Best Action Movies on Netflix You Shouldn’t Miss!

The Best Action Movies on Netflix: From the evolution of Hollywood cinema, action movies played an integral part in sustaining and increasing it’s popularity. From the old classic Bruce Lee films, the Die Hard franchise to the latest John Wick franchise, action movies continued to impress the viewers worldwide with a wide variety and incredibly put together action scenes. So, for your weekend pleasure, we curated the best and the most kick-ass Action Movies available on the global streaming giant, Netflix. Presenting The Best Action Movies on Netflix you shouldn’t miss watching.

Last Updated: October 16, 2022

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[Ranked in no particular order]
33. Top Gun (1986)

Top Gun 1986 Best Action Movies of Netflix

Director – Tony Scott
Cast – Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis

Preview Only: After losing his friend, top pilot Maverick is given a second chance to redeem himself. He struggles to be at his best and also gets romantically involved with his civilian instructor Charlie. One of the most beloved and iconic action movies of all time, the sequel of this film, Top Gun: Maverick went on to become a billion-dollar hit in 2022.

32. The Bad Boys Franchise

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Director – Michael Bay
Cast – Will Smith & Martin Lawrence

One of the most entertaining action franchises, Bad Boys starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in the lead roles, initially begins with Marcus, a family man, and Mike, a ladies’ man, who are partners in the Miami Police Department. Eventually, Things get complicated when they assume each other’s identity while investigating a drug deal. One of the Best Action Movies on Netflix India.

31. Executive Decision

Executive Decision Best Action Movies on Netflix

Director – Stuart Baird
Cast – Kurt Russell, Halle Berry

Preview Only: Nagi Hassan, a terrorist, and his men hijack a flight and demand the release of their leader. David Grant, an intelligence agent, and other military personnel go on a mission to save the passengers. An action film directed by Stuart Baird in his directorial debut, Executive Decision stars Kurt Russell, Steven Seagal, Halle Berry, John Leguizamo, and others in prominent roles.

30. 6 Underground

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Director – Michael Bay
Cast – Ryan Reynolds, Mélanie Laurent‎

Directed by Michael Bay, who is notoriously known for directing bombastic action movies is back with yet another action flick, 6 Underground, which will not disappoint you in terms of entertainment. If you do not mind the mediocre writing, this movie has all the potential and the ammo to entertain you on a whole other level. To quote the lead star and the man who is married to the most beautiful woman in the entire world, Blake Lively, “6 Underground is the most Michael Bay movie that Michael Bay has ever Michael Bay done.” So, buckle up! – Nirmal Raj

29. The Bourne Franchise

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Director – Tony Scott
Cast – Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning

The Bourne franchise involves four films, Identity, Supremacy, Ultimatum, and Legacy. Starring Matt Damon in the first three installments, the main plot recites around him finding his own identity and his inexplicable past. Directed by Doug Liman (Identity) and Paul Greengrass (Supremacy and Ultimatum), the franchise is well known for its splendid action sequences and complex screenplay. Dealt with no dull moment The Bourne trilogy gives you a breathtaking cinematic experience that leaves you overwhelmed. A definite watch if you’re into action movies.

28. Death Race

Death Race Best Action Movies on Netflix

Director – Paul W. S. Anderson
Cast – Jason Statham & Natalie Martinez

Paul W. S. Anderson’s dystopian action-thriller starring Jason Statham in the lead role explores a unique storyline with prisoners putting their lives on the line and racing in specially designed junkyard themed cars to win their freedom. With a handful of no-nonsense, vehement action scenes, corny dialogue, and a clear distinguishment between the good and the bad guys, Death Race shines and provides all the entertainment you expect from an action film. One of the Best Action Movies on Netflix India. – Surya Komal

27. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

The Man from UNCLE Best Action Movies on Netflix India

Director – Guy Ritchie
Cast – Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer

Preview Only: Napoleon Solo, a CIA agent, and Illya Kuryakin, a KGB operative, must set aside their differences and work together to thwart the plans of a criminal organization that wants to use nuclear weapons. A must-watch and one of the Best Action Movies on Netflix India.

26. 12 Strong

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Director – Nicolai Fuglsig
Cast – Chris Hemsworth, Elsa Pataky

Preview Only: Captain Mitch Nelson leads an elite team on a mission to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan. As he uses the aid of a local warlord, the situation becomes more dangerous and morally complicated. Directed by Nicolai Fuglsig, the film stars Chris Hemsworth in the lead role.

25. Red Notice

Red Notice Best Action Movies on Netflix

Director – Rawson Marshall Thurber
Cast – Johnson, Gadot & Reynolds

Preview Only: One of the biggest Netflix Original projects of all time, Red Notice with Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, and Ryan Reynolds in the lead roles is set in the world of international crime when an Interpol agent attempts to hunt down and capture the world’s most wanted art thief.

24. The Old Guard

The Old Guard Netflix

Director – Gina Prince-Bythewood
Cast – Chris Hemsworth, Ovi Mahajan

Gina Prince-Bythewood directorial, The Old Guard starring Charlize Theron in the lead role surely had a couple of narrative issues. But, it is thoroughly entertaining and has the right blend of action and emotional elements. The outstanding performances from the cast, the general plot, and the solid effort by the Gina Prince makes The Old Guard one of the Best Action Movies on Netflix. – Surya Komal

23. In the Line of Fire

In the Line of Fire Best Action Movies on Netflix

Director – Wolfgang Petersen
Cast – Clint Eastwood, Rene Russo

Preview Only: Frank, a Secret Service agent, fails to defend Kennedy from a shooting attempt. Soon enough, he gets a chance at reparation when another president’s life is under threat. Starring Clint Eastwood, In the Line of Fire is a must-watch.

22. Extraction

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Director – Sam Hargrave
Cast – Chris Hemsworth, Ovi Mahajan

[This excerpt comes from Nirmal’s ‘Extraction’ Review]

Starring Chris Hemsworth in the lead role, Extraction directed by Sam Hargrave explores the story of Tyler Rake, who is hired on a mission, to extract Ovi Mahajan, the kidnapped son of an Indian Drug lord, held in captive by a gangster from Bangladesh. With the screenplay penned by Joe Russo, Extraction will be cherished as a breathtaking action film, but not as a movie with great characterization, and a more detailed narrative. If you love some extreme, violent, and no-nonsense action scenes and wouldn’t mind the skinny plot, then this film is a must-watch for you.

21. Army of the Dead

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Director – Zack Snyder
Cast – Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell

A group of highly trained individuals fights their way through zombies on a mission from a wealthy casino owner. Despite all the backlash from critics, fans, and the two-hour-plus runtime, Army of the Dead wasn’t that bad. I’ve seen my fair share of bad movies, especially bad zombie films and this one doesn’t even make the top twenty. The storyline was good, some things didn’t make much sense, but overall it wasn’t unbearable. The camera work by Zack Snyder himself was amazing and it was a fun movie to watch once. – Zoha Junaid

20. Enola Holmes

Director – Harry Bradbeer
Cast – Brown, Cavill & Claflin

[This excerpt comes from Surya’s ‘Enola Holmes’ Review]

Enola Holmes starring Millie Bobby Brown is a vibrant, happy, and a heartwarming fun-filled adventure that functions more as an introduction to the lead character. It still maintains that quick-wit, blistering scenes, and the mystery element that we usually see in a Sherlock Holmes film. However, it also adds a good amount of depth to the overall narrative as it does not come off as an ordinary whodunnit thriller. – Surya Komal

[Ranked in no particular order]
19. KATE

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Director – Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
Cast – Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Miku Martineau

Preview Only: Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the titular role, Kate on Netflix, directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan and co-starring Miku Martineau and Woody Harrelson in supporting roles. The storyline of the movie revolves around our primary character, a vicious assassin, who, on her final assignment, has less than 24 hours to discover who ordered the hit and exact revenge.

18. Body of Lies

Body of Lies Best Action Movies on Netflix

Director – Ridley Scott
Cast – Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe

Preview Only: Director Ridley Scott’s 2008 blockbuster Body of Lies has Leonardo Di Caprio as the main protagonist. A CIA agent reveals a lead on a terrorist organization leader. Nonetheless, when he devises a plan with the assistance of his boss Hoffman to trap Al-Saleem, things take a revolting turn. It is an intense, action-thriller with solid performances from the lead and a strong script.

17. Inglourious Basterds

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Director – Quentin Tarantino
Cast – Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz

Preview Only: A few Jewish soldiers are on an undercover mission to bring down the Nazi government and put an end to the war. Meanwhile, a woman wants to avenge the death of her family from a German officer. One of the best Tarantino films of all time, Inglourious Basterds is one of the Best Action Movies on Netflix.

16. Godzilla (2014)

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Director – Gareth Edwards
Cast – Aaron Taylor-Johnson & Elizabeth Olsen

Best Action Movies on Netflix: Following the calamitous American adaptation of Emmerich’s Godzilla in 98. Gareth Edwards imposing exposition on Godzilla was more lifelike and convincing to all its original fans and to the normal onlookers. Godzilla (2014) uniformly impresses on every single prospect and was not overdone to any extent, which may crop up few protests on the movie that it lacked the spine-tingling action sequences. Do not expect a completely jam-packed action-thriller since it’s a sensible yet stimulating take on the character of Godzilla. – Surya Komal

15. The Italian Job

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Director – F. Gary Gray
Cast – Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron

[Also feat. in our ‘Best Heist Movies You Should Stream’ list]

Preview Only: John Bridger and Charlie Croker assemble a team to steal gold bars from a vault in Venice, but one of their team members betrays them. After many years, Charlie meticulously plans another heist. One of the Best Action Movies on Netflix.

14. Outlaw King

Outlaw King Netflix

Director – David Mackenzie
Cast – Chris Pine, Florence Pugh

Set in the 14th century, Outlaw King, a historical action drama, explores the journey of Robert the Bruce, King of Scotts, and his heroic efforts in leading Scotland during the First War of Scottish Independence against England. Filmed in real castles and authentic locations from all across the United Kingdom, this movie gives you a legit mega movie theatre-experience, unlike any other Netflix Original you’ve ever seen before, thanks to those incredible wide-screen panoramic shots. Regardless of a few screenwriting issues, it still delivers and is worth permitting your valuable time. – Surya Komal

13. Uncharted

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Director – Ruben Fleischer
Cast – Nathan Drake & Mark Wahlberg

Uncharted is directed by Ruben Fleischer and is based upon the video game series of the same name. Tom Holland stars as everyone’s favorite PlayStation character in Nathan Drake, and Mark Wahlberg stars as his mentor Victor Sullivan or Sully for short. This is a sort of origin story for Nathan Drake and Victor Sullivan as they chase a long lost treasure that the great explorer Ferdinand Magellan found a long time ago. The treasure was lost, but anything that’s lost can be found.

12. Wrath of Man

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Director – Guy Ritchie
Cast – Jason Statham, Scott Eastwood

Mysterious and wild-eyed, the storyline of Wrath of Man revolves around a new security guard for a cash truck, who surprises his co-workers when he unleashes his precision skills during a heist. The crew is left wondering who he is and where he came from. Soon, the marksman’s ultimate motive becomes clear as he takes dramatic and certain steps to settle a score. Based on the 2004 French film Cash Truck the film stars Jason Statham in the lead role.

11. American Assassin

American Assassin Best Action Movies on Netflix India

Director – Michael Cuesta
Cast – Dylan O’Brien & Michael Keaton

Preview Only: After Mitch loses his girlfriend in a terrorist attack, he sets out to avenge her death and gets himself enlisted in the CIA in order to put an end to terrorism. The 2017 action thriller film directed by Michael Cuesta and starring Dylan O’Brien and Michael Keaton in the lead roles received positive word of mouth for the most part.

[Ranked in no particular order]
10. American Sniper

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Director – Clint Eastwood
Cast – Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller

Preview Only: One of the Best Movies in Bradley Cooper’s career, the story of American Sniper explores the story of Chris Kyle, a SEAL sniper, who after returning home from the war in Iraq faces PTSD that begins to affect his marriage and his life.

9. Headshot

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Director – Timo Tjahjanto
Cast – Iko Uwais

Yet another Indonesian martial art action film, Headshot much like its predecessors, The Raid and The Raid 2 showcases the most brutal and kick-ass action sequences in the most entertaining way possible. Timo Tjahjanto, the director of The Night Comes for Us delivers yet again when it comes to direction and filmmaking style. And in conjunction with the action set pieces, this movie also has an on-going emotional side which cools things down a bit. If you’re into ferocious Indonesian action films, give Headshot a go, one of the Best Action Movies on Netflix. – Surya Komal

8. Wheelman

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Director – Jeremy Rush
Cast – Frank Grillo, Caitlin Carmichael

Frank Grillo, as a bad-ass getaway driver, is something I never knew I needed in life. The entire narrative of Wheelman takes place during one night as the camera pans in and out within the settings of a BMW car. The storyline involves Grillo getting stuck in a series of problems which include blackmails, deceit and blood money as he struggles to resolve the issues by operating from inside the car.

Similar to Tom Hardy’s Locke, the entire film (for the most part) focuses on Grillo’s character, and he gives a standout performance which adds anger, emotion and drama for the entirety of the runtime. Complementing his top-notch performance, Jeremy Rush’s screenplay moves on a rapid pace and kept me on the edge-of-my-seat in all respects. Wheelman isn’t all perfect, but, if you’re looking forward to watching an exciting action movie, this is undoubtedly an excellent pick. Undoubtedly one of the Best Action Movies on Netflix. – Surya Komal

7. The Night Comes For Us

iko uwais in The Night Comes For Us

Director – Timo Tjahjanto
Cast – Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim

Iko Uwais, who we all know and love from The Raid franchise stars in this Indonesian Netflix Original which doesn’t hold back when it comes to showcasing absolute carnage. The Night Comes For Us masquerades with an emotional plot point, but, the heart and the soul of the movie are it’s all-out, unforgiving, violence-filled action sequences that are at the same time entertaining and unsettling to watch. Shot, choreographed and performed with perfection, the riveting action alone makes this two-hour film worth watching. – Surya Komal

6. Triple Frontier

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Director – J. C. Chandor
Cast – Affleck, Issac, Hunnam, Pascal

Been in development hell since 2010, Triple Frontier, this Netflix Original movie stars a mighty ensemble of A-list stars including Ben Affleck and Oscar Issac in the lead roles. J. C. Chandor, well known for his 2014 critically acclaimed crime-drama, A Most Violent Year, fills in the director’s role for Kathryn Bigelow who was initially discussed to take over the project.

Adjacent to several other heist films in the past, Triple Frontier takes off on a comparable medium, a group of proficient friends orchestrating to loot a boatload of money and the entire plan goes from bad to worse as a result of a terrible mishap. The dire majestic terrain setting akin to The Ritual sets the mood for a possible entertaining thriller. Overall, with decent performances and a premise which keeps moving despite several hiccups, Triple Frontier is enjoyable for it is. – Surya Komal

5. Pacific Rim

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Director – Guillermo del Toro
Cast – Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba

Preview Only: The government contemplates that Jaegers, robotic war machines battling Kaijus to be ineffective. However, Stacker Pentecost’s team believes that only the Jaegers can save the world from destruction. Directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba in the lead roles, Pacific Rim is one of the Best Action Movies on Netflix.

4. The Equalizer

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Director – Antoine Fuqua
Cast – Denzel Washington

Starring Denzel Washington as the cool, calm and collected badass, The Equalizer scores the best when it comes to the action sequences. There are bloody and ferocious and added that aggressive asset to a rated-R film. Accompanied by some stylish and luminous camera work, every scene in the movie were well-produced and skillfully choreographed.

Additionally, Denzel Washington carried the entire film on his shoulders. He has that inveigling screen presence, and he’s one of the main reasons why I didn’t feel exhausted after watching a two-hour movie. Overall, The Equalizer is filled with incredible blood-soaked action and is the rated-R we deserve. If you’re looking for American movies in the Best Action Movies on Netflix category, The Equalizer is a good option. – Surya Komal

3. Godzilla vs. Kong

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Director – Cathy Yan
Cast – Margot Robbie, Ewan McGregor

The storyline of Godzilla vs. Kong begins with Kong spending his free time alone and frustrated inside a Containment Zone at Skull Island while regularly reminding the authorities controlling him that he is running out of patience and doesn’t like being controlled. On the other hand, his long-time archnemesis, Godzilla, sensing some sort of threat, wreaks havoc on a research facility and continues to be a greater menace to society. Subsequently, to avoid the growing tensions between these two colossal Titans, the authorities work out a solution that instantly goes haywire as the remainder of the film displays the inevitable clash between the two within the 113-minute runtime.

2. Mad Max: Fury Road

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Director – George Miller
Cast – Charlize Theron & Tom Hardy

Mad Max: Fury Road, directed by George Miller, is, without a doubt, a high-octane stupefying spectacle and is arguably one of the Best Action Movies on Netflix. The storyline of the film is facile and follows the narrative of Max (Tom Hardy) and Furiosa (Charlize Theron) as they fight for their lives and against the evil warlord Immortan Joe. – Surya Komal

1. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

13 Hours Best Action Movies on Netflix

Director – Michael Bay
Cast – Eric Bana, Josh Hartnett

Best Action Movies on Netflix: Directed by Michael Bay, 13 Hours, a 2016 war film is about a security team consisting of six members, who fight and defend an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, against a wave of terrorist attacks.

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