The 11 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now
With 151 million subscribers across the globe, 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 11 of the best action movies you can stream right now.
1. 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.
2. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
All four Indiana Jones films are on Netflix, but the first still stands its ground as the best in the series and one of the finest action movies ever made. Indy (Harrison Ford) pursues the Lost Ark of the Covenant while evading and diverting Nazis chasing the power the Ark is believed to contain.
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. Bloodsport (1988)
There's something endlessly rewatchable about this action-packed martial arts melodrama that tasks Jean-Claude Van Damme with winning the Kumite, a violent clash of fighters from around the globe. Forest Whitaker is one half of a military cop duo on his tail. Van Damme is at his most graceful, and proves his talents as one of the best slow-motion actors in the action game.
6. 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.
7. Den of Thieves (2018)
Gerard Butler is a cop in Los Angeles who leads his squad against a violent gang of bank robbers looking to cash out at the Federal Reserve in this gritty thriller that pumps out ammo and surprises in equal measure.
8. Sin City (2005)
Robert Rodriguez directs this ultra-stylish take on the Frank Miller comic series. In stark black-and-white, Bruce Willis and Mickey Rourke star in interweaving stories extracted from the pulp novels of years past.
9. 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.
10. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
11. The Last Samurai (2003)
Tom Cruise is a Civil War veteran up to his head in trouble when he embarks on a mission to adopt the code of the samurai warrior in 19th century Japan. Cruise is as committed as ever, while director Edward Zwick treats the troubled soldier's journey with a panoramic lens.