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Best Action Movies to Watch on Netflix – December 2022

Netflix adds so many Action Movies to its library that it can be difficult to keep up with all of them. As a reminder, you can read about What’s New on Netflix every Month with our Monthly roundups.

We’ve listed all of them in order of release date, starting with the most recent Netflix Action Movies. We’ll keep you updated as Netflix adds new original films to its streaming service. The latest Netflix Action Movies scheduled to hit Netflix in December 2022 are below.

Emily the Criminal (2022)

Creator: John Patton Ford
Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Theo Rossi, Megalyn Echikunwoke

Emily The Criminal | Official Trailer | In Theaters August 12

Synopsis: Locked out of the job market due to a criminal record and saddled with student debt, Emily (Aubrey Plaza) takes a shady gig as a “dummy shopper,” buying goods with stolen credit cards. The cards are supplied by handsome middleman, Youcef (Theo Rossi), and the job comes with quick cash and a series of thrills Emily wasn’t prepared for. As Emily grows increasingly attracted to the lifestyle and to Youcef, the pair devise a plan to level up their criminal enterprise in Los Angeles.

Skyfall (2012)

Creator: Sam Mendes
Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Cast: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem

SKYFALL - Official Trailer

Synopsis: Ushering in a deeper, darker timeline for the James Bond franchise, Skyfall sees MI6’s headquarters attacked and agents around the world killed as their identities are revealed. Suddenly, M (Judi Dench) sees her authority being challenged by Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes), the new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee. Conflicted between loyalty to the agency and loyalty to M, James Bond (Daniel Craig) decides to pursue the mastermind behind the attack, aided only by field agent Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris). The costs hit close to home.

Bullet Train (2022)

Creator: David Leitch
Genres: Action, Comedy, Thriller
Cast: Brad Pitt, Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Synopsis: Ladybug (Brad Pitt) is an assassin who has had a string of bad luck leading to a number of gigs going off the rails recently. On his latest mission, taking place on the world’s fastest train, he’s determined to make things go smoothly. Unfortunately, he’s far from the only assassin there, and they all have similar but connected objectives that cause outright chaos to ensue.

Peppermint (2018)

Creator: Pierre Morel
Genres: Action, Thriller
Cast: Jennifer Garner, John Gallagher Jr., John Ortiz

Synopsis: Jennifer Garner taps into her Alias roots to play Riley North, a young mother who awakens from a coma to find that her husband and daughter were killed in the brutal attack that rendered her comatose. The system shields the murderers from justice, leading Riley to take matters into her own hands, retreating into a life of solitude in which she hones her mind, body, and spirit to become an unstoppable force of vengeance.

Collateral (2004)

Creator: Michael Mann
Genres: Drama, Crime, Thriller
Cast: Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith

Synopsis: Max (Jamie Foxx) leads a mundane life as a cab driver, and for the past 12 years, he’s driven more people than he can count and forgotten far more than he remembers. But when contract killer Vincent (Tom Cruise) arrives in Los Angeles, he pays Max a significant sum to drive him to multiple locations. However, Max soon realizes that Vincent is on a contract killing spree of key witnesses in a high-profile narcotics trafficking case, and their business transaction becomes a hostage situation. Despite the gun to his head, Max does what he can to undermine Vincent’s aims and save the people who are marked for death.

Enola Holmes (2020)

Creator: Harry Bradbeer
Genres: Mystery, Crime, Adventure
Cast: Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin

Enola Holmes | Official Trailer | Netflix

Synopsis: Millie Bobby Brown stars as Sherlock Holmes’ unheralded kid sister, Enola, in this family-friendly mystery adventure. The world is on the brink of change in 1884 England, and Enola Holmes, raised in seclusion by her eccentric mother (Helena Bonham Carter), suddenly finds herself in the middle of a vast, terrifying political machine. After waking up to discover her mother missing, Enola is suddenly put under the charge of older brothers, Sherlock (Henry Cavill) and Mycroft (Sam Claflin), who decide to send her away to a finishing school for young ladies. Enola, however, refuses to believe that her mother is really gone, escapes, and sets out into London to unravel the mystery on her own. If you like this one, check out the sequel, which is also on Netflix.

The Mask of Zorro (1998)

Creator: Martin Campbell
Genres: Action, Adventure
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Synopsis: In 1821, Don Diego de la Vega (Anthony Hopkins), wearing the mask of legendary hero Zorro, stops an execution by Spanish colonial forces. But the tyrannical Don Rafael Montero (Stuart Wilson) becomes suspicious that Vega is Zorro, and attempts to arrest him at his home. In the ensuing chaos, however, Vega’s wife and daughter are killed, destroying his will to fight. Twenty years later, Montero returns to California, more bloodthirsty than ever, inspiring Vega to finally escape from prison and seek his vengeance. But with his prime fighting days behind him, Vega recruits troubled bandit Alejandro (Antonio Banderas), a man who also has a vendetta against Montero, and trains him to revive the magic and mystique of Zorro.

Point Break (1991)

Creator: Kathryn Bigelow
Genres: Action, Thriller, Crime
Cast: Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey

Synopsis: Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves are perfectly cast in this cult classic about a group of surfers who rob banks as a side hustle and the FBI agent who is sent to infiltrate them. Bodhi (Swayze) leads The Ex-Presidents, a free-spirited gang that the FBI can’t prove is behind a string of bank robberies. So, they send in young agent Johnny Utah (Reeves), a former college football star, and trust him to use his celebrity and his instincts to infiltrate and catch the group red-handed. But Utah soon finds himself caught between his oath to the FBI and the undeniable allure of Bodhi’s ethos and lifestyle.

All Quiet on the Western Front (2022)

Creator: Edward Berger
Genres: Action, Drama, History, War
Cast: Felix Kammerer, Albrecht Schuch, Aaron Hilmer

All Quiet on the Western Front | Official Teaser | Netflix

Synopsis: Today’s cinematic age of huge budgets and mind-blowing special effects help make the newest adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s seminal war novel a worthy update to the classic 1930 film. Paul Baumer (Felix Kammerer), Albert Kropp (Aaron Hilmer), and Frantz Müller (Moritz Klaus) all dream of glory and are goaded into enlisting in the German Army by the romantic ideals of heroism flowing during World War I. Enthusiastic to fight for their country, the boys quickly lose their fervor when they arrive at the Western Front and are met with horrific conditions and the brutality of armed conflict.

Any Given Sunday (1999)

Creator: Oliver Stone
Genres: Drama
Cast: Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx

Synopsis: Oliver Stone’s Any Given Sunday is one of the more unusual sports movies you’ll see. While there’s a team — the Miami Sharks — at the center of the movie, it’s not so much about them as it is about the brutality of football and the obsessive grasp that violence holds over American culture. Al Pacino stars as Tony D’Amato, an aging, formerly successful coach being slowly pushed out by new owner, Christina Pagniacci (Cameron Diaz), who knows the media won’t give her the same leniency they would give a new male owner. Not helping matters is that both the first- and second-string quarterbacks are brutally injured in the same game, forcing third-stringer Willie Beamen (Jamie Foxx) into the starring role. Beamen’s insistence on improvising and throwing out D’Amato’s conservative game plan, however, might just save everybody’s jobs and reputations.

Gladiator (2000)

Creator: Ridley Scott
Genres: Action, Drama, Adventure
Cast: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen

GLADIATOR | Official Trailer | Paramount Movies

Synopsis: By leading Rome’s conquests, Maximus Decimus Meridius (Russell Crowe) has earned great honor and the trust of emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) — so much so that the dying Aurelius decides to bestow his laurels on Maximus rather than his own son Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), with the instruction that Maximus returns Rome to rule by the Senate. The corrupt Commodus, however, catches wind of the plot and condemns Maximus to death. Left in the desert to die, Maximus is saved by slavers and sold into the gladiator pits, from whence he fights his way back to the Roman Colosseum to get his revenge on Commodus.

Walking Tall (2004)

Creator: Kevin Bray
Genres: Adventure, Drama, Action, Thriller
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Johnny Knoxville, Neal McDonough

Synopsis: In one of his earlier movies, Dwayne Johnson stars as retired U.S. Special Forces soldier Chris Vaughn, a man who returns to his hometown after years away to rekindle his old relationships and make a new, peaceful life. Unfortunately, his childhood home has turned into a den for crime, and it’s up to Vaughn to take on the role of the new sheriff in town to clean it up … one cracked skull at a time.

Road House (1989)

Creator: Rowdy Herrington
Genres: Action, Thriller
Cast: Patrick Swayze, Kelly Lynch, Sam Elliott

Synopsis: Patrick Swayze fuels this bar fighting flick to cult-classic status as James Dalton, one of the finest coolers (aka bouncers) around. Dalton’s got his work cut out for him when he’s hired by The Double Deuce, the loudest and meanest bar in the South. The Ph.D.-holding butt-kicker is more than up to the challenge of cleaning up the bar and its patrons. But when Dalton enters into a romance with Dr. Elizabeth Clay (Kelly Lynch), he gets on the bad side of a special breed of psychopath: Brad Wesley (Ben Gazzara).

Wanted (2008)

Creator: Timur Bekmambetov
Genres: Action, Thriller, Crime
Cast: James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman

Synopsis: Known colloquially as “that movie where they curve the bullet,” Wanted is a high-octane thriller set in the secret world of assassins. Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy) is a doormat of a man when a woman called Fox (Angelina Jolie) recruits him to join an assassin’s guild. Wesley also learns that the father he never met was a member of the guild before his recent murder. Under the tutelage of Fox and the guild’s enigmatic leader, Sloan (Morgan Freeman), Wesley taps into a set of skills he never knew he possessed. He also hones his appetite for vengeance.

A Knight’s Tale (2001)

Creator: Brian Helgeland
Genres: Adventure, Drama, Romance, Action
Cast: Heath Ledger, Rufus Sewell, Shannyn Sossamon

Synopsis: Complete with medieval tournament-going peasants chanting Queen’s We Will Rock You, A Knight’s Tale isn’t without its fair share of camp. For when you’re in the mood for a period romance with some surprisingly satisfying medieval violence, this movie has you covered. William Thatcher (Heath Ledger) is a knight’s apprentice who gets his chance for glory when a knight suddenly dies in the middle of a tournament. Thatcher poses as his liege knight and becomes determined to win the tournament, so long as his lie and his eye for Princess Jocelyn (Shannyn Sossamon) don’t get in the way.

Spider-Man (2002)

Creator: Sam Raimi
Genres: Fantasy, Action
Cast: Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst

SPIDER-MAN [2002] – Official Trailer (HD)

Synopsis: There have been so many Spider-Man films at this point that it’s easy to forget how groundbreaking Sony’s 2002 hit was. This blockbuster tells Spidey’s origin story, as Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) gets bitten by a genetically altered spider before witnessing the murder of his Uncle Ben by a criminal Peter could have stopped. In the aftermath, Peter devotes his life to fighting crime in New York while still pursuing his education and working as a photographer. But a terrifying new foe known as the Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe) stands in his way.

Men in Black (1997)

Creator: Barry Sonnenfeld
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Science Fiction
Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino

Synopsis: Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) is a veteran reaching the end of his tenure working for Men In Black, a government agency so secret that not even the President knows it exists. That’s because they manage the alarming amount of secret extraterrestrial traffic on Earth happening right under people’s noses. As K heads towards the exit, he’s looking for a new recruit and is drawn to J (Will Smith) a New York cop who isn’t the most orthodox selection. But there’s no time for J to get acclimated to the wealth of shocking new information because there’s a “bug” on the planet, and it’s chasing a secret that throws the fate of the galaxy into jeopardy.

Hardcore Henry (2015)

Creator: Ilya Naishuller
Genres: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
Cast: Sharlto Copley, Andrey Dementyev, Haley Bennett

Synopsis: Stuntman Andrey Dementyev stars as “you” in this innovative first-person POV action thriller. “You,” according to a woman claiming to be your wife (Haley Bennett), are Henry, a man brought back from the dead who remembers nothing. But shortly after gaining consciousness, you’re being shot at, your wife has been kidnapped, and you feel like you should probably help her out. Suddenly, the entire underworld of Moscow apparently wants you dead except for a mysterious British guy named Jimmy (Sharlto Copley). And even he probably has ulterior motives.

Black Crab (2022)

Creator: Adam Berg
Genres: Action, Thriller
Cast: Noomi Rapace, Jakob Oftebro, Dar Salim

BLACK CRAB | Official Trailer | Netflix

Synopsis: Black Crab is a post-apocalyptic action-thriller from director and co-writer Adam Berg. Noomi Rapace stars as Caroline Edh, a talented speed skater who is recruited to a team of five soldiers in a world torn apart by a vicious war. Tasked with delivering a secret package to a research facility that could bring the fighting to an end, Caroline and her fellow operatives must make a daring trek behind enemy lines if there’s to be any hope for humanity. An icy-cold rendition of the familiar “save the world” action sub-genre, Black Crab is a propulsive film and an adrenaline ride that is buttressed by its harsh locales and brutal acts of war.

The Vault (2021)

Creator: Jaume Balagueró
Genres: Crime, Action, Thriller
Cast: Freddie Highmore, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Sam Riley

THE VAULT | Official Trailer | Paramount Movies

Synopsis: In director Jaume Balagueró’s The Vault, Freddie Highmore stars as Thom, a master engineer who takes up ranks with a talented team of professional thieves. The mission? Break into a hidden underground chamber located below the Bank of Spain to make off with the rumored riches lying within. With the plot unfolding against the backdrop of Spain’s World Cup, Thom and his associates must squeeze the most out of every last second if they’re to make off with the vault’s many prizes. An electric and entertaining film, The Vault may not bring too many original concepts to the fold, but its execution of traditional “experts thinking on their feet” action elements is what makes this one a winner.

The Gentlemen (2019)

Creator: Guy Ritchie
Genres: Crime, Action, Comedy
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding

The Gentlemen Trailer #1 (2020) | Movieclips Trailers

Synopsis: The Gentlemen is another stylized, multi-million-dollar blowout for quick-cutting auteur Guy Ritchie. The story centers around Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey), an American cannabis kingpin operating in England. When the news hits the street that Pearson is looking to sell off his drug empire, a shady host of two-timing criminals and other malcontents crawl out of the shadows to blackmail, double-cross, and milk Pearson for everything he’s got. While The Gentlemen gets a bit convoluted and starts to feel a little longer than its almost two-hour runtime, you can tell that everyone on-screen is having the time of their lives. That gets to the real heart of the matter when it comes to Guy Ritchie. The man delivers popcorn action ensemble flicks, and he delivers on his Ritchie niche almost nine times out of 10.

Rambo (2008)

Creator: Sylvester Stallone
Genres: Action, Thriller
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz, Matthew Marsden

Synopsis: Picking up 20 years after the final film in the classic Rambo series, this 2008 release finds John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) living a peaceful life running a longboat on the Salween River in Thailand. However, not far away, the Burmese-Karen conflict rages on the Thai-Burma border. Rambo has long given up fighting, but when missionaries are captured by the Burmese Army, Pastor Arthur Marsh implores Rambo to help. Despite his reluctance to resume the violence, Rambo knows what he must do.

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Creator: Guy Ritchie
Genres: Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams

Synopsis: Maybe nobody asked for more Sherlock Holmes, but Guy Ritchie nonetheless succeeded in putting a fun new spin on the classic sleuth. Basically, he made Sherlock a Victorian-era action hero. Ritchie’s fast-paced, stylized entry into the Conan Doyle universe stars Robert Downey Jr. as the titular character and Jude Law as his trusty companion, Watson. As a criminal storm gathers over London, the already world-famous detective finds he’s up against something he hasn’t seen in a very long time: A challenge.

Blood Diamond (2006)

Creator: Edward Zwick
Genres: Drama, Thriller, Action
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou, Jennifer Connelly

Synopsis: Amidst Sierra Leone’s Civil War, a Zimbabwean ex-mercenary, Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio), and a Mende fisherman, Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou), see their fates become joined in a common quest to recover a rare pink diamond. Both Africans, Danny and Solomon have extraordinarily different backgrounds and circumstances that challenge their partnership as each seeks the diamond for complementary — and oppositional — purposes.

Casino Royale (2006)

Creator: Martin Campbell
Genres: Adventure, Action, Thriller
Cast: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen

Synopsis: The first Daniel Craig Bond film resets the 007 timeline and, for the first time, sets up a true narrative for the classic spy character that has impacts throughout Craig’s five-film tenure. Casino Royale picks up just after Jame Bond earns his license to kill. His first mission takes him to Madagascar where he is to spy on a terrorist. But as things begin to go awry, Bond decides to go beyond MI6’s purview to the Bahamas to investigate Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), a banker to the world’s leading terrorist organizations. Le Chiffre aims to raise money for terrorist activities in a high-stakes poker game in Montenegro. MI6, then, assigns 007 to play against Le Chiffre, knowing that the man is callously betting his entire organization on the game.

Gunpowder Milkshake (2021)

Creator: Navot Papushado
Genres: Action, Thriller, Crime
Cast: Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Chloe Coleman

Gunpowder Milkshake | Karen Gillan & Lena Headey | Official Trailer | Netflix

Synopsis: As a child, Sam (Karen Gillan) was abandoned by her mother, Scarlet (Lena Headey), when her life as an assassin overwhelmed her. In the present, Sam follows her mother’s footsteps as an assassin. However, Sam betrays her contract when she uses stolen money to pay the ransom for Emily (Chloe Coleman), a young girl under her protection. As rival assassins and criminals pursue Sam and Emily, Scarlet re-enters her life at an inopportune moment. If either mother or daughter wants to survive, they will have to work together. And as the title of Gunpowder Milkshake implies, there’s a lot of gunplay in this movie.

Spectral (2016)

Creator: Nic Mathieu
Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller, Action
Cast: James Badge Dale, Emily Mortimer, Gonzalo Menendez

Spectral | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Synopsis: Spectral was one of the early Netflix original films, and it poses an unusual problem for its lead character, Clyne (James Badge Dale). As a DARPA scientist, it’s Clyne’s job to investigate when U.S. soldiers in Moldova encounter ghost-like apparitions that can not be killed, harmed, or easily seen. After meeting up with General Orland (Bruce Greenwood) and his men, as well as CIA officer Fran Madison (Emily Mortimer), Clyne discovers that the apparitions are a man-made threat. But knowing this and finding a way of stopping them are two different things. And nothing seems to slow down their rampage.

Army of the Dead (2021)

Creator: Zack Snyder
Genres: Action, Adventure, Horror, Crime
Cast: Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick

Army of the Dead | Official Trailer | Netflix

Synopsis: Zack Snyder got his start with his remake of Dawn of the Dead, but Army of the Dead is all his. After Las Vegas falls to the zombie plague, casino owner Bly Tanaka (Hiroyuki Sanada) wants to recover his lost millions from a vault before Sin City is nuked off the face of the Earth. That’s where Scott Ward (Dave Bautista) comes in. He’s an ex-mercenary who is convinced by Tanaka to put a team together and try to make it in and out of Vegas before the bombs drop. However, the mission is complicated when Scott’s estranged daughter, Kate Ward (Ella Purnell), insists on coming along. And none of Scott’s team is prepared for what they’ll find in the ruins of Vegas.

The Old Guard (2020)

Creator: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Genres: Action, Fantasy
Cast: Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts

The Old Guard | Official Trailer | Netflix

Synopsis: In a year largely without theaters, this comic book adaptation has stepped up to fill the blockbuster void. Charlize Theron headlines The Old Guard as Andy, a warrior who was once Andromache of Scythia. Andy and her fellow immortal mercs are exposed by ex-CIA spook James Copley (Chiwetel Ejiofor). However, Andy’s quest to reclaim her secrets is complicated by the emergence of Nile Freeman (KiKi Layne), a Marine who becomes the first new immortal in a long time. Andy reluctantly takes Nile under her wing as previously unknown enemies close in on them. We could be looking at a franchise here, as Theron herself told Variety that a sequel script is complete with filming to begin in early 2022.

The Night Comes for Us (2018)

Creator: Timo Tjahjanto
Genres: Action, Thriller, Crime
Cast: Joe Taslim, Iko Uwais, Asha Kenyeri Bermudez

The Night Comes For Us | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Synopsis: The Night Comes for Us might legitimately be the goriest action flick in recent memory. Indonesian action films have an intensity that many of their American counterparts can’t match. Joe Taslim stars as Ito, an assassin for the South East Asian Triad. But when Ito is ordered to kill a young girl, Reina (Asha Kenyeri Bermudez), he turns against his masters. That’s why Ito’s former masters send his ex-friend, Arian (Iko Uwais), after both of them to finish the job. There will be blood … lots of it.

The Debt Collector (2018)

Creator: Jesse V. Johnson
Genres: Action
Cast: Scott Adkins, Louis Mandylor, Michael Paré

The Debt Collector (2018) | Official International Trailer (Scott Adkins) HD

Synopsis: A broke martial arts instructor takes a side gig as a debt collector for the mob in this zany action flick that might as well be an advertisement to get kids into MMA. Nonetheless, it’s a good time as the martial artist and his mob-appointed thug partner spend the weekend forcibly collecting debts and having silly amounts of fun doing it.

The King (2019)

Creator: David Michôd
Genres: Drama, History, War
Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris

The King - Timothée Chalamet | Official Teaser Trailer | Netflix Film

Synopsis: For those who prefer their action with a more historical bent, The King is a smartly reimagined, modernized version of Shakespeare’s Henry V. It’s too bad Shakespeare lived before the age of cinema because, with gorgeous cinematography, incredibly broad set pieces, and harrowing depictions of medieval war, director David Michôd delivers a glorious war movie. Timothee Chalamet stars as young Henry V, an unaspiring heir who has the crown forced upon him after his father’s untimely death. Believing Henry weak and ineffectual, the Dauphin of France takes the opportunity to incite a war. But there’s more afoot than meets the eye. Robert Pattinson’s performance as the Dauphin alone is worth the watch.

Wheelman (2017)

Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller
Cast: Frank Grillo, Wendy Moniz-Grillo, Caitlin Carmichael

Wheelman | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Synopsis: Frank Grillo tends to play a lot of villains or supporting characters and has appeared in a wide range of TV shows and movies, from Law & Order and Billions to Avengers: Endgame. But in Wheelman, Grillo gets to take the lead as the unnamed getaway driver who finds himself in over his head after a double-cross. Someone set up the Wheelman for a deadly fall, and he’s not going to take it lying down. Throughout the course of the movie, we learn a bit more about the Wheelman’s past and his broken family life. But the real attraction here is the dynamic driving and action scenes, which Grillo pulls off with gusto.

Ip Man (2008)

Creator: Wilson Yip
Genres: Drama, Action, History
Cast: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Lynn Hung

Synopsis: Based on the life of martial arts grandmaster and Bruce Lee teacher, Ip Man, 2008’s Ip Man is one of the most successful martial arts films of the 21st-century. The film focuses on events in Ip’s life that supposedly took place during the Sino-Japanese War when Japanese forces occupied parts of China. When an occupying general challenges Chinese men to duels to prove Japanese superiority, Ip Man initially refuses to fight until he discovers the Japanese are going far beyond just hand-to-hand combat. Starring Donnie Yen as Ip Man, this beautifully choreographed film is a delight for fans of martial arts films and the entire trilogy is currently on Netflix. We’ve also found some of the best Bruce Lee movies to stream.

The Outpost (2020)

Creator: Rod Lurie
Genres: War, Drama, History, Action
Cast: Scott Eastwood, Caleb Landry Jones, Orlando Bloom

Synopsis: In 2009, 53 American troops were attacked at the remote Combat Outpost Keating during the war in Afghanistan. The Outpost tells the story of these soldiers as they attempt to hold off an enemy force that has them severely outnumbered. More alarmingly, the army has stripped the small fortress of its resources, leaving the remaining troops in a very dangerous situation. The majority of the film takes place before the attack, and it paints a relatively realistic depiction of the lives of American soldiers caught up in a brutal war. But when the attack begins, The Outpost is elevated and becomes even more visceral as the soldiers face overwhelming odds while fighting for their lives. It’s a gripping battle sequence that makes this film an unforgettable experience.

Triple Frontier (2019)

Creator: J.C. Chandor
Genres: Action, Thriller, Crime, Adventure
Cast: Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam

Triple Frontier | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Synopsis: Netflix put together an all-star cast for Triple Frontier, with Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, and Pedro Pascal as a team of ex-Delta Force soldiers who reunite for a dangerous heist in South America. Affleck’s Tom “Redfly” Davis is the ringleader of the crew who convinces them to reunite in order to steal a fortune from a drug lord. However, Davis’ greed gets the best of him during the initial strike, leaving the team vulnerable as they attempt to escape the jungle with their newfound wealth and their lives. But the biggest threat to the team may come from within.

Burn Out (2018)

Genres: Action, Thriller
Cast: François Civil, Olivier Rabourdin, Manon Azem

Synopsis: One of the benefits of Netflix is the ability to discover films that would have been under the radar without it. A case in point is Burn Out, a French thriller that stars Parisian actor François Civil as Tony Rodrigues, a semi-pro motorcyclist who finds himself outside of the law. To settle the debt of his ex, Leyla (Manon Azem), Tony agrees to be a courier for a drug dealer named Jordan (Samuel Jouy), which, of course, involves Tony zipping through traffic on his motorcycle at breakneck speeds. But when Jordan won’t allow Tony to end their arrangement, he has to call upon his friend, Miguel (Olivier Rabourdin), to make an even more dangerous play to escape.

Extraction (2020)

Creator: Sam Hargrave
Genres: Drama, Action, Thriller
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Rudhraksh Jaiswal, Randeep Hooda

Extraction | Official Trailer | Screenplay by JOE RUSSO Directed by SAM HARGRAVE | Netflix

Synopsis: As one of their first films following Avengers: Endgame, Joe and Anthony Russo re-teamed with Chris Hemsworth for Extraction, a Netflix original. This particular comic book adaptation is much more down-to-earth, however, as Hemsworth’s black-ops mercenary, Tyler Rake, is recruited for a mission to protect Ovi Mahajan (Rudhraksh Jaiswal), the son of a local drug lord. Hemsworth’s performance carries the movie, and first-time director Sam Hargrave delivers next-level action and stunt sequences. This is one of the best popcorn flicks of recent memory, and it didn’t even need a theater.


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