If you have an Amazon Prime account, you can stream thousands of classic and recent movies on your smartphone, tablet, PC or smart TV via the Prime video service. If you are an action movie fan, you have lots of choices to choose from on Amazon Prime Video.
The selection of action movies on Amazon Prime Video is constantly changing. Not sure what to watch? We have picked our top eight films that you can watch right now on the service. In our selection, we made sure that the action movies on our Amazon Prime list will not leave the service for at least a month.
Best action movies on Amazon Prime Video
Editor’s note – We will update this post as more action movies on Amazon Prime Video leave and others are introduced.
1. Iron Man 2
Before Disney Plus launches and takes a lot of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies with it, you can watch Iron Man 2 right now on Amazon Prime Video. The 2010 movie is the third in the MCU series, and it brings back Robert Downey Jr. in his second outing as Tony Stark and the Armored Avenger Iron Man.
This movie, while not as good as the original, is still very fun to watch, mostly due 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, who has appeared in a ton of MCU movies since Iron Man 2. Also, we see the first appearance of Don Cheadle, taking over the role of James “Rhodey” Rhodes and also putting on the War Machine armor for the first time.
2. Mission Impossible: Fallout
The Mission Impossible spy-action film series (based on the 1960s TV show) has had its up and downs in terms of quality, but the 2018 release of the sixth MI film may be the best movie yet in this series. Tom Cruise once again plays IMF secret agent Ethan Hunt, who in this mission (which, of course, he accepts) 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. It’s certainly one of the best action movies on Amazon Prime Video.
If you want a comic book based movie that’s more than a little different, then check out Kick-Ass on Amazon Prime. Based on the comic from writer Mark Millar (Wanted, Kingman) and artist John Romita Jr, the 2010 film is a mostly faithful adaptation of the first Kick-Ass mini-series, as high-school student Dave Lizewski decides the city needs a superhero. He becomes Kick-Ass to help others, but as it turns out, becoming a superhero is harder than it seems. There are some great action sequences in this film, thanks largely to another character, a 12-year-old girl who becomes the ultra-violent Hit-Girl, played perfectly by Chloë Grace Moretz.
4. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
There have been 13 Star Trek feature films released (so far) but none of them have not been as good as the 1982 release of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. This pure action-adventure movie pits Admiral James Kirk and the rest of the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise against Khan, a genetic superman that Kirk dealt with a couple of decades earlier in the original Star Trek TY episode Space Seed. Ricardo Montalban returns as Khan and gives perhaps the best performance of his carrier as a man obsessed with getting revenge on Kirk. William Shatner is also in his top form as Kirk, who not has to fight Khan but also getting older.
Way back when, Star Trek fans were very upset at the ending of this movie, but that’s all been forgotten now. The Wrath of Khan is the best Star Trek movie ever and one of the best action films on Amazon Prime Video.
5. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
After the success of the first Transformers movies, Hasbro naturally wanted to make a movie based on its G.I. Joe toy revival of the 1980s. The result was this 2009 movie, which has its flaws but is still a fast-moving action film with lots of cool set pieces. Fans of the original toys and the cartoon series might nitpick over The Rise of Cobra’s faithfulness to the source material, but it still has the spirit of those creations. The G.I Joe team, a multi-national secret ops group, goes up against its opposite number in Cobra, who are out to destroy the world with its new nano-virus warheads. This movie blends the war movie genre with James Bond-style massive action sequences, which conclude with a huge battle under the Arctic. Just watch this movie and have some fun.
6. District 9
This 2009 film is one of the few sci-fi films that doesn’t treat its audience with kid gloves. It takes place on an alternate Earth where a mysterious alien space ship shows up and starts hovering over Johannesburg, South Africa in the early 1980s. It has a massive group of aliens who, on the surface, cannot seem to assimilate with humans. In the present day, these aliens have been placed in an area outside the city called District 9, but are about to be moved to a new location. A man who is part of the team trying to move the alien population accidentally gets infected with a substance that starts to mutate him into one of these “prawns”. Co-writer and director Neill Blomkamp takes on issues like immigration, racism and more, but puts it into a sci-fi action story that’s very entertaining. It’s certainly one of the best action movies on Amazon Prime Video that’s currently available.
What if you could see just a few minutes into the future to find out if a decision you are about to make will work out? That happens to be the superpower that Nicolas Cage’s character has in this 2007 movie, which allows him to make a living as a Las Vegas psychic act. However, his abilities have attracted the attention of the U.S. government, who want to use his powers to try and foil a nuclear terrorist threat. The main idea of a man who can look just ahead into the future is a cool one, and Next explores just how that could be used by Cage’s character.
8. Law Abiding Citizen
Our last movie in our best Amazon Prime action movie list is from 2009. It stars Gerard Butler as a man who deals with the murder of his wife and daughter in a rather interesting way. The killer of his family is set free from prison after just a few years, so Butler’s character kills him and goes to jail. However, Butler feels that the entire judicial system is also to blame for allowing the killer to go free, so he decides to kill members of the law enforcement and court system, while still in jail. It’s the way Butler goes about attacking his victims while also still in prison that’s the main attraction in this action movie, which also stars Jamie Foxx as a district attorney (and one of Butler’s targets).
These are our picks for the best action movies on Amazon Prime Video. We’ll update this post with new ones once they launch.