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Hilarious Moments In Great Action Movies

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Action movies come in several different styles. There are the action movies that are just spectacle, with nothing more than explosions to keep you entertained. There are films that treat their action elements as literal punchlines for a joke. And then, of course, there are the action movies that are a mix of the serious and the funny. On this list, we are pulling from all of these styles to show what it’s like when action films go for that joke that leaves you walking out the theater in laughter.

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Perhaps one of the most popular films of the last decade, James Gunn’s science fantasy superhero film blends action and comedy perfectly. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the third act when Groot sacrifices himself to save his friends. With the tone having gotten dower and serious, Gunn knew he needed to break the tension with a laugh. In an inversion of tropes, Peter Quill challenges the main villain Ronan to a dance-off rather than a shoot out. Speaking of inverting tropes, next up we have a happy accident.

Raiders Of The Lost Ark

The first Indiana Jones film introduced audiences to a fun pulp-filled throwback to the serial adventures of yesteryear. When Indie is desperately searching for Marion, he is challenged to a swordfight. Based on the tropes of the genre, one would expect him to pick up a sword and fight. Instead, he draws his gun and shoots the challenger out of annoyance. This scene was written as the trope, but due to Harrison Ford’s illness that day on set, he improved a much better scene. Next, we have a cliche-ridden film that hilarious from the get-go.

Face/Off

The film famous for starring both John Travolta and Nicolas Cage has gained a reputation for brilliantly cheesy acting. As per the plot of the film, Cage has to act like Travolta’s character and vice versa for most of the films run time. As a result, you get Cage having to ham it up as an insane crime boss who can’t stop saying the name of the film. He just wants to “take his face…off!” Contrasting this, we have coming up one of the most cerebral action films ever made.

Inception

In Inception, the main characters find themselves in other people’s dreams, meaning that your imagination is the only thing limiting what you can do. This is shown very clearly when Tom Hardy’s character Eames cracks a joke about Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Arthur using such a conventional gun. When people finish the film, inevitably someone will say “You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.” Finally, we have an underappreciated film that masterfully blends action and comedy.

The Nice Guys

Shane Black has been a veteran of the action-comedy genre for decades. The Nice Guys positions Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as two vastly different and partially inept partners investigating a crime. Many jokes are set-up and paid brilliantly, but the most subtle one has to do with a certain president of the United States. After falling asleep at the wheel of his car, Ryan Gosling’s Holland dreams up that Russell Crowe’s Jackson has a gun strapped to his ankle. Later, when in a desperate situation, Holland reaches for this gun, only to find out that it never existed, confusing both Jackson and the villain.

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