Top 10 Smartest Decisions In Action Movies

  • Published on Dec 6, 2018
  • This video and Action Week is brought to you by Just Cause 4! Own it now!
    Top 10 Smartest Decisions In Action Movies
    Subscribe: and also Ring the Bell to get notified // Have a Top 10 idea? Submit it to us here!
    Fighting can only get action heroes so far, sometimes they need to outsmart the bad guys! WatchMojo presents the Top 10 Smartest Decisions in Action Films! But what will take the top spot on our list? Tricking the T-1000 in Terminator 2: Judgement Day, fighting the Xenomorph Queen with a powerloader in Aliens, or heading back to the Citadel in Mad Max: Fury Road? Watch to find out!
    #10. Attaching the Explosive Charge to the Villain
    #9. Placing Weapons in the Escape Route
    #8. Counting Down the Pen Grenade
    #7. Closing Their Eyes When the Ark Is Opened
    #6. Taping a Gun to His Back
    #5. Using Mud as Camouflage
    #4. Capturing the Bus Cam for a ReRun
    #3, #2, #1?
    Watch on WatchMojo:
    Have an idea for our next video? Submit your idea here:
    Check our our other channels!
    WatchMojo's Social Media Pages
    Get WatchMojo merchandise at
    WatchMojo’s ten thousand videos on Top 10 lists, Origins, Biographies, Tips, How To’s, Reviews, Commentary and more on Pop Culture, Celebrity, Movies, Music, TV, Film, Video Games, Politics, News, Comics, Superheroes. Your trusted authority on ranking Pop Culture.
  • EntertainmentEntertainment

Comments • 448

  •  6 months ago +33

    This video and Action Week is brought to you by Just Cause 4! Own it now!

  • Brittany Martin
    Brittany Martin 16 days ago

    James Bond is 1 of the smartest heroes 2 have ever lived.

  • david byrne
    david byrne 19 days ago

    How the hell do you tape a gun the your back ?? Is he double jointed or something? It's impossible

  • Abram Sullivan
    Abram Sullivan 2 months ago

    Dressed up as stormtroopers and say I can't see a thing in this helmet.

  • colliric
    colliric 2 months ago

    Number 1:
    The T-1000 inadvertently revealed that it had tried to reacquire John at home, Instead of immediately attack Sarah.
    It revealed it's current location and that Sarah was still alive.

  • colliric
    colliric 2 months ago

    Iron Man.... Tony Stark using the "Icing Problem" to immobilize Obadiah.... Smartest move ever made in the MCU.

  • Eric Fei
    Eric Fei 2 months ago

    Why is calling a dog the wrong name smart?

    • colliric
      colliric 2 months ago

      John picked up on the Dogs being upset about something, so suspected foul play. The T-800 takes the phone then gives the T-1000 the wrong information in order to expose it.
      It exposed the T-1000's exact current location and exposed him as having killed Janelle & Todd already(John was considering going back for his things). It crucially revealed he had yet to pay Sarah Connor a visit in the Mental ward. The T-800 had most likely expected the T-1000 to have gone straight after Sarah instead as she was it's second major target. But this revealed it had instead tried to immediately reacquire John, believing he might go home to get his stuff.
      John's next move therefore was to go save his mom who he and the T-800 now knew was still alive.

  • Ahsan Siddiqui
    Ahsan Siddiqui 2 months ago

    Indie is obviously well read to tie the ark of the covenant with god smiting the people of Israel (saul's army) when they disobeyed. As the smiting bit is mentioned in the bible and the ark being escorted by angels to earth at the time of saul's appointment as king is mentioned in the Quran.

  • mikitz
    mikitz 2 months ago

    Reserving the time to reload your gun every once in a while and not telling 'why you did it' to person you're about to kill get you pretty far. Partaking target practice as the villain's minion helps a lot as well.

  • Lauchboy Laser
    Lauchboy Laser 2 months ago

    Equilibrium changing personalized handguns

    KINGLIFER 3 months ago

    Am I the only person that saw a connection between aliens and T2 through not so obvious Janelle Goldstein? Just needed Titanic for good measure!

    • Nightthorn k'Vala
      Nightthorn k'Vala 2 months ago

      It's Jenette, not Janelle. That was the character's name. And also check out Near Dark, the great vampire movie that took 3 of the cast members from Aliens to make movie gold a year later. Diamondback is just as badass as Vasquez in her own way.

  • Ranae Whitaker
    Ranae Whitaker 3 months ago

    John Wick is immortal

  • cwbellor
    cwbellor 3 months ago

    9:35 That's Gregory from the Hilltop in Walking Dead.

  • Craig Miller
    Craig Miller 3 months ago

    In Indiana Jones and the Lost Ark when the government agents show up at the university, Indy takes a large tome."Good God..." "Yes, that's what Hebrews thought too...". In the artwork that shows the rays "What is that coming out of the ark. "Truth, the power of God, who knows..." it can be noticed the the ark bearers are in fact wearing blindfolds...

  • AntiNubDevice
    AntiNubDevice 3 months ago

    7:08 is one of the great movie quotes of all time. Kids these days who want a strong female protagonist need to watch the first two Alien movies, and the first two Terminator movies.

  • SavagePhantoms 9000
    SavagePhantoms 9000 3 months ago +1

    What about a scene were Robocop gets into a hostage situation he fires his gun through a woman's dress into the bad guy. Now that's smart.

  • Jos Bar
    Jos Bar 3 months ago

    Die Hard 2: John McLane is losing a fight on the wing of an airplane full of terrorists, who are trying to take off. He delays the takeoff by disabling the same wing with his coat. Meanwhile, his wife Holly is on one of the many planes circling the airport with no means to land and the planes are running low on fuel. McLane manages to open the fuel access on the terrorists' escape plane just before getting kicked off the wing, then he lights the stream of fuel, destroying the plane full of terrorists in mid-air *and* creating an instant runway light for the circling passenger planes to land. But, no, Die Hard 1 & 2 are *not* a Christmas movies, because the plots could have taken place at any time of the year.

  • Sleepy Weasel
    Sleepy Weasel 3 months ago

    I wanna say the mud in predator isn’t that smart but more like obvious after him getting lucky

  • Stackde
    Stackde 4 months ago

    Directive 4 on Robocop. Removed Robocops “superhuman” strength and reduced him to ensuring he had absolute proof to capture his criminals. And what about that “Dick, Your FIRED!!!”, “Thank you” boom boom boom.

  • Keith
    Keith 4 months ago

    Smartest decision was when Rorschach mailed his journal to the press before confronting Ozymandias in The Watchmen. Also, if you haven't seen The Watchmen, that is a poor decision.

  • Ahhdidzz matrix
    Ahhdidzz matrix 4 months ago

    John Wick From Fortnite yay!!! 2:25

  • TheMattwolf
    TheMattwolf 4 months ago +1

    Danny going back through his tracks to fool his dad in The Shining.

  • Howard  Wilson
    Howard Wilson 4 months ago +1

    #5 should've been #1.

  • DIO Brando
    DIO Brando 4 months ago

    Jontron: Clock Tower
    Jon Uses Ham To Kill Scissorman

  • Joe Sycamore
    Joe Sycamore 4 months ago

    Ripley is the best and her one liner unbeatable

  • toh ping Tiang
    toh ping Tiang 4 months ago

    It has a special internet browsing history in the ark

  • Dat Tall Guy
    Dat Tall Guy 4 months ago

    T-800: Your foster parents are dead
    John: Like I ever gave a shit about them...

  • ThatGuyNorm
    ThatGuyNorm 5 months ago

    Goldeneye is still my favorite BOND movie

  • Yavuz Yurur
    Yavuz Yurur 5 months ago

    How about taping a gun to the toilet and coming out shooting ?

  • Robert Byrd
    Robert Byrd 5 months ago

    Aw... you didn't show what the T-1000 did to the foster father. I mean, there must have been milk everywhere!

  • ms nicole
    ms nicole 5 months ago


  • Marshmallow
    Marshmallow 5 months ago

    sexy female characters in horror movies will most likely die
    •they trip over air
    •there boobs weight them down (it’s true)
    •they scream about everything which would lead the killer to them
    •they always try to flirt with the killer

  • Anna Fowdy
    Anna Fowdy 5 months ago

    Ian nearly died, but at least the kids were safe.

  • Terror TV
    Terror TV 5 months ago

    "Get away from her you b***h!"

  • Tanke Royale
    Tanke Royale 5 months ago

    Smartest decision switching to Geico before high adrenaline high speed chase with explosions and gunfire.... Saved so much money!

  • Victor Escamilla
    Victor Escamilla 5 months ago

    so starlord is in both smarterst and dumbest decisions in movies... one is honorable mention, the other should be the first one tho..

  • Canisticus
    Canisticus 5 months ago +1

    My favorite is “Dick... you’re FIRED!!” (RoboCop, 1987)

  • Charles M
    Charles M 5 months ago

    How about killing the son in the Mist? Turned out the crazy cult lady was right.

  • LK HartlyLion
    LK HartlyLion 5 months ago

    I actually clicked on this video to check if they included that ship ramming from The Last Jedi cause if they did, *May They Have Mercy* :/

  • Russell McKinney
    Russell McKinney 5 months ago

    There's supposedly a deleted scene in Empire Strikes back where the rebels are retreating from Hoth, one of the rebels rips a do not open sticker off of a door. A storm trooper opens the door and is grabbed by a Tampa. Another storm trooper shuts the door and hears the first one being eaten.

  • Daniel Skrivan
    Daniel Skrivan 5 months ago +3

    Safe - the girl's decision to shoot the bad guy instead of letting Statham fight him.

  • Michael Richter
    Michael Richter 5 months ago

    Alien: "Dang, Ripley in her yellow mech suit!! Im foiled, foiled I tell you!!...oh woe is meeeee!!"

  • SergeantPsycho
    SergeantPsycho 5 months ago

    Probably not entirely high on the list, but in Star Trek: First Contact, Worf repairs his ripped space suit using a cable from a borg drone while fighting on the outside of the Enterprise's hull.

  • Gabriel Divine
    Gabriel Divine 5 months ago

    JC4? Really? Well .. bad for you :)

  • Stuart Hollingsead
    Stuart Hollingsead 5 months ago

    #1 lists are subjective
    #2 this list sucks
    #3 Indiana Jones and the last crusade Holy Grail?
    #4 Star wars use the force luke?
    #5 Jurrasic park, Stand still, it can't see you.
    #6 The Godfather eleminate dirty cop
    #7 Ben Hur chariot race
    #8 The sandlot - kid faking drowning
    lists suck dude, move on

    • Anna Fowdy
      Anna Fowdy 5 months ago

      Bogus. T-Rex had binocular vision even better than an eagle's.

  • João Lucas Lopes
    João Lucas Lopes 5 months ago

    More honorable mentions:
    - check the pulse (pacific rim)
    - keep an extra memory of jarvis (avengers: age of ultron)
    - drop the fuse out of the boat (batman: the dark knight)
    - keep secret about your evil plan (watchmen)

  • João Lucas Lopes
    João Lucas Lopes 5 months ago

    Sorry my english
    8:32 in that case i think the villain that was really dumb
    8:42 dammed malcom, i would replace that with the kitchen scene
    9:12 oh yeah

  • Mick J
    Mick J 6 months ago

    You could say tho that the dumbest decision was Indy wasting his time with the Nazi's at all since they would have died anyway

  • T@wesomE
    T@wesomE 6 months ago

    Always think twice before act i always say!

  • Theema Leelanusman
    Theema Leelanusman 6 months ago

    Predator is a horror film.
    edit: alien too.

  • Metal13 Wolfgang
    Metal13 Wolfgang 6 months ago


  • Metal13 Wolfgang
    Metal13 Wolfgang 6 months ago


  • greg20067
    greg20067 6 months ago +8

    I think number 1 is indiana Jones just shooting the guy with the sword

  • Sr. El Boogie
    Sr. El Boogie 6 months ago

    You talk as if these characters are real ...thank the screen writers .

  • Benjámin Kurilla
    Benjámin Kurilla 6 months ago

    As much as I love Predator, I don't consider using mud as camouflage a smarter than avarage decision, since Arni discovered it's effect accidently.

  • Carl Stawicki
    Carl Stawicki 6 months ago

    [SPOILER] Bruce Willis in the Death Wish remake worked it out so he could legitimately kill the bad guys in the end. He purchased guns legally and waited for the bad guys to break into his home before finishing them off. It was legit home defence in the eyes of the law.

  • Mr Internet Guy
    Mr Internet Guy 6 months ago

    *Always shoot twice*

  • Russell McLaurin
    Russell McLaurin 6 months ago

    this watchmojo was brought to you by just crash 4, Gameplay at its finest, 20 minutes at a time!

  • Crazywrestler2000
    Crazywrestler2000 6 months ago

    The smartest decision is when PFC Jenette Vasquez becomes John Connor's foster mother.

  • The Retro Brooklynite 007

    Thought it was cool that James Cameron, John Mctiernan, and Martian Campbell each had 2 of their movies on this list

  • Victoria Dixon
    Victoria Dixon 6 months ago

    #1 is clever. I forgot about that.

  • Yvette Szentesi
    Yvette Szentesi 6 months ago

    "Get away from her you B*TCH!"
    Chew on that Rey! That is what a female lead role is all about.

  • Shay'da Bane
    Shay'da Bane 6 months ago +1

    This video should be all the times when the hero actually kills the villain.

  • sibsing
    sibsing 6 months ago


  • sibsing
    sibsing 6 months ago +1

    Let's go beit shemesh;-);-);-);-);-)

  • JAM 21
    JAM 21 6 months ago

    4:37 - John Cena or Thomas Haden Church, Please Let Me know

  • Karim Godoy
    Karim Godoy 6 months ago

    Olvidate de esas baleadas!

  • MarvelFox Morty
    MarvelFox Morty 6 months ago

    *Your Foster Parents is dead*

  • Tino5135
    Tino5135 6 months ago

    Seriously try it with your parents ask about the dog with the wrong name! If they agree with you with the wrong name don't go home is T-1000

  • GD Colin
    GD Colin 6 months ago

    Anyone else think of Fortnite when they said john wick?

  • Caleb Davis
    Caleb Davis 6 months ago

    *24/7 the thunder will roll*

  • Shanbo26
    Shanbo26 6 months ago

    Actually, he had a 50/50 chance of it going boom or not. Best to play the safe side.

  • Jason Toddman
    Jason Toddman 6 months ago +2

    Too bad Ripley wasn't smart enough to think to check the motion sensors before leaving the dropship and re-entering the main hold aboard the Sulaco. Observation courtesy of how It Should have Happened.

  • Nick Butler
    Nick Butler 6 months ago

    I wish It had Hannibal Lecters escape

  • Rayan
    Rayan 6 months ago +2

    Is no one gonna mention that in infinity war tony observed everyone's power and came up with a plan on how to defeat Thanos...

  • Anubhav Sinhq
    Anubhav Sinhq 6 months ago +42

    I saw a movie once where instead of fighting the ghost the hero ran away to get the police and stood outside and let the cops do their job , in my opinion that was the smartest move ever

    • Kyon2261
      Kyon2261 2 months ago +1

      Eddie Murphy: "Wow, baby, this is beautiful. We got a chandelier hanging up here, kids outside playing, it's a beautiful neighborhood, I really love-this is beaut-"

      Eddie with demonic voice: "Get out!"

      Eddie: "Too bad we can't stay."

    • General Coma
      General Coma 5 months ago +1

      @Anubhav Sinhq Actually, the smartest thing possible for him to do would have just been to run away and put the whole thing out of his mind since he wasn't one of the people the monster was going after. The only reason it attacked him at all was just because he was in the house where it was all going on.

    • Anubhav Sinhq
      Anubhav Sinhq 5 months ago +2

      @General Coma yup the police failed but he was alive at the end of it, and that was because of his decision to flee and go the police station and bring the cops with him, so he did the smartest thing possible.

    • General Coma
      General Coma 5 months ago +1

      @Anubhav Sinhq Except if you remember, the cops failed horribly at stopping the monster. Plus, in reality the police never respond in time to actually help people,just to clean up the mess afterwards.
      Remember: When you only have seconds to spare, the cops are just minutes away.

    • Anubhav Sinhq
      Anubhav Sinhq 6 months ago +5

      @nik 227 yup lights out.. haha I was laughing at that scene but then realised damn that man is smart.

  • OriginalTharios
    OriginalTharios 6 months ago

    The top 5 should've been...
    1) Ripley (you might be a badass, but you will never be "Ellen Ripley fighting an alien horror in a mech-suit" badass)
    2) Taken (there were ridiculous parts, but that was the best thing she could do, and props to her character for being able to do it)
    3) T2 (really a classic move...but the movie was just so good anyway)
    4) Predator (good awareness, good use of the environment)
    5) Die Hard (never show your cards...)

  • KingOfMadCows
    KingOfMadCows 6 months ago

    Nuking the site from orbit was a good decision too.

  • cpav2
    cpav2 6 months ago +19

    Actually the Terminator screwed up. He should have played along and told the T-1000 that he (John Conner) would be home for dinner late that night. The T-1000 would have stayed at the house and John and the Terminator would have a head start to pick up Sarah Conner without interference.

    • colliric
      colliric 2 months ago +1

      No. The T-1000 would have figured out he was lied to pretty quickly no matter what they did.. What the T-800 did was just to allow John to check if Janelle and Tod were alive and to see if the T-1000 hadn't gone straight to Sarah first. Lucky for them he didn't.
      T-1000 already knew the T-800 was already with John and was advising John what to do and say. His next move was to immediately check the Dog tag then immediately go to the Mental Hospital.
      T-800 immediately hanging up was the right thing to do. The longer they were on the phone the greater the possibility the T-1000 figuring out their exact current location and direction either from distinctive background noise, phone ID(or calling the phone company for the location of last call), John slipping up or passersby.

    • 1402 News
      1402 News 2 months ago +1

      @Marcos Nonato It's not really a deleted scene since it's in the Unrated Cut.

    • jp3813
      jp3813 5 months ago

      @Marcos Nonato He did that b/c the T-800 abruptly hung up on him.

    • Marcos Nonato
      Marcos Nonato 5 months ago +4

      There's a deleted scene where after, the T-1000 kills the dog and check its nametag. So..

    • enigmayshi
      enigmayshi 5 months ago

      It's also possible that the T1000 picked up on the fact that it was a Machine Imitating Johns voice and the T800 knew that if it wasn't Johns Mom that the T1000 would realize that. Hence him hanging up right after getting the T1000 to say the wrong name for the dog.

  • J Harley Media
    J Harley Media 6 months ago

    Bad Ass idea! Loved it!

  • Vincent Dilworth
    Vincent Dilworth 6 months ago +2

    The smartest decision was in payback,when the bomb rigged to mel Gibson's house phone was used to kill the big bad in the end.

  • Plz Cme
    Plz Cme 6 months ago

    Honorable Mentions for the Top 10 Jojo fight comebacks.

  • FBI Agent
    FBI Agent 6 months ago +1

    Us arresting tekashi 69

  • Ps2 Gamer
    Ps2 Gamer 6 months ago


  • moldvox
    moldvox 6 months ago +1

    Choosing the katana in Pulp Fiction.

  • Raptor Jesus
    Raptor Jesus 6 months ago

    everyone knows that all of these pale in comparison to the smartest move ever!
    "splitting up to cover more ground!"

    • golconda2
      golconda2 3 days ago

      You do more damage that way...

  • Sam Kresil
    Sam Kresil 6 months ago

    Speaking to Eywa for help before the battle - Avatar.

    • Sam Kresil
      Sam Kresil 6 months ago

      But Avatar is more Sci-Fi, anyway.

  • Sam Kresil
    Sam Kresil 6 months ago

    Jurassic Park is more of Sci-Fi.

  • Sam Kresil
    Sam Kresil 6 months ago

    Suck on that, Ellis.

  • JasonWadeDunn
    JasonWadeDunn 6 months ago

    You guys aren't trying very hard, are you.

  • CoD / DC fan
    CoD / DC fan 6 months ago +1

    Now matchmojo sponsoring Games

  • Sam Toshner
    Sam Toshner 6 months ago

    Have they done a Dumbest Decisions in Action Movies? Cause No. 1 might have to be chasing after the Predator in order to "have me some fun"

  • Michael Song
    Michael Song 6 months ago

    Now that I think about it, instead of T800 hanging up the phone, the smarter thing to do would have been to give the T1000 a fake location. Saying stuff like...
    "You wouldn't believe me, but some guy tried to kill me, and another guy showed up and saved me. So now, we're heading to North to Canada. Not sure where though. I'll let you know when things cool down." Then hang up. This has the dual effect to send the T1000 the wrong way, (they were headed to Sarah's prison, which was in California), but vague enough to be realistic. At the same time, T1000 knows John is telling the truth, since T1000 is the one who chased him in the afternoon.

    • Michael Song
      Michael Song 5 months ago

      @Malky24 You have it wrong. T800 said that he would try to acquire John from his foster parent's house, not Sarah's prison. What's more, T1000 only searched for Sarah, because T800 hung up the phone in such way that T1000 knew he was made. If "John" made it sound genuine, then T1000 would have just killed the foster parents and searched somewhere in Canada (instead of staying in the States).
      Consider this: John (from the future) never reconnected with Sarah. As far as the kid John was concerned, Sarah was some crazy woman, and he left her there for good. Both T800 and 1000 knew that. The only reason John even went to Sarah was because T800's existence proved that Sarah was telling the truth. The movie even indicates that.

    • Malky24
      Malky24 5 months ago

      The T1000 knew John would always return for his mother. Once it knew he wasn't coming back to his foster parent's home it was never going to go anywhere else but to Sarah Connor's prison, Arnie even says so in the movie. He knew what it was going to do because he was programmed the same way, it was just a case of getting to the prison before the T1000.

  • Michael Song
    Michael Song 6 months ago

    Hmm. Many of these "smartest decisions" was actually co-incidental. Specifically, Arnold discovering Predator unable to see through mud was purely co-incident (numerous science facts indicate that Infrared should be able to see through a thin layer of wet mud, and certainly dry mud -- and if the mud was too thick, it would crack if Arnold moved).
    And fighting the alien queen with the power loader wasn't very smart, since it was a military ship, there should have been plenty of guns around. Hell, there were plenty of guns in the smaller ships. Having said that, Ripley coming out with her power loader and saying, "Get away from her, you bitch" was one of the most awesome and satisfying moments of cinema history.

  • eddieabq
    eddieabq 6 months ago

    I'm so glad Mojo has sold it's soul to Just cause 4 for no reason at all, except for the money.

  • Tyrone Taylor
    Tyrone Taylor 6 months ago

    Days Of Thunder: Cole's fake out on Rowdy.

  • pervy sage
    pervy sage 6 months ago +2

    I'm surprise you didn't mention A Fistful of Dollars (1964) when Clint Eastwood's character the Man with No Name used A metal plate as Body Armor under his Sarape.

    • Nathaniel Anderson
      Nathaniel Anderson 6 months ago +1

      pervy sage also in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly; when he tells Tuco the wrong grave and also gives him the unloaded gun in the duel

  • Jon Philspector
    Jon Philspector 6 months ago

    Keanu Reeves stole the idea from an classic Hon Kong acrion movie !

  • Roe Queso
    Roe Queso 6 months ago

    Jean Reno: Knock three times and enter...

  • RantingRamsay
    RantingRamsay 6 months ago

    Did they really just call the "power loader" "cargo loader"... for crying out loud, WM...