Top 30 Best Action Movies on Netflix of all time

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Top 30 Best Action Movies on Netflix of all time

1. Assassin’s Creed (2016)

Run time – 1h 55m
IMBD – 5.7/10
Available on – Netflix (also on Amazon Prime)

Assassin’s Creed is a 2016 science fiction action film based on the video game franchise of the same Assassin’s Creed. The film is directed by Justin Kurzel and stars Michael Fassbender (who also produced), as well as Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Rampling, and Michael K. Williams.

As a young boy, Callum Lynch witnessed his father murder his mother. Now, 30 years later, he is being executed for murder. However, the execution is faked and, instead of dying, he is transported to a special facility.

It turns out that he is descended from a 15th-century master-assassin, Aguilar, a member of the Assassin’s Brotherhood. The plan is to train him in the ways of his forefather. This will enable him to fight the arch-enemy of his forefather, the Templars.

2. Bright (2017)

Run time – 1h 57m
IMBD – 6.3/10
Available on – Netflix (also on Amazon Prime)

Bright is a 2017 American urban fantasy action film directed by David Ayer. The film is set in an alternate present in which humans and mythical creatures co-exist and details an LAPD police officer and his orc partner confronting racism and police corruption while protecting a magic wand and the elf girl who wields it.

In an alternate interpretation of contemporary Los Angeles where creatures of fantasy such as Orcs, Elves, and Fairies coexist with the human race and already frail equilibrium between species is threatened when the seasoned police officer.

Under those circumstances, things will take a turn for the worse, all races would kill for to have it in their possession. They say, only a Bright can wield the powerful relic; however, can Daryl and Nick protect it and stay alive, as everyone in the city is after it?

3. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

Run time – 2h 34m
IMBD – 6.2/10
Available on – Netflix (also on Amazon Prime)

Transformers: Dark of the Moon is a 2011 American science fiction action film directed by Michael Bay. It is the third installment in the live-action Transformers film series and is the sequel to 2009’s Revenge of the Fallen.

 Set three years after Revenge of the Fallen, it follows the warring Autobots and Decepticons’ last days of the war as they battle to possess powerful technology from their homeworld crashed on Earth’s Moon to restore their home.

4. Escape Plan (2013)

Run time – 1h 55m
IMBD – 6.7/10
Available on – Netflix (also on Amazon Prime)

Escape Plan is a 2013 American prison action thriller film starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. It was directed by Swedish filmmaker Mikael Håfström. The first film to pair up Stallone and Schwarzenegger as co-leads.

Ray Breslin is a man who has devoted his life to making prisons inescapable by going into prison as an inmate and trying to see if he can break out. And he has done a good job so far. A woman who says she works for the CIA approaches Ray and says that a new maximum-security prison where the worst criminals are to be incarcerated, is about to be launched.

So they make the necessary preps but when Ray arrives at the prison, he discovers that someone doesn’t want him to get out. He then tries to find a way out but he needs help. Another prisoner, Rottmeyer becomes friendly with him. And they decide to work together to get out.

5. London Has Fallen (2016)

Run time – 1h 39m
IMBD – 5.9/10
Available on – Netflix (also on Amazon Prime)

London Has Fallen is a 2016 American action thriller film directed by Babak Najafi. It is the second installment in the Fallen film series. The film follows a plot to assassinate the world leaders of the G7 as they attend the British Prime Minister’s funeral in London, and Secret Service agent Mike Banning’s efforts to protect US President Benjamin Asher from being killed by the terrorists.

After the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances, all leaders of the Western world must attend his funeral. But what starts as the most protected event on earth, turns into a deadly plot to kill the world’s most powerful leaders and unleash a terrifying vision of the future.

The President of the United States, his formidable secret service head, and a British MI-6 agent who trusts no one are the only people that have any hope of stopping it.

The Matrix (franchise)

The Matrix is an American media franchise created by the Wachowskis. The series primarily consists of a trilogy of science fiction action films beginning with The Matrix (1999), The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions (both in 2003). 

6. The Matrix(1999)

Run time – 2h 16m
IMBD – 8.7/10
Available on – Netflix (also on Amazon Prime)

The Matrix is a 1999 American science fiction action film written and directed by the Wachowskis. It stars Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne. It is the first installment in the Matrix franchise.

It depicts a dystopian future in which humanity is unknowingly trapped inside a simulated reality, the Matrix, created by intelligent machines to distract humans while using their bodies as an energy source.

When computer programmer Thomas Anderson, under the hacker alias “Neo”, uncovers the truth, he “is drawn into a rebellion against the machines” along with other people who have been freed from the Matrix.

7. The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

Run time – 2h 18m
IMBD – 7.2/10
Available on – Netflix (also on Amazon Prime)

The Matrix Reloaded is a 2003 American science fiction action film written and directed by the Wachowskis. It is a sequel to The Matrix and the second installment in The Matrix film franchise.

Neo, Morpheus, Trinity, and the rest of their crew continue to battle the machines that have enslaved the human race in the Matrix. As their quest unfolds, Neo learns more about his superheroic abilities, including the ability to see the codes of the people and things around him.

Now, more humans are waking up out of the Matrix and attempting to live in the real world. As their numbers grow, the battle moves to Zion – the last real-world city and the center of human resistance.

8. The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

Run time – 2h 09m
IMBD – 6.8/10
Available on – Netflix (also on Amazon Prime)

The Matrix Revolutions is a 2003 American science fiction action film written and directed by the Wachowskis. It was the third installment of The Matrix film franchise, released six months following The Matrix Reloaded. The film was released simultaneously in 108 territories on November 5, 2003. While being the final entry in the original trilogy of the series.

Neo finds himself trapped between the Matrix and the Real World. Meanwhile, Zion is preparing for the oncoming war with the machines with very little chances of survival.

Neo’s associates set out to free him from The Merovingian since it’s believed that he is the One who will end the war between humans and the machines. What they do not know is that there is a threat from a third party, someone who has plans to destroy both worlds.

9. Force 2 (2016)

Run time – 2h 07m
IMBD – 6.2/10
Available on – Netflix

Force 2 is a 2016 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film directed by Abhinay Deo, which features John Abraham, Tahir Raj Bhasin, and Sonakshi Sinha in the lead roles. It is a sequel to the 2011 film Force and the second installment of the Force film series.

The mastermind of this conspiracy against RAW agents is Shiv Sharma, a nerdy hacker who is planning something bigger. In Budapest, a cat and mouse chase begins between Shiv and KK and Yash; they come close to nabbing him several times, but he always proves to be a step ahead. Multiple chase sequences ensue but each time, Shiv manages to escape.

10. The Mummy Returns (2001)

Run time – 2h 10m
IMBD – 6.3/10
Available on – Netflix

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The Mummy Returns is an American action-adventure fantasy horror film. The story set in 1933, approximately 7 years of the events of the first film. Rick O’Connell is now married to Evelyn and therefore the couple has settled in London, where they’re raising their 8-year-old son Alex.

When a sequence of events finds the corpse of Imhotep resurrected within the British Museum, the mother Imhotep walks the world another time, determined to satisfy his go after immortality. But another force has also been set loose within the world… one born of the darkest rituals of ancient Egyptian mysticism, and even more powerful than Imhotep.

11. Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Run time – 2h 08m
IMBD – 7.6/10
Available on – Netflix (also on Amazon Prime)

Sherlock Holmes is a 2009 period mystery action film based on the character of the name Sherlock Holmes created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The film was directed by Guy Ritchie and produced by Joel Silva.  Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law reprise their roles as Holmes and Watson.

In London, Sherlock Holmes and his partner Dr. John Watson captures the follower of black magic and serial killer Lord Blackwood that has already killed five women when he is near to kill his sixth victim.

Blackwood is sentenced to be strung up and Dr. Watson attests his death. However, Blackwood mysteriously returns from the afterlife and Inspector Lestrade summons Sherlock Holmes to help Scotland Yard in the investigation.

12. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

Run time – 2h 09m
IMBD – 7.5/10
Available on – Netflix (also on Amazon Prime)

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is a 2011 period action mystery film directed by Guy Ritchie and produced by Joel Silver. It is the sequel to the 2009 film Sherlock Holmes and features Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law reprise their roles as Holmes and Watson.

With Dr. John Watson about to marry and end their partnership, a disconsolate Sherlock Holmes occupies his time investigating the schemes of his archenemy, Professor James Moriarty. However, when Moriarty warns that he considers the Watsons a legitimate target for his retaliation against the detective, Holmes must save them and get John involved in one last case.

Together, the trio finds themselves involved in a dangerous international conspiracy led by the Napoleon of Crime in which the fate of all of Europe hangs in the balance.

13. Watchmen (2009)

Run time – 2h 42m
IMBD – 7.6/10
Available on – Netflix (also on Amazon Prime)

Watchmen is a 2009 American superhero film based on the 1986–87 DC Comics. Directed by Zack Snyder, it stars Malin Åkerman, Billy Crudup, and Patrick Wilson. A dark and dystopian deconstruction of the superhero genre.

“Watchmen” is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the “Doomsday Clock” – which charts the USA’s tension with the Soviet Union – is permanently set at five minutes to midnight.

When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed-up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes.  Their mission is to watch over humanity… but who is watching the Watchmen?”

14. Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

Run time – 2h 07m
IMBD – 6.1/10
Available on – Netflix (also on Amazon Prime)

Snow White and the Huntsman is a 2012 American fantasy film based on the German fairy tale “Snow White” compiled by the Brothers Grimm. The cast includes Kristen Stewart,  Chris Hemsworth, and Bob Hoskins in his final film performance.

In the film’s retelling of the tale, Snow White grows up imprisoned by her evil stepmother, Queen Ravenna, a powerful sorceress. After Snow White escapes into the forest, Ravenna tells Eric, the Huntsman that she will bring back his dead wife if he captures Snow White.

In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.

15. Attack on Titan (2015)

Run time – 1h 38m
IMBD – 5.1/10
Available on – Netflix

Attack on Titan is a 2015 Japanese post-apocalyptic action film based on the manga of the same name Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama. The film is directed by Shinji Higuchi and stars Haruma Miura, Hiroki Hasegawa, and Jun Kunimura. 

In Attack on Titan Eren Yeager, his adoptive sister Mikasa Ackerman and his childhood friend Armin Arlert, join the Survey Corps, a military corporation to fight gigantic humanoids called the Titans after their hometown is attacked by a Colossal Titan.

16. Lost Bullet (2020)

Run time – 1h 32m
IMBD – 6.2/10
Available on – Netflix

Lost Bullet is a 2020 French action thriller film directed by Guillaume Pierret, and starring Alban Lenoir, Nicolas Duvauchelle, and Ramzy Bedia.

A small-time delinquent turned police mechanic for a go-fast task force, is forced to defend his innocence when his mentor is killed by dirty cops.

17. Ready Player One (2018)

Run time – 2h 20m
IMBD – 7.5/10
Available on – Netflix

Ready Player One is a 2018 American science fiction action-adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. It stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, and Mark Rylance.

In the year 2045, on his death bed James Halliday, the creator of a wildly popular virtual reality utopia known as the OASIS, begins a hunt for his fortune and ownership of the whole VRMMO world with puzzles and riddles based on Halliday’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past.

After years of searching for Halliday’s “Easter Egg,” one average teenager named Wade Watts solves the first clue, he sparks excitement and hope back to the hunt, and throwing him into a world of people willing to kill for the information he has, changing his life forever.

18. The Saint (2017)

Run time – 1h 31m
IMBD – 4.9/10
Available on – Netflix

The Saint is a 2017 American action film directed by Ernie Barbarashand starring Adam Rayner in the title role of Simon Templar, created by Leslie Charteris. This was Sir Roger Moore’s final film appearance and the film was dedicated to his memory.

International master thief, Simon Templar, also known as The Saint, is tasked to find a man’s kidnapped daughter. In addition to evading the authorities, Simon must face a dangerous adversary from his past.

19. Ender’s Game (2013)

Run time – 1h 54m
IMBD – 6.6/10
Available on – Netflix

Ender’s Game is a 2013 American military science fiction action film. Written and directed by Gavin Hood, the film stars Asa Butterfield as Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, an unusually gifted child who is sent to an advanced military academy in outer space to prepare for a future alien invasion. 

In the near future, a hostile alien race has attacked Earth. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff and the International Military seek to find a future leader who can save the human race.

Ender Wiggin, a shy but strategically brilliant young mind, is recruited to join the elite, where he’s trained to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth.

20. Rampage (2018)

Run time – 1h 47m
IMBD – 6.1/10
Available on – Netflix

Rampage is a 2018 American science fiction monster comedy film directed by Brad Peyton. The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. 

Primatologist Davis shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent silverback gorilla who has been in his care since he was young. When a greed-fueled corporation’s genetic experiment goes awry.

George and other animals across the country are mutated into aggressive supercreatures who destroy everything in their path. In this adrenaline-filled ride, Davis tries to find an antidote, not only to halt a global catastrophe but also to save the fearsome creature who was once his friend.

21. Upgrade (2018)

Run time – 1h 40m
IMBD – 7.5/10
Available on – Netflix

Upgrade is a 2018 cyberpunk action film written and directed by Leigh Whannell and starring Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel, and Harrison Gilbertson. The film follows a technophobe who is implanted with a chip that allows him to control his body after a mugging leaves him paralyzed. 

Set in the near-future, technology controls nearly all aspects of life. But when the world of Grey, a self-labeled technophobe, is turned upside down, his only hope for revenge is an experimental computer chip implant.

22. Children of Men (2006)

Run time – 1h 49m
IMBD – 7.9/10
Available on – Netflix

Children of Men is a 2006 dystopian science fiction action-thriller filmco-written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón.

The film takes place in 2027, when two decades of human infertility have left society on the brink of collapse. Asylum seekers seek sanctuary in the United Kingdom, where they are subjected to detention and refoulement by the government.

23. Battleship (2012)

Run time – 2h 11m
IMBD – 5.8/10
Available on – Netflix

Battleship is a 2012 American military science fiction action film. The film was directed by Peter Berg and stars Alexander Skarsgård, Taylor Kitsch, and Liam Neeson.

Filming took place in Hawaii and on USS Missouri. In the film, the crews of a small group of warships are forced to battle against a naval fleet of extraterrestrial origin in order to thwart their destructive goals.

A fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals.

24. Wild Card (2015)

Run time – 1h 32m
IMBD – 5.6/10
Available on – Netflix

Wild Card is a 2015 American action thriller film directed by Simon West and starring Jason Statham, Michael Angarano, and Stanley Tucci. The film is based on the 1985 novel Heat by William Goldman.

Nick Wild is a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal professional skills and a personal gambling problem. When a friend is beaten by a sadistic thug, Nick strikes back, only to find out the thug is the son of a powerful mob boss.

Suddenly Nick is plunged into the criminal underworld, chased by enforcers and wanted by the mob. Having raised the stakes, Nick has one last play to change his fortunes…and this time, it’s all or nothing.

25. The Next Three Days (2010)

Run time – 2h 13m
IMBD – 7.4/10
Available on – Netflix

The Next Three Days is a 2010 American thriller film written and directed by Paul Haggis and starring Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks. It is a remake of the 2008 French film Pour elle (Anything for Her) by Fred Cavayé and Guillaume Lemans.

Lara Brennan is arrested for murdering her boss with whom she had an argument. It seems she was seen leaving the scene of the crime and her fingerprints were on the murder weapon. Her husband, John would spend the next few years trying to get her released.

But there’s no evidence that negates the evidence against her. And when the strain of being separated from her family, especially her son, gets to her, John decides to break her out. So he does a lot of research to find a way.

26. Madras Cafe (2013)

Run time – 2h 10min
IMBD – 7.7/10
Available on – Netflix

Madras Cafe is a 2013 Indian Hindi-language political action thriller film directed by Shoojit Sircar and starring John Abraham, Nargis Fakhri. 

The film is set in the late 1980s and early 1990s, during the time of Indian intervention in the Sri Lankan civil war and assassination of former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

The film deals with an Indian Army special officer who is appointed by the intelligence agency R&AW to head covert operations in Jaffna shortly after Indian peace-keeping force was forced to withdraw.

27. Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Run time – 2h 12min
IMBD – 7.7/10
Available on – Netflix

Star Trek Into Darkness is a 2013 American science fiction action film directed by J. J. Abrams. It is the twelfth installment in the Star Trek film franchise. The film features Chris Pine reprising his role as Captain James T. Kirk, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller are also credited in the film’s principal cast.

After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction.

28. 16 Blocks (2006)

Run time – 1h 42min
IMBD – 6.6/10
Available on – Netflix

16 Blocks is a 2006 American action thriller film directed by Richard Donner and starring Bruce Willis, Mos Def, and David Morse. The film unfolds in the real time narration method.

Jack Mosley, a burnt-out detective, is assigned the unenviable task of transporting a fast-talking convict from jail to a courthouse 16 blocks away.

However, along the way he learns that the man is supposed to testify against Mosley’s colleagues, and the entire NYPD wants him dead. Mosley must choose between loyalty to his colleagues and protecting the witness, and never has such a short distance seemed so long…

29. Polar (2019)

Run time – 1h 58min
IMBD – 6.3/10
Available on – Netflix

Polar is a 2019 neo-noir action thriller film based on the 2012 webcomic of the same name. Directed by Jonas Åkerlund, the film stars Mads Mikkelsen, Vanessa Hudgens, and Matt Lucas.

It revolves around an aging assassin on the verge of retirement, who himself becomes targeted by his employer willing to cash in on his pension.

A retiring assassin suddenly finds himself on the receiving end of a hit, contracted by none other than his own employer seeking to cash in on the pensions of aging employees.

30. War of the Worlds (2005)

Run time – 1h 56min
IMBD – 6.5/10
Available on – Netflix

War of the Worlds is a 2005 American science fiction action filmdirected by Steven Spielberg  and jointly produced and released by Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures.
It stars Tom Cruise with Dakota Fanning, Justin Chatwin, Miranda Otto, and Tim Robbins in supporting roles. 

The film follows an American dock worker who is forced to look after his children, from whom he lives separately, as he struggles to protect them and reunite them with their mother when extraterrestrials invade the Earth and devastate cities with giant war machines.

As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival in this sci-fi action film.

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