From blockbusters to low-budget productions, Hollywood movies to foreign movies, Netflix has something for every kind of action junkie. Here are the ten best action movies you can stream on Netflix.
Jason Momoa stars as the title character in Be brave, about a lumberjack who has to protect his family from a gang of drug dealers determined to get hold of contraband hidden in his cabin. It’s a base setup that allows for dirty action, including Braven throwing a flaming ax at a villain’s face. What else do you want?
The long-running James Bond series was given a new lease of life when Daniel Craig took over the lead role Casino generous. Craig energizes the experienced super spy, and Casino generous takes Bond back to his earliest days, stripping him of most of his elaborate gadgets and focusing on spycraft and standalone action sequences.
The collection agency
The biggest star in B-movie action of the past decade was English actor Scott Adkins. The collection agency is a great showcase for Adkins’ signature blend of martial arts prowess, intimidating on-screen presence and sardonic humor. Teaming up with director and frequent collaborator Jesse V. Johnson, Adkins plays a trained hunter who reluctantly uses his skills to use convincing deadbeats to pay what they owe a dark underworld figure.
Jackie Chan is best known for his crazy, almost slapstick-like stunts. But The stranger casts him in a different kind of role as a grieving father bent on revenge in an intense, grim action thriller. Pierce Brosnan stars as an Irish politician who is the target of a Chinese restaurant owner (Chan) with specialized military skills, a man who holds the politician responsible for the terrorist attack that killed his daughter.
Real-life Chinese martial arts master Ip Man has become a pop culture favorite in recent years, as well as the subject of countless films and TV series, but only one has been directed by legendary filmmaker Wong Kar-wai. It’s visually stunning The grandmaster stars Tony Leung as Ip Man as he looks back on his life and many battles.
Before the Fast & Furious movies and The Mandalorian, Gina Carano was just an MMA fighter hoping to make the jump to the big screen. Fortunately, director Steven Soderbergh saw her potential. The prolific filmmaker pitched Carano Haywire Betrayed as a former secret agent by her own agency. Soderbergh brings into action the same sophistication that he brought in his Oscar-winning dramas, playing Carano’s strengths as a gentle yet deadly force.
The old guard
Based on the Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez comic book series, The old guard is Netflix’s take on the superhero movie with a big budget. The film features a team of immortal warriors led by Charlize Theron’s Andromache. The ancient heroes operate in secret until the emergence of a new immortal forces them to face the modern world, with lots of kicks, punches and explosions.
Before director Guy Ritchie got his hands on the legendary detective, Sherlock Holmes was not known as an action hero. But Ritchie and star Robert Downey Jr. run their version of Sherlock Holmes in a Victorian-era action movie, in which the title character (and his colleague Dr. John Watson, played by Jude Law) has as much prowess in hand-to-hand combat and explosives as in deductive reasoning.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, defining action star of the 1980s and 1990s, takes a sci-fi Total recall, from vulgar author Paul Verhoeven. Based on a story by Philip K. Dick, Total recall Schwarzenegger plays as a man who gets a memory implant about a vacation to Mars and discovers that he might be a brainwashed secret agent (or just brainwashed to think he is).
Liam Neeson’s resurgence as an action hero included several collaborations with director Jaume Collet-Serra, including Unknown. The film stars Neeson as a doctor in Berlin for a conference, who wakes up to find that his entire life seems to have been wiped out. He must fight a dark conspiracy to discover who he really is and why nothing he took for granted is actually what it seems.