20 Best Action Movies on Amazon Prime

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When you’re in the mood for some racing, chasing, rock ‘em, sock ‘em, cliff-hanging, edge-of-your-seat action, look no further than Amazon Prime. Here you will find some of the best action movies with all the great stars from Bruce Lee to Sylvester Stalone, Tom Cruise, and of course, the late, great Sean Connery. 

Below you’ll find the twenty best action movies available on Amazon Prime.

20 Best Action Movies Featured on Amazon Prime

  1. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  2. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  3. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
  4. Casino Royale 
  5. Quantum of Solace
  6. Daredevil
  7. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  8. Con Air
  9. Gemini Man
  10. Terminator: Dak Fate
  11. Hitman
  12. Rambo: Last Blood
  13. Captain America: The First Avenger
  14. Overlord
  15. Guns Akimbo
  16. Fist of Fury
  17. Final Score
  18. Highlander
  19. Bumblebee
  20. Platoon

1. Mission: Impossible – Fallout

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Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) – IMDb

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The sixth installment in the film series, Mission: Impossible – Fallout once again reprises the role of Ethan Hunt for Tom Cruise, who is surrounded by a large cast of others also reprising roles from previous films, including Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Rebecca Furguson, Michelle Monaghan, and Alec Baldwin. Vanessa Kirby, Henry Cavill, and Angela Bassett are introduced to the franchise as well.

This was also the first of the Mission: Impossible films to reprise the role of director for anyone, as this was the second time directing the series for Christopher McQuarrie, who also wrote and produced the film to boot.

In the two years since Ethan Hunt captured Solomon Lane (Harris), The Syndicate has reorganized into a terrorist group, the Apostles, who are looking to acquire three plutonium cores. Ethan and the IMF team are assigned to intercept them, but they fail to do so when Luther (Rhames) is taken hostage. CIA agent August Walker (Cavill) joins the team, and Ethan and the rest must race to find the plutonium before it’s too late.  

2. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) – IMDb

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A winner of over forty awards, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is considered one of the greatest and most influential films in movie history.  In 2001, it received ten Academy Award nominations–the highest number for a foreign-language film ever–and won for Best Foreign Language Film, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, and Best Original Score. The film is praised for its cinematography, direction, story, and, of course, its martial arts sequences. 

Set in the early 19th century, Qing dynasty China, a Chinese warrior steals a legendary sword from a renowned warrior and runs off on a quest filled with mystery, adventure, and romance. The international cast includes Chow Yun-fat, Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang, and Chen Chang, and the film was directed by Ang Lee.

3. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) – IMDb

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Dubbed as a dieselpunk superhero film, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is based loosely on volume one of the title comic book series. This was the last live-action role for the late, great Sean Connery, who retired in 2006 and stars Naseeruddin Shah, Peta Wilson, Tony Curran, Stuart Townsend, Shane West, Jason Flemyng, and Richard Roxburgh as the assortment of literary characters that make up the extraordinary league.

In 1899, “The Fantom” wants to start a world war and Allan Quatermain (Connery) is chosen to stop him. A briefing with “M” reveals to Quatermain that he will be working with a variety of characters, including the Invisible Man, Captain Nemo, Dr. Jekyll/Hyde, Dorian Gray, and more. Together, as the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, they set out to save the world from war.

4. Casino Royale

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Casino Royale (2006) – IMDb

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Casino Royale is the first film that stars Daniel Craig as James Bond. Following Die Another Day, Eon Productions chose to give the series a reboot so audiences could follow a less experienced Bond who is more vulnerable. Directed by Martin Campbell and co-starring Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Jeffrey Wright, Giancarlo Giannini, and Judi Dench, Casino Royal is the twenty-first film in the series.

The film begins at the start of Bond’s career, where he is earning his license to kill and 00 status. He is sent on assignment to the Casino Royale in Montenegro, where he must bankrupt Le Chiffre, a terrorist financier. Femme fatale Vesper Lynd (Green) is sent along to help him win the most important game of poker in his life. The plot continues to set the story arc for the next film. 

5. Quantum of Solace

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Quantum of Solace (2008) – IMDb

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Keeping on the franchise with number twenty-two in the James Bond series, Quantum of Solace is a direct sequel to Casino Royale and features Daniel Craig for the second time as the iconic MI6 agent. It was directed by Marc Forster and also starred Olga Kurylenko, Gemma Arterton, Mathieu Amalric, Jeffery Wright, and Judi Dench once again as M.

Bond is after revenge for the death of Vesper Lynd, and the trail of mystery leads to Quantum member Dominic Greene (Amalric), who is attempting to take control of the country’s water supply. Bond must work to thwart the evil organization and does so with a vengeance in this, the most violent of all the Bond films, with a count of two hundred and fifty acts of violence throughout.

6. Daredevil

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Ben Affleck stars as Matt Murdock in this superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character. Directed by Mark Steven Johnson, Daredevil also cast Jennifer Garner for the role of Elektra Natchio–love interest in the title vigilante–a few short years before the actors paired up in real life. Colin Farrell, David Keith, and Michael Clarke Duncan are also featured as pivotal characters in this part of the Marvel universe. 

Matt Murdock was blinded by toxic waste as a young boy; however, this accident also enhanced his remaining senses, leaving him capable of “seeing” even better than ever. As a grown man, Murdock takes on a masked identity to become Daredevil and uses his heightened abilities to fight crime after his father’s murder pushes him to the edge. 

7. Transformers: Dark of the Moon

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

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The third installment of the Transformers live-action films, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, disappointed many established fans with the overall visual aesthetic change due to DreamWorks leaving as co-producer.  But that didn’t stop Michael Bay and his team from earning a nomination for best visual effects, and the film was ultimately the second-highest-grossing film in all of 2011.

Shia LaBeouf returns as Sam Witwicky to once again assist his robot allies now two years after the happenings in Revenge of the Fallen. Shockwave is introduced as the newest villain, and the Decepticons and Autobots continue to fight out their battle on Earth. Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey, Kevin Dunn, Julie White, John Malkovich, and Frances McDormand co-star. 

8. Con Air

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Directed by Simon West, Con Air has a star-studded cast who committed to their violent, crazy characters which helped bring a good deal of emotion into this action-thriller from the late 1990s. The film’s title, Con Air, is actually the nickname given to the Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System, though the story is not based on true events. 

Nicolas Cage stars as highly decorated US Army ranger Cameron Poe alongside John Cusak and John Malkovich with Steve Buscemi, Ving Rhames, Mykelti Williamson, Danny Trejo, Jesse Borrego, Dave Chappelle, Colm Meaney, Rachel Ticotin, Nick Chinlund, José Zúñiga, and Monica Potter all as supporting cast.

Upon returning home from service, Cameron Poe is convicted of involuntary manslaughter after protecting his wife from a rowdy drunk in the alleyway. He is sent to a federal penitentiary for almost a decade, separated from his wife and daughter. Once he is finally paroled, Cameron fights to make it home when he is put on Con Air with some of the nation’s most dangerous criminals who have a plan to hijack the plane and escape the country. 

9. Gemini Man

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Many actors were considered for the lead role as Henry Brogan in what was a very long development process, but ultimately it was Will Smith who landed the gig. Smith also plays Jackson Brogan, a clone of Henry that is sent to assassinate him. Through the use of motion capture combined with computer-generated imagery, effects and editing were able to “digitally de-age” Smith to resemble a younger version of himself. 

The film also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, and Benedict Wong.

Gemini Man is a story about an elite assassin, Henry Brogan, who is ready to retire. But after finishing his last job, Brogan’s plans are foiled when he suddenly finds himself the target of a mysterious killer who is able to predict his every move. When he discovers that his hunter is a younger, faster clone of himself, he must determine who is behind it all and why.

10. Terminator: Dark Fate

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Terminator: Dark Fate is the sixth installment in the Terminator film franchise and serves as a direct sequel to the original 1984 film The Terminator and subsequent 1991 film Terminator 2: Judgement Day. James Cameron took back the reins in this film that reunites Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor and Arnold Schwarzenegger as the T-800 Terminator once again after 23 years of the franchise taking a creative hiatus from the original storyline. 

Twenty-five years after Sarah Connor thwarted Skynet’s nuclear threat to humanity, the tyrannical machines from the future have targeted a young female factory worker, Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes), to put the genocidal plot into play. The machines send an advanced Terminator Rev-9 (Gabriel Luna) back in time to kill Ramos, but the resistance sends Grace (Mackenzie Davis), an augmented human soldier, back to help protect her. 

They team up with Sarah Connor and Skynet’s T-800 Terminator when their paths cross along the way, but can they rewrite history again to save humanity from total destruction?

11. Hitman

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Based on a series of video games of the same name, Hitman is an action-thriller following professional hitman Agent 47, engineered by “The Organization” to be an elite assassin, caught up in a political conspiracy. Timothy Olyphant stars as Agent 47 alongside Olga Kurylenko and Dougray Scott in the 2007 film directed by Xavier Gens.

When Agent 47 is hired to kill Interpol agent Mike Whittier (Scott), who has been trying to take down “The Organization” for years. With Russian secret police also hunting him, Agent 47 is caught inside a “random equation” in which he finds himself dealing with unfamiliar emotions and a stirring in his conscience that he is unable to ignore.

12. Rambo: Last Blood

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Nearly forty years after first blood was drawn, Sylvester Stallone returns as the one and only John Rambo in the fifth and final installment in the legendary action-hero franchise. Rambo: Last Blood was directed by Adrian Grünberg and co-stars Paz Vega, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Joaquín Cosío, Adriana Barraza, Genie Kim, Yvette Monreal, and Oscar Jaenada

The film follows Rambo on a journey to Mexico and back in attempts to save his adopted daughter from the cartel. He is made to confront his past and resort to his unforgiving combat skills to seek vengeance in this deadly, final mission. 

13. Captain America: The First Avenger

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The concept for this 2011 release began fourteen years earlier in 1997, but the project was disrupted by a lawsuit that held up progression until its settlement in September 2003. It wasn’t until 2005 that Marvel Studios took on a loan and began seeking out a director for the film, with Joe Johnston ultimately getting the job.

Chris Evans nabbed the title hero role as Steve Rogers/Captain America who stars alongside Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Sebastian Stan, Hayley Atwell, Stanley Tucci, Neal McDonough, Derek Luke, and Dominic Cooper.

In 1942 during World War II, Stever Rogers was a feeble man who desperately wants to serve his country. He gets recruited for an experiment that transforms him into super-soldier Captain America, and he soon finds himself trying to stop Red Skull from world domination.

14. Overlord

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As a J.J. Abrams production, Overlord received positive reviews from critics and grossed $3 million over budget worldwide. However, many fans admit it’s more of a B-movie with a Hollywood budget pegged to become a cult classic. Directed by Julius Avery and starring Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Pilous Asbaek, Jacob Anderson, John Magaro, and Bokeem Woodbine, the film is packed with both action and horror in a World War II setting.

The film follows a group of American paratroopers dropped behind enemy lines on June 5th, 1944–the day before D-Day–where they discover horror in secret Nazi experiments. The soldiers have been sent to carry out a mission that is crucial to the success of the invasion, and now must add this knowledge to the attack equation all before dawn or Hitler will get his promised Third Reich of a thousand years. 

15. Guns Akimbo

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Enjoy a little dystopian comedy in your action movie? Then Guns Akimbo is the film for you. Written and directed by Jason Lei Howden, the 2019 film starring Daniel Radcliffe had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Radcliff is accompanied by Samara Weaving, Edwin Wright, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Ned Dennehy, Grant Bowler, and Rhys Darby.

The film follows Miles (Radcliff), a Millennial who is stuck in the tech matrix, still longs for his ex-girlfriend and spends his free time as a social-justice troll in an attempt to feel good about his life. A miscalculated insult hurled at the audience of a deadly online reality game where players are forced to kill one another lands him a spot as a new unwilling participant. 

16. Fist of Fury

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Fist of Fury (1972) – IMDb

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When you want action, you can’t go wrong with a Bruce Lee film, and this is a classic that should not be missed by martial-arts fans. Directed by Wei Lo, Fist of Fury (aka The Chinese Connection, original title Jing wu men) is the film that introduced Bruce Lee to the world. His character, Chen Zhen, became the most famous Character in Hong Kong cinema (and was later portrayed by Jackie Chan).

Chen Zhen is returning to Shanghai to marry his fiancée when he discovers that his martial arts master has died. At the funeral, students from the local Japanese dojo insult the mourning Chinese students, prompting Chen to stand up and fight back. But in doing so, he discovers his master had been murdered, which sets him off on a mission for revenge.

17. Final Score

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Final Score (2018) – IMDb

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Directed by Scott Mann, Final Score is an action-thriller film starring Dave Bautista, Ray Stevenson, and Pierce Brosnan. The combination of these three contemporary action stars should be enough for an action-packed adventure, but add deep, well-portrayed characters together with a surprisingly brilliant screenplay on top of it all, and you’ve got a movie worth watching. 

Ralph Brown, Julian Cheung, Alexandra Dinu, Lara Peake, and Amit Shah co-star.

After deadly Russian terrorists (Brosnan and Stevenson) threaten to blow up a sports stadium in London and abduct his niece at a soccer game, ex-soldier Michael Knox (Bautista) must utilize his deadly fighting skills against the terrorists to save his niece and prevent them from following through with their attack.

18. Highlander

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“There can be only one” cult classic like this fantasy action-adventure film from 1986. Directed by Russell Mulcahy, Highlander stars Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown, and Roxanne Hart in a tale of an epic battle between immortal warriors that spans centuries.

Connor MacLeod (Lambert) was born an immortal in the Highlands of Scotland in the sixteenth-century. He is banished from his village after he is mortally wounded in battle yet lives and encounters another immortal who explains there are even more like them, engaged in a secret battle to be the sole surviving warrior. The story travels through time into 1985, where the Gathering of the remaining mortals is to take place in New York City.

19. Bumblebee 

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As the sixth installment of the Transformers live-action film series, Bumblebee is a character-centric story following the title robot through his travels to Earth during the Great Cybertronian War. Travis Knight directed the spin-off/prequel turned reboot–his first live-action film–which ultimately captured the heart of original fan-base audience members with its nostalgic nod to the 1980s. 

Hailee Steinfeld stars alongside John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Ortiz, Jason Drucker, and Pamela Adlon, with voice roles by Angela Bassett, Justin Theroux, Peter Cullen, and Dylan O’Brien as Bumblebee.

The film begins with the Autobots and the Decepticons at war, and Optimus Prime sends young scout B-127 to Earth with a mission to set up a safe place where the Autobots can retreat and strategize. But a crash landing followed by an ambush from the Decepticons leaves him badly wounded. He manages to seek shelter in a junkyard in California when a young girl (Steinfeld) befriends the alien robot, and their adventure begins.

20. Platoon

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Platoon (1986) – IMDb

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Written and directed by Oliver Stone, Platoon is the first in a trilogy of films surrounding the Vietnam War. (The subsequent films were Born on the Fourth of July (1989) and Heaven & Earth (1993).) The film is based on Stone’s own experience from the war as a U.S. infantryman and is meant to counter John Wayne’s portrayal of the war in The Green Berets.

A cast of big names including Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen, Keith David, Kevin Dillon, John C. McGinley, Forest Whitaker, and Johnny Depp all-star in this first film out of Hollywood to be written and directed by a Vietnam veteran. The story follows a young U.S. Army volunteer soldier through a moral crisis after facing the horrors of the war and the deception capable of man.

The film won four of the eight Academy Award nominations it received (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Sound, and Best Film Editing), and was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. 

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