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Best Action Movies On Netflix Right Now

Summary

  • Netflix is home to some of the best action movies you can find anywhere.
  • The Netflix action movie catalog includes everything from critically acclaimed pictures like “Dune” and “RRR” to blockbusters like “John Wick” and “The Suicide Squad.”
  • Most of the action movies on Netflix crossover into genres as well, like sci-fi with “Pacific Rim” and comedy with “The Nice Guys.”



Some of the best action movies are available to stream on Netflix, mainly because the streamer has always prioritized the acquisition of action films (the spectacle of fist fights and explosions crosses the language barrier and appeals to movie audiences all over the world). An Indonesian action movie like The Raid can find a global audience on Netflix, while box office disappointments have another chance at finding their audiences on streaming services.


Since the platform started producing and distributing its own content, Netflix has brought action-packed hidden gems from the U.S., Indonesia, and all over the world to a wider audience. The streamer’s expansive library of content also ensures that fan-favorite blockbusters that are part of beloved franchises are available for a timely rewatch too. From original Netflix exclusive action movies to thrilling licensed hits, there are plenty of riveting action films available to stream on Netflix.


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15 The Raid: Redemption (2011)

Starring Iko Uwais

Iko Uwais with his gun in The Raid: Redemption


The Raid: Redemption

Release Date
March 23, 2012

Director
Gareth Evans

Cast
Iko Uwais , Joe Taslim , Yayan Ruhian , Pierre Gruno , Ray Sahetapy

Writers
Gareth Evans


While The Raid is not on Netflix anymore, its sequel is still on the streaming giant. Though not as revolutionary as the first movie in the franchise, The Raid: Redemption still delivers the high-octane non-stop action that fans of the genre want. Gareth Evans returns as the director and Iko Uwais is back as Rama, the rookie cop and one of the three surviving heroes from the first movie. In this film, Rama is sent on another seemingly unwinnable mission to stop another vicious mobster with limitless minions at his disposal.


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14 The Equalizer 3 (2023)

Starring Denzel Washington


The Equalizer 3

Release Date
September 1, 2023

Director
Antoine Fuqua

Writers
Richard Wenk


Thanks to the success of the first two movies in the series, director Antione Fuqua and actor Denzel Washington had a chance to reunite for a third film in The Equalizer franchise. In this movie, Robert McCall kills a gangster in Italy and ends up shot and injured. He ends up nursed back to health in a small village, but his peaceful life is shaken up when a new gangster shows up and threatens the people who took him in. The Equalizer 3 ending also leaves things open for another movie if the studios want to go in that direction.


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13 The Suicide Squad (2021)

Starring John Cena, Idris Elba, Joel Kinnaman, & More

David Dastmalchian, John Cena, Idris Elba, and Daniela Melchior in The Suicide Squad


The Suicide Squad

Release Date
August 6, 2021

Cast
Viola Davis , Daniela Melchior , Taika Waititi , Pete Davidson , Idris Elba , Peter Capaldi , Alice Braga , Joel Kinnaman , Sean Gunn , Jai Courtney , Margot Robbie , Storm Reid , Jennifer Holland , Michael Rooker , Mayling Ng , Nathan Fillion , John Cena

Studio(s)
Warner Bros. Pictures


The first Suicide Squad movie left a lot of people disappointed. While it was a good action movie, the story seemed to be lacking, and it didn’t have a story that carried it to more than just an average superhero movie. However, that all changed with the sequel. James Gunn showed up in the DCU, and he directed TheSuicide Squad and helped it rise above the first movie in every way. Gunn brought in some new stars, with John Cena and Idris Elba as the best additions, and created a massive action movie.


The new threat seems ridiculous on paper, with a giant starfish threatening to destroy the Earth. However, what really carries this movie is the relationship between the characters and the humor that was dropped in, but never threatened to overwhelm the story. It also helped Warner Bros. decide that Gunn was the right man to run the DCU from now on. The first Suicide Squad movie is also on Netflix for people who want to watch the two back-to-back.


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12 Pacific Rim (2013)

Starring Charlie Hunnam & Mako Mori

Kaiju in Pacific Rim


Pacific Rim

Release Date
July 12, 2013

Director
Guillermo del Toro

Cast
Charlie Hunnam , Idris Elba , Charlie Day , Ron Perlman , Rinko Kikuchi , Clifton Collins Jr.

Writers
Travis Beacham

Studio(s)
Warner Bros. Pictures


Guillermo del Toro got a chance to make a movie he said he had dreamed about for years. Pacific Rim is an action movie that sees giant mech robots battle kaiju monsters from the depths of the Earth. While it doesn’t have the name value of a Godzilla movie, Del Toro does enough different with Pacific Rim to make it stand on its own. The action scenes with the human-controlled robots battling giant monsters deliver everything a fan of sci-fi action movies could possibly want to see on the screen.


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11 The Old Guard (2020)

Starring Charlize Theron


The Old Guard

Release Date
July 10, 2020

Director
Gina Prince-Bythewood

Cast
Chiwetel Ejiofor , Luca Marinelli , Charlize Theron , Micheal Ward , Van Veronica Ngo , Marwan Kenzari , Natacha Karam , Kiki Layne , Matthias Schoenaerts , Mette Towley , Harry Melling , Anamaria Marinca , Joey Ansah

Writers
Greg Rucka

Studio(s)
Netflix


Based on the comic books of the same name, The Old Guard presents Netflix viewers with a group of seemingly immortal warriors who have lived for centuries. Their job is to set out to stop certain things from happening, which are fated to prevent great tragedies in the future. The movie starts with them in action and sets up a story where a wealthy individual learns of their existence and sets out to capture them and steal their power for himself.


Charlize Theron is on top form, and the rest of the cast makes this one of Netflix’s best original action movies. It was also a streaming success and Netflix greenlit a sequel with The Old Guard 2 coming soon with some big-time additions to the cast, including Uma Thurmann and Henry Golding.


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Starring Chris Hemsworth

Tyler Rake charging in front of Ovi with his gun drawn in Extraction


Extraction

Release Date
April 24, 2020

Director
Sam Hargrave

Cast
Golshifteh Farahani , Rudhraksh Jaiswal , Priyanshu Painyuli , David Harbour , Pankaj Tripathi , Patrick Newall , Chris Jai Alex , Randeep Hooda , Chris Hemsworth , Shataf Figar

Studio(s)
Netflix


When it comes to non-stop action movies, it doesn’t get much more adrenaline pumping than the Netflix original Extraction. Chris Hemsworth stars as Tyler Rake, a former Australian military officer who has turned to mercenary operations. He is hired to save a young man kidnapped and held for ransom. From that point on, the movie never slows down. In what might be a record for a single action star in a movie, Tyler Rake kills 80 people in the first Extraction movie.


The movie picked up above-average reviews and had enough people streaming it that it picked up a sequel – even though the ending of the first movie made this look impossible. The second movie picked up even more positive reviews and a third movie is now in the works.


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9 John Wick (2014)

Starring Keanu Reeves


John Wick

Release Date
October 24, 2014

Director
Chad Stahelski

Cast
Michael Nyqvist , Willem Dafoe , Jason Isaacs , Keanu Reeves , Bridget Moynahan , Adrianne Palicki , Alfie Allen , John Leguizamo

Writers
Derek Kolstad

Studio(s)
Thunder Road Pictures , 87Eleven Productions


For Netflix action movie fans who want to binge-watch some of the best action flicks of the last decade, the first three John Wick movies are on the streaming service. The best of these, storywise, is the first movie. The story sees John Wick as a former assassin who retired and lives a peaceful life after the death of his wife. However, when some mobsters show up, steal his car, and kill the puppy that his wife gave him before her death, he sets out on a path of bloody revenge.


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The movies demand a sense of suspending disbelief, as it seems everyone has bulletproof suits, and it takes headshots to kill anyone. Things get even more ridiculous in the sequels, but it is done in a way that should please any action movie fan. The first movie might be the best, but the entire franchise is perfect for fans of the genre.


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8 Triple Frontier (2019)

Starring BenAffleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, & More

Ben Affleck and Oscar Isaac in the jungle in Triple Frontier


Triple Frontier

Release Date
March 13, 2019

Director
J.C. Chandor

Runtime
125 minutes


A band of brotherly Delta Force soldiers reunites to rob a South American crime lord in Triple Frontier. When they overload their helicopter with the score, the crew is stranded in the jungle and has to trek their stolen cash across hostile territory. With an all-star cast including Oscar Isaac, Ben Affleck, and Pedro Pascal, Triple Frontier is a modern, action-packed take on the timeless themes of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.


Much like Humphrey Bogart’s Fred Dobbs, Triple Frontier’s ex-Special Forces operatives are brought down by their own greed. The spoils of their heist are weighing them down, holding them back, and bringing them closer to death.


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7 Dune (2021)

Starring Timothee Chalamet


Dune

Release Date
October 22, 2021

Cast
Dave Bautista , Rebecca Ferguson , Sharon Duncan-Brewster , Jason Momoa , David Dastmalchian , Stephen McKinley Henderson , Stellan Skarsgård , Charlotte Rampling , Chang Chen , Oscar Isaac , Zendaya , Javier Bardem , Timothee Chalamet , Josh Brolin


Dune is a masterpiece of science fiction cinema that stands as a titan in the realm of action films. Adapted from Frank Herbert’s epic novel of the same name, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides, a young noble thrust into a cosmic conflict over the desert planet Arrakis. What makes Dune unique is its profound world-building, where political intrigue dances with mystical elements.


The action sequences are monumental, showcasing vast armies and otherworldly technology. The sheer visual majesty, from sandworm encounters to ornithopter chases, is absolutely breathtaking. Dune immerses audiences in a fully realized universe where every skirmish is a brushstroke on a vast action-packed canvas.


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6 Dredd (2011)

Starring Karl Urban

Karl Urban as Judge Dredd standing in front of an American flag in Dredd.


Dredd

Release Date
September 7, 2012

Director
Pete Travis

Cast
Karl Urban , Rachel Wood , Andile Mngadi , Porteus Xandau Steenkamp , Jason Cope , Emma Breschi

Runtime
95 minutes


Dredd places Judge Dredd in a very different-looking Mega-City One from the one in 1995’s Judge Dredd. The 2011 movie excels by narrowing its scope, setting most of the action within the confines of a mega-block under siege. Its greatness is in its simplicity and execution. The slow-motion effects offer some of the most visually arresting sequences in action cinema.


The film’s unrelenting pace and ultraviolence are underscored by a darkly comic tone that respects its source material too. Dredd recently greatly benefitted from being on Netflix; despite being a box office bomb in 2011, the movie found its audiences and entered Netflix’s top 10 charts in 2023.


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5 Bullet Train (2022)

Starring Brad Pitt


Bullet Train

Release Date
July 29, 2022

Director
David Leitch

Cast
logan lerman , Karen Fukuhara , Hiroyuki Sanada , Joey King , Brian Tyree Henry , Andrew Koji , Aaron Taylor-Johnson , Masi Oka , Brad Pitt , Zazie Beetz , Michael Shannon , Sandra Bullock

Runtime
126 minutes


Bullet Train, directed by John Wick co-director David Leitch, is an action-packed thrill ride set almost entirely on a speeding Shinkansen. Brad Pitt stars in Bullet Train as an unlikely assassin whose mission intertwines with several other hitmen and women. The film’s confined setting is a playground for inventive action sequences that are as much about wit and timing as they are about explosive violence.


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The colorful, quirky characters bring a unique brand of dark humor to the frenetic fight scenes, and the choreography is both brutal and balletic, indicative of Leitch’s background in stuntwork.


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4 The Harder They Fall (2021)

Starring Idris Elba, Lakeith Stanfield, & More

Two gunslingers back-to-back in The Harder They Fall


The Harder They Fall

Release Date
October 22, 2021

Director
Jeymes Samuel

Cast
Jonathan Majors , Idris Elba , Delroy Lindo , Danielle Deadwyler , Regina King , Edi Gathegi , r.j. cyler , Damon Wayans Jr. , Zazie Beetz , Deon Cole , LaKeith Stanfield


In the decades that the Western genre has been around, its films have been populated with predominantly white actors. Westerns typically ignore Black cowboys, who make up approximately 25% of all cowboys in the American West (via Smithsonian Magazine). However, The Harder They Fall finally puts those underrepresented cowboys in the spotlight.


Its star-studded ensemble includes Idris Elba, Regina King, and LaKeith Stanfield, all playing characters based on real people in The Harder They Fall cast. The movie is brought to life by eye-popping visuals, inventive action sequences, and a gloriously anachronistic musical score composed by director Jeymes Samuel.


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3 The Nice Guys (2016)

Starring Russell Crowe & Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe peer around a corner in The Nice Guys


The Nice Guys

Release Date
May 20, 2016

Director
Shane Black

Runtime
116minutes


Lethal Weapon creator Shane Black brought another classic “buddy cop” duo together in The Nice Guys. Set in 1977 Los Angeles, The Nice Guys stars the hilarious pairing of Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as a pair of P.I.s whose latest case draws them into the adult film industry. Like all of Black’s other scripts, The Nice Guys has a pitch-perfect balance of exhilarating action sequences and snappy comic banter between its leads.


Although it bombed at the box office on its release, The Nice Guys has quickly become a beloved cult classic.


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2 The Night Comes For Us (2018)

Starring Joe Taslim

Characters holding machetes in The Night Comes for Us


Timo Tjahjanto’s The Night Comes for Us is one of the most gloriously violent action films ever made. Joe Taslim stars as Ito, a mob enforcer who betrays his boss to save a little girl from a mafia-led massacre. Ito and his friends combine forces to protect the girl when every goon from the Six Seas Triad and every crooked cop on its payroll come after her.


There’s no line that The Night Comes for Us won’t cross – even the kid gets in on the killing at one point – as it attempts to keep audiences firmly at the edge of their seat for two electrifying hours.


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1 RRR (2022)

Starring N.T. Rama Rao Jr & Ram Charan

Face-to-face with a tiger in RRR


RRR

Release Date
March 24, 2022

Director
S.S. Rajamouli

Cast
S.S. Rajamouli , Ram Charan , N.T. Rama Rao Jr. , Ajay Devgn , Alia Bhatt , Ray Stevenson


One of the biggest surprise hits of 2022, S.S. Rajamouli’s RRR revolves around fictionalized versions of the Indian revolutionaries, Alluri Sitarama Raju (Ram Charan) and Komaram Bheem (N.T. Rama Rao, Jr.), and their battle against the British Raj. RRR has mind-blowing set-pieces, such as the hand-to-hand combat with a bloodthirsty tiger and a brutal fight between one man and a hundreds-strong crowd.


The film is just over three hours long, but it doesn’t feel like it. There’s so much bombastic action in this movie, not a second of its 182 minutes is wasted.


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