Last Updated: September 19th
The term “action movie” runs the spectrum of CGI explosion-filled spectacles and highly choreographed fight scenes to movies with heroes who deliver cheesy one-liners right before the last rocket-powered grenade is fired. It can mean shutting your brain off, or it can mean complex stories that use action to benefit the plot.
Luckily, Netflix has most subgenres covered when it comes to good action films, whether you want kung fu, superhero-ing, or anything in between. Here are the best action movies on Netflix streaming right now, so grab some popcorn and enjoy.
20. Armageddon (1998)
Run Time: 151 min | IMDb: 6.6/10
No binge of overblown ’90s action movies would be complete without a sampling from Michael Bay, and Armageddon is one of his best thanks to its lovable ridiculousness and implausibility. As the other “we have to stop the world-ending meteor” movie of 1998 — it arrived a bit after Deep Impact — this is the one that is packed with some of the biggest names of the decade. Despite some of the actors saying that they only did the movie for the paycheck and Bay himself saying he wishes he could redo the error-filled third act, it has a bloated charm to its mess. This is largely due to Steve Buscemi’s appearance, which was contractually obligated in every movie of the ’90s.
19. Heat (1995)
Run Time: 170 min, IMDb: 8.2/10
Watching two greats like Al Pacino and Robert De Niro square off against each other for two-plus hours is fun in and of itself, but Heat packs a ton of action in between some truly great cinematic scenes. Pacino plays Lt. Hannah, a cop more committed to his job than he is to his family. With a cheating wife and a depressed stepdaughter, the detective throws himself into his latest case which involves a prolific group of thieves intent on settling old scores before a final job to secure their financial futures. De Niro heads up the crew of criminals and after a heist gone wrong, vows to get even with the men who’ve betrayed him. The cat-and-mouse game ends how you might expect but it’s the chase that’s truly thrilling.