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 and 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 which 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 15 best action movies on Netflix.
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.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse
This 2018 animated Spider-Man film is both action-packed and award-winning. It snagged the Best Animated Feature win at both the 91st Academy Awards and the 76th Golden Globe Awards.
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.
Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Star Wars' 2017 installment was the highest-grossing film that year worldwide. Its star-studded cast—Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, and Daisy Ridley—will keep you at the edge of your seat.
A Most Violent Year
The title of 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.
V for Vendetta
This 2005 flick starring Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving takes place in a futuristic Great Britain, where a fascist government must be overturned.
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.
The Bank Job
As the name implies, this 2008 thriller is about a London bank robbery that leads to the discovery of not only cash in the vault but also secrets from the London mob to the royal family.
April and the Extraordinary World
When April’s family mysteriously disappears, she feels it is her duty to not only continue their work but also to find and rescue them. Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard lends a voice to this whimsical French-language animated film.
A monster attack. In New York City. What more could you want? This 2008 flick is the first installment in the Cloverfield franchise. Watch10 Cloverfield Lane and The Cloverfield Paradox to follow.
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.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
This Chinese martial arts film has a noteworthily high Rotten Tomatoes score—97 percent—and has won a bucketload of awards. It follows a woman in ancient China seeking adventure rather than her arranged marriage.
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 is the third film in the character’s isolated series, though Thor does appear in the Avengers series as well.
Before you get confused: This is the higher-rated 2004 version of Hellboy, not the 2019 film of the same name. It follows the story of a demon—Hellboy—put on Earth by the Nazis to cause terror.