The 20 best action movies on Netflix right now

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Whatever benignant of action leader you want, Netflix has sewage you covered. Credit: Composite: Mashable / Images: Shutterstock / A24 / Sony Pictures / Sony Pictures / Netflix

Looking to substance up your Netflix queue pinch immoderate high-octane action?

Whether you're a instrumentality of chaotic Westerns, cunning detectives, high-swinging superheroes, ravenous zombies, aliases hard-core assassins, Netflix has a movie pitch-perfect for each benignant of adrenaline seeker. But scrolling done nan app tin beryllium a chore erstwhile each you want to do is Netflix and chill. We've taken retired nan difficult step, highlighting nan astir stunt-stuffed, battle-powered, high-speed films nan streamer has to offer.

Here, successful nary peculiar order, are nan 20 champion action movies connected Netflix, streaming correct now.

20. Everything Everywhere All astatine Once

Michelle Yeoh kicks butt successful "Everything Everywhere All astatine Once."

Michelle Yeoh kicks butt successful "Everything Everywhere All astatine Once." Credit: A24

Want a movie pinch a small spot of everything? Then you can't hit nan 2023 Oscar winner for Best Picture. Academy Award-winner Michelle Yeoh stars arsenic a disgruntled Laundromat proprietor who's astatine her wit's extremity betwixt her obligations arsenic a boss, wife, mother, and daughter. And conscionable arsenic she's braced to woody pinch a taxation auditor pinch a surly cognition (Academy Award–winner Jamie Lee Curtis), a dashing type of her hubby (Academy Award–winner Ke Huy Quan) bursts onto nan segment from a parallel beingness to loop her into a quest to prevention each existence. Packed pinch perfectly bonkers action, outrageous jokes, dizzying style, and performances arsenic silly arsenic they are profoundly poignant, The Daniels' Everything Everywhere All astatine Once is nan benignant of movie that'll person you laughing, crying, gasping, and possibly moreover reconsidering your life up to now. — Kristy Puchko, Entertainment Editor

How to watch: Everything Everywhere All astatine Once is now streaming connected Netflix.

19. Damsel

Millie Bobby Brown successful "Damsel."

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Netflix has invested large successful Millie Bobby Brown. Not only has nan English ingenue been starring Stranger Things for years, but besides she's becoming an outright action prima done movies she has headlined and produced for nan streamer, including a brace of Enola Holmes adventures and this fearsome fairy tale: Damsel. Here, Brown stars arsenic Elodie, a dutiful damsel destined to wed a handsome prince (Nick Robinson)! But alternatively than happily ever after, her diplomatic groom pitches her into a dragon's pit. However, that's acold from nan extremity of her story. She'll conflict her measurement to salvation and vengeance, 1 fiery series astatine a time.

In her review, Mashable's Belen Edwards wrote, "Boasting immoderate inventive twists and a heartfelt lead capacity from Brown, Damsel may not beryllium groundbreaking fantasy, but it is simply a thrilling ride." — K.P.

How to watch: Damsel is now streaming connected Netflix.

18. The Woman King

Viola Davis has travel to footwear ass and bring to life nan communicative of nan Agojie.

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It mightiness beryllium a cliche to opportunity "This is nan domiciled they were born to play!" But erstwhile you witnesser nan storming glory of Viola Davis arsenic a hard-fighting wide successful The Woman King, that thought hits hard, fast, and repeatedly, for illustration one's heartbeat arsenic this humanities epic kicks into action mode.

In promoting nan film, Davis has spoken openly astir each nan ways it's nan benignant of movie that Hollywood's expected accepted contented — which caters predominantly to achromatic and antheral audiences — said could ne'er beryllium made. Davis is simply a 57-year-old, dark-skinned Black woman, and she's headlining a warfare movie successful which she gets to beryllium nan titular protagonist and kicks slavers' ass. As she expressed earlier nan film's World Premiere astatine nan 2022 Toronto International Film Festival, she's surviving her dream successful this film. And for us, it was exhilarating to unrecorded vicariously done her. 

Inspired by nan Agojie of West Africa, The Woman King explores nan passions, problems, and camaraderie of this all-female set of warriors. While Davis dazzles astatine its center, co-stars Thuso Mbedu, Sheila Atim, and Lashana Lynch radiance alongside her. Each brings powerful charisma to a full-throated capacity that keeps audiences arsenic riveted done scenes of conflict aliases blossoming romance, gut-punching condolences aliases pugnacious celebration. As she did pinch The Old Guard, Gina Prince-Bythewood marries action pinch emotion, creating sequences that make our pulses title and our hearts shudder.* — K.P.

How to watch: The Woman King is now streaming connected Netflix.

17. Cold Pursuit

Patron saint of action Liam Neeson headlines this icy thriller that's an English-language remake of 2014 Norwegian movie In Order of Disappearance (Kraftidioten). Here, Neeson plays Nels Coxman, a snowplow driver whose occupation successful his Colorado organization is truthful cardinal that he's been awarded Citizen of nan Year. But erstwhile his beloved boy dies of a supplier overdose, Nels readies to clear distant much than snow. With a thirst for vengeance and a sawed disconnected shotgun, he hunts down nan cartel that's corrupted his organization — and its bloody thrilling to witness. Edged pinch a acheronian consciousness of humor, Cold Pursuit is wicked fun. — K.P.

How to watch: Cold Pursuit is now streaming connected Netflix.

16. RRR

You've ne'er seen an action movie rather arsenic bombastic aliases arsenic bromantic arsenic RRR. Director S.S. Rajamouli draws loosely from history to show nan communicative of Indian state fighters Alluri Sitarama Raju (Ram Charan) and Komaram Bheem (N.T. Rama Rao Jr.). Over nan film's three-hour runtime, nan 2 unwittingly look disconnected successful nan hunt for a kidnapped girl, go nan champion of friends, and quadrate disconnected against villainous English colonizers.

Any of RRR's action sequences would beryllium nan pinnacle of a lesser action movie, but nan movie seems wished to outdo itself pinch showstopper aft showstopper. Take erstwhile Raju faces down hundreds of protesters and wins, aliases erstwhile Bheem fights a tiger bare-handed. Would you judge maine if I told you those hap wrong nan first 20 minutes? The action — and nan movie — only get much awesome from there. — B.E.

How to watch: RRR is now streaming connected Netflix.

15. The Harder They Fall

Regina King successful "The Harder They Fall."

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Put 'em up, arsenic this is hands-down 1 of nan champion action movies successful nan Wild West.

Directed by Jeymes Samuel, The Harder They Fall defiantly redefines nan predominantly achromatic Western, boasting an unthinkable formed of Black stars: Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba, Regina King, Zazie Beetz, LaKeith Stanfield, and Delroy Lindo. A communicative of heroes and villains, nan movie follows Nat Love (Majors) connected his quest for revenge against nan formidable Rufus Buck (Elba). But he'll person to make his gunslinging measurement done "Treacherous" Trudy Smith (Regina King) and Cherokee Bill (Stanfield) first. Even earlier nan opening credits roll, you'll autumn difficult for this one. — S.C.

How to watch: The Harder They Fall is now streaming connected Netflix.

14. Enola Holmes

Millie Bobby Brown successful "Enola Holmes."

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Sherlock Holmes's overmuch cooler small sister is an overlooked young action leader successful Enola Holmes. Based connected writer Nancy Springer's celebrated book bid The Enola Holmes Mysteries, nan movie puts nan awesome detective's savvy 16-year-old related connected nan case, played pinch energetic spoonfuls of gumption by Stranger Things prima Millie Bobby Brown. She's group to lick nan top enigma of her young life: to find her missing mother (Helena Bonham Carter) done a bid of deliberately cryptic clues — each while breaking nan 4th wall and confiding successful nan audience, acknowledgment to Fleabag head Harry Bradbeer and His Dark Materials' Jack Thorne's crisp screenplay.

Stepping into nan footsteps of her celebrated relative Sherlock (Henry Cavill) and avoiding those of her stuffier misogynist relative Mycroft (Sam Claflin), Enola's lawsuit leads her connected a chaotic thrust done Victorian-era England, pinch much than a fewer fistfights and butts to footwear on nan way. And fortunate for you, the sequel is even better. — S.C.

How to watch: Enola Holmes is now streaming connected Netflix.

13. 65

A man successful a spacesuit and holding a weapon walks done a forest.

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Sometimes, you get nan impulse to watch an Oscar-nominated character blast a bunch of dinosaurs pinch a laser gun. And erstwhile that impulse sneaks up connected you, nan only cure is 65.

65 is built astir nan brilliant premise that is "Adam Driver fights dinosaurs," and boy, does it deliver. As Mills, a aviator from a ace precocious civilization from 65 cardinal years ago, Driver crash-lands connected prehistoric Earth, wherever he headshots a T. Rex, bludgeons a raptor, and much, overmuch more. He besides takes nan clip to enslaved pinch his 1 chap survivor, a young woman named Koa (Barbie's Ariana Greenblatt). The consequence is simply a saccharine "lone wolf and cub" movie afloat of dino-sized thrills, kills, and a very threatening asteroid. — B.E.

How to watch: 65 is now streaming connected Netflix.

12. They Cloned Tyrone

John Boyega, Jamie Foxx, and Teyonah Parris person weapons ready.

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With this 2023 release, co-writer/director Juel Taylor pulls plentifulness of inspiration from Blaxploitation. John Boyega, Jamie Foxx, and Teyonah Parris prima arsenic a supplier dealer, a pimp, and a activity worker who undercover a nefarious conspiracy that's happening underneath their neighborhood. Taylor and chap screenwriter Tony Rettenmaier weave successful chaotic twists, alert conflict scenes, irreverent humor, and swaggering style for what our professional called "a propulsive comedy-thriller pinch weight." As bold arsenic it is star-studded, you won't want to miss They Cloned Tyrone. And enactment for nan credits, spot us. — K.P.

How to watch: They Cloned Tyrone is now streaming connected Netflix.

11. Kill Boksoon

A teen woman successful a schoolhouse azygous holds her compartment phone.

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Gil Bok-Soon (Jeon Do-yeon) is simply a azygous mother who often finds herself astatine likelihood pinch her teenage daughter. She's besides a highly skilled and successful assassin. Kill Boksoon is simply a awesome action movie that sees its main characteristic caput consecutive from a sadistic sidesplitting to nan market shop truthful she tin get meal connected nan table. It's 1 hellhole of a hook that sucks you successful immediately. The conflict scenes are hypnotic and nan cinematography eager and exciting. It's a gripping thriller that makes plentifulness of abstraction for nan analyzable affectional reality of its characters.* — Kristina Grosspietsch, Freelance Contributor

How to watch: Kill Boksoon is now streaming connected Netflix.

10. Triple Frontier

Oscar Isaac and Ben Affleck successful a segment from "Triple Frontier"

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This Netflix escapade has Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, and Pedro Pascal coming together arsenic a group of erstwhile Special Forces who scheme an elaborate heist successful South America. But aft things get retired of hand, their endurance skills are put to nan eventual test.

Putting a talented formed successful a tension-filled scenario, Triple Frontier is nan type of gritty thriller that's difficult to move distant from. — Brooke Bajgrowicz, Entertainment Fellow

How to watch: Triple Frontier is now streaming connected Netflix.

9. Okja

Masked combatant successful a segment from "Okja"

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Blending play pinch fantasy/adventure and weaving successful a very existent connection astir nan horrors of nan nutrient industry, Bong Joon-ho's Okja is simply a beautifully unsocial animal feature, striped pinch action.

The movie follows Mina (Ahn Seo-hyun), nan granddaughter of a husbandman successful South Korea who has spent nan past 10 years rearing a genetically modified super-pig called Okja arsenic portion of a breeding task spearheaded by a grim U.S. corporation. This movie is acheronian successful places, magical successful others, and poignant overall, asking america to extremity and bespeak connected nan acheronian broadside of an manufacture nan mostly of america are complicit in. Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal make for an entertaining brace of villains, too.* — S.H.

How to watch: Okja is now streaming connected Netflix.

8. Looper

Like your action pinch a heady operation of sci-fi and Western? Then you'll emotion Rian Johnson's time-travel thriller Looper. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars arsenic Joe, a specialized marque of hitman, who only kills group sent backmost from nan early by a tyrannical kingpin. But erstwhile Joe's early aforesaid (played by Bruce Willis) turns up and makes a swift escape, it's a conflict against himself that's fated to get intense. Between its Kansas City setting, unsocial clip recreation rules, and a crackling formed that includes Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, and Jeff Daniels, Looper is a unsocial rotation connected a hired weapon communicative pinch a finale that is jaw-droppingly awesome. — K.P.

How to watch: Looper is now streaming connected Netflix.

7. Da 5 Bloods

Jonathan Majors and Delroy Lindo successful "Da 5 Bloods" from Spike Lee.

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Spike Lee copters audiences backmost to nan Vietnam War pinch Da 5 Bloods, a daring movie that's portion drama, portion warfare movie, and portion heist flick. Named for a squad of Black U.S. Army soldiers of nan 1st Infantry Division, Lee's critically heralded 2020 associated follows this set of brothers done a treacherous warfare zone, past rediscovers them successful a coming wherever they're seeking to uncover nan past — and a large payday.

Sequences of sadistic battles, constrictive escapes, and high-tension hijinks make Da 5 Bloods an enthralling watch. Though inspired by history, it's intolerable to foretell wherever Lee's communicative will lead. Our guides connected this aggravated travel done time, loss, war, and brotherhood are Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, Isiah Whitlock Jr., and nan precocious Chadwick Boseman. Together, they and Lee create an American warfare movie that can't beryllium missed. — K.P.

How to watch: Da 5 Bloods is now streaming connected Netflix.

6. The Raid: Redemption

Looking for high-octane martial arts action? Then you're successful luck, because Gareth Evans's thriller The Raid: Redemption is streaming connected Netflix.

This Indonesian action masterpiece takes a comparatively elemental premise — a constabulary squad raids a crime lord's flat artifact — and elevates it pinch shocking crippled twists and immoderate of nan champion conflict scenes put to film. Choreographed by Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian, who besides star, The Raid's action sequences are no-holds-barred smackdowns that will person you connected nan separator of your seat. They characteristic everything from nan Indonesian martial creation pencak silat to machetes and guns, making for fights that are arsenic varied arsenic they are brutal. — B.E.

Where to watch: The Raid: Redemption is now streaming connected Netflix.

5. Army of nan Dead

A changeable of nan metropolis astatine nighttime successful "Army of nan Dead."

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Sometimes each you want is to drawback clasp of that action-o-meter and crank nan dial, hard, to a coagulated 11. Army of nan Dead much than delivers connected that front, opening pinch a philharmonic montage of guns and exploding assemblage parts — and it only gets gorier from there. Zack Snyder's communicative follows a set of mercenaries hired to bargain $200 cardinal from a casino successful Las Vegas. The problem? Vegas has been invaded by zombies, nan metropolis is quarantined, and nan subject is readying to rustle nan full point up pinch a tactical atomic strike. The sprawling formed includes Dave Bautista, Omari Hardwick, Hiroyuki Sanada, Garret Dillahunt, and Ana de la Reguera, arsenic good arsenic a digitally added Tig Notaro.

What follows is simply a gloriously silly romp that refuses to return itself excessively seriously, propelling america done a bid of explosions and bullets while nan communicative twists and turns done a 148-minute runtime that feels oh, truthful overmuch shorter. — S.H.

How to watch: Army of nan Dead is now streaming connected Netflix.

4. The Old Guard

Charlize Theron and others successful "The Old Guard."

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Folks looking for that summertime blockbuster thrill, hunt nary further than The Old Guard. Based connected nan superhero comic books of nan aforesaid name, head Gina Prince-Bythewood's movie sucks viewers into a slick, well-crafted world of action and communicative that isn't peculiarly unsocial but delivers its formulaic pieces pinch capable precision to support you invested.

Charlize Theron crushes arsenic nan ass-kicking leader of an immortal warrior conflict crew, pinch performances by Harry Melling, Marwan Kenzari, KiKi Layne, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Veronica Ngo, Matthias Schoenaerts, and more.* — Alison Foreman, Entertainment Reporter 

How to watch: The Old Guard is now streaming connected Netflix.

3. Spider-Man: Across nan Spider-Verse

 Across nan Spider-Verse."

Gwen Stacy and Peter B. Parker successful "'Spider-Man: Across nan Spider-Verse." Credit: Sony Pictures

The Spider-Verse movies proceed to raise nan barroom for superhero movies, and it’s difficult to ideate 1 amended than nan latest installment, Across nan Spider-Verse. The sequel to 2018’s Into nan Spider-Verse manages to person moreover much dazzling animation, much jaw-dropping action sequences, and moreover bigger doses of clever humor.

Miles Morales is simply a small spot older (and taller) than erstwhile we past saw him, but he’s having a unsmooth clip now that he’s hardly seen Gwen Stacy and nan remainder of his Spider-People crew. A caller villain enters nan picture, majorly upping nan stakes for Miles and nan destiny of nan full Spider-Verse. We besides meet a fistful of caller characters voiced by immoderate genuinely delightful actors, for illustration Issa Rae’s badass pregnant Spider-Woman, Oscar Issac arsenic Spider-Man 2099, Daniel Kaluuya’s rocker Spider-Punk, and Karan Soni arsenic Spider-Man India. While nan sequel clocks successful astatine 2 hours, each infinitesimal is bursting pinch entertainment. — Oliver Whitney, Contributing Writer

How to watch: Spider-Man: Across nan Spider-Verse is now streaming connected Netflix.

2. John Wick: Chapter 2

Picking 1 John Wick movie erstwhile nan first 3 are conscionable sitting location connected Netflix begging for a marathon feels silly. Every section of nan ex-hitman’s vengeance travel will much than satiate your action craving, pinch much gun-fu and mixed martial arts than you could imagine. But erstwhile it comes to highest action, John Wick: Chapter 2 is wherever it’s at.

Keanu Reeves’s retired hitman is erstwhile again pulled backmost into nan criminal underworld erstwhile a crime leader from nan Italian mafia shows up astatine his door. Long ago, John made a humor oath to repay an aged favour — nan favour that sewage him his state — and now it’s clip to salary up. In Chad Stahelski’s sequel, we get John fighting Common’s mafia bodyguard passim Rome, a shoot-out successful a hallway of mirrors, and a razor-sharp opening series featuring John’s beloved Mustang. And, of course, Chapter 2 gave america nan reunion of Neo and Morpheus pinch nan preamble of Laurence Fishburne’s Bowery King. — O.W.

How to watch: John Wick: Chapter 2 is now streaming connected Netflix.

1. Jurassic Park

A T-Rex approaches a man.

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Jurassic Park is ne'er a bad determination for a movie nighttime erstwhile you’re itching for suspense and action. There’s thing rather for illustration nan first installment of nan franchise, which perfectly weaves nan wonderment of witnessing live, elephantine dinosaurs correct successful beforehand of your face...with nan utter scary of witnessing live, elephantine dinos correct successful beforehand of your face. Spielberg whips america from nan awestruck wonderment of stepping among these ancient monsters to full action-packed chaos arsenic everything goes haywire connected Isla Nublar. Every group portion is pounding pinch adrenaline, from nan iconic T-Rex Jeep pursuit to nan room series to Laura Dern fighting disconnected a raptor. Ultimately, it’s Spielberg’s good attraction to item that makes Jurassic Park specified a masterwork, everlastingly etching those sequences into our mind. You will ne'er look astatine a solid of h2o aliases a spoonful of Jell-O nan aforesaid aft Jurassic Park. — O.W.

How to watch: Jurassic Park is now streaming connected Netflix.

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Kristy Puchko is nan Film Editor astatine Mashable. Based successful New York City, she's an established movie professional and intermezo reporter, who has traveled nan world connected assignment, covered a assortment of movie festivals, co-hosted movie-focused podcasts, interviewed a wide array of performers and filmmakers, and had her activity published connected, Vanity Fair, and The Guardian. A personnel of nan Critics Choice Association and GALECA arsenic good arsenic a Top Critic connected Rotten Tomatoes, Kristy's superior attraction is movies. However, she's besides been known to gush complete television, podcasts, and committee games. You tin travel her connected Twitter.

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