Looking for an adrenaline rush while watching Netflix? We’ve got your back. We’ve e compiled a list of the best action movies presently available to stream on Netflix, ranging from adventure-tinged comedies to big-budget superhero epics and straight-up kung fu pictures. It’s the ideal cure to the same-old-same-old, and Netflix has a pretty good and broad selection of action movies to spice up your night.
The Mask of Zorro
The film The Mask of Zorro, which is a rollicking tale about a classic masked vigilante from California, has not just one but two different Zorros. Don Diego de la Vega, the original Zorro, is portrayed by Anthony Hopkins. After being betrayed by one of his enemies, de la Vega was imprisoned, and his wife and daughter were murdered by the aggressor.
However, his legacy continued to live on in California, and twenty years later, Alejandro Murrieta (played by Antonio Banderas) assumes the role of Zorro. Don Diego personally instructs Murrieta in the ways of the mask. Alejandro goes from being a street rat to being a capable fighter and a nobleman during the exciting action-adventure game that chronicles his journey.
It just so happens that he runs into Elena Montero, Don Diego’s daughter, who is played by Catherine Zeta-Jones, and the chemistry between him and her is electric. The story of The Mask of Zorro is about more than simply a vigilante who wears a mask and some leather pants; it’s also about breaking free from oppression, achieving greatness despite your station in life, and making the decision to become a man of honor.
Given that director Sam Hargrave previously worked as the stunt coordinator on films such as Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Endgame, it should come as no surprise that the action in the original Netflix film Extraction is amazing. Extraction is a tough (and extremely violent) action film that follows a disillusioned mercenary who is charged with escorting a little kidnapped boy out of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The screenplay for Extraction was written by Joe Russo, who also co-directed the film Endgame. Along the way, he develops feelings of affection for the boy and matures into the role of guardian. Chris Hemsworth turns up a strong performance as the film’s protagonist, and Hargrave does some very interesting stuff with the camera as the action in this one is completely out of control. Extraction is a game that will undoubtedly have your heart racing due to its gritty and graphic nature as well as its own visual flare. – Chitwood, Adam Chitwood
The Old Guard
In films like Mad Max: Fury Road and Atomic Blonde, Charlize Theron displays remarkable physical skill and positively withering gazes, solidifying her status as one of the most talented action performers now active in the industry. Theron has the opportunity to put those talents to work in a captivating comic book adaptation called The Old Guard, which is available on Netflix.
In the show, she plays an old leader of an eternal band of assassins. The Old Guard is Gina Prince-first Bythewood’s big blockbuster action turn. It isn’t just explosive action set-pieces and kinetic fight scenes (though it definitely has those), but it brings something much rarer to the genre: the recognition that violence and killing are brutal, disgusting work and that there is a tool that comes with taking a life.
This is Gina Prince-first Bythewood big blockbuster action turn. In a nutshell, it possesses humanity and empathy, which are characteristics that lend the heart-pounding thrills a little bit more weight without derailing your wonderful time at the movies. And yes, I’ll say it, another thing I really like about Theron is how much of an arse she kicks. Bythewood manages to thread this extremely delicate needle, and in the process, she even adds a dash of the trademark romance that is so characteristic of her work.
FilmmakeMatthewr Vaughn has found success with colorful and somewhat subversive films such as Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, and most recently the Kingsman movies, but if you’re a fan of the director’s work or just in the mood for a really fun fantasy film, his adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust from 2007 comes highly recommended and is sorely underrated.
This is a fairy tale told through the unique perspectives of Gaiman and Vaughn. Claire Danes play a fallen star who is discovered by a young man named Tristan (Charlie Cox). This sets in motion an adventure that also stars Michelle Pfeiffer as a witch and Robert De Niro as a flashy pirate. It’s cute, it’s bizarre, it’s amusing, and it’s deliciously strange all rolled into one. The name Adam Chitwood
The Harder They Fall
The Harder They Fall is a revisionist Western film that depicts the exploits of the cowboy Nat Love, whose parents are murdered by a bandit at the beginning of the film. Love gets his gang back together once the convicted criminal in issue is released from jail so that they can hunt down Love’s worst foe.
The film has a large number of different actors, and a good number of the characters are based, at least loosely, on historical personalities from the 19th century. Even if you’re not all that into cowboys, it’s a really well-crafted tale that’ll satisfy all your action cravings, so it’s the perfect movie for fans of the western genre! – Remus Noronha
It was in this spy movie from 2006 that Daniel Craig made his debut as the legendary James Bond, and it is often considered to be the best film in which he appears in the role. And with Mads Mikkelsen’s portrayal as the show-stealing villain Le Chiffre, Casino Royale is just an utterly delightful movie to see. The film gives the franchise a fresh start by recasting James Bond as a rookie 00 agent who is just starting out and is in the process of gaining his license to kill.
Bond is given the assignment of defeating the terrorist banker Le Chiffre in a high-stakes poker game during one of his very first missions as a secret agent. Along the process, he finds himself falling in love with the stunning Vesper Lynd, which ultimately results in unanticipated repercussions. Casino Royale lays the groundwork for the overarching plot that is continued through all of Daniel Craig’s James Bond movies, culminating in his last film, No Time to Die. The film is the epitome of the Daniel Craig period because it successfully combines action and intrigue with the appropriate amount of gritty realism. – Remus Noronha
The Night Comes for Us
It’s possible that you believe you have seen every possible manner that violence can be inflicted on a human body during a fight scene, but I can promise you that The Night Comes for Us has something to teach you about the art of the splatter fight scene. This action movie on Netflix was directed by Timo Tjhajanto, and it features plenty of gory and violent fighting scenes throughout.
The Night Comes for Us is Tjahjanto’s best feature film to date and is an unrelenting display of violence and carnage that is rooted on the story of a criminal turned war criminal yearning for a little forgiveness. The film was directed by Tjahjanto. Fans of action movies will recognize a number of familiar faces in the cast, including Joe Taslim, Julie Estelle, Zack Lee, and, of course, Iko Uwais, who plays a supporting role but still participates in some incredible fight scenes.
The cast is packed with well-known actors from other action movies, especially fans of The Raid films. And if fight sequences are what you look for in a decent action movie, you won’t be disappointed with this one. It stages a wall-to-wall battle in a frenetic and persistently entertaining showcase that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The fact that this one features some of the same actors as The Raid will bring it a lot of attention, but darn it if it isn’t spectacular on its own merits. — The author, Haleigh Foutch
Red Notice is, in a single word, incredible, and it’s no wonder that it’s become one of Netflix’s most popular movies in recent years. Now, to be honest, the plot isn’t precisely Ocean’s Eleven, but the comedy and the performances by the key actors in the heist movie earn top marks.
Nolan Booth, played by Ryan Reynolds, is the world’s second-best art thief, and he is forced to link up with FBI profiler John Hartley, played by Dwayne Johnson after they are both framed for the same crime by the world’s finest art thief, a woman who goes by the alias “the Bishop” (Gal Gadot). Booth and Hartley end up in a race against the Bishop to locate a priceless item, and this competition turns into an international game of cat and mouse. There are currently two sequels in the works for the highly entertaining film Red Notice, which features an abundance of humorous moments in addition to fantastic action sequences. – Remus Noronha
Olympus Has Fallen
Michael Banning is one of those people who have a “special set of skills,” and one of those skills is, first and foremost, the ability to stab some motherfuckers in the head. Boy, I hope you enjoy stabbing people in the head because Michael Banning is one of those people. A lot. Gerard Butler stars as an incredible force of head-stabbing who finds himself stuck in the White House after a terrorist attack and sets out to protect the president from the villainous intruders.
Olympus Has Fallen is a harsh, often plain ugly, and mean-spirited action thriller. Olympus Has Fallen is the kind of hard-R action movie we don’t see much of these days, and director Antoine Fuqua revels in the excesses, delivering a relentless action movie that’s easily among the most extra of the Die Hard inspired “trapped with terrorists” subgenre. Olympus Has Fallen is excessive, ultra-violent, and profane, and it’s the kind of hard-R action movie we don’t see much of these days. — The author, Haleigh Foutch
The primary draw of this establishment is witnessing Scott Adkins engage in a variety of fistfights. Bar brawls, prison brawls, any ol’ brawl will do, really. If you think that sounds interesting, then you should get comfortable with Avengement, which is the newest collaboration between DTV action champion Adkins and the director of his films Savage Dog and Accident Man, Jesse V. Johnson. This time around, Adkins and Johnson are obviously riffing on the brand of British crime thrillers that are directed by Guy Ritchie and Matthew Vaughn, but with a lot more roundhouse kicks.
Following Adkins’s Cain Burgess, who has just been released from prison, to a local pub, where he holds the men responsible for his horrifying prison term to task for their bad deeds, jumping from flashback to flashback while he holds them at gunpoint, the structure of the film is initially confusing and ultimately pretty satisfying.
Few action artists can match the physical capability that Adkins brings to the table, and by teaming up with seasoned stuntman Johnson, Adkins has plenty of steadily shot scenes, montages, and set pieces to show off his abilities in the film. If you’re a lover of DTV actioners, then you won’t want to miss out on this one because it has some very shockingly violent scenes. — Foutch, Haleigh