11 awesome action movies to watch on Netflix

There is nothing quite like a fun-filled, hi-octane action flick to get the adrenaline flowing. Some of the biggest stars in cinema have emerged from popular balls-to-the-wall action fests. Handily, Netflix has a great selection of some of the best shot-to-the-arm thrill-rides out there.

Here are some of the most awesome action films available to stream on Netflix UK right now.

The Warriors (1979)

After their leader is wrongly accused of the murder of a powerful rival, the remaining members of The Warriors street gang find the New York police force, a number of violent rival gangs and a whole 27 miles of city between them and the safety of their hometurf. Will they all make it through the night? A great cult thriller with some of the most iconic representations of street-gangs in cinematic history.

Under Siege (1992)

When a group of terrorists led by Tommy Lee Jones take control of an American nuclear warship and hold the crew hostage, it is up to the ship’s cook (Steven Seagal) to fight his way through the vessel and rescue his crew-mates. Brilliant fun and a rip-roaring box office success, Under Siege went on to receive two Academy award nominations. True story.

Kickboxer (1989)

The legendary Jean Claude van Damme stars as cornerman-turned-fighter Kurt Sloane in this iconic martial arts actioner. After his brother is left paralyzed by undefeated kickboxing champion Tong Po, Kurt travels to Thailand and vows to avenge his sibling. An exhilarating cult classic that shot van Damme into super stardom. The actor is returning to the franchise for a Kickboxer reboot, due out soon.

Serenity (2005)

The feature-length follow-up to Joss Whedon’s much-loved Firefly TV series is set up for anyone to get into (and Firefly is available on Netflix anyway). When two Alliance fugitives seek refuge on his space ship, Captain Malcolm Reynolds and his crew decide to do what they can to help and go on the run, pursued by deadly Alliance assassins. It’s superb story and a great curtain-closer for the fabled sci-fi saga.

Mission: Impossible (1996)

Tom Cruise stars as Agent Ethan Hunt in this first feature instalment in the long-running franchise. Framed for the murder of his colleagues and now on the run from his former employers, Hunt must uncover the real perpetrators of the crime and clear his name before his former colleagues get to him first. Never better, Mission: Impossible stands as one of the best action flicks of the 90’s.

Rambo (2008)

The fourth instalment in the legendary franchise arrived 20 years after Rambo III. Star Sylvester Stallone reprises the role of the iconic soldier who is hired by a church pastor to rescue a group of missionaries kidnapped by a violent warlord in the war-torn jungles of Burma. An over-the-top, balls to the wall schlock-fest – and a great return for the cult hero.

Hero (2002)

Speaking of heroes, Jet Li stars in this, the most successful movie in Chinese film history. Loosely based on real-life events, Li stars as a nameless protagonist who claims to have killed those plotting to assassinate the King of Qin. Intrigued, the monarch allows for “Nameless” to recount his story, and the events leading up to his arrival at the palace. Beautifully shot and blessed with some fantastic fight set-pieces, Hero is one of those must-watch additions to Asian cinema in recent years.

Tron: Legacy (2010)

Disney’s reboot of the classic cult sci-fi stars Garrett Hedlund as Sam, a young man who responds to a distress call from his missing father (Jeff Bridges), only to find that the call comes from inside the world of a video game his father designed. Transported to The Grid, Sam must find his father and prevent the game’s villain from invading the human world. Great visuals and a fantastic soundtrack by Daft Punk make this a captivating slice of action sci-fi for all.

Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)

Antonio Banderas stars as El Mariachi in Robert Rodriguez’s iconic Mexican-Western epic. Hired by the CIA to hunt down and kill a Mexican drug-lord (Willem Dafoe), El Mariachi also takes the opportunity to track down one of Dafoe’s known associates, a corrupt Army general responsible for the death of Mariachi’s beloved wife. The third and final part in the loosely linked Desperado trilogy, Once Upon a Time in Mexico plays out like a Central American styled The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

The Expendables (2010)

Starring the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews and Mickey Rourke – and with cameos from Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger – The Expendables must stand as one of the greatest action ensembles in cinema history. A rogue band of aging mercenaries are hired to overthrow a Latin American dictator, whom they soon discover to be only a puppet for a violent former CIA officer.

The Raid 2 (2014)

Sporting some of the best-choreographed fight scenes in recent memory, Indonesian film The Raid 2 (directed by Welshman Gareth Evans) follows the protagonist of the first film, young cop Rama, as he heads undercover into a notorious Indonesian crime syndicate. Brutal, exhilarating and relentless, The Raid 2 stands out as one of the finest action films of this century.

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