26 Action Movies on Netflix for an Adrenaline Rush

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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)

IMDb: 6.1/10

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)

IMDb: 7.2/10

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)

IMDb: 6.3/10

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)

IMDb: 6.8/10

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. Inception (2010)

IMDb: 8.8/10

An adrenaline rush movie like no other. Inception was released over 10 years ago and yet, it seems it was only yesterday its moving buildings and trippy upside down shots were making our jaws drop in cinemas. Even a decade later, Christopher Nolan’s incredible dream-heist film is still proving just as effective. Fantastic cinematography, a delirious plot, plus a star-studded cast make Inception a must-watch among the many blockbusters Netflix has to offer.

6. I Am Mother (2019)

IMDb: 6.7/10

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. War of the Worlds (2005)

IMDb: 6.5/10

Tom Cruise and his fight for survival! Well, kind of. This sci-fi blockbuster gives us a taste of what it would be like if an alien invasion threatened the world and humanity. There are robotic spaceships, intense action scenes and that unique Steven Spielberg touch that makes this movie better than just your average alien-invasion film.

8. Sherlock Holmes (2009)

IMDb: 7.6/10

This action and adventure film is a must-watch for those who are into solving crimes and fun mysteries. Legendary detective Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and and his partner Dr. Watson (Jude Law) go on the hunt to catch Lord Blackwood – a once-was dead and convicted killer who returns from the grave to commit more murders.

9. Inside Man (2006)

IMDb: 7.6/10

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. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

IMDb: 8.6/10

Wondering what action movie to watch on Netflix? If you’re a warfare movie junkie and have yet to delve into this absolute classic, you know what to do next. This Tom Hanks and Matt Damon flick will put you at the forefront of World War II as Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) takes his men to find Private James Ryan whose brothers have been killed in battle.

11. The Old Guard (2020)

IMDb: 6.7/10

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 Bridges (2019)

IMDb: 6.6/10

Starring the late and talented Chadwick Boseman, this action thriller now available on Netflix follows Andre Davis, a NYPD detective on the hunt for two cop killers. Eventually, he uncovers a surprising conspiracy that places his fellow police officers in a criminal empire. Before he knows it, Manhattan is completely locked down, closing all 21 bridges in the city. The Black Panther actor impresses here, and is joined by the likes of Sienna Miller and J.K. Simmons.

13. Triple Frontier (2019)

IMDb: 6.4/10

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)

IMDb: 6.3/10

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)

IMDb: 7.8/10

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)

IMDb: 6.1/10

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. Dunkirk (2017)

IMDb: 7.8/10

There’s more to this movie than just a cameo by Harry Styles! In fact, this is an impressive war film that cleverly and grippingly captures the horrors of the famous battle of Dunkirk during World War II. Stunning cinematography and authentic visuals, this flick is more than enough when in need of an epic adrenaline rush.

18. The Adam Project (2021)

Another Netflix original that might give you that adrenaline rush you’ve been craving. Put this action flick on your watchlist and tag along with its all-star cast including Ryan Reynolds, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Garner and Zoe Saldana. With hints of comedy, this sci-fi movie includes time-travel fun, chronicling the story of Adam as he teams up with his younger self and his late father for a secret mission.

19. Godzilla (1998)

IMDb: 5.4/10

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. Public Enemies (2009)

IMDb: 7.0/10

A top action movie on Netflix for those who get a kick out of gangster tales and crime thrillers. Public Enemies serves an awesome performance by Johnny Depp and also stars Channing Tatum and Christian Bale. This is a great pick if you’re struggling and scrolling through films on Netflix.

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)

IMDb: 8.4/10

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)

IMDb: 7.5/10

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. Red Notice (2021)

IMDb: 7.1/10

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.

25. The Gentlemen (2019)

IMDb: 7.8/10

When a marijuana kingpin tries to cash out of the drug empire he built, questionable characters immediately try to take over his “land”. With a stellar cast lead by Hugh Grant and an energetic, fun plot that keeps you hooked until the end, The Gentlemen is one more Guy Ritchie ride you’ll be happy to hop on.

26. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

IMDb: 6.9/10

Web-heads, rejoice (well, those who are fans of Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man, of course) – The Amazing Spider-Man has hit Netflix to tickle your spidey-senses! Although not the best Spider-Man movie, this Marvel blockbuster also starring Emma Stone is still a fun ride to watch if you’re up for some superhero action. 

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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Maria Supplisson

Maria Supplisson

Maria is a screenwriting student at the London Film Academy with a Bachelors' degree in English & Creative Writing, blogger and storytelling-obsessed, from literature to TV shows, movies to documentaries. During her time at the London Film Academy, Maria wrote two short films that were produced by the school, one of which was showcased at the BFI for graduation, and she is now working on multiple projects from a short film to a play, while also translating articles from English to French about film, series, and celebrities for a London-based entertainment news agency. Unhealthily addicted to Game of Thrones lore.

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