25 finest motion motion pictures on Netflix, HBO, Hulu, and Amazon Prime (August 2020)

25 best action movies on Netflix, HBO, Hulu, and Amazon Prime (August 2020)

If you’re within the temper for some spine-tingling suspense, heart-stopping pleasure, and many punching, look no additional: These are the perfect motion motion pictures accessible on Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Amazon Prime, and different streaming companies.

From administrators who’ve constructed their careers on motion (James Cameron, Michael Bay, the Wachowski sisters) and blockbuster motion stars (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Charlize Theron, Tom Cruise) to extra eclectic voices like Edgar Wright, Gina Price-Bythewood, Spike Lee, and Guillermo del Toro, there’s one thing for everybody on this record. We’ve bought household pleasant choices (Spy Kids, Jurassic Park), motion pictures that aren’t for the squeamish (Mandy, Oldboy), and naturally, loads of franchise favorites (Avengers: Endgame, Fast Five, Mission Impossible: Fallout). If you’re within the temper for some pulse-pounding motion, learn on.

(Like all style, “action” is tough to outline. Fight scenes, special-effect-heavy set items, and/or good quaint explosions can tip the scales, however when all else fails we’re deferring to the classes that streaming companies use. In different phrases, for those who disagree with our categorization, take it up with Netflix.)


Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) faces off against the Xenomorph

Photo: 20th Century Fox

While Ridley Scott’s Alien is extra of a slow-burn haunted home film (in area), the James Cameron-directed sequel turns Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley right into a full-fledged motion hero as she returns to the location of her extraterrestrial encounter to exterminate the Xenomorphs for good.

Aliens is streaming on HBO Max.


Scott Adkins throws a punch in a prison yard in Avengement

Image: Samuel Goldwyn Films

We’d be remiss in placing collectively any form of motion film record collectively with out highlighting the pressure that’s Scott Adkins. Arguably the Robert de Niro of martial arts display craft, Adkins has by no means damaged via to the Hollywood mainstream, largely as a result of the Hollywood mainstream doesn’t make Scott Adkins autos anymore. Emphasizing the physicality of the stunts and lean motion sequences, his movies put all the burden on his shoulders — and he’s very happy to do the lifting. In Avengement (above), a furloughed prisoner makes use of his time on the surface to take revenge on the individuals who need to get punched within the face. In The Debt Collector, Adkins his a mob heavy who’s reconsidering the job (but in addition cracking skulls). Over the course of his profession, he’s taken over franchises from Jean-Claude Van Damme, redefined gun-fu on his personal phrases, and carved out his personal franchise with the Boyka boxing movies. He’s an icon, and value discovering. —Matt Patches

Avengement and lots of different Scott Adkins motion pictures are streaming on Netflix

Avengers: Endgame - Tony Stark looking at his helmet

Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Pictures

Marvel has churned out action-packed superhero motion pictures at a mind-numbing tempo since 2008’s Iron Man, to combined outcomes. Last yr’s conclusion of the Infinity Saga, nonetheless, epitomized what Marvel does finest. From our MCU film rating:

For all of the motion, the callbacks, and the conclusions, Endgame soars as a result of there are causes to like and care in regards to the characters of the MCU as soon as once more. Endgame rewards followers for sticking with the franchise for 10 years, even whereas reinventing them with new dramatic pulse. In the ultimate scenes, longtime saga screenwriters Chris Markus and Stephen McFeely satisfyingly wrapping up its core characters’ arcs and make room for the following chapter. The MCU in a nutshell.

Avengers: Endgame is streaming on Disney Plus.

Bad Boys

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in a screenshot from Bad Boys

Photo: Sony Pictures Releasing

There are loads of entries in Michael Bay and Will Smith’s respective filmographies that belong on this record, however Bay’s function movie debut starring Smith and Martin Lawrence as Miami narcotics detectives is our choose, as a quintessential ’90s action-comedy. Bay’s fondness for set items and explosions is on full show, and Smith and Lawrence have a comedic chemistry that’s simply electrical. The 2003 sequel, Bad Boys 2, quadruples down on the mayhem, and Bad Boys For Life, the “highly watchable” trilogy capper, was launched earlier this yr.

Bad Boys is streaming on Netflix.

Baahubali: The Beginning

Baahubali: The Beginning - prabhas as baahubali carrying a giant fountain

Image: Dharma Productions

In Western phrases, this Tollywood manufacturing, the costliest Indian movie on the time of its launch, is sort of a biblical epic by the use of Marvel Studios, with slightly Hamlet and Step Up thrown in for good measure. The Beginning chronicles the lifetime of Shivudu, an adventurer with superhuman power who escapes his provincial life by scaling a skyscraper-sized waterfall, aides and romances a insurgent warrior named Avanthika, then groups up together with her to rescue a kidnapped queen from an evil emperor. Exploding with hyper-choreographed combat sequences and CG spectacle (to not point out a handful of musical numbers with equal bravura), The Beginning is 159 minutes of legendary extra, going huge like solely Indian movie can, and resting on the muscular shoulders of its hero, the single-name actor Prabhas. If you fall arduous for it, get pumped — that is solely half one. The twist leads into Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, one other two-and-a-half-hour epic at the moment streaming on Netflix. —MP

Baahubali: The Beginning is streaming on Netflix.

a group of men kneeling together in Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods

Photo: Netflix

Spike Lee’s Netflix joint, starring Delroy Lindo as a Vietnam vet returning to the nation searching for a treasure cache, isn’t a conventional motion film. But Lee borrows sufficient from the style that we’re inclined to rely it. From Karen Han’s overview:

The plot of the movie is a typical journey story — a hunt for misplaced treasure that sees the previous troopers going up in opposition to Vietnamese mercenaries, and a tentative romance for David (Jonathan Majors), Paul’s son who tags alongside out of fear. But Lee makes use of it as groundwork for telling a way more complicated story.

Da 5 Bloods is streaming on Netflix.

heath ledger’s joker in the dark knight

Warner Bros. Pictures

Christopher Nolan’s tackle the caped crusader led to a decade of darkish and gritty superhero origin tales, making The Dark Knight some of the iconic motion film of the 2000s. It doesn’t damage that Heath Ledger’s efficiency because the Joker is nothing wanting mesmerizing, profitable him a posthumous Oscar.

The Dark Knight is streaming on HBO Max.

Die Hard

John McClane crawls through an air duct in a still from Die Hard

20th Century Fox

All of the debates about whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas film (I don’t care) are likely to overlook that it was a sleeper summer season hit. Die Hard cemented Bruce Willis, who was simply often known as the tacky man from Moonlighting, as an motion hero, and established a permanent motion film system. (And for those who’ve seen the traditional one too many occasions, then take a look at one among its finest copycats: Jean Claude Van Damme’s Sudden Death. It’s Die Hard in a hockey rink!)

Die Hard is streaming on HBO Max.

Fast Five

Agent Hobbs (Dwayne The Rock Johnson)

Photo: Universal Pictures

Easily the perfect movie within the Fast & Furious franchise, Justin Lin’s Fast Five launched Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s character, DSS Agent Luke Hobbs (and his unlucky goatee). Though he’s making an attempt to carry down Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian (Paul Walker) in Fast Five, Hobbs grew to become such an viewers favourite that he groups up with them within the following motion pictures, even getting his personal spinoff, Hobbs and Shaw. But each installment within the mega-franchise continues to try to one-up the financial institution vault sequence in Fast Five, and solely ever comes shut.

Fast Five is streaming on HBO Max.

Ip Man

Donnie Yen in Ip Man

Photo:Mandarin Films

Based on the lifetime of Bruce Lee’s martial arts instructor, the titular Ip Man, director Wilson Yip expertly balances (extremely fictionalized) biographical narrative with breathtaking Kung Fu motion. Donnie Yen portrays Ip-Man-as-folk-hero within the 2008 movie in addition to its three sequels, and Michelle Yeoh and Dave Bautista star in a 2018 spinoff, Master Z: Ip Man Legacy.

Ip Man is streaming on Netflix.

The Italian Job

michael caine in the italian job

Image: Paramount British Pictures

Fact, for individuals who could solely know him from supporting roles in Christopher Nolan motion pictures: Michael Caine was an motion star! The ‘60s and ‘70s had been suffering from beat-em-up roles for the British actor that had been all the time slightly grungier than the Bond motion pictures of the time. The most blockbustery of all of them is likely to be The Italian Job, a criminal offense image that matches Caine’s debonair type with quick vehicles and a swinging soundtrack. Mark Wahlberg would try and remake this gem within the 2000s, and whereas that they had the expertise to make it zoom like a Hollywood motion film, the unique has type. —MP

The Italian Job is streaming on Amazon Prime

John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum

John Wick walks in the rain in a still from John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum

Image: Lionsgate

In the unique 2014 John Wick movie, Reeves stars as a retired murderer hellbent on revenge in opposition to the gangsters who killed his pet. By 2019’s John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, he’s bought a $14 million bounty on his head. Directed by Keanu Reeves’ The Matrix stunt double, Chad Stahelski, the John Wick sequence is a setpiece wonk’s delight, chock filled with gorgeously choreographed combat scenes. Parabellum dials that motion as much as 11, with some gleefully over-the-top set items.

John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum is streaming on HBO Max.

Jurassic Park

jurassic park ending: the t-rex defeats the raptors in the jurassic park lobby as a “when the dinosaurs ruled the earth” banner falls from the ceiling

Image: Universal Pictures

The dinosaurs, the chase sequences, raptors within the kitchen, that animated DNA man … Steven Spielberg’s creature function continues to be a traditional. Last month, it even returned as the best grossing movie in America. And for those who wind up on a Spielberg excessive after returning to his Michael Crichton adaptation, think about leaping on to his Indiana Jones motion pictures, that are additionally on Netflix.

Jurassic Park is streaming on Netflix.


nicolas cage in mandy

Photo: RLJE Films

The first half of Mandy appears like a wholly completely different movie from the second half, so that you’ll be forgiven if halfway via the dreamy, quiet introduction you’re questioning why it’s on this record of motion motion pictures. Suffice it to say when issues pop off, they actually pop off. (Just a touch: Nicolas Cage fights demon bikers with chainsaws.)

Mandy is streaming on Shudder.

Mission Impossible: Fallout

mission impossible fallout - tom cruise on a helicopter

Photo: Paramount Pictures

More than 20 years later, Tom Cruise’s TV-rebooted spy franchise continues to be alive, kicking, and maybe most stunning, besting itself. The film stacks as much as the masterpieces on this record, and this snippet from our 2018 overview sums it up:

Mission: Impossible – Fallout shatters each bone within the physique, crashes plane in blazes of glory, smashes pristine porcelain sinks to jagged bits, singes Henry Cavill’s mustache hairs, rips French infrastructure in two and defies the legal guidelines of physics with the glee of the Jackass crew.

What the sixth installment of Tom Cruise’s stunt-heavy spy franchise doesn’t break are the principles: Executed by Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation writer-director Christopher McQuarrie, Fallout makes use of movie conventions, page-turner dialogue and precision motion to put in writing an IMAX-sized textbook on methods to have a hell of a very good time on the motion pictures. Past Mission: Impossible sequels have appeared to facets of the TV present and fashionable spy thrillers to search out methods to subvert expectations. McQuarrie adapts the sequence’ lit-fuse title treatment right into a two-hour film, and each second thrills.

Mission Impossible: Fallout is streaming on Hulu and Amazon Prime.

The Night Comes For Us

the night comes for us action scene


If you’ve seen Kill Bill (streaming on HBO Max) increase your scope of contemporary martial arts movies with this hyper-charged, bloody spectacle from Indonesian director Timo Tjahjanto. What if probably the most brutal rounds of Mortal Kombat had been delivered to life? The film solutions that query after which some. As we put it again in 2018:

I can’t emphasize this sufficient: At least 85% of The Night Comes For Us is simply individuals punching, stabbing, capturing, maiming, and in any other case killing one another. Tjahjanto, cinematographer Gunnar Nimpuno, motion coordinator Iko Uwais, and visible results artist Greg Dora ship a number of the most jaw-dropping motion scenes since John Wick: Chapter 2. “Bodies aren’t supposed to do that!” is the message of a lot of the set-pieces, as so many damaged bones burst via the pores and skin, chest get chopped, limbs get snapped, heads get smashed, sharp weapons slash via every kind of physique elements, and hundreds of bullets go out and in of our bodies in such astonishing violent and artistic ways in which the thoughts drifts to hours spent in biology class.

The Night Comes For Us is streaming on Netflix.


oldboy hammer scene

Magnolia Pictures

Director Park Chan-wook’s motion thriller is among the most iconic movies of Korean New Wave cinema. Based on a Japanese manga, it stars Choi Min-sik as a person kidnapped and remoted in a lodge room, the place he learns his spouse has been murdered. 15 years later, he wakes up outdoors and embarks on an intensely violent revenge journey that ends in a very devastating twist. Oldboy is just not for the squeamish, however Park brings such visceral and uncooked emotion to the desk that it’s arduous to look away.

Oldboy is streaming on Shudder.

The Old Guard

Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, and their team stand with their backs to a conspiracy string-board in The Old Guard.

Photo: Netflix

Charlize Theron stars because the chief of a band of centuries-old mercenaries in Netflix’s new motion film primarily based on Greg Rucka’s comedian e-book of the identical title. Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, The Old Guard appears like a breath of contemporary air in a style crowded by franchises. Theron has long-since confirmed herself to be an electrical, bodily performer, however relative newcomer Kili Layne (If Beale Street Could Talk) greater than holds her personal because the group’s new recruit. (The Old Guard can be unapologetically queer, stars a various forged, and goes far past Avengers: Endgame’s cringey “empowerment” second to place girls in cost with out it being a gimmick.)

The Old Guard is streaming on Netflix.

The Other Guys

Mark Wahlberg pulls Will Ferrell’s tie in a screengrab from The Other Guys

Photo: Columbia Pictures

Adam McKay’s buddy-cop parody starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg as NYPD pencil-pushers is actually hilarious, but it surely’s additionally bought explosions, automotive chases, and a nasty man murderer with a British accent. Therefore it’s an motion film.

The Other Guys is streaming on Netflix.

hector barbossa in the curse of the black pearl

Image: Walt Disney Pictures

We simply printed a treasure trove of tales about how a lot we love Pirates of the Caribbean, so clearly the film that kicked off the franchise deserves a spot on this record.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is streaming on Disney Plus.

Jackie Chan in a screencap from Police Story

Photo: Golden Harvest

Police Story is Jackie Chan’s finest work in the case of motion and stunts — and that’s in line with the person himself in his 1998 autobiography. Karen Han explains why the 2 Police Story movies are so good, writing:

The actor by no means lies to his viewers, partly as a result of he’s extra than simply the movies’ star. Chan is the center and mind of the Police Story movies, and the lengths he goes to as a way to impress and entertain lengthen past what we see on display; that he’s additionally charismatic, can flip between comedy and drama, and may pull off each stunt demanded of him, even when it could take just a few tries, makes him a rarity, and the Police Story movies the head of his profession.

Police Story is streaming on HBO Max and the Criterion Channel.

michael cera in scott pilgrim vs the world

Universal Pictures

Edgar Wright channels each comedian e-book and online game aesthetics in his adaptation of the Scott Pilgrim graphic novel sequence, with a dynamic, tongue-in-cheek type that reads as each recognizable and authentic. Michael Cera stars as Scott, who should defeat his dream lady Ramona Flowers’ (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) seven evil exes if he desires so far her. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World additionally stars many acquainted faces in smaller roles, like Chris Evans, Brie Larson, and Succession’s very personal slime pet, Kieran Culkin.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is streaming on Netflix.

Speed Racer

speed racer racing scene

Warner Bros. Pictures

The Matrix is actually the Wachowski’s most iconic motion film, however their Speed Racer adaptation is so wholly authentic and simply so dang enjoyable that we’d be remiss to not advocate it right here.

Speed Racer is streaming on HBO Max.

Troublemaker Studios

Robert Rodriguez has directed loads of glorious motion movies (El Mariachi, Machete, From Dusk Till Dawn) however his family-friendly Spy Kids continues to be my favourite. It’s shockingly good, starring Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara as siblings whose secret-agent dad and mom are kidnapped by a sadistic youngsters’ TV host (Alan Cumming). If the final time you noticed Spy Kids was in 2001, it’s price throwing on this weekend — it utterly holds up.

Spy Kids is streaming on Showtime.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Photo: TriStar Pictures

James Cameron’s The Terminator could have launched Arnold Schwarzenegger’s cyborg murderer, however I favor the 1991 sequel that sees a extra cuddly T-800 making an attempt to guard somewhat than destroy. Also he drives a semi via an L.A. drainage canal so.

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