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. Action movie fans specifically will be pleased with the huge selection of great flicks the service offers.
But the catalog of action movies on Amazon Prime Video is constantly changing. Not sure what to watch? We have picked the top ten films 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.
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)
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 and considering it has been almost eight years since its 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)
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 Man from Nowhere (2010)
South Korean cinema has exploded in popularity in recent years — so much so that we now have a Korean best picture nominee 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 from 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.
4. Project Gutenberg (2018)
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 a ex-gang member and artist, the police is determined to hunt the Painter down by whatever means necessary.
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 on Amazon Prime Video.
5. Braven (2018)
We are used to seeing Jason Momoa in the roles of bloodthirsty barbarians or superhero demigods, but as Joe Braven he takes on a much more mundane role. Joe is a logging company owner. His father has recently suffered a serious head injury and the two decide to take a trip to the family’s mountain cabin for a quiet weekend. Unbeknownst to them, drug dealers have recently stashed their cocaine in the building, and they won’t hesitate to harm or kill in order to retrieve it.
Braven is yet another standard action film with a premise that isn’t terribly unique. However, director Lin Oeding’s stunt background helps ground the action in reality, offering a thrilling but convincing experience that will keep you at the edge of your seat. Braven ticks all the boxes for an entertaining flick, and as usual, Jason Momoa doesn’t disappoint as the action hero lead. It’s one of the best action movies on Amazon Prime Video, so check it out today.
6. Kick-Ass (2010)
If you want a comic book movie that stands out from the cookie-cutter superhero flicks, 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, in which high-school student Dave Lizewski decides his city needs a superhero.
He becomes Kick-Ass to help others, but as it turns out, being 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. Nick Cage also makes an appearance as her ruthless father, so be sure to check Kick-Ass out on Prime Video.
7. Boondock Saints (1999)
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.
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.
8. Iron Man 2 (2010)
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 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 enjoyable, 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. We also see the first appearance of Don Cheadle, taking over the role of James “Rhodey” Rhodes and putting on the War Machine armor for the first time.
9. The Running Man (1987)
80s action movies often revel in their depictions of over-the-top dystopian futures. The Running Man is no exception. Set in 2019, the movie throws you into a world of chaos, where the economy has collapsed, and criminals are hunted in gladiator-like TV shows. And who else would find himself in this nightmarish scenario but Arnold Schwarzenegger? Playing Ben Richards, a pilot framed for murder, he is forced to participate in the Running Man show along with two of his friends. But he can only get out alive if he defeats all the “stalkers” on his trail.
The Running Man can be quite silly and cheesy at times. The garish colors, brutal violence and Schwarzenegger one-liners, however, make it the cult classic that it is today. It is an 80s movie through and through, but that is its whole charm. So, if you are feeling nostalgic, this is one of the best oldie action flicks to watch on Amazon Prime.
10. Bumblebee (2018)
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 it 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.
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.