The 15 Best Action Movies on Netflix

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If you’ve grown tired of romantic comedies and dramas, it might be time for an action movie. Thankfully, Netflix has plenty of material to sort through. The streamer boasts classics like The Equalizer and Oldboy, new-age romps like Damsel, and unexpected heart-pumpers like The Hunger Games and Everything Everywhere All At Once.

The only downside to Netflix is that the options are damn near endless. Instead of combing through the weeds, let us show you the way. Below, you’ll find the 15 action movies on Netflix that are actually worth your time. Say goodbye to unsatisfying endings and overly complicated plots. The following films are a no-nonsense, action-packed, good time. Don’t believe me? Scroll down and see for yourself. Your next movie night is about to get a lot more interesting. (Especially if you watch the one starring Oscar Isaac, Pedro Pascal, and Ben Affleck.)

Damsel

In Damsel, Millie Bobby Brown stars as Princess Elodie, a young woman who’s married off to a handsome prince (yay!), but it’s a trap (not so yay). After the nuptials, Elodie is tossed into a dark cave with a fire-breathing dragon. Suddenly, she’s forced to save her own life. Elodie might be a damsel, but no one’s coming to save her.

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Triple Frontier

Oscar Isaac, Pedro Pascal, and Ben Affleck star former special forces operatives who reunite under some not-so-honorable circumstances. Their task? To plan a heist in South America. Simple right? Well, when things inevitably take a turn for the worse, the men question their loyalties and morals. Committing a crime is never easy.

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The Killer

The Killer is directed by David Fincher and follows an unnamed assassin. The Killer (get it?) spends his days lurking in the shadows, waiting—rather creepily, might I add—for his next target. Eventually, the stress from his job begins to drive him crazy. While waiting to strike, The Killer wonders if he’s gone mad. If his high-stakes career doesn’t kill him, his dwindling sanity certainly will.

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Lift

Kevin Hart might be a funny guy, but in Lift, he kicks ass too. In this film, Hart stars as Cyrus, a thieving mastermind who, one day, is caught by his ex-girlfriend, who just so happens to work for the FBI. She offers him a deal. If he can pull off an international heist for the FBI, all the charges against him will disappear. It’s an offer he can’t refuse.

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The Hunger Games

Hear me out—The Hunger Games is one of our generation's most thrilling action movies. Is it based on a young-adult dystopian novel? Sure. Is it a nail-biter from start to finish? Absolutely. If you’re catching up, The Hunger Games stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, a girl who takes her sister's spot in a yearly gladiator-esque competition.

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Kill Bill: Vol 1

Kill Bill: Vol 1 has everything an action-flick needs—a gripping concept, a stellar cast, and some very cool outfits. Uma Thurman stars as The Bride, a former assassin who, in hopes of a normal life, quits the killing gig, gets pregnant, and tries to get married. Her nuptials are ambushed, sending The Bride into a four-year-long coma. She wakes up with a thirst for revenge and sets out on a quest to kill everyone involved.

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The Equalizer

In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington (the king of action movies, as far as I’m concerned) plays the ever-mysterious Robert McCall. Robert's job is unclear, but he's put his seedy past behind him. He wants a normal life. A quiet life. At least that’s what he says. His plans change when he meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a teenage girl tied to the Russian mob. Robert can’t leave her behind, so he comes out of retirement to do what he does best. Protect those in need by any means necessary.

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Everything Everywhere All At Once

What would this list be without a whacky, action-packed adventure? Luckily, Everything Everywhere All At Once fits the bill. In this film, a tired mother (Michelle Yeoh) jumps through alternate universes to save her daughter (Stephanie Hsu), who’s become a colossal cynic.

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Oldboy

Like Kill Bill, Oldboy is all about revenge. This film follows Dae-su (Choi Min-sik), a drunken man who’s thrown in jail. His friend manages to bail him out, but Dae-su’s taste of freedom is cut short when he’s abducted from the street. He wakes up in a cell and spends the next 15 years wondering how he got there and why. When he’s finally released, Dae-su sets out to find his captor.

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2012

Do you remember 2012? I sure do. It's only been 12 years since we thought the world was going to end. Luckily, we have this film to memorialize the chaos. In 2012, a series of natural disasters threatens to destroy civilization—leaving the few remaining survivors to fight against apocalyptic conditions.

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The Matrix

The Matrix is a classic for a reason, people. Keanu Reeves stars as Neo—the most dangerous man alive. One day, Neo is led to an underground world where he meets his match, Morpheus. What ensues next is a battle you’ll have to see to believe.

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Mr. and Mrs. Smith

If you’re looking for something hot and exciting, Mr. and Mrs. Smith is the movie for you. The film stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as John and Jane Smith—an ordinary couple with an extraordinary secret. They’re assassins. Oh! And they’re keeping it from each other. The truth comes to light when they’re assigned to kill the same target, but things get complicated when they’re assigned to kill each other.

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The Woman King

The Woman King will keep your heart racing from start to finish. The film, which is set in the 1800s, follows a group of female-led warriors in Africa. When colonizers threaten to ruin their way of life, General Nanisca (Viola Davis) trains a new league of recruits to defend their land. Of course, the mission proves to be more difficult than they imagined.

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Extraction

One of Netflix’s more recent originals starring Chris Hemsworth shows a hardened mercenary hired to rescue an imprisoned drug lord’s kidnapped son.

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The Patriot

Widower and former war hero Captain Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) wants a peaceful farm life, deciding not to fight the British in 1776… that is, until his oldest son Gabriel (Heath Ledger) enlists and is captured by the enemy.

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