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These are the 10 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.
Of course, the Amazon Prime Video action flicks catalog is constantly changing. We’ve picked the ten best action movies currently available on the streaming platform with that in mind. In our selection, we have made sure 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.
The Tomorrow War
This movie was slated to hit theaters in 2021, but instead became an Amazon Prime Video exclusive. As it happens, it’s also one of the best Amazon Prime Video action movies you can watch. Humans from several decades in the future travel to our present. Their goal is to recruit people in our time to fight an alien invasion that’s coming in the future. Look for lots of big action set pieces, including one on a massive oil rig with thousands of big teeth aliens going up against the human defense. It’s pretty darn good.
Kate Beckinsale has played her share of action roles in movies over the years. This 2021 Amazon Prime Video exclusive may be her most “out there” movie ever. She plays a bouncer with a very, very bad anger issue. Indeed, she can kill people if she gets too mad. She seeks some help and finds Stanley Tucci’s character, who creates a “suit” of electrodes for her to wear that she can activate. The jolt of electricity is supposed to stop her from getting too mad. This seems to work, until unknown assassins blow up her apartment. Now the suit is off and she can embrace her angry to take out the bad guys. This is undoubtedly one of the wildest, but still best action movies on Amazon Prime Video you can currently watch.
This low-budget 1984 action movie on Amazon Prime Video is a true film classic, with Arnold Schwarzenegger playing the title role. He’s a cyborg sent from a future where an evil AI has tried and failed to kill off all of humanity. The Terminator’s mission is to kill the mother of the human resistance in 1984 before she can give birth. It’s a little dated in places, but James Cameron’s direction of the action and script are still excellent.
If you love martial arts action movies, one of the best is on Amazon Prime Video. Donnie Yen plays the title character, a real martial artist and creator of the Wing Chun style, which was later popularized by Bruce Lee. While this is a very loose movie version of Ip Man’s real life, don’t let that get in the way of enjoying the great action sequences by Yen in this film. It’s one of the best you can watch on Amazon Prime.
While good action movies almost always have some humorous bits, it’s much harder to make a true action-comedy. My Spy, an Amazon Prime exclusive, made it look easy. This 2020 movie stars Dave Bautista as a CIA operative ordered to follow an American family. Unfortunately for him, the family’s 9-year old daughter has discovered him, and now she wants to be a spy as well.
The movie was well-received enough that a sequel is in the works. It has to be one of the best action movies Amazon Prime has to offer.
Jean-Claude Van Damme plays dual roles for the first time (but definitely not the last) in this B-movie 1991 action classic. Separated when they were young, the twins are reunited when they go after the crime boss that killed their parents in Hong Kong. It’s a bit goofy, but Van Damme’s signature action moves were at the top of his game in this movie. Just sit down, watch, and enjoy the fun.
One of the best action movies on Amazon Prime Video also spawned a huge franchise. Several sequels to the original 1986 movie were released afterward, along with a long-running syndicated TV series. The first movie is still the best, however. Christopher Lambert plays a Scottish warrior who is several hundred years old. He’s part of a subset of the human race that cannot die unless their head comes off their body. He has to battle other immortals to be the only one left standing.
There are some nice swordplay action sequences, and Sean Connery makes the most of his brief role as another immortal who teaches Lambert’s character how to defend himself.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
This 2012 movie is, believe it or not, based on a best-selling novel of the same name. As the title suggests, this movie shows an alternate universe where Abraham Lincoln not only tried to bring the US back together from civil war, but also fought a secret battle with vampires that wanted the US all to themselves. Despite the premise, this is a fun action movie with some great ax moves by Lincoln (we kid you not).
Here’s another 2021 Amazon Prime Video action movie exclusive. Based on the Tom Clancy thriller novel, Michael B Jordan is a Navy SEAL, who joins his team to rescue a CIA operative from rogue Russian military forces. Unfortunately for him, the bad guys decide to kill his wife. Jordan goes after his wife’s killers, only to discover that there’s even more going on than meets the eye.
Russell Crowe is almost a force of nature in this 2020 action thriller. He plays a man on the road who goes crazy when a woman uses her car horn and exchanges some harsh words with him. For the rest of the movie, Crowe becomes the worst nightmare of any motorist, a person so full of road rage that he will stop at nothing to kill the woman who dared to criticize him.
Here are a few more good action movies on Amazon Prime Video that you can check out.
- Honest Thief — Liam Neeson plays a former bank robber who decides to turn himself in, but that move backfires on him.
- Boondock Saints — This is a true cult classic about two brothers who decide to take down Boston’s organized crime gangs.
- Fists of Fury — Check out this classic 1972 martial arts film with Bruce Lee.
- Runaway — Tom Selleck stars in this 1984 near-future movie directed by Michael Crichton about a madman who wants to use advanced robots to kill humans.
- Beastmaster — This classic 1980’s fantasy movie is about a warrior who can talk to animals.
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.
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