(List updated: July 20, 2020)
If you like your action movies, have we got a list for you!
We’ve combed through Netflix (Australia) and found 10 action films – with various sub-genres (sci-fi, thriller, etc) – to provide a bit of an adrenaline rush. We’ve also included trailers and, importantly, each link to where you can see it on Netflix!
Sit up, clench your fists, grit those teeth, and enjoy. And if you’ve seen ’em all, perhaps some need a rewatch?
The Night Comes for Us (2018) – WATCH ON NETFLIX
Arguably the gnarliest action film on this list may be this 2018 bloodfest starring not one, but two actors from The Raid: Iko Uwais and Joe Taslim. While Uwais was the hero in Raid 1 and 2, he’s the bad guy in this tale of a gangland enforcer (Taslim) caught amidst a treacherous and violent insurrection within his Triad crime family upon his return home from a stint abroad. It’s… violent, to say the least, showing off a plethora of snapped bones, sliced skin and bullet-riddled bodies. Those keen will be treated to outstanding action choreography and two action leads putting in their absolute exhausting all. You can check out what we had to say about this one in our complete review right HERE.
John Wick 3: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019) – WATCH ON NETFLIX
I supposed I could have just put John Wick 1, 2 and 3 and easily covered three spots in this list. Let’s settle on Chapter 3 for this particular entry, due to the fact that it’s likely the most ambitious. It holds a seriously astonishing amount of action, with incredibly choreographed gunplay and combat that just escalates and escalates. Exhausting stuff, and admirably so. Plot-wise, it’s certainly beneficial to have seen the first two, but if you’re in it for the action sequences and to see Keanu freakin’ Reeves doing his thing, hit this one up.
Executive Decision (1996) – WATCH ON NETFLIX
An old-school actioner with Kurt Russell, Steven Seagal and Halle Berry. If you have somehow have missed this one over the years, you really should add it to – and then tick it off – your list. Terrorists seize control of an airliner, leading an intelligence analyst to, naturally, accompany a commando unit for a midair boarding operation. It’s a very fun action movie, nicely working with tension while scattering progressively bigger explosive moments. It plays with conventions, too, throwing in a few moments (one in particular comes to mind) that will catch you off guard. This was the first of only three films directed by Oscar-nominated editor Stuart Baird (Skyfall, Casino Royale); he followed it up with U.S. Marshals and Star Trek: Nemesis.
Avengement (2019) – WATCH ON NETFLIX
If you’re an action aficionado and haven’t seen films starring British badass Scott Adkins, you’ve got some homework to do. Don’t get me wrong, they’re of varying quality, ranging from impressive fun to cringy direct-to-video fare, but here’s one that’s up towards the top of his output. Avengement has Adkins playing Cain, who heads to prison for a number of years – and has one hell of a bad run in there. When he finds out why the f**k (sorry, but you’ll probably be dropping cuss words like crazy after this one) he was really in there and forced to endure so much sh*t, he comes out, and certain people have to pay. It’s a simple little action film done very well. Adkins is on fire, the punch-ups are wince-inducing, and there’s a Tarantino-esque slickness to it all that makes it all the more fun.
Extraction (2020) – WATCH ON NETFLIX
Netflix’s most-viewed original film (although The Old Guard has it in its sights), this Chris Hemsworth-starring flick is a must-see for those that want their action bloody and relentless. It has a pretty simple plot – an Aussie mercenary badass has to save a boy from baddies in Bangladesh – but it’s just the right sandpit for plenty of high-energy mayhem. It also has a doozy of a oner (a sequence made to look like one take), incorporating a hand-to-hand knife fight, a car chase and more in a stand-out sequence that runs at over 12 minutes in length. Among the action pedigree behind the scenes: it’s written by Joe Russo (one half of Marvel movies directors the Russo brothers) and directed by stunt coordinator Sam Hargrave, who put his stunt experience to gutsy use during that oner.
Baby Driver (2017) – WATCH ON NETFLIX
It’s been a deadly serious list of films so far, so let’s add something a little lighter into the mix. Baby Driver, the fifth film from filmmaker Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), is a damn good time. Ansel Elgort stars as a young getaway driver who finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail. The character has the hearing condition tinnitus and finds catharsis in music, so it’s only right that Wright use an eclectic mixtape of tracks to drive the film itself. A great cast (Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Jon Bernthal), an amazing use of editing, and some pretty awesome vehicular stunt work. Yep, so much fun.
Olympus Has Fallen (2013) – WATCH ON NETFLIX
Easily the best of Gerard Butler’s ‘Has Fallen‘ movies has to be the one that kicked it off. Olympus Has Fallen finds Butler playing a Disgraced Secret Service agent who, wouldn’t you know it, gets inadvertently trapped inside the White House during a terrorist attack and the kidnapping of the U.S. President (Aaron Eckhart). Hell yeah! ‘Murica-vs-everybody action unfolds in this violent, highly entertaining and proudly old-school actioner, which is much better than that other save-the-President film released the same year: White House Down, starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx.
The Old Guard (2020) – WATCH ON NETFLIX
Netflix’s film of the moment is a damn good action-fantasy. The Charlize Theron-starrer follows a group of immortal warriors – and it impressively offers up a substantial amount of drama and character development than that quick logline would suggest. It’s also a great franchise-starter, so get on it before the sequels begin arriving. Our review can be found HERE.
Wheelman (2017) – WATCH ON NETFLIX
At a lean 82 minutes, this Netflix Original film is set mostly within our titular anti-hero’s car and takes place in mostly real time. Frank Grillo is great as a getaway driver who realizes he has been double crossed following a heist and races to find out who betrayed him. It’s a real bad night for him; Buy Clomid no prescription a damn thrilling one for us. With its short runtime, excellent script and oh-so intense performance from Grillo, there’s really no reason you aren’t lining up this action-thriller on your list right now. You can find our review of the film HERE.
Snowpiercer (2013) – WATCH ON NETFLIX
We’ll wrap up with a bit more for a thinking action film with enthralling, heavily allegorical sci-fi action-drama Snowpiercer. From Bong Joon Ho, the master South Korean filmmaker who recently raked in Oscars with his highly lauded Parasite, comes a potent adaptation of a French graphic novel envisioning a future where global warming has left our Earth uninhabitable. The Snowpiercer, a train operating on a globe-spanning track, carries the last remnants of humanity. Of course, humans being humans, there’s a troubling class system and it’s only a matter of time before the lower-class passengers in the tail section hold a revolt against the elite at the front. Buy Flomax no prescription Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton are among the big names here. Actually, if you’re keen to keep the social class warfare allegory going, you could follow this one up with the buzzed-about Spanish Netflix film The Platform (our review of that one is HERE).