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The Best Action And Adventure Movies On Amazon Prime

Updated on August 9, 2015

Amazon Prime offers many of the best action and adventure movies out there, you just have to know where to look. We knew where to look, because we did some hard-hitting research.

We dug up some new movies, some all-time greats, and some that were just downright bizarre. All available for you right now over on Amazon's slick video-streaming service.

Action adventure films are the cinematic epitome of escapist fantasy -- a chance to take an amazing journey far away from our droll day-to-day lives. Our lives, which involve paying the bills, clipping our toenails, and looking longingly at the Ben & Jerry's in the freezer that we feel too guilty to eat. Unlike dumb real life, movies put us in the role of gunslingers and spies, intergalactic gun-runners and people from alien races. There are buddy flicks, cops-and-robbers tales, secret agent movies, bare knuckle brawlers, and more.

So, strap in, sit up, lift off, touch up, handle with care, release the kracken, shrink wrap, think through, get loose, drip down, and absorb yourself into some of these fast-paced thrill rides.

Star Trek Into Darkness

The 2013 sequel to the Star Trek reboot is a surprisingly competent effort, considering how easily remakes can be sad rehashes of the original fare. Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto star as Captain Kirk and Spock, respectively, with Benedict Cumberbatch turning in an excellent performance as the infamous nemesis Khan.

Into Darkness is a sleek flick that includes a lot of destruction and action. The crew of the starship must keep Khan and his powers at bay, but he has other ideas. Through dazzling special effects and taut pacing, director JJ Abrams accelerates the plot from one heart-pounding turn to the next. You don't need to be an aficionado of Star Trek's extensive lore in order to get some good fun out of this one.

The Substitute

What happens when you mix Tom Berenger, Marc Anthony, and Ernie Hudson? Why, you get a schlocky good time, that's what. The Substitute stars Diane Venora (Heat) as a high school teacher in a rough Miami neighborhood, who gets her leg busted up by a student - gang member. She's out of work temporarily, so who does she have to fill in for her? Her boyfriend (Berenger), who happens to be an elite ex-military mercenary. He and his elite team turn the school around, going toe-to-toe with the gang, dealing with the corruption, and making the place safe again for the students.

This is one of those movies that seems to have that nineties haze about it. Maybe it's the cast, maybe it's Miami, maybe it's the kind of camera they used. But this is great action cheese right at your fingertips on Amazon.

Kill Bill: Volume 1

It's rumored that Quentin Tarantino wrote the lead role for Kill Bill with Uma Thurman in mind, and it wouldn't be a surprise if this is true. Thurman shines effortlessly in the role of a member of an elite mercenary team who, on her wedding day no less, is gunned down by her fellow assassins in a double-cross.

The film and its equally-excellent sequel chart the rehabilitation and revenge journey of the lone woman. Tarantino's fun script and awesome direction, combined with a tantalizing soundtrack and stylistic ultra violence, make for a darn good time. It does not have the slow-churning, lake-deep plot of Pulp Fiction or Jackie Brown. But it's not meant to. This is fun and straight-forward, more akin to Reservoir Dogs. This film co-stars Michael Madsen, Lucy Liu, and Vivica A. Fox.


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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Blade Runner is my hubby's all time favorite. Thanks for the information on Amazon Prime. I have not had time to look into it so I appreciate your highlighting this option.

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      mattdigiulio 3 years ago

      Hi Natashalh, thanks for writing! Yep, Amazon's steadily building their collection of good titles. Hopefully you get to carve out some time to enjoy a couple!

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      I have Amazon Prime, but I haven't really taken advantage of the free streaming! It's mostly becsuse I don't have the time - I have noticed a lot of worthwhile titles on there.