What do you do to get the adrenaline rush? Maybe go for skiing or a bungee jump? A roller coaster ride? A long trip? Take a picture of your girl when she is not ready (if you don’t think this will get your adrenaline pumping, try this when she is already mad at you, and you don’t have a clue, why)? You are sure to lose an enormous amount of cash on these things and well you may as well forget the relation on the later one!
If you don’t want to be robbed off your pocket and relationship maybe, then you can just log in to your Netflix account and watch some good action Netflix movies. If you get images of wild gun encounters, apparently impossible car hunts, puffed biceps, and a very simple storyline, then it’s high time you watch some good action movies with plenty of pyrotechnics and superb emotional punch within the gripping storyline. This genre is much more nuanced in every aspect as the movies in this list of must-watch Action Movies on Netflix illustrate. Ready with your popcorns?
Firstly, check out our list of Good Action Movies on Netflix that you should not miss.
10 Best Action Movies on Netflix You Must Watch
Lethal Weapon brings us the mother of all best-buddies cop pairings in an exemplary character of Riggs and Murtaugh. This legendary pair of Mel Gibson and Danny Glover ruled the theaters with this four-movie franchise. But it was the first one that is said to have set a standard for the entire genre. Both the characters hated working in pairs, but later rule out their difference to stop a group of drug smugglers, not entirely unfamiliar, eh? Lethal Weapon is surely a trend-setter. Though there was cop partnership filmed before, not quite like in here. This movie became the prototype and set the stage so that all other movies could be judged.
The pace of the film never slows during the entire period, the jokes are perfectly timed, and the stunts are shown never disappoint – exactly what an action movie freak dreams of in the movies he watches.
Finally, it was the moment when the relatively excellent but never truly regarded Donnie Yen rose to his own with Ip Man in 2008, where he plays the character of the legendary grandmaster himself in a loosely biographical version. Ip Man was the master of Wing Chung, a martial art technique and taught some future martial arts legends, Bruce Lee being one of them.
This film dates back to 1930s in Foshan, a city which is famous for its martial arts in the southern/central China, where the modest master of Wing Chun tries to oppose the Japanese invasion and capture of China peacefully. However, he was eventually forced into heroic action by the Japanese martial arts trainers and other officials. What follows is a crazy, face-pulverizing, and limb-breaking action. This film is a historical one which succeeded gloriously both as a cinema and as a martial arts fan-lure.
It’s another very good action movie on Netflix. The rise and fall of Brian De Palma’s Scarface resonate with the performance of Al Pacino – sometimes aggressive, sometimes over the top, teeth-gnashing, and scenery chewing. While most people find it brilliant, there are some who find this movie unforgivably flamboyant. And to most of the detractors’ hopes who prayed for Pacino’s role to be internal and a realistic low key; the Tony Montana of this movie is above all, a performance character, a man who existed gloriously just to be himself. And you know what? Al Pacino does wonder with his role (maybe no surprises here).
From the opening to the closing shots, Montana (and eventually Pacino) drives to impress his personality and impose his wills on others. He starts his journey with no weapons, no resources, except for his charisma of faking other powerful men by merely seeming resourceful and dangerous. This character of bluff needed no-nonsense play and who other than Al Pacino for the role. Montana is a character who has inspired and shaped personal styles for countless other people. And according to Jay Robert Nash, a crime expert, early Hollywood crime films influenced American gangsters to talk and behave, then well the preceding sentence bears no flaw. Scarface has been too often borrowed into other situations and the plot that it is tough to understand how original the movie was back when it was released for the first time, the time when Latin actors were rare, when sequences of the final gun battle were not a cliché and when cocaine was not a commonplace. Unlike most gangster movies that are more focused on action than personality, Scarface is the film which is willing to take the flaws and evils in a man and still allow him to be a human.
Scarface is a cult classic with, maybe, one of the most famous echoes from any of the gangster movies – “Say hello to my little friend.” If you are from the early 90s and even younger, then you might never know how original the movies were in the past if you don’t watch Scarface. Now either do watch the film or pretend to have watched it.
V for Vendetta
V for Vendetta, written by Wachowski brothers and based on Alan Moore comic for DC, is not just a typical action movie. V for Vendetta not only has the ambition to excite but also to inspire its viewers. In a draconian future, a masked man V who is mysteriously full of vengeance, speaks about liberty and integrity. The idea he presents are vague, but the plans he makes are very specific – they involve dynamite explosion. Unlike other rebellious movies which have no convincing conclusion, V for Vendetta stands out – it has a finite purity of spirit.
V is always seen wearing a mask, and neither he nor the film-makers show what’s behind the mask. And this is a decision everyone should respect because the mask is just an anonymous representation of the fury of ordinary people who have grown frustrated with the political or social failure. Natalie Portman stars as Evey Hammond who is a critical image of humanity in V played by Hugo Weaving. Even though the ideas presented in the movie are muddled, the movie is quite a thrill to watch. Remember, remember! The fifth of November.
Full Metal Jacket
Stanley Kubrick, more than any other American director, pays little focus to the on-going fashion, keeping to his ways to create fantastic visions that, in one way or another, are the displaced extensions of the society we know but don’t want to recognize. Full Metal Jacket is a beautiful but harrowing eccentric view about Vietnam eccentrically that will puzzle, anger and fascinate viewers. Whenever you think that you can now relax with the storyline, some insane image or event will wave around to position itself in mind and interrupts the emotions – this movie plots series of exploding boomerangs.
The film imparts quite an astonishing thought: The only thing worse than a disorder in the universe is not to recognize it. Virtually the order of the movie is the disorder, where the central character, Private Joker played by Matthew Modine, the narrator of the story, wears a symbol of peace on his battle fatigues and the slogan “Born to Kill” on his helmet.
We can find disorder in the structure of the movie itself, as Full Metal Jacket can be divided into two facets. On first look, these parts may seem so different to each other tone wise, and we may even get the feeling that these two parts have been made by two different directors, two distinct camera operators covering two separate screenplays; only the actors being the same. Full Metal Jacket not only provided an apex to Modine’s career, but it also builds its situation for being one of the best war movies to have been ever made.
You can say that Quentin Tarantino believes, with full confidence, in what he is doing and this character is the best as well as the worst thing about Tarantino. Sometimes his belief will disorganize the plot and ultimately the film as in Death Proof, but in most cases, has produced wonders like Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds. Django Unchained lies somewhere in the middle; however, it is his most ambitious one, and that means quite a lot for a director of his stature.
This movie highlights his style of mixing violence and humor, where the main protagonist, Django (Jamie Foxx) is unchained by a dentist cum bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) so that Django could help him track down the three outlaw brothers. In addition to the freedom of Django himself, he is assured of the freedom of his wife from a plantation owner Calvin Candice (Leonardo DiCaprio). While all of them played their characters beautifully, DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson (as Stephen, the head slave of Calvin) stood out on their performance. This movie is successful in paying homage to the spaghetti western inspiration and disorganizing the source content with sharp performances, poignant brutality, as well as fascinating characters.
Braveheart is a 1995 classic in which Ben Gibson, the director himself plays the role of a Scotsman, William Wallace who leads the revolt against the ruling British governance during the 13th century, but mind it, Gibson is only filming the myth here and not the history. Braveheart is a full-throated, cold-blooded heroic tale of the legendary Scot, and contains scenes surely not for the faint hearts. It is an aspiring movie, beautifully portraying simple sentiments like love, treachery, and patriotism, but avoids being the travelogue tale of a legend which only a few historical adventures could manage to do. The location on the film looks wet, green, vast, rugged, and muddy and perfectly fits the plot.
As his body was laid on the rack, Wallace dying whimper was “freedom,” which is not based on the fact exactly because this “freedom” (relating to personal liberty, in the movie) was not much an important concept around 1300. But it didn’t stop Gibson from using this as the last cry, and boy this helped! Because it aids to the grand sweep of the Braveheart, a swordplay vintage in Hollywood. The battle scenes from the film, which are quite frequent and violent, are going to be forever remembered by the viewers because it does a brilliant job of assembling men and horses in the war scene of large scale and is technically a top fit.
And for those who are still not motivated to watch this movie, there is a fact about the film that must be shared – Braveheart was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won in 5 of them. So, all the best to get involved in the picturesque placidity and obsequious ferocity of 13th century Scotland.
If you are surprised to see Quentin Tarantino for the second time in this list, hold yourself back because there is more to come!
Reservoir Dogs, a Tarantino movie is a cinematic triumph, and only few will argue if we say this movie well may be the most successful independent one to have ever been produced. The credit of introducing Tarantino’s style of brutal storytelling must be given to this movie, no matter how controversial this style may seem. Reservoir Dogs is a densely-packed story of six thieves who have been assembled to pull off the perfect diamond robbery, and the heightening tensions and paranoia, the imploding questions to each other’s guilt as things deviate from their plan.
The movie is stuffed with mercurial dialogues and references of the then pop-cultures, Reservoir Dogs is an infinitely watchable performance. Mr. Blonde, Mr. Brown, Mr. Blue, Mr. Pink, Mr. Orange, and Mr. White are still the most widely searched and loved criminals of a “famous diamond heist.” Sharp dialogues, Tarantino’s trademark of non-linear storytelling, vicious violence and off course some notable soundtracks – here it goes, Reservoir Dogs for you streaming on the Netflix.
Ridley Scott’s Gladiator won five Oscars, and there is no reason to why it should have never won all these along with other numerous awards. The movie has a visually stunning and emotionally draining depiction of Maximus Decimus Meridius on his quest to revenge his loved ones. The story begins with the murder of Marcus Aurelius by his son Commodus, and on this quest of gaining the supreme power, he also had to kill Maximus. But with the successful escape of Maximus, Commodus ends up killing his wife and son – gutted and wounded, he is picked for slavery and chosen to fight as the gladiator, giving rise to an ultimate story of revenge.
Ridley Scott, a man of visual panache, makes everything in this movie utterly glorious and presents the events on a candidly grand canvas of strained light and vintage landscapes. Equally good is the cinematography, which depicts the flesh-tearing and bone-crushing horrors of the clash and the Royal immorality of second-century Rome in an unusual manner. What adds to the greatness of this movie? Russell Crowe in the lead role with his career-best performance.
Four words for you – Are You Not Entertained?!
We have already hinted that more of Tarantino is coming, and with Pulp Fiction, here he comes again with a bang – greatest Tarantino accomplishment to date. Tarantino doesn’t care if he tears up the plot, as long as the audiences are enjoying – Pulp Fiction is a comedy about guts, blood, strange sex, drugs, violence, fixed fights, leather freaks, dead body disposal, and a wristwatch that can make a dark trip through generations. The movie is a nonlinearly constrained in such a way that you will not be able to recall what is coming next even if you have watched the film a dozen times. It intertwines four stories of brutality and vindication through the lives of two hit men, a gangster’s wife, a boxer, and a pair of diner muggers.
Pulp Fiction, the King Kong of crime movies, is fiercely amusing without a trace of observation, smugness, or political correctness in it’s 154 delightfully brilliant minutes. Very few Netflix movies have been able to capture such an affluent of a linked crime community through its playful plot structure. This masterly written and profoundly cool movie would make the top spot for most quotable crime movies for a long time to come. Tarantino, you genius!!
We presented you the list of top 10 action movies to watch on Netflix. If you think we have missed out your favorite movie in this list, please feel free to mention the film in the comment section. Before that, check whether we listed your best choices into Best of Netflix category. Enjoy Netflix!