Netflix is one of the best premium streaming services, with thousands of movies to choose from. That list includes some of the best action movies ever made, with lots of thrills, spills, and high-adrenaline sequences. However, there are also a lot of so-called action movies on Netflix that don’t fulfill our need for cool characters, massive stunts, and big explosions. That’s why we have picked the 10 best action movies on Netflix that you can currently stream.
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As you can see, there’s quite a variety to choose from, from current super-hero epics to modern-day crime dramas and some truly classic films, action or otherwise.
Best action movies on Netflix:
Editor’s note: This list will be updated as action films leave, and other films debut, on Netflix
1. The Old Guard
Netflix’s latest big-budget action movie is this comic book-inspired film starring Charlize Theron. She plays the leader of a four-person warrior team that secretly fights evil. Oh, and all four also happen to be immortal. When the team discovered a young woman who might be another immortal, they must both protect and train her. They are also on the run from a group that wants to capture the team to learn the secret of their immorality.
Chris Hemsworth plays Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, in the recently released Netflix action movie Extraction, he plays the very human Tyler Rake. Rake is a highly skilled mercenary with a dark past. He’s recruited by India’s biggest drug lord to rescue his son from kidnappers. The film is has tons of great action set pieces, and the setting of India makes for a very different look. Sam Hargrave, the stunt coordinator for both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, makes his directorial debut with Extraction. Another Avengers: Infinity War connection is that its co-director, Joe Russo, wrote the script for this movie.
3. 6 Underground
Here’s another of Netflix’s original action movie. This one comes from the action director master Michael Bay. Ryan Reynolds leads a team that is super-rich but wants to do more to help the world than just donate money to charity. The members of the team fake their own deaths so they can operate under and above the law to take out terrorists. As in most of Bay’s movies, the plot doesn’t matter; what matters is some excellent action set pieces that are filmed around the world. You won’t get bored.
Goldeneye was considered a risk when it was first released in 1995. It had been six years since the last film starring MI-6 super-spy James Bond. However, there was no need for worry. The combination of Pierce Brosnan as the new 007 and Martin Campbell as director turned Goldeneye into a huge critical and box office hit. This time, Bond has to stop one of his former colleagues, 006, played perfectly by Sean Bean, from creating a massive financial crisis. It’s one of the best James Bond films and one of the best Netflix action movies.
5. Raiders of the Lost Ark
The 1981 film may have officially renamed as Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, but we all know the true title of this film. Harrison Ford seems born to play the role of Indiana Jones. He’s an archeologist who risks life and limb to find the greatest historical relics in the world. In this debut film of the series, directed (as all of them are) by Steven Spielberg, Jones has been recruited to find The Ark of the Covenant in 1936. He has to grab it before the Nazis get a hold of the container where the Ten Commandments were kept. This was described as a homage to the Saturday afternoon serials of the 1930s. In truth, this film blows all of them away in action, humor, and entertainment.
Netflix also has the three other films in this series for streaming currently; Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
6. Project Power
This Netflix exclusive action movie is a different take on the superhero genre. In New Orleans, a new drug has hit the streets. Instead of getting you high or making you see things, this drug, named “Power,” somehow activates a specific superhuman ability. Yes, you can fly, become invulnerable, or get super-strong while taking Power. The catch? The super ability only lasts for five minutes at a time. Jamie Foxx plays one of the first test subjects for Power, and he teams up with a New Orleans cop, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, to try to stop the distribution of the drug.
7. Total Recall
This 1990 film is a true action movie classic. It combines some great set pieces with a storyline that actually makes you think at times. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a man in the near future who keeps having dreams about being on Mars. He decides to go to a company that offers virtual vacations inside a person’s head so he can experience a Mars trip. The twist? The folks at Rekall, and the audience, soon realize that Schwarzenegger’s character is not who he first appears to be, even to himself.
8. Olympus Has Fallen
2013 had two “White House under siege” movies, but this one is the better one. That’s due in part to its R-rating as a rogue group of North Korean terrorists take over 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. It’s up to US Secret Service agent Mike Banning, played by 300’s Gerald Butler, to almost singlehandedly save the White House and rescue the President, played by Aaron Eckart. There are tons of great set pieces in this movie, and it’s definitely one of the best action movies on Netflix. This film was popular enough to spawn two sequels; London has Fallen, and the recently released Angel has Fallen, which is also now on Netflix.
9. Ip Man
The IP Man film series is one of the best in the action-martial arts. The first film, released in 2008, sets up the rest of the series. Donnie Yen, best known for US audiences for his role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, plays the title character. Ip Man’s most well-known achievement is that he was reportedly was the martial arts teacher of Bruce Lee. Ip Man (the movie) takes place in the 1930s, as he becomes a grand master of the martial art Wing Chun. You can also check out the second and third movies in the Ip Man saga on Netflix, and you can buy or rent the fourth and final movie on Vudu.
10. The Hurricane Heist
Here’s another more recent action movie from the same director as xXx. The 2018 movie is set in Alabama at the Gulf Coast, where a Category 5 hurricane is about to make landfall. However, that’s the perfect cover for a group of thieves who want to steal old US cash that’s supposed to be shredded from a US Treasury stronghold. Naturally, just a few people stand in this groups way, and the oncoming hurricane is not making anyone’s lives easier. It’s a heist movie with a big weather twist, and that’s why it’s one of the best action movies on Netflix.
These are the best action movies you can watch on Netflix. We’ll update this post with new titles once they are released.