but, deep down, you know I’m right. Of course, you don’t have to admit such things if you don’t feel comfortable. We totally understand.

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Author: Todd Rigney

Todd was raised on a steady diet of Hollywood blockbusters, late-night Cinemax programming, and USA’s “Up All Night,” which may explain why his taste in movies is more than a little questionable. When he isn’t providing news and reviews for Beyond Hollywood, he can be found lounging lazily on his couch, perched in front of his television, or dwelling in places where direct sunlight can be easily avoided. He's happily married, in his 30's, and totally badass. If you'd like to reach Todd, you can follow him on Twitter or send him email/scoops to todd (at) beyondhollywood.com.
  • savannahchimp

    I’m a little ashamed of how much I enjoy Suburban Commando…

  • http://mysite.verizon.net/vzepr1xp/index.html unsean

    Judge Dredd is pretty bad (the movie, not the comic). Wait till Dredd comes out. It actually looks like it cares about the subject matter that inspired it.

    • mab

      Judge Dredd was a great movie. One of my favorites from the 90’s

      • http://mysite.verizon.net/vzepr1xp/index.html unsean

        Depends on what you mean by “great.” For instance, if you happen to be a you’re a Rob Schneider or Sylvester Stallone fan, then maybe. If you mean loyalty to the comic it’s based upon, not so much, besides in name.

  • http://mysite.verizon.net/vzepr1xp/index.html unsean

    Thanks for the mention for Passenger 57. It’s definitely better than it is given credit for (it also has that cool opening theme by Stanley Clarke and Wesley Snipe as a lead, which is just about reason enough to see it).

  • http://twitter.com/scornsorrow James C Leslie

    Personally I thought Equilibrium was a good, solid film, and is among my favorites, not as a ‘guilty pleasure” but as one that I often recommend to people who liked the Nolan Batman movies. I don’t think we’d ever have seen Chris Bale as Batman if it hadn’t been for Equilibrium showing the world what he could do as an action hero.

    • http://mysite.verizon.net/vzepr1xp/index.html unsean

      “Equilibrium” is awesome. Definitely doesn’t get enough credit. Heck, it’s awesome for Gun-Kata alone!

  • NoGuff

    “Shoot’em Up” is a stupid action movie, pretty much a parody of gun-circus movies, that I secretly like. But the rest are crap.

  • Barbarascy385

    I am so glad to see that I am not the only one that thinks that Mark Dacascos is the shit. He is the real deal and kind of cute too! As far as Patrick Swayze guilty pleasure movies is concerned I can’t say that I would pick Next of Kin. My choice would have to be Roadhouse. It is soooo trashy and cliched it ain’t funny. But it is a lot of fun to watch!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ERDGSZOLKTXAUYQYHK5IFMM7VA c

    Trespass is a fantastic movie… Labeling it as a guilty pleasure is pretty insulting to the film.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=538937307 A.J. Minhas

    When I went to see it at the local, run-down, neighborhood theater, it was packed. Give me the musty smell and creaking seats of an old theater over the newer, stadium mega-plexes any time. I think I caught it on the first weekend or maybe even opening day. I thought it was an entertaining, mindless, popcorn flick. However, 3 years later it is still not part of my DVD collection. On the other hand, I can’t wait to add “The Avengers” and “The Dark Knight Rises” to my DVD collection. “Prometheus”, which was a great disappointment for me personally, I’ll reluctantly add to my “Alien” collection. Happy trails.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K3NWBCWPLJEO5J3SPCPUULTLBY B

    I liked Hard Target. One of the few films made about New Orleans that got the accent even close.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lars-Mårten-Rikard-Nilsson/100003854003712 Lars Mårten Rikard Nilsson

    Out of these, there are three movies I love to watch and make no secret about it because they kick ass. Most of the other ones I haven’t even seen, shoot em up for example I knew from the moment I heard about it would suck ass so I’ve never watched it. Equilibrium, Passenger 57 and Judge Dredd, those are the three I like to watch from this list btw. (even if Dredd was horrible as a Judge Dredd movie it was awesome as a stallone movie.)