The Finest Motion Motion pictures on Netflix Proper Now (June 2021)

Summer is the traditional season for blockbuster movies. And you can bet that when the weather heats up, the action gets even hotter on the big screen. At least that’s the way things used to be. Now, you don’t even have to go to a theater to catch some of the top action flicks. That’s one of the reasons that Netflix recently unleashed Army of the Dead, a new action/horror film from Justice League director Zack Snyder. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to one of our favorite genres on Netflix. To get you ready for summer, we’ve updated our list of the best action movies you can stream on Netflix right now.

We’ve also curated a guide to the best action movies on Amazon Prime and the best action movies on Hulu if you’re looking for additional recommendations.

Army of the Dead

Army of the Dead (2021)

Zack Snyder got his start with his remake of Dawn of the Dead, but Army of the Dead is all his. After Las Vegas falls to the zombie plague, casino owner Bly Tanaka (Hiroyuki Sanada) wants to recover his lost millions from a vault before Sin City is nuked off the face of the Earth. That’s where Scott Ward (Dave Bautista) comes in. He’s an ex-mercenary who is convinced by Tanaka to put a team together and try to make it in and out of Vegas before the bombs drop. However, the mission is complicated when Scott’s estranged daughter, Kate Ward (Ella Purnell), insists on coming along. And none of Scott’s team is prepared for what they’ll find in the ruins of Vegas.

Rotten Tomatoes: 69%
Stars: Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera, Theo Rossi, Matthias Schweighöfer
Director: Zack Snyder
Rating:
R
Runtime:
148 minutes

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Stargate

Stargate (1994)

Stargate may not have come into its own until it became a TV franchise, but the original movie is still a lot more fun than critics gave it credit for. Kurt Russell headlines the film as Colonel Jack O’Neil, a father who is struggling to deal with the loss of his son. Jack soon meets Dr. Daniel Jackson (James Spader) as they are assembled for a top-secret trip through an alien stargate that may hold the key to Earth’s ancient history. What they find is a human civilization under the rule of the enigmatic Ra (Jaye Davidson). And if they ever want to get home, they’ll have to lead a revolution.

Rotten Tomatoes: 53%
Stars: Kurt Russell, James Spader, Jaye Davidson, Viveca Lindfors
Director: Roland Emmerich
Rating:
PG-13
Runtime:
121 minutes

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Enter the Dragon

Enter the Dragon (1973)

Bruce Lee’s final film, Enter the Dragon, set the standard for martial arts movies for decades to come. Lee portrays a character named, simply, Lee. Much to Lee’s surprise, British Intelligence recruits him to infiltrate a martial arts tournament on a mysterious island owned by the enigmatic crime lord, Han (Shih Kien). Lee also has a personal grudge against Han’s bodyguard, Oharra (Bob Wall), for the murder of his sister. Additionally, Lee finds an unexpected ally in Roper (John Saxon), another fighter in the tournament. But if they want to get out alive, Lee and Roper will have to prevail against nearly impossible odds.

Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Stars: Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Ahna Capri, Bob Wall, Shih Kien
Director: Robert Clouse
Rating:
R
Runtime:
99 minutes

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Ninja Assassin

Ninja Assassin (2009)

Critics really didn’t like Ninja Assassin. But if you’re reading this list, then chances are very good that you may feel differently. This is a martial arts film that doesn’t skimp on the action. South Korean musician Rain stars as Raizo, a warrior who was raised by the Ozunu Clan and its ruthless leader, Lord Ozunu (Sho Kosugi). After witnessing Lord Ozunu’s evil firsthand, Raizo turns against his clan and makes it his mission in life to prevent them from killing any of their targets. Raizo also finds an ally in Europol agent Mike Coretti (Naomie Harris), even though her superiors may not be on their side.

Rotten Tomatoes: 25%
Stars: Rain, Naomie Harris, Ben Miles, Rick Yune, Sho Kosugi
Director: James McTeigue
Rating:
R
Runtime:
98 minutes

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Zombieland

Zombieland (2009)

Do you know the rules of surviving a zombie apocalypse? Zombieland not only wrote the rulebook, but it successfully combined horror, comedy, and action in an impeccable mix. Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson co-headline the film as Columbus and Tallahassee, two of the last male survivors after a zombie plague. Their odd friendship is challenged by the arrival of a pair of con artist sisters, Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin). Trust is hard to come by in this new world, but this unlikely found family needs each other to survive. There’s also a scene-stealing cameo by Bill Murray that still makes us laugh over a decade later.

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
Stars: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Rating:
R
Runtime:
88 minutes

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The Night Comes for Us

The Night Comes for Us (2018)

The Night Comes for Us might legitimately be the goriest action flick in recent memory. Indonesian action films have an intensity that many of their American counterparts can’t match. Joe Taslim stars as Ito, an assassin for the South East Asian Triad. But when Ito is ordered to kill a young girl, Reina (Asha Kenyeri Bermudez), he turns against his masters. That’s why Ito’s former masters send his ex-friend, Arian (Iko Uwais), after both of them to finish the job. There will be blood … lots of it.

Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Stars: Joe Taslim, Iko Uwais, Julie Estelle, Sunny Pang, Zack Lee
Director: Timo Tjahjanto
Rating:
TV-MA
Runtime:
121 minutes

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Under Siege

Under Siege (1992)

Steven Seagal action movies were ubiquitous in the ‘90s, and Under Siege may be the best movie that he ever starred in. It also helps that Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Busey played the main villains. Within the film, former Navy SEAL Casey Ryback (Seagal) is the captain’s personal chef on the USS Missouri. However, the ship’s disgruntled executive officer, Peter Krill (Busey), collaborates with renegade CIA operative William Strannix (Jones) to seize control of the ship and kill the officers. One of Casey’s few allies is Jordan Tate (Erika Eleniak), a Playboy model inadvertently trapped on the ship with him. But she turns out to be invaluable as Casey takes on the terrorists one by one.

Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
Stars: Steven Seagal, Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Busey, Erika Eleniak, Patrick O’Neal
Director: Andrew Davis
Rating:
R
Runtime:
103 minutes

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The Grandmaster

The Grandmaster (2013)

In popular culture and by the films and TV series based on his life, the Wing Chun grandmaster, Ip Man, is known for teaching Bruce Lee martial arts. But The Grandmaster puts the focus back on Ip Man (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai) during the critical periods in his life. Although Ip has a duel and philosophical conflict with Gong Er (Zhang Ziyi), they form an uncommonly strong bond that they carry with them for the rest of their lives. While Gon Er is consumed by thoughts of revenge against the people who betrayed her father, Ip’s thoughts turn to ensuring that he passes on the martial arts knowledge that he learned over the decades.

Rotten Tomatoes: 78%
Stars: Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen, Zhao Benshan, Song Hye-kyo, Wang Qingxiang
Director: Wong Kar-wai
Rating:
PG-13
Runtime:
130 minutes

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Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart in Olympus Has Fallen

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

It may be dumb, but it’s fun enough that it’s spawned an entire franchise. When highly trained terrorists launch a bold daytime attack on the White House, the building is overrun and President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) and his staff are taken hostage. Fortunately, former presidential security officer Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) happens to be in the area. Now, Banning must locate Asher’s son before the terrorists do and rescue the president before the master plan can come to bear. No, it’s not original, but it’ll keep you entertained.

Rotten Tomatoes: 49%
Stars: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Rating:
R
Runtime:
120 minutes

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Scott Adkins and Louis Mandylor in The Debt Collector

The Debt Collector (2018)

A broke martial arts instructor takes a side gig as a debt collector for the mob in this zany action flick that might as well be an advertisement to get kids into MMA. Nonetheless, it’s a good time as the martial artist and his mob-appointed thug partner spend the weekend forcibly collecting debts and having silly amounts of fun doing it.

Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
Stars: Scott Adkins, Louis Mandylor, Michael Paré
Director: Jesse V. Johnson
Rating:
R
Runtime:
120 minutes

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Machete Kills

Machete Kills (2013)

Let’s get this out of the way: Machete Kills is not Die Hard. This isn’t a seminal, provocative action film by any means, but if you’re looking for pure entertainment, few action heroes bring the chaos quite like Danny Trejo’s machete-wielding ex-Federale Machete. When POTUS has to take down Voz (Mel Gibson), a madman revolutionary and billionaire arms dealer who is plotting to start a nuclear war, there’s only one man he can trust: Machete. Voz’s assassins are on Machete from the jump, and he’ll have to use every ounce of his cunning and brutality to get the job done.

Rotten Tomatoes: 29%
Stars: Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Mel Gibson
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Rating:
R
Runtime:
107 minutes

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Swedish journalist Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series took the world by storm in the mid-aughts. After a Swedish film adaptation, David Fincher took this crack at an American version that treats the first novel of the series as a stand-alone story. While it’s not strictly an action movie, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has enough pulse-pounding thrills and suspense (as well as some explicit action scenes) to satisfy the adrenaline junkie. Daniel Craig stars as disgraced financial reporter Mikael Blomkvist who is given a chance to redeem his reputation after being hired by wealthy Swedish industrialist Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer) to solve the decades-old murder of Vanger’s niece. Vanger believes the girl was murdered by a member of his own family. To uncover the truth, Blomkvist enlists the help of unusual hacker and genius investigator Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara).

Rotten Tomatoes: 87%
Stars: Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig, Christopher Plummer
Director: David Fincher
Rating:
R
Runtime: 
158 minutes

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The King, best action movies on Netflix

The King (2019)

For those who prefer their action with a more historical bent, The King is a smartly reimagined, modernized version of Shakespeare’s Henry V. It’s too bad Shakespeare lived before the age of cinema because, with gorgeous cinematography, incredibly broad set pieces, and harrowing depictions of medieval war, director David Michôd delivers a glorious war movie. Timothee Chalamet stars as young Henry V, an unaspiring heir who has the crown forced upon him after his father’s untimely death. Believing Henry weak and ineffectual, the Dauphin of France takes the opportunity to incite a war. But there’s more afoot than meets the eye. Robert Pattinson’s performance as the Dauphin alone is worth the watch.

Rotten Tomatoes: 71%
Stars: Timothee Chalamet, Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Robert Pattinson
Director: David Michôd
Rating: 
R
Runtime: 
116 minutes

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Triple 9

Triple 9 (2016)

Triple 9 divided critics and audiences, but it’s got a stellar cast with strong supporting turns by Norman Reedus, Michael K. Williams, Woody Harrelson, and Gal Gadot. And if you’re wondering what a triple 9 is, it’s an officer-down call that’s meant to serve as a distraction for a dangerous heist. Marcus Belmont (Anthony Mackie), Michael Atwood (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Gabe Welch (Aaron Paul), and their crew are blackmailed by a Mafia wife, Irina Vlaslov (Kate Winslet), to sabotage the case against her imprisoned husband. They elect to kill police officer Chris Allen (Casey Affleck) to cover their tracks. But they’ve picked the wrong guy, and not everyone on the crew is willing to go along with the plan.

Rotten Tomatoes: 53%
Stars: Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul
Director: John Hillcoat
Rating:
R
Runtime: 
115 minutes

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Mad Max

Mad Max (1979)

Mad Max: Fury Road wowed audiences in 2015, but it was the original Mad Max four decades ago that set the tone for everything that came after it. In George Miller’s directorial debut, Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) is a respectable police officer in a post-apocalyptic Australia. With the love of his wife, Jessie (Joanne Samuel), Max narrowly holds on to his sanity. But this is the film that made Max “Mad,” as a gang of outlaws comes for Max and his family. When the law can’t protect them, Max takes matters into his own hands. And a legend is born.

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
Stars: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley
Director: George Miller
Rating:
R
Runtime: 
93 minutes

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The Five Venoms

The Five Venoms (1978)

The Five Venoms was clearly one of Quentin Tarantino’s influences for Kill Bill, but this Hong Kong martial arts flick is legendary in its own right. Chiang Sheng stars as Yang Tieh, the Venom House’s last student under its dying Master (Dick Wei). Five of the Master’s former pupils have apparently turned against his teachings and threaten an old friend of his. Yang is trained to defeat his seemingly undefeatable predecessors and to figure out if he can trust any of them to help him fulfill his master’s dying wish. It’s a wild ride, and still a cult favorite decades after its release.

Rotten Tomatoes: N/A
Stars: Chiang Sheng, Sun Chien, Philip Kwok, Lo Mang
Director: Chang Cheh
Rating:
R
Runtime: 
98 minutes

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Wheelman, best action movies on Netflix

Wheelman (2017)

Frank Grillo tends to play a lot of villains or supporting characters and has appeared in a wide range of TV shows and movies, from Law & Order and Billions to Avengers: Endgame. But in Wheelman, Grillo gets to take the lead as the unnamed getaway driver who finds himself in over his head after a double-cross. Someone set up the Wheelman for a deadly fall, and he’s not going to take it lying down. Throughout the course of the movie, we learn a bit more about the Wheelman’s past and his broken family life. But the real attraction here is the dynamic driving and action scenes, which Grillo pulls off with gusto.

Rotten Tomatoes: 87%
Stars: Frank Grillo, Garret Dillahunt, Caitlin Carmichael
Director: Jeremy Rush
Rating:
TV-MA
Runtime: 
82 minutes

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Triple Frontier, best action movies on Netflix

Triple Frontier (2019)

Netflix put together an all-star cast for Triple Frontier, with Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, and Pedro Pascal as a team of ex-Delta Force soldiers who reunite for a dangerous heist in South America. Affleck’s Tom “Redfly” Davis is the ringleader of the crew who convinces them to reunite in order to steal a fortune from a drug lord.

However, Davis’ greed gets the best of him during the initial strike, leaving the team vulnerable as they attempt to escape the jungle with their newfound wealth and their lives. But the biggest threat to the team may come from within.

Rotten Tomatoes: 70%
Stars: Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Pedro Pascal
Director: J. C. Chandor
Rating:
R
Runtime: 
125 minutes

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Burn Out, best action movies on Netflix

Burn Out (2017)

One of the benefits of Netflix is the ability to discover films that would have been under the radar without it. A case in point is Burn Out, a French thriller that stars Parisian actor François Civil as Tony Rodrigues, a semi-pro motorcyclist who finds himself outside of the law. To settle the debt of his ex, Leyla (Manon Azem), Tony agrees to be a courier for a drug dealer named Jordan (Samuel Jouy), which, of course, involves Tony zipping through traffic on his motorcycle at breakneck speeds. But when Jordan won’t allow Tony to end their arrangement, he has to call upon his friend, Miguel (Olivier Rabourdin), to make an even more dangerous play to escape.

Rotten Tomatoes: N/A
Stars: François Civil, Olivier Rabourdin, Manon Azem
Director: Yann Gozlan
Rating:
TV-MA
Runtime: 
107 minutes

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Eva Green and Daniel Craig in Casino Royale, best action movies on Netflix

Casino Royale (2006)

James Bond doesn’t need an origin story, but Casino Royale proved that Ian Fleming’s super-spy could still be compelling in a modern setting. Daniel Craig’s first outing as Bond remains one of the best 007 films ever made, as he goes undercover with Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) to root out a terrorist conspiracy. Vesper also proves to be quite adept at getting under James’ skin, which is one of the reasons why she’s the first woman he ever truly loved. However, Vesper’s secrets threaten to destroy the young couple, if the mission doesn’t kill them first.

Rotten Tomatoes: 95
Stars: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen
Director: Martin Campbell
Rating:
PG-13
Runtime: 
144 minutes

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Chris Hemsworth in Extraction, best action movies on Netflix

Extraction (2020)

As one of their first films following Avengers: Endgame, Joe and Anthony Russo re-teamed with Chris Hemsworth for Extraction, a Netflix original. This particular comic book adaptation is much more down-to-earth, however, as Hemsworth’s black-ops mercenary, Tyler Rake, is recruited for a mission to protect Ovi Mahajan (Rudhraksh Jaiswal), the son of a local drug lord. Hemsworth’s performance carries the movie, and first-time director Sam Hargrave delivers next-level action and stunt sequences. This is one of the best popcorn flicks of recent memory, and it didn’t even need a theater.

Rotten Tomatoes: 68%
Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Rudhraksh Jaiswal
Director: Sam Hargrave
Rating:
R
Runtime: 
117 minutes

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The Old Guard, best action movies on Netflix

The Old Guard (2020)

In a year largely without theaters, this comic book adaptation has stepped up to fill the blockbuster void. Charlize Theron headlines The Old Guard as Andy, a warrior who was once Andromache of Scythia. Andy and her fellow immortal mercs are exposed by ex-CIA spook James Copley (Chiwetel Ejiofor). However, Andy’s quest to reclaim her secrets is complicated by the emergence of Nile Freeman (KiKi Layne), a Marine who becomes the first new immortal in a long time. Andy reluctantly takes Nile under her wing as previously unknown enemies close in on them. This may be the start of a new franchise, and Theron has once again demonstrated her impressive action chops.

Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Stars: Charlize Theron, Chiwetel Ejiofor, KiKi Layne
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Rating:
R
Runtime: 
125 minutes

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Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall, best action movies on Netflix

Total Recall (1990)

Total Recall is Arnold Schwarzenegger at his finest. Paul Verhoeven’s wild sci-fi action ride casts Schwarzenegger as a 21st-century construction worker called Quaid who discovers that his memory is based on a memory chip that has been implanted in his brain. That chip is blocking his true identity: That of a secret agent who became a threat to the government. Infuriated by this betrayal, Quaid travels to Mars to piece together the final parts of his true identity while seeking vengeance on the man who implanted the chip. Total Recall is fast, furious, gratuitously violent, and a ton of fun — all while maintaining many of the provocative themes from the Philip K. Dick short story that inspired the film.

Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Rating:
R
Runtime: 
113 minutes

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Ip Mann, best action movies on Netflix

Ip Man (2008)

Based on the life of martial arts grandmaster and Bruce Lee teacher, Ip Man, 2008’s Ip Man is one of the most successful martial arts films of the 21st-century. The film focuses on events in Ip’s life that supposedly took place during the Sino-Japanese War when Japanese forces occupied parts of China. When an occupying general challenges Chinese men to duels to prove Japanese superiority, Ip Man initially refuses to fight until he discovers the Japanese are going far beyond just hand-to-hand combat. Starring Donnie Yen as Ip Man, this beautifully choreographed film is a delight for fans of martial arts films and the entire trilogy is currently on Netflix. We’ve also found some of the best Bruce Lee movies to stream.

Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
Stars: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam
Director: Wilson Yip
Rating:
NR
Runtime: 
106 minutes

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The Outpost, best action movies on Netflix

The Outpost (2020)

In 2009, 53 American troops were attacked at the remote Combat Outpost Keating during the war in Afghanistan. The Outpost tells the story of these soldiers as they attempt to hold off an enemy force that has them severely outnumbered. More alarmingly, the army has stripped the small fortress of its resources, leaving the remaining troops in a very dangerous situation. The majority of the film takes place before the attack, and it paints a relatively realistic depiction of the lives of American soldiers caught up in a brutal war. But when the attack begins, The Outpost is elevated and becomes even more visceral as the soldiers face overwhelming odds while fighting for their lives. It’s a gripping battle sequence that makes this film an unforgettable experience.

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Stars: Scott Eastwood, Caleb Landry Jones, Orlando Bloom
Director: Rod Lurie
Rating:
R
Runtime:
123 minutes

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Scott Pilgrim vs. The World on Netflix

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

When Scott (Michael Cera) falls for the new girl in town, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), he realizes that she has a bit of baggage. That baggage being seven evil exes, whom he must literally battle to the death to win her heart. Much like the graphic novel series on which it is based, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is part video game, part love story — an inventive pairing that should sit well with anyone who grew up amid the SNES craze of the early-’90s. The splashy visuals, deadpan dialogue, and numerous speech bubbles just add to the film’s comedic charm.

Rotten Tomatoes: 82%
Stars: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jason Schwartzman, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza
Director: Edgar Wright
Rating:
PG-13
Runtime: 
113 minutes

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