Action movies are damn fun.
They can be cheesy but they also take the genre to a new level. That’s what’s so awesome about them. You can have a gorgeously made animated movie with fantastic action or a super cheesy 90’s B-list action movie that are equally entertaining.
With this in mind, we scoured Netflix to find the perfect mix of action movies you can binge. It’s a list full of prominent action flicks; some are great, while others fall into the guilty pleasure category. Here are ten action movies you should watch on Netflix right now.
Bad Boys II
You know a movie will feature action when it’s directed by Michael Bay, and Bad Boys II is one of his most stylized to date. The sequel to 1995’s Bad Boys brings back the dynamic duo of Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) and Mike Lowrey (Will Smith), two Miami narcotics cops. This time around, they take on drug cartel smuggling ecstasy into Florida from Cuba. The battles escalate when Marcus’ sister is kidnapped and taken hostage to Cuba, where Marcus and Mike battle with all the chutzpah imaginable.
Escape From New York
Set in a future where New York has been turned into a maximum security prison, Escape from New York follows anti-hero Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell). He is an infamous Special Forces soldier-turned-criminal tasked by the U.S. government to go into New York and save the President after he crash lands in the prison during an aerial attack. The President has been taken as prisoner by the Duke of New York, who utilizes the President as a pawn to band together all the crime bosses for a mass escape from the prison.
Captain America: Civil War
Amid the annals of terrific Marvel movies, Captain America: Civil War is up there. The action-packed mash-up brings together all of your favorite Marvel superheroes in an Avengers-like showdown that doesn’t disappoint. Among the most memorable set-pieces is the fantastic airport scene that features an insane blend of character development and crazy action. Hanging in the balance is the fate of the Avengers.
V for Vendetta
From the creators of The Matrix comes V for Vendetta. Set to the back drop of a dystopian future where the U.S. has been severely hindered by a second civil war and the St. Mary’s Virus is spreading through Europe killing millions, the United Kingdom is ruled by a fascist group that rules with an iron fist.
Trying to bring down the establishment is anarchist V (Hugo Weaving), who dons a Guy Fawkes mask for anonymity while embarking on terroristic missions bombing landmarks. He takes in Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman), a TV network employee, after rescuing her. V for Vendetta features Matrix-esque visual effects in stunning set-piece fights between V and a myriad of soldiers. Needless to say, it’s a gorgeous, action-packed movie.
Right after Vin Diesel broke out in The Fast and the Furious, he followed that up with XXX, his own action-packed movie about extreme sports anti-hero Xander Cage. He is recruited by NSA agent Augustus Eugene Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson) to help them infiltrate Anarchy99, an anarchist Russian group that has gotten its hands on a bio-chemical weapon. As Xander Cage infiltrates Anarchy99, he slowly earns the trust of the leader of the organization. It’s the perfect encapsulation of a Vin Diesel movie—alpha male action and brusque storytelling.
The Last Samurai
The Last Samurai is a period film is set in the 1800’s. US Army Captain Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise), reeling from the guilt of his actions during the American Indian Wars, takes up a job of training the Imperial Japanese Army to eradicate a samurai rebellion. During a battle with the samurai, Algren is captured and taken prisoner by the samurai leader Katsumoto (Ken Watanabe). Amidst his imprisonment, he learns the way the of samurai, eventually joining them in battle against the Imperial Army.
Before Donnie Yen was channeling the Force in Rogue One, he was in Ip Man playing a Wing Chun master. The entire Ip Man trilogy is available to watch on Netflix, but we’re focusing on the first and best film in the series. Ip Man is a wealthy martial artist who is forced to train others in the Wing Chun during the Japanese invasion in World War II. It features amazing fighting sequences that bring to mind Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl is based on the famed Disney theme park and gave us our first swash buckling adventure with Captain Jack Sparrow. The larger than life character is brought to life by the charismatic Johnny Depp. He’s looking to reclaim his lost ship, the Black Pearl, now in the hands of Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). Along the way, he has run-ins with British Royal Navy, which leads to him encountering Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) and Will Turner (Orlando Bloom).
This is considered the best Pirates movie offering both quality storytelling and adventurous action. Depp’s performance as Jack Sparrow earned him a Best Oscar nomination and launched one of the most successful movie franchises in Disney’s history.
Back when Sylvester Stallone still was at the top of his game, he starred in Judge Dredd. Set in the year 2028, the world has become wasteland where the law is enforced by Judges—a combination of police officer, judge, jury and executioner. Most of humanity lives in central hubs known as Mega-Cities. In Mega-City One, Judge Dredd is dragged into the diabolical plot of a former Judge-turned-anarchist who sets the city on riot while slowly crippling the Judge’s order. Stallone shines as the no-nonsense Judge Dredd in this action-packed, apocalyptic romp.
Kubo and the Two Strings
Kubo and the Two Strings comes from Laika, the same studio responsible for the underrated Coraline and ParaNorman. But Kubo is the studio’s magnum opus. It’s the only animated movie on this list, but it earned its spot thanks in part for its riveting storytelling and enthralling stop-motion animation.
The movie revolves around Kubo, a lonely boy who lives atop a mountain cliff where he takes care of his amnesiac mother. He is warned never to stay out after dark or else his grandfather and aunts will find him and take away his only remaining eye. Kubo and the Two Strings shines as much today as it did when we first reviewed it. Needless to say, it contains some of the most visually stunning action scenes ever featured in an animated movie.