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5 best underrated action movies to watch on Father’s Day

Extraction (2020)
AGBO Films

This Father’s Day, celebrate the dads in your life who deserve a medal or two. Dads appreciate some quality time, so why not ditch the usual and have a movie night adventure? Action movies are the perfect pick — they’re packed with excitement, heroic saves, and nonstop thrills. Think jaw-dropping stunts, intense stories, and characters you won’t soon forget.

For an unforgettable experience, pick action films that blend a thrilling story with top-notch acting. To help you curate the perfect Father’s Day movie night, we’ve compiled a list of five fantastic action films available on Netflix. So, no matter your plans, from an outdoor adventure to a cozy night in, the films we’ve chosen will add an undeniable dose of excitement to your Father’s Day celebration.

The Equalizer (2014)

The Equalizer (2014)
Sony Pictures

If you’re looking for an action movie with a powerful performance to watch with your dad, The Equalizer delivers. In it, Denzel Washington stars as Robert McCall, a former black-ops operative who longs for a life away from violence. However, his dreams of peace are shattered when he meets Teri, a young woman at the mercy of a brutal Russian mob.

Unable to turn a blind eye, McCall unleashes his elite skillset and re-emerges from the shadows to exact justice. The film follows McCall’s meticulous plan as he dismantles the criminal organization in a series of intense confrontations. Critics praised the film’s balance between tension-filled moments and explosive action, with Washington’s portrayal of McCall adding layers of depth and complexity to the character.

Watch The Equalizer on Netflix.

Cold Pursuit (2019)

Cold Pursuit (2019)
Lionsgate Films

In the world of action movies, goons should know better than to mess with Liam Neeson. In Cold Pursuit, he portrays Nels Coxman, a snowplow driver whose quiet life shatters after his son’s mysterious death. Fueled by rage and a thirst for revenge, Coxman sets out to find the culprits. His investigation leads him to a vicious drug cartel controlled by a brutal man named Viking.

As Coxman strategically eliminates cartel members, he unwittingly ignites a vicious war between rival gangs. Cold Pursuit is more than just the average revenge thriller. It masterfully blends action sequences with dark humor, making it a standout in the genre. Without a doubt, the scene where Coxman uses an unconventional item as a weapon will surprise you and your dad.

Watch Cold Pursuit on Netflix.

21 Bridges (2019)

21 Bridges
STX Films

One of Chadwick Boseman’s final movies, 21 Bridges is an action-packed film that follows Andre Davis, an NYPD detective on the hunt for cop killers. After a drug deal explodes in violence, Davis uncovers a shocking conspiracy that reaches deep within the police department. In a desperate move to trap the culprits, he orders the unprecedented closure of all 21 bridges connecting Manhattan.

Joined by narcotics detective Frankie Burns (Sienna Miller), Davis races against time to catch the killers and bring the corrupt officers to justice. The film’s thrilling action sequences and captivating plot make it an entertaining watch for the whole family. With its perfect blend of suspense and action, as well as Boseman’s exhilarating performance, the underrated Netflix movie is a fitting tribute to the dads who stand as pillars of strength and integrity.

Watch 21 Bridges on Netflix.

The Accountant (2016)

The Accountant (2016)
Warner Bros. Pictures

Forget the boring stereotypes, the protagonist in The Accountant is anything but ordinary. Starring Ben Affleck as Christian Wolff, the movie follows a mathematical whiz who finds comfort in numbers but struggles with social interaction. However, Wolff has a secret sideline: working as a top-tier financial adviser for powerful criminal organizations. His world gets turned upside down when a relentless treasury agent starts closing in on him.

To divert attention, Wolff takes on a legitimate client — a high-tech robotics company with a suspicious accounting issue. Joining forces with a perceptive accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick), he uncovers a hidden web of corruption worth millions. It’s an excellent action film to enjoy with fathers as it explores the protagonist’s unique perspective that ultimately makes him a complex and surprisingly relatable hero.

Watch The Accountant on Netflix.

Extraction (2020)

Extraction (2020) 2
AGBO Films

If you and your dad are action junkies, you should definitely add Extraction to your watchlist. It tells the story of Tyler Rake, a mercenary on a high-stakes rescue mission. Tyler has to snatch a teenager from the clutches of danger in the wild streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh, and navigate narrow alleyways, shady gangs, and cops who are more interested in lining their pockets than helping anyone.

As Rake fights his way through the chaos, viewers get glimpses of a troubled past that fuels his mission. Critics raved about the film’s intense pace and jaw-dropping stunts, especially the epic one-shot action sequence that lasts over 10 minutes. Extraction highlights a story about protection and sacrifice, something many dads can relate to.

Watch Extraction on Netflix.

Jom Elauria
Jom Elauria is a freelance writer for Digital Trends. When he's not busy writing movie and TV lists, you can catch him gaming…
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