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The Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now

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Looking for a little adrenaline jolt to your Netflix viewing? We’ve got you covered. Below we’ve curated a list of the best action movies currently available to stream on Netflix, from the more adventure-tinged playful flicks to big-budget superhero movies to straight-up kung fu films. It’s the perfect antidote to the same-old-same-old, and Netflix has a pretty swell and diverse library of action films to spice up your night.

So behold, below are the best action movies on Netflix.

Director: Sam Hargrave

Writer: Joe Russo

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Rudhraksh Jaiswal, Randeep Hooda, Golshifteh Farahani, Pankaj Tripathi, and David Harbour

It’s no wonder that the action in the Netflix original film Extraction is spectacular given that director Sam Hargrave’s background is as the stunt coordinator for films like Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Endgame. Scripted by Endgame co-director Joe Russo, Extraction is a hardened (and extremely violent) actioner that follows a disillusioned mercenary who is tasked with escorting a young kidnapped boy out of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Along the way, he grows fond of the boy and grows into his role as protector. The action is outta control in this one, and Chris Hemsworth gives a solid lead performance while Hargrave does some very fun stuff with the camera. Gritty and graphic with a unique visual flair, Extraction will definitely get your blood pumping. - Adam Chitwood

Total Recall

Director: Paul Verhoeven

Writers: Ronal Shusett, Dan O’Bannon, and Gary Goldman

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside, and Ronny Cox

If you’re in the mood for a great throwback 80s/90s sci-fi actioner, you cannot possibly go wrong with Total Recall. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a construction worker who suddenly finds himself thrust into the world of espionage involving a colony on Mars. It’s crazy and weird and funny and thrilling, and Schwarzenegger is perfectly cast. Get your ass to Mars! – Adam Chitwood

The Old Guard

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood

Writer: Greg Rucka

Cast: Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, Harry Melling, Veronica Ngo, Matthias Schoenaerts, Chiwetel Ejiofor

Charlize Theron is one of the best action stars working today, showcasing tremendous physical skill and positively withering gazes in films like Mad Max: Fury Road and Atomic Blonde. In Netflix's The Old Guard, Theron gets to put those talents to work in a compelling comic book adaptation, starring as an ancient leader of an immortal band of assassins. Directed by Love & Basketball and Beyond the Lights filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood in her first big blockbuster action turn, The Old Guard doesn't just offer explosive action set-pieces and kinetic fight scenes (though it definitely has those), it brings something much rarer to the genre: the recognition that violence and killing are brutal, disgusting work and that there's a toll that comes with taking a life. In short, it has humanity and empathy, qualities that give the pulse-pounding thrills a bit more heft without derailing your good time at the movies. And yes, I'll admit, I also love that Theron just kicks so much ass. It's a fine needle to thread, but Bythewood pulls it off, and she even brings her signature touch for romance into the fold.

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Stardust

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Writers: Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman

Cast: Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Sienna Miller, Jason Flemyng, Mark Strong, Rupert Everett, Peter O’Toole, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Robert De Niro

Filmmaker Matthew Vaughn has found success with colorful, somewhat subversive films like Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, and most recently the Kingsman movies, but if you’re a fan of the director’s work or just in the mood for a really fun fantasy film, his Neil Gaiman adaptation Stardust is highly recommended and sorely underrated. This is a fairy tale by way of Gaiman and Vaughn’s particular sensibilities, as Claire Danes plays a star who falls to Earth and is found by a young man named Tristan (Charlie Cox), kicking off an adventure that includes Michelle Pfeiffer as a witch and Robert De Niro as a flamboyant pirate. It’s fun, it’s weird, it’s sweet, and it's delightfully strange. – Adam Chitwood

Free Fire

Director: Ben Wheatley

Writers: Amy Jump and Ben Wheatley

Cast: Armie Hammer, Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Jack Reynor, Sam Riley, and Noah Taylor

What if an entire movie took place during a Mexican Standoff? That’s essentially the premise of Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, which is a violent, R-rated good time. Set in the s, the film begins with a meet-up between IRA members and an arms dealer, but complications ensue, backs are stabbed, and weapons are unloaded. There’s an undercurrent of dark humor to the entire proceeding that makes the film far more fun than you may be expecting, and performers like Sharlto Copley and Brie Larson are more than up to the challenge of letting their comedic sensibilities shine. If you’re looking for an action movie that’s a little offbeat, a little different, give this one a shot. – Adam Chitwood

Master Z: Ip Man Legacy

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen

Writer: Edmond Wong and Chan Tai Lee

Cast: Jin Zhang, Michelle Yeoh, Dave Bautista, Tony Jaa, Chrissie Chau, Kevin Cheng

The Donnie Yen-led Ip Man series is one of the great action franchises of our era, and with Master Z: Ip Man Legacy, it gets the ass-kicking spinoff it deserves. Fair warning, Yen sits this one out, but fans will recognize a familiar face in Jin Zhang‘s Cheung Tin-chi, the antagonist from Ip Man 3 who was soundly defeated in the third act and walks into Master Z downtrodden and determined to leave Wing Chun behind — until he gets caught up in a battle against opium-slinging crimelords. Directed by the legendary Woo-Ping Yuen with an ensemble cast that includes Michelle Yeoh, Dave Bautista, and Tony Jaa, Master Z is a wonderful spectacle of a martial arts film, sending the heroes and villains swinging from rooftop neon signs and trading blades in epic ensemble fights, and it introduces a completely different tone to the Ip Man franchise — electric guitar riffs and all — that promises a potential future for the series after next year’s Ip Man 4: The Finale. — Haleigh Foutch

The Night Comes for Us

Writer/Director: Timo Tjahjanto

Cast: Joe Taslim, Iko Uwais, Julie Estelle, Zack Lee, Sunny Pang, Hannah Al Rashid

You may think you know all the ways you could inflict violence on the human body in a fight scene, but I assure you, The Night Comes for Ushas something to teach you about the art of the splatter fight scene. From director Timo Tjhajanto, this Netflix action pic is packed to the brim with bloody, brutal combat. The best feature film from Tjahjanto to date, The Night Comes for Us is a relentless showcase of action and carnage, rooted on the story of a criminal turned war criminal looking for a little redemption. The cast is packed with familiar faces for action fans, especially fans of The Raid films, who will recognize Joe Taslim, Julie Estelle, Zack Lee, and of course, Iko Uwais, who takes a supporting role but still shows up to work in some incredible fight scenes. And if fight scenes are what you're looking for in a good action movie, there's no shortage in this one, which stages wall-to-wall combat in a breathless, relentlessly entertaining showcase. This one will earn a lot of attention for its shared cast with The Raid, but damn if it isn't impressive in its own right. -- Haleigh Foutch

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Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Director: Edgar Wright

Writers: Michael Bacall & Edgar Wright

Cast: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alison Pill, Mark Webber, Johnny Simmons, Ellen Wong, Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, and Jason Schwartzman.

Edgar Wright’s adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s outstanding comic didn’t find much of an audience upon its release, but over the years it has grown into a cult classic. The movie follows Scott Pilgrim (Cera), a sweet if slightly selfish and misguided young man who falls for delivery girl Ramona Flowers (Winstead). He can only continue to date her if he defeats her seven evil exes. Scott’s comfortable with the video game framework, but the film is really about two people discovering they have to get over their own baggage if they’re going to find new love. Wright decorates the whole picture with video game tropes and fun little nods, but never loses sight of the core romantic story. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is funny, effervescent, and only gets better on repeat viewings. – Matt Goldberg

Olympus Has Fallen

Director: Antoine Fuqua

Writers: Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt

Cast: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Dylan McDermott, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Radha Mitchell, and Cole Hauser

Boy, I hope you like head-stabbing because Michael Banning is one of those "particular set of skills" guys, and above all, those skills involve stabbing some motherfuckers in the head. A lot. Olympus Has Fallen is one brutal, sometimes downright nasty and mean-spirited action movie, led by Gerard Butler as an absolute force of head-stabbery who winds up trapped in the White House during a terrorist attack and sets out to protect the president from the nefarious intruders. Excessive, ultra-violent and profane, Olympus Has Fallen is the kind of hard-R action movie we don't see much of these days, and director Antoine Fuqua revels in the excesses, delivering a relentless action movie that's easily among the most extra of the Die Hard inspired "trapped with terrorists" subgenre. -- Haleigh Foutch

Avengement

Director: Jesse V. Johnson

Writers: Jesse V. Johnson and Stu Small

Cast: Scott Adkins, Craig Fairbrass, Thomas Turgoose, Nick Moran, Kiersten Wareing

The main draw here is watching Scott Adkins get into all kinds of brawls. Bar brawls, prison brawls, any ol’ brawl will do, really. If that sounds good to you, then settle in for Avengement, the latest collaboration between DTV action champion Adkins and his Savage Dog and Accident Man director Jesse V. Johnson. This time around, Adkins and Johnson are clearly riffing on the Guy Ritchie/Matthew Vaughn brand of British crime thrillers, with a lot more roundhouse kicks. The film’s structure is at first confounding and ultimately pretty satisfying, following Adkins’ Cain Burgess, fresh out of prison, to a local pub where he holds the men responsible for his horrifying prison term to task for their bad deeds, jumping from flashback to flashback while he holds them at gunpoint. Few action performers can match the physical prowess Adkins brings to the table and with veteran stuntman Johnson, Adkins gets plenty of steadily shot scenes, montages, and set-pieces to show off his skills. If you’re a fan of DTV actioners, this one’s a gem with some genuinely surprising moments of violence. — Haleigh Foutch

Triple Frontier

Director: J.C. Chandor

Writers: J.C. Chandor and Mark Boal

Cast: Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Pedro Pascal, Garrett Hedlund

If Triple Frontierisn't your dad's favorite movie, that just means your dad hasn't seen Triple Frontier yet. Directed by J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year) from a script he co-wrote with Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty), Triple Frontier is basically the man-cave of movies; part military drama, part action-packed heist, and all the story of men who have mad bro-love for each other. Oscar Isaac stars as Santiago "Pope" Garcia, a DEA agent who gets the old Special Forces band back together to rob a drug lord's jungle hideaway. Joining Isaac is the similarly strong-jawed crew of Ben Affleck, Charlie Hunnam, Pedro Pascal, and Garrett Hedlund. The kicker of Triple Frontier is that there's actually a good amount of brains under all that brawn; it's an explosions-and-helicopters flick first, yeah, but it also has a lot to say about what happens to professionally violent men once the gunfire stops. -- Vinnie Mancuso

Beyond Skyline

Writer/Director: Liam O’Donnell

Cast: Frank Grillo, Jonny Weston, Bojana Novakovic, Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Antonio Fargas, Lindsey Morgan, Betty Gabriel

Beyond Skyline is a special kind of WTF. Of all the movies to spawn a franchise, I never would have guessed the much-derided sci-fi pic Skyline could pull it off, much less that the follow-up film would be such a gleeful, globe-trotting action-packed adventure. A proud, pulpy B-movie featuring aliens that rip the brain right out of your skull, Beyond Skyline stars Frank Grillo as a cop at odds with his son (Jonny Weston) when an alien attack sends them scrambling for their lives. Once the aliens make contact, the film ricochets through settings and characters at a breakneck pace, packing in a paperback book series worth of sci-fi lunacy into a single feature film that travels from subterranean tunnels to the nuclear wasteland of Los Angeles to an alien ship, and all the way to Laos, where Mark teams with rebels to battle the alien threat. You’ve got Frank Grillo playing hero with a baby in one hand and a space-blaster on the other, Antonio Fargas as a Vietnam vet who calls everybody “bitch”, Iko Uwais and Yaya Ruhain beating the shit out of giant aliens, and there’s even an honest-to-god Kaiju battle. Beyond Skyline won’t be for everyone, but if you love a bananas B-movie, the feature debut from writer-director Liam O’Donnell ticks all the right boxes. - Haleigh Foutch

Wheelman

Director: Jeremy Rush

Writer: Jeremy Rush

Cast: Frank Grillo, Garret Dillahunt, Caitlin Carmichael, Shea Whigam, Wendy Moniz

Frank Grillo should be one of cinema’s leading action stars. Cut from s cloth, Grillo is an old-school everyman tough guy; a real blue-collar badass. Grillo can grimace and load a gun with the best of ‘em, but unlike the dominant figures in the Western action hero tradition, Grillo is also a trained martial artist who brings impressive physical command to his street-smart charisma. With Wheelman, Grillo takes on a different kind of challenge for an action star -- a performance told almost entirely in close-up, from the confines of a single vehicle. That doesn’t leave a lot of room to throw punches or fire heavy artillery, but Grillo and writer-director Jeremy Rush make the most of the minimalist set-up, turning out a gripping, wisely calibrated B-movie about one high-octane night of crime that blasts off from the word go and never taps the brakes. -- Haleigh Foutch

Ip Man

Director: Wilson Yip

Writer: Edmond Wong

Cast: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Lynn Hung, Siu-Wong Fan, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi

This martial arts essential stars Donnie Yen as Ip Man, the legendary Wing Chun master who went on to train Bruce Lee. A wealthy martial artist living the dream life, Ip Man's life is thrown into chaos when the Japanese occupy his hometown during wartime. On the surface level, Ip Man is an opportunity to watch one of the best living martial artists play one of the most famed Kung Fu masters of all time – and it certainly delivers on the fight scenes that come with that premise, including an instantly iconic Wing Chun vs. Black Belts set-piece. But Ip Man is also a fantastic character-driven period drama rooted in history and apparent affection for the martial arts genre, and Yen is extraordinary, not just for the athleticism and showmanship of his choreography work but for his charismatic, commanding performance. -- Haleigh Foutch

Kickboxer: Retaliation

Look, Kickboxer: Retaliation isn’t going to win any awards, but there’s a time and place for movies like these. The place is my TV screen and the time is always. Kickboxer: Vengeance’s Kurt Sloan (Alain Moussi) returns along with his mentor Master Durand (Jean Claude Van Damme) after avenging the death of his brother in the ring. Trouble is, he killed the guy, which means he’s now locked up in a Thailand prison, where he’s constantly battling it out with his fellow inmates and taking beatings from the guards. But when his wife is kidnapped, he’s forced back in the ring against an undefinable foe (Game of Thrones mountain Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson). In the Kickboxer tradition, the plot is paper-thin, the training montages are extensive, the kicks are high, and most importantly, the fight scenes are cream of the crop. It’s a fun, dumb, ass-kicking movie with a decent sense of scope and scale, and it shouldn’t be understated how fun it is that it basically lets Van Damme play Daredevil. — Haleigh Foutch

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The 24 best Netflix action movies to watch right now

The best Netflix action movies are the ones that have your blood pumping, your jaw agape, and your mind unable to comprehend how someone could do that. They are filled with exquisite one-takes, karate-chopping sequences, and more explosions than even some of Michal Bay's biggest movies. 

But where to begin in your search for the best action movies on Netflix? Well, that's why we're here to help. The below list contains our favorite actioners currently available to stream, and they're all available to watch in the UK and US. So, whichever side of the pond you're on, you can watch the best Netflix action movies featured in our list. What are you waiting for? Get streaming!

The best Netflix action movies out now

Kate

Mary Elizabeth Winstead gives John Wick a run for his money in Kate, Netflix's action thriller. Joined by Woody Harrelson and Game of Thrones' Michiel Huisman, Winstead plays the titular role, an assassin who finds out she only has 24 hours to live after being poisoned. She decides to spend her last moments going on a manhunt through Tokyo and befriends the daughter (Miku Martineau) of a past target in the process. Ignore the naysayers who say this one's simply another knock-off of Keanu Reeves' action franchise – Kate strikes out on her own, making for an engaging romp that's well worth a watch.

Army of the Dead

Zack Snyder's latest offering is an action-packed zombie heist movie that sees a group of mercenaries venture into an undead-ridden Las Vegas to crack a near impenetrable safe, with the promise of a huge reward. The problem is, Vegas is set to be nuked in just hours – and if that wasn't enough to get the adrenaline pumping, a lot of the zombies the crew encounter are faster, stronger, and smarter than you've seen before. Expect plenty of dead vs. living showdowns. The cast includes Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Ana de la Reguera, Matthias Schweighöfer, Omari Hardwick, and Tig Notaro. 

The Old Guard

Charlize Theron headlines this popular graphic novel adaptation, a glorious mash of fight sequences and fantasy lore that plays the part of a modern-day actioner. The Old Guard follows a band of do-gooding mercenaries, led by Theron’s Andy, who also happen to be immortal. Through the ages, they’ve managed to keep their heads down and dispense with vigilante justice undetected, but the advent of technology soon makes that impossible.

Not content to rely solely on its cool “unstoppable warriors” schtick – that’s unveiled in an early show-stopping sequence – the movie kicks serious ass on every front. Director Gina Prince-Bythewood showcases her flair for marrying together a tight story with likable characters. Oh, and it’s got a romance for the ages, too.

The Lovebirds

A brisk, laugh-packed buddy comedy set over the course of one night. Nope, we’re not talking your standard ‘80s male-fronted pics. The Lovebirds takes that concept and splices it with the remnants of a fairy tale love story, opening on a couple, Jibran and Leilani, on their way to a party that they never reach because they fight in the car and decide to break-up. It’s tense, not particularly fun, and all feels a little grim. Until Jibran accidentally hits a cyclist who refuses their help. 

Things spiral from that point, sending the duo into harm’s way repeatedly over the evening. They encounter a host of crooks who want to kill them, naturally making them work together as a team to survive their ordeal. It’s hardly reinventing the wheel, but that’s down to the comedic chops of Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae as the couple who deliver both gags and surprisingly solid beatdowns throughout.

Wheelman

You might know him as Crossbones from the MCU, or as that guy from The Purge movies. Here Frank Grillo plays a getaway driver - aka the wheelman of the title - thrown into an unfortunate set of circumstances when a heist goes wrong. With a car full of cash and no idea who framed him, it’s up to him to figure out what happened, even though he’s no idea who he can trust. 

Dubbed a thriller and a neo-noir, with flashes of melodrama, you can safely call it all of those things. By the time the end rolls around, there’s no doubting this is a balls-to-the-wall actioner. And really, who doesn’t like a good car chase movie? Even when they’re bad they’re still a blast. Luckily, Wheelman is an excellent experiment in blending thrills and action, with a brisk running time that will make it speed by. 

The Siege of Jadotville

The Siege of Jadotville is inspired by the experiences of the strong Irish Army during their UN peacekeeping mission in Congo. It's hard to believe that Jamie Dornan, he of Fifty Shades, can deliver on the dramatic action front but he's at the top of his game as Commandant Pat Quinlan in this Netflix Original. He leads his men into battle with a world-weariness that seems baked-in, taking them on a life-changing mission to hold steady a fort from 3, Congolese troops.

Part of director Richie Smyth's plan to toughen up his actors before shooting was to ensure that their experiences felt real. He made all of them attend a soldier training camp and boy, does it show. That’s how you bring a layer of emotional truth to a movie like this. 

The Night Comes For Us 

Fancy watching something that will make your soul shake? Give this a go. It’s a blistering actioner that seldom takes its foot off the gas. Keeping the story simple works as an anchor, a way to let the action run riot, which you want with a star like The Raid’s Iko Uwais in charge. Here he plays a triad thug called Ito, who at the last minute turns on his fellow enforcers, when he spies a young girl in the village they’re currently slaying. Choosing to save her life, and waste his comrades, Ito must do whatever it takes to protect the child. 

Cinema’s gone pretty far in terms of what’s deemed, well, acceptable, pushing the limits of good taste to the extreme. The Night Comes For Us charges down that route, somehow extending previous ideas on over the top violence and relentless barrage of gore. You will not see another action movie like it this year.

Ip Man

Non-Netflix original available in US/UK

Everyone knows who Bruce Lee is. A legend on the screen and in a fight. What about the man who taught him? That's sort of the inspiration for Ip Man. Donnie Yen made his mark playing a fictionalised version of the Wing Chun grandmaster Yip Kai-man who mentored several major martial arts experts, and this takes you back to where it all began. In s China the Japanese invade Yip's town, and it's up to him - and his amazing skills - to take down their leader. 

The appeal here is finding out about the man who trained Lee. That in itself is intriguing, because it’s a blast learning about his past. Who doesn’t like an action biopic? That being said, it’s well worth checking out to see Yen deliver some historic beat downs, and to see where so many moves we recognise today originated. 

Da 5 Bloods

Not a classic action movie, but features enough war-torn action to certainly find itself on this list. Da 5 Bloods is directed by Spike Lee and tells the story of four US veterans (played by Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters, Isiah Whitlock Jr, Norm Lewis) returning to Vietnam to locate and repatriate the remains of their squad leader (played by Chadwick Boseman). 

There’s also the little matter of finding a trunk of gold bullion they buried during the war – it was intended to pay locals for their help against the Viet Cong, but when it went down with a CIA plane, our heroes took it for themselves. This is a frequently fierce, fascinating picture, and that's why it's classed here as one of the best Netflix action movies available now.

The Wandering Earth

Watching Chinese box-office smash The Wandering Earth, it seems as if its screenwriter mainlined every ‘90s Hollywood disaster movie then promptly declared “Hold all the beers in the world.” The sweaty-browed machismo of American popcorn entertainment is nothing compared to what’s being dubbed China’s first proper sci-fi blockbuster. The story somehow surpasses them all. 

Earth is in dire straits as the sun is on the cusp of dying out, making life on the planet uninhabitable. Scientists pepper the Earth’s surface with 10, rocket thrusters, enabling Earth to be directed to a new star system…  as long as they also avoid pesky Jupiter’s gravity. It’s ambitious-as-hell yet director Frank Gwo and his team somehow juggle the superb ensemble cast along with a series of showy visuals for an at-times arresting disaster actioner. 

Code 8

We’re in a post-MCU world now where the superhero schtick is no longer counterculture. As a result, we’re now getting more fun, straight-to-streaming pics like Code 8, set in a world where roughly 4% of the population is born with abilities. Alas, this circumstance is sadly not met with excitement by the majority of citizens who cower away from “Powers”, including Connor (Robbie Amell), a twentysomething labourer struggling to pay for his mother’s medical bills. He harnesses his electrokinetic powers and joins forces with a criminal gang, in order to raise the cash. 

Arrowverse heroes and real-life cousins Robbie and Stephen Amell co-star, after having raised the financing for the film through Kickstarter. It's their on-screen dynamic that truly sells it, with the older Amell playing the thuggish crook who enlists Connor. Writer-director Jeff Chan hardly has the type of budget typically tossed at superhero fare, yet this grittier take on an X-Men-esque world delivers plenty of compelling action sequences.

Alive

A South Korean genre movie chock-full of zombies? Obvious comparisons to Train to Busan were bound to happen. However, where that critically-acclaimed pic infuses its undead action with more of a horror edge, Alive, a South-Korean zombie flick from last year, goes straight for the kinetic energy. In that regard, it occupies a similar part of the zombie pantheon to Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead, whose frantic brain-eaters charged around at breakneck speed too.

Alive tells of a rapidly-spreading infection that’s left an entire city under siege from those infected, except for one survivor holed up in his apartment. The film landed on Netflix right as the COVID pandemic started, rather an apropos time, considering its story largely handles the dread of isolation. In that regard, it’s a surprisingly heart-wrenching watch that will hit home for many viewers, while also proving to be a rollicking good time.

Set in the near future, Outside the Wire centers around a civil war between pro-Russian insurgents and local resistances in Ukraine leads the US to deploy peacekeeping forces. It stars Anthony Mackie (who also produced the movie) as an android officer who works with a drone pilot, played by Damson Idris, to stop a global catastrophe. Emily Beecham, Michael Kelly, and Pilou Asbæk also star. The movie was directed by Swedish filmmaker Mikael Håfström, who's also helmed thrillers like 's Escape Plan starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Project Power

Another Netflix Original, Project Power stars Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Dominique Fishback. It follows a drug dealer (Fishback), a police officer (Gordon-Levitt), and a former soldier (Foxx) in a near-future New Orleans who team up to stop the distribution of a pill that gives the user superpowers for five minutes. The movie was directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the duo behind Paranormal Activity 3 and Paranormal Activity 4. Colson Baker, Rodrigo Santoro, Amy Landecker, and Allen Maldonado also star.

Sinking $65 million dollars into its action spectacle Extraction, it’s no wonder Netflix chose to, as they say, go balls-to-the-wall on every front. Nabbing Chris Hemsworth for the lead was a masterstroke, but the big get aside from Thor is its director Sam Hargrave, who also happens to be an MCU stunt performer. Much like John Wick saw noted stunt genius Chad Stahelski take the reins as director for the first time, Hargrave gets that same chance to lens action the way a stuntman experiences it.

And that’s largely why the plot might not matter much. Who’s fussed about specifics when your director’s strapping himself into a car for a minute take of a high-speed car chase? Granted, the story’s a decent enough tale of a sultry mercenary who accepts a job to locate the kidnapped son of an international crime lord, but it’s not going to change the face of cinema. Come for Hemsworth playing a slightly more serious role, and stay for the terrific action set pieces. 

Beasts of No Nation

One of Netflix’s very first productions was a bold proposition indeed; a war movie in a fictional African country, performed for long stretches in Twi (a dialect of the Akan language spoken in Ghana), about a child soldier groomed for violence by a simultaneously terrifying and magnetic commandant. Beasts of No Nation plays out in just as bleak a manner as the premise suggests, leaving the viewer morally conflicted and emotionally exhausted.

In a movie that’s equal parts thrilling and harrowing, Idris Elba delivers an absolute masterclass in his role as the commandant. You watch him groom a child for war and perform several war crimes, and yet, somehow, you still find yourself wanting to root for him. And no less of a revelation is the young Abraham Attah as Agu. 

Triple Frontier

Think of Triple Frontier as Ocean’s Eleven with a military slant. J.C Chandor directs from a script he co-wrote with Zero Dark Thirty’s Mark Boal for the testosterone movie of the year, that tells of a group of former Special Forces Operatives who band together to rob a noted cartel drug lord. It’s hardly new, plot-wise, but the movie brings out plenty of surprises beneath its pecs. Notably, its cast manages to venture into interesting territory with their characters, who find themselves in dire straits when a simple plan goes wrong.

Oscar Isaac leads as Santiago “Pope” Garcia, a DEA Agent who reunites his former team (Ben Affleck on top form, Charlie Hunnam, Pedro Pascal, and Garrett Hedlund) to carry out the heist, that undoubtedly doesn’t pan out the way they expect. Netflix struck gold with this winning combo of top-shelf A-listers, taut, precision scripting, and great action sequences that have your heart in your throat. One of the best action movies on Netflix, Triple Frontier packs equal amounts of brawn and brain and is eminently watchable. 

The Debt Collector

Non-Netflix original available in US/UK

Several collaborations deep, and action champ Scott Adkins and director Jesse Johnson’s established rapport continues to, well, put Adkins into increasingly-hairy situations where the only way out is through someone’s face. The pair typically ramp up the Guy Ritchie-esque British crime thriller template, yet this time they relocate to sunny Los Angeles where Adkins’ dedicated martial arts teacher French is struggling to keep his dojo open. 

He quickly accepts a job as a debt collector that connects him with Sue, a former B-movie ninja expert, whose shabby aesthetic masks his thunderous desire to break people’s legs. Johnson and Adkins are in their element here. The stunt coordinator-turned director dispenses with scene-after-scene of action-comedy genius, clearly comfortable with both at this point in his career.

6 Underground

Starring Ryan Reynolds and directed by Michael Bay, this movie follows a group of, you guessed it, six people. All of them are highly skilled and capable of taking down even the most untouchable of targets. Their aim this time round is a dictator in Turkistan, named Rovach Alimov. 

Though this film didn't do that well with critics, it's still packed with action, and Reynolds' performance as the lead character has been praised. 6 Underground is a great choice for a slice of explosive escapism, especially if you're already a Bay fan. 

Okja

A near-future sci-fi flick by Snowpiercer director Bong Joon-ho, this is exactly the type of Netflix Original the world needs: funny, weird, and utterly charming. Part environmental parable, part bleeding heart manifesto, the movie follows, Mija, a year old whose best friend is a super-pig called Okja. When the lab that created her friend steal the swine away from her, Mija embarks on an adventure to retrieve Okja that takes her across the globe.

Unlike the brutal, bleak landscape of Snowpiecer, Okja showcases Joon-Ho’s softer side. It’s still oddball and wacky but packed with a ton of heart.  One of Netflix’s first movies that manages to juggle different ideas without losing sight of the goal; a real genre-blending effort. Oh, and Tilda Swinton. Anything that involves Tilda Swinton is worth watching.

Triple Threat

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Let's just get this out of the way now. No-one comes to a movie like Triple Threat for the plot or nuanced characterisations. No. They come to watch an assembly of martial arts legends either beat seven shades out of each other, or team up to beat the hell out of some other bunch of unsuspecting suckers. Luckily, Triple Threat’s got both. 

The holy trifecta of Thai superstar Tony Jaa, Indonesian ass-kicker Iko Uwais, and Man of Tai Chi/The Matrix stunt man Tiger Chen is its core trio who join forces to stop a bunch of mercenaries (led by British action king Scott Adkins) from killing a billionaire heiress. It’s to the point yet the action beats here are downright exhilarating, running the gamut from ringside brawls to urban shootouts, and a few particularly unfortunate vehicular incidents. But really, this is all about hand-to-hand combat.

Manhunt

Non-Netflix original available in US/UK

John Woo’s glory days might be in the rearview. But he’s not out of the game just yet. Not interested in sculpting classics like Hard Boiled, his more recent output is well worth checking out for its almost commemorative qualities. Manhunt is a cut above, proving he’s still got a lot to offer even the most casual action fan who’ll get enjoyment from this offering. 

All of the Woo staples are present: a seemingly never-ending supply of bullets, endless slo-mo sequences of badassery, and, well, basically, there’s A LOT of gunfights. The film’s somewhat contrived plottings toss together a detective and a lawyer into a story stuffed with so many themes and angles, that at times you won’t quite believe how ambitious its scope. And yet, despite the silliness, it’s also got… a whole lotta doves.

Headshot

Non-Netflix original available in US/UK

Here’s an Indonesian fight flick not directed by The Raid and The Raid 2 filmmaker Gareth Evans. While that pair of blistering actioners hails from a Welsh filmmaker, Headshot is tackled by Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel who nevertheless still accomplish that same level of intense, soul-shaking action along with a solid, emotionally-rich story.

Certain types of martial arts movies make their statement quite simply. Headshot is no different in its tale of revenge. Iko Uwais stars as Ishmael, a man suffering from amnesia on the run as his violent criminal past comes for him. Tjahanto and Stamboel together are an assured team, whose confidence in crafting skilfully-choreographed fight sequences aren’t bogged down in technicalities. These scenes drip with dread and anxiety, your heart rate ramping up with every fist to a face. Uwais, who also starred in The Raid and its sequel, continues to shine here. 

The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf

A spin-off of The Witcher Netflix series, Nightmare of the Wolf serves as an origin story for Geralt's (Henry Cavill) mentor and fellow witcher Vesemir,  voiced by Theo James. A servant on a nobleman's estate, Vesemir longs to explore the Continent and find his destiny. Sherlock's Lara Pulver is Tetra, a sorceress descended from one of the Continent’s first mages. She and her followers work to keep peace on the Continent by ensuring that magic is not abused. Graham McTavish voices warrior-leader Deglan, while Mary McDonnell is noblewoman Lady Zerbst.

Kwang Il Han directed the movie, while Beau DeMayo wrote the script, and The Witcher showrunner and executive producer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich is on board as a producer. Han is part of Studio Mir, who worked on the series The Legend of Korra, and DeMayo has also written and produced on the original Witcher series.

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The 50 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now

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This piece is frequently updated as titles leave and join Netflix. *New additions are indicated with an asterisk.

Sometimes you just need to escape. You just want to watch things blow up or crash into each other, but it seems like Netflix is always trying to push a serious drama or docuseries on you. Just give me something that goes boom!

Well, we can help you with that. Here are the best choices you could make with a working Netflix subscription if you’re jonesing to see a great action movie.

Roland Emmerich, the modern King of the Disaster Blockbusters, delivered one of his most ridiculously over-the-top movies in this tale of the apocalypse foretold to come just three years later. A rockin’ ensemble elevates some admittedly thin material but no one comes to this for performance or character — it’s about the world blowing up real good, and the movie delivers exactly what it promises.

What happens when you give an action-crazed lunatic like Michael Bay the freedom of budget and running time of Netflix? This chaos, a movie that no one would call great — not even the people who made it — but that does certainly scratch an itch for B-movie insanity with an A-movie budget. The opening car chase alone almost plays like a parody of Bay’s past movies, and the film’s tongue-in-cheek nature is the best thing about it.

Remember when Harrison Ford was the country’s (fictional) president? Revisit those crazy times with this great thriller in which Ford plays the world leader who is aboard the titular plane when it’s hijacked by a team led by Gary Oldman. It’s a reminder of a time when blockbusters weren’t the exclusive property of comic book fans.

The divisive Zack Snyder returns to the world of zombie action years after his breakthrough with a remake of George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, and the result is a bit of mindless undead fun. Dave Bautista stars as the leader of a ragtag group of former soldiers who are tasked with breaking into the zombie-overrun city of Las Vegas to retrieve millions in a safe under the city.

This two-part epic Indian period piece will give you nearly six hours of huge action set-pieces, hand-to-hand combat, gravity defying feats of daring-do, and vibrant musical numbers as it follows the saga of two mighty men at war for a kingdom. One is the humble but revered Shiv, and the other is the power-mad king, Bhallaladeva. As Shiv comes into powers he never knew he had, he will challenge the ruler and try to restore just balance to the kingdom, but along the way you’ll learn about the origins of each man and how they’re connected by destiny. The Fast Saga wishes it was this extravagantly thrilling.

Roger Donaldson directed Jason Statham to one of the best performances of his career in this heist movie based on the true story of the Baker Street robbery. Saffron Burrows plays a woman who is blackmailed into leading an operation to retrieve a safety deposit box that contains compromising photos of Princess Margaret, and she calls in Statham to lead the team to pull it off. Clever and character-driven in ways that Statham films aren’t often allowed to be, this is a unique movie in his filmography.

’s Skyline wasn’t exactly a film that anyone expected to get a sequel, let alone a good one. And yet this piece of lunacy is kind of an amazing B-movie, especially the final act that includes a couple of the guys from The Raid movies fighting aliens and other dudes. It’s an insane movie that mixes martial arts and an alien attack, and you kind of need to see it to believe it.

This submarine thriller made hardly a ripple (sorry) when it was released in , but it’s a solid, old-fashioned action flick, featuring tense direction by Kevin Macdonald and a reliably strong lead performance from Jude Law. It’s the story of a submarine captain who is hired to search for a vessel that’s rumored to be loaded with gold. What could go wrong?

Ridley Scott’s sci-fi masterpiece was notoriously derided when it was released but would go on to change the cinematic landscape. Harrison Ford stars as Rick Deckard in the beloved sci-fi noir, a film that changed the visual language of the genre and launched dozens of copycats. The original is still perfect, and this is the final cut edition of the film, the version that removes the voice-over, re-inserts the unicorn, and takes out the original happy ending.

If you want some non-stop, claustrophobic action stretched over two hours, BuyBust is a must watch. This Filipino film takes place almost entirely over the course of a single night in a labyrinthine neighborhood in Manila, where a team of cops have set up to ambush a drug lord — or so they think. There’s a mole in the unit, so the bad guys know they’re coming, and when the two sides collide the fed-up residents revolt against everyone bringing violence to their community. It’s paired down close quarters combat in an inescapable slum, and the hits feel so real your own body will start to hurt.

As No Time to Die has been delayed multiple times due to COVID, Netflix is here to satisfy your needs with the first outing for Daniel Craig as the most famous movie spy of all time. This is easily one of the best Bond movies, a flick that redefined the character with more intense stakes and realistic action sequences. It’s a legitimately great movie, not just for what it did for its genre and the future of its legendary super spy.

The great artist RZA (Wu-Tang forever!) directed this action heist film that’s already starting to build something of a cult following, which should grow now that it’s on Netflix. It’s an old-fashioned action flick, embedding its well-directed thrills and characters with a nice dose of social commentary too. And it’s got a hell of a cast, including Shameik Moore, T.I., Wesley Snipes, Terrence Howard, and Ethan Hawke.

It’s not a traditional action film, but there are enough shoot-outs to qualify for this section. What began life as an old-fashioned treasure hunt movie became something very different when Spike Lee came on board to direct, but the essence of the original riff on The Treasure of the Sierra Madre holds it all together.

Giant sharks + charismatic actors = something worth watching. It’s been fun to watch this B-movie guilty pleasure build a following in the two decades since its release. It’s so popular still that there was a cheap sequel released just this year. It’s the story of genetically engineered sharks who attack people played by Saffron Burrows, Thomas Jane, LL Cool J, and Samuel L. Jackson, who has (spoiler!) one of the best death scenes in the history of action movies.

Ed Zwick (Glory) co-wrote and directed this true story starring Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, and Jamie Bell. Set during the Nazi occupation of Belarus, this is the tale of the Bielski partisans, a group that saved Jews in that part of the world during WWII. Intense and unforgettable, this is a chapter of world history that’s not often taught in class.

In a year when there were too many Netflix original movies every week to watch them all, one of the few true surprises was this wonderful family action film that further proves that Millie Bobby Brown is going to be a massive star. She plays the title character, the teenage sister of the famous Sherlock Holmes, who gets involved in a mystery of her own.

The plot may be overheated macho garbage, but there’s an minute centerpiece sequence in this Chris Hemsworth vehicle involving a higher body count than most entire franchises that action fans simply need to see to believe. And then see it again.

Free Fire can be described very simply. It’s a gunfight movie. The setup is a black market arms deal that goes almost immediately awry, and no one has any choice but to try and kill their way out of the warehouse they’re stuck in. Co-written and directed by Ben Wheately, this British black comedy has a great ensemble cast that includes Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Sharlto Copely, and more. And remember, everyone was together so they could buy and sell weapons, which means no one is really running out of ways to kill people.

It appears the version of Wong Kar-wai’s brilliant action epic that’s on Netflix is the one that was heavily edited in the final days of Harvey Weinstein’s waning power, but it’s still good enough to make this list. The action choreography alone is breathtaking, and maybe watching this cut will encourage you to seek out the minute Berlin cut (this one is ) or the even longer one known as the “Chinese Cut,” which runs minutes.

There’s a general rule about action movies that’s easy to follow. If something stars actor/stuntman/fight choreographer Iko Uwais, you should probably watch it. Co-directed by Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto, Headshot is every bit as good as the more widely famous Indonesian fight films, The Raid: Redemption and The Raid 2, which are actually directed by Gareth Evans, a Welshman. Uwais stars in each of those movies, and in Headshot he plays a man suffering from amnesia whose past comes violently chasing after him. The doctor who saved him becomes a target by association, leaving Uwais’s character no choice but to take down an entire criminal syndicate to protect them both.

Last year marked the tenth anniversary of one of Christopher Nolan’s best films, the story of a team of agents who can infiltrate dreams, led by Leonardo DiCaprio. It’s part heist movie, part Bond movie, and mostly something that only the director of The Prestige and Tenet could possibly make.

Ti West (The House of the Devil) wrote and directed this tight little Western that barely got released in theaters, so most Netflix subscribers probably haven’t seen it. Ethan Hawke stars in this wicked Western as a man who crosses paths with a sociopathic Marshal, played by John Travolta, and the great supporting cast includes Taissa Farmiga, Karen Gillan, James Ransone, and Toby Huss.

The great Wolfgang Petersen directed one of Clint Eastwood’s best films of the ‘90s in this blockbuster hit about a Secret Service agent who matches wits with a former CIA agent (played by John Malkovich) who is trying to assassinate the President of the United States. The tight thriller also stars Dylan McDermott, Gary Cole, and John Mahoney. It was such a hit that it landed three Oscar nominations, including the last one for Malkovich.

Donnie Yen is a sacred name in the martial arts branch of cinema appreciation, and you can see why with three Ip Man films now available on Netflix. They tell the semi-true story of Ip Man, a legendary leader in the world of martial arts, who trained Bruce Lee. These are not traditional biopics or martial arts movies, working as a hybrid of period piece and action. ’s Master Z: Ip Man Legacy isn’t there yet, but hopefully soon.

Listen, any crazy B-movie with Nicolas Cage in the cast is probably going to make this list just as a guilty pleasure. And this one has Frank Grillo, Juju Chan, and Tony Jaa too. It’s not what most critics would call “good,” but it’s got just enough of that Cage energy to give his fans what they need.

Any Tony Scott movie is going to make this list. The late director made this action flick with the unforgettable opening scene in which a running back shoots players on the field at a football game. Trying to figure out exactly what happened brings in a P.I. played by Bruce Willis and a disgraced quarterback played by Damon Wayans. It’s goofy and a bit dated, but also a lot of fun at times.

Matthew Vaughn’s directorial debut is the film that really proved to people that Daniel Craig was smooth enough to be James Bond. Before he was , he was a character known only as XXXX in Layer Cake, the story of a London criminal who is trying to get out of the drug business and having great difficulty doing so. The low-budget flick was a massive hit on the arthouse circuit because it’s clever and oh-so-stylish.

Paul Haggis (Crash) wrote and directed this remake of the French thriller Anything for Her, about a normal man (Russell Crowe) who will do whatever it takes to get his wrongly convicted wife (Elizabeth Banks) out of prison. It’s far from perfect but it’s got a great cast that also includes Brian Dennehy, Olivia Wilde, Lennie James, Daniel Stern, Kevin Corrigan, and Liam Neeson.

Oh, look! It’s Iko Uwais again! But if for some reason you’re only going to watch one of his movies — instead of all of them, like we told you — let it be The Night Comes For Us. This time, though, Uwais is playing the heel to Joe Taslim’s hero. To be clear, both of them are professional killers. Taslim’s Ito is just the one who has a crisis of conscience, and when Ito tries to leave his life of crime behind he draws the fury of the entire criminal organization he betrayed. Headshot director Timo Tjahanto helms this one on his own, and it is one of the best fighting movies ever made. Relentless and brutal and at times even tender, The Night Comes For Us is virtuoso violence that makes even the most intense Chad Stahelski-action sequence feel tame. Maybe it’s because safety regulations are just different in Indonesia, but America could literally never.

Charlize Theron’s Andy initially seems like another in her long line of sleek action heroes: Steely, determined and not to be trifled with. But while Andy bears surface similarities to those past roles, in Gina Prince-Bythewood’s adaptation of the Greg Rucka comic book Theron gets to be something much more fascination: A tormented god-like creature, an immortal who has spent centuries trying to save humanity but is beginning to wonder whether it was worth all the trouble. Theron draws you in, and keeps you hooked.

Sadly, Netflix does not have Gerard Butler’s entire Mike Banning trilogy available, but it does have the first of his Fallen series. Butler plays a former top secret service agent who used to lead the President’s protection detail, but has since been reassigned to a post at the Treasury. (Downgrade!) But Banning is called to the highest level of service once again after terrorists overtake the White House with President Asher (Aaron Eckhart) inside. At first there are multiple American agents on hand to fight back, but soon it’s up to Banning alone to protect the Commander in Chief — as only Gerard Butler can!

Rod Lurie’s latest turned around quickly from a limited theatrical and PVOD run in July to hitting Netflix in October, where it should do very, very well. It’s the story of the Battle of Kamdesh, one of the most brutal in the Afghanistan War, as the Taliban assaulted a poorly-placed base in the middle of a valley. Scott Eastwood, Orlando Bloom, and particularly Caleb Landry Jones are all good, but this is one of those technically impressive war films most of all, putting people in the middle of the nightmare of battle.

This felt like an attempt to pull Jason Statham from pure action like the Transporter films into something more dramatic, and it’s interesting on that level — even if it’s not a great movie. Adapted from the series by Donald Westlake, Statham plays a thief who is double-crossed by his crew, and he sets out for revenge. Jennifer Lopez co-stars.

Pedro Pascal is everywhere in early , appearing in The Mandalorian on Disney+, Wonder Woman on HBO Max, and We Can Be Heroes on Netflix. Revisit one of his better indie films with this SXSW critical darling from Jay Duplass plays a father in this sci-fi film who lands on a planet to mine for gems with his daughter and encounter some dangerous strangers, including one played memorably by Pascal.

This South Korean film centers on a man whose entirely family was murdered, and who sets out for vengeance by getting himself sent to the prison island where their killers — and a whole lot of other killers — are being kept in isolation.

Based on Don Winslow’s novel of the same name, Savages is a Oliver Stone film that features the director’s trademark excess, but it fits the story here better than some of his other modern efforts. This tale of low-level weed dealers who get caught up in something much bigger and more dangerous than they’re prepared for stars Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, Benicio del Toro, Salma Hayek, and John Travolta.

Somehow, people slept on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, despite it being one of the most clever comics adaptations around. Michael Cera stars as the titular Scott Pilgrim, who has fallen for the beguiling Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), but must defeat every single one of her evil exes in battle before they can be together. The former flames have come together in a League, and Scott has to face them down like a series of videogame bosses before he can take on the final challenger. Raise your game, Pilgrim!

While their overall catalog has been diminishing, it’s certainly true that Netflix has been adding more projects from around the world, often quietly. Take this French thriller that landed on the service in March with almost no fanfare, brought to people’s attention through critics (like our own Bilge Ebiri). Olga Kurylenko stars in a film that Ebiri calls “John Wick on the Riviera.” Who doesn’t want to see that?

This stunning Chinese period drama comes from House of Flying Daggers director Zhang Yimou, and it concerns two kingdoms on the brink of conflict. When the petty ruler of Pei agrees to ship his sister off as a concubine to the mighty king of Yang, Pei’s commander, Ziyu, descents, but Ziyu has a secret (we won’t tell you!), and when it comes down to him battling Yang’s warrior ruler to protect Qingping from becoming a concubine and to take back control of the prized city Jingzhou, the fate of both kingdoms is thrown into upheaval. Shadow is a wuxia work of art.

J.D. Dillard co-wrote and directed this very unusual superhero movie about an average kid in Los Angeles who learns he may not be all that average. Jacob Latimore plays a street magician who gets caught up in a bad situation with a drug lord played by Dule Hill. It subverts expectations of the hero genre in clever ways.

Bong Joon-ho may have won the Oscar for Parasite, but he had a hit before that in his sci-fi action flick starring Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, and John Hurt. It’s a brilliant allegory for society as a train has been divided into classes per car, and the peasants form a revolt. Visually striking and narratively ambitious, Snowpiercer is a film that only seems to grow in esteem with each passing year, especially now that Bong is a household name.

Roland Emmerich’s sci-fi action film with Kurt Russell and James Spader doesn’t get enough credit for launching a massive franchise that led to multiple TV series, a web series, books, video games, comic books, and even direct-to-DVD movies. It may not be as popular as it once was, but it’s worth revisiting the original movie that started such a worldwide phenomenon.

J.J. Abrams took the reins of one of the most influential franchises of all time and went back to the beginning, telling the origin story of how James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) joined the crew of the Starship Enterprise. Some of Abrams’s messing around with franchise histories has been controversial, but this is still an incredibly solid summer blockbuster, entertaining from beginning to end.

Paul Verhoeven directed this blockbuster that unleashed Arnold Schwarzenegger on a short story by Philip K. Dick called “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale.” Ah-nuld plays a construction worker who becomes involved in a crazy power struggle on Mars…or does he? Verhoeven’s blend of social commentary and undeniable craft with action have allowed this to hold up better than most thirty-year-old action movies.

J.C. Chandor’s latest is a solid thriller with a phenomenal ensemble. Oscar Isaac leads a group of soldiers into an illegal job to rip off a notorious drug lord and, well, things don’t go as planned. Not only is everyone here excellent — especially, Ben Affleck, doing his best work since Gone Girl — but it’s the kind of tight action movie that Hollywood doesn’t really make that often anymore. It’s a lean, mean fighting machine.

This is kind of like a southeast Asian action all star team up. Thai martial arts icon Tony Jaa, Man of Tai Chi star Tiger Chen, and… wait for it… Indonesian phenom Iko Uwais team up to take down a group of mercenaries hired to kill a do-gooder billionaire heiress. Jaa, Chen, and Uwais each have their reasons for wanting to mess up the business of these bastard hitmen, and they’re all personal.

Remember when Jean-Claude Van Damme was on the top of the action world? Well, to be fair, this film came out long after JCVD’s peak, but it does feature an old-fashioned style of sci-fi/action that hints at why he used to be such a star. Technically, this is the fourth film in the Universal Soldier series after two made-for-TV movies, and it’s the last one released in theaters.

After the surprising turn that Liam Neeson took to become one of the world’s biggest action stars, he produced a great number of silly movies, including this guilty pleasure from his regular collaborator Jaume Collet-Serra (who also worked with Neeson on Non-Stop, Run All Night, and The Commuter). In a classic Hitchcockian set-up, Neeson plays a professor who wakes up after a four-day coma and sets out to reclaim what appears to be his stolen identity.

One of the biggest movies of the decade is a Chinese film that most people in the United States haven’t even seen. Making almost $ million worldwide, this is the kind of blockbuster that the MCU sort of pushed out — a crazy, end-of-the-world disaster movie with a Roland Emmerich aesthetic and ridiculous special effects. It’s almost overwhelming in its onslaught of crazy, but sometimes you just want to see things go boom on a massive scale.

A more turned down affair than some of the bone shattering Indonesian films on this list and much more stark than the spectacle of an Indian musical action epic, Wheelman stars American knockaround workhorse Frank Grillo as a getaway driver who is double crossed during a robbery gone awry. With his daughter being threatened, Grillo’s character has to find out as fast as possible who betrayed him while staying in constant motion and getting in scrapes around the city of L.A.

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Trying to define "action movie" can yield several different answers, but we like to think of the genre as run-and-gun, fist-to-fist escapism that stands the test of time and occasionally comes with tinges of comedy or sci-fi. Think more Predator than Small Soldiers (sorry, Small Soldiers). The very best of the best rank as some of the greatest movies of all time, but there's plenty of reliably diverting high-octane fare available on Netflix at any given time. Here's our favorites on Netflix right now.

Avengement ()

DTV action star Scott Adkins knows how to land a punch, but this chronologically fractured fight film, which combines a bloody prison drama with a Guy Ritchie-esque underworld plot, also lets the burly actor show off his acting chops. With a metal grill on his teeth and gnarly scars on his face, Adkins plays Cain, a former boxer turned convict who starts the movie by escaping his security detail on a trip to the hospital to visit his dying mother. On the run, Cain ends up at a pub in the middle of the day, where he entertains the assembled goons with his convoluted life story, which involves a betrayal by his older brother and many grueling jailhouse brawls. Director Jesse V. Johnson co-wrote the refreshingly sharp script, which has more on its mind than your average fight-driven revenge film, and he stages the ferocious, bare-knuckle melees with appropriate vigor.

Braven ()

The main character in this movie is named "Joe Braven" and he's played by Jason Momoa. That simple fact alone should convince you to watch this scrappy, low-budget action movie about a logger tasked with fighting off a heavily armed gang of drug dealers who stash some primo shit in his log cabin. If the protagonist had a less goofy name, the movie would still be effective—the director is a former stunt coordinator and he knows how to properly stage all the gunfights, bow-and-arrow deaths, and snowmobile chases—but the stupid grin that you get on your face every time someone says "Joe Braven" really elevates this throwback outdoors thriller. Momoa has the sturdy, low-key charisma of the best '80s action heroes, and it's a shame that the the laws of modern blockbuster-dom mean he'll likely spend more time starring in CG monster throw-downs like Justice League when he could be snapping necks in gruff B-movies like Braven. In a just world, the Braven-verse would be rapidly expanding every year.

Clear and Present Danger ()

Maybe you've seen Amazon's Jack Ryan series starring sitcom-nice-boy-turned-action-hero John Krasinski. But the CIA agent character from Tom Clancy's popular book series has been around for a lot longer than the s, and the ultimate action star Harrison Ford took on the role for the big screen in the '90s. While Patriot Games is Ford's first appearance in the political thriller franchise, you can strap in and enjoy the blockbuster patriotism of Clear and Present Danger all the same. Featuring Ryan on a mission to intervene with the Colombian drug cartel, the schmaltzy espionage action never stops.

Cliffhanger ()

The poster for Cliffhanger promised "an avalanche of thrills," and the marketing department was not kidding around. This Sylvester Stallone starring outdoors epic, directed with gravity-defying aplomb by Die Hard 2 filmmaker Renny Harlin, delivers all the twists, set-pieces, and perilous climbing shenanigans you'd expect from a big-budget '90s star vehicle. There's even one of those "post-Alan-Rickman-in-Die-Hard" scenery chewing villain performances from John Lithgow. Grab your gear and make the climb.

Django Unchained ()

Quentin Tarantino loves a satirical revisionist history. Django Unchained turns to slavery in the Antebellum South (without side-stepping controversy) to reimagine what some bloody good justice might've looked like and rewrite the western. Anchored by the brilliant performances of Jamie Foxx as a freed slave and Christoph Waltz as the bounty hunter who seeks help in carrying out his services, the period piece becomes an all-out gunslinging romp as they set out to free Django's wife (Kerry Washington). It's an award-winning epic that refuses to ever hold back. 

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Extraction ()

Netflix has an affinity for pumping out high-octane action movies. Some are senseless, some are fun, and some can muster enough of an A-list team behind it that even the most brutal or asinine plots are extremely watchable. Extraction sees the reunion of the Russo Brothers of Marvel fame and Thor himself Chris Hemsworth, with Joe Russo behind the screenplay of this shoot-em-up mercenary mission. As Hemsworth's Tyler Rake is hired to save the kidnapped son of a crime boss in Bangladesh, what should’ve been a quick-and-easy mission turns into an uncompromising, grueling fight for their survival. Extraction delivers on being the no-nonsense rescue movie it promises to be, but with each shot, Hemsworth shows no one will be spared at his franchised-action-star-in-the-making hands. 

Free Fire ()

Cast from the molten barrels of Charles Bronson's many Smith & Wessons, this frenetic '70s throwback plays out as one prolonged shootout. What should be just-another-illegal-gun-deal-by-the-docks between a group of IRA fighters (led by Cillian Murphy), a skeezy arms dealer (Sharlto Copley), and two American representatives for the respective parties (Brie Larson and Armie Hammer) explodes into a firefight when one lower-rung goon accuses another of assaulting his sister at a bar the night prior. Each insult exacerbates the standoff, which director Ben Wheatley orchestrates with wailing bullets, chaotic camerawork, and salvos of clever banter, blurted out as the actors squirm across dirt floors to safety. By the end of Free Fire, limbs are torn through, blood is spilled, and your jaw is on the floor.

The Hateful Eight ()

Quentin Tarantino has something to say about race, violence, and American life, and it's going to ruffle feathers. Like Django Unchained, the writer-director reflects modern times on the Old West, but with more scalpel-sliced dialogue, profane poetry, and gore. Stewed from bits of Agatha Christie, David Mamet, and Sam Peckinpah, The Hateful Eight traps a cast of blowhards (including Samuel L. Jackson as a Civil War veteran, Kurt Russell as a bounty hunter known as "The Hangman," and Jennifer Jason Leigh as a psychopathic gang member) in a blizzard-enveloped supply station. Tarantino ups the tension by shooting his suffocating space in "glorious 70mm." Treachery and moral compromise never looked so good.

Inception ()

Christopher Nolan's sci-fi masterpiece thrusts you into the world of dreams, and leaves you so bewildered that it's difficult to wake up. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a corporate spy who steals secrets by inserting himself in others' subconscious dream states, the film not only imagines this complex universe, it flips its structure, as DiCaprio’s man on the run is made to plan the perfect heist in order to leave behind his criminal life. Rather than stealing ideas, he's got to implant one—that's inception, baby!—with his team of specialists, resulting in a surrealist, multilayered film.

In the Line of Fire ()

Before throwing Harrison Ford in a plane in Air Force One and tossing George Clooney on a boat in The Perfect Storm, action maestro Wolfgang Peterson put Clint Eastwood in the line of fire in… In the Line of Fire! Skillfully playing "too old for this shit" characters way back in the early '90s, when he was still relatively spry in his 60s, Eastwood excels as Secret Service Agent Frank Horrigan, a old-timer tasked with stopping an assassination attempt and unraveling a vast political conspiracy. With a classic villain performance from John Malkovich, the movie leaps from one nail-biting sequence to another, and Eastwood ties it all together with his grizzled charm.

The Ip Man movies

There aren't many biopics that also pass for decent action movies. Somehow, Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen and director Wilson Yip have made three separate movies based on the life of Chinese martial arts master Yip Kai-man, who famously trained Bruce Lee—all three of the flicks are on Netflix, plus an unrelated Herman Yau entry (Ip Man: The Final Fight). What's their trick to keeping this series fresh? Play fast and loose with the facts, up the melodrama with each film, and, when in doubt, cast Mike Tyson as an evil property developer. The third movie in the series isn't necessarily the best—that's probably still the first film—but the fights are incredible, and Yen's portrayal of the aging master still has the power to draw a few tears from even the most grizzled tough guy.

The Last Boy Scout ()

After basically inventing the modern action-comedy with Lethal Weapon in the '80s, writer Shane Black teamed up with Top Gun director Tony Scott for this blissfully irreverent, tonally wild thriller about a private investigator (Bruce Willis) and a down-and-out NFL quarterback (Damon Waynes) teaming up to solve a mystery. The noir-ish touches will be familiar to fans of Black's later directorial efforts like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and The Nice Guys, but the movie is perhaps most memorable for its wise-cracking dialogue, often shockingly mean-spirited attitude, and unceasing taste for over-the-top violence. One of the great maximalist action movies of its era.

The Night Comes for Us ()

There are images in The Night Comes for Us, a wild Indonesian action thriller starring two veterans of the celebrated The Raid franchise, that resemble what a child might think an action movie would be after simply looking at lurid VHS cover art and hyper-stylized movie posters. It flirts with parody at points and gleefully crosses over into absurdity in others. Towards the end of the movie, the two main characters -- an ex-mercenary for the Triads named Ito (Joe Taslim) and his old friend turned rival Arian (Iko Uwais) -- basically slash at each other's flesh like Itchy and Scratchy, their bodies carrying on long past the point of what conventional medicine would deem possible. Is it overwhelming? Yes. But the dedication to mayhem makes this essential viewing for action fans with strong stomachs.

Okja ()

The Netflix original Okja from Bong Joon Ho poses an interesting ethical question: If your beloved super pig gets kidnapped by a corporate food giant, would you join a group of rouge animal rights activists to see that your pet gets home safe? It’s certainly not the most conventional plot, but because of that, the film about one girl’s journey to save her affectionate hippo-looking pig from mass consumption is a truly insane, high-stakes rescue mission. At times it may feel like propaganda for veganism, but the film, featuring a star-studded cast of Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, and others, is absolutely ridiculous and over the top, leaving your heart pounding as you sit at the edge of your seat, dying to see this pig flee to safety.

The Old Guard ()

Gina Prince-Bythewood's adaptation of Greg Rucka's comic series is a superhero movie with a soul. It stars Charlize Theron as Andy, aka Andromache, a warrior who has lived for six millennia and doesn't really see the point anymore. But she and her team of fellow immortals are drawn back into conflict when they start being hunted by a pharmaceutical brat who wants to use them as test subjects. At the same time, a new member joins their ranks, Nile (KiKi Layne), who survives a throat slitting and is inducted into this strange club. Prince-Bythewood melds immensely fun fight sequences—it's a joy to watch Theron throw a punch—with groundbreaking moments of quietude, including a gay romance that's like nothing you've seen before in an action movie. 

Olympus Has Fallen ()

The White House siege movie Olympus Has Fallen is not a great movie. It's not even the best action movie about machine-gun-wielding bad guys taking over the White House released in (That honor goes to the Jamie Fox and Channing Tatum Die Hard ripoff White House Down.) So, what makes Olympus Has Fallen worth watching? It's an essential introduction to Mike Banning, a ferocious Secret Service Agent played by Gerard Butler who appears in the sequels London Has Fallen and Angel Has Fallen, and the movie is key, in all its goofy brutality, to understanding Butler's mid-career resurgence as an action star. The Banning-verse starts here.

Polar ()

Polar is a very fun, very ridiculous, and very violent movie starring Mads Mikkelsen as a hitman nicknamed the Black Kaiser. In the film directed by Swedish filmmaker Jonas Akerlund (based on Victor Santos’ graphic novel series of the same name), the Black Kaiser thinks he’s just about ready to retire from his high-intensity assassination lifestyle—until he learns there’s a group hunting down his associates, and he’s next on their hit list. Polar doesn't fancy itself particularly highbrow entertainment; instead, it's a comically bloody hitman movie where every action set piece is more over-the-top than the last, but that’s what makes it so watchable.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World ()

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a romantic comedy, but it's by no means your average romantic comedy—with its comics-inspired ass kicking, super villainous ex-boyfriends, and not-so-great original garage band songs. While ridiculous, these oddities in a movie about a bass player (Michael Cera) on a quest to win the heart of a special Ramona Flowers by defeating her seven evil exes give the genre some much needed action. From director Edgar Wright (Baby DriverShaun of the Dead), the film is uniquely stylized and has the right amount of teenage flair to make it a cult classic. What's dreamier than a boy fighting evil exes from hell for the sake of love? 

6 Underground()

Michael Bay's Netflix-funded action extravaganza opens with a minute car chase through the streets (and museums) of Florence that includes an annoyed nun giving our heroes the finger, a group of cute puppies running in slow-motion, and Dave Franco yelling "Fuck!" at the top of his lungs while repeatedly almost crashing into pedestrians. Before that, Ryan Reynolds, playing a tech billionaire who made his money with "magnets," fakes his death in a plane while wearing a helmet with a Red Bull logo on in it. That should give you a sense of what you're dealing with here. Every aspect of this globe-trotting adventure team-up, from its gleefully silly libertarian politics to its sadistically gross splatter effects, feels designed as an affront to collective notions of "good" taste. Bay leans into his most obnoxious tendencies here, giving 6 Underground a crude type of artistic integrity that's become all too rare in blockbuster filmmaking.

Snowpiercer ()

Did people go overboard in praising Snowpiercer when it came out? Maybe. But it's important to remember that the movie arrived in the sweaty dog days of summer, hitting critics and sci-fi lovers like a welcome blast of icy water from a hose. The film's simple, almost video game-like plot—get to the front of the train, or die trying—allowed visionary South Korean director Bong Joon Ho to fill the screen with excitement, absurdity, and radical politics. Chris Evans never looked more alive, Tilda Swinton never stole more scenes, and mainstream blockbuster filmmaking never felt so tepid in comparison. Come on, ride the train!

Total Recall ()

Skip the completely forgettable Colin Farrell remake from This Arnold Schwarzenegger-powered, action-filled sci-fi movie is the one to go with. Working from a short story by writer Philip K. Dick, director Paul Verhoeven (Robocop) uses a brain-teasing premise—you can buy "fake" vacation memories from a mysterious company called Rekall—to stage one of his hyper-violent, winkingly absurd cartoons. The bizarre images of life on Mars and silly one-liners from Arnold fly so fast that you'll begin to think the whole movie was designed to be implanted in your mind.

Time to Hunt ()

Unrelenting in its pursuit of scenarios where guys point big guns at each other in sparsely lit empty hallways, Time to Hunt is a South Korean thriller that knows exactly what stylistic register it's playing in. A group of four friends, including Parasite and Train to Busan breakout Choi Woo-shik, knock over a gambling house, stealing a hefty bag of money and a set of even more valuable hard-drives, and then find themselves targeted by a ruthless contract killer (Park Hae-soo) who moves like the T and shoots like a henchmen in a Michael Mann movie. There are dystopian elements to the world—protests play out in the streets, the police wage a tech-savvy war on citizens, automatic rifles are readily available to all potential buyers—but they all serve the simmering tension and elevate the pounding set-pieces instead of feeling like unnecessary allegorical padding. Time to Hunt uses its elongated runtime to build sequences in a meticulous, considerate way that should appeal to viewers who have seen Heat, Collateral, and Miami Vice too many times to count.

Triple Frontier ()

J.C. Chandor, the filmmaker behind the tense finance drama Margin Call and the '80s crime saga A Most Violent Year, directs an outstanding ensemble cast in this action-thriller. The burly squad of ex-military commandos pulled together by Oscar Isaac's Santiago Garcia, a private contractor overseeing deadly drug enforcement operations in Colombia, is a ragtag team of action movie archetypes: There's the sad, real-estate-selling divorced dad who looks like he'd rather be vaping (Ben Affleck); the noble, buff warrior stuck giving rote speeches about his past glories (Charlie Hunnam); the taciturn, hat-wearing helicopter pilot the filmmakers didn't bother outfitting with a backstory (Pedro Pascal); and the other dude (Garrett Hedlund) who does amateur MMA fights. Together, they decide to rob a drug kingpin hiding out in the South American jungle, but obviously things don't always go according to plan. 

Under Siege ()

Browsing through Steven Seagal movies on a streaming service can be a perilous activity. The ponytail-loving, throat-punching actor has now spent years churning out forgettable, borderline incomprehensible low-budget action movies, so his filmography can feel intimidating. Is this a good one or a bad one? If you've never done a deep-dive on Seagal, Under Siege, a slick "Die Hard on a boat" thriller directed with skill and rigor by The Fugitive filmmaker Andrew Davis, is a great place to start. It's got Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Busey, and Seagal wearing a chef's hat. What more do you want?

Unknown ()

It's best to go into Unknown, well, unknown. All you really need to know is that Liam Neeson delivers an absurd man-in-peril performance, which means it's as entertaining as action-thrillers come. Adapted from a novel by Didier Van Cauwelaert, the movie follows Neeson as professor Dr. Harris, a man en route to a high-profile biotech conference who wakes up after a four-day-long coma with his identity stolen. His wife (January Jones) doesn't recognize him, but she and everybody he knows seems to know a different Dr. Harris—oh, and all of a sudden he's at the center of some sort of assassin conspiracy plot. It's a premise you've likely seen many times before, but this one's slick, fast-paced, and of course Neeson holds it together to keep you glued to the screen as he tries to piece together his identity and stave off terrorists.

Wira ()

Here's a sample bit of dialogue from Wira: "You have no right to hold my dad's machete." If that line, delivered by Hairul Azreen's ex-commando Hassan right before he takes on yet another group of soon-to-be-demolished attackers, doesn't get you interested in this Malaysian fight movie, then I don't know what to tell you. The plot follows Hassan and his equally tough sister Zain (Fify Azm) as they take on a local crime boss, and the family melodrama provides a compelling backdrop to a series of meticulously choreographed brawls both in the ring and in less rule-bound locations, like a speeding bus. The movements are lightning fast and heavily stylized, often leaning more on physical ingenuity and torqued up sound design than brute force. 

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The Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now

There's nothing worse than being in a Netflix rut. It's the feeling you've seen everything worth watching on the streaming giant, which will most likely end with binge watching every season of The Office (again). Before you fall back into a cycle of re-bingeing old TV shows, pull yourself out of a streaming hole with action packed movies sure to leave you at the edge of your seat. 

Luckily for you, Netflix has something for everybody, whether you're looking for a film filled with romance, drama, comedy, or in this case, action. There's no shortage of good movies streaming on Netflix across genres, and some of the best movies on Netflix are jam-packed with action and excitement, to hopefully make you feel like less of a slug for staying in&#x;again. It's okay, we're not judging&#x;we chose Netflix, too. 

When it comes to action movies, Netflix has a wide range of options to pick from, from the s remake of Charlie&#x;s Angels to classics like Cliffhanger. Diehard action fan or newbie to the genre, Netflix has got you covered. 

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Top 10 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now 2021

The best action movies on Netflix right now

Every so often, we all need a little escapism from our entertainment. When you&#;re in that kind of mood, nothing beats a great action movie. Fortunately, Netflix gives you a ton of options, both in terms of originals and classics from other studios. From spy thrillers and superhero romps to everything in between, Netflix gives you a huge range of choices when you&#;re looking for an action flick. Unfortunately, there are plenty of duds in the mix. So, to make things easier for you, we’ve put together this list of the best action movies on Netflix that you can stream right now.

We&#;ve also curated a guide to the best action movies on Amazon Prime, the best action movies on Disney+, and the best action movies on Hulu if you&#;re looking for additional recommendations.

Jet Li in Fearless.

Jet Li&#;s Fearless ()

If you love martial arts movies, you can&#;t miss Fearless, one of Jet Li&#;s finest and final films. After a tragedy, a martial artist (Li) moves to a remote village to heal and rediscover himself. When he returns to the city, however, he&#;s soon caught up in a duel to the death to reconcile his past with his present and defend his country&#;s honor.

Rotten Tomatoes: 73%
Stars: Jet Li, Betty Sun, Shido Nakamura
Director: Ronnie Yu
Rating:
PG
Runtime:
minutes

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Russell Crowe in Gladiator.

Gladiator ()

Ridley Scott&#;s Roman epic tells the tale of Maximus (Russell Crowe), Marcus Aurelius&#;s (Richard Harris) favorite general, and the man he entrusts to hand Rome back to the Senate after Aurelius&#;s fast approaching death. But when Aurelius&#;s son Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) discovers the plot, he murders his father, strips Maximus of rank, and sends him to the gladiator arena to die. But Maximus won&#;t go quietly.

Rotten Tomatoes: 77%
Stars: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen
Director: Ridley Scott
Rating:
R
Runtime:
minutes

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Charles Grodin and Robert De Niro in Midnight Run.

Midnight Run ()

Buried beneath the mountain of movies on Netflix is Midnight Run, an &#;80s action-comedy starring Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin. De Niro plays bounty hunter Jack Walsh, a man who has been hired to escort a former mob accountant, Jonathan &#;The Duke&#; Mardukas (Grodin), to a court date in Los Angeles. That’s easier said than done, because the Duke has made a lot of enemies. That includes his ex-crime boss, Jimmy Serrano (Dennis Farina), from whom he stole millions of dollars in an embezzlement scheme. Jack also runs afoul of FBI Special Agent Alonzo Mosely (Yaphet Kotto), which means that the law and the mob are chasing both Jack and the Duke across the country.

Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Stars: Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto, John Ashton, Dennis Farina, Joe Pantoliano
Director: Martin Brest
Rating:
R
Runtime:
minutes

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Bending buildings and the team in Inception.

Inception ()

Inception is real.” Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) knows this for certain because he has successfully planted an idea in someone’s mind without his subject realizing that it wasn’t theirs. That’s one of the reasons this dream thief is haunted by a subconscious manifestation of his wife, Mal Cobb (Marion Cotillard). Dom is also desperate to see his children again, which is why he takes a dangerous assignment from Mr. Saito (Ken Watanabe) to assemble a literal dream team and break into the mind of Robert Michael Fischer (Cillian Murphy) and convince him to break up his father’s business empire. But Robert’s subconscious mind is better defended than even Dom suspects.

Rotten Tomatoes: 87%
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Elliot Page
Director: Christopher Nolan
Rating:
PG
Runtime:
minutes

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Three military men in the movie Spectral.

Spectral ()

Spectral was one of the early Netflix original films, and it poses an unusual problem for its lead character, Clyne (James Badge Dale). As a DARPA scientist, it’s Clyne’s job to investigate when U.S. soldiers in Moldova encounter ghost-like apparitions that can not be killed, harmed, or easily seen. After meeting up with General Orland (Bruce Greenwood) and his men, as well as CIA officer Fran Madison (Emily Mortimer), Clyne discovers that the apparitions are a man-made threat. But knowing this and finding a way of stopping them are two different things. And nothing seems to slow down their rampage.

Rotten Tomatoes: 75%
Stars: James Badge Dale, Max Martini, Emily Mortimer, Bruce Greenwood
Director: Nic Mathieu
Rating:
TV
Runtime:
minutes

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Idris Elba and Jeffery Dean Morgan in The Losers.

The Losers ()

You may not know it at first glance, but The Losers is a comic book-inspired movie with an amazing cast that includes Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Idris Elba, Zoe Saldana, and Chris Evans. The critics got it wrong on this one, perhaps because the premise was so close to The-A-Team movie. Clay (Morgan) and his black ops team Roque (Elba), Pooch (Columbus Short), Jensen (Evans), and Cougar (Óscar Jaenada) are betrayed by their handler, Max (Jason Patric), and believed to be dead in a foreign country. The enigmatic Aisha al-Fadhil (Saldana) gives them the chance to get their revenge, but the team is forced to question whether they can trust her &#; or each other.

Rotten Tomatoes: 49%
Stars: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short
Director: Sylvain White
Rating:
PG
Runtime:
97 minutes

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Chris Casamassa in Mortal Kombat.

Mortal Kombat ()

It&#;s campy beyond belief, but fans of the original, absurdly gory video game will appreciate that about this adaptation. Based on the video game&#;s story, Lord Raiden (Christopher Lambert) handpicks Sonya Blade, Lui Kang, and Johnny Cage and mentors them to represent Earthrealm in an epic, inter-dimensional tournament on Outworld called Mortal Kombat. There, they must defeat the demonic warriors of the evil Shang Tsung. Fail, and Tsung will take over the Earth and enslave its people.

Rotten Tomatoes: 44%
Stars: Christopher Lambert, Robin Shou, Linden Ashley, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Director: Paul W. S. Anderson
Rating:
PG
Runtime:
minutes

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Kate Beckinsale (Selene) raising her gun in Underworld.

Underworld ()

It&#;s vampires vs. werewolves in this massive fantasy action series. All five of the Underworld movies are currently available on Netflix, and although they&#;re not all winners, they&#;re still a lot of fun if you&#;re looking for some good old-fashioned fantasy gore. For centuries, vampires have been at war with Lycans, a clan of werewolves that rose out of bondage and aimed to destroy vampire supremacy. Selene (Kate Beckinsale) is a Death Dealer, a member of an elite vampire unit designed solely to kill Lycans. In the first film, she catches word of Lycan leader Lucian&#;s (Michael Sheen) pursuit of human doctor Michael Corvin (Scott Speedman) and captures Corvin before Lucian can get his hands on him. Corvin&#;s work and heredity, however, have cataclysmic potential for the conflict, putting Selene in the middle of a mass conspiracy that could change the war forever.

Rotten Tomatoes: 31%
Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Sheen
Director: Len Wiseman
Rating:
R
Runtime: 
minutes

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Army of the Dead

Army of the Dead ()

Zack Snyder got his start with his remake of Dawn of the Dead, but Army of the Dead is all his. After Las Vegas falls to the zombie plague, casino owner Bly Tanaka (Hiroyuki Sanada) wants to recover his lost millions from a vault before Sin City is nuked off the face of the Earth. That’s where Scott Ward (Dave Bautista) comes in. He’s an ex-mercenary who is convinced by Tanaka to put a team together and try to make it in and out of Vegas before the bombs drop. However, the mission is complicated when Scott’s estranged daughter, Kate Ward (Ella Purnell), insists on coming along. And none of Scott’s team is prepared for what they’ll find in the ruins of Vegas.

Rotten Tomatoes: 69%
Stars: Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera, Theo Rossi, Matthias Schweighöfer
Director: Zack Snyder
Rating:
R
Runtime:
minutes

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The Old Guard, best action movies on Netflix

The Old Guard ()

In a year largely without theaters, this comic book adaptation has stepped up to fill the blockbuster void. Charlize Theron headlines The Old Guard as Andy, a warrior who was once Andromache of Scythia. Andy and her fellow immortal mercs are exposed by ex-CIA spook James Copley (Chiwetel Ejiofor). However, Andy’s quest to reclaim her secrets is complicated by the emergence of Nile Freeman (KiKi Layne), a Marine who becomes the first new immortal in a long time. Andy reluctantly takes Nile under her wing as previously unknown enemies close in on them. We could be looking at a franchise here, as Theron herself told Variety that a sequel script is complete with filming to begin in early

Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Stars: Charlize Theron, Chiwetel Ejiofor, KiKi Layne
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Rating:
R
Runtime: 
minutes

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Stargate

Stargate ()

Stargate may not have come into its own until it became a TV franchise, but the original movie is still a lot more fun than critics gave it credit for. Kurt Russell headlines the film as Colonel Jack O&#;Neil, a father who is struggling to deal with the loss of his son. Jack soon meets Dr. Daniel Jackson (James Spader) as they are assembled for a top-secret trip through an alien stargate that may hold the key to Earth’s ancient history. What they find is a human civilization under the rule of the enigmatic Ra (Jaye Davidson). And if they ever want to get home, they’ll have to lead a revolution.

Rotten Tomatoes: 53%
Stars: Kurt Russell, James Spader, Jaye Davidson, Viveca Lindfors
Director: Roland Emmerich
Rating:
PG
Runtime:
minutes

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Ninja Assassin

Ninja Assassin ()

Critics really didn’t like Ninja Assassin. But if you’re reading this list, then chances are very good that you may feel differently. This is a martial arts film that doesn’t skimp on the action. South Korean musician Rain stars as Raizo, a warrior who was raised by the Ozunu Clan and its ruthless leader, Lord Ozunu (Sho Kosugi). After witnessing Lord Ozunu’s evil firsthand, Raizo turns against his clan and makes it his mission in life to prevent them from killing any of their targets. Raizo also finds an ally in Europol agent Mike Coretti (Naomie Harris), even though her superiors may not be on their side.

Rotten Tomatoes: 25%
Stars: Rain, Naomie Harris, Ben Miles, Rick Yune, Sho Kosugi
Director: James McTeigue
Rating:
R
Runtime:
98 minutes

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The Night Comes for Us

The Night Comes for Us ()

The Night Comes for Us might legitimately be the goriest action flick in recent memory. Indonesian action films have an intensity that many of their American counterparts can’t match. Joe Taslim stars as Ito, an assassin for the South East Asian Triad. But when Ito is ordered to kill a young girl, Reina (Asha Kenyeri Bermudez), he turns against his masters. That’s why Ito’s former masters send his ex-friend, Arian (Iko Uwais), after both of them to finish the job. There will be blood &#; lots of it.

Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Stars: Joe Taslim, Iko Uwais, Julie Estelle, Sunny Pang, Zack Lee
Director: Timo Tjahjanto
Rating:
TV-MA
Runtime:
minutes

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Under Siege

Under Siege ()

Steven Seagal action movies were ubiquitous in the ‘90s, and Under Siege may be the best movie that he ever starred in. It also helps that Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Busey played the main villains. Within the film, former Navy SEAL Casey Ryback (Seagal) is the captain’s personal chef on the USS Missouri. However, the ship’s disgruntled executive officer, Peter Krill (Busey), collaborates with renegade CIA operative William Strannix (Jones) to seize control of the ship and kill the officers. One of Casey’s few allies is Jordan Tate (Erika Eleniak), a Playboy model inadvertently trapped on the ship with him. But she turns out to be invaluable as Casey takes on the terrorists one by one.

Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
Stars: Steven Seagal, Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Busey, Erika Eleniak, Patrick O&#;Neal
Director: Andrew Davis
Rating:
R
Runtime:
minutes

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Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart in Olympus Has Fallen

Olympus Has Fallen ()

It may be dumb, but it&#;s fun enough that it&#;s spawned an entire franchise. When highly trained terrorists launch a bold daytime attack on the White House, the building is overrun and President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) and his staff are taken hostage. Fortunately, former presidential security officer Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) happens to be in the area. Now, Banning must locate Asher&#;s son before the terrorists do and rescue the president before the master plan can come to bear. No, it&#;s not original, but it&#;ll keep you entertained.

Rotten Tomatoes: 49%
Stars: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Rating:
R
Runtime:
 minutes

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Scott Adkins and Louis Mandylor in The Debt Collector

The Debt Collector ()

A broke martial arts instructor takes a side gig as a debt collector for the mob in this zany action flick that might as well be an advertisement to get kids into MMA. Nonetheless, it&#;s a good time as the martial artist and his mob-appointed thug partner spend the weekend forcibly collecting debts and having silly amounts of fun doing it.

Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
Stars: Scott Adkins, Louis Mandylor, Michael Paré
Director: Jesse V. Johnson
Rating:
R
Runtime:
 minutes

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Machete Kills

Machete Kills ()

Let&#;s get this out of the way: Machete Kills is not Die Hard. This isn&#;t a seminal, provocative action film by any means, but if you&#;re looking for pure entertainment, few action heroes bring the chaos quite like Danny Trejo&#;s machete-wielding ex-Federale Machete. When POTUS has to take down Voz (Mel Gibson), a madman revolutionary and billionaire arms dealer who is plotting to start a nuclear war, there&#;s only one man he can trust: Machete. Voz&#;s assassins are on Machete from the jump, and he&#;ll have to use every ounce of his cunning and brutality to get the job done.

Rotten Tomatoes: 29%
Stars: Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Mel Gibson
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Rating:
R
Runtime:
minutes

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The King, best action movies on Netflix

The King ()

For those who prefer their action with a more historical bent, The King is a smartly reimagined, modernized version of Shakespeare&#;s Henry V. It&#;s too bad Shakespeare lived before the age of cinema because, with gorgeous cinematography, incredibly broad set pieces, and harrowing depictions of medieval war, director David Michôd delivers a glorious war movie. Timothee Chalamet stars as young Henry V, an unaspiring heir who has the crown forced upon him after his father&#;s untimely death. Believing Henry weak and ineffectual, the Dauphin of France takes the opportunity to incite a war. But there&#;s more afoot than meets the eye. Robert Pattinson&#;s performance as the Dauphin alone is worth the watch.

Rotten Tomatoes: 71%
Stars: Timothee Chalamet, Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Robert Pattinson
Director: David Michôd
Rating: 
R
Runtime: 
minutes

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Triple 9

Triple 9 ()

Triple 9 divided critics and audiences, but it’s got a stellar cast with strong supporting turns by Norman Reedus, Michael K. Williams, Woody Harrelson, and Gal Gadot. And if you’re wondering what a triple 9 is, it’s an officer-down call that’s meant to serve as a distraction for a dangerous heist. Marcus Belmont (Anthony Mackie), Michael Atwood (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Gabe Welch (Aaron Paul), and their crew are blackmailed by a Mafia wife, Irina Vlaslov (Kate Winslet), to sabotage the case against her imprisoned husband. They elect to kill police officer Chris Allen (Casey Affleck) to cover their tracks. But they’ve picked the wrong guy, and not everyone on the crew is willing to go along with the plan.

Rotten Tomatoes: 53%
Stars: Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul
Director: John Hillcoat
Rating:
R
Runtime: 
minutes

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Wheelman, best action movies on Netflix

Wheelman ()

Frank Grillo tends to play a lot of villains or supporting characters and has appeared in a wide range of TV shows and movies, from Law & Order and Billions to Avengers: Endgame. But in Wheelman, Grillo gets to take the lead as the unnamed getaway driver who finds himself in over his head after a double-cross. Someone set up the Wheelman for a deadly fall, and he’s not going to take it lying down. Throughout the course of the movie, we learn a bit more about the Wheelman’s past and his broken family life. But the real attraction here is the dynamic driving and action scenes, which Grillo pulls off with gusto.

Rotten Tomatoes: 87%
Stars: Frank Grillo, Garret Dillahunt, Caitlin Carmichael
Director: Jeremy Rush
Rating:
TV-MA
Runtime: 
82 minutes

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Triple Frontier, best action movies on Netflix

Triple Frontier ()

Netflix put together an all-star cast for Triple Frontier, with Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, and Pedro Pascal as a team of ex-Delta Force soldiers who reunite for a dangerous heist in South America. Affleck’s Tom &#;Redfly&#; Davis is the ringleader of the crew who convinces them to reunite in order to steal a fortune from a drug lord.

However, Davis’ greed gets the best of him during the initial strike, leaving the team vulnerable as they attempt to escape the jungle with their newfound wealth and their lives. But the biggest threat to the team may come from within.

Rotten Tomatoes: 70%
Stars: Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Pedro Pascal
Director: J. C. Chandor
Rating:
R
Runtime: 
minutes

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Burn Out, best action movies on Netflix

Burn Out ()

One of the benefits of Netflix is the ability to discover films that would have been under the radar without it. A case in point is Burn Out, a French thriller that stars Parisian actor François Civil as Tony Rodrigues, a semi-pro motorcyclist who finds himself outside of the law. To settle the debt of his ex, Leyla (Manon Azem), Tony agrees to be a courier for a drug dealer named Jordan (Samuel Jouy), which, of course, involves Tony zipping through traffic on his motorcycle at breakneck speeds. But when Jordan won’t allow Tony to end their arrangement, he has to call upon his friend, Miguel (Olivier Rabourdin), to make an even more dangerous play to escape.

Rotten Tomatoes: N/A
Stars: François Civil, Olivier Rabourdin, Manon Azem
Director: Yann Gozlan
Rating:
TV-MA
Runtime: 
minutes

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Chris Hemsworth in Extraction, best action movies on Netflix

Extraction ()

As one of their first films following Avengers: Endgame, Joe and Anthony Russo re-teamed with Chris Hemsworth for Extraction, a Netflix original. This particular comic book adaptation is much more down-to-earth, however, as Hemsworth’s black-ops mercenary, Tyler Rake, is recruited for a mission to protect Ovi Mahajan (Rudhraksh Jaiswal), the son of a local drug lord. Hemsworth’s performance carries the movie, and first-time director Sam Hargrave delivers next-level action and stunt sequences. This is one of the best popcorn flicks of recent memory, and it didn’t even need a theater.

Rotten Tomatoes: 68%
Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Rudhraksh Jaiswal
Director: Sam Hargrave
Rating:
R
Runtime: 
minutes

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Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall, best action movies on Netflix

Total Recall ()

Total Recall is Arnold Schwarzenegger at his finest. Paul Verhoeven&#;s wild sci-fi action ride casts Schwarzenegger as a 21st-century construction worker called Quaid who discovers that his memory is based on a memory chip that has been implanted in his brain. That chip is blocking his true identity: That of a secret agent who became a threat to the government. Infuriated by this betrayal, Quaid travels to Mars to piece together the final parts of his true identity while seeking vengeance on the man who implanted the chip. Total Recall is fast, furious, gratuitously violent, and a ton of fun &#; all while maintaining many of the provocative themes from the Philip K. Dick short story that inspired the film.

Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Rating:
R
Runtime: 
minutes

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Ip Mann, best action movies on Netflix

Ip Man ()

Based on the life of martial arts grandmaster and Bruce Lee teacher, Ip Man, &#;s Ip Man is one of the most successful martial arts films of the 21st-century. The film focuses on events in Ip&#;s life that supposedly took place during the Sino-Japanese War when Japanese forces occupied parts of China. When an occupying general challenges Chinese men to duels to prove Japanese superiority, Ip Man initially refuses to fight until he discovers the Japanese are going far beyond just hand-to-hand combat. Starring Donnie Yen as Ip Man, this beautifully choreographed film is a delight for fans of martial arts films and the entire trilogy is currently on Netflix. We&#;ve also found some of the best Bruce Lee movies to stream.

Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
Stars: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam
Director: Wilson Yip
Rating:
NR
Runtime: 
minutes

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The Outpost, best action movies on Netflix

The Outpost ()

In , 53 American troops were attacked at the remote Combat Outpost Keating during the war in Afghanistan. The Outpost tells the story of these soldiers as they attempt to hold off an enemy force that has them severely outnumbered. More alarmingly, the army has stripped the small fortress of its resources, leaving the remaining troops in a very dangerous situation. The majority of the film takes place before the attack, and it paints a relatively realistic depiction of the lives of American soldiers caught up in a brutal war. But when the attack begins, The Outpost is elevated and becomes even more visceral as the soldiers face overwhelming odds while fighting for their lives. It’s a gripping battle sequence that makes this film an unforgettable experience.

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Stars: Scott Eastwood, Caleb Landry Jones, Orlando Bloom
Director: Rod Lurie
Rating:
R
Runtime:
minutes

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