The Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now

You know what gets our blood pumping? A great action flick. The explosions, the car chases, the high-stakes heists, the crazy fight choreography— all the hallmarks of a cinematic adrenaline rush. Live vicariously through your favorite heroes (or villains) by streaming the best action movies on Netflix, which includes movies coming in August 2020. We’ve also included a few standout thrillers and suspense movies.

Looking for even more films to stream online? We’ve found the all-around best Netflix movies, Amazon Prime movies, and movies on Hulu.

Science Fiction and Fantasy

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.

Director: Sang-ho Yeon
Main Cast: Yoo Gong, Yu-me Jung, Dong-seok Ma
IMDb Rating: 7.5

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

This comedy movie isn’t exactly your traditional action film, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for it in the genre. The story follows Scott Pilgrim, an aspiring guitarist, as he falls for a girl named Ramona Flowers. However, to be with her, he must first defeat her seven evil exes in a battle to the death.

Director: Edgar Wright
Main Cast: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin
IMDb Rating: 7.5

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Hardcore Henry (2015)

Hardcore Henry is one of the most intense and unique action movies you’ll ever experience. The plot is fairly straightforward, Henry is resurrected with no memory and he must save his wife from a telekinetic warlord. The movie is shot entirely in the first person, however. Meaning you get to see from the viewpoint of Henry throughout the film.

Director: Ilya Naishuller
Main Cast: Sharlto Copley, Tim Roth, Haley Bennett
Runtime: 96 minutes
IMDb Rating: 6.7

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V for Vendetta (2012)

While this movie takes place in a fictional dystopia, the main themes are eerily relevant to what’s happening in the world right now. In the Year 2032, the united kingdom is under the tyrannical rule of the Norsefire Party. Those who oppose the government are killed, and the “truth” has become a weapon to control the people. The film follows a shadowy freedom fighter that goes by “V” as he plots to overthrow a tyrannical regime.  Don’t be fooled by the flashy action scenes, however, the true purpose of V for Vendetta is to give us a terrifying look at what can happen if a government falls under fascist rule.

Director: James McTeigue
Main Cast
: Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, Rupert Graves
IMDb Rating
: 8.2

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Underworld (2003)

The Vampires and the Lycans have been at war for centuries, and Selene (Kate Beckinsale) has devoted her life to eradicating the remaining pockets of werewolves. However, when she encounters a seemingly harmless human doctor (Scott Speedman), she uncovers a long-standing conspiracy that shakes her beliefs.

Director: Len Wiseman
Main Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Shane Brolly
IMDb Rating: 7.0

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Crime

The Irishman (2019)

This story follows Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran (Robert Deniro), a former labor union official and hitman as he recalls his past. With an emphasis on the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino), this biographical crime drama is worth a watch.

Director: Martin Scorsese
Main Cast: Robert Deniro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci
IMDb Rating: 7.9

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Public Enemies (2009)

Based on true events, this biographical film follows criminal John Dillinger’s most interesting exploits, which range from bank robberies to a jail escape. It’s set during the Depression era and gives us a somewhat historical look (at least for Hollywood) at how the FBI pursues one of the more notorious names in American crime. Look for it on Netflix come May 16.

Director: Michael Mann
Main Cast: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard
IMDd Rating: 7.0

Bad Boys (1995)

Bad Boys 3 (aka Bad Boys for Life) dropped earlier this year. If you haven’t seen it yet, or you forgot some major plot points from the previous movies, catch up with Mike Lowery and Marcus Burnett by watching Bad Boys 1 and 2, both streaming now on Netflix.

Director: Michael Bay
Main Cast: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence
IMDb Rating: 6.9

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The Other Guys (2010)

While we’re already talking about funny action movies, let’s chat about The Other Guys. This Will Ferrell production is as hilarious as it is action-packed, with a dash of social commentary. It’s hard to beat the opening scene. If you haven’t seen it, we won’t ruin it.

Director: Adam McKay
Main Cast: Will Smith, Mark Wahlberg, Michael Keaton
IMDb Rating: 6.6

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Triple Frontier (2019)

This action-adventure movie follows 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.

Director: J.C. Chandor
Main Cast: Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam
IMDb Rating: 6.4

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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.

Director: Timo Tjahjanto
Main Cast: Iko Uwais, Julie Estelle, Joe Taslim
IMDb Rating: 7.0

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War

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

In an alternate history, we watch as Shosanna, a Jewish woman who lost her family, and a group of Amerian soldiers led by the quotable Lieutenant Aldo Raine, hunt Nazis and, ultimately, Hitler himself. We’ve found even more of the best Quentin Tarantino movies if you’re looking for films like this.

Director: Quentin Tarantino
Main Cast: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth
IMDb Rating: 8.3

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Hostiles (2017)

This western war drama is set in 1892 after nearly two decades of fighting between the U.S. and Native American tribes. The story follows a legendary Army Captain as he reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous lands.

Director: Scott Cooper
Main Cast: Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi
IMDb Rating: 7.2

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No Game No Life: Zero (2017)

This isn’t your typical war movie. Based on the novel series of the same name, No Game, No Life: Zero tells the story of humanity’s struggle through the great war. Despite being the only race without magic, humans must use the true power of intellect to survive. This movie is actually the prequel to a popular anime series on Netflix.

Director: Atsuko Ishizuka
Main Cast: Alexandra Bedford, Jessica Boone, Ricardo Contreras
IMDb Rating: 7.5

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Django Unchained (2012)

A German bounty hunter seeks and purchases a slave named Django (Jamie Foxx) to help him track down some men he is after. But after taking them down, Django wishes to seek out his wife and give her the freedom he has found. The bounty hunter offers to help him, and they manage to pinpoint and infiltrate a corrupt plantation owner’s estate where she is currently enslaved.

Director: Quentin Tarantino
Main Cast: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio
IMDb Rating: 8.4

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Comic Book

The Old Guard (2020)

If you’re looking for something new on Netflix, The Old Guard is a sci-fi movie 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.

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Main Cast
: Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts
Runtime
: 165 minutes
IMDb Rating
: 6.7

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

As far as animated Marvel movies go, Spider-Verse is one of the best so far. In a string of parallel universes, teenager Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) finds himself becoming Spider-Man. Aided by the Spider-Men — and woman — from other timelines, he must learn to be like Peter Parker.

Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey
Main Cast: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld
IMDb Rating: 8.4

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Sin City (2005)

Based on Frank Miller’s popular comics, this film follows four tales of crime. A muscular brute looking for the person responsible for the death of his gal, a man who decides to take law enforcement into his own hands, a cop who risks his life to protect a girl, and a hitman looking for cash. The black and white atmosphere provides that nice noir feel, but the rest is all action.

Directors: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez
Main Cast: Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Bruce Willis
IMDb Rating: 8.0

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Martial Arts

Ip Man (2008)

The Ip Man series 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). The Grandmaster (2013) is another interesting take on the legend of Ip Man and Ip Man 4: The Finale hit theaters in December 2019.

Director: Wison Yip
Main Cast: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam
IMDb Rating: 8.0

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The Karate Kid (1984)

This classic martial arts movie is like a wonderful hit of nostalgia every time you rewatch it. Though the remake brought Jackie Chan into the mix, nothing can beat the original with Mr. Miyagi teaching young Daniel the ways of karate.

Director: John G. Avildsen
Main Cast: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morito, Elisabeth Shue
IMDb Rating: 8.0

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Bloodsport (1988)

Army Captain Frank Dux goes completely AWOL and travels to Hong Kong to become the champion of a secret martial arts contest. The fights are brutal and there’s no guarantee of survival within any of these fights. As Jean-Claude Van Dammes breakout role, this movie is a great way to dig into the action star’s roots. This made our list for on of the most underrated movies on Netflix.

Director: Newt Arnold
Main Cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Donald Gibb, Leah Avres
IMDb Rating: 6.8

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Classics

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

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.

Director: Stephen Spielberg
Main Cast: Harrison Ford
IMDb Rating: 8.4

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The Evil Dead (1981)

The Evil Dead is one of those classic horror films that has helped shape the entire genre. The story follows 5 college students heading out to a peaceful and remote cabin for a little rest and relaxation. But when an audio tape is discovered, an evil power gets released and begins to take them out one by one.

Director: Sam Raimi
Main Cast: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard Demanincor
IMDb Rating: 7.5

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Bond Binge

GoldenEye, Die Another Day, Tomorrow Never Dies, and The World Is Not Enough — all starring Pierce Brosnan as Bond — are on Netflix. What do you think about a 007 marathon? We’re not going to say that GoldenEye is our favorite, but we did include a link to where to watch below (it is our favorite).

Start with GoldenEye

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