What is the definition of an action movie? Can there even really be a complete explanation of the genre? Some feature the kinds of stunts that no mere mortal would ever dare to attempt, while others attempt to be more grounded. Still others have outlandish premises that take us to new, far-off worlds. It’s a genre that contains multitudes, but what makes an action movie great is its ability to thrill and captivate its audience. Over the course of its history as a streaming service, Netflix has been home to a number of great action titles. Some are funny, and others are deadly serious. The only thing we know for sure, though, is that the best action movies on Netflix are sure to please. We’ve also rounded up some of the best action movies on Amazon Prime worth watching if you’ve seen all of these, as well as a few great action movies available on Hulu.
Video game adaptations aren’t always well-received, but this Tom Holland vehicle based on the popular Naughty Dog franchise is actually very fun and exciting. Holland plays the adventurous Nathan Drake, an explorer with a penchant for sarcasm and heroics. Mark Wahlberg supports as Victor Sullivan, Drake’s longtime mentor. This film is a nice addition to Holland’s non-Marvel exploits and will strengthen his resume in the action genre.
The Old Guard is a sci-fi movie dashed with plenty of action that’s worth watching. The story follows a warrior named Andy (Charlize Theron) and her covert group of immortal mercenaries who have been protecting the mortal world for centuries. When they recruit a new immortal to work among them, it forces a reckoning within the group over their long shared history.
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