Holy crap, it's March! The birds are a-chirpin', Valentine's Day is long gone, and spring is about to sweep the nation like Kool-Aid man breaking through a brick wall. To celebrate this change in seasons and give thanks to the warmer weather that's supposedly coming by, here are the best action movies on Netflix. Maybe they'll make you reconsider stepping outside. So find your lost remote, park your ass down on your couch, and get ready for a bloodbath.
Star Trek Into Darkness
Say what you will about J.J. Abrams' gratuitous use of lens flare—the guy knows how to reboot a franchise. With the original (but not original original) crew of the Enterprise back to stop a one-man weapon of mass destruction from punching a damn hole in the universe, we've got Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg as the best possible ensemble to pay tribute to the late great series.
The Karate Kid
Before Will Smith's genius son ruined the franchise despite a magical Jackie Chan, Ralph Macchio and Pat Morito waxed on and off all over that evil blond kid. The sheer number of iconic scenes from this movie rival the amount of bad press Jaden Smith received the very same role during the 2010 reboot. Props to William Zabka for playing a character who everyone wanted to kick in the face.
The Way of The Dragon
This film was a change of pace for Bruce Lee, who typically stuck to strictly serious action films, because of its classification under action-comedy. The Way of the Dragon—also titled Return of the Dragon—also features the film premier of Chuck Norris, who some of you may have heard of at one point. Their final fight scene at the end? Gold.
Grosse Pointe Blank
John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Alan Arkin, and Dan Akroyd. That's a dream team right there. Cusack stars as contract killer, Martin Blank, who returns to his hometown after a decade-long hiatus to attend his high school reunion and kill a bunch of people. Of course, there's the obligatory Joan Cusack role, which makes around 1,000 movies they've appeared in together.
Days of Thunder
Let's get real here, Days of Thunder is really just Top Gun, except it's NASCAR instead of planes. Does that make it any less of a classic? Hell no. Keep an eye out for the future ex-Mrs. Cruise, Nicole Kidman, as the foxy Australian Dr. Claire Lewicki. Oh, Nicole Kidman, if only you knew what was in store for you.
Between you, me, and the rest of the Internet, I've seen this movie no less than fifty times. It might be a cult classic, but that's probably just me projecting my love for this film out into the world. Cage as Travolta, Travolta as Cage. Insane dialogue, improbable explosions, a little too much face touching. This movie has it all, even though it apparently could never happen in real life.
The Fifth Element
Between filming Die Hard: With a Vengeance and Live Free or Die Hard, Bruce Willis found the time to make The Fifth Element—a electro-punk sci-fi movie about the future. The best character, hands down, is Chris Tucker as Ruby Rhod—nothing about him makes sense. Plus Gary Oldman as Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg! Who made this movie? God?
What started as a campy and completely nuts action movie turned into a beloved cult classic. You’ve got Neil Patrick Harris donning a suspiciously Nazi-like uniform, an army of angry alien bugs, and Gary Busey’s insane big-toothed son. A bunch of other stuff happens, too, namely people being eaten by moths and stuff.
Kill Bill: Vol. 2
In one of the finest two-part revenge films ever made, Uma Thurman is back as the bride who's dead-set on avenging everyone who tried to snuff her out and, spoiler alert, she does. In case you haven’t seen it, she kills Bill at the end. It's a great film and a great re-branding tool for the Black mamba.
This 1979 stars the pre-psychotic Mel Gibson as the titular Max who sets out to avenge his family in a post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland. When you factor in the number of deadly spiders, jellyfish, and rogue wallabies, Australia is probably about as dangerous in real life as in this movie.
Once Upon a Time in the West
Sergio Leone did a lot more than hoist Clint Eastwood up to stardom, he transformed Charles Bronson from a normally scary dude into an even scarier harmonica-playing dude. Let this movie be your introduction to the wonderful genre of film that is the spaghetti western and turn you on to Charles Bronson, who eats children for dinner.
Unless your parents were one of the many who didn’t let you watch this movie as a kid, Total Recall stars Arnold Schwarzenegger kicking some serious ass on Mars. One of the best scenes is the dream sequence in which Arnold turns inside out in the vacuum of space after his helmet gets smashed. Seriously ruined my childhood.
RoboCop has the robot-cop genre on lockdown—go ahead, try to name another high-ranking cyborg officer of the police force. Exactly, it’s impossible. While RoboCop 2 and 3 are sadly leaving Netflix, you can find the original safely nestled away and gaining momentum. Just remember, his name was Murphy.
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
Terminator 2 is on par with Home Alone 2: Lost in New York when it comes to sequels that put the original movies to shame. When you think about it, that's not too hard to do when you’ve got Robert Patrick playing a man literally made out of liquid metal.
The third James Bond movie to star Daniel Craig, Skyfall has everything any Bond fanatic wants: fast cars, foxy ladies, Dame Judi Dench?! You've also got Javier Bardem in the role he was born to play: an unstable former super-agent with super-weird hair.