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Ten Of The Best Action Movies To Watch On Netflix

Ten Of The Best Action Movies To Watch On Netflix

Some of the best action movies are available to stream on Netflix mainly because the streamer has always prioritized the acquisition of action films.

The spectacle of fistfights and explosions crosses the language barrier and appeals to movie audiences all over the world. 

While box office duds like The Nice Guys might develop a cult following in the streaming industry, an Indonesian action film like The Raid can find a worldwide audience on Netflix.

Since it began creating and releasing its programming, Netflix has exposed a larger audience to action-packed underrated movies like RRR and The Night Comes for Us

Fan favourites like Christopher Nolan's mind-bending epic Inception and the James Bond adventure Skyfall are also accessible for a timely rewatch thanks to the streamer's large catalogue of movie content. 

There are a variety of exhilarating action films available to view on Netflix, including original productions like Triple Frontier and The Harder They Fall as well as thrilling licensed successes like Heat and Bad Boys II.

Below are ten of the best action movies you could stream/watch on Netflix. 

1. The Night Comes For Us (2008)

Directed by Timo Tjahjanto, this is one of the most wonderfully brutal action films ever filmed. 

Joe Taslim plays Ito, a mafia enforcer who betrays his employer to save a little girl from a mafia-led bloodbath. 

When every goon from the Six Seas Triad and every dishonest officer on its payroll come after the girl, Ito and his buddies band together to protect her. 

There is no boundary that The Night Comes for Us will not cross as it seeks to keep spectators on the edge of their seats for two exhilarating hours.

2. The Raid (2011)

In the movie The Raid, Iko Uwais commands a skilled team into a building owned by a prominent drug lord. 

The film's 101-minute running length is filled with non-stop action because of its brilliantly straightforward premise. 

The breathtaking fight scenes, pulled off spectacularly by a cast of actors who double as stuntmen, are credited with bringing the Indonesian martial art of pencak silat into mainstream cinema. 

The Raid is the writer-director of Gareth Evans' breakthrough film.

Its constant on-screen violence keeps viewers from having a chance to catch their breath.

3. Skyfall (2022)

Skyfall is the ideal intersection of Casino Royale's brutal realism with the joyously far-fetched franchise traditions of the Sean Connery and Roger Moore eras. 

It reintroduced Q and his numerous famous James Bond gadgets while still preserving a real-world edge with horrific terrorist attack sequences and very personal stakes. 

The confrontation with the villain and his henchmen takes the form of a Straw Dogs-style home invasion in the Scottish countryside.


4. Bad Boys II (2003)

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, Michael Bay's ideally matched "buddy cop" combination, regrouped for a larger, bolder, and superior sequel in Bad Boys II

Detective Lieutenants Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett look into the importation of illicit drugs into Miami this time, and their investigation leads to the most exciting adventure of their life. 

With the sequel, Bay had far greater budget and creative control, and he exploited those advantages to jam-pack the film with high-octane action set pieces, each one more lavish and adorably outrageous than the previous.

By itself, Bad Boys II established the meaning of "Bayhem."


5. The Harder They Fall (2021)

Throughout the decades that the Western genre has existed, its films have primarily featured white actors. 

Black cowboys accounted for around 25% of all cowboys in the American West, according to Smithsonian Magazine. 

The Harder They Fall, on the other hand, finally puts those underrepresented cowboys in the forefront. 

The Harder They Fall cast features Idris Elba, Regina King, and LaKeith Stanfield, all of whom play characters based on actual individuals. 

Eye-popping cinematography, imaginative action sequences, and a delightfully anachronistic musical score written by director Jeymes Samuel bring the movie to life.

6. Inception (2010)

In his science fiction blockbuster Inception, Christopher Nolan applied his talent for visually beautiful action filming. 

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a thief who steals ideas from people’s dreams, Inception is a heist thriller whose action scenes are bolstered by limitless dream logic. 

The action scenes in Inception are genuinely breathtaking, with a railway barreling down a crowded street, a brutal brawl in a turning hallway, and a metropolis that collapses in on itself. 

In addition to its action, Inception also explores challenging concepts related to cognition and meaning-making.


7. RRR (2022)

One of the biggest surprise hits of 2022, S.S. Rajamouli’s RRR revolves around fictionalized versions of the Indian revolutionaries, Alluri Sitarama Raju (Ram Charan) and Komaram Bheem (N.T. Rama Rao, Jr.), and their battle against the British Raj. 

The film has mind-blowing set-pieces, such as the hand-to-hand combat with a bloodthirsty tiger and a brutal fight between one man and a hundreds-strong crowd. 

RRR is just over three hours long, but it doesn’t feel like it. 

There’s so much bombastic action in this movie, not a second of its 182 minutes is wasted.

8. Heat (1995)

In Michael Mann's L.A. noir thriller Heat, which is currently available on Netflix, a devoted LAPD lieutenant is on the prowl for an infamous bank robber. 

After appearing in distinct plot timelines in The Godfather Part II, it was their first time acting together as a duo. 

Pacino plays the cop, while De Niro portrays the thief who breaks his laws out of love. 

The Marines use Heat's shooting scene as an example of impeccable form under fire during their weapons training because it is so breathtakingly realistic. 

Mann’s gritty, deeply immersive action scenes have inspired everything from The Dark Knight to Grand Theft Auto V


9. The Nice Guys (2016)

Shane Black, the creator of Lethal Weapon, gathered together another legendary "buddy cop" combo in The Nice Guys

Set in 1977 in Los Angeles, it stars Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as a duo of private investigators whose newest case leads them into the adult film industry. 

The Nice Guys, like all of Black's prior films, strikes the ideal combination of explosive action sequences and quick humorous banter between its stars. 

Despite its initial box office failure, The Nice Guys has rapidly become a treasured cult classic.


10. Triple Frontier (2019)

In Triple Frontier, a group of Delta Force troops come together to rob a South American criminal lord. 

When they overfill their chopper with the score, the team becomes stuck in the forest and is forced to hike their stolen money across a difficult area. 

Starring Oscar Isaac, Ben Affleck, and Pedro Pascal, is a modern, action-packed take on the classic themes of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

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