The best action movies on Amazon Prime

If you’re ready to kickstart your 2022 with a jolt of adrenaline, then Amazon Prime Video has a special delivery for you: All of the action films you could want! While some of the classic action flicks left Prime Video in 2021, many of them are now back on the service. And Prime Video has a few original action films of its own as well. To catch the top choices, simply consult our updated list of the best action movies on Amazon Prime Video right now.

If you’ve already burned through the Amazon Prime catalog, we’ve also put together a list of the best action movies on Netflix, the best action movies on Disney+, and the best action movies on Hulu.

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Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021) new

Tom Clancy's Without Remorse
41 %
r 109m
Genre Action, Thriller
Stars Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Jodie Turner-Smith
Directed by Stefano Sollima
After nearly three decades in development hell, Tom Clancy’s novel, Without Remorse, was finally adapted with Michael B. Jordan in the leading role as John Kelly, the leader of an elite team of U.S. Navy SEALs. Following a mission that unwittingly pits them against Russian operatives, John and his team face deadly reprisals months later on American soil. John is the only survivor of an attack that also claims the life of his wife, Pam Kelly (Lauren London). After murdering one of the men responsible, John bargains his way out of prison to help capture the last surviving assassin, Victor Rykov (Brett Gelman).

The Terminator (1984) new

The Terminator
84 %
Genre Action, Thriller, Science Fiction
Stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn
Directed by James Cameron
If it feels like there’s been a half dozen Terminator movies, you’re not wrong. But there’s a very important reason The Terminator is still the best, even above T2. It’s because Arnold Schwarzenegger is an incredibly believable villain as the relentless T-800. He’s been sent back in time by the evil artifical intelligence, Skynet, to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) before she can give birth to her son, John; the man destined to lead humanity to victory over the machines. To save his mother, and himself, John has sent Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) back to 1984 as well. But when the T-800 strikes, not even a soldier from the future is enough to stop him.

Predator (1987) new

45 %
r 107m
Genre Science Fiction, Action, Adventure, Thriller
Stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo
Directed by John McTiernan
The ‘80s and early ‘90s were Arnold Schwarzenegger’s peak period as an action icon, and Predator found an ingenious way to make the former Mr. Universe into an underdog. It simply made him fight the Predator (Kevin Peter Hall), a vicious alien who towered over him. Major Alan “Dutch” Schaefer (Schwarzenegger) and his team were sent to South America on a dubious mission, and they soon realize that the Predator is taking them out one-by-one. When it’s Dutch’s turn to fight, he has to turn the tables against his otherworldly foe.

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) new

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
73 %
pg-13 133m
Genre Action, Thriller, Adventure
Stars Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg
Directed by Brad Bird
Incredibles director Brad Bird made his live-action directorial debut with Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, which is one of the most thrilling installments in the franchise. For the fourth time, Tom Cruise reprises his role as IMF agent Ethan Hunt. During a mission in Moscow, the IMF team is framed for a terrorist attack. Now disavowed by the U.S., Ethan, William Brandt (Jeremy Renner), Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), and Jane Carter (Paula Patton) have to clear their names and prevent a nuclear attack at the same time. Meanwhile, William is haunted by the secret that he’s keeping from Ethan, and hoping for a chance to redeem himself.

The Tomorrow War (2021)

The Tomorrow War
45 %
pg-13 138m
Genre Action, Science Fiction, Adventure
Stars Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, J.K. Simmons
Directed by Chris McKay
As the title implies, The Tomorrow War isn’t about a conflict in the present. But it is very much a problem that the modern world can’t ignore. When Lt. Hart (Jasmine Mathews) travels back in time to warn the people of Earth about an alien invasion, she also reveals that humanity is losing the war. Recruits are badly needed to come back to the future and fight the alien horde. Chris Pratt’s Dan Forester is one of many who answer the call to action, but he’s not the only member of his family who gets roped into the war. Yet once they get to the future, Dan and the new recruits find themselves ill-prepared for the full scale of the threat.

The Boondock Saints (1999)

The Boondock Saints
44 %
r 108m
Genre Action, Thriller, Crime
Stars Willem Dafoe, Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus
Directed by Troy Duffy
Don’t let that low Rotten Tomatoes score fool you. Boondock Saints is a cult classic action flick that has been embraced by fans for over two decades. A pre-Walking Dead Norman Reedus stars as Murphy, with Sean Patrick Flanery as his brother, Connor MacManus. The MacManus brothers become overnight sensations when they kill Russian mobsters in self-defense. FBI special agent Paul Smecker (Willem Dafoe) declines to charge the brothers, both of whom come to believe that God wants them to eliminate all of the evil men in Boston. That’s much easier said than done, as the brothers soon find themselves well over their heads in a bloody crusade.

The Informer (2019)

The Informer
61 %
r 109m
Genre Drama, Crime, Thriller
Stars Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr.
Directed by Andrea Di Stefano
Joel Kinnaman headlines The Informer as Pete Koslow, a member of the Polish mafia who wants to get out of his life of crime and start over with his wife, Sofia (Ana de Armas), and their daughter. That’s why Pete agrees to be an informant to FBI Special Agent Erica Wilcox (Rosamund Pike). Unfortunately, Erica abandons Pete when his mob boss, Ryszard “The General” Klimek (Eugene Lipinski), forces him to go back to prison and run his drug trade behind bars. Pete’s only hope is to bring down the General and everyone else who betrayed him. But who can he trust?

Highlander (1986)

24 %
Genre Adventure, Action, Fantasy
Stars Christopher Lambert, Roxanne Hart, Clancy Brown
Directed by Russell Mulcahy
“There can be only one Highlander!” That slogan is especially appropriate for this movie, a wild blend of high fantasy, time-traveling, the late Sean Connery in all of his Scottish (even though he’s Spanish?) glory, and loads and loads of ’80s action movie camp. Russell Mulcahy, director of the first music video ever aired on MTV, brings an astonishing degree of lunacy and distortion to this film that captures the majesty of the Scottish Highlands and rapid-cut, neon, time-traveling sequences practically on top of one another. It weirdly works. Queen provides the soundtrack for this wild movie about an immortal Scottish swordsman who must journey to kill his one final remaining immortal enemy to become The One Highlander.

Guns Akimbo (2020)

Guns Akimbo
42 %
Genre Comedy, Action
Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Samara Weaving, Natasha Liu Bordizzo
Directed by Jason Lei Howden
Guns Akimbo is more than just the movie that launched 1,000 Daniel Radcliffe memes. It’s also one of the wildest action comedies to come along in years. Radcliffe stars as Miles Lee Harris, a keyboard warrior who angers the big players behind Skizm, a literal online deathmatch. To retaliate against Miles, Skizm’s masterminds bolt guns to his hands and force him to take on the game’s deadliest player, Nix (Samara Weaving). And to force his cooperation, the bad guys also kidnap Miles’ ex-girlfriend, Nova (Natasha Liu Bordizzo). Miles is far from a conventional action hero, but through a strange mixture of luck and accidental skill, he creates his own legend in the game. He is Guns Akimbo.

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