Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now (November 2020)
Are you looking for the best action movies on Netflix right now? There are plenty of different awesome new releases that are on Netflix, including many of the top recent action movies like Extraction, as well as all-time classics like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Bloodsport and GoldenEye. The newest additions to this list will be added at the top and marked with an asterisk.All these gems await you in our picks for the hottest action movies to watch! So don’t bother to search any further. Just log-in because it’s time to stream…
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Please note: This list pertains to U.S. Netflix subscribers. Some titles may not currently be available on international platforms. This article is frequently amended to remove films no longer on Netflix and to include more action films that are now available on the service.Steven Soderbergh is a director who can do a lot with very little (hence his habit of shooting recent movies on an iPhone), but there’s a lot to be said for giving a director a large budget and a room full of Hollywood superstars and watching the magic unfold.Ocean’s Elevenis an endlessly enjoyable heist movie that more than lives up to the 1960 original. It’s full of energy, gorgeous (both in terms of the cinematography and the cast themselves) and the rare sort of movie that has you rooting for the bad guys to win. Its sequels fall a bit short of that mark for different reasons, but both are still well worth watching.
Superman Returns (2006)*The Halloween and Terminator franchises aren’t the only ones to have used new movies as a way of wiping the slate clean and eliminating bad sequels.Superman Returnserases the latter two Christopher Reeve Superman movies in favor of a new tale that explores what happens when the Man of Steel returns to Metropolis after a five-year absence. It’s imperfect and a bit too reverential towards its predecessors, but Returns is still a genuinely good Superman movie. Brandon Routh fills the impossible shoes left by Reeve, and that plane rescue sequence is just as dazzling now as it was in 2006.
Pineapple Express (2008)James Franco and Seth Rogen are always an entertaining pair, especially in this stoner action movie that casts them as two marijuana-loving goofballs who have the misfortune to walk in on a murder. Early on, you can argue over whether Pineapple Express qualifies as more comedy than action movie, but that question is rendered moot by the blood-soaked second half. This movie takes two great tastes – Judd Apatow-produced raunchy comedies and violent shootouts – and proves they can go great together.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
As much as we love the first two Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies and Tom Holland’s current incarnation of Peter Parker, there’s a strong case to be made that Into the Spider-Verse is the greatest Spider-Man movie of all time (if not the best Marvel movie of them all). Into the Spider-verse dives headlong into the mythology of the comics and brings together multiple Spider-Men from throughout the Marvel multiverse. The animation style is incredible, but it’s really the heartfelt exploration of Miles Morales’ superhero origin story that makes this one so special.
Total Recall (1990)Total Recallhit theaters smack in the middle of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s prime as an action star, and it remains one of his absolute best movies in his career. Loosely based onPhilip K. Dick’s “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale,”this sci-fi action movie casts Schwarzenegger as a futuristic construction worker suddenly haunted by dreams of a life on Mars he may or may not have lived. Despite those sci-fi trappings, Total Recall delivers that trademark blend of big action and great one-liners we expect.
Bloodsport (1988)While Netflix now has the original Mortal Kombat movie in its lineup, that’s no reason to ignore one of the seminal ’80s action movies that helped inspire the whole MK franchise. Bloodsport showcases Jean Claude Van Damme at his best. The underground martial arts tournament plot is about as barebones as they come, but it’s just an excuse to watch a bunch of burly dudes from all over the globe come together to beat the living snot out of each other.
Extraction (2020)Too many Netflix Originals bank on big Hollywood names without actually giving us what we loved from those names on the big screen. Not so withExtraction, which features MCU players like Chris Hemsworth, Joe and Anthony Russo, and Sam Hargrave. Hargrave himself directs this lean, mean action thriller that casts Hemsworth as a tortured mercenary assigned the impossible task of rescuing a Bengali teen from a vengeful drug lord. The action is incredible, and the tension remains thick from start to finish.
GoldenEye (1995)With a new James Bond movie due for release in 2020, we imagine plenty of fans are planning a Bond binge over the next few months. Netflix is only home to the four Pierce Brosnan-led Bond movies, but the good news is that limited lineup includes 1995’sGoldenEye. This slick spy movie singlehandedly revitalized the franchise, cementing Brosnan as a worthy heir to the mantle and director Martin Campbell as one of the franchise’s best directors. You don’t get to the current Daniel Craig movies without GoldenEye lighting the way.
The Grandmaster (2013)While a great many martial arts movies have dramatized the life and exploits of Wing Chun founder Ip Man, none can match the explosive action and gorgeous cinematography of 2013’sThe Grandmaster. But who would expect anything less with a director as acclaimed as Wong Kar-wai behind the camera? Kar-wai expertly distills a significant portion of Master Ip’s life into a tightly paced and beautiful martial arts drama. Superstars Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi only further add to the film’s star power. Our only complaint? We wish Netflix would make the superior international cut available to stream.
And if The Grandmaster leaves you hungry for more Wing Chun action, be sure to check out the Donnie Yen-starring Ip Man trilogy, also available on Netflix.
Kung Fu Hustle (2004)Long ago, Jackie Chan proved what a winning combination kung fu and slapstick humor can be. Few modern martial arts movies honor that legacy as well as Stephen Chow’s Kung Fu Hustle. This comedic gangster movie is basically a live-action cartoon. It manages to parody countless classic movies even as it delivers some hard-hitting fight scenes. The fact that Kung Fu Hustle features so many beloved actors from ’70s kung fu cinema is just icing on the cake.
The Indiana Jones SeriesGeorge Lucas and Steven Spielberg collaborated on the classic Indiana Jones movies, taking the cheesy action movie tropes of their childhoods and translating them to the big screen using every new, exciting, expensive technique at their disposal. The first film,Raiders of the Lost Ark, is about as good as action movies ever get, with lovable characters and dastardly villains all searching for the same magical treasure, getting into one giant and unforgettable set piece after another. The sequels are mixed, but mostly great:Temple of Doomresorts to insulting stereotypes but also features probably the most breathtaking action sequences in the franchise’s history; Last Crusadehas iconic set pieces and the fantastic Sean Connery as Indie’s stuffy father, but the jokey tone robs the series of its gravitas; andThe Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is pretty dumb from start to finish, but at least it’s never dull.
Headshot (2016)Imagine the plot of The Bourne Identity, but with the fight scenes from The Raid. That’s the underrated action thriller Headshot, which stars Iko Uwais as an amnesiac who has to protect himself, and his psychologist, from an army of martial arts assassins who want him dead. Headshot arguably works even better on streaming, because the action is so stunning, and so merciless, you might need to pause the film just to catch your breath.
Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)Before he became the universally acclaimed director of films like My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away, Hayao Miyazaki directedThe Castle of Cagliostro, a ripping adventure story about a charismatic thief named Lupin III who stumbles across a wild conspiracy involving counterfeit money and kidnapping. Miyazaki’s trademark vibrancy is already in full swing, and the movie still feels wondrous and timeless.
How We Choose the Best Action Movies on NetflixLoadingNetflix has a pretty wide range of action movies, some of which could just as easily fall under the umbrella of science fiction or comedy. We’ve tried to narrow the list down to focus on influential classics like Goldeneye and the Indiana Jones series, along with big blockbusters that fare well on aggregate sites like Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic. We also try to reflect the wide range of subgenres, including popular superhero movies, bloody martial arts flicks and more adventure-oriented fare like The Castle of Cagliostro. Hopefully the list has something for action junkies of all tastes.
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