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The Best Action And Adventure Movies On Netflix Instant Watch

Updated on August 8, 2015

Oh, Adventure...

What are the best action movies on Netflix Instant Watch? What are the best adventure movies? Netflix certainly offers a multitude of great action-adventure offerings, but what are the best?

Here's a list of some great action-adventure flicks offered by Netflix through their instant watch service. If you want a great website to find new movies to watch instantly, I highly recommend Instant Watcher. I've given these people so much good publicity it's sad. But I digress.

This is a list with some movies you've probably heard of, with some more obscure ones thrown in for good measure. I think they also provide a broad range of the action-adventure genres, from the big-budget fireworks of The Terminator to the subtle brilliance of Coppola's Apocalypse Now.

We take movies seriously around here, just as you do. We measure our movies by how well they are directed, written, and acted. We like the quality stuff, and will not abide the schlock. Just like you. And with that we hope you enjoy the list and maybe find a thing or two to add to your queue. Grab a bag of your favorite treats -- banana rinds, shrimp jerky, pigeon puffs -- and settle in for a nice night of robots, submarines, cowboys, and tight shots of Sean Connery.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

The epitome of Schwarzenegger cinema, Terminator 2 is the James Cameron (Avatar) directed epic starring the one, the only, The Arnold.

About a cybernetic mercenary robot sent from the future to protect a woman and her son from an even more advanced and dangerous robot, the story is a loose metaphor for the increasing influence of technology on our world. Or something.

This movie takes it to the logical (albeit dramatic) extreme that some day, technology will become self-aware and will wage all-out war on the human species. This is an excessively violent and ridiculous movie that everyone should see, if only because it is a modern action classic. It also happens to be very well made action, and it shows Cameron's utter mastery of the genre.

Apocalypse Now Redux

Francis Ford Coppola really wanted to make this movie, but he had a really hard time getting financing from the major studios. And this was the guy who made The Godfather. Seriously, what is the world coming to?

A passion project of sorts, Apocalypse Now, like The Godfather, is more than a movie. It's a full-scale sweep of a time in our history, and an acute zoom in to the cultural life of the dominant, the chaotic.

On the surface it's a war movie, and a darn good one at that. Even if you don't want to get into all of the themes dealing with the military-industrial complex and modern-day colonialism, Apocalypse Now is widely considered to be one of the greatest war movies ever made. And truly, it is like number one on that list. It stars Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Marlon Brando, and even features a cameo by Harrison Ford.

The all-star cast, combined with expert direction from arguably the finest auteur of his or any other time, makes this an absolute beauty. And a pretty great action-adventure flick, to boot.

The Hunt For Red October

Who doesn't love the idea of watching Sean Connery as a corrupt Soviet submarine captain? Welp, do we have a movie for you!

The Hunt For Red October is the story of one such captain who goes vigilante on the US, the USSR, and just about the entire world, in a gigantic, undetectable nuclear submarine. And it's up to a high-ranking intelligence officer (Alec Baldwin) to calm down the old Scot -- er -- Russian.

The movie is great for history buffs who want to know more about cold war technology and politics, fans of adventure flicks of the aquatic persuasion, or anyone who wants to see Sean Connery pull rank and get loose. With great attention to detail and a sharp script, this is a great match up of two of our age's finest actors.

Battle Royale

In this dystopian horror-thriller-adventure flick out of Japan, sadistic government officials and school teachers pit students against one-another in an island deathmatch. A precursor to The Hunger Games, this is essentially like that except much more brutal. You will find little mainstream glitz on this film.

It's a stripped-down thriller with a cheesy script and blood-tastic effects. The actors are surprisingly good, and this movie has a strange charm to it. There are good characters just trying to survive, and pure evil ones who get a thrill out of the "game".

Along with The Hunger Games, this film has undercurrents of Lost (which also postdates it) and Lord Of The Flies. Utterly watchable and schlocky. A cult classic.

People, I want answers!

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    • GetitScene profile image

      Dale Anderson 

      5 years ago from The High Seas

      SHE (Randolph Scott, not the other one) is also on Netflix streaming and is excellent.

    • mattdigiulio profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Thanks, Red! Yes, Netflix has both the original and the Redux versions, the Redux stamping on a full hour of additional footage. All the best, Matt

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      Redberry Sky 

      6 years ago

      Apocalypse Now is one of my fave movies (no idea how I've managed to get this far in life without buying it on DVD) - I'll have to pay a visit to Netflix now I know I can just go and watch it on there. Cheers Matt :)

    • mattdigiulio profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Haha, I don't blame ya! Thanks for the encouragement. Matt

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Like a typical male I go right to the action and adventure hub. LOL...great list my friend; there are a couple real classics on this list and a couple I still need to see. Good job!

    • mattdigiulio profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by!

    • diggnet profile image


      6 years ago from US

      Thanks for sharing, i do love Netflix!

    • mattdigiulio profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Adding Thor as we speak... thanks for the tip! Best, Matt

    • josh3418 profile image

      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Great article, and awesome movies I love Netflix! I think Thor may be on there now, if so you should definitely add it to this hub. Voted up!


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