20 Best Action Movies on Netflix Canada Right Now
Whether they're serving up suave secret agents or high-flying superheroes, these action flicks are guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping.
Baby Driver (2017)
Baby (Ansel Elgort) isn’t your typical con. Curious name aside, his skills behind the wheel have made him the best getaway driver in the business—if he’s got the proper mixtape to fire him up, that is. After one last job, Baby decides to leave crime behind and devote himself to his love, Debora (Lily James)—but his criminal past threatens to destroy his future in unexpected ways. Want non-stop action, a bangin’ soundtrack and a good amount of soul? Baby Driver should be at the top of your Netflix Canada viewing list.
Sign up for our Daily Digest newsletter for more streaming guides, home hacks and humour, all week long!
Better Call Saul’s Bob Odenkirk is the latest unlikely Hollywood action star. As Hutch Mansell, a mild-mannered accountant who finds himself slipping away from his wife and children with each passing day, Odenkirk has midlife misery down pat. But Nobody is no mere “male rage” fantasy: Hutch is actually a former government contract killer who’s been forced to bottle up his “skills”—until he unwittingly incurs the wrath of the Russian Mob. (And yes, Odenkirk can convincingly pull out the big guns.)
Atomic Blonde (2017)
Though predominantly set under the cloudy skies of East Berlin in the final days of the Soviet Union, Atomic Blonde is anything but sombre. On the contrary, this blood-and-graffiti-spattered, New Wave-soundtracked spy flick knows how to have fun—even when its characters are fighting for their lives. Sent to the wrong side of the Berlin Wall to retrieve a microfilm containing a list of embedded spies, stylish MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) gets more than she bargained for when it’s revealed there’s a traitor in her outfit.
Air Force One (1997)
In the formidable list of fictional American presidents, Harrison Ford’s butt-kicking James Marshall surely ranks near the top. While returning to the U.S. after a diplomatic dinner in Moscow, the commander-in-chief’s aircraft is overrun by a group of Kazakh terrorists led by go-to ’90s film baddie Gary Oldman. Unbeknownst to this ruthless band of hijackers, however, Marshall, a veteran of the Vietnam War, has no plans of negotiating. As delivered by Ford, Air Force One’s iconic “Get off my plane!” is still bound to elicit cheers.
Don’t miss our countdown of the best spy movies ever.
Jack Reacher (2012)
Fans of novelist Lee Child know that his most enduring creation, former military cop Jack Reacher, is a six-foot-five, 250-pound beast of a man. Tom Cruise, of course, comes nowhere close to that frame, but this potential shortcoming doesn’t stop Jack Reacher from knocking it out of the park. When five strangers are shot dead in Pittsburgh by a disturbed veteran, Reacher and the perp’s lawyer (Rosamund Pike) set out to uncover the truth. Throw in a handful of inspired fight sequences, a couple of twists and Werner Herzog as the nameless villain, and you’re left with one heck of a ride.
Find out the best movies on Netflix Canada, according to Rotten Tomatoes.
Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
Two years after taking down a group of ex-CIA mercenaries, Los Angeles cops Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Murtaugh (Danny Glover) continue to attract international attention; this time around, the pair pursue a band of South African drug dealers using diplomatic immunity to their advantage. Arguably the best instalment in the franchise—and one of the best action movies on Netflix Canada—Lethal Weapon 2 is proof that our heroes actually aren’t too old for this stuff.
The Siege of Jadotville (2016)
Over the course of five long days in September 1961, 155 Irish Army soldiers stationed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as part of a UN peacekeeping mission, repelled attacks against the titular mining town by 3,000 Katangese troops and Belgian mercenaries. The aptly-named Siege of Jadotville may sound more like a fact-of-the-matter docudrama than an edge-of-your-seat action movie, but rest assured: this 2016 war picture brings one of history’s forgotten underdog battles to bloody, chaotic life.
Find out the biggest box-office hit from the year you were born.
The Old Guard (2020)
As the writer-director behind 2000’s Love & Basketball, Gina Prince-Bythewood might seem like an odd choice to helm a shoot-em-up about ancient warriors, yet The Old Guard is her strongest feature to date. Andy (Charlize Theron) leads a team of immortal mercenaries who’ve been taking on world-saving missions for centuries; their secret identities are compromised, however, when a former CIA operative (Chiwetel Ejiofor) learns of their regenerative abilities. Think you’ve seen it all in the superhero genre? The Old Guard says otherwise.
Awaken your inner superhero with these inspiring Marvel movie quotes.
Armed with nothing but a smartphone and sheer brilliance behind the wheel, a getaway driver (Frank Grillo) must evade trigger-happy motorcyclists over the course of one brutal night. Our hero, it turns out, is the unwitting holder of $230,000 in stolen cash—and two powerful mob bosses want the loot for themselves. Because most of Wheelman takes place—you guessed it—inside of a car, writer-director Jeremy Rush has to rely on layered dialogue, rhythmic editing and slick cinematography to ramp up the suspense. And he succeeds with flying colours.
Here are 10 Canadian true crime podcasts you should be listening to.
The Foreigner (2017)
One of the finest flicks from the ever-growing “senior action hero” genre, Hong Kong martial arts icon Jackie Chan stars as Ngoc Minh Quan, a Chinese restaurant owner in London whose teen daughter is killed in an IRA bombing. When Liam Hennessy (Pierce Brosnan), a Northern Irish politician and former IRA leader, refuses to help him, Quan unleashes his own guerilla-style campaign against the government for the names of the perpetrators. (Quan, as it turns out, is a former special forces op.) The Foreigner proves two things: Chan and Brosnan are best when playing against type, and no, Chan actually isn’t too old for this.
Peter Parker is definitely a “glass-half-full” kind of guy. Instead of cursing his luck for getting bitten by a genetically-modified spider, he sees it as an opportunity to make a difference, donning the red-and-blue tights to become everyone’s favourite web-slinger. The unabashedly joyful scenes in which Peter (Tobey Maguire) starts exploring his new-found powers make being a superhero look like so. Much. Fun. Fuelled by Sam Raimi’s enthusiastic direction, that sense of fun is tempered with just the right amount of gravitas, with Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin making for a particularly memorable adversary.
Everyone should watch these great coming of age movies at least once.
Den of Thieves (2018)
In this sprawling heist flick, Orange is the New Black’s Pablo Schreiber plays the leader of a top-notch gang of criminals, with Gerard Butler as the burly detective dead-set on taking them down. Writer-director Christian Gudegast manages to recreate the moral murk of classic thrillers from the past, while up-and-coming actor O’Shea Jackson Jr. impresses as a getaway driver playing both sides. Den of Thieves may read like a mere Heat remake on paper, but it boasts enough twists and turns to make it one of the best action movies on Netflix Canada.
Here’s every Best Picture Winner—ranked.
21 Bridges (2019)
Andre Davis (Chadwick Boseman) is a skilled NYPD detective who also has a reputation for being trigger-happy. After two war vets (Taylor Kitsch and Stephan James) steal a shipment of cocaine from a Mob-run restaurant and kill seven cops in the ensuing shootout, Davis is assigned to the case. His solution? Shut down all 21 river crossings on Manhattan Island in order to corner the suspects. One of the last films Boseman made before his death in 2020, 21 Bridges is both a satisfying thriller and an impressive late entry in the actor’s all-too-brief career.
These true crime flicks will chill you to the bone.
The Harder They Fall (2021)
This Jay-Z produced action flick features a stacked ensemble cast that includes Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba, Zazie Beetz, Regina King, Delroy Lindo and the brilliant LaKeith Stanfield. Based on historical figures who loomed large in the American Wild West, The Harder They Fall packs in more explosions and gun battles than a Michael Bay movie—but boasts far superior storytelling. Plus, the soundtrack includes new music from Jay-Z and tracks by Kid Cudi, Lauryn Hill and Seal.
Here are 10 Best Original Score winners worth watching for the soundtrack alone.
One of the most-viewed Netflix original movies ever, Extraction follows Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth), a black-market mercenary sent to Dhaka, Bangladesh, to retrieve the kidnapped son of an Indian drug lord. In an action movie world filled with rapid-fire editing, lazy choreography and bad CGI, it’s a sight to behold Extraction’s now-famous 12-minute, single-shot fight scene. (The film’s director, Sam Hargrave, was a stunt coordinator for several movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.) Add this one to your queue—if you can stomach the endless body count.
These classic Netflix movies are worth adding to your queue.
Red Notice (2021)
Some of the most memorable action movies come with a healthy side of humour, and in Red Notice, Ryan Reynolds delivers precisely that. With Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot, the Canadian actor stars as one of three characters at the centre of an art theft ring. Over the course of two snappy hours, the trio play a game of continent-hopping cat-and-mouse, switching roles along the way as a priceless artifact from ancient Egypt slips through one set of sticky fingers and into the next. Plots twist, major cameos pop up out of nowhere and the ending, though satisfying, hints at the possibility of a sequel. Fingers crossed.
We’ve rounded up the best summer movies of all time.
Army of Thieves (2021)
Would any “best of” movie list be complete without a prequel? Obviously not. Enter: Army of Thieves, the prequel to Army of the Dead. The story starts out in the sleepy Berlin suburb of Potsdam where banker-by-day, YouTube-safe-cracking-enthusiast-by-night Sebastian (director Matthias Schweighöfer doing double duty) naively gets himself involved in multiple bank heists that feature double- and triple-crosses. Meanwhile, a zombie plague rages in Nevada, providing an ominous backdrop for what’s to come.
Check out 20 scary movies on Netflix Canada worth adding to your watch list.
Bon Cop, Bad Cop (2006)
Oh, how marvelously Canadian this darkly funny buddy cop movie is. Non-Canadians might be shocked at the culture clash that can result from the meeting of two police officers (played by Colm Feore and Patrick Huard) from the adjoining Ontario and Quebec. It’s precisely that clash, however, that’s played for well-deserved laughs when the officers are forced to cooperate to solve the murder of a man whose body is found on the exact demarcation between the two provinces. Naturally, hockey plays a major role in the plot, too: several NHL teams are parodied while the narrative pivots around one of the beloved sport’s more unstable fanatics.
Don’t miss our countdown of the best Canadian movies of all time.
Triple Frontier (2019)
Starring Ben Affleck, Oscar Issac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund and Pedro Pascal, Triple Frontier is one of the most underrated action movies in recent memory. In this high-octane thriller, five former U.S. soldiers struggling to make ends meet set out to steal $75 million from a drug lord’s compound—located in the notorious “triple frontier” border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. Their skill sets—and loyalties—are put to the test when the world’s most violent cartel seeks revenge.
Here’s every James Bond movie ranked—from worst to best.
Point Blank (2019)
Not to be confused with the classic 1967 Lee Marvin film, Netflix’s Point Blank tells the tale of an ER nurse (Anthony Mackie) who must team up with a badly-injured criminal (Frank Grillo) in order to save the lives of his kidnapped wife and unborn child. To complicate matters further, they’ve got rival gangs and corrupt cops in hot pursuit!
Now that you know the best action movies on Netflix Canada, check out the best Netflix thrillers to watch right now.