The 10 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now
With more than 150 million customers across the world, Netflix keeps growing by making sure it offers something for everyone. In addition to a varied selection of horror, sci-fi, documentaries, and dramas, the service also curates a solid library of action films. If you’re in the mood for some kinetic thrills, check out 10 of the best action movies you can stream right now.
1. Gladiator (2000)
Audiences were entertained by this Ridley Scott drama starring Russell Crowe as Maximus, a former Roman general-turned-slave forced to fight to the death for the amusement of Commodus (a gleefully sneering Joaquin Phoenix).
2. Extraction (2020)
Chris Hemsworth stars in this Netflix original about a mercenary combing Bangladesh for the kidnapped son of a drug dealer. Joe Russo (co-director of numerous Marvel films, including 2019's Avengers: Endgame) wrote the script.
3. Triple Frontier (2019)
A tight-knit squad of ex-military operatives decide to round up their own pension plan and steal the cash of a drug lord hiding out in South America. The heist puts the soldiers (Ben Affleck, Pedro Pascal, and Oscar Issac among them) into convoluted territory, both literally and morally.
4. The Debt Collector (2018)
With screen senseis Jean-Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal in the twilight of their careers, the martial arts leading man is on the wane. One of the few to keep the genre alive is Scott Adkins. Here, he's a martial arts instructor forced to take up duties as a bill collector for organized crime. The plot, however, is irrelevant: Watch it for Adkins and his go-for-broke fight scenes.
5. The Night Comes for Us (2018)
Fans of The Raid series will find a similar approach in this hyperactive Indonesian action film about an assassin who has to navigate a small army of Triad killers in order to protect a young girl. The violence approaches horror movie letters of splatter, but if that’s to your taste, you’ll have a satisfying evening.
6. Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
Secret Service agent Gerard Butler is out to protect president Aaron Eckhart when the White House comes under siege. Morgan Freeman co-stars.
7. Wheelman (2017)
Frank Grillo stars in this claustrophobic action-thriller about a getaway driver who leaves the dirty work to the criminals who retain his services. When things go awry during a bank heist and a mysterious caller begins ordering him to reroute the money, Grillo is left to navigate the streets—and an increasingly dangerous double-cross—by himself.
8. Ip Man (2008)
Donnie Yen shows off both his acting chops and his martial arts prowess in this fictionalized study of Ip Man, Bruce Lee's instructor. When a Japanese general terrorizes a Chinese community, Yen springs into action.
9. The Outpost (2020)
Isolated on an American military base in Afghanistan, troops must fend off an attack by Taliban forces while vastly outnumbered. Scott Eastwood, Caleb Landry Jones, and Orlando Bloom star in this riveting war drama based on a true story.
10. Cliffhanger (1993)
Sylvester Stallone scored one of his bigger non-Rocky or Rambo hits as Gabe Walker, a mountain climber and rescuer who walks away after a tragedy. When John Lithgow and his band of villains demands escort through rough terrain with their stolen money, Gabe has to return to a job that's more dangerous than ever. Michael Rooker co-stars.