The 15 Best Action Comedy Movies to Keep You on the Edge of Your Seat (While Laughing Out Loud)!


| LAST UPDATE 08/08/2023

By Scarlett Adler
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Mixing genres in movies is like adding chocolate chips to your cookie dough – it just amps up the flavor! Drama with a thriller? That's the peanut butter and jelly of the film world. Science fiction and comedy? Imagine a robot cracking dad jokes. And horror? Well, who doesn't love a good scream followed by a chuckle? But let's chat about the rockstar of the movie genre: action! It's the caffeine of cinema, giving audiences that adrenaline buzz. Pure action is like a double espresso, but sprinkle in some humor, and you've got a caramel macchiato with extra whipped cream!

This action-comedy blend? It's been the toast of the town in the 21st century. Think of it as the cinematic version of a mullet: business in the front (heart-pounding chases) and party in the back (side-splitting laughs). And if you're looking for the best action comedy movies, this formula is your golden ticket. Cheers to more car chase with a side of Snickers!

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3 (2023)

Alright, space cowboys, buckle up! Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3 is back, and our favorite band of cosmic misfits is... well, still misfitting! Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is still sulking about Gamora's (Zoe Saldaña) exit (can't blame him), and now he's got to rally the troops to save the universe. Again. Because, you know, Tuesday.

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Vol. 3 is like the caviar of MCU movies - fancy, ambitious, and makes you go "Ooh, that's rich!" Dive deep into the backstory of that one character you've been making fan theories about. And don't worry, amidst the space tears and drama, there are still the classic Guardians chuckles and action-packed "pew pew" moments. It's like a rollercoaster of emotions but with more lasers and sarcastic raccoons!


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Midnight Run (1988)

Once upon a time, Robert De Niro's comedic prowess wasn't widely recognized. However, well before his appearances in popular comedies like Meet the Parents and Analyze This, there existed Midnight Run. In this film, De Niro portrays Jack, a resourceful bounty hunter given the task of apprehending Charles Grodin's embezzler—a seemingly straightforward assignment that quickly spirals into a complex escapade when they find themselves pursued by the menacing mob.

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Directed by Martin Brest, known for his work on Beverly Hills Cop, the film beautifully blends humor and action, showcasing a perfect duo in De Niro and Grodin as the leading characters. Grodin delivers his finest performance, skillfully vexing De Niro's character to everyone's delight. The comedy remains grounded through realistic character portrayals and witty exchanges penned by the talented screenwriter, George Gallo.


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Free Fire (2016)

Taking place in the late 1970s, Free Fire unfolds as two criminal factions converge in an abandoned warehouse in Boston with the intention of finalizing an arms deal. However, as tensions escalate between the groups, a deadly gunfight erupts, leaving everyone trapped in the warehouse, struggling for survival. The film has received widespread acclaim, mainly due to its stylish direction by Ben Wheatley, sharp and witty writing, and gripping action sequences.

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One of the film's standout features is its distinctive premise, as the entire story unfolds within the confines of a single location—the warehouse. This unique setup was lauded for its clever execution and ability to maintain a constant sense of suspense and intensity. While Free Fire may not cater to everyone's tastes, it undeniably serves as a thrilling and entertaining action-comedy that offers a refreshing twist on the genre.


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Shaolin Soccer (2001)

Soccer fans and kung fu enthusiasts, ever wondered what would happen if you mashed up Karate Kid with Bend It Like Beckham? Enter Shaolin Soccer! Stephen Chow, a former Shaolin monk (and probably the world's least likely soccer coach), rounds up his monk buddies for a mission. Their goal? Not enlightenment, but GOALS! Using kung fu kicks to score soccer goals and make Shaolin cool again.

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Chow's got more tricks up his sleeve than a magician with an extra-long cape. From tongue-twisting linguistic games to poking fun at martial arts, this movie is a rollercoaster of giggles. It's like watching a soccer match where the players might just break into a flying kick or a slapstick routine. So, lace up your cleats, strike a kung fu pose, and get ready for a soccer game like no other!


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The Suicide Squad (2021)

James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy movies were already a hoot, but The Suicide Squad? It's like someone handed Gunn a basket of his wildest dreams and said, "Go nuts, buddy!" This R-rated comic book extravaganza follows a bunch of supervillains who probably couldn't agree on pizza toppings, let alone a dangerous mission together.

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Inspired by adventure flicks like The Dirty Dozen (but with way more spandex), Gunn sprinkled the movie with his own brand of dark, chuckle-inducing humor. The result? One of the bloodiest, laugh-till-you-snort, and downright bonkers comic book movies ever made. It's like a rollercoaster of action and comedy, and it's not just good – it's "I-need-to-see-this-again-right-now" good!


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Spy (2015)

Who would've thought? Melissa McCarthy, the queen of comedy, moonlighting as an action star? In Spy, she's not just kicking butts and taking names, she's also making us snort-laugh in the process. Picture this: McCarthy, who usually handles paper jams and coffee spills, is suddenly thrown into the world of espionage.

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And just when you thought things couldn't get any funnier, in comes Jason Statham. Instead of being the usual tough guy, he's channeling his inner goofball as a superspy who's... let's just say, a few gadgets short of a full spy kit. The movie's like a surprise party where the cake explodes and the clown's the DJ. Buckle up for hilarity!


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True Lies (1994)

Remember when Arnold Schwarzenegger was the king of "I'll be back" and flexing muscles? Well, in True Lies he's flexing... his funny bone! Directed by James Cameron, Arnie plays a government agent who's trying to keep his "I-fight-bad-guys-for-a-living" gig a secret from his wife (played by the scream queen turned comedy star, Jamie Lee Curtis). Spoiler alert: worlds collide and hilarity ensues!

True Lies

With the dynamic duo of Schwarzenegger and Cameron, you'd expect explosions and jaw-dropping stunts. And oh boy, they deliver! But the real cherry on top? The laugh-out-loud marital antics. It's like Mr. & Mrs. Smith met Married with Children. Arnie and Curtis? More like the dynamic duo of comedy gold!


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Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Thor: Ragnarok is like if Thor (Chris Hemsworth) went on a wild spring break. He's stuck on planet Sakaar, which is basically the universe's version of a rowdy Vegas weekend, and guess who he bumps into? The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo)! But instead of sipping cosmic cocktails, they're thrown into a gladiator-style smackdown. And while they're busy wrestling, Hela (Cate Blanchett) is out there trying to wipe out Asgard and Earth. Rude.

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Director Taika Waititi sprinkled this movie with so much fun and color, it's like a unicorn crashed into Asgard. Plus, Hemsworth isn't just swinging his hammer; he's swinging jokes left and right, thanks to Waititi's genius touch. It's Thor like you've never seen him before less brooding god, more hilarious space jock!


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21 Jump Street (2012)

Imagine taking an old cop show, and tossing it in a blender with a dash of John Hughes' teen drama and a sprinkle of Michael Bay's explosion seasoning. What do you get? Jonah Hill's wild ride, 21 Jump Street! Hill thought, "Why not go undercover in high school and relive those awkward moments, but with more car chases?"

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And the cherry on this cinematic sundae? The bromantic hilarity between Hill and the dance-machine-turned-cop, Channing Tatum. With directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller jazzing things up, it's like prom night meets a SWAT team. And if you're craving seconds? Dive into 22 Jump Street – because why stop at just one serving of chaos?


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Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)

Everything Everywhere All at Once is basically if your tax audit turned into a cosmic adventure. Evelyn Wang (played by the fabulous Michelle Yeoh) is just trying to deal with the IRS when BAM! She's gotta chat with her alternate-universe doppelgängers to stop a mega-monster from turning the universe into confetti.

Everything Everywhere All at Once

This film snagged the top award at the 95th Academy Awards and no wonder! It's like if "Star Wars" had a baby with a family sitcom. Sure, it's got heart and sci-fi vibes, but it's also packed with chuckles and action. Without the laughs and adrenaline, it'd be like eating a cake without frosting. And who wants that? So, get ready for a rollercoaster of emotions, space-time shenanigans, and probably the weirdest tax audit ever!


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Bad Boys (1995)

Ah, the good ol' days, when Michael Bay was just a music video maestro, not yet the grand wizard of "Bayhem" with enough budget to blow up a small moon. But then came Bad Boys and BOOM! Literally. Explosions everywhere.

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Why? Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, that's why. These two together are like peanut butter and jelly with a side of dynamite. Their chemistry could probably power a small city, or at least a Michael Bay movie. So grab your popcorn and earplugs, and get ready for a wild ride with the original Bad Boys!


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The Nice Guys (2016)

Alright, picture this: 1977 Los Angeles, bell bottoms, disco balls, and... a detective duo that's more mismatched than socks after laundry day. Enter Ryan Gosling, the detective who probably trips over his own shoelaces, and Russell Crowe, the tough guy who's likely allergic to smiles. Their mission? Find a missing teen and solve a mystery involving... wait for it... a porn star. Yep, you heard right!

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Under the genius guidance of Director Shane Black, this isn't just a murder mystery; it's a rollercoaster of laughs, action, and "did they just do that?" moments. Every time Gosling and Crowe share the screen, it's like watching a cat and dog trying to solve a jigsaw puzzle. Unexpected? Totally. Hilarious? Absolutely. A must-watch? You bet your funky '70s pants it is!


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Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

Alright, folks, imagine a 1940s small town where the Axe Gang runs the show. Now, toss in Sing (played by the hilariously brilliant Stephen Chow), a guy who's as eager to join the gang as a kid is to dive into a candy store. But oops! He stumbles into the wrong neighborhood, a quirky shantytown where the landlords aren't just good with rent collection, they're kung-fu legends! It's like finding out your grandma is a secret ninja.

Kung Fu Hustle 2004

With jaw-dropping martial arts, scenes so funny you'll spit out your popcorn, and visuals that'll make your eyes pop, this movie is a riot. And Chow? With every goofy face he pulls, he cranks up the fun-o-meter to 11. Get ready for a kung-fu comedy that kicks butt... literally!


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The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (2022)

Alright, folks, ever wondered what it'd be like if Nicolas Cage played... well, Nicolas Cage? Dive into The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent – a movie so meta, it's like looking into a mirror holding a mirror while wearing mirrored sunglasses. Cage, in a twist of "I'm broke" fate, accepts a cool million to crash a superfan's birthday bash. But surprise! Instead of cake and party hats, he's roped into a CIA mission to tackle a drug lord. Because why not?

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

This film is like a cozy blanket made of chuckles, heart, and a sprinkle of "Did that just happen?" It's a wild ride through the world of acting, filmmaking, and... birthday party espionage? Perfect for Cage enthusiasts, film buffs, or anyone who just wants to see a legendary actor tackle a drug lord after blowing out birthday candles.


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Hot Fuzz (2007)

Hot Fuzz is like if Sherlock Holmes and Watson were replaced by their goofier, less polished cousins. Enter Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) and Danny Butterman (Nick Frost), two coppers investigating why actors in a quaint village are losing their heads. Literally. Directed by Edgar Wright, who's juggling action, humor, drama, and tension like a circus performer on an espresso binge.

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And the best part? The plot doesn't sell out for cheap laughs. Nope, it's like a gourmet comedy dish with a side of "Did they just do that?". From cheeky nods to Michael Bay's dramatic camera swooshes to some, uh, rather graphic demises, this movie is a rollercoaster of "whodunit" with a sprinkle of "they did WHAT?!"


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