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    21 Action Movies Where The Hero Is Basically Normal

    These action heroes save the world and work a day job.

    John Wick Chapter 4 just mowed down the competition at the box office, proving that fans were willing to once again show up for the globetrotting super-assassin.

    However, there are plenty of movies from previous years that put normal, completely unexceptional people at the front and center of the action, which shook up the formula of the genre to often great effect.

    1. Snitch (2013)

    Dwayne Johnson storms off with Michael K. Williams shortly behind him

    2. Cliffhanger (1993)

    A mountain climber and his female companion stare at something in the sky

    3. On Deadly Ground (1994)

    Joan Chen and Steven Seagal ride horses in a mountain range

    4. Black Dog (1998)

    Patrick Swayze grimaces as he drives a truck

    5. Conspiracy Theory (1997)

    Mel Gibson holds his head in confusion while holding a handgun

    6. Enemy of the State (1998)

    Will Smith looks concerningly while sitting near a briefcase

    7. The Fugitive (1993)

    Harrison Ford examines a protesthetic arm in a laboratory

    8. Big Game (2014)

    Samuel L. Jackson stands atop a mountain with a hatchet

    9. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

    Tom Cruise in a button-up shirt talks to Emily Blunt in a futuristic training facility

    10. The Terminator (1984)

    Linda Hamilton cautiously answers a call at a pay phone

    11. The Nice Guys (2016)

    Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe lean on a vintage bar

    12. Collateral Damage (2002)

    Arnold Schwarzenegger handles a powersaw in a fire

    13. Executive Decision (1996)

    Kurt Russell talks with Oliver Platt near a mechanical device

    14. Road House (1989)

    Patrick Swayze leans on a western-themed bar near a blonde woman

    15. National Treasure (2004)

    Nicolas Cage uses an ultraviolet pen light to decipher a clue

    16. Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

    Four people in an ornate Asian room look on in terror

    17. Guns Akimbo (2019)

    Daniel Radcliffe holds up two guns nailed into his fingers on the city streets

    18. Collateral (2004)

    Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx sit tensely in a taxi

    19. Nick of Time (1995)

    Johnny Depp crouches near a van

    20. Machine Gun Preacher (2011)

    Gerard Butler runs out of a vehicle with a machine gun

    21. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

    Harrison Ford comes face-to-face with a snake