The Best Action Movies on Netflix Will Have You on the Edge of Your Seat

Updated 05/05/19


We would like to reclaim the term “Netflix and chill” to once again refer to watching movies. It may cause some confusion on Tinder, but that’s a risk we’re willing to take. After all, movie nights make the perfect date night, especially when you’re watching a flick that both you and your partner can enjoy.

The theater experience can be nice when you want to see something on the big screen, but it can also be a headache, from the overpriced ticket and snacks to the journey to the cineplex to the sticky floors and seats. Save yourself the hassle by cuddling up on the couch with popcorn and candy. It’s cheaper, private, and you can even pause for the bathroom.

One of the best genres to watch at home is an edge-of-your-seat adventure. They can fill the senses with striking visual effects and bombastic scores. Many films blur genres; action movies have plenty of overlap with sci-fi and horror. The best ones also include some romance to pull at the heartstrings and some one-liners to keep audiences laughing. Superhero movies can check all the boxes, but other titles may surprise you. Browse our roundup of the 17 best action movies on Netflix for you to enjoy with your partner or the entire family.

Best Action Movies on Netflix — Black Panther
Marvel Studios

Black Panther

The long-awaited voyage to Wakanda finally debuted in early 2018 to critical and commercial acclaim. Black Panther has all the thrills we expect from a comic book movie and performances from Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan to match. With a soundtrack curated by Kendrick Lamar, you can’t go wrong.

Best Action Movies on Netflix — No Country For Old Men

No Country for Old Men

The Coen brothers are masters of the dark dramedy, and No Country For Old Men might be their best work. Javier Bardem portrays one of the scariest villains the Coens ever wrote, and his performance earned him an Academy Award.

Best Action Movies on Netflix — Scarface
Universal Pictures


Even if you’ve not seen this nearly three-hour epic, you’ve definitely heard of it in pop culture, whether referenced on TV or in hip-hop. Scarface is a cult classic and stars Al Pacino, supported by Michelle Pfeiffer and Steven Bauer.

Best Action Movies on Netflix — Asoka
Wonder Films


While this action flick is well-known in its native country of India, few Americans appreciate it. Now is your chance to expand your horizons and enjoy the intense action, drama, and romance of a Bollywood film with Asoka.

Best Action Movies on Netflix — Moana


Moana, the Pixar musical starring The Rock, is just one of many culturally sensitive, action-packed children’s adventures. Kids and adults alike will learn about Polynesian culture, all while singing along to certified bops written by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Best Action Movies on Netflix — A Most Violent Year
FilmNation Entertainment

A Most Violent Year

The title on this feature doesn’t lie, though much of the stress of the film comes from the threat of violence rather than its overt appearance. That said, A Most Violent Year is an intense story where the action doesn’t stagnate for too long.

Best Action Movies on Netflix — The Golden Compass
New Line Cinema

The Golden Compass

This young adult fantasy is based in an alternate universe. The plot of The Golden Compass may be too complex for young viewers, as it touches on ideas of consciousness and self-determination, but is still an enjoyable, cerebral watch. It could also be a great companion feature to The Giver.

Best Action Movies on Netflix — The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Touchstone Pictures

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Calling The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy an action movie may be a stretch given its comedy value, but plenty of wild adventures ensue with a wacky bunch of protagonists. This cult favorite was adapted from a BBC Radio program and features an all-star British cast, including Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy, Helen Mirren, and Alan Rickman.

Best Action Movies on Netflix — The African Queen
Horizon Pictures

The African Queen

If you’re looking for a swampy adventure, look no further than this Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn picture. The African Queen refers, of course, to the boat that their characters travel on through rivers of its namesake continent, and plenty of drama leads them into dangerous waters.

Best Action Movies on Netflix — April and the Extraordinary World

April and the Extraordinary World

When April’s family mysteriously disappears, she feels it is her duty to not only continue their work but find and rescue them. Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard lends a voice to this whimsical French-language animated film April and the Extraordinary World.

Best Action Movies on Netflix — Train to Busan
Next Entertainment World

Train to Busan

You may not be familiar with this Korean flick, but Train to Busan should be on your radar. This big-budget picture moves quickly, following a father and son trying to escape the impending zombie apocalypse.

Best Action Movies on Netflix — Thor: Ragnarok
Marvel Studios

Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok could be the most fun of all of the films helmed by Chris Hemsworth and certainly stands as one of the best Marvel movies out today. This iteration of Thor was the third film in the character’s isolated series, though Thor does appear in the Avengers series as well.

Best Action Movies on Netflix — Jurassic Park
Amblin Entertainment

Jurassic Park

While the new Jurassic World trilogy is a worthy reboot/sequel, there’s no beating the ingenuity of the original, starring Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern. Much of Jurassic Park’s success can be attributed to its director, Steven Spielberg.

Best Action Movies on Netflix — The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
New Line Cinema

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Big-budget sci-fi adaptations don’t normally earn the accolades of the Academy of Motion Pictures, but the Lord of the Rings trilogy is highly lauded. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (the first installment) earned four Oscars and its third sequel, Return of the King, earned Best Picture.

Best Action Movies on Netflix — Kill Bill: Vol. 1
A Band Apart

Kill Bill: Vol. 1

There a few Tarantino titles to choose from on Netflix, but our selection was the female-led Kill Bill. Both volumes are up, and you cannot see one without the other. Get ready for impressively orchestrated combat and heaping amounts of vengeance.

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