Top 50 underrated action movies

01.
Marighella
155 min | 2019 |
3.5 (44409 votes)
|
7.73 (42 reviews)

Facing a violent military dictatorship and an intimidated opposition, writer-turned-politician Carlos Marighella articulates a resistance all the while ousting heinous crimes of torture and the infamous censorship instituted by the regime.

02.
Suburban Commando
90 min | 1991 |
4.5 (9396 votes)
|
7.59 (38 reviews)

An interstellar hero from a distant world visits Earth, and tries to fit in with a mundane, yet kind, suburban family.

03.
The Phantom
100 min | 1996 |
5.0 (33046 votes)
|
7.86 (121 reviews)

The Phantom, descendent of a line of African superheroes, travels to New York City to thwart a wealthy criminal genius from obtaining three magic skulls which would give him the secret to ultimate power.

04.
The Promise
133 min | 2016 |
6.0 (174218 votes)
|
8.8 (927 reviews)

Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, The Promise follows a love triangle between Michael, a brilliant medical student, the beautiful and sophisticated Ana, and Chris - a renowned American journalist based in Paris.

05.
MSG: The Messenger of God
197 min | 2015 |
5.9 (11160 votes)
|
8.6 (146 reviews)

Guru Ji is a social reformer who works to help people fight against social evils.

06.
3 Ninjas
93 min | 1992 |
5.3 (20901 votes)
|
7.99 (50 reviews)

Each year, three brothers visit their grandfather for the summer. He is highly skilled in ninjutsu, and for years he has trained the boys in his techniques.

07.
Supergirl
124 min | 1984 |
4.4 (20932 votes)
|
7.08 (148 reviews)

After losing a powerful orb, Kara Zor-El, Superman's cousin, comes to Earth to retrieve it and instead finds herself up against a wicked witch.

08.
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
93 min | 2004 |
5.1 (52465 votes)
|
7.62 (156 reviews)

The Mystery Inc. gang must save Coolsville from an attack of their past monsters brought to life by an evil masked figure trying to take down the gang.

09.
George of the Jungle
92 min | 1997 |
5.5 (73802 votes)
|
7.93 (110 reviews)

A man raised in the jungle by apes falls in love with a wealthy American heiress.

10.
Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl
112 min | 2020 |
5.3 (26250 votes)
|
7.7 (4800 reviews)

Inspired by the life of a fearless young officer who made history by becoming the first Indian female Air Force officer to fly in a combat zone during the 1999 Kargil War

11.
The Adventures of Pluto Nash
95 min | 2002 |
3.8 (24714 votes)
|
6.2 (144 reviews)

In the future, a man struggles to keep his lunar nightclub out of the hands of the Mafia.

12.
Sour And Sweet
157 min | 2010 |
5.8 (8030 votes)
|
8.19 (50 reviews)

A seemingly corrupt petty contractor faces challenges from the local municipality, his family, his employees, as well as a former girlfriend and her family.

13.
Battle Royale II
155 min | 2003 |
4.7 (19083 votes)
|
7.05 (155 reviews)

Three years after the failure of the last BR program, a second act is forged and a class of students are sent to an island with one objective: kill international terrorist Shuya Nanahara.

14.
Run Hide Fight
109 min | 2020 |
6.5 (17057 votes)
|
8.83 (1877 reviews)

17-year-old Zoe Hull uses her wits, survival skills, and compassion to fight for her life, and those of her fellow classmates, against a group of live-streaming school shooters.

15.
Gadar: Ek Prem Katha
170 min | 2001 |
7.1 (8795 votes)
|
9.41 (32 reviews)

Set during the Partition of India in 1947, a Sikh truck driver falls in love with a Muslim girl belonging to an aristocratic family.

16.
Barb Wire
98 min | 1996 |
3.4 (27000 votes)
|
5.64 (81 reviews)

During the Second American Civil War in 2017, Barb Wire owns a nightclub called the Hammerhead. Things become complicated when her ex-lover Axel Hood, who is married to the fugitive Corrina Devonshire, re-enters her life.

17.
Bitch Slap
109 min | 2009 |
4.4 (13399 votes)
|
6.64 (56 reviews)

Three bad girls travel to a remote desert hideaway to steal $200 million in diamonds from a ruthless underworld kingpin.

18.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
93 min | 1990 |
6.8 (88240 votes)
|
8.93 (191 reviews)

Four teenage mutant ninja turtles emerge from the shadows to protect New York City from a gang of criminal ninjas.

19.
The Crow: Salvation
102 min | 2000 |
4.9 (10823 votes)
|
7.03 (98 reviews)

Alex Corvis returns to the world of the living to solve the murder of a young woman that he was wrongly accused of.

20.
In Your Name
132 min | 2003 |
7.1 (14394 votes)
|
9.21 (66 reviews)

Problems arise when Radhey Mohan, a delinquent falls in love with a girl named Nirjara.

21.
Gunda
129 min | 1998 |
7.5 (9175 votes)
|
9.59 (148 reviews)

When a coolie's family is murdered by a group of gangsters and politicians, he swears revenge on them.

22.
Jason X
92 min | 2001 |
4.4 (52566 votes)
|
6.46 (515 reviews)

Jason Voorhees returns with a new look, a new machete, and his same murderous attitude as he is awakened on a spaceship in the 25th century.

23.
Undercover Brother
86 min | 2002 |
5.8 (32440 votes)
|
7.86 (133 reviews)

When "The Man" tries to derail a black candidate's presidential campaign, Undercover Brother and his fellow secret agents come to the rescue.

24.
Moonwalker
93 min | 1988 |
6.1 (16409 votes)
|
8.16 (78 reviews)

Anthology movie by, and starring, Michael Jackson in his prime, combining a number of music videos from his bestselling "Bad" album with a fantasy tale of Michael's confrontation with a ruthless drug dealer known as Mr. Big.

25.
D.E.B.S.
91 min | 2004 |
5.3 (14932 votes)
|
7.33 (155 reviews)

Plaid-skirted schoolgirls are groomed by a secret government agency to become the newest members of the elite national-defense group, D.E.B.S.

26.
3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain
93 min | 1998 |
2.9 (10733 votes)
|
4.9 (61 reviews)

The three unstoppable Ninja brothers fight to save their hero (Hulk Hogan) and Mega Mountain Amusement Park from the vicious kid-hating Medusa (Loni Anderson).

27.
Over the Top
93 min | 1987 |
5.8 (51841 votes)
|
7.8 (145 reviews)

Tough trucker Lincoln Hawk is determined to win back his son and triumph at the world arm wrestling championships.

28.
Catwoman
104 min | 2004 |
3.4 (113850 votes)
|
5.39 (617 reviews)

A shy woman, endowed with the speed, reflexes, and senses of a cat, walks a thin line between criminal and hero, even as a detective doggedly pursues her, fascinated by both of her personas.

29.
Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
87 min | 1992 |
4.3 (37141 votes)
|
6.29 (99 reviews)

A tough police sergeant's overbearing mother comes to visit him and begins to meddle in his life and career.

30.
Replicant
100 min | 2001 |
5.4 (13702 votes)
|
7.38 (88 reviews)

Scientists create a genetic clone of a serial killer in order to help catch the killer, teaming up with two cops.

31.
Postal
100 min | 2007 |
4.5 (21246 votes)
|
6.47 (154 reviews)

In the ironically named city of Paradise, a recently laid-off loser teams up with his cult-leading uncle to steal a peculiar bounty of riches from their local amusement park; somehow, the recently arrived Taliban have a similar focus, but a far more sinister intent.

32.
Eight Legged Freaks
99 min | 2002 |
5.4 (55087 votes)
|
7.36 (226 reviews)

Venomous spiders get exposed to a noxious chemical that causes them to grow to monumental proportions.

33.
Risen
107 min | 2016 |
6.3 (26639 votes)
|
8.24 (208 reviews)

In 33 AD, a Roman Tribune in Judea is tasked to find the missing body of Jesus Christ, who rose from the dead.

34.
Wake of Death
91 min | 2004 |
5.8 (8078 votes)
|
7.73 (95 reviews)

After his wife is brutally murdered, club enforcer Ben Archer wages war against the Chinese triads.

35.
Redemption Day
99 min | 2021 |
6.2 (21945 votes)
|
8.13 (1053 reviews)

When the love of his life is kidnapped and held for ransom by terrorists, a war hero Brad Paxton races against the clock to rescue her in a daring and deadly operation that pits him against the most powerful and shadowy forces.

36.
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D
93 min | 2005 |
3.7 (34907 votes)
|
5.62 (250 reviews)

A young boy is recruited by his imaginary friends Sharkboy and Lavagirl to help save their planet.

37.
Jilla
185 min | 2014 |
6.1 (8638 votes)
|
8.02 (42 reviews)

A looming gangster after witnessing a bone chilling event, stands up against his father's prejudice.

38.
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka
88 min | 1988 |
6.6 (12591 votes)
|
8.51 (48 reviews)

In this parody of blaxploitation movies, a black hero wannabe reunites former black heroes from the 70s to help him get revenge on Mr. Big.

39.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie
95 min | 1995 |
5.2 (26102 votes)
|
7.09 (109 reviews)

A giant egg is unearthed at a construction site and soon opened, releasing the terrible Ivan Ooze, who wreaks vengeance on Zordon for imprisoning him millennia ago. With Zordon dying and their powers lost, the Rangers head to a distant planet to find the mystic warrior Dulcea.

40.
Pokémon the Movie 2000
99 min | 1999 |
6.1 (21357 votes)
|
7.99 (68 reviews)

Ash Ketchum must gather the three spheres of fire, ice and lightning in order to restore balance to the Orange Islands.

41.
Dick Tracy
105 min | 1990 |
6.1 (59269 votes)
|
7.98 (161 reviews)

The comic strip detective finds his life vastly complicated when Breathless Mahoney makes advances towards him while he is trying to battle Big Boy Caprice's united mob.

42.
Wanted
147 min | 2009 |
6.6 (16185 votes)
|
8.45 (58 reviews)

Radhe is a ruthless gangster who will kill anyone for money. He is attracted towards Jhanvi, a middle class girl, who does not approve of his work and wants him to change.

43.
Double Impact
110 min | 1991 |
5.6 (39150 votes)
|
7.45 (82 reviews)

Twin brothers are separated when their parents are murdered but 25 years later they re-unite in order to avenge their parents' death.

44.
Conan the Barbarian
129 min | 1982 |
6.9 (141290 votes)
|
8.75 (365 reviews)

A young boy, Conan, becomes a slave after his parents are killed and tribe destroyed by a savage warlord and sorcerer, Thulsa Doom. When he grows up he becomes a fearless, invincible fighter. Set free, he plots revenge against Thulsa Doom.

45.
Hard Target
97 min | 1993 |
6.2 (48027 votes)
|
8.04 (168 reviews)

A woman hires a drifter as her guide through New Orleans in search of her missing father. In the process, they discover a deadly game of cat and mouse behind his disappearance.

46.
Avalon
107 min | 2001 |
6.4 (12820 votes)
|
8.24 (112 reviews)

In a dystopian world, a woman spends her time playing an illegal and dangerous game, hoping to find meaning in her world.

47.
The Bag Man
108 min | 2014 |
5.2 (16149 votes)
|
7.04 (591 reviews)

A criminal bides his time at a seedy motel, waiting for his boss after killing several men and making away with a mystery bag.

48.
Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi
148 min | 2019 |
6.4 (10531 votes)
|
8.23 (380 reviews)

Story of Rani Lakshmibai, one of the leading figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857, and her resistance to the British Rule.

49.
Velayudham
186 min | 2011 |
6.5 (9575 votes)
|
8.33 (65 reviews)

After a villager unwittingly prevents a number of terrorist attacks in Chennai, a young journalist identifies and persuades him to take on the disguise of a superhero to fight terrorism and corruption.

50.
Far Cry
95 min | 2008 |
3.1 (13333 votes)
|
4.93 (83 reviews)

An ex-special forces soldier turned boatman is hired by a journalist to investigate a top-secret military base on a nearby island.

Top 50 overrated action movies

01.
Crimea
99 min | 2017 |
7.3 (32283 votes)
|
1.66 (33 reviews)

This is a story of love, faith and honor, the strength of spirit and true friendship against the backdrop of the real events of the Crimean spring of 2014.

02.
Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi
152 min | 2017 |
7.0 (582919 votes)
|
3.17 (6943 reviews)

The Star Wars saga continues as new heroes and galactic legends go on an epic adventure, unlocking mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

03.
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
138 min | 2015 |
7.8 (878739 votes)
|
4.14 (4900 reviews)

As a new threat to the galaxy rises, Rey, a desert scavenger, and Finn, an ex-stormtrooper, must join Han Solo and Chewbacca to search for the one hope of restoring peace.

04.
The Balkan Line
130 min | 2019 |
6.6 (8815 votes)
|
3.18 (302 reviews)

After the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999, the Yugoslav army pulls out of Kosovo region, leaving Serbian people at the mercy of the Albanian UCK terrorists. A small band of soldiers must take over the Slatina airport, and hold it until the Russian peacekeepers arrive.

05.
The Mountain II
135 min | 2016 |
8.7 (106466 votes)
|
5.43 (162 reviews)

In a desolate war zone where screams of the innocent echo, seven Maroon Berets will dance with death on the very line between disaster and valor.

06.
The Boondock Saints
108 min | 1999 |
7.8 (231364 votes)
|
4.91 (492 reviews)

Two Irish Catholic brothers become vigilantes and wipe out Boston's criminal underworld in the name of God.

07.
Tom Clancy's Without Remorse
109 min | 2021 |
5.8 (46116 votes)
|
2.96 (1560 reviews)

An elite Navy SEAL, goes on a path to avenge his wife's murder only to find himself inside of a larger conspiracy.

08.
Blade Runner 2049
164 min | 2017 |
8.0 (489029 votes)
|
5.48 (2366 reviews)

Young Blade Runner K's discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former Blade Runner Rick Deckard, who's been missing for thirty years.

09.
The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day
118 min | 2009 |
6.3 (62085 votes)
|
3.84 (189 reviews)

The MacManus brothers are living a quiet life in Ireland with their father, but when they learn that their beloved priest has been killed by mob forces, they go back to Boston to bring justice to those responsible and avenge the priest.

10.
Three Steps Above Heaven
118 min | 2010 |
6.9 (24795 votes)
|
4.46 (48 reviews)

A privileged woman and a reckless man fall in love despite their different social classes.

11.
The Sweeney
112 min | 2012 |
6.1 (18864 votes)
|
3.68 (119 reviews)

A hardened detective in the Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan police. Based on the '70s UK TV show.

12.
True History of the Kelly Gang
124 min | 2019 |
6.0 (9346 votes)
|
3.59 (212 reviews)

Based on Peter Carey's novel. The story of Australian bushranger Ned Kelly and his gang as they flee from authorities during the 1870s.

13.
Ghostbusters
117 min | 2016 |
6.7 (210400 votes)
|
4.34 (2342 reviews)

Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.

14.
Sparks
90 min | 2013 |
5.7 (8819 votes)
|
3.42 (49 reviews)

A masked vigilante who discovers the dark side to heroism. Going after the nation's most notorious super criminal leaves Sparks' life and reputation in ruins.

15.
Beta Test
88 min | 2016 |
5.7 (10358 votes)
|
3.43 (55 reviews)

Champion gamer Max Troy discovers events in a new video game are being mirrored in the real world, and must join forces with the game's protagonist, Orson Creed, to unravel the conspiracy before the game's sinister plot overwhelms the city.

16.
Killers Anonymous
95 min | 2019 |
4.4 (8805 votes)
|
2.14 (84 reviews)

A support group of killers is held regularly. The participants sit in a circle of trust and share their transgressions.

17.
Star Trek
127 min | 2009 |
7.9 (586392 votes)
|
5.66 (1591 reviews)

The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father's legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful Romulan from the future creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time.

18.
F9: The Fast Saga
143 min | 2021 |
5.3 (58876 votes)
|
3.08 (1530 reviews)

Dom and the crew must take on an international terrorist who turns out to be Dom and Mia's estranged brother.

19.
Black Panther
134 min | 2018 |
7.3 (652162 votes)
|
5.11 (3395 reviews)

T'Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country's past.

20.
Thor: Ragnarok
130 min | 2017 |
7.9 (633563 votes)
|
5.74 (1441 reviews)

Imprisoned on the planet Sakaar, Thor must race against time to return to Asgard and stop Ragnarök, the destruction of his world, at the hands of the powerful and ruthless villain Hela.

21.
U-571
116 min | 2000 |
6.6 (79774 votes)
|
4.46 (427 reviews)

A German submarine is boarded by disguised American submariners trying to capture their Enigma cipher machine.

22.
The Hunger Games
142 min | 2012 |
7.2 (849285 votes)
|
5.06 (1890 reviews)

Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death.

23.
7 Days in Entebbe
107 min | 2018 |
5.8 (14715 votes)
|
3.68 (248 reviews)

Inspired by the true events of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight en route from Tel Aviv to Paris, and the most daring rescue mission ever attempted.

24.
Lupin
45 min | 2021 |
7.5 (88536 votes)
|
5.45 (595 reviews)

Inspired by the adventures of Arsène Lupin, gentleman thief Assane Diop sets out to avenge his father for an injustice inflicted by a wealthy family.

25.
The New Mutants
94 min | 2020 |
5.3 (62824 votes)
|
3.29 (1310 reviews)

Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.

26.
Army of the Dead
148 min | 2021 |
5.8 (132796 votes)
|
3.8 (3659 reviews)

Following a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.

27.
Skyfall
143 min | 2012 |
7.7 (643712 votes)
|
5.72 (1523 reviews)

James Bond's loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. When MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

28.
Wonder Woman 1984
151 min | 2020 |
5.4 (220297 votes)
|
3.42 (6942 reviews)

Diana must contend with a work colleague and businessman, whose desire for extreme wealth sends the world down a path of destruction, after an ancient artifact that grants wishes goes missing.

29.
Coffee & Kareem
88 min | 2020 |
5.1 (11580 votes)
|
3.13 (413 reviews)

Twelve-year-old Kareem Manning hires a criminal to scare his mom's new boyfriend -police officer James Coffee - but it backfires, forcing Coffee and Kareem to team up in order to save themselves from Detroit's most ruthless drug kingpin.

30.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
153 min | 2009 |
7.6 (493755 votes)
|
5.63 (1077 reviews)

As Harry Potter begins his sixth year at Hogwarts, he discovers an old book marked as "the property of the Half-Blood Prince" and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's dark past.

31.
Traffik
96 min | 2018 |
6.0 (18436 votes)
|
4.03 (195 reviews)

A couple off for a romantic weekend in the mountains are accosted by a biker gang. Alone in the mountains, Brea and John must defend themselves against the gang, who will stop at nothing to protect their secrets.

32.
Dunkirk
106 min | 2017 |
7.8 (585954 votes)
|
5.85 (2414 reviews)

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Commonwealth and Empire, and France are surrounded by the German Army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

33.
Terminator: Dark Fate
128 min | 2019 |
6.2 (159720 votes)
|
4.28 (3162 reviews)

An augmented human and Sarah Connor must stop an advanced liquid Terminator from hunting down a young girl, whose fate is critical to the human race.

34.
Singularity
92 min | 2017 |
3.8 (13023 votes)
|
1.92 (357 reviews)

Earth 2020, 3/4 of it's households have a robot. The AI supercomputer, Kronos, considers humans the biggest threat to Earth. A century later, few humans are left. Calia seeks the last human stronghold as does Kronos.

35.
Dragged Across Concrete
159 min | 2018 |
6.9 (41164 votes)
|
5.03 (614 reviews)

Once two overzealous cops get suspended from the force, they must delve into the criminal underworld to get their proper compensation.

36.
Taxi 5
102 min | 2018 |
4.7 (8316 votes)
|
2.88 (48 reviews)

A police officer who's transferred in the police of Marseilles gets assigned to take down a group of Italian robbers who drive the powerful Ferraris with the older nephew of Daniel, a terrible driver who gets the legendary white taxi.

37.
Inferno
121 min | 2016 |
6.2 (165410 votes)
|
4.44 (443 reviews)

When Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks, and together they must race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot.

38.
Cloverfield
85 min | 2008 |
7.0 (380398 votes)
|
5.24 (2304 reviews)

A group of friends venture deep into the streets of New York on a rescue mission during a rampaging monster attack.

39.
Tenet
150 min | 2020 |
7.4 (397987 votes)
|
5.64 (4966 reviews)

Armed with only one word, Tenet, and fighting for the survival of the entire world, a Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time.

40.
Ocean's Eight
110 min | 2018 |
6.3 (198066 votes)
|
4.55 (1096 reviews)

Debbie Ocean gathers an all-female crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City's yearly Met Gala.

41.
Mad Max: Fury Road
120 min | 2015 |
8.1 (916206 votes)
|
6.36 (2093 reviews)

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in search for her homeland with the aid of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.

42.
The Predator
107 min | 2018 |
5.3 (120816 votes)
|
3.59 (2626 reviews)

When a young boy accidentally triggers the universe's most lethal hunters' return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled scientist can prevent the end of the human race.

43.
Prudence
149 min | 2017 |
6.0 (9330 votes)
|
4.29 (69 reviews)

An Interpol agent betrayed by his friends sets out to take revenge against the friends who work for a secret agency.

44.
The Ghazi Attack
116 min | 2017 |
7.6 (12577 votes)
|
5.9 (79 reviews)

A Pakistani submarine, Ghazi plans to secretly attack Vizag port. For doing so, it has to get past Indian submarine S21.

45.
Thick as Thieves
104 min | 2009 |
6.0 (33378 votes)
|
4.3 (56 reviews)

A veteran thief recruits a younger crook to help him pull off one final job in order to repay his debt to the Russian mob.

46.
300
117 min | 2006 |
7.6 (752095 votes)
|
5.91 (2066 reviews)

King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.

47.
Toofaan
163 min | 2021 |
4.9 (30979 votes)
|
3.22 (698 reviews)

The story of a boxer and the struggles he faces on his journey to get to the national level competition.

48.
Precious Cargo
90 min | 2016 |
4.6 (8395 votes)
|
2.92 (71 reviews)

A crime boss tries to make off with loot that belongs to another thief.

49.
Fury
134 min | 2014 |
7.6 (444508 votes)
|
5.93 (965 reviews)

A grizzled tank commander makes tough decisions as he and his crew fight their way across Germany in April, 1945.

50.
Natural Born Killers
118 min | 1994 |
7.3 (222758 votes)
|
5.63 (502 reviews)

Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.