If you love action movies, you will find plenty to watch if you subscribe to the Hulu streaming video service. There are lots of films to enjoy that have fast cars, explosions, fights, and sharp one-liners. While one or two may have some interesting and deeper themes, action films are usually just meant to entertain, and Hulu certainly has many of them to stream. Here’s a list of the top 10 best action movies on Hulu that are currently available.
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Editor’s note: We will be updating this list as more action movies are added to Hulu and others are removed from the service.
The UK-created comic book character Judge Dredd has had two feature film adaptations. The first, in 1995, starred Sylvester Stallone, is a pretty typical 1990s comic book adaptation (you can watch that movie on Hulu right now). The other, made in 2012, is much closer to the original source material. Karl Urban plays the no-nonsense Judge Dredd, a police officer who is also judge, jury, and sometimes executioner, in a future world that is dominated by huge megacities filled with hundreds of millions of people. We see a pretty standard day in Dredd’s work life, where he and a rookie Judge go up against a drug dealer inside a massive low-income housing building. Urban is perfect in this role, and there are some nice action set-pieces as well. It’s one of the best action movies on Hulu right now.
This 1987 film remains one of the best sci-fi action movies ever made. Not only does it have a cyborg police officer going after the bad guys in Detroit, but its themes of reclaiming humanity after a tragic attack still resonates with audiences. Plus, its satire on the rise of the corporate world and the media still works even in 2021. It’s definitely one of the best action movies on Hulu.
The Dark Knight
Is this 2008 movie the best superhero film ever made? An argument could be made for it. Not only do you get great performances from nearly everyone involved (including the late Heath Ledger, who posthumously won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for this role, but it has some great action set pieces. This is a truly big cinematic film that continues to hold up even with the tons of superhero films that have been released since then.
Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol
The fourth movie in the M:I movie series (based on the 1960’s TV show) is once again a great showcase for Tom Cruise. He uses this film series to not only give us some great action films, but it gives him the opportunity to do things no actor does, at least physically. In this case, his Ethan Hunt character has to climb the tallest building in the world in Dubai. The rest of this 2011 action movie is pretty cool as well, with a daring break-in at the Kremlin, and a final battle in India to keep an evil villain from launching a nuclear war.
Daniel Craig made his best James Bond movie with this 2012 entry in the long-running superspy series. After coming back from a near-fatal mission, Bond has to not only get himself back into shape, but he also has to fight a former Mi6 agent who is bent on revenge. From the opening railroad sequence to a final battle at Bond’s old Skyfall manor, this is a great action movie.
Here’s another 1987 film that’s a true action movie classic. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character leads a special forces team that’s is supposed to handle a rescue mission in South America. However, it soon turns into a sci-fi slasher film, as each member of this team gets killed off one by one by an alien hunter. It has some great action sequences, some memorable characters, and some classic one-liners that people still quote to this day.
This 2010 movie is a throwback to 1990s movie action films. It’s one of the best action movies on Hulu. 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 has two other big 90s action stars, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, but their appearances are brief and uncredited. However, Hulu has both The Expendables 2 and The Expendables 3 that you can watch as well. 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, and adds in Harrison Ford, with Mel Gibson as the main villain.
This 1984 film may not technically be the directorial debut of James Cameron (that was Piranha II, which he has disavowed). However, it’s clear that this young filmmaker hit a home run with this tale of time travel. Two warriors from the future go back to 1984 Los Angeles. One wants to kill the mother of a huge resistance movement in the future, and the other wants to save her. The one doing the killing happens to be a nearly indestructible cyborg, so the human fighter has his work cut out for him. It is one of the best action movies on Hulu.
This 1992 movie is all about a government military experiment gone wrong. Soldiers who died in the Vietnam War are revived and put into missions where they basically become directed zombies to defeat terrorists. Unfortunately, one of these soldiers, played by Jean Claude Van Damme, starts to remember his past life. He escapes with a TV reporter, and the Universal Soldiers go after him. Soon another one of these zombie soldiers, played by Dolph Lundgren, remembers his past life, and he’s not as nice. This is definitely one of the best action movies on Hulu.
It’s a father’s worst nightmare. Liam Neeson plays a dad who’s daughter gets kidnapped by a human trafficking ring in Paris. However, those people in charge of this ring have never fought Leeson, who has a particular set of skills he uses to his fullest to get his child back. It’s just great to see him take out these bad guys who clearly deserve everything they get.
Here are a few more great action movies on Hulu that didn’t quite make our list:
- The A-Team – This is a very underrated adaptation of the classic TV series about a small but effective military team under the run from the law.
- The Last Stand – Schwarzenegger plays a small-town sheriff facing off against a well-armed criminal gang in this movie.
- Jack Reacher – Tom Cruise plays a military-trained detective trying to figure out who killed five people in Pittsburg in a sniper attack.
- The Hurricane Heist – This a goofy, but still fun, action romp about thieves who try to steal millions while a Category 5 hurricane comes down around them.
- The Condemned – In a sadistic reality show streamed on the internet, 10 condemned killers fight to the death on a remote island.
These are the best action movies on Hulu you can currently watch. We’ll add more titles to the list once they make it to the streaming service.