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.


Unstoppable

 

This is an unusual action movie. There are no villains, and no guns are fired. Instead, the movie is about a train that is both unmanned and is speeding out of control in the Pennsylvania countryside. Oh, and it also has some deadly chemicals that could kill thousands if it crashes in a populated area. It’s up to two train operators, played by Denzel Washington and Chris Pine, to stop the train safely before it can do any damage.


Inception

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Warner Bros

Entering the minds of others to steal their secrets doesn’t sound like an action movie. Yet, Christopher Nolan made it one in one of his best films. A team of people trained to enter people’s dreams, led by Leonardo DiCaprio, try to make their biggest score yet. The final result includes some zero-gravity fights, a massive attack on a fortress in one dream, and much more. This is certainly one of the best action movies on Amazon Prime Video you can currently watch.


Vantage Point

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Sony Pictures

This action movie on Amazon Prime Video will keep you guessing until the end. That’s because the film keeps shifting between characters, and also timelines, in the narrative. The final result is an action movie about an attempt to kill the US President, but with a lot of twists and turns that you almost certainly will not see coming. The finale also has a very cool action movie set piece as well.


Cliffhanger

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Tristar

Sylvester Stallone is certainly no stranger to action films. This movie is one of his very best. He plays a skilled climber who gets recruited to recuse people who are in a plane crash high up in the Rocky Mountain. What he doesn’t know is that the plane was owned by the US Treasury and was deliberately crashed by some criminals, led by John Lithgow. They want to take the cases of money on board the plane for themselves. Can Stallone stop them? It’s one of the best you can watch on Amazon Prime. 


Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

sky captain and the world of tomorrow
Paramount

While this movie was a bit of a disappointment at the box office when it was first released, it has since generated a cult following. It uses retro 1930s art deco and futuristic designs to tell the tale of Sky Captain, played by Jude Law. This independent pilot who fights crime has to deal with his biggest threat yet as giant robots start attacking New York City. This movie has a truly unique look, with fully digital sets and locations, along with some impressive CGI effects. It has to be one of the best action movies Amazon Prime has to offer.


Air Force One

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Columbia Pictures

Harrison Ford may be the toughest movie president of all time. In this classic action film, he and others aboard the President’s plane are taken hostage by a group of Russian terrorists, lead by Gary Oldman. Their goal is to get Russia to free their jailed leader. We don’t want to spoil the movie for you, so we won’t go into more details.


Highlander

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Orion

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 in order 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 about how to defend himself.


The Great Escape

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United Artists

Based on the true story of an escape of over 70 POWs from a Nazi prison camp, The Great Escape includes some great action set pieces. That includes a memorable motorcycle chase with Steve McQueen trying to get rid of some German army pursuers. There’s also lots of tension before the actual escape, as the prisoners make their plans, with the constant worry that the Nazis might discover their plans before the actual breakout happens.


The French Connection

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20th Century Fox

This 1971 Pest Picture Oscar winner is very loosely based on real events. Gene Hackman plays NYC cop Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle, who takes on an international drug ring. This movie is best known for its car chase sequence, as Doyle tries to drive on city streets to catch up to an elevated train that is boarded by a drug hitman. Even by today’s movie-making standards, the chase is fast and furious (no pun intended)


Navy Seals

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20th Century Fox

This is a pure early 1990s action movie, with Charlie Sheen, Michael Biehn, and Bill Paxton playing members of the US Nacy’s special ops military unit. Their main goal in this movie is to take out a terrorist organization, and there are lots of great action sequences, including a final battle with explosions, guns, and, yes, a chase sequence. If you haven’t seen it yet, catch this action movie on Amazon Prime is worth checking out.


Honorable mentions

Here are a few more good action movies on Amazon Prime Video that you can check out:

  • The Towering Inferno – Perhaps the best of the 1970s disaster films, an all-star cast try to escape from a burning skyscraper in San Fransisco.
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – This movie didn’t get the best reviews when it was first released, but this collection of 19th-century heroes is actually quite fun.
  • Priest – A sci-fi vampire western. It sounds corny, but this action movie is pretty entertaining.
  • Reign of Fire – An unusual post-apocalyptic movie, as humanity tries to survive being exterminated by dragon-like creatures.
  • Resident Evil – The first movie in the six-film series based on the video game franchise, as a special forces team deals with a zombie outbreak.

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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