From car chases to heist capers to kung fu martial arts adventures to video game villains, aliens, and mutants, the action movie genre is diverse and thrilling. Over the years, the stunts, set pieces, and special effects have become more impressive, but the art of storytelling can make even the oldest action movie feel timeless.
We’ve considered the catalogs of the biggest streaming services, the value for your dollar, and the features of each service to give you this list of the best streaming services for action movie fans. When you’re ready for a good time, pick your favorite action hero, light the fuse, and watch the fireworks!
Best for Action Movies
The Streamable’s Choice
When you think of iconic action movies, HBO Max has many of the first to leap to mind: Batman movies like “The Dark Knight,” and the trilogies of “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Matrix.” You’ll also find “Jaws,” “Speed,” both “Kill Bill” movies, and the full-throttle craziness of “Mad Max: Fury Road.”
But the catalog goes even deeper to include fantastic Kurosawa classics like “Yojimbo,” “Seven Samurai,” and “The Hidden Fortress.” Each of those was remade by Hollywood, so the HBO Max library offers a masterclass in the history of the action genre.
On the TV side, you also have the epic “Game of Thrones” and its upcoming spinoffs.
- Deep action catalog across many genres
- Many beloved franchises
- Parental controls
- Not many action films suitable for families
- Higher price point than competitors
Best for Kids
If you want action options that won’t leave your children scarred for life, Disney+ is a fairly safe choice. It is home to some of the biggest blockbusters and most memorable moments in movie history. If you’re considering this service, you only need to know two things:
Disney+ has all the “Star Wars” movies.
Disney+ has the vast majority of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
If that wasn’t enough, you also have legendary flicks like “Avatar,” the X-Men movies, and “The Pirates of the Caribbean” series. Throw in an animated adventure like “The Incredibles,” and Disney+ has an impressive catalog of kicks, punches, and explosions.
- Multiple profiles
- Offline downloads
- Family-friendly content
- Nexus for Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars
- Adult action fans might be bored by cartoonish violence
- Formulaic plots may grow stale over time
Netflix prides itself on having something for everyone, so you don’t have to look far to find an action title to scratch your itch. As Disney and HBO Max have gobbled up some of the biggest titles, that does leave less for Netflix to choose from, however.
Netflix also has a deal with Sony, which means any of its films (including upcoming Spider-Man sequels) will enjoy a run on the platform.
- Huge variety of content
- Superior UI
- Expanding slate of exclusive action films
- Upcoming Sony films included
- Most major franchises departing for other platforms
- Most Netflix originals tend not to be blockbuster-sized
While Prime Video has a staggering amount of content, it doesn’t own most of it. That means the action selection can change dramatically from month to month. At the time of this writing, the library includes “Inception,” “Aliens,” “The Terminator,” “Skyfall,” “Dredd,” and “Apocalypto.” Although the catalog changes, Amazon always has a few solid action options.
Amazon is looking to expand its proprietary offerings, so films like “Without Remorse” are a step in the right direction. You also have some action-focused series, like “The Boys” and “Jack Ryan”. The platform’s recent acquisition of MGM means you’ll eventually see the James Bond movies on Prime Video.
- Wide variety of content
- Free if a Prime member
- Rotating library means you’ll always have new options
- Clunky UI
- Rotating library means you may lose your favorite films
- Not many exclusives
Think of Hulu as Disney+’s older brother who drives a little too fast and listens to heavy metal. If an action movie is too edgy for Disney, it ends up here.
This means Hulu is your home for the “Die Hard” movies, “Predator,” and “Deadpool.” Unfortunately, many of the biggest PG-13 blockbusters are hanging out at Disney+, so it leaves Hulu a bit threadbare.
- Less expensive when bundled with Disney+
- Wide variety of content
- Free trial
- No Marvel or Star Wars movies
- Library seems composed of leftovers
Paramount is also your hub for all things “Star Trek,” although the movies are available on several other services at the time of this writing.
Although Paramount distributes the Transformers films, those are not available on Paramount+.
A patchy library makes this a lower priority for action fans.
- Indiana Jones
- The prospect of more Paramount franchises eventually arriving
- Free trial
- Thin library of action titles
While Universal has some all-time great action flicks, Peacock (also owned by Comcast) is a new player to the game, so it doesn’t have the rights to all its franchises. That means Universal movies stemming from “Jurassic Park” and “The Fast and The Furious” are scattered across other streaming services. The action-comedy “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” is another great Universal title that hops from service to service.
The most action you’ll see on Peacock can be found in its WWE hub.
- Ad-supported tier can provide free movies
- Premium tiers less expensive than others
- Free trial
- Weak action library
- Overall library not as vast as others
Weirdly, the John Wick movies don’t have a streaming home right now, but if any of these services can add Keanu’s signature series, that would be a huge win.