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. 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.
3. 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!
4. 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.
5. 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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6. Snowpiercer (2013)
During the world’s second Ice Age, a train divided by social classes shelters the last survivors of our species. Tired of their condition, the poorest, neglected residents decide to change the system by overtaking the engine room. This sombre, intelligent and thought-provoking post-apocalyptic thriller is intense and fast-paced enough to keep you glued to your screen until the end credits start rolling. And did we mention Chris Evans is in it?
7. 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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8. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)
In this daring, incredibly fun movie, a young man who thinks he might have met the love of his life must also defeat her seven evil exes to get himself to the dating stage. A perfect blend of humor, action, and comic book aesthetics, this funny film is filled with arresting, comic-inspired visuals, plus some hilarious and amazing fight scenes that you won’t forget anytime soon.
9. Back to the Future (1985)
If you’re craving some lighthearted action with a touch of adventure and a whirlwind down memory lane, tuck into Back to the Future. This classic 80s movie tells the iconic story of Marty McFly who’s accidentally sent back to the past to make sure his parents fall in love, or otherwise he’ll cease to exist. This is an action flick that promises an adrenaline rush you don’t need to take too seriously and what’s more is, the entire trilogy is available on Netflix, too!
10. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
One of the few Spider-Man movies on Netflix, and certainly one of the greatest. This animated rendition of our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is superb for those who want a cheeky and lighthearted adrenaline rush. Fans of the superhero and lovers of all things cartoon will relish in this blockbuster Netflix is proud to offer.
11. Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
If you’ve been alive for more than a decade, then you’ve heard about the Indiana Jones franchise whether you remember it or not. One of Harrison Ford’s best roles, but also one of the most entertaining action films of the last century, the first opus, Raiders of the Lost Ark will take you on a journey around the world to retrieve a precious object before Nazis get their hands on it. It doesn’t get much better than that!
12. Underworld (2003)
For those who want to dive into an action thriller on Netflix, Underworld might just be the way to go. With elements of fantasy and themes of horror, this story follows a vampire warrior who’s on a mission to destroy the Lycans – werewolves – who are said to have killed her family. Dark and gothic, this movie’s ideal for a thrilling night in.
13. 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.
14. Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
Need more martial arts in your life, but don’t want to break a sweat yourself? Say no more! Kung Fu Hustle is an action-packed, hilarious gem telling the story of a young man who dreams of becoming part of an infamous gang… but can only do so if he commits murder. If you’re looking for impressive visuals, mind-blowing fights, and a whole lot of silly, cartoonish humor, you are absolutely in for a treat!
15. 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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16. Triple Frontier (2019)
Action blockbuster, Triple Frontier has an all-star cast as well as an A-star story. Available on Netflix only, this 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.
17. 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!
18. Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
Some movies are meant to be watched with little to no expectations, except that of having a fun time. Olympus Has Fallen is exactly that. There is no masterpiece hidden between this blockbuster facade in which the president gets kidnapped and a service secret agent must save him. What you’re seeing is precisely what you’re getting, but isn’t this just what you need on a Friday night as you unwind from work? Yeah, we think so too.
19. 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!
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.
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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