Top 10 Action Heroes on Netflix

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January 24th, 2014

When the urge for explosions, hardcore fight scenes and beautiful one liners strikes, there is a handful or two of action stars to depend on, and Netflix is home to many of their greatest action movies. Anyone can star in an action movie, but the best action heroes are those that control the chaos around them with a charisma that protrudes off the screen. The top 10 action heroes are available on Netflix, so viewers can easily find the perfect movie to stream to kill the craving.



Wesley Snipes remains one of the cornerstones of action flicks from the '90s, and he has plenty to choose from on Netflix. A good start is 1990's "King of New York," in which he plays New York drug lord Frank White, who tries to take back his empire after a stint in prison. His 1994 film, "Drop Zone," in which a former DEA agent plots to sell the organization's secrets, gets a 3.4-star rating.



Quickly becoming a household name is Jason Statham, whose good looks and charming accent are plentiful in the action genre on Netflix. Statham takes the title role in 2013's "Parker," in which he plays a thief with a personal code of ethics. Statham also steals the screen as Lee Christmas in "The Expendables 2" alongside several other big names from this list.



Sylvester Stallone starred alongside Statham in "The Expendables 2"  as hired gunman Barney Ross. In 1997's "Cop Land," Stallone shares the screen with big-name stars such as Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta and Robert De Niro in the story of a New Jersey sheriff who discovers his town is overrun with mob activity and corruption.



Another "Expendables 2" alumni is Bruce Willis, another well-loved action star. Willis also stars in "Fire With Fire" on Netflix, in which a man threatens the fireman who has been ordered to testify against him.


Mel Gibson's top Netflix action hit is "Get the Gringo." Gibson stars as a man who ends up in a Mexican prison after a foiled robbery attempt. His 1984 film, "The Bounty," follows the epic voyage of Lieutenant Bligh to get his men to East Timor in an undersized lifeboat.



Tom Cruise has a myriad of action films on Netflix. In "Jack Reacher," Cruise plays a homicide investigator working on a case involving a trained military sniper. "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" is the fourth film in the "Mission: Impossible" series and gets a rating of 3.9 stars on Netflix.



Scottish-born actor Gerard Butler stars in "Machine Gun Preacher," the true story of Sam Childers, drug dealer turned spiritual warrior. His top-rated film on Netflix, "Olympus Has Fallen," scores a rating of 4.1 stars. In "Olympus Has Fallen," Butler stars as an ex-Secret Service agent who must save the day when the White House is overrun by terrorists.


"Olympus Has Fallen" also features action star Aaron Eckhart, who plays President Benjamin Asher. Eckhart's character is taken hostage by Korean terrorists in this top Netflix hit. Netflix is home to many more films by Eckhart, including "The Missing," a western story set in 1885 New Mexico, in which he worked with another action hero, Tommy Lee Jones.



Nicolas Cage is well known for his work in action films. One classic action thriller is the Oscar nominated "Face/Off," starring Cage and John Travolta. In "Face/Off," Cage plays the powerful criminal Castor Troy, who undergoes a face transplant surgery to exchange faces with an FBI agent. Netflix is also home to another Cage hit, "Stolen," in which he plays a master thief trying to pull off one final heist to save his kidnapped daughter. "Stolen" has a rating of 3.7 stars on Netflix, making it a great choice for movie night.



Known by his face but perhaps not by name, Danny Trejo is fast becoming an action icon of the silver screen. While he is in countless other films, he steals the screen in the highly rated action film "Counterpunch," where his character helps a young boxer with big dreams. In "Death Race 3: Inferno," Trejo plays Goldberg as the story probes into the origins of the driver of the first "Frankenstein" car.

There are many sub-genres in the action and adventure genre on Netflix, but it takes the right action hero to get the job done. These top 10 action heroes make up a huge collection of movies to choose from, and some of the best are available to stream on Netflix. Viewers can pick a hero, load up Netflix and get immersed in epic battles and smooth catchphrases from the edge of their seats.