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Best Action Movies on Each Streaming Service: Netflix, HBO Max, Prime Video, Hulu, Tubi, and More

Ben Bowman

Looking to add a little action to your life? The Streamable has cross-referenced Metacritc's Top 100 Action Movies of All Time with the top streaming services to share where you can watch all the car chases, fight scenes, crazy stunts, and (of course) explosions. From Batman to Black Panther and beyond, we’ve got a movie for everyone.

There’s a good reason, HBO Max is our top choice for Best Streaming Service for Action Movies. It features a whopping 18 titles among Metacritic’s Top 100. No other service comes close.

Grab your remote, pop the popcorn, turn up the surround sound, and start streaming some action!

Best Action Movies on Netflix

  • Blade Runner

    June 25, 1982

    In the smog-choked dystopian Los Angeles of 2019, blade runner Rick Deckard is called out of retirement to terminate a quartet of replicants who have escaped to Earth seeking their creator for a way to extend their short life spans.

  • Snowpiercer

    August 1, 2013

    In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet, a class system evolves aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine.

  • Django Unchained

    December 25, 2012

    With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

Best Action Movies on HBO Max

  • Seven Samurai

    April 26, 1954

    A samurai answers a village’s request for protection after he falls on hard times. The town needs protection from bandits, so the samurai gathers six others to help him teach the people how to defend themselves, and the villagers provide the soldiers with food.

    This ultra-influential Kurosawa film is Metacritic’s #1 action movie of all time. Toshiro Mifune is amazing in this one. It was later remade as a western - “The Magnificent Seven.”

  • North by Northwest

    July 8, 1959

    Advertising man Roger Thornhill is mistaken for a spy, triggering a deadly cross-country chase.

    Metacritic’s #2 action movie is a Hitchcock classic.

  • Dunkirk

    July 19, 2017

    The story of the miraculous evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain, Canada and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk between May 26th and June 4th 1940 during World War II.

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    December 1, 2003

    Aragorn is revealed as the heir to the ancient kings as he, Gandalf and the other members of the broken fellowship struggle to save Gondor from Sauron’s forces. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam take the ring closer to the heart of Mordor, the dark lord’s realm.

  • Yojimbo

    April 25, 1961

    A nameless ronin, or samurai with no master, enters a small village in feudal Japan where two rival businessmen are struggling for control of the local gambling trade. Taking the name Sanjuro Kuwabatake, the ronin convinces both silk merchant Tazaemon and sake merchant Tokuemon to hire him as a personal bodyguard, then artfully sets in motion a full-scale gang war between the two ambitious and unscrupulous men.

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    December 18, 2001

    Young hobbit Frodo Baggins, after inheriting a mysterious ring from his uncle Bilbo, must leave his home in order to keep it from falling into the hands of its evil creator. Along the way, a fellowship is formed to protect the ringbearer and make sure that the ring arrives at its final destination: Mt. Doom, the only place where it can be destroyed.

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    May 13, 2015

    An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order.

  • Assault on Precinct 13

    November 5, 1976

    The lone inhabitants of an abandoned police station are under attack by the overwhelming numbers of a seemingly unstoppable street gang.

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    December 18, 2002

    Frodo and Sam are trekking to Mordor to destroy the One Ring of Power while Gimli, Legolas and Aragorn search for the orc-captured Merry and Pippin. All along, nefarious wizard Saruman awaits the Fellowship members at the Orthanc Tower in Isengard.

  • Hero

    July 22, 2002

    One man defeated three assassins who sought to murder the most powerful warlord in pre-unified China.

  • The Iron Giant

    August 6, 1999

    In the small town of Rockwell, Maine in October 1957, a giant metal machine befriends a nine-year-old boy and ultimately finds its humanity by unselfishly saving people from their own fears and prejudices.

  • Blade Runner

    June 25, 1982

    In the smog-choked dystopian Los Angeles of 2019, blade runner Rick Deckard is called out of retirement to terminate a quartet of replicants who have escaped to Earth seeking their creator for a way to extend their short life spans.

  • The Dark Knight

    July 14, 2008

    Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as the Joker.

  • Enter the Dragon

    August 17, 1973

    A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover.

  • Kill Bill: Vol. 2

    April 16, 2004

    The Bride (Uma Thurman) unwaveringly continues on her roaring rampage of revenge against the band of assassins who had tried to kill her and her unborn child. She visits each of her former associates one-by-one, checking off the victims on her Death List Five until there’s nothing left to do … but kill Bill.

  • Superman II

    December 4, 1980

    Three escaped criminals from the planet Krypton test the Man of Steel’s mettle. Led by General Zod (Terence Stamp), the Kryptonians take control of the White House and partner with Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) to destroy Superman and rule the world. But Superman (Christopher Reeve), who attempts to make himself human in order to get closer to Lois (Margot Kidder), realizes he has a responsibility to save the planet.

  • Midnight Family

    March 29, 2019

    In Mexico City, the government operates fewer than 45 emergency ambulances for a population of 9 million. This has spawned an underground industry of for-profit ambulances often run by people with little or no training or certification. An exception in this ethically fraught, cutthroat industry, the Ochoa family struggles to keep their financial needs from jeopardizing the people in their care. When a crackdown by corrupt police pushes the family into greater hardship, they face increasing moral dilemmas even as they continue providing essential emergency medical services.

  • Superman

    December 13, 1978

    Mild-mannered Clark Kent (Christopher Reeve) works as a reporter at the Daily Planet alongside his crush, Lois Lane (Margot Kidder). Clark must summon his superhero alter-ego when the nefarious Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) launches a plan to take over the world.

    A phenomenal cast is buoyed by an iconic John Williams score in a superhero film that still ranks among the greatest ever.

Best Action Movies on Prime Video

  • Ran

    June 1, 1985

    With Ran, legendary director Akira Kurosawa reimagines Shakespeare’s King Lear as a singular historical epic set in sixteenth-century Japan. Majestic in scope, the film is Kurosawa’s late-life masterpiece, a profound examination of the folly of war and the crumbling of one family under the weight of betrayal, greed, and the insatiable thirst for power.

    Kurosawa in color? Sign us up! The great director’s last film is a take on Shakespeare’s King Lear.

  • High Noon

    June 9, 1952

    Will Kane, the sheriff of a small town in New Mexico, learns a notorious outlaw he put in jail has been freed, and will be arriving on the noon train. Knowing the outlaw and his gang are coming to kill him, Kane is determined to stand his ground, so he attempts to gather a posse from among the local townspeople.

  • Drug War

    November 15, 2012

    A drug cartel boss who is arrested in a raid is coerced into betraying his former accomplices as part of an undercover operation.

  • Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time

    March 8, 2021

    In the aftermath of the Fourth Impact, stranded without their Evangelions, Shinji, Asuka, and Rei find refuge in one of the rare pockets of humanity that still exist on the ruined planet Earth. There, each of them live a life far different from their days as an Evangelion pilot. However, the danger to the world is far from over. A new impact is looming on the horizon—one that will prove to be the true end of Evangelion.

  • Casino Royale

    November 14, 2006

    Le Chiffre, a banker to the world’s terrorists, is scheduled to participate in a high-stakes poker game in Montenegro, where he intends to use his winnings to establish his financial grip on the terrorist market. M sends Bond—on his maiden mission as a 00 Agent—to attend this game and prevent Le Chiffre from winning. With the help of Vesper Lynd and Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright), Bond enters the most important poker game in his already dangerous career.

    Daniel Craig jumps into the role of James Bond and gives the franchise a much-needed revamp. This Bond is more grounded, and clearly influenced by the Jason Bourne movies.

    • Director: Martin Campbell
    • James Bond: Daniel Craig
    • Villain(s): Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen)
      Mr. White (Jesper Christensen)
      Adolph Gettler (Richard Sammel)
    • Bond Girl(s): Vesper Lynd (Eva Green)
    • Theme Song: “You Know My Name” by Chris Cornell
    • Soundtrack Composer: David Arnold

Best Action Movies on Disney+

  • The Incredibles

    October 27, 2004

    Bob Parr has given up his superhero days to log in time as an insurance adjuster and raise his three children with his formerly heroic wife in suburbia. But when he receives a mysterious assignment, it’s time to get back into costume.

  • Star Wars

    May 25, 1977

    Princess Leia is captured and held hostage by the evil Imperial forces in their effort to take over the galactic Empire. Venturesome Luke Skywalker and dashing captain Han Solo team together with the loveable robot duo R2-D2 and C-3PO to rescue the beautiful princess and restore peace and justice in the Empire.

  • Black Panther

    February 13, 2018

    King T’Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne by factions within his own country as well as without. Using powers reserved to Wakandan kings, T’Challa assumes the Black Panther mantle to join with ex-girlfriend Nakia, the queen-mother, his princess-kid sister, members of the Dora Milaje (the Wakandan ‘special forces’) and an American secret agent, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    December 13, 2017

    Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.

    This one is controversial. With an incredible Metacritic score of 84, that makes it the site’s 46th best action movie of all time. Your mileage may vary.

  • Avatar

    December 10, 2009

    In the 22nd century, a paraplegic Marine is dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission, but becomes torn between following orders and protecting an alien civilization.

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    May 20, 1980

    The epic saga continues as Luke Skywalker, in hopes of defeating the evil Galactic Empire, learns the ways of the Jedi from aging master Yoda. But Darth Vader is more determined than ever to capture Luke. Meanwhile, rebel leader Princess Leia, cocky Han Solo, Chewbacca, and droids C-3PO and R2-D2 are thrown into various stages of capture, betrayal and despair.

  • Moana

    November 23, 2016

    In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by Maui reaches an impetuous Chieftain’s daughter’s island, she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the demigod to set things right.

  • Incredibles 2

    June 14, 2018

    Elastigirl springs into action to save the day, while Mr. Incredible faces his greatest challenge yet – taking care of the problems of his three children.

Best Action Movies on Hulu

  • 13 Assassins

    September 9, 2010

    A bravado period action film set at the end of Japan’s feudal era in which a group of unemployed samurai are enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord and prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the country into a war-torn future.

  • Riders of Justice

    November 19, 2020

    Markus returns home to care for his daughter when his wife dies in a tragic train accident. However, when a survivor of the wreck surfaces and claims foul play, Markus suspects his wife was murdered and embarks on a mission to find those responsible.

  • Skyfall

    October 25, 2012

    When Bond’s latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked forcing M to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Gareth Mallory, the new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee. With MI6 now compromised from both inside and out, M is left with one ally she can trust: Bond. 007 takes to the shadows - aided only by field agent, Eve - following a trail to the mysterious Silva, whose lethal and hidden motives have yet to reveal themselves.

    Ralph Fiennes begins his run as M in this film.

    This movie features the only Bond theme song to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song. It also features cinematography from the legendary Roger Deakins.

    • Director: Sam Mendes
    • James Bond: Daniel Craig
    • Villain(s): Tiago “Raoul Silva” Rodriguez (Javier Bardem)
    • Bond Girl(s): Bond’s Lover (Tonia Sotiropoulou)
      Sévérine (Bérénice Marlohe)
    • Theme Song: “Skyfall” by Adele
    • Soundtrack Composer: Thomas Newman
  • Woman at War

    May 22, 2018

    Halla declares a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry. She is prepared to risk everything to protect the pristine Icelandic Highlands she loves… Until an orphan unexpectedly enters her life.

Best Action Movies on Showtime

  • Aliens

    July 18, 1986

    When Ripley’s life pod is found by a salvage crew over 50 years later, she finds that terraformers are on the very planet where they found the alien species. The company has also sent a family of colonists out to investigate her story… and have since lost all contact. Directed by James Cameron, Aliens takes a small sidestep from the horror genre and goes for a more sci-fi action approach as Ripley and the colonial marines return to the feared planet and search for answers. This endlessly quotable flick is enjoyable every time you see it.

    According to legend, Cameron landed the directing job by writing “Alien” on a dry erase board. Then adding an “s” so it said “Aliens.” And then he drew two lines through the “s” - “Alien$.”

  • Bacurau

    August 29, 2019

    Bacurau, a small town in the Brazilian sertão, mourns the loss of its matriarch, Carmelita, who lived to be 94. Days later, its inhabitants notice that their community has vanished from most maps.

  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

    November 14, 2003

    After an abrupt and violent encounter with a French warship inflicts severe damage upon his ship, a captain of the British Royal Navy begins a chase over two oceans to capture or destroy the enemy, though he must weigh his commitment to duty and ferocious pursuit of glory against the safety of his devoted crew, including the ship’s thoughtful surgeon, his best friend.

  • Django Unchained

    December 25, 2012

    With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

Best Action Movies on Paramount+

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    July 13, 2018

    When an IMF mission ends badly, the world is faced with dire consequences. As Ethan Hunt takes it upon himself to fulfill his original briefing, the CIA begin to question his loyalty and his motives. The IMF team find themselves in a race against time, hunted by assassins while trying to prevent a global catastrophe.

    You can see all the Tom Cruise “Mission: Impossible” movies on Paramount+.

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    June 12, 1981

    When Dr. Indiana Jones – the tweed-suited professor who just happens to be a celebrated archaeologist – is hired by the government to locate the legendary Ark of the Covenant, he finds himself up against the entire Nazi regime.

  • Star Trek

    May 6, 2009

    The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals. One, James Kirk, is a delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy. The other, Spock, a Vulcan, was raised in a logic-based society that rejects all emotion. As fiery instinct clashes with calm reason, their unlikely but powerful partnership is the only thing capable of leading their crew through unimaginable danger, boldly going where no one has gone before. The human adventure has begun again.

  • Skyfall

    October 25, 2012

    When Bond’s latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked forcing M to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Gareth Mallory, the new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee. With MI6 now compromised from both inside and out, M is left with one ally she can trust: Bond. 007 takes to the shadows - aided only by field agent, Eve - following a trail to the mysterious Silva, whose lethal and hidden motives have yet to reveal themselves.

    Ralph Fiennes begins his run as M in this film.

    This movie features the only Bond theme song to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song. It also features cinematography from the legendary Roger Deakins.

    • Director: Sam Mendes
    • James Bond: Daniel Craig
    • Villain(s): Tiago “Raoul Silva” Rodriguez (Javier Bardem)
    • Bond Girl(s): Bond’s Lover (Tonia Sotiropoulou)
      Sévérine (Bérénice Marlohe)
    • Theme Song: “Skyfall” by Adele
    • Soundtrack Composer: Thomas Newman

Best Action Movies on STARZ

  • Zero Dark Thirty

    December 19, 2012

    A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011.

  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    July 6, 2000

    Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically-skilled, teenage nobleman’s daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life.

  • Captain Phillips

    October 10, 2013

    The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

  • District 9

    August 5, 2009

    Thirty years ago, aliens arrive on Earth. Not to conquer or give aid, but to find refuge from their dying planet. Separated from humans in a South African area called District 9, the aliens are managed by Multi-National United, which is unconcerned with the aliens’ welfare but will do anything to master their advanced technology. When a company field agent contracts a mysterious virus that begins to alter his DNA, there is only one place he can hide: District 9.

Best Action Movies on Peacock

  • The Hurt Locker

    October 10, 2008

    Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb.

  • The Bourne Ultimatum

    August 3, 2007

    Bourne is brought out of hiding once again by reporter Simon Ross who is trying to unveil Operation Blackbriar, an upgrade to Project Treadstone, in a series of newspaper columns. Information from the reporter stirs a new set of memories, and Bourne must finally uncover his dark past while dodging The Company’s best efforts to eradicate him.

Best Action Movies on AMC+

  • Looper

    September 26, 2012

    In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past where a looper, a hired gun, like Joe is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good until the day the mob decides to close the loop, sending back Joe’s future self for assassination.

  • Aliens

    July 18, 1986

    When Ripley’s life pod is found by a salvage crew over 50 years later, she finds that terraformers are on the very planet where they found the alien species. The company has also sent a family of colonists out to investigate her story… and have since lost all contact. Directed by James Cameron, Aliens takes a small sidestep from the horror genre and goes for a more sci-fi action approach as Ripley and the colonial marines return to the feared planet and search for answers. This endlessly quotable flick is enjoyable every time you see it.

    According to legend, Cameron landed the directing job by writing “Alien” on a dry erase board. Then adding an “s” so it said “Aliens.” And then he drew two lines through the “s” - “Alien$.”

  • Star Trek

    May 6, 2009

    The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals. One, James Kirk, is a delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy. The other, Spock, a Vulcan, was raised in a logic-based society that rejects all emotion. As fiery instinct clashes with calm reason, their unlikely but powerful partnership is the only thing capable of leading their crew through unimaginable danger, boldly going where no one has gone before. The human adventure has begun again.

  • Captain Phillips

    October 10, 2013

    The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

  • Mandy

    September 13, 2018

    The Shadow Mountains, 1983. Red and Mandy lead a loving and peaceful existence; but when their pine-scented haven is savagely destroyed, Red is catapulted into a phantasmagoric journey filled with bloody vengeance and laced with fire.

Best Action Movies on IMDb TV (Free)

  • Captain Phillips

    October 10, 2013

    The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

  • Django Unchained

    December 25, 2012

    With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

  • Battle Royale

    December 16, 2000

    In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary “Battle Royale” act.

Best Action Movies on Tubi (Free)

  • The Fugitive

    August 6, 1993

    Wrongfully convicted of murdering his wife and sentenced to death, Richard Kimble escapes from the law in an attempt to find the real killer and clear his name.

  • Drug War

    November 15, 2012

    A drug cartel boss who is arrested in a raid is coerced into betraying his former accomplices as part of an undercover operation.

  • '71

    October 10, 2014

    A young British soldier must find his way back to safety after his unit accidentally abandons him during a riot in the streets of Belfast.

  • Django Unchained

    December 25, 2012

    With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

  • Hell and Back Again

    October 4, 2011

    What does it mean to lead men in war? What does it mean to come home? Hell and Back Again is a cinematically revolutionary film that asks and answers these questions with a power and intimacy no previous film about the conflict in Afghanistan has been able to achieve. It is a masterpiece in the cinema of war.

  • Battle Royale

    December 16, 2000

    In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary “Battle Royale” act.

  • The Assassin

    August 27, 2015

    A female assassin during the Tang Dynasty begins to question her loyalties when she falls in love with one of her targets.

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