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.
1. Wolf Warrior 2
One of the biggest box office hits of all time, Wolf Warrior 2 is an epic action movie that, if you live in the US, you most likely have never heard of. This 2017 film from China features Wu Jing (who also wrote and directed the movie) as a former Chinese Army army soldier who now works as a mercenary.
In the movie, he has to protect a medical group in Africa from an opposing force of mercs, lead by “Big Daddy,” who is played by American actor Frank Grillo. The movie has tons of high-octane action set-pieces, and that’s thanks in part to the movie’s partnership with Joe and Anthony Russo, the directors of Marvel movies like Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. The duo consulted on the movie and even allowed their movie stunt team to help create the big action sequences. Wolf Warrior 2 ended up making $874 million, mostly in China, but you can catch this Hollywood-level action movie on Hulu right now.
This 2018 film wasn’t a huge hit at the box office, but it remains a pretty cool B-movie, full of action and horror. During WWII, just before D-Day, US troops parachute inside enemy lines on a secret mission. However, their goal to destroy a Nazi radio tower is quickly changed as the troops discover that the Nazis have been conducting experiments. Yes, it’s a WWII zombie movie, and it is a lot of fun to watch. It’s definitely one of the best action movies on Hulu.
3. Air Force One
Did Harrison Ford play the best fictional US President of all time in this 1997 film? That may be debatable, but there’s no doubt that Ford’s portrayal of an action-based President is entertaining to watch. In mid-flight, Air Force One is highjacked by renegade Russian terrorists, led by Gary Oldman. Ford must use his wits, and his fists, to rescue everyone on board, including his wife and daughter. It’s one of the best Hulu action movies.
4. 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.
5. Con Air
This 1997 movie seems like it was directed by Michael Bay, but in fact, it was handled by Simon West. However, it still stars Nicolas Cage, who plays a former US Army Ranger who gets in a fight after he is discharged. He’s wrongfully put in prison after he kills one of his foes while defending himself. The movie shows him hitching a ride home on a plane as the final part of his sentence is coming to a close. However, the other convicts on the plane, led by a terrific John Malkovich, take it over. Now it’s up to Cage’s character to stop this flight and its many passengers. This movie has tons of action, humor, and great performances by Cage and Malkovich.
6. Super 8
J J. Abrams wrote and directed this 2011 sci-fi action film. When you watch it, you may think you are watching a Steven Spielberg movie, and that’s intentional. However, Super 8 is a bit darker than films like E.T. A government train, holding a mysterious creature, crashes near a West Virginia town. It’s up to a group of teenagers who are making their own sci-fi home movie to solve this mystery before more people get hurt.
7. The Expendables
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 who 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 villian.
8. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
This 2011 film is the third movie in the Transformers franchise directed by Michael Bay. It’s also one of the most action-packed (and that’s saying something). From battles on the streets of Washington DC to a final invasion of Chicago, this movie doesn’t let up for one second. It’s not the best Transformers movie, but it is one of the best action movies on Hulu.
This 2018 spin-off of the Transformers franchise is more of a family film than the five previous movies in this series. It centers on Bumblebee, who is on the run on Earth in 1987. He befriends a human teenager, played by Hailee Steinfeld, and together they have to fight evil Decepticons and the US military, lead by John Cena. It’s more humorous and heartwarming, but it still has some great action set pieces. This is definitely one of the best action movies on Hulu.
10. Mission Impossible: Fallout
Yes, it’s our second Mission Impossible movie on this best Hulu action list. The 2018 release of the sixth M:I film may be the best movie yet in this series. Tom Cruise once again plays IMF secret agent Ethan Hunt, who in this mission (which he, of course, accepts) has to retrieve three plutonium cores that he and his team manage to lose. However, as with all of the M:I films, there are lots of double and triple crosses, and many 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. Yep, he does that.
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.