The best action movies on Netflix UK
Neil Brazier | On 10, Aug 2016
Summer, the season of blockbusters and big screen explosions. But what if you’ve already seen all the sequels and tentpoles the multiplex has to offer? We’re here to help you get your action fix with a round-up of the noisiest, most exciting and most entertaining flicks on-demand.
These are the best action films on Netflix UK.
This list will be updated regularly to reflect new releases and removals.
Really the first superhero ensemble movie of the modern era that set a precedent for all super-hero action movies to come. The classic fight of good against evil is made all the more spectacular by the perfect casting of the two sides’ leaders, Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier and Sir Ian McKellen as Magneto.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Hugh Jackman as Wolverine is the only mutant strong enough to have his consciousness sent into his past self to try and change a future where mutants are being slaughtered by robots. Meeting with a young Professor X in the 70s, this is a unique reboot and merging of the X-Men franchises. Timelines intersect and two worlds collide, but no amount of time travel can fix it so they don’t go on to make Apocalypse. As it stands, this is the last great X-Men movie.
Days of Thunder
Young Tom Cruise is a stock car racer who has a chance to compete at the top level, but every race has a price and the young driver learns his lessons the hard way. This 1990s action flick sees Cruise have a romantic interest with real future wife Nicole Kidman.
Starsky & Hutch
This action comedy, based on the TV show, stars Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson as an odd-couple of cops, who have to team up to track down a million dollar shipment of drugs. Watch it. Do it, do it. Go on, do it. Do it.
Sin City 2
Deserving of more praise than it received, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller return for this sequel with new stories from Sin City, retaining the striking visuals and brutal violence of the graphic novels and its predecessor.
In the future where time travel is used illegally by criminal organisations, an assassin’s latest hit is to take out his future self. Mind-bending, futuristic action with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis sharing the same character.
Earth, 2033. The world has been turned into a desert wasteland with a controlled water supply. No, this is not Mad Max. Tank Girl, a female-led action flick before all the boys took over, shares action with attempts at comedy.
Who watches the Watchmen? You should. The insanely complex narrative of Alan Moore’s graphic novel was described as “unfilmable”. Zack Synder (no, really) ignored that and delivers a neo-noir, gritty super-hero flick that remains as faithful to the source material as it could without giant octopuses.
Star Trek: Into Darkness
Benedict Cumberbatch torments the crew of the USS Enterprise. J.J. Abrams directing his second in the Star Trek franchise delivers both visually and throws the action to warp factor nine.
World War Z
Brad Pitt plays an investigator for the United Nations, who travels the world in desperate search for a cure to a zombie outbreak. Although in dire need for some more brains when it came to adapting Max Brooks’ novel, the film features plenty of scares and slathers of the undead.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Part three of The Hobbit sees the climax of Bilbo Baggins’ (Martin Freeman) epic journey. With the future of Middle-earth hanging in the balance, battling Orcs and dragons, the races of dwarves, elves and men must unite or face annihilation.
22 Jump Street
Having graduated through high school twice, buddy cops Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) end up deep undercover at college, trying to solve a case but ultimately solve their friendship.
Arguably the game changer for all superhero movies, as Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the Hulk shared the same screen to save the world from an alien invasion. With a perfect blend of action and drama, and sprinkled with laughs, the epitome of the genre.
Quentin Tarantino’s “southern” movie is packed full of intricate and foul-mouthed dialogue that is sharpened with violence and stunningly bold visuals. Featuring standout performances from Christophe Waltz, Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio, it’s typical Tarantino, spoken with a Southern twang.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Another Marvel movie makes the top 20 – they must be doing something right over there. When S.H.I.E.L.D. is infiltrated by Hydra, it’s up to Cap to save the day, in this espionage thriller.
Is it absurd that 1997’s Titanic is listed as an action movie by Netflix? Strange though it may be, the final swan-song of the ocean liner’s maiden voyage is as frenzied as any blockbuster. Don’t let go, Jack!
He doesn’t care about truth, he doesn’t care about the law, he only cares about what’s right. Lee Child’s 2005 novel One Shot brings his not-a-hero Jack Reacher to the silver screen – led by that man again, Tom Cruise.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Marvel’s biggest gamble – a film featuring a talking racoon and an anthropomorphic tree – surprised everyone when it beat the box office records set by Iron Man and Captain America. After stealing one of the MCU Infinity Stones, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) must protect himself and the Earth from Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), who wants the stone to destroy the universe.
Agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) joins CIA officer Graver (Josh Brolin) to form a task force driven to bring down a drug cartel on the US and Mexico border. Benicio del Toro constantly grips at your throat, delivering a stone cold performance throughout that compliments the sometimes uneasy viewing.
Welcome To The Punch
A detective is given a chance to capture his white whale: a criminal he has spent his career trying to take down when he appears in London. Thrillingly cinematic with top performances from James McAvoy and Mark Strong.
The definitive action movie that can even be squeezed into your Christmas holiday viewing. New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) gets caught up in a heist at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman). Iconic, thrilling and the bar against which all other movies are judged.
From Dusk Till Dawn
If you watch the first half of From Dusk Till Dawn and the second half separately, you could be forgiven for thinking they are two different movies. Tarantino blends heist with horror when the bank-robbing Gecko brothers (Tarantino and Clooney) try to escape into Mexico… and stumble upon a night club that hides a monstrous secret.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit’s unwanted nephew, blending animation with live action, is as peculiar as it is extraordinary. Cartoonist (Gabriel Byrne) is accidentally warped into his creation and seduced by one of his characters who desperately wants to be human, but a detective (Brad Pitt) will do what it takes to stop her.