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. The Expendables (2010)

This 2010 movie is a throwback to 1990s movie action films, and one of the best action movies on Amazon Prime. Sylvester Stallone leads The Expendables a mercenary group that has been hired by a shadow US government group to overthrow a Latin American dictator. The movie also features two other big 90s action stars in Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, but their appearances are brief and uncredited.

However, Amazon Prime has both The Expendables 2 and The Expendables 3 as part of its catalog. Not only do Willis and Schwarzenegger have bigger (and credited) roles in the first sequel, but Jean-Claude Van Damme shows up as the main villain. The Expendables 3 brings back Schwarzenegger, adds in Harrison Ford, and tops it off with Mel Gibson as the bad guy.


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, but in this case, he’s 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 pawnshop 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 are 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. Casino Royale (2006)

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One of the best action movies on Amazon Prime Video is also perhaps the best James Bond movie ever made. It’s also Daniel Craig’s debut as the suave British super-spy, code-named 007. This movie begins by showing some of the missions that got Bond his 00 status and then jumps to present time. Bond has to hunt down an evil terrorist banker (yep, that’s the bad guy) by playing against him in a super high-stakes poker game. We also get some cool parkour action sequences, a terrific set-piece at Miami airport, and a final act in Venice that is both action-packed and, in the end, very tragic. It’s as good as action movies get.


8. True Lies (1994)

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James Cameron clearly wanted to do a James Bond super-spy type movie when he came up with True Lies. However, this 1994 film not only offers up Arnold Schwarzenegger in the role of a highly-skilled secret agent, but it mixes in a good amount of comedy as well. Jamie Lee Curtis plays Schwarzenegger’s clueless wife, who has no idea that he is trying to save the world from terrorists. When she gets romanced by a grifter posing as a secret agent, the movie’s plot takes a surprising new direction. True Lies is not only a great action movie, it also serves up humor without crossing the border into parody.


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.