The best action movies on Amazon Prime Video

Hungry for some action? If you have an Amazon Prime account, you can stream thousands of classic and recent action movies on your smartphone, tablet, PC, or smart TV via the Prime Video service. 

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Of course, the Amazon Prime Video action flicks catalog is constantly changing. With that in mind, we’ve picked the ten best action movies currently available on the streaming platform. In our selection, we have made sure that the movies on our list are available with your subscription and without extra rental fees.

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The best action movies on Amazon Prime Video:

Editor’s note: We will update this list regularly as action movies leave Amazon Prime Video and others are introduced.


1. The Avengers (2012)

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe hinged on the success of this movie — The Avengers. The first team-up of Earth’s mightiest heroes made the MCU what it is today. Considering it has been almost eight years since the film’s release, there is no better time for a rewatch. The movie offers Joss Whedon’s signature blend of action spectacle interspersed with light-hearted comedy. It will appeal even to those that are not comic book fans — you only need to have a very cursory knowledge of who the heroes are. Watching the solo movies will only enhance the experience.

But Captain America, Iron Man and the gang aren’t the only ones to pay attention to. Tom Hiddleston gives a compelling and sometimes hilarious performance as villain Loki. Before Thanos, Loki was often considered the best villain of the series and for good reason. So, if you want to watch a fun and thrilling flick, you can’t go wrong with The Avengers. It’s a modern-day action classic.


2. Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018)

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The Mission Impossible spy-action film series (based on the 1960s TV show) has had its ups and downs in terms of quality, but the 2018 release of the sixth MI film may be the best movie in this series yet. Tom Cruise once again steps into the shoes of IMF secret agent Ethan Hunt. In this mission (which, of course, he accepts) he has to retrieve three plutonium cores that he and his team managed to lose. However, as with all of the MI films, there are constant double and triple crosses, plus many other surprises in store for Hunt and his team along the way.

Henry Cavill makes us forget (well, almost) that he was Superman, as he plays a CIA agent sent to monitor Hunt’s team. Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie keeps us interested with a variety of action set pieces, including a HALO jump, a chase through Paris and one of the best fights inside a bathroom we have ever seen. Oh, and Cruise actually flies a helicopter for the film’s final sequence. As in, the actor, in real life. This is certainly one of the best action movies on Amazon Prime Video you can currently watch.


3. Red (2010)

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Bruce Willis was at one time the king of the movie box office. This was due in part to the huge success of his Die Hard action film series. By the time the 2000s had arrived, Willis had lost a lot of his box office appear. However, he had a solid hit in 2010 with Red. Based on a DC Comics property, Willis plays Frank Moses, a retired CIA agent who becomes the target of a hit team. Moses has to find out who wants him dead, and why. As a result, lots of action, and also plenty of humor, are found in this entertaining movie. It also sports an all-star cast, including Helen MirrenMorgan Freeman, John MalkovichRichard DreyfussMary-Louise Parker.


4. Inception (2010)

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Writer-director Christopher Nolan’s best movie may be this 2010 action epic. It’s one of the best action movies of its decade and certainly one of the best you can watch on Amazon Prime. Leonardo DiCaprio plays a man who has access to technology that allows him to enter the dreams of other people. He typically uses it to steal secrets from corporate executives. However, in this case, he’s being asked to implant a suggestion in someone’s mind. The idea of entering a dream and altering it leads to some speculator action set pieces and some surreal moments in this terrific movie.


5. The Man from Nowhere (2010)

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South Korean cinema has exploded in popularity in recent years — so much so that we now have a Korean best picture winner for the first time ever. But there are plenty of amazing South Korean movies from the last decade too. Action and tales of revenge are a specialty and The Man from Nowhere falls into both categories. Directed by Lee Jeong-beom, the movie follows pawn shop owner Cha Tae-sik. He lives a quiet life and has befriended a neighborhood girl, So-Mi, whose mother Hyo-jeong often neglects her.

What the pawnshop owner doesn’t know is that Hyo-jeong is secretly stealing drugs. Things go awry and violent drug dealers kidnap both her and her child. Cha is determined to track them down and save them. The story is pretty straight-forward and even a bit cliched, but it’s executed excellently. Tension seeps from every scene and audiences are not spared the brutal and bloody violence. It’s an excellent choice for your first foray into South Korean action cinema and one of the best action movies Amazon Prime has to offer.


6. Project Gutenberg (2018)

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A counterfeiting criminal gang has perfected their technique so much that their fakes are almost completely indistinguishable from the original. Led by a mysterious man only known as the Painter, played by Chow Yun-fat, they have attracted the attention of the Hong Kong police. With the help of an ex-gang member and artist, the police is determined to hunt the Painter down by whatever means necessary.

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Written and directed by Felix Chong, Project Gutenberg is a rare plot-driven action film, full of unexpected twists at every turn. And although the movie isn’t lacking grand action set pieces, its strength lies in its captivating story and characters. Chow Yun-fat in particular is excellent as the enigmatic and suave gangster — one of his best roles in recent years. So, if you want to watch a movie that will keep you glued to the screen from beginning to end, you can’t go wrong with Project Gutenberg: one of the best action movies on Amazon Prime Video.


7. Top Gun (1986)

 

Tom Cruise was already a huge movie star when Top Gun hit theaters in 1986. However, the movie’s massive popularity pushed Cruise into a whole new level of box office blockbusters. Cruise’s portrayal of a hotheaded Navy fighter pilot was perfect. The movie itself, directed by Tony Scott, was a fast-paced action film that managed to combine some romance as well.

More than one young boy saw this film and decided to enter the military. It’s easy to see why. Top Gun is a love letter to the Navy’s fighter crews. First, they train against each other at the TopGun school, then the pilots go after Soviet Union enemies at the end. Watch this movie before the sequel, Top Gun Maverick, comes out in 2021.


8. Boondock Saints (1999)

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Boondock Saints is a divisive movie. Panned by critics and considered a cult classic by audiences, it follows two Irish catholic brothers, Connor and Murphy, as they embark on a bloody journey of vigilante justice against the criminal world of Boston. The brothers, played by Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery, first encounter some Russian mobsters at their favorite pub. When the gangsters announce their intentions to take the pub over a brawl erupts. Thanks to their participation, the brothers become targets of the Russian mob. At first, their only goal is to defend themselves, but they soon come to believe they are on a mission from God. A local newspaper hails them as heroes and even the FBI agent on the brothers’ trail, played by William Defoe, can’t decide whose side he is on.

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Boondock Saints can be quite controversial thanks to its glorification of vigilante justice and its unapologetic over-the-top violence. However, if you don’t take it at face value, it’s still a great guilty pleasure action flick. It’s more style than substance in many ways, but if that’s your cup of tea, it’s a great action film that you’ll enjoy.


9. Iron Man 2 (2010)

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Before all Marvel content makes the jump to Disney Plus, you still have time to catch Iron Man 2 on Amazon Prime Video right now. The 2010 movie is the third in the MCU lineup. It brings back Robert Downey Jr. in his second outing as Tony Stark and the Armored Avenger Iron Man.

Iron Man 2, while not as good as the original, is still very enjoyable thanks to Downey Jr. and his performance as the witty billionaire industrialist. This is also the first movie that features Scarlett Johansson playing the role of superspy Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. The Black Widow. Don Cheadle makes his first appearance too, taking over the role of James “Rhodey” Rhodes and putting on the War Machine armor. The star-studded cast compensates for the plot contrivances and cliches, keeping the movie engaging and entertaining. The special effects are top notch as well, making Iron Man 2 one of the best action movies on Amazon Prime Video.


10. Bumblebee (2018)

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If you are not a fan of the Transformers franchise, you shouldn’t be too quick to overlook Bumblebee. Yes, the core premise remains the same the Autobots and the Decepticons are at war and the world is in danger. However, this prequel set in the 80s doesn’t rely on flashy action scenes and massive explosions to carry it. The titular Autobot Bumblebee is sent to Earth as a scout. This is where Charlie, played by Hailee Steinfeld, finds him as a yellow VW bug hiding among the rubbish of a junkyard. Together, they have to evade both the Decepticons and a secret government agency.

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Bumblebee sets itself apart from previous Transformers movies in many ways. For one, the film is not directed by Michael Bay but Travis Knight, who you might know from stop-motion animation hits such as Kubo and the Two Strings and ParaNorman. The movie also has better-paced action scenes that are easier to follow. At the heart of Bumblebee, however, are its compelling characters that have replaced the caricatures and stereotypes of old. If you haven’t seen it yet, catch this great action movie on Amazon Prime.


These are our picks for the best action movies on Amazon Prime Video! We’ll update this post regularly with new films when they are introduced on the platform.