The 36 best action movies you can watch on Netflix right now

Universal‘Jurassic Park.’
  • Netflix currently has some great action movies to watch right now.
  • Blockbuster action franchises like “Jurassic Park” and “Indiana Jones” are available.
  • There are also impressive Netflix originals like “The Old Guard” and “Project Power.”
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There’s never a bad time to sit back and watch a good action movie.

The constant explosions, the muscular heroes doing what needs doing: What better way to take time out from the daily grind.

Thankfully, Netflix has a great collection right now, including classics like James Bond movies and the “Jurassic Park” franchise, there are also must-watch Netflix originals like “Project Power” and “The Old Guard.”

Here are 36 action movies (listed alphabetically) we highly recommend that you can stream on Netflix:

Note: Numerous Netflix titles drop off the service monthly, so the availability of titles below may change.


“A Knight’s Tale”

SonyHeath Ledger in ‘A Knight’s Tale.’

Heath Ledger showed his leading man chops in this medieval action movie in which he plays a peasant who has dreams of being a knight. Another highlight of the movie are the modern-day songs sprinkled in throughout.


“Air Force One”

Sony(L-R) Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford in ‘Air Force One.’

Harrison Ford plays the president who has to take things into his own hands when his plane is hijacked. This is a classic action title from Ford, complete with the memorable one-liner, “Get off my plane!”


“Bad Boys” and “Bad Boys II”

Sony(L-R) Martin Lawrence and Will Smith taking down the bad guys.

If you got a kick out of “Bad Boys for Life,” go back and see how we got there with these two Michael Bay movies that made Will Smith into an action star.


“Bloodsport”

Warner Bros.Jean-Clause Van Damme in ‘Bloodsport.’

In one of the best action movies from the Jean-Claude Van Damme library, we follow him in his entry into a deadly martial-arts competition.


“Den of Thieves”

STXfilmsGerard Butler in ‘Den of Thieves.’

This is an action movie that has certainly found a second life on Netflix. In it, Gerard Butler leads a team of sheriff deputies who are trying to stop a gang trying to rob the federal reserve in LA.


“Django Unchained”

The Weinstein Company/Columbia Pictures(L-R) Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx in ‘Django Unchained.’

From Jamie Foxx to Christoph Waltz to Leonardo DiCaprio everyone in this western is performing at a high level, as is typical of all Quentin Tarantino movies.


“Extraction”

Associated Press(L-R) Chris Hemsworth and Randeep Hooda in ‘Extraction.’

Chris Hemsworth stars as a black-ops mercenary who literally has to shoot, kick, and punch his way through the bad guys to save a kidnapped kid.


“The Five Venoms”

Shaw Brothers Studio‘The Five Venoms’

This late 1970s martial arts cult classic (that you might also know as “Five Deadly Venoms”) is an essential watch. The movie has been referenced in everything from Wu-Tang Clan music to Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” saga.


“Free Fire”

Film4 ProductionsBen Wheatley’s ‘Free Fire.’

One of the best close-quarters action movies ever made (if that’s a thing), director Ben Wheatley mixes a lot of guns and jokes for this entertaining movie that stars Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, and Brie Larson.


“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”

‘The Good, the Bad and The Ugly’/Produzioni Europee AssociatiClint Eastwood in ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.’

One of the greatest westerns ever made, Clint Eastwood is on the search for a grave full of treasure.


“The Grandmaster”

Annapurna PicturesWong Kar-Wai’s ‘The Grandmaster.’

Wong Kar-wai’s epic features amazing action sequences that are only matched by the movie’s lush photography.


“Hardcore Henry”

STX Entertainment/YouTubeIlya Naishuller’s ‘Hardcore Henry.’

This unique action movie in which the camera is in the point-of-view of the movie’s star, we are front-and-centre as Henry sets out on a bloody journey to save his wife.


“Haywire”

Gina Carano in ‘Haywire.’

If you dig Gina Carano in “The Mandalorian” you should check her out in this movie. Fresh off dominating the MMA scene, Steven Soderbergh casts her as the lead of his revenge tale.


All the “Indiana Jones” movies

Paramount/YoutubeHarrison Ford in ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark.’

You can’t go wrong with any of the Indiana Jones movies when it comes to action. I mean, the opening to “Crystal Skull” has Jones avoiding an atomic bomb blast. But if I can only choose one it has to be “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”


“IP Man” / “IP Man 2” / “IP Man 3” / “IP Man 4”

Mandarin FilmsDonnie Yes rocks in the ‘IP Man’ franchise.

Spend a weekend watching four movies in the franchise and witness why Donnie Yen is one of the greats in the action genre.


James Bond Movies: “GoldenEye” / “Die Another Day” / “The World Is Not Enough” / “Tomorrow Never Dies”

20th Century FoxPierce Brosnan in ‘GoldenEye.’

Dive into the four Pierce Brosnan 007 movies. Like all the titles in the Bond franchise, the action is always elevated to an insane level.


“Jupiter Ascending”

Warner Bros. Pictures Roadshow EntertainmentChanning Tatum and Mila Kunis in ‘Jupiter Ascending.’

From the directors of “The Matrix” franchise, this epic space action movie has grown a loyal fanbase after being regarded as a failure when it first hit theatres. Mila Kunis stars as an Earthling who learns she is royalty on another planet and must return to fight for her rightful place.


All the “Jurassic Park” movies

Universal PicturesSteven Spielberg’s ‘Jurassic Park.’

A landmark work in CGI, “Jurassic Park” is still as enjoyable to watch now as when it first opened in 1993. Once experiencing the original, you can then dive into the sequels – but do so at your own peril.


“The Karate Kid”

IMDb/Columbia PicturesJohn G. Avildsen’s ‘The Karate Kid.’

The rare teen movie that also has great action, we follow Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) as he travels from the East Coast to California and almost instantly gets bullied by a group of karate-skilled students. Thankfully he meets Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) who shows him the true use of karate.

A few sequels are also available but I suggest skipping all that and watch the series “Cobra Kai” when it becomes available on Netflix at the end of August.


“Mad Max”

AIPMel Gibson in ‘Mad Max.’

The movie that kicked off the “Mad Max” franchise, here Mel Gibson plays a cop who seeks revenge on a motorcycle gang who has ruined his life.


“Mortal Kombat”

New Line Home EntertainmentPaul W.S. Anderson’s ‘Mortal Kombat.’

If you are in need of a good laugh you can’t pass up checking out this cheesy adaptation of the hugely popular video game.


“The Old Guard”

NetflixGina Prince-Bythewood in ‘The Old Guard.’

One of the better Netflix original action movies, Charlize Theron stars as the leader of a group of immortal mercenaries who over centuries have set out to do good in the world. But trouble starts when a new member joins their team while a Pharma-bro is also on their trail, trying to harness their powers.

This is quite an origin movie to a potentially great franchise for the streamer.


“Olympus Has Fallen” / “Angel Has Fallen”

FilmDistrict(L-R) Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart in ‘Olympus Has Fallen.’

This most unlikely franchise has Gerard Butler as an ex-secret service agent who just can’t seem to stop bad things from happening to the highest members of the US government.


“Outlaw King”

NetflixChris Pine in ‘Outlaw King.’

Chris Pine plays 14th-century Scottish king Robert the Bruce in this bloody tale that features a remarkable single-shot action sequence at the start of the movie.


“The Patriot”

Sony / ColumbiaMel Gibson (Centre) in ‘The Patriot.’

Set during the Revolutionary War, Mel Gibson stars as a farmer who is not looking to be a part of the war until he finally is forced to (that tends to happen in these movies) and then it becomes a blood bath. Heath Ledger also stars.


“Project Power”

NetflixJamie Foxx in ‘Project Power.’

Netflix’s latest action movie is a slickly shot original take on the superhero genre.

Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star as two guys trying to stop the distribution of a new street drug called Power. When you take the drug you have a superpower for five minutes, but you have no idea what that power is until you take it.


“Return of the 36th Chamber”

Shaw Brothers StudioLau Kar-Leung’s ‘Return of the 36th Chamber.’

This 1980s martial arts Hong Kong movie has a great mix of comedy and action.


“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”

Universal PicturesMichael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.’

Edgar Wright’s dazzling love story stands out thanks to its incredible visual effects and video game-like feel, complete with battles.


“Sin City”

Dimension FilmsMickey Rourke in ‘Sin City.’

This adaptation of the Frank Miller graphic novels brings the pages to life thanks to state-of-the-art (for its time) CGI that gave the movie a black-and-white feel but with elements of colour. The highlight is Mickey Rourke playing Marv.


“Snowpiercer”

RADiUS/TWCBong Joon-ho’s ‘Snowpiercer.’

Bong Joon-ho’s fantastic sci-fi tale is set in a world where all of humanity is on a fast-moving train with the poor placed in the back and the rich in the front. Chris Evans plays the leader of a group in the back who has had enough.


“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

SonyBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman’s ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.’

This Oscar-winning animated movie gets better every time you see it. Along with having a great story about self-discovery, it also has some excellent action sequences.


“Starship Troopers”

SonyPaul Verhoeven’s ‘Starship Troopers.’

This sci-fi movie that mixes lots of action and some twisted comedy is a classic from director Paul Verhoeven. We follow a group of humans as they take on giant alien bugs.


“Swordfish”

Warner Bros. Pictures(L-R) John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, and Halle Berry in ‘Swordfish.’

There’s a lot to love about this action movie, but the best is its great cast made up of John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, Vinnie Jones, Drea de Matteo, and Sam Shepard.

Oh, you’ll also enjoy Travolta’s choice of facial hair for his role, which is a small strip of beard on his chin.


“Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” / “Terminator Salvation”

Warner Bros. via YouTube screengrabArnold Schwarzenegger in ‘Terminator 3.’

Not the two “Terminator” movies I would choose to watch, but this is what we have on Netflix at the moment. If you are watching for the pure action sense, then both have it. I would check out “Terminator 3” first.


“Total Recall”

TriStar PicturesArnold Schwarzenegger in ‘Total Recall.’

A classic action movie that never gets old, and arguably director Paul Verhoeven’s greatest work thanks to its trippy storyline, it continues to be great thanks to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s performance that mixes his brawn and wit.


“Train to Busan”

Next Entertainment WorldGong Yo in ‘Train to Busan.’

You definitely need to watch this zombie movie that follows a group of people trying to survive a trip from Seoul to Busan in the midst of a zombie outbreak.

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