Welcome to the first top 50 Action Movies on Netflix for November 2017. Here we’ll pick the best movies set to get your heart-pounding with explosions, fighting and well… action. We’ve included the very best that the Netflix US has to offer, so hold on tight.
Here’s our definitive list of the Top 50 Action Movies on Netflix.
50. Judge Dredd (1995)
Directed by Danny Cannon
Judge Dredd first appeared in a British comic in 1977 and was immediately very popular with comic book fans. Dredd is a well known ‘Street Judge’ that patrols Mega-city One (formerly New York City) and is tasked with being the Judge, Jury, and Executioner of any violent low-life criminals he comes across in this dystopian world.
The 1995 film starred Sylvester Stallone as the ruthless Judge, who is framed and convicted for a crime he did not commit. The film was criticized for not following the comics close enough, but for a classic action film, you can’t go too wrong with this title.
49. Alien Arrival (Arrowhead) (2016)
Directed by Jesse O’Brien
Also known as ‘Arrowhead’ this Sci-Fi action is based around an interstellar survivalist. After being sent on his last mission in order to redeem himself, he becomes stranded on a seemingly deserted moon. What he finds on this moon will change his outlook on the universe forever. If you enjoy low-budget sci-fi movies with interesting concepts, defiantly dedicate some time to this.
48. King Arthur (2004)
Directed by Antoine Fuqua
This 2004 film is an adaptation of the story of King Arthur and the knights of the roundtable. Arthur is a Sarmatia that was recruited to the Roman army due to his and his fellow Sarmatia’s impressive fighting skills. This version of King Arthur is as close to his suggested real historic context as possible. The Roman Empire is collapsing, but before they pull out of Britain all together Arthur and his Knights must complete one more task.
47. The African Queen (1951)
Directed by John Huston
This 1951 film is set in 1914 just after the First World war breaks out. Two British Christian missionaries, Reverend Samuel and Miss Rose Layer who are living in Africa at the time, rely on an old riverboat called the ‘African Queen’ but after a German raid on their town, Samuel passes away and the owner of the boat ‘Charlie Allnut’ has to help Miss Rose escape before the Germans return, they even turn to the task of destroying a German gunboat. This is a classic Action, Adventure that can still be enjoyed today.
46. Valhalla Rising (2009)
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
Valhalla Rising is an Action, Adventure starring Mads Mikkelsen as a one-eyed mute with incredible fighting skills. The year is 1000 AD and along with a slave boy, the protagonist is being held prisoner by a Norse chief. They attempt a daring escape in a search to truly find themselves. The movie is not just a bloody flick about Vikings, but instead a harrowing tale about humanity and does a great job at telling an in-depth story with minimal dialogue.
45. Johnny English: Reborn (2011)
Directed by Oliver Parker
Rowan Atkins is back as one of our favourite spoof spy after a significant security disaster that resulted in his knighthood being revoked. Eight years later Johnny is nearing the end of his training with Tibetan monks when Mi7 calls him back in to help uncover an assassination plot. But Johnny finds much more, including a secret agency that he has to find and stop. This is the first modern comedy/action film on this list (and not the last) so it’s much more family friendly that some of the pure action movies on this list.
44. Seeking Justice (2011)
Directed by Roger Donaldson
Nicolas Cage plays Will Gerard, an average high school teacher. After his wife is assaulted and put into the hospital, a mysterious stranger tells Will that they can ‘deal’ with the criminal, but only if Will agrees to carry out a favor in the future. Six months later, they ask just that of him. Trying to escape will bring the whole force of this secret organization down on him.
43. Silver Streak (1976)
Directed by Arthur Hiller
A 70’s comedy/action staring Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor that takes place on a long-distance train journey full of twists and turns (literally). Gene plays a book editor who thinks he witnesses a man being thrown off the train he was riding. But because the bumbling food runs around trying to get someone to believe his story he ends up putting the killer on his tracks. If you love Wilder’s old spoof movies than you will be pleased to hear that you can now stream Silver Streak on Netflix
42. Standoff (2015)
Directed by Adam Alleca
After a 12-year old witness’s and photographs an assassination carried out by a brutal assassin (Laurence Fishburne). She flees to the house of a military veteran with the killer close on her tail. Now the troubled veteran must redeem himself by protecting the girl in a stalemate situation between the two men. But which one of them will give in first in this psychological and physical battle?
41. Jane Got a Gun (2016)
Directed by Gavin O’Connor
A western action film based around Jane Hammond and her vicious battle with the infamous outlaw gang the Bihsop Boys. After trying to rebuild her life with her husband Bill “Ham” Hammond she is tossed back into the world of outlaws. She has to call on her old fiance Dan Frost to help protect her home and her child in an all out battle for their lives, and Revenge.
40. Security (2017)
Directed by Alain Desrochers
This brand-new action, thriller features Antonio Banderas as a special forces veteran desperate for work. After taking a job as a minimum-wage security guard he quickly finds himself under-siege from a powerful psychopath (Ben Kingsley), who is after a young girl being sheltered in the Mall. The film has a Die Hard feeling (Not a bad thing) and is worth a sitting.
39. Lord of War (2005)
Directed by Andrew Niccol
Often in action movies, how massive groups of “bad guys” are able to get their hands on large quantities of firearms is sort of brushed aside. This Action flick follows Nicolas Cage portraying Yuri Orlov, a Ukrainian gun-runner who over his life has supplied many civil-wars and counties with the means of killing each other, and making a tidy profit along the way. After partnering with an African warlord Yuri starts to confront his mortality.
38. Four Brothers (2005)
Directed by John Singleton
The Mercer brothers are four adopted kids from different backgrounds who are all brought under one roof and raised by one woman. After their mother is killed in a store robbery they set out to avenge her death by hunting down the killers. But the road to revenge leads to dark truths, involving corruption and previous business deals. The four brothers consist of Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, André Benjamin and Garrett Hedlund who all give great performances.
37. Gold (2016)
Directed by Stephen Gaghan
After the family mining business begins to dry up after the death of Kenny’s dad, he loses everything, his home, his business and his wife. But after he has a “vivid dream” of an Indonesian jungle, he is filled with a new sense of determination to find pure gold, hidden in the mountains. Accompanied by an equally unsuccessful geologist they venture out to discover their fortune. The film is based on a true story and is filled with an inspiring story full of ups and downs.
36. The Divine Move (2014)
Directed by Beom-gu Cho
A professional Gambler Tae-seok takes part in a rigged high-stakes game against an infamous underground gambler Sal-soo with his Brother, what could possibly go wrong? Well, everything apparently… things go south pretty soon and Tae-seak ends up being framed for his own Brothers Murder. He vows during his seven-year sentence to relentlessly train and prepare for his revenge when he is set free. He must infiltrate the illegal gambling inner circle and take them out, one by one.
35. Vampire Academy (2014)
Directed by Mark Waters
Based on the novel by Richelle Mead, Vampire Academy is where the ‘Morio’ a peaceful race of vampires that co-exist with humans and only ‘feed’ of willing donors. They are training to be guardians at the Academy of St Vladimir. But there is also the ‘Strigoi’, who definitely are not peaceful, they drink to kill and are very vicious. Rose Hathaway is half vampire and half human, but her best friend is the Princess Vasilisa Dragomir, the last in her bloodline that must be protected at all cost.
34. Code Name: Geronimo (2012)
Directed by John Stockwell
Following the successful raid and assassination of Osama Bil Laden by SEAL team six. This 2012 movie tells that story and the problems they faced when planning the assault and all the situations they had to overcome to complete their goal. The elite team of SEALS dubbed ‘SEAL team six’ must identify their target Osama and must perform an unannounced attack in Pakistan.
33. Tropic Thunder (2008)
Directed by Ben Stiller
Tropic Thunder is an Action, Comedy that follows five actors all from different movie backgrounds attempting to record a serious Vietnam film. Damien Cockburn, the bumbling and somewhat incompetent British director decides in a last-ditch attempt to save the film from disaster to drop the uncooperative actors into a real thick Vietnam forest in order to capture “real fear in their eyes” with cameras set up in the trees. Due to circumstances the group somehow wander confidently into real-life drug lord territory and come under fire from real gorilla soldiers intending to kill them. This film is nowhere near a mindless action flick, but a very clever Hollywood parody. Some of the cast includes Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr and Tom Cruise, who all give great performances.
32. The Gunman (2015)
Directed by Pierre Morel
After a mercenary sniper kills a minister in the Congo, he is forced into hiding and eventually clashes with a ruthless kill squad who will do anything to kill him. Now Terrier (Sean Penn) must hunt down the man who has put a hefty price on his head, and in doing so discovers his old team and the girlfriend that he was forced to leave behind. If you are looking for a bit more of a realistic action film with believable conflict than you should enjoy The Gunman.
31. Assassination (2015)
Directed by Dong-hoon Choi
Set in 1933 ‘Assassination’ is about resistant fighters in Korea under Japanese occupation. They are under constant threat of being caught by the authorities and they have to plan an elaborate plan to assassinate a high commander in the Japanese army. This is an engaging Action War Drama will of twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat as they try and free their nation from this unwanted foreign power.
30. The Suspect (2013)
Directed by Shin-yeon Won
After his family is brutally murdered, North Korea’s best field agent Dong-Chul is betrayed and on the run. With only Vengeance and survival on his mind, he must escape the forces chasing him. After uncovering some deep national secrets he is accused of murdering a powerful CEO and pursued relentlessly, whilst trying to desperately uncover the truth.
29. The Ridiculous 6 (2015) Netflix Original
Directed by Frank Coraci
The Ridiculous 6 is one of the three films that is included with the deal that Adam Sandler has with Netflix. An outlaw raised by Native Americans discovers that he has 5 other brothers and that in order to save their father from certain death they must somehow acquire $50,000 (equivalent to $1,078,718 in 2017). The strangers must now unite as brothers and do all they can to save their father. The film got mixed reviews but if you are a western spoof or Sandler fan you should definitely give his Netflix original a watch.
28. True Memoirs of an International Assassin (2016) Netflix Original
Directed by Jeff Wadlow
A relatively new Netflix Original starring Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop) who plays a lonely amateur novelist who is writing a fiction ‘Memoirs of an International Assassin’, after a mistake with his publisher it is released as a non-fiction and suddenly has extreme success. Because of the story, he attracts the attention of a terrorist organization and the government who clash somewhat violently over this fictional assassin.
27. The Way Back (2010)
Directed by Peter Weir
An inspirational story based on true events about several men who attempt to escape from a Russian gulag somewhere in Siberia in 1941. They embark on a 4,000-mile journey on foot over many dangerous situations, including freezing nights, lack of both food and water, endless desert and the perilous task of crossing over the Himalayas, all to get to freedom in India. They face many ethical and moral problems that they have to overcome during their journey. It’s been praised for its immense cinematography and character development that makes you really start to feel something for the characters.
26. Blood Diamond (2006)
Directed by Edward Zwick
Starting Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Hounsou, Blood Diamon is an Action, Thriller taking place in Sierra Leone during political unrest. Archer, played by Leo is wound up in the blood diamond trade, but after meeting Soloman (Djimon) is eager to make peace and get out of this brutal war. The film was nominated for 5 Oscars and along with some great performances makes a fantastic action watch.
25. Falcon Rising (2014)
Directed by Ernie Barbarash
An Ex-US-Marine named John ‘Falcon’ Chapman is haunted from his time in the military and has severe PTSD. After his sister is viciously attacked in the slums of Brazil, he is relentless in finding his sister’s attackers. While searching, he uncovers a whole black market underworld for all things bad, and a mass of organized crime groups at war with each other. Falcon soon finds himself battling the yakuza, or is is the yakuza fighting him?
24. War Machine (2017) Netflix Original
Directed by David Michod
Brad Pitt’s first Netflix Original has just released and is set during the Afghanistan war and loosely based on real events. General Glen McMahon is an overconfident leader who is tasked to command NATO forces. He jumps in head first and seems to be the only one who thinks he can actually win this war. The film is half serious and half a brutal parody of the real U.S. General Stanley McChrystal and his firing from the United States Army.
23. The Tiger: An Old Hunter’s Tale (2015)
Directed by Hoon-jung Park
Set in Korea during the Japanese occupation, the story follows an old and seasoned hunter on a quest to track down tigers in the extreme cold. The film includes incredible CGI that immerses you into the horrific wilderness that is being endured. The old hunter Chun Man-duk is living with his 16-year-old son, and the father-son element is portrayed very well throughout the movie. The cinematography has been praised, along with its directing and atmosphere.
22. 13 Assassins (2010)
Directed by Takashi Miike
Set in 1844, 13 Assassins have come together to overthrow a cruel and evil lord Naritsugu Matsudaira who is quickly rising politically. The leader of the assassins swear to destroy the evil lord after seeing what horror he has caused on innocent people. They plan to ambush the lord and his 200 samurais in a suicide mission for justice. Anyone who loves suspenseful Samurai action movies will be satisfied with this production.
21. The Do-Over (2016) Netflix Original
Directed by Steven Brill
The second movie in a four film deal between Adam Sandler and Netflix. This New Netflix Original stars David Spade and Adam Sandler after they fake their deaths and adopt new identities, with the aim of starting a new life. Unfortunately, the identities they have taken on has caused some unwanted consequences, and they are pursued by a number of trained assassins. They suddenly find themselves wrapped up in criminal activities, and now they must somehow survive with their minimal experience in a world they are very new to. Some of Sandler’s fans see this action flick as a step in the right direction and that this more plot-driven film is proof that he can still perform.
20. Ip Man (2008)
Directed by Wilson Yip
Donnie Yen plays Ip Man, a martial arts master oppressed during the Japanese occupation of China in 1937. Based on a true story he must begin training others in the art of self-defence, and is actually the teacher and master of the legend Bruce Lee. The fighting choreography has been highly praised and action fans won’t be disappointed. Saying that, the film still does include a significant story aspect, seeing as it is following the events of a real Wing Chun martial arts master.
19. Gridlocked (2015)
Directed by Allan Ungar
Gridlocked is a throwback to an old 90’s style action movie set in New York. David Hendrix is a former SWAT commander but and been reduced to just running tasks for the NYPD after he took a bullet in the SWAT. To humiliate him further he has been given the task of giving a hard partying selfish and irritating celebrity Brody Walker a ride along, as a part of his probation. But when a gang of mercenaries attacks a police training facility, Hendrix must make the best of what he has and fight back. it has all the hallmarks of a good action film, and that’s what it is, a pure action film.
18. Inglorious Basterds (2009)
Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino is well known for gory and unique films, and Inglourious Basterds is not an exception. Set in Nazi-occupied France, the film follows a group of American Jews led by the bloodthirsty Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) as they set about murdering Nazis brutally. Christoph Waltz plays a vicious Nazi who’s specific job is to hunt down Jews and does an excellent job playing a suspenseful villain, which really put Waltz on the map for larger projects. The title won an Oscar along with another 129 awards.
17. The Punisher (2004)
The 2004 Marvel film followed Frank Castle as the Punisher (before his appearance in the Netflix Original Daredevil) and his brutal hunt for the gang that murdered his entire family. He used to work for the FBI but now he is a vigilante that won’t let anyone stand in his way and stop him punishing the ones who’ve wronged him. This film is a lot darker than some of our other action picks on this list and that’s why people love it.
16. Chappie (2015)
Directed by Neill Blomkamp
Set in the near future, the law is enforced by a mechanical police force. One scientist is adamant on creating real artificial intelligence to enhance the robots policing skills. Despite the project being ordered to be scrapped, one robot is injected with the ability to feel and think for himself. Although the film received some negative reviews from official critics, the overall consensus by filmgoers was surprisingly positive.
15. xXx (2002)
Directed by Rob Cohen
Along with the Fast and Furious Franchise, Vin Diesel is also well known for playing Xander Cage in the xXx movies. xXx (or Triple X) is a high octane action thriller that follows the adrenaline junkie Xander Cage who is deemed untouchable by the law after he agrees to cooperate with the government in order to infiltrate a Russian crime ring. The Russian Gang attempt to target the city of Prague with a deadly weapon and Xander must stop them. A causal action fan will find everything they need to satisfy them in this 2 hour flick that has spawned 2 sequels (maybe more in the future).
14. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Directed by Gore Verbinski
Johnny Depp plays the staggering Captain Jake Sparrow in the first installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Jack is captured and sentenced to death due to him being branded as a pirate. His old ship ‘The Black Pearl’ and its crew are cursed to roam to the sea, undead. Jack must team up with Will Turner to escape save the governors’ daughter, by sailing out into the unknown.
13. Armageddon (1998)
Directed by Michael Bay
Starring Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler and Ben Affleck in the 1998 Action classic Armageddon. After an orbiting shuttle is suddenly destroyed by a series of asteroids and subsequently a large area of New York, the Human race is made aware of an asteroid roughly the size of Texas, classed as a ‘planet destroyer’ hurling towards the Earth. The earth now has 18 days before the rock will collide and destroy all life. Now hope rests in the hands of Harry Stamper (Bruce Willis) and his team of oil drillers and geologists. The only plan they have is to plant a nuclear warhead inside the asteroid while it’s approaching, by hand. They only have two and a half weeks to train and prepare to launch and intercept certain death.
12. What Happened to Monday (2017) Netflix Original
Directed by Tommy Wirkola
In a future world where overpopulation has drawn humanity to desperation, a strict one-child policy is in place. The film follows seven identical twins who all take the identity of a single woman but take it in turns; one for each day of the week. After ‘Monday’ goes missing, panic ensues among the sisters. If the government finds them then they will be cryogenically frozen until the world sees better times. This Crime Action keeps you on the edge of your seat and is worth a watch.
11. Wheelman (2017) Netflix Original
Directed by Jeremy Rush
Wheelman is a new Netflix original starring Frank Grillo as a getaway driver who’s just trying to supply for his family. After spending 3 years in prison, Frank has built up a substantial debt to the Mafia, who protected his family while he was away. Now he must run numerous getaway jobs, until one fateful night, when he is double-crossed. If you enjoyed films like The Transporter, Drive, and Bullit this will be a pleasant action, car film that you can enjoy for an hour and a half.
10. Sand Castle (2017) Netflix Original
Directed by Fernando Coimbra
Set during the US occupation of Iraq, a small group of soldiers is tasked to defend and repair a broken water line in an isolated Iraq village. The film mostly follows Pvt. Matt Ocre’s (Nickolas Hoult) personal experience in the U.S Army, which he joined not because he wanted to fight, but just for some extra money. It’s not long before they become under fire from the same people they are trying to help. It soon becomes evident that they have drawn attention and they are not welcome, even if they are just trying to help fix a problem… that they caused in the first place. It’s a good war drama that does not rely on Hollywood cliché that are often found in some war action films.
9. Spectral (2016) Netflix Original
Directed by Nic Mathieu
A Sci-fi action film set in the country of Moldova which is currently in the middle of a Civil war. A new enemy is discovered, they seem to be a paranormal entity that is completely invisible to the naked eye, but has incredible strength and capability to destroy. An elite special force is deployed to combat these deadly creatures and stop them spreading any further.
8. Doctor Strange (2016)
Directed by Scott Derrickson
2016 welcomed the debut of another Marvel character into their cinematic universe, this time the mystical Doctor Strange, who has the ability to shape reality to his will. Benedict Cumberbatch plays the talented neurosurgeon with a large ego who after a nasty car crash seeks rehabilitation. He finds himself interacting with a hidden dimension after meeting ‘The Ancient One’ and gaining many metaphysical abilities and tools. This is one of the latest of the Marvel films and is a great addition to the MCU.
7. London Has Fallen (2016)
Directed by Babak Najafi
After the Prime Minister of England sadly passes away, the world’s leaders gather for his funeral in London. A perfect target for a terrorist organization, which American security agent Mike Banning is caught right in the middle of. He must save and protect the President and any leaders left alive after the brutal attack. The film is packed with fast paced action and fight scenes that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
6. No Escape (2015)
Directed by John Erick Dowdle
No Escape is one of Owen Wilson’s more series roles as he plays a father who takes a job opportunity in Southeast Asia and movies him family over with him. Initially, they expect a lovely exotic experience but things quickly spiral out of control and the family finds themselves caught in the middle of a violent rebellion. Now with the help of a British ‘tourist’ (Pierce Brosnan), they must get to safety. This intense action movie keeps you on the edge of your seat and should defiantly be put on you ‘to watch’ list.
5. Jaws (1975)
Directed by Steven Speilberg
Our fifth spot goes to the classic Speilberg film Jaws. The 1975 action, thriller takes place on Amity Island, a small community that attracts many tourists to its spectacular beaches. After a couple of swimmers are brutally killed by a shark, the local Sheriff Martin Brody sets out with a fisherman to hunt the massive beast. The film won 3 Oscars and is often regarded as a cinematic masterpiece.
4. Hot Fuzz (2007)
Directed by Edgar Wright
When an Exceptional London police officer shows up his bosses, he is sent to a small rural English village and assigned a clueless immature partner. After some suspicious deaths, Nicholas starts to suspect something is wrong, but what could probably be wrong in such a small “crime-free” quaint village? This film is a comedy part of the ‘Cornetto Trilogy’ and Stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
3. Rogue One (2016)
Directed by Gareth Edwards
A stand-alone StarWars story set in between the events of the original three movies and the prequels. Rogue One follows the Rebel Alliance and their attempt to get their hands on the plans to the Death Star, a moon sized superweapon capable of decimating entire planets. The film primarily follows Jyn Erso, the daughter of a key science officer who helped develop the Death Star. The fate of the entire galaxy now depends on whether the rebels can find the plans and expose the one weakness. Many have regarded Rogue one as an amazing stand-alone film and some have even said it’s the prequel that Star Wars deserved. Why not find out yourself?
2. The Siege of Jadotville (2016) Netflix Original
Directed by Richie Smyth
Our Second spot is taken by a Netflix Original Film starring Kevin Brodbin and Declan Power. The film is based on the second wave of Irish troops sent into Africa after the formation of the United Nations and meant to ‘keep the peace.’ Africa was in a Civil War in 1961, and the whole world was on the brink of another world war. This conflict was based on an actual event that occurred. The Katangese forces assaulted the lightly armed Irish forces for a whole six days, while Irish and Swedish forces attempted to make their way to help the struggling Battalion of Peacekeepers. The Irish soldiers who bad never been in a battle before felt betrayed and abandoned. This is a war movie that has been considered one of the best by fans.
1. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Our Number one spot is taken by the Third film in the ‘Captain America’ Franchise, Civil War takes place shortly after the events of ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’. The consequences from the previous film cause the governments of the world to come together and sign an agreement to limit the Avengers’ previously unlimited power, and ensure that they can only act once they are given official permission to. This creates a drastic split among the Avengers and serious conflict. The two sides are brutally pitted against each other and dark secrets emerge about the past that only seems to increase tensions.