Last Updated: April 16th
Superhero blockbusters and Jurassic-sized sequels are great to watch at the theater but if you’re craving a bit of action without the crowded, dingy ambiance of your local cinema, never fear, Amazon’s got you covered. The streaming platform has added a slew of titles guaranteed to get the heart thumping just a bit faster with its action-oriented slate of options. Looking for a space epic full of interstellar battles and a wickedly-fun origin story? They’ve got it. How about a high-stakes chase on horseback through the Old West? Because that’s definitely there. Or, if you’re hunting for something a bit more realistic, why not try a couple of tense, bullet-ridden biopics about war in the Middle East? Whatever your fancy, if it’s action (movies that is. We can’t help with anything else.) you’re searching for, Amazon is the place to go to.
Here are some of the wildest, exhilarating titles currently in the Amazon Prime library that are sure to get your blood pumping.
Star Trek (2009)
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Run Time: 124 min | IMDb: 7/10
There’s a lot to love about the return of Downey Jr. to the role of Tony Stark in Iron Man 2. We meet Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, we’re treated to a hellishly-fun villain in Sam Rockwell, and the look of the film is worlds above its predecessor. In the grand scheme of the Marvel universe, this flick isn’t a stand-out, but it’s an enjoyable watch, thanks to Downey Jr.’s complete comfortableness in the role of the billionaire-playboy-philanthropist-superhero.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)
This classic Western starring Clint Eastwood follows the adventures of a stiff-lipped bounty hunter, a sociopathic mercenary, and a fast-talking Mexican bandit. The trio is connected by a grave full of gold, a few near executions, and a lot of bad blood. Highway robberies, assassination attempts, and a famous Mexican standoff make this a worthy entry on the action flicks list, plus it’s one of Eastwood’s most iconic roles.
Boondock Saints (1999)
Run Time: 108 min | IMDb: 7.8/10
Norman Reedus, Willem Dafoe, and Sean Patrick Flanery star in this crime thriller about a pair of Irish-Catholic brothers on a mission to rid their city of evil. Reedus plays Murphy and Flanery plays his brother, Connor. The siblings are involved in a brawl with the mafia at a local pub which leads to them being briefly imprisoned. Behind bars, the brothers decide to eradicate the Russian mob from the streets of Boston and go on a killing spree, aided by a well-meaning FBI Agent (Dafoe) and the city itself, which views Connor and Murphy as vigilante heroes.
Matthew Vaughn prefaces his wildly successful Kingsman run with this raunchy, raucous action comedy about a comic book nerd who decides to emulate his fictional heroes by becoming a superhero, despite having no training or talent for fighting. Aaron Taylor-Johnson stars as Dave, a high-school nobody whose DIY vigilante-ways land him in trouble with mob bosses and drug dealers and all kinds of nefarious foes. He ends up partnering a father-daughter pair of heroes, Big Daddy (a ridiculously entertaining Nic Cage) and Hit-Girl (a kickass Chloe Grace Moretz). It’s a bizarre, funny, action-packed mess. You’ll love it.
Top Gun (1986)
Run Time: 110 min | IMDb: 6.9/10
Tom Cruise stars in this military drama that has as many catchphrases as fly-bys. Cruise plays Maverick, a promising student at the United States Navy’s elite fighter weapons school. After a routine mission ends in tragedy, he’s forced to re-think everything he thought he knew about flying, hooking up with a civilian instructor and taking on his arch-nemesis, a pilot played by Val Kilmer. It’s full of 80s nostalgia and some killer face-offs, all happening at 10,000 feet.
Free Fire (2016)
Run Time: 91 min | IMDb: 6.4/10
Run Time: 121 min | IMDb: 7/10
Kate Beckinsale stars in this fantasy-horror flick about a vampire assassin caught in the middle of a war between her kind and lycans. Beckinsale plays Selene, a centuries-old Death Dealer, one of the most prolific lycan-slayers of her time. When a human named Michael (Scott Speedman) is kidnapped and experimented on by the lycans’ leader (a long-haired Michael Sheen) Selene rescues him and the two become outcasts, fighting against all manner of mythological creatures to uncover the truth about their shared origin. It’s dark and gritty and Beckinsale kicks so much a**, it’s hard to keep track.
You Were Never Really Here (2017)
Run Time: 89 min | IMDb: 6.8/10
Joaquin Phoenix stars as a troubled hitman with a dark past in this thrilling crime flick from Lynne Ramsay. Phoenix plays Joe, a gun for hire, former military man and FBI agent, who spends most of his time rescuing victims of sex trafficking. He’s recruited to save a Senator’s daughter from a brothel that caters to high-end clientele, but the job thrusts him into the center of a conspiracy that costs him everything and ends in blood and tragedy. It’s a relentless slog to be sure, but it works because Ramsay is more interested in profiling the man, not the hits he makes.
Megan Leavey (2017)
Run Time: 116 min | IMDb: 7.1/10
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