If you are a fan of good action movies and you happen to be an Amazon Prime Video subscriber, this is the place for you.
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Here is our list of 10 best action movies on Prime Video right now:
1. Indiana Jones Movie Series (1981-2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Kate Capshaw, Ke Huy Quan, Sean Connery, Alison Doody, Cate Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf
Indiana Jones is a series of four movies about a fictional archeology professor and his adventures.
The first installment of the series is Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). Set in 1936, the story follows Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) who is on a mission to find the legendary Ark of the Covenant. It is believed that the Ark has powers and the Nazis want to obtain it so they can win the war. Indy must infiltrate their digging operation and locate the ark.
The second installment Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) is the prequel to the original story (set in one year before, in 1935). When Jones and his companions end up in a small village in India, he is asked by the villagers for help. The secret cult is enslaving children in the Temple of Doom and Indiana is the one to save them and retrieve their sacred stone.
The third installment Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) is set in 1938 and it’s a sequel to the original movie. This time, while pursuing the Holy Grail, Indiana Jones will find out that his father (Sean Connery) has also been looking for the same artifact and is now kidnapped by the Nazis. Now, in a race to find The Holy Grail before the Nazis, Indy is also on a rescue mission to free his father.
The final installment in the series (so far) titled Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) is released nineteen years after The Last Crusade. This time the story is set in 1957 and Indiana is up against Soviet agents in a search for an artifact known as the Crystal Skull. Together with companions Mutt Williams (Shia LeBeouf) and Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen) Indiana will face many dangers, including jungle, Soviets led by Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett), and the supernatural.
A fifth Indiana Jones movie is scheduled for release in 2022.
With a score of 8.4 on IMDb Raiders of the Lost Ark is the highest-rated movie in the series. It won four Academy Awards (Best Art Direction, Film Editing, Sound, and Visual Effects). Both Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) won the Academy Award for Best Sound Effects Editing.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) is the lowest rated in the series, but all four movies were a huge box office success (Crystal Skull grossed over $790 million worldwide).
2. Beverly Hills Cop Trilogy (1984-1994)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Directors: Martin Brest (1), Tony Scott (2), John Landis (3)
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Jürgen Prochnow
Beverly Hills Cop series is what made Eddie Murphy an international star. He plays a Detroit detective Axel Foley who has his own ways to investigate crime and doesn’t really follow the rules.
In the first movie of the series, Foley is investigating the murder of his good friend. The clues lead him to Beverly Hills. The owner of the art gallery, where Foley’s friend Jenny works, is the same guy for whom the killer works too. Jenny’s boss Victor is using the gallery as the front for smuggling drugs. When Axel visits Victor and makes no trouble, the two Beverly Hills detectives, Billy Rosewood and John Taggart are assigned to keep an eye on him. Eventually, he will team up with them to bring down the bad guy.
In the sequel and the second installment in the movie series, Axel Foley learns about the assassination attempt on the Beverly Hills police Captain Bogomil. He became good friends with Bogomil the last time he visited Beverly Hills. Foley will reunite with Taggart and Rosewood to solve this crime committed by an attractive tall woman. The police chief Lutz will not make the investigation easy for them.
In the third and last movie in the series (so far) Axel Foley will once again return to Beverly Hills. After a raid on a chop shop in Detroit, Foley’s boss, Inspector Todd was gunned down. The clues lead Foley to an amusement park Wonder World in Beverly Hills. His old friend Billy Rosewood, who’s been promoted since the last time they met, will help him to investigate the matter. After Foley meets the Wonder World head of security DeWald, he is convinced that this guy is behind Inspector Todd’s murder. The problem is, nobody, including Billy’s new partner Jon, believes him.
3. Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Director: Geoff Murphy
Starring: Steven Seagal, Eric Bogosian, Everett McGill
Ex-Navy Seal Casey Ryback is traveling on a train with his niece. Then the train is hijacked by terrorists who want to take over a satellite. The government can’t stop them on a moving train, but Ryback is the one who can.
4. Entrapment (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, Romance
Director: Jon Amiel
Starring: Sean Connery, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ving Rhames
When a priceless Rembrandt painting is stolen, an insurance investigator Virginia “Gin” Baker (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is sent to track down the thief. Her chief suspect is Robert “Mac” MacDougal (Sean Connery), a master thief specialized in stealing art. Her plan is to introduce herself as a professional thief offering him help to steal a priceless Chinese mask. Things will have an interesting twist when it’s revealed that she actually is a thief and Mac has a deal with the FBI.
The story will have an interesting twist when it’s revealed that neither of them is what they say they are.
5. Gladiator (2000)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen
An epic historical movie about a Roman general Maximus (Russell Crowe) who became a slave and then rose like a gladiator. When a dying emperor Marcus Aurelius named Maximus his successor, the evil emperor’s son Commodus murdered his father and took the throne. After escaping his ordered execution, Maximus ends up in slavery, trained to be a gladiator. He will rise through the ranks of the arena and become a great gladiator waiting for a chance to avenge the death of his family and the emperor.
Gladiator won five Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Actor for Crowe, Best Costume Design, Best Sound, and Best Visual Effects).
6. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Director: Simon West
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Iain Glen
Based on the popular Tomb Raider video game series, the movie revolves around Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) who is on a dangerous quest to find an ancient talisman. A rare planetary alignment is about to happen and a secret society desperately needs to find the talisman so they can use it to control time. To find it they need a key which Lara happens to have. After they steal the key from her, she must find and destroy the talisman before the cult uses it.
A sequel to this movie called Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life was released in 2003.
7. Man on Fire (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director: Tony Scott
Starring: Denzel Washington, Christopher Walken, Dakota Fanning
Denzel Washington portrays John Creasy, a former CIA operative who turned to alcohol and with no will to live. His friend Rayburn fixes him a job in Mexico and with nothing better to do he accepts. He will be a bodyguard for a nine-year-old Pita Ramos. There is a wave of kidnapping in Mexico and the girl’s father is a wealthy industrialist, so someone needs to make sure she is safe. One day he is attacked and even though he manages to eliminate several of the kidnappers, he is outnumbered and the girl is taken. Now his new purpose in life is to find her and execute everyone involved.
8. Contraband (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Giovanni Ribisi, Kate Beckinsale
An ex-smuggler Chris Farraday (Mark Wahlberg) who went legit after getting married is forced to go back to his old life once again in order to save his wife Kate’s (Kate Beckinsale) brother Andy. Andy’s boss, drug lord Tim Briggs, blames him for dropping shipment into the Mississippi River after the U.S. Customs came in. Now he wants his money and he threatens to kill his family if he doesn’t pay $700,000. Chris decides to find the money by running contraband with his old buddies, but the mobster now wants drugs instead of money.
9. Safe House (2012)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Starring: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Robert Patrick
Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington) is a rogue CIA agent pursued by mercenaries. Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) is a rookie CIA agent in charge of a safe house in Cape Town. When Frost decides to turn himself in order to end up in a safe house because he is hunted, Weston is the one to keep him safe. During the interrogation, the safe house is attacked and everybody besides Weston and Frost is killed. Weston and Frost end up on the run. Since someone on the inside told mercenaries where Frost is, Weston doesn’t know who to trust anymore.
10. Lucy (2014)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi
Lucy is an American college student in Taiwan who is forced to work as a drug mule. An experimental drug is transported in her abdomen, inserted there by an operation. When the chemical leaks into her bloodstream after a kick in the stomach, her brain capacity is extended and she suddenly unlocks extraordinary abilities. Lucy will use her newly gained skills to kill her captors and flee. After researching her condition, Lucy finds out about a neuroscientist and professor (Morgan Freeman) who can save her.
6 Best Action Movies on Prime Video According to IMDb
According to IMDb, these are the 6 best action movies on Prime Video (from the list above):
- Gladiator (2000) – 8.5
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) – 8.4
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) – 8.2
- Man on Fire (2004) – 7.7
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) – 7.6
- Beverly Hills Cop (1984) – 7.3
10 Best Action Movies on Prime Video According to Box Office
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) – $790 million
- Lucy (2014) – $463 million
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) – $390 million
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) – $333 million
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) – $474 million
- Gladiator (2000) – $460 million
- Beverly Hills Cop (1984) – $316 million
- Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) – $300 million
- Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) – $275 million
- Entrapment (1999) – $212 million