15 Best Action Movies on Peacock (July 2024)

Action movies have always been the cinematic adrenaline shot we often seek to escape the monotony of everyday life. Whether it’s the high-speed car chases weaving through bustling city streets, the pulse-pounding martial arts duels, or heart-stopping stunts from skyscraper heights, action films offer viewers a taste of the exhilarating and the impossible. It’s no surprise that they rank amongst the most popular genres for movie buffs. From action comedies that tickle our funny bones amidst the chaos and animated escapades that cater to the child in all of us to gripping action adventures that transport us to uncharted territories – action films come in various flavors, and each has its charm.

With its extensive and diverse catalog, Peacock offers various action-packed delights ready to be streamed. This list will dive into the best action movies available on Peacock, ensuring something for every action fan. Prepare for a cinematic journey that promises edge-of-the-seat moments and unbridled entertainment.

15. A Taxi Driver (2017)

‘A Taxi Driver’ is a historical action drama film directed by Jang Hoon. This South Korean film delves into the heart-wrenching events of the Gwangju Uprising in 1980. With a gripping narrative, it chronicles the unexpected journey of a Seoul taxi driver, Kim Man-seob (Song Kang-ho), who inadvertently becomes a part of a significant historical event alongside German journalist Jürgen Hinzpeter (Thomas Kretschmann).

The ensemble also includes talents like Yoo Hae-jin and Ryu Jun-yeol. While the film borrows from the real-life interactions between Hinzpeter and driver Kim Sa-bok, much of the storyline has been fictionalized due to limited information about Kim. This film effectively brings to light the human spirit and resilience during times of adversity and paints a vivid picture of a turbulent era in South Korea’s history. It is an imperative watch for those who value the blend of history, drama, and heart-rendering performances. You can stream ‘A Taxi Driver’ here.

14. Kick-Ass (2010)

Directed by Matthew Vaughn, ‘Kick-Ass’ is a black comedy superhero flick starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Evan Peters, Chloë Grace Moretz, Nicolas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Mark Strong. It follows New York teenager/comics bookworm Dave Lizewski, who decides to become a superhero who fights crime and names himself “Kick-Ass.” While he does learn to take a beating, which is an essential quality of any superhero, things get ugly when he gets involved with Mafia boss Frank D’Amico. How he tackles this threat, accompanied by fellow superheroes Big Daddy and his daughter Hit-Girl, is what we get to see in this true-to-form whacky flick that assures a lot of fun and entertainment. You can stream it here.

13. 7 Boxes (2012)

‘7 Boxes’ is a Paraguayan action-thriller directed by the talented Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schémbori. Set in Asunción in 2005, the story revolves around Victor, a 17-year-old pushcart porter who’s dreamily envisioning a future of fame. A challenging day at work leads him to accept a peculiar job: transporting seven boxes without knowing their contents. His reward? Half of a torn $100 bill, with a promise of the other half once done.

Joined by the vibrant Liz, he faces unexpected obstacles, including theft, a lost phone, the police, and competitors eager to transport the mysterious boxes for next to nothing. Featuring Celso Franco, Lali Gonzalez, Nelly Davalos, Jin Hyuk Johnny Kim, Víctor Sosa, and Nico García in leading roles, ‘7 Boxes’ is a riveting tale of intrigue and suspense that keeps viewers guessing until the end. Its unique setting and cultural touchstones also render it a must-see on Peacock’s roster of action films. You can watch the movie here.

12. The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (2019)

Directed by Lee Won-tae, ‘The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil’ is a South Korean action thriller. When crime boss Jang Dong-soo is attacked by someone who seems to be a serial killer, he makes a deal with homicide cop Jung Tae-suk, who is leading the investigation into the series of murders committed by the same killer. Whoever catches the criminal gets to “keep” him. So the question is: How tough can it be to be on either side of the law and yet work together towards the same objective? Starring Ma Dong-seok, aka Don Lee, as Jang Dong-soo, and Kim Mu-yeol as Jung Tae-suk, ‘The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil’ is a true-to-form action thriller packed with both action and thrill. You can watch it here.

11. From Paris with Love (2010)

Starring John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the lead, this film is directed by Pierre Morel. It is set in France, Paris, and follows U.S. Embassy employee-cum-low-level-CIA-agent James Reese (Meyers), who joins top CIA operative Charlie Wax (Travolta) in his investigation into the death of a loved one of the U.S. Secretary of Defense. This investigation is revealed to be connected to a terrorist unit that plans to blow up the U.S. Embassy. We find out how the duo prevents the attack and makes the culprits pay for their motives in this high-octane action thriller. You can stream ‘From Paris with Love’ here.

10. Why Don’t You Play in Hell? (2013)

‘Why Don’t You Play in Hell?’ is a captivating action-comedy film from Japan, masterfully directed and scored by Sion Sono. The narrative revolves around a quirky group known as The Fuck Bombers and their ambitious mission to create the greatest movie ever made amidst a tumultuous gang war. The cast includes talents such as Jun Kunimura, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Fumi Nikaidō, Tak Sakaguchi, Tomochika, Hiroki Hasegawa, and Gen Hoshino.

A delightful concoction of absurd comedy and riveting action sequences, the film satirizes the audacious nature of indie filmmaking. Given its eccentric premise and masterful execution, this movie earns its place on this list for encapsulating the essence of daring creativity and pure cinematic exuberance. You can watch the film here.

9. War of the Arrows (2011)

‘War of the Arrows,’ alternatively titled ‘Arrow: The Ultimate Weapon,’ is a compelling period action film directed by Kim Han-min. Set against the backdrop of the Second Manchu invasion of Korea, the story follows Nam-yi, an exceptional archer, on his relentless quest to save his sister Ja-in from the clutches of Qing-Prince Dorgon’s rule. The tale of revenge, loyalty, and extraordinary archery skills is beautifully portrayed by actors Park Hae-il, Ryu Seung-ryong, and Moon Chae-won, amongst others. Honoring the list with its mesmerizing action sequences and a heart-wrenching story, ‘War of Arrows’ offers a gripping narrative on the resilience of the human spirit amidst adversities and the indomitable bond of family. You may watch the film here.

8. Unstoppable (2018)

Starring Ma Dong-seok, aka Don Lee, Song Ji-hyo, and Kim Sung-oh, ‘Unstoppable’ is directed by Kim Min-ho. An action-packed thriller, the film deals with Dong-Chul (Lee), a seafood distributor who lives with his wife, who is kidnapped by a human trafficker after finding her attractive. A bag of cash is left behind to show how Dong-Chul’s wife has thus been bought from him. But what the kidnapper doesn’t know is that before becoming a seafood distributor, Dong-Chul was a fighter/gangster who gave up his former life to spend the rest of his with his wife. With her missing, he will have to resort to his old ways to find her, and those responsible shall receive his justice. If you have a taste in hardcore action, this one is a great watch. You can watch it here.

7. Apocalypto (2006)

Directed by Mel Gibson, ‘Apocalypto’ is set in the Mayan civilization. It is a hero’s journey, that of a Mayan man named Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood), who is taken captive along with many others of his tribe by Mayan raiders. However, he manages to hide his pregnant wife, Seven (Dalia Hernández), and young son, Turtles Run, before being taken. How he survives amidst the torture by the raiders, headed by Zero Wolf (Raoul Trujillo), and how he escapes and returns to save his family are portrayed effectively in this historical drama. The film received multiple nominations, including at the Oscars, Golden Globes, and BAFTAs. You can stream ‘Apocalypto’ here.

6. Train to Busan (2016)

Train to Busan‘ is a South Korean action horror film set amidst a sudden zombie apocalypse. The story primarily unfolds on a high-speed train traveling from Seoul to Busan. Seok-woo, a workaholic father, and his daughter Su-an board the train to visit her mom in Busan, unaware of the impending doom. As the infection spreads rapidly, the passengers, including Seok-woo, Su-an, Sang-hwa, Seong-kyeong, and more, grapple with the escalating crisis.

Helmed by Yeon Sang-ho, the movie boasts a stellar cast, including Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi, Ma Dong-seok, and Kim Su-an. ‘Train to Busan’ is a thrilling, action-packed film and a poignant commentary on society and human relationships. Its gripping narrative and depiction of human instincts during a crisis make it an essential entry on this list. You can watch ‘Train to Busan’ here.

5. Red (2010)

‘Red’ brings together a legendary ensemble for one of the coolest action movies. We have Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, Brian Cox, Karl Urban, and Richard Dreyfuss in this Robert Schwentke directorial. The film follows former CIA black ops agent Frank Moses (Willis), who is forced to come out of his retirement after being attacked by an assassin. Reaching out to his former colleagues and peers, including his mentor, Joe (Freeman), and looking into the cause of the attack, Moses reunites with his old gang. Meanwhile, CIA black ops agent William Cooper (Urban) has been trying to track down Moses and eliminate him. He is part of a conspiracy deep within the White House. But how is Moses connected to it? Winner of many awards and accolades, including the Artios Award for Outstanding Achievement in Casting in 2011, ‘Red’ is a must-watch. You can stream it here.

4. The Boondock Saints (1999)

‘The Boondock Saints’ is an action thriller directed by Troy Duffy. Set in Boston, it follows Irish twin brothers Connor (Sean Patrick Flanery) and Murphy (Norman Reedus) MacManus, who become vigilantes after encountering the Russian mafia. Inspired by their faith, they embark on a quest to cleanse their hometown of crime, drawing the attention of FBI Special Agent Paul Smecker (Willem Dafoe).

The ensemble cast features Willem Dafoe, Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, David Della Rocco, and Billy Connolly. ‘The Boondock Saints’ distinguishes itself with its intense action, dark humor, and moral dilemmas. As a film that delves deep into the complexities of justice, vengeance, and divinity, it warrants its spot on this list and is recommended for those seeking a thrilling yet thought-provoking watch. You can stream the film here.

3. Monkey Man (2024)

Dev Patel’s directorial debut, ‘Monkey Man,’ is set in India and blends the real world and mythology to give us a tightly-packed action thriller underscored by revenge and garnished with socio-politics. We follow Kid (Patel), who makes a living out of getting punched in an underground fight club, every punch adding to his indifference to pain and preparing him for his vengeful path. Inspired by the tales of Lord Hanuman, a Hindu God, he wears a monkey mask to hide his face as he slowly inches toward the man responsible for his deeply personal loss. A great narrative executed in style and accompanied by cool action sequences makes ‘Monkey Man’ one of the best action movies on the platform and in recent times. You can watch it here.

2. Ip Man (2008)

‘Ip Man’ is a Hong Kong biographical martial arts film directed by Wilson Yip, spotlighting the life of Ip Man, the grandmaster of Wing Chun martial arts and Bruce Lee‘s revered teacher. Based in Foshan during the turbulent period of the Sino-Japanese War, this action film offers an insight into the trials and tribulations of a man who stands as a beacon of hope and resilience. The movie boasts an ensemble cast with Donnie Yen, who portrays Ip Man, supported by actors like Lynn Hung, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Tenma Shibuya, Gordon Lam, Fan Siu-wong, Simon Yam, and Xing Yu.

Having garnered appreciation and accolades, ‘Ip Man’ stands out not only for its impeccable martial arts choreography but also for its strong narrative. It’s a testament to the indomitable spirit of a man against overwhelming odds and serves as a poignant reminder of the historical events it’s rooted in. It is a must-watch for fans of both history and martial arts. You can stream it here.

1. Ip Man 2 (2010)

A sequel to ‘Ip Man,’ this movie is also directed by Wilson Yip, with Donnie Yen returning as the titular character. The film’s story revolves around a quarrel between the students of Wing Chun and Hung Ga, two different martial arts styles. While Ip is the teacher of the Wing Chun students, the students of Hung Ga follow Master Hong Zhen Nan, played by the great Sammo Hung. To find out who among the two masters is able to establish their supremacy, you can watch the movie here.

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