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30 Best Action Movies On Amazon Prime [September 2021]

Amazon Prime has proven itself to be one of the best streamers out there, with a slew of original television series and movies loved by viewers and critics alike. The streaming giant finds itself among other titans in the industry like Netflix and Hulu and continues to grow its catalog each day.

While Amazon Prime has an impressive list of comedies, animated features, and documentaries, the platform is also loaded with a plethora of action flicks. They're continuing to grow their catalog as far as original movies in the genre go, and they also host an impressive list containing some of the greatest action films ever made. Additionally, Amazon Prime is home to some amazing hidden gems that you may not have heard of but definitely need to give a watch. We've compiled a list of the 30 best action movies this month on Amazon Prime to save you time from scrolling through their lengthy library. We've only included the best of the best, so take a peek and find your next movie night selection.

Updated on August 26, 2021: When it comes to movies with car chases, fist fights, and insane stunts, Amazon Prime is constantly changing its catalog. In order to keep things current, we'll be updating this list each month so you can stay informed on all the crazy action happening over on Amazon Prime.

6 Days

Based on the real-life events surrounding the 1980 siege of the Iranian Embassy in London, "6 Days" follows the story of the six-day stand-off to save the hostages inside the building. The film details the different vantage points of three different players in the siege: a Special Air Services corporal, a BBC reporter, and a Metropolitan Police officer. Each has different ideas on how the situation should be handled, each with their own motives, and the result is a white-knuckle action pic and an intense look at a true story.

  • Starring: Jamie Bell, Abbie Cornish, Mark Strong
  • Director: Toa Fraser
  • Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 94 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

36th Chamber of Shaolin

This 1978 Hong Kong flick is known by other names, including "The Master Killer," "Shaolin Master Killer," and "Shao Lin San Shi Liu Fang." This tremendous martial arts movie follows the story of Sao Te, who takes a stand against a villainous general who's taken over his town. Wanting to protect himself, his family, and other locals, Sao Te leaves his village to become a master of kung fu, so he can come back and take a stand against the Manchu government. With some fun training sequences and a great lead performance by Gordon Liu (who played multiple parts in "Kill Bill"), this is a kung fu classic that you have to check out.

Aliens

Set 57 years after the original "Alien" film, the sequel follows Ellen Ripley ... who's just now woken up from hyper-sleep. And all these decades later, the hero is tasked with taking several colonial marines to a deserted mining colony on a far-off moon. Once there, Ripley finds herself back in the crosshairs of xenomorphs who take out the marines one by one. She fights for her life against the ruthless onslaught of aliens, all while trying to protect a little girl who's been alone in the colony all this time. The result is an all-time action classic with one of the best final showdowns the genre has to offer. (This is available with IMDb TV, which is free with ads.)

  • Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn
  • Director: James Cameron
  • Year: 1986
  • Runtime: 137 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

The Assignment

Lieutenant Commander Annibal Ramirez is captured by Mossad accidentally, as he bears a striking resemblance to notorious terrorist Carlos the Jackal. Soon after, his life gets even more complicated when the CIA recruits him to impersonate Carlos in an effort to capture the villain, and Annibal is trained to act just like him. The mission is a dangerous one as Annibal is conflicted with carrying it out and worries about being discovered at every turn. With its impressive cast, stylish action, and intelligent plot, this is one assignment you won't want to skip.

  • Starring: Aidan Quinn, Donald Sutherland, Ben Kingsley
  • Director: Christian Duguay
  • Year: 1997
  • Runtime: 119 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

The A-Team

Based on the classic '80s TV show, "The A-Team" finds Hannibal Smith and his team of Army Rangers approached by a CIA agent seeking their help to recover stolen United States mint plates and a billion dollars in counterfeit bills. They find out too late that it's a setup, and Hannibal and his three men are sent to different prisons. The crew breaks out of their respective jails and seeks to clear their name as they attempt to find the stolen plates for a second time, all while having a DCIS agent follow them every step of the way. It's one backstab after another as Hannibal and company use their impressive skills to stay one step ahead while bringing all of their plans together. Critics weren't kind to "The A-Team," but audiences loved it for it's comedy, twists, and action sequences.

The Boondock Saints

After the MacManus brothers accidentally kill a group of gangsters in Boston, they're released from jail and hailed as heroes. Happy with what they've done, the brothers become vigilantes, taking out dangerous criminals across the city. As the police track the men, the lead detective finds himself conflicting with capturing them or joining them. To say critics hated "The Boondock Saints" would be an understatement, but the film became an instant cult classic with a fanbase that loyally defends it, largely thanks to the bonkers action and wild performances.

Close Range

Colton MacReady finds himself in possession of a flash drive after he rescues his niece from a dangerous drug cartel. Now, that cartel is out for blood as they try and track down the mysterious drive, putting Colton and his family in imminent danger. He must do whatever it takes to protect those he loves while keeping the drive from making its way back to the criminals who seek it. Seriously, this movie is proof that Scott Adkins should be an A-list action hero. If for no other reason, watch it for the man's combat prowess.

  • Starring: Scott Adkins, Nick Chinlund, Caitlin Keats
  • Director: Isaac Florentine
  • Year: 2015
  • Runtime: 85 minutes
  • Rating: 18+
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan

Set in 1966 Vietnam, "Danger Close" finds a group of Australian and New Zealand soldiers on the run while being hunted by the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army. Only 108 strong, the group of young and inexperienced men must fend off over 2,500 enemies. Based on the incredible true story of the young ANZAC heroes, "Danger Close" gives remarkable insight into a historical event often overlooked.

Die Hard 2

John McClane is back — this time at ​​Washington's Dulles International Airport, where he waits for his wife to fly in. It's another case of being at the wrong place at the wrong time as a drug kingpin arrives in custody at the airport, and soon enough, the entire facility is overrun by his cronies. And with the airport's landing system compromised, all planes in the air — including the one John's wife is on — are running low on fuel and have nowhere to land. Of course, it's nothing one NYPD detective can't handle.

  • Starring: Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, William Sadler
  • Director: Renny Harlin
  • Year: 1990
  • Runtime: 124 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Drug War

When drug lord Tian Ming crashes his car, he's taken into police custody and forced to aid the department in ending the local trafficking ring. If he doesn't help, the leader will find himself on death row. Tian agrees to go undercover and betrays his gang, but he ends up making a shocking decision that affects the entire outcome of the sting. The action here is intelligent, sophisticated, and poetic, and it's a great introduction to the amazing director that is Johnnie To.

  • Starring: Louis Koo, Honglei Sun, Huang Yi
  • Director: Johnnie To
  • Year: 2012
  • Runtime: 106 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Fist of Fury

Expert Chinese martial artist Chen Zhen finds himself on the road to vengeance after members of a Japanese dojo murder his sifu. The bodies start to pile up as a relentless Chen stops at nothing to honor his mentor's legacy. "Fist of Fury" marked the second major motion picture for Bruce Lee and came just one year before his devastating death. And honestly, it's one of his very best flicks and features the greatest "one dude against a ton of bad guys" fight scenes ever put to film.

  • Starring: Bruce Lee, Riki Hashimoto, James Tien
  • Director: Lo Wei
  • Year: 1972
  • Runtime: 106 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

A Fistful of Dollars

One of Clint Eastwood's best films, "A Fistful of Dollars" follows the Man With No Name as he travels to a small Mexican town. The village is in the middle of a power struggle between corrupt law enforcement and a trio of criminal brothers, and the nameless gunslinger finds himself working with both sides for his own personal gain. The first film in the iconic "Dollars Trilogy," the movie took Eastwood from being a lovable TV actor to one of the all-time tough guys of cinema, and his effortless cool and badassery is on full display in this spaghetti Western.

  • Starring: Clint Eastwood, Johnny Wels, Marianne Koch
  • Director: Sergio Leone
  • Year: 1964
  • Runtime: 100 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Get the Gringo

A getaway driver finds himself being hunted down in Mexico after he's stolen over $2 million. He ends up in the El Pueblito prison, where he's dubbed "the Gringo." In order to survive and get away with his cash, the driver must enlist the help of a local 10-year-old boy, who seems to have some sort of immunity among the dangerous inmates ... but for a truly disturbing reason. The result is a lot of pulpy, violent fun as "Get the Gringo" plays like the very best kind of B-movie. (This is available with IMDb TV, which is free with ads.)

  • Starring: Mel Gibson, Kevin Balmore Hernande, Daniel Giménez Cacho
  • Director: Adrian Grunberg
  • Year: 2012
  • Runtime: 95 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

The Ghost and the Darkness

In this terrifying '90s thriller, Lt. Col. John Henry Patterson is brought to Uganda to supervise the building of a railroad bridge. When a lion kills a handful of workers, he takes it upon himself to bring the beast down. However, Patterson soon learns that it's not just one big cat lurking in the darkness but two, and not only do they have a taste for human flesh, but they possesses abilities that seem almost supernatural. Desperate, he brings in hunter Charles Remington to aid in their takedown, but will two rifles be enough to stop these predators? "The Ghost and the Darkness" is all the more exciting when you realize that it's actually based on a true story.

Guns Akimbo

Miles lives his life in comments sections on the internet, insulting those who put dangerous content on the web. But one day, he's suddenly kidnapped and thrust into a real-life game where criminals fight to the death as an online audience watches on. Miles has two large pistols bolted to his hands, and he must fight with all his might to protect his ex-girlfriend, who gets caught up in the shuffle. Note: This movie is not for those with queasy stomachs, as critics slammed it for its high gore content. But if you like your action films bloody, well, you're definitely in luck.

  • Starring: Danielle Radcliffe, Samara Weaving, Natasha Liu Bordizzo
  • Director: Jason Lei Howden
  • Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 97 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%

Highlander

The immortal Connor MacLeod was born in Scotland in 1518, and he quickly discovers he can only die if he's beheaded. Taken under the wing of fellow immortal Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez, he learns how to become a master swordsman. Honing his craft across the centuries, Connor ends up in 1985 New York to battle against cruel immortal Kurgan. The victor receives "the Prize" — the power of all the immortals who've ever lived. In other words, this pure '80s goodness, complete with a killer soundtrack from Queen, insanely campy performances, and several awesome swordfights.

  • Starring: Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown
  • Director: Russell Mulcahy
  • Year: 1986
  • Runtime: 116 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Hook

Essentially a sequel to J.M. Barrie's novel, "Peter and Wendy," this '90s gem picks up years after Peter Pan left Neverland. Now, the boy has become a man, and he's forgotten all about his past. However, he must confront his days of fighting pirates when Captain Hook kidnaps his children, forcing Peter to pick up a sword, learn how to fly, and become a better dad. Critics absolutely hated "Hook," but it's a movie that's resonated with the masses for decades. This adventure flick is perfect for a movie night in with the family and isn't one to be missed.

  • Starring: Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts
  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Year: 1991
  • Runtime: 144 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

The Informer

In this action-thriller, Joel Kinnaman plays Pete Koslow, an FBI informant who was formerly a special operations soldier. While working with the organization, Pete has to take down the Polish mafia's drug trade in New York City. But his mission takes a drastic turn when an NYPD cop winds up dead, and he's persuaded by the agency to go back to the prison where he previously served time for manslaughter. Pete must now take down the Polish drug cartel from the inside, as things take one drastic turn after another.

  • Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, Clive Owen
  • Director: Andrea Di Stefano
  • Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 113 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

The Italian Job

In this classic heist film, Charlie Croker has just been released from prison and is desperate to get to work on another job. After his friend botches an attempt at a job in Italy, Charlie takes over in an effort to steal $4 million worth of gold. Stylish and sexy, it's the film that inspired the successful 2003 reboot of the same name starring Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron. It's up to you to decide which one has the better Mini Cooper chase (both are fantastic, but we're leaning towards the original).

  • Starring: Michael Caine, Noel Coward, Benny Hill
  • Director: Peter Collinson
  • Year: 1969
  • Runtime: 99 minutes
  • Rating: G
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

The Last of the Mohicans

During the French and Indian War, the two last members of the Mohican tribe and their adopted half-brother, Hawkeye, find themselves swept up in a conflict they actively avoided. The men save a British colonel's daughters, and a connection forms between Hawkeye and the eldest female, Cora. Their spark grows as Cora's new understanding of Hawkeye's culture opens her eyes to his adopted people's love for nature and their surroundings. However, the battles rage on around them, costing more than they could ever imagine as their friends and family become casualties of war.

Machete

Machete is a former Mexican federale who now works as a vigilante willing to hire out his special set of skills. After taking one job he shouldn't have, Machete is double-crossed and has to go into hiding. But he's not one to go down quietly, and Machete seeks revenge and justice for himself — one brutal death at a time. If you're looking for bonkers, over-the-top, ridiculously tasteless action scenes, well, you've definitely come to the right place.

  • Starring: Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba
  • Director: Robert Rodriguez
  • Year: 2010
  • Runtime: 104 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

The Mask of Zorro

Don Diego de la Vega, the original Zorro, escapes from prison after a 20-year stay and must train a new man to take on the mantle. As a result, the roguish Alejandro Murrieta becomes the new Zorro and must take down power-hungry Don Rafael Montero. But in an interesting twist, Montero took in de la Vega's daughter, Elena, and raised her, giving the original Zorro all the more reason for vengeance. Of course, when Alejandro and Elena cross paths, sparks start flying ... and so do the swords, resulting in the sexiest fencing match in Hollywood history.

The Magnificent Seven

When the citizens of a small Mexican village have had enough of bandits coming through their town each year, they enlist the help of some north-of-the-border gunslingers to defend them. Offering little more than food to eat and a place to sleep, the farmers somehow recruit seven gunmen, from cocky showboat Vin to stoic, knife-wielding Britt to the cranky yet lovable Bernardo. Will seven men be enough to hold off 40 bandits? A remake of "Seven Samurai," this classic Western deals in lead and brings the shoot-'em-up action.

  • Starring: Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen
  • Director: John Sturges
  • Year: 1960
  • Runtime: 128 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Minority Report

Decades in the future, the Department of PreCrime tracks down murderers before they make their kills. This questionable form of policing is accomplished through PreCogs, psychics who have the ability to sniff out these criminals before the crime is committed. But things take a turn when the PreCogs predict that the department's top officer, John Anderton, will eventually end up murdering someone. Desperate to prove his future innocence, Anderton must outrun the PreCrime Department as he tries to figure out the reason behind it all.

  • Starring: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton
  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Year: 2002
  • Runtime: 145 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Patriot Games

Based on the Tom Clancy novel, "Patriot Games" follows one of the all-time action heroes — Jack Ryan. Here, the former CIA analyst rejoins the agency when he becomes the target of a terrorist, one who's upset about his foiled royal family kidnapping scheme. Jack must track down the criminal, and things get even more complicated then bad guy starts targeting Jack's wife and daughter. Many actors have portrayed Jack Ryan on the big and small screen, but we've got to give serious props to Harrison Ford's representation of the character.

Pearl Harbor

Based on the historical events of the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, this Michael Bay film follows the story of best friends who join the fight in World War II. A tricky love triangle is thrown in the mix — because why not? — and crappy dialogue ensues. But what the film lacks in great writing, it more than makes up for with heart-pounding action sequences. It's just enough Michael Bay without being too much. Audiences, for the most part, appreciated the film much more than critics, giving it a 66% Rotten Tomatoes score of their own. Watch it for it's incredible action during the Pearl Harbor attack scene, and enjoy a time before Bay went too bonkers with his films.

  • Starring: Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale, Josh Hartnett
  • Director: Michael Bay
  • Year: 2001
  • Runtime: 183 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 24%

Predator

In "Predator," an insanely jacked veteran by the name of Dutch is sent on a mission to Guatemala to help recover a trapped group of politicians. Upon arrival, Dutch and his team realize something is amiss after they discover dead body after dead body. Soon enough, these elite soldiers find themselves on the run, hunted by a super strong extraterrestrial being with the ability to render itself invisible. The original flick spawned five sequels, none of which are as great as the '87 film.

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

In alternate version of 1939, New York comes under attack by flying robots. A reporter and a pilot take it upon themselves to find out the reason for the attack and who's behind it, giving us a film with full of wild, digital visuals. If you like the feel of films like "Immortal" and "Sin City," then "Sky Captain" is the stylized film you've been looking for.

  • Starring: Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law
  • Director: Kerry Conran
  • Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 106 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Tropic Thunder

A group of actors are dropped in the Vietnam jungle to film the war movie "Tropic Thunder" with hidden cameras. Unknowingly placed in the heroine-producing Golden Triangle, the actors must fight off the drug gang who've taken the lead star hostage. One by one, they start to realize this isn't a part of the script, and the group must fight for their lives and rescue their costar. A hilarious send-up of Hollywood tropes (the overly dedicated method actor, the action star trying to save his career, the comedian who plays multiple characters), the film also features an utterly hilarious cameo by Tom Cruise as a psychopathic studio executive who knows how to bust a move.

Unstoppable

When a train stocked full of toxic chemicals gets loose with no one operating it, it looks like things are about to get catastrophic. A crash would cause an environmental disaster and cost many lives, and several attempts at stopping the train fall short. Now, it's up to a new conductor and a veteran engineer to slow the locomotive down, and they'll have to put their differences aside if they're going to save the day. A fast-paced thriller with two incredibly charming leads, you won't be able to stop this film once you start watching it. (This is available with IMDb TV, which is free with ads.)