is one of my favorite games.
There's the white lady or brown man goes to inner city school and teaches brown and/or poor teenagers their worth. (Stand and Deliver, Dangerous Minds, Freedom Writers, Lean on Me, and of course the original To Sir with Love. I am fairly sure that a new one of these has to come out every few years so that "thoughtful middle class white people" can be assured that brown kids are being educated too without having those brown kids go to school with their kids.
Then there is the world is ending and my family is trapped somewhere else (Los Angles seems to bea common place, but New York too) like The Day After Tommorow, Independence Day. There's more but catastrophe action movies are my least favorite genre.
There's the most classic of all, the love triangle like Keeping the Faith, Bandits, and so many many others. But the all come from the original love triangle movies like His Girl Friday and The Philadelphia Story both of which were remade.
There's the sci fi memes- technology takes over (2001, Terminator, even Transformers) or Mutants as oppressed group (obviously the X Men series, but also Total Recall). And of course the aliens want to kill us all meme.
These are just a few examples. What overused plots can you spot?