The selection of movies on Amazon Prime Video can be daunting, especially when it comes to the highly variable action genre. Here are ten reliably entertaining action movies you can stream on Amazon Prime Video.
The ambition and planning of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is justified in the groundbreaking team of superheroes The AvengersThis film brings Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye together for the first time to face an apocalyptic menace from the villain Loki. Writer-director Joss Whedon proves that comic book-style crossover events can work just as well on the big screen as they do on the page.
The Bourne Ultimatum
The third movie in the original Bourne trilogy, The Bourne Ultimatum, gets a bit bogged down in series continuity. But it also offers a satisfying solution for the world-weary spy Jason Bourne (Matt Damon), who is eager to leave his life of espionage behind. Bourne seeks out the people responsible for his conditioning, tries to uncover the secrets of the dangerous government program, and end his own personal trauma.
After Michael Bay keeps getting blown up and more bombastic Transformers films, the spin-off Bumblebee is a refreshing change of pace. It tells a light and fun 80s coming-of-age story about a teenage girl (Hailee Steinfeld) who encounters the titular transforming alien robot. She must ultimately save him from nefarious government agents and stop the evil robot Decepticons from taking over Earth.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Director Ang Lee combines the long tradition of wuxia, the Chinese historical martial arts epics, with his experience in American indie dramas to Crouching Tiger, Hidden DragonIt’s an action-packed saga that’s as rich in emotion and character development as it is in elegant battle scenes. The Oscar-winning film stars Chow Yun-fat, Michelle Yeoh and Zhang Ziyi in an 18th-century tale of political intrigue and unrequited love.
Sylvester Stallone gathers an all-star line-up of action heroes for The expendablesStallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Randy Couture and Terry Crews play the role of a squad of mercenaries hired to take down a ruthless dictator. Featuring performances from Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Steve Austin and more, The expendables is an over-the-top celebration of old-school macho action.
Face / off
Hong Kong-based action master John Woo reached the peak of his Hollywood career with the gloriously silly thriller Face / offA criminal mastermind (Nicolas Cage) and an FBI agent (John Travolta) switch faces as part of a ludicrous plan for authorities to discover the location of a bomb. Cage and Travolta constantly record each other in their unhinged performances, and Woo stages multiple stylish, thrilling action scenes.
Live free or die hard
None of the Die hard sequels are close to the 1988 original, but the fourth part Live free or die hard has its strengths. There’s a fun buddy-cop dynamic between star Bruce Willis as the seemingly unkillable John McClane and Justin Long, while a clumsy hacker McClane teams up to stop a cyber terrorist (Timothy Olyphant). Director Len Wiseman stages some impressive action sequences, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead is a strong addition to the series as McClane’s equally sniffy daughter.
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
The Mission Impossible series is arguably the most consistent action franchise in Hollywood, and the fourth installment, Ghost protocol, is the highlight of the series. Directed by Brad Bird, Ghost protocol sends super spy Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) on a mission to stop a Russian terrorist (Michael Nyqvist) from carrying out a nuclear attack. It introduces new agents played by Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton, and features the series’ most impressive stunt, with Cruise climbing the side of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa tower.
The running man
Very loosely based on a Stephen King novel, The running man is in many ways a precursor to the absurdity of reality TV. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a police officer accused of shooting a riot who is forced to join a game show where convicted criminals compete against “stalkers” who fight for their freedom. The dystopian action movie features colorful characters and wacky one-liners, as well as a great performance of it Family feudis Richard Dawson as the show’s sadistic host.
Star Trek Beyond
The third movie in the reboot Star Trek film series, Star Trek Beyond is the loosest and liveliest of the trilogy, with a self-contained plot reminiscent of the standalone episodes of the original TV series. Fast & Furious Series veteran Justin Lin directs the action-packed film in which the crew of the Enterprise crash-lands on an alien planet against an enemy determined to destroy the United Federation of Planets.