Sometimes you just wanna watch some tough guys kick butt and take names. Netflix has got you covered with some high-octane action movies that really get the blood pumping.
If you find yourself slouched on the couch without energy, it’s about time you treated yourself to a lineup of films that will get your heart racing and palms sweating.
Here’s our list of the best action movies on Netflix right now that promise to give you an adrenaline rush…
Our list features movies on Netflix U.S. only. Some films may not be available on international Netflix platforms. We frequently update this article to remove and replace action films that are currently on Netflix.
1. Anon (2018)
In a near future, the government has put a system in place that records people’s memories, a procedure that has reduced crime to nearly 0%. In this ‘ideal’ society, a detective must face a series of crimes that prove this system has a flaw. This tense, ambitious thriller is the perfect adrenaline provider for a cozy night in, and a puzzle you’ll be eager to solve just as much as the protagonists!
2. Goldeneye (1995)
Although it’s not the best James Bond movie, it’s still worth a watch – especially if you’re a fan of 007! Pierce Brosnan takes the lead role as the famous British secret agent in Goldeneye who attempts to save the world from space weapon that can destroy the Earth. Want a thrilling ride? Goldeneye is a top action movie on Netflix that won’t disappoint – plus, it will make you want to watch the entire popular film series!
3. Gun City (2018)
This tense, dark Spanish crime action movie is set in 1921 and tells the story of a cop heading to Barcelona to investigate the theft of military weapons. Gritty and filled with raw talent, this film will transport you into a whole other time and make you shudder at every turn. Although it’s in another language, Gun City is truly one of the best action movies Netflix has to offer right now.
4. Extraction (2020)
Starring Chris Hemsworth as Tyler Rake, book-turned-movie, Extraction tells the story of a mercenary who’s hired to save the kidnapped son of an Indian drug lord. Action cliches and manic sequences, this 2020 original Netflix movie offers that adrenaline rush you’re craving to wake up on a Friday evening.
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5. Snowpiercer (2013)
During the world’s second Ice Age, a train divided by social classes shelters the last survivors of our species. Tired of their condition, the poorest, neglected residents decide to change the system by overtaking the engine room. This sombre, intelligent and thought-provoking post-apocalyptic thriller is intense and fast-paced enough to keep you glued to your screen until the end credits start rolling. And did we mention Chris Evans is in it?
6. I Am Mother (2019)
In this latest post-apocalyptic thriller, a teenage girl was raised alone by a motherly robot to repopulate the Earth, but their bubble is threatened by the arrival of a wounded woman, the first human being the ‘daughter’ has ever seen. This tense, minimalist but gripping blockbuster is by far one of the best things Netflix has given us, and every second of it is worth your time.
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7. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)
In this daring, incredibly fun movie, a young man who thinks he might have met the love of his life must also defeat her seven evil exes to get himself to the dating stage. A perfect blend of humor, action, and comic book aesthetics, this funny film is filled with arresting, comic-inspired visuals, plus some hilarious and amazing fight scenes that you won’t forget anytime soon.
8. The Departed
Chaotic, clever and completely captivating. The Departed is yet another of Leonardo DiCaprio’s greatest works, and lucky for you binge-watchers and adrenaline junkies, it’s been added to Netflix! An action thriller that depicts an intelligent battle between the police and the mob, you’re bound to be addicted to this movie, it’s that epic.
9. Inside Man (2006)
What’s the word ‘action’ without a bit of Denzel Washington? This crime and mystery masterpiece follows the gripping tale of a hostage that promises to get hearts pumping and palms sweating. A gripping action flick with a plot that keeps you guessing at the edge of your seats.
10. Total Recall (1990)
An action-packed movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone? That SCREAMS 90s – and utter brilliance. Hop onto the roller coaster ride that is Total Recall and keep your eyes peeled as Douglas Quaid “goes to Mars” through an implanted memory. There’s a turn in events in this sci-fi action movie that’ll definitely rank it as one of your 90s faves.
11. The Old Guard (2020)
A Netflix original that offers a pure adrenaline boost in the form of great action, adventure and fantasy. Charlize Theron is Andy, the lead warrior of a group of immortal mercenaries who must fight against their latest threat. A 2020 movie that will give any viewer some entertainment during quarantine and lockdown.
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12. Batman Begins (2005)
It isn’t quite as good as The Dark Knight, but it’s still one hell of a ride! Batman Begins is one of the top action movies on Netflix for a reason. This gripping tale gets into the roots of the Batman story, and though we all know it by heart, Christopher Nolan brings his usual magic touch to the DC universe. You’ll be on the edge of your seats as with any Batman movie, if not more! Tune in for an epic adrenaline rush only the Dark Knight can offer.
13. Triple Frontier (2019)
Action blockbuster, Triple Frontier has an all-star cast as well as an A-star story. Available on Netflix only, this 2019 film observes the tale of five friends and operatives who plan a heist in South America. Things take an unexpected turn and get out of hand, forcing the men to question their friendship, skills and morals.
14. Bright (2017)
Ever watched a movie taking place in a contemporary society where fairies and other mythological creatures are hanging out with humans? No? Same here. Well, if that’s the type of strange, interesting universe you’re looking for, Bright definitely has it all. What’s more? Will Smith is here to lead the story as a cop working with an orc to protect a young elf. He’ll make you laugh at every turn and you’ll definitely thank us!
15. Drive (2011)
A movie that will take you on a drive with pounding action and hard core violence. Starring Ryan Gosling as ‘Driver’, this mysterious man acts as a Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver on the side. When he’s tasked to help his neighbors out, Driver finds himself twisted in a tale of trouble and love.
16. Django Unchained (2012)
This movie may have only been released less than 10 years ago, but it’s already a classic – especially in terms of dramatic brilliance and arresting action. Django Unchained is yet another of Quentin Tarantino’s amazing works that tells the story of a freed slave who’s on a mission to save his wife from a savage Mississippi plantation owner. An action movie all Western fans will love!
17. Sherlock Holmes (2009)
This action and adventure film is a must-watch for those who are into solving crimes and fun mysteries. Legendary detective Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and and his partner Dr. Watson (Jude Law) go on the hunt to catch Lord Blackwood – a once-was dead and convicted killer who returns from the grave to commit more murders.
18. 6 Underground (2019)
Ryan Reynolds leaves behind his iconic character of Deadpool, and takes on the roll of another kind of action hero named One. Six individuals who want to forget their pasts and change the future set out on a challenging mission full of car chases, heists and great action choreography. Although this movie isn’t exactly Oscar-worthy, you should still press play for some downright entertainment.
19. Peppermint (2018)
This action-thriller is enough to make you want to turn into an ass-kicking mom. After her husband and daughter are killed in an attack, Riley North sets out to seek justice against those who murdered her family and the the system that let them go free. Starring Jennifer Garner and John Gallagher Jr., this is a perfect watch for a movie night-in.
20. Triple 9 (2016)
If you’re a fan of heists and tension (on TV, of course), then scroll through Netflix to find Triple 9, an action crime thriller starring Casey Affleck and Chiwetel Ejiofor. In this adrenaline rush movie, corrupt cops and a gang of criminals are set to take on a suspense-filled heist and murder that will surely have you worked up as you snack on popcorn.
21. Braven (2018)
Jason Momoa steps out of his Aquaman movie shoes and into Joe Braven’s throughout this 2018 movie. Braven’s family break at a log cabin turns sour when they run into trouble from a drug dealer. A kill-or-be-killed blockbuster, this movie is everything you need for pure and immediate action.
22. Mad Max (1979)
While the most recent adaptation is the ultimate adrenaline rush movie, the original Mad Max is also a wild thrill for those seeking excitement. The 70s blockbuster takes place in a dystopian land where a policeman hits the road to stop a criminal motorcycle gang. An easy storyline, but a genuinely fun watch, Mel Gibson might just end up being your new favorite superhero.
23. Casino Royale (2006)
One of the few James Bond movies available on Netflix, and the very first of the Daniel Craig collection. Casino Royale is available for streaming on Netflix, giving fans the ultimate action-packed, spy-filled ride. 007 has his license to kill and his first mission involves defeating a private banker who’s funding terrorists. Tuck in and get started on one of the most iconic movie sagas of our time (of the latest Bond series, at least).
24. I Am Legend (2007)
Will Smith is his baddest yet (since Bad Boys, duh) in this end-of-the-world movie that promises to deliver edge-of-your-seat action. As one of the only humans left following a deadly plague outbreak, Robert Neville must fight to stay alive among human-turned-monsters. With heart-racing scenes and gut-wrenching moments, I Am Legend will make you question whether this is what a post COVID-19 world would look like…
25. The Dark Knight (2008)
The second opus of Christopher Nolan’s take on the Batman franchise is by far one of the most thrilling, well-written superhero movies to have blessed our screens this century. Being closer to action-thriller than the superhero genre, The Dark Knight surprises you at every turn and by the end of it, you’ll find yourself as breathless as the hero himself.
Those are our top picks for some edge-of-your-seat action with a few laughs and thrills thrown in for good measure.
Netflix’s offerings are changing all the time, so watch these movies while you can! If you see something new or you have a favorite we didn’t mention in our list, feel free to tell us in the comments below.
26. Thunder Force (2021)
This is the latest original action movie to hit Netflix that stars hilarious comedians Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer. If you’re in need of an adrenaline rush with laughter, this may just be the next-best movie to binge. Follow two best friends as they team up to use their superpowers and save Chicago!