14 Best Action Movies on Hulu

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There is nothing better than a good action movie to get the adrenaline pumping and leave you feeling excited. Hulu has some of the greatest action films of all time available to stream right now to your TV or laptop. 

Below you’ll find 14 of the best action movies available on Hulu.

14 of the Best Action Movies Available on Hulu

  1. Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol
  2. Clear and Present Danger
  3. 13 Assassins
  4. Death Wish
  5. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  6. Spider-Man: Far From Home
  7. Assault on Precinct 13
  8. Goldfinger
  9. Bumblebee
  10. Point Break
  11. Pokémon Detective Pikachu
  12. Gamer
  13. I’m Gonna Git You Sucka
  14. Resident Evil: Vendetta

1. Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol

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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011) – IMDb

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The fourth installment of the Mission: Impossible series is a top-notch production with an A-list cast, spectacular action sequences that will keep you at the edge of your seat, and a plot that’s as interesting as the best Bond films.

The story begins with Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and the IMF agency being disavowed by the U.S. government for their alleged involvement in a terrorist attack on the Kremlin. Hunt is forced to go “off the grid” when the president initiates Ghost Protocol to clear the agency’s name and prevent further attacks.

Along the way, Hunt is made to continue his mission with a group of fellow IMF fugitives, but their motives are suspect at best. Though they are facing an impossible mission yet, Ethan and his team are left with no other choice but to rid the world of a rival international organization gone rogue.  

2. Clear and Present Danger

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Clear and Present Danger (1994) – IMDb

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Clear and Present Danger is a 1994 American political action-thriller film based on Tom Clancy’s 1989 novel. This is the third film to feature Clancy’s character Jack Ryan (the preceding two were The Hunt for Red October in 1990 and The Patriot Games in 1992). The movie stars Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan and James Earl Jones as Vice Admiral James Greer.

When Admiral Greer is diagnosed with cancer, Jack Ryan is made acting deputy director of the CIA and quickly gets caught up in an unconstitutional “war on drugs” filled with political corruption and murder. Ryan is made to fight through several cover-ups to determine who is at the root of the problem but soon realizes he’s being set up to take the fall.

3. 13 Assassins

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13 Assassins (2010) – IMDb

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Car chases and explosions are fun, but for some, the action scene is ruled by the samurai. A remake of the 1963 film; 13 Assassins takes inspiration from real events to add to the drama, but the overall plot remains the same.  

In 1844, the people of Japan were oppressed by the cruel Lord Naritsugu, who is gaining political power through corruptive means. Many of the government officials turn a blind eye to his murderous deeds, but one man stands up to stop him. He hires on a team of 11 unemployed samurai and a hunter to help him take down the ruthless lord before he drags Japan into war.  

4. Death Wish

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Death Wish (2018) – IMDb

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An American vigilante action thriller starring Bruce Willis, Death Wish is a remake of the 1974 film based on the 1972 novel by Brian Garfield. Director Eli Roth says the film offers a reflection upon what one is willing to do to protect the family and obtain justice.

Willis plays Paul Kersey, a surgeon in Chicago, who has to see some gruesome things when patients are brought in for help off the violent streets. He can see first hand how bad crime in the city can be, and when his family falls victim to the violence, Kersey loses patience with the police and decides to take matters into his own hands.  

5. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) – IMDb

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Very few period films are able to truly capture an era without relying on clichés that rip away from the story; this film not only steers clear of that, but it also manages to serve as a worthy historical reference. Based on the novels by Patrick O’Brian, the film is masterfully done and recreates war at sea in the nineteenth century with incredible attention to detail. 

Russell Crowe plays Captain Jack Aubrey boarded the H.M.S. Surprise in 1805. He and his close friend, Paul Bettany (Stephen Maturin), are instructed to locate and facilitate the take-down of a powerful French vessel somewhere off the South American coast. They encounter a slew of difficulties, including their own internal struggles, but “Lucky Jack” is determined to see the mission to its end.

6. Spider-Man: Far From Home

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Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) – IMDb

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Directed by Jon Watts, this is the 23rd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and features Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. He is accompanied by a cast of big names like Jake Gyllenhaal, Marisa Tomei, Cobie Smulders, and Samuel L. Jackson

As the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming, and continuing the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home shows us how Spider-Man must now be the hero to help save a planet that has been changed forevermore. 

Just as much a coming of age story as an action film, Far From Home puts Spider-Man in the thick of the fight when he is recruited to take on the Elementals, but it also expands on Peter Parker’s personal storyline, including his relationship with MJ.

7. Assault on Precinct 13

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Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) – IMDb

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Those familiar with the 2005 film of the same name are often surprised to hear it was a remake. However, what shouldn’t surprise you is that the original 1976 version is considered to be much better. This action crime thriller was written, directed, edited, and scored by John Carpenter, and was later hailed as one of the best films of Carpenter’s career and best action films of its era.

Los Angeles street gangs come together to wage war on the police after a series of unfortunate, bloody events. They set out to make their attack when poor timing and happenstance put a group of contrasting characters into an otherwise unlikely partnership to defend the LA precinct office from the bloodthirsty gang members. 

8. Goldfinger

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Goldfinger (1964) – IMDb

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Before there was Bourne, there was Bond. Credited as the film that solidified the public’s interest in the Bond-world, Goldfinger was the third installment of the iconic James Bond series and the first blockbuster for the franchise grossing over $120 million worldwide. Starring Sean Connery as the infamous MI6 agent alongside Honor Blackman and Shirley Eaton as the iconic Bond girls Pussy Galore and Jill Masterson, respectively.

Much of what we love about Bond films originated in this one, including the vast amounts of tech gadgets Bond uses, the extensive, mostly stand-alone sequence given pre-credits, multiple foreign locations, and tongue-in-cheek humor. 

The plot follows Bond in his quest to uncover and foil the plans of a gold smuggler and tycoon Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe). Bond must stop Goldfinger from going through with his plans to contaminate the US Bullion Depository at Fort Knox.

9. Bumblebee

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Bumblebee (2018) – IMDb

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What was developed as a spin-off and prequel, Bumblebee became the reboot of the popular franchise in 2018 as the sixth installment of the live-action Transformers series. The film was given high praise by critics and audiences alike, complimenting the action sequences and the 1980s setting, which struck quite a nostalgic chord for kids of the ’80s that grew up with the original cartoon series and action figures. 

The story starts with Optimus Prime and the Autobots losing in the Great Cybertronian War to the Decepticons. A scout named B-127 is sent to Earth to prepare an operations base where the Autobots can regroup. B-127 crash-lands in California, where he is ambushed by a Decepticon and brought nearly to his death. He finds refuge at a junkyard in a small beach town where he is soon discovered by a young girl (Hailee Steinfeld).

10. Point Break

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Point Break (1991) – IMDb

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While a remake was spawned in 2015 that was released to negative reviews, the original Point Break from 1991 grossed over $83 million in its theatrical run. Since then, it has gained a cult following that has secured its place in the list of most beloved action movies of all time. The film was nominated for three MTV Movie Awards in 1992, including “Best Action Sequence,” but ultimately won the award for “Most Desirable Male” (Keanu Reeves). 

The movie follows Johnny Utah (Reeves), a former Ohio State quarterback turned rookie FBI agent, who goes undercover to expose a gang of bank-robbing surfers who wear rubber masks of former presidents to commit their crimes. Utah manages to infiltrate the gang, led by Bohdi (Patrick Swayze), and becomes drawn to their adrenaline-charged lifestyle. 

The movie carries out by building on the complex relationship between these two men that leads to a foreshadowed conclusion.

11. Pokémon Detective Pikachu

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Pokémon Detective Pikachu 2019 – IMDb

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This is the first live-action Pokémon film. Ryan Reynolds not only provided the voice of Pikachu, but he helped to create the expressions on that adorable, little, yellow face as he did the facial motion capture as well. The live-action cast includes Justice Smith as Tim Goodman and Kathryn Newton as Lucy Stevens.

When ace detective Harry Goodman disappears, his disappearance’s mystery falls to his son, aspiring Pokémon trainer Tim Goodman. He teams up with detective Pikachu, who claims to be Harry’s partner, and the two of them set out to solve who (or what) is it all. They’re soon accompanied by junior reporter Lucy Stevens and her Psyduck companion on a thrilling adventure ride to solve the mystery, encountering many Pokémon along the way.

12. Gamer

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Gamer (2009) – IMDb

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This sci-fi action thriller has less than stellar numbers in the ratings because many first-time viewers find themselves disappointed that there was no real development of the characters or because it lacks some crazy plot-twist at the end. 

As far as an action film goes, this movie ticks all the important boxes. Violence, blood, nudity, Gerald Butler sporting action-hero muscles running around fighting and shooting people? Check, check, check, and big, bold check.

Butler plays a death-row inmate, Kable, who battles other prisoners in a weekly virtual war game for a chance at his freedom. In the game, Kable and the inmates are controlled by human players who believe they are mere avatars, where they are made to fight to their death. A resistance group rises up against the game’s inventor to bring down his high-tech slavery device, and Kable becomes an important piece of their plan.

13. I’m Gonna Git You Sucka

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I’m Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) – IMDb

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Kennen Ivory Wayans wrote and starred in this feature film, which was his directorial debut. This noteworthy film in American culture is a parody of the blaxploitation sub-genre that features several prominent black actors from the genre, including Jim Brown and Issac Hayes. 

Other well-known names include Damon Wayans and Chris Rock. While it is loaded with comedic tones and stereotypical characters that are laughable, the film gives action that is “gonna get you” pumped. 

When soldier Jack Spade (Wayans) returns home to Any Ghetto, USA, he learns his brother died from an “OG”—an overdose on gold chains. Spade enlists the help of John Slade (Bernie Casey), his long-time hero, and a group of crime fighters that are beyond their prime, to say the least, to seek revenge on Mr. Big (John Vernon) and his gold-trading empire that is ruling the streets. This zany spoof ends with Spade taking care of the situation on his own terms.

14. Resident Evil: Vendetta 

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Resident Evil: Vendetta (2017) – IMDb

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If you are a fan of this video game series, the live-action Resident Evil movies may have disappointed you a bit. That’s to be expected, but animated movies are a completely different thing. These have much more credibility because they are in the same universe as the games, and the viewer is able to escape into the world they are familiar with.

Chris Redfield (Kevin Dorman, avatar) is on a mission to hunt down an angry death merchant, Glenn Arias (John DeMita, avatar), who is seeking revenge on Interpol and the FBI. It is discovered Arias has ties to a bioweapon used by the Los Illuminados, and Redfield sets out to stop it. Redfield is made to face hoards of zombies and other death traps to get to Arias, but these aren’t the only obstacles he will face in his quest to stop Arias and his evil bioweapon.

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