Sometimes you just wanna watch some tough guys kick butt and take names. Netflix has got you covered with some high-octane action movies that really get the blood pumping.
If you find yourself slouched on the couch without energy, it’s about time you treated yourself to a lineup of films that will get your heart racing and palms sweating.
Here’s our list of the best action movies on Netflix right now that promise to give you an adrenaline rush…
Our list features movies on Netflix U.S. only. Some films may not be available on international Netflix platforms. We frequently update this article to remove and replace action films that are currently on Netflix.
1. Anon (2018)
In a near future, the government has put a system in place that records people’s memories, a procedure that has reduced crime to nearly 0%. In this ‘ideal’ society, a detective must face a series of crimes that prove this system has a flaw. This tense, ambitious thriller is the perfect adrenaline provider for a cozy night in, and a puzzle you’ll be eager to solve just as much as the protagonists!
2. Goldeneye (1995)
Although it’s not the best James Bond movie, it’s still worth a watch – especially if you’re a fan of 007! Pierce Brosnan takes the lead role as the famous British secret agent in Goldeneye who attempts to save the world from space weapon that can destroy the Earth. Want a thrilling ride? Goldeneye is a top action movie on Netflix that won’t disappoint – plus, it will make you want to watch the entire popular film series!
3. Gun City (2018)
This tense, dark Spanish crime action movie is set in 1921 and tells the story of a cop heading to Barcelona to investigate the theft of military weapons. Gritty and filled with raw talent, this film will transport you into a whole other time and make you shudder at every turn. Although it’s in another language, Gun City is truly one of the best action movies Netflix has to offer right now.
4. Extraction (2020)
Starring Chris Hemsworth as Tyler Rake, book-turned-movie, Extraction tells the story of a mercenary who’s hired to save the kidnapped son of an Indian drug lord. Action cliches and manic sequences, this 2020 original Netflix movie offers that adrenaline rush you’re craving to wake up on a Friday evening.
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5. Kung Fu Panda (2008)
Sometimes, all you need is a little lighthearted action to keep the adrenaline in you pumping. If you’re not up for anything too intense, try out this Dreamworks classic that tells the fun story of clumsy panda, Po who’s chosen to defend everyone from a menacing threat.
6. I Am Mother (2019)
In this latest post-apocalyptic thriller, a teenage girl was raised alone by a motherly robot to repopulate the Earth, but their bubble is threatened by the arrival of a wounded woman, the first human being the ‘daughter’ has ever seen. This tense, minimalist but gripping blockbuster is by far one of the best things Netflix has given us, and every second of it is worth your time.
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7. Léon: The Professional (1994)
With action, crime and drama wrapped into one brilliant blockbuster, what more could you ask for when wondering what to stream on Netflix? Léon, a professional assassin takes in a young girl and trains her to learn the trade after the murder of her family. Thrilling and violent as well as emotionally intense, this movie is one to watch over and over again.
8. The Karate Kid (1984)
A timeless classic, this fun movie is ideal for those who want a trip down memory lane or call themselves adrenaline junkies. The Karate Kid has probably been seen by everyone (except maybe Gen Z), but now’s the time to relive it on Netflix and enjoy all the martial arts goodness it has to offer.
9. Inside Man (2006)
What’s the word ‘action’ without a bit of Denzel Washington? This crime and mystery masterpiece follows the gripping tale of a hostage that promises to get hearts pumping and palms sweating. A gripping action flick with a plot that keeps you guessing at the edge of your seats.
10. 300 (2006)
An action-packed historical drama detailing the epic battle between Greece and Persia in 480 B.C. King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight it out against the large Persian army, delivering graphic battle sequences, beautiful scenery and extravagant costumes that will please the warfare-junkie in you.
11. The Old Guard (2020)
A Netflix original that offers a pure adrenaline boost in the form of great action, adventure and fantasy. Charlize Theron is Andy, the lead warrior of a group of immortal mercenaries who must fight against their latest threat. A 2020 movie that will give any viewer some entertainment during quarantine and lockdown.
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12. 21 Jump Street (2012)
Undoubtedly one of Channing Tatum’s best roles as well as Jonah Hill’s funniest works, this comedy should certainly be on your watchlist. 21 Jump Street blends action and humor into one, treating viewers to the hilarious story of two cops who return to high-school undercover in order to bring down a drug ring.
13. Triple Frontier (2019)
Action blockbuster, Triple Frontier has an all-star cast as well as an A-star story. Available on Netflix only, this 2019 film observes the tale of five friends and operatives who plan a heist in South America. Things take an unexpected turn and get out of hand, forcing the men to question their friendship, skills and morals.
14. Bright (2017)
Ever watched a movie taking place in a contemporary society where fairies and other mythological creatures are hanging out with humans? No? Same here. Well, if that’s the type of strange, interesting universe you’re looking for, Bright definitely has it all. What’s more? Will Smith is here to lead the story as a cop working with an orc to protect a young elf. He’ll make you laugh at every turn and you’ll definitely thank us!
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15. Drive (2011)
A movie that will take you on a drive with pounding action and hard core violence. Starring Ryan Gosling as ‘Driver’, this mysterious man acts as a Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver on the side. When he’s tasked to help his neighbors out, Driver finds himself twisted in a tale of trouble and love.
16. 6 Underground (2019)
Ryan Reynolds leaves behind his iconic character of Deadpool, and takes on the roll of another kind of action hero named One. Six individuals who want to forget their pasts and change the future set out on a challenging mission full of car chases, heists and great action choreography. Although this movie isn’t exactly Oscar-worthy, you should still press play for some downright entertainment.
17. Minority Report (2002)
If only we could prevent criminals from committing their crimes, right? Well, gripping action flick, Minority Report gives you a taste of a world where that could actually happen. Tom Cruise stars as Chief John Anderton who works in a secret police unit that arrests murderers before they commit their crimes. Plot twist – he’s soon accused of being a future murderer, too.
18. Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Available on Netflix is this action-crime-drama starring Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx. When Clyde Shelton’s (Butler) family is killed and the murderer is set free, he goes on the ultimate revenge mission, all the while finding himself dealing with the corrupt system and city that let the criminal go. An adrenaline rush movie ideal for a night in!
19. Godzilla (1998)
Godzilla is intense enough to keep you glued to your screen until the end credits start rolling. A 90s monster classic that puts the famous Godzilla at center stage as he roams and rampages through New York City and runs from the American military.
20. Superman Returns (2006)
After more than a decade following Christopher Reeve’s riveting performance as the man of steel, Superman returned in the form of Brandon Routh. Superman Returns featured the actor’s only appearance as the iconic hero and was one of the decent takes on the popular movie saga. This action film is a must-watch for those who are superhero geeks and fans of a bit of make-believe.
21. Thunder Force (2021)
This is the latest original action movie to hit Netflix that stars hilarious comedians Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer. If you’re in need of an adrenaline rush with laughter, this may just be the next-best movie to binge. Follow two best friends as they team up to use their superpowers and save Chicago!
22. Django Unchained (2012)
This movie may have only been released less than 10 years ago, but it’s already a classic – especially in terms of dramatic brilliance and arresting action. Django Unchained is yet another of Quentin Tarantino’s amazing works that tells the story of a freed slave who’s on a mission to save his wife from a savage Mississippi plantation owner. An action movie all Western fans will love!
23. Army of the Dead (2021)
Zack Snyder’s latest blockbuster promises a thrill, blending action, crime and horror all into one. There’s a zombie outbreak in Vegas, but that doesn’t stop a daring group of mercenaries who want to pull of a major heist – in a casino. Yeah, it’s as whopping mad as it sounds, but it’s a treat to feast your eyes on. Streaming on Netflix, now!
24. Troy (2004)
If you’re craving an adrenaline rush movie that takes you back in time, scroll through Netflix to find Troy and press play. Starring the likes of Brad Pitt, Eric Bana and Orlando Bloom, this splendid adaption of Homer’s classic is a blended mix of action, love and entertainment. If you cherish Greek mythology and adventure, Troy might just be the film you’re looking for.
25. Red Notice (2021)
This anticipated movie is a must-watch among the many blockbusters Netflix has to offer. Why? Firstly, it features a star-studded cast (Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot) and it’s said to promise some kick-ass fun about an Interpol agent who heads out to track down the world’s most wanted art thief.
Those are our top picks for some edge-of-your-seat action with a few laughs and thrills thrown in for good measure.
Netflix’s offerings are changing all the time, so watch these movies while you can! If you see something new or you have a favorite we didn’t mention in our list, feel free to tell us in the comments below.
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