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30 Best Action Movies On Hulu [September 2021]

Hulu is one of the top streaming platforms out there, and they have an extensive catalog of films that'll match your every desire. Whether it's a cheesy romance or a terrifying horror flick, Hulu is a one-stop-shop for movie lovers. And there's definitely no shortage of action films on the site, so if you're a fan of the genre, this might is a platform you should consider browsing through. 

Not only does Hulu have a long list of action flicks from big studios, but they're also growing their own catalog of original movies in the genre as well. If you're a fan of car chases, hand-to-hand combat, and fiery explosions, we suggest checking out any of the incredible action films on this list. 

Updated on September 3, 2021: When it comes to movies with fist fights and insane stunts, Hulu 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 Hulu.

Assassination Nation

Also serving as a dark comedy, "Assassination Nation" follows the story of four high school students who are a little too obsessed with their phones and social media. But they're not the only ones too reliant on their personal tech. All hell breaks loose when a hacker posts all of the local citizen's emails, texts, and search histories. Neighbors, friends, and classmates start to turn on one another as secrets are revealed, and things get very violent very fast. An armed mob forms in the town, and the four girls struggle to survive when the hack is blamed on one of them. And while you're trying to find out who the real hacker is, you'll also be treated to an absolutely insane display of crazy violence.

  • Starring: Odessa Young, Suki Waterhouse, Joel McHale
  • Director: Sam Levinson
  • Year: 2018
  • Runtime: 108 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

The Assassin

Nie Yinniang is an expert martial artist living in 8th-century China who serves as a deadly assassin. Her targets are corrupt leaders, but after having an untarnished record, Nie fails one of her missions. She's sent back to her hometown by her mistress and is cruelly punished — she's ordered to murder the man to whom she was once betrothed, who also happens to be her cousin. Nie is now torn between obeying her mistress or choosing love and leaving her murderous life behind, resulting in a movie filled with some truly impressive wuxia swordsmanship.

  • Starring: Shu Qi, Chang Chen, Satoshi Tsumabuki
  • Director: Hsiao-hsien Hou
  • Year: 2015
  • Runtime: 105 minutes
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Boss Level

A spectacular Hulu original, "Boss Level" sees a special forces agent relive the day of his death over and over again. While doing so, he starts to uncover secrets about his death, and he seeks out a powerful colonel who can help him unlock more answers. During the time loop, the agent is also being trailed by assassins trying to stop him from uncovering too much as he does whatever it takes to save himself and his family. So if you've ever wanted to see "Groundhog Day" with a truckload of action, then "Boss Level" is definitely the flick for you.


After ignoring evacuation orders, a young woman searches for her father as a devastating hurricane hits her hometown in Florida. She finds him injured, which makes getting out of the floodwaters all the more difficult. To make matters worse, giant alligators are thrown into the mix, and she and her father find themselves battling an enemy they never expected. Part action, part creature feature, "Crawl" will keep you on the edge of your seat and — once it's over — far away from the water.

  • Starring: Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Morfydd Clark
  • Director: Alexandre Aja
  • Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 87 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%


Based on the famous "Judge Dredd" comic books, "Dredd" follows the titular executioner as he ruthlessly passes judgment in a very violent city. However, Dredd soon finds himself paired with a rookie who has psychic abilities, and the two wind up inside a high-rise apartment complex in the hunt for a callous drug lord. But once she gets wind of their arrival, the drug lord shuts down the building and orders her goons to take the judges out, resulting in a fight for survival as the officers climb higher and higher up the tower. With Alex Garland's tight screenplay, Karl Urban's gruff performance as the helmet-wearing anti-hero, and some of the most beautiful slo-mo action scenes ever filmed, "Dredd" is a violent little gem that's definitely worth a watch. 

  • Starring: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey
  • Director: Pete Travis
  • Year: 2012
  • Runtime: 96 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

The Expendables 2

The Expendables crew is back in this second installment of the musclebound franchise, and it happens to be the highest-rated in the trilogy over on Rotten Tomatoes. In this action-packed sequel, Barney Ross and his team of mercenaries are contracted for a run-of-the-mill mission. But when one of their team members is brutally murdered, the Expendables gang seeks revenge, but they have an unexpected obstacle thrown their way in the form of weapons-grade plutonium. Needless to say, there are fistfights and gunfights galore, and basically every famous action star shows up for this one — from Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jet Li to Chuck Norris and Bruce Willis.

A Hard Day

In this South Korean thriller, Detective Ko Gun-soo (Lee Sun-Kyun) is having a very bad day — one where he can't seem to catch a break. The crooked detective hits and kills a man on the way to his mother's funeral and plans to hide the body in her coffin. Soon after, he's contacted by someone anonymously on the phone who claims to have seen the accident and starts to threaten him. Needless to say, things only get more complicated from there, resulting in a movie that's equal parts dark comedy and shocking violence.

  • Starring: Lee Sun-Kyun, Cho Jin-Woong, Shin Jung-Geun
  • Director: Kim Seong-hun
  • Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 111 minutes
  • Rating: NR
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Hell or High Water

With its gritty action, fantastic score from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, and heartbreaking performances, this neo-Western is widely considered one of the best in the genre of the last decade. The story follows a pair of brothers who are desperate to save their mother's farm. They decide to rob branches of the bank that's about to become the owner of the property, but soon, they find themselves tailed by an experienced Texas Ranger who's determined to bring them down. If you're a fan of "Yellowstone," then "Hell or High Water" is definitely up your alley, as the script was penned by none other than Taylor Sheridan, the mastermind behind the Kevin Costner TV series.

  • Starring: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges
  • Director: David Mackenzie
  • Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 102 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Hotel Mumbai

In November 2008, India experienced its own 9/11 when a Pakistan-based terrorist organization attacked several locations across the city of Mumbai, resulting in the death of over 170 people. And "Hotel Mumbai" tells the story of that tragic day, focusing on the guests and employees at the Taj Hotel as they work together to protect one another when the odds are stacked entirely against them. Gripping and horrifying, this Indian thriller is a bloody, heartbreaking look at what happened during that fateful siege — one that will leave you reeling after the credits roll.

  • Starring: Armie Hammer, Dev Patel, Nazanin Boniadi
  • Director: Anthony Maras
  • Year: 2018
  • Runtime: 123 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Jack Reacher

A veteran accused of murdering five people in a vicious sniper attack asks for one man after he's arrested: Jack Reacher. A former military police officer, Reacher vows to prove the man's guilt. Along the way, he uncovers an even bigger secret behind the murders and becomes the target himself as he gets nearer to finding out the truth. Come for Tom Cruise fighting like five guys, stay for Werner Herzog's terrifying villain.

  • Starring: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall
  • Director: Christopher McQuarrie
  • Year: 2012
  • Runtime: 127 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

The Last Castle

When a well-respected general is court-martialed and sent to a maximum-security prison known as "the Castle," a power struggle commences inside. The general rallies his fellow inmates to fight against their tyrant warden, who hasn't shied from killing prisoners in the past. Only one man can rule the Castle, but who will come out on top? Ignore the not-so-great Rotten Tomatoes score because this prison flick is an underrated action classic.

  • Starring: Robert Redford, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo
  • Director: Rod Lurie
  • Year: 2001
  • Runtime: 131 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

The Last Stand

A drug kingpin manages to escape an FBI prisoner convoy and darts to the United States-Mexico border. He's heading straight for Summerton Junction — an extremely small US town with an inexperienced police force. The local cops, led by former LAPD officer Ray Owens, are the only thing stopping the drug lord from escaping forever across the border, and they rise to the challenge despite their inexperience.

The Man from Nowhere

In this South Korean action flick, pawnshop owner Cha Tae-sik finds himself drawn into the violent underworld by no fault of his own. When his neighbor pawns stolen drugs inside a camera case at his shop, he becomes the target of drug ring that wants their product back. Things get even more complicated when the gangsters kidnap his neighbor's daughter, forcing Tae-sik to play ball. But these drug lords have no idea that they've just ticked off the wrong man.

  • Starring: Won Bin, Kim Sae-ron, Kim Tae-hoon
  • Director: Lee Jeong-beom
  • Year: 2010
  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

The Nice Guys

Set in the late '70s, "The Nice Guys" follows Jackson Healy (an enforcer with a heart of gold) and Holland March (a drunken private investigator trying to solve cases an raise a daughter). Both men are hired to investigate the death of adult film star Misty Mountains, and their journey to find the truth leads them to a bigger conspiracy, along with a ton of laughs and a fair amount of blood. Gosling and Crowe have remarkable chemistry in this buddy-cop film, one that's been vastly underrated for too long.

  • Starring: Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, Angourie Rice
  • Director: Shane Black
  • Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 116 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

When the Kremlin is bombed, the blame is put on super spy Ethan Hunt and the Impossible Missions Force. As a result, the IMF Secretary initiates ghost protocol, meaning all the members of the agency are now on their own. Determined to find out who's actually behind the bombing of the Russian landmark, Ethan and his team perform one daring stunt after another – including one of the most impressive action scenes of all time when Tom Cruise scales the world's tallest building – as they unravel the plot of a dangerous terrorist.

  • Starring: Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner
  • Director: Brad Bird
  • Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 128 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%


Mercenary Samantha O'Hara leads a team of soldiers in Africa to rescue a group of hostages. The mission doesn't go to plan, leaving O'Hara and her team stranded with local rebels breathing down their necks. But it's not just the rebels the team has to watch out for, as vicious lions are also thrown in the mix as an unexpected adversary.

  • Starring: Megan Fox, Jessica Sutton, Philip Winchester
  • Director: M.J. Bassett
  • Year: 2020
  • Runtime: 106 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%


The Chinese Triads kidnap a young girl with an impeccable memory and force her to memorize an important numerical sequence. Soon after, she's kidnapped again by the Russian mob but is able to escape. On the run and being tracked by the Chinese, Russians, and corrupt New York City cops, the girl finds herself in the protection of former cage fighter Luke Wright, who has a tragic past with the Russian mob. However, that sequence that the girl memorized? Yeah, it turns out to be the code to a safe containing $30 million, making the stakes even higher for Luke, who's become her guardian.

  • Starring: Jason Statham, Robert John Burke, Chris Sarandon
  • Director: Boaz Yakin
  • Year: 2012
  • Runtime: 95 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%


In 1971, British soldier Private Gary Hook and his regiment are sent to Belfast to keep the peace between Protestant Loyalists and the Catholic Republicans. When a deadly riot breaks out, Hook is separated from the rest of his regiment and finds himself on his own on the now-scary streets of Belfast. Suddenly the target of the IRA, he must get back to his barracks, or he'll be shot dead on the road. Hook has to navigate a city he knows nothing about with no one to turn to, resulting in a pulse-pounding thriller with a brilliant performance from lead Jack O'Connell.

  • Starring: Jack O'Connell, Paul Anderson, Sean Harris
  • Director: Yann Demange
  • Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 99 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Shadow in the Cloud

World War II pilot Maude Garrett joins the crew of a B-17 with some mysterious cargo. She's questioned incessantly about what she's brought on board, but she stays vigilant in keeping it a mystery. Not too long after takeoff, the crew becomes wary after something unknown and dangerous looms in the clouds. Determined to keep her secret, Maude steps forward to protect her crew and her cargo at the same time. What's lurking outside the plane is sure to surprise you, as is what's in Maude's secret satchel.

  • Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Beulah Koale
  • Director: Roseanne Liang
  • Year: 2020
  • Runtime: 83 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%


The third film in Daniel Craig's run as 007 has long been hailed as the best. As for the plot, "Skyfall" centers around a psychotic former MI agent who has a very personal vendetta against Bond's boss, M. Our dapper super spy must travel from Shanghai to the Scottish Highlands if he wants to keep M safe from one of his most ruthless adversaries. With a great theme song from Adele, a chilling performance from Javier Bardem, and a return to classic Bond tropes (gadgets, the Aston Martin, beloved original characters), it's no wonder that "Skyfall" stands out from the rest of the franchise.

Star Trek Beyond

In the middle of a five-year mission, the USS Enterprise is ambushed on the outskirts of Federation space by a race of unknown aliens. Soon after, Captain James Kirk and his crew find themselves stranded on an uncharted planet, facing off against its inhabitants who want them dead. Fortunately, Kirk finds help from a new alien ally, resulting in a truly solid "Trek" film (complete with Idris Elba under a whole lot of extraterrestrial makeup). And if you're a fan of the Beastie Boys, well, we don't want to spoil anything, but this is definitely a sci-fi film you'll want to check out.

  • Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana
  • Director: Justin Lin
  • Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 122 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%


A father with a "very particular set of skills" stops at nothing when his daughter is kidnapped in Paris. Retired CIA operative Bryan Mills has four days before his daughter is auctioned off as a sex slave. He uses every skill he's learned in his career to find her and hopefully bring her back home before it's too late. Not a massive hit with critics, "Taken" nevertheless wowed audiences, transforming star Liam Neeson from a prestigious dramatic actor to the ultimate old man action star.

Terminator: Dark Fate

After "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," the time-traveling franchise kind of fell off a cliff with poorly received installments like "Salvation" and "Genisys." But here's a little secret ... "Dark Fate" is actually pretty good.

In this 2019 flick, a new terminator known as the Rev-9 is sent back in time to eliminate a seemingly random woman. However, the woman is temporarily saved by a hybrid cyborg human who was sent back in time to rescue her, but this futuristic hero can't keep doing it on her own. Knowing nothing beats the classics, the hybrid finds help from original characters Sarah Connor and the T-800, and all three work together to keep the woman alive for the most important of reasons.

  • Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Mackenzie Davis
  • Director: Tim Miller
  • Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 128 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

13 Assassins

A remake of the classic 1963 film of the same name, "13 Assassins" is about a group of 19th-century Japanese warriors burdened with eliminating a tyrannical lord who's ruthless and murderous to his own people. These assassins are the best samurai Japan has to offer, but will they be good enough to bring down the lord and his loyal gang of bodyguards? From the wonderfully demented mind of Takashi Miike, "13 Assassins" offers up some truly glorious battle scenes, and it's a must-see for fans of samurai cinema.

  • Starring: Kôji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yusuke Iseya
  • Director: Takashi Miike
  • Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 125 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Train to Busan

A passenger train running from Seoul to Busan becomes an all-out warzone as a zombie apocalypse breaks out across the Korean peninsula. Even worse, several passengers on the high-speed train become undead monsters, and those still alive must find a way to survive in the very tight space. This action-horror film has become an absolute classic, and while it definitely delivers on the action and the gore, what makes it so special is how emotionally invested we become in the humans battling for survival.

  • Starring: Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-seok, Choi Woo-shik
  • Director: Yeon Sang-ho
  • Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 118 minutes
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Toy Soldiers

Not loved by critics but adored by movie fans, "Toy Soldiers" follows the story of American prep school students who become hostages of a Colombian terrorist. Four students believe they're the best people to outwit the bad guys, despite the government agencies coming to their aid. The teens take it upon themselves to save their school, but it might be more than they bargained for.

  • Starring: Sean Astin, Wil Wheaton, Keith Coogan
  • Director: Daniel Petrie Jr.
  • Year: 1991
  • Runtime: 112 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Under Fire

Photographer Russel Price is in Central America with his colleagues covering the notorious Somoza regime in Nicaragua. However, Russell and some other news correspondents come under heavy fire and get swept up in a conflict they had nothing to do with. The photographer and his fellow correspondent don't often agree with one another on how they should handle their situation, but they have to work together to ensure their survival.

Walking Tall

Based on the life of Sheriff Buford Pusser, "Walking Tall" is a retelling of the officer's quest to clean up his small town of criminals. Known for his 4-foot-long wooden club, Pusser has a violent way of dealing with gangsters in his city, and he's intimidated by no one. His way of doing things will cause him several losses, but nothing stops him from dealing with the criminals who hurt his town.

  • Starring: Joe Don Baker, Elizabeth Hartman, Gene Evans
  • Director: Phil Karlson
  • Year: 1973
  • Runtime: 125 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%


Based on Alan Moore's classic graphic novel, "Watchmen" is a visionary spectacle following the story of an eccentric, troubled, and very messed-up superhero group. Set in an alternate United States in 1985, the film kicks off with a former vigilante named Rorschach, a masked man who's determined to find the killer of one of his old allies. He uncovers a plot to take out all former and current superheroes, so he assembles his old team to find out who's behind it all. But don't expect your typical superhero flick here — instead, these heroes are messy, violent, confused, and accompanied by plenty of epic Zack Snyder slo-mo.

  • Starring: Billy Crudup, Malin Akerman, Jackie Earle Haley
  • Director: Zack Snyder
  • Year: 2009
  • Runtime: 162 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

We Were Soldiers

Lieutenant Colonel Harold Moore is tasked with leading the men of the First Battalion of the Seventh Air Cavalry into battle in the Ia Drang Valley — aka the Valley of Death. Highlighting the first major American battle in the Vietnam War, "We Were Soldiers" follows the men on both sides of the fight while their loved ones wait back home nervously for any sort of news. It's brutal, it's intense, and it humanizes everyone involved.

  • Starring: Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe, Greg Kinnear
  • Director: Randall Wallace
  • Year: 2002
  • Runtime: 139 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%