The Best Action Movies on Netflix Nobody Is Talking About
Those of you craving a good action movie don’t have to wait for a new flick on the big screen to keep you riveted for 90 minutes to two hours. If you’ve watched enough action movies on Netflix, then their algorithms probably gathered popular action titles you’ve watched to death.
Don’t always count on automation to find the best choices. While it seems most films produced exclusively for Netflix are intense dramas or comedies, some original action projects have been produced there. Most of their action scenes work just as well on the small screen as they would sitting in a theater.
Let’s look at what you’re missing, including one great animated action film from 40 years ago.
‘What Happened to Monday’ (2017)
While this action sci-fi film is a couple of years old, it’s a great example of the forgotten gems sometimes distributed through the Netflix platform.
What Happened to Monday is a dystopian tale set in a time when the world is overpopulated and requires everyone to only have one child per household. The plot involves identical septuplets sought out by the government for breaking the rules. All six septuplets are on the run throughout to find a missing sister.
What’s most notable in this film is the amazing cast. They somehow were able to land Glenn Close and Willem Dafoe as just two award-winning acting talents.
The above septuplets are all played by Noomi Rapace as a bit of a nod to Tatiana Maslany playing myriad clones in Orphan Black.
‘The Night Comes for Us’ (2018)
Made just last year, you can still find The Night Comes for Us on Netflix. If you like international action thrillers, this is one of the best to watch on streaming.
Set in the streets of Jakarta, the film is one of the most riveting and violent revenge tales ever made. An elite Triad assassin that saves a girl’s life is sought out by gangsters, leading to numerous bloody confrontations.
You’ll even find a twist here of lesbians involved in the combat, making this a cross-genre action film like no other. Your jaw will drop at the stunning choreography in every action scene.
Despite not being for the squeamish, it’s a reminder of how international filmmakers are taking action films to unparalleled levels.
‘How it Ends’ (2018)
Apocalyptic themes are ubiquitous in the action genre. Netflix hasn’t hesitated to distribute various films within this same genre. How it Ends is another interesting action film that was somewhat lost in the herd.
This tale involves a cataclysmic event on earth and a man trying to get home to his wife to see if she survived. Starring Theo James, you’ll also see the great Forest Whitaker in a pivotal role. Kat Graham plays James’ wife.
How it Ends has received mixed reviews, but it’s worth checking out mainly for the great acting and the fascinating premise.
‘Game Over, Man!’ (2018)
We don’t see enough comedy action movies. Netflix is one of the few places you can find such a thing other than the occasional buddy action flick with a theatrical release.
Game Over, Man! was released on Netflix last year with Adam DeVine, Anders Holm, and Blake Anderson the main stars. They play video game designers who have to deal with their financier being taken hostage by a group of terrorists. As you might guess, they attempt a risky rescue.
Absurd as it is, it does have laughs. Poking fun at action movies still isn’t done nearly enough in a time when we’re often hit over the head with serious violence.
‘Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro’ (1979)
Here’s an animated action gem now streaming on Netflix from the early days of Hayao Miyazaki. With a complex plot of counterfeiting in a fictional country called Cagliostro, you’ll see the early story mastery of Miyazaki before his Studio Ghibli became an animation innovator.
It’s rare to find this unique film on streaming services. You’ll gain a sense of how useful Netflix still is acquiring lost cinematic masterpieces sure to fascinate the most scrutinizing action buffs.