15 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now

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You know what really gets our blood pumping? A great action flick. Fight scenes, chase scenes, race scenes — all the hallmarks of a cinematic adrenaline rush. Live vicariously through your favorite heroes (or villains) by streaming one of the best action movies on Netflix right now.

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Crime

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)

This classic crime flicks stars a young Jeff Bridges (well, everyone was younger in the ’70s) across from Clint Eastwood. The former is a driver, the latter a bank robber. Hijinks and violence ensue.

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The Night Comes for Us (2018)

This relatively recent new-noir action flick also comes from Indonesia. Ito, a deadly and powerful gangster, has a 180-degree change of heart after he rescues Reina, a young girl from the remains of her massacred village. The resulting carnage — and there’s a lot of carnage — revolves around one man battling his former gang members to save one girl and, in some ways, himself.

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Jackie Brown (1997)

Quentin Tarantino’s classic ’90s thriller starring Pam Grier focused on the titular character who is caught up in the many schemes of smugglers, law enforcement, double crossings, and more.

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Wanted (2008)

Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, and Morgan Freeman star in this movie about super-elite assassins. It features what is probably the most satisfying way to quit a job (it involves a keyboard and teeth). Fun fact: It’s actually based on a comic book.

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Snatch (2000)

Like Hot Fuzz, Guy Ritchie’s Snatch is also a comedy. A diamond heist gone wrong, illegal bare-knuckle boxing, Brad Pitt nailing an awesome accent — for the love of dogs, this is a great crime flick with just enough murder and violence to make it an action movie. A similar Guy Ritchie movie, Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, is also on Netflic.

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Wheelman (2017)

Like the popular Tom Hardy movie Locke, this film tries to unfold an entire plot within a car. We follow Frank Grillo’s getaway driver as he reluctantly commits to a robbery that goes south.

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Triple Frontier (2019)

Triple Frontier is a new-ish Netflix film that came to the streaming service in March. An ensemble cast — Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Pedro Pascal, Charlie Hunnam, and Garrett Hedlund — stars as a crew of ex-military Americans who plan on robbing a known cartel member and setting themselves up with the retirement funds their jobs did not provide.

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The Fast and the Furious (2001)

The movie that launched a thousand more movies. Regardless of your opinion on the Fast and Furious franchise, the installment that started it all is a solid, high-octane racing flick with some top-notch chase scenes.

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Classics

Black Hawk Down (2001)

Black Hawk Down is based on the true story of a 1993 failed military raid in Somalia. The conflict, both physical and emotional, makes for a riveting action film that will have you thinking about the toll that war takes on countries and individuals.

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Martial Arts

Ip Man Trilogy

The Ip Man trilogy is the story the real-life Chinese martial artist, Ip Man (also known as Yip Man), who is credited with bringing the practice of Wing Chun to the global stage. The three movies highlight different parts of his life, from his education in Wing Chun to the legacy of his own teaching in Hong Kong (which included Bruce Lee as one of his pupils).

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The Legend of the Drunken Master (1994)

First, a history lesson: Wong Fei-hung was a Chinese folk hero and renowned master of the Hung Ga martial arts at the turn of the 20th century. Drunken boxing, a fighting style that imitates the movements of a drunk person, can be found in several forms of martial arts, notably Hung Ga. Jackie Chan portrays Wong Fei-hung in this action/comedy film depicting Wong’s (albeit fictionalized) origins as a famous practitioner of the drunken arts.

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

The acclaimed movie has it all: Hand-to-hand combat, swordplay, drama, romance, intrigue, and more. If you haven’t seen it yet, definitely add it to your queue. If you’ve already seen it, add it to your queue anyways; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon stands up to repeated viewings.

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Science Fiction

Train to Busan (2016)

Train to Busan, which hails from South Korea, is one of the more refreshing zombie films to come out in recent years. The makeup effects are convincing and the terror palpable. Watch as divorced father Seok-Woo struggles to protect his daughter and other passengers from a swarm of zombies as they all travel by train to the city of Busan, a supposed safe zone. An American remake and a South Korean sequel are both in the works.

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V for Vendetta (2005)

Welcome to the future, where the United Kingdom is lead by neo-fascists and the only one brave enough to stand up to them is a mysterious man in a Guy Fawkes mask. The film is as much a psychological thriller as it is a physical one. This is technically based on a comic book, but we separated V for Vendetta from the following section due to the lack of “classic” superheroes.

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Indiana Jones

The entire Indiana Jones series — the original trilogy and the less-than-satisfactory fourth installment — are available on Netflix. Obviously, you should start with Raiders of the Lost Ark, but whether you follow Indy from The Last Crusade on to The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull … well, that’s up to you.

Start with Raiders of the Lost Ark

Comic Book

We’re currently in the Golden Age of comic book movies. If you can get behind superhero action, Netflix hosts an entire lineup of flicks.

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