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The best action movies on Disney+ right now (January 2022)

Disney might not be the first action company you think of, but the studio has had a few animated and live-action movies that fall into this category. It wasn’t until Disney bought Marvel and Lucasfilm that the company really transformed its reputation in this regard. If Disney+ was all about MCU and Star Wars movies, he would still be one of the top streamers. But Disney+ has all of that and more. Admittedly, most of these selections are quite family-friendly, but that’s part of the fun. For the latest picks, check out our updated list of the best action movies on Disney+ right now.

We’ve also rounded up the best action movies on Amazon Prime Video, the best action movies on Hulu, and the best action movies on netflix if you can’t find what you’re looking for on Disney+.

Aladdin (2019)

Let’s be clear: no one could ever replace the late Robin Williams as a Genie. But Will Smith offered his own version of the role in Disney’s 2019 live-action remake of Aladdin. In this modernized take on the animated classic, Aladdin (Mena Massoud) is ripped from the streets like “a diamond in the rough” to retrieve the Genie’s lamp. Once Aladdin has the Genie’s wishes at his command, he attempts to win the heart of Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott). Massoud and Scott give the young couple a seriously serious romance, but it’s Scott’s Jasmine who truly leaves us “speechless” with a jaw-dropping song all her own.

Rotten tomatoes: 57%
Kind: Musical, Romance, Fantasy
Stars: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban
Director: Guy Ritchie
Evaluation: PG
Duration: 128 minutes

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Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

It will definitely help if you have seen all the previous Marvel movies before watching Avengers: Infinity War. Yet it still works remarkably well even if some viewers don’t get the full context. Despite being the villain, Josh Brolin’s Thanos leads this film as its title character. In Thanos’ quest to unite the Infinity Stones and wield unlimited power, he comes up against the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, and even Spider-Man. Certainly, the heroes shine with their own fantastic moments of action and heroism. But Thanos is… “inevitable.”

Rotten tomatoes: 85%
Kind: Action, Superheroes
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland
Directors: Anthony RussoJoe Russo
Evaluation: PG-13
Duration: 149 minutes

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Black Panther

Black Panther (2018)

There aren’t many superhero movies that can land a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars. In reality, Black Panther might be the only film to achieve this feat for the foreseeable future. The masterful interpretation of director Ryan Coogler Black Panther shone with the late Chadwick Boseman in the title role of T’Challa. But the reason this movie resonates so strongly is because it asks uncomfortable questions about race, racism, class, and family that rock T’Challa to the core. The film’s villain, Erik “Killmonger” Stevens (Michael B. Jordan), has legitimate grievances against T’Challa’s family and a worldview that forces Black Panther to re-examine everything he thought he knew.

Rotten tomatoes: 96%
Kind: Action, Superheroes
Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Letitia Wright
Director: Ryan Coogler
Evaluation: PG-13
Duration: 134 minutes

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Anthony and Joe Russo made a huge impression on the public and on Marvel itself with Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Chris Evans’ second headlining film as Cap/Steve Rogers is a riveting story that draws inspiration from the paranoid political thrillers of the ’70s. . This film also reintroduced Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes, aka the Winter Soldier, Steve’s best friend turned unstoppable assassin after decades of brainwashing. The ramifications of that movie still play out in the new Marvel series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Rotten tomatoes: 90%
Kind: Action, Superheroes
Stars: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson
Directors: Anthony RussoJoe Russo
Evaluation: PG-13
Duration: 136 minutes

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John Carter

John Carter (2012)

Pixar’s Andrew Stanton made his live-action debut with John Carter, an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic hero. Critics and some moviegoers have assumed that John Carter was just aping Flash Gordon and Star Wars, among others, unaware that the 100th anniversary of John Carter’s first story, A princess from Mars, was just around the corner. In other words, John is the original model. In the film, Taylor Kitsch plays John, a former Confederate captain who finds himself transported to Mars. He soon falls in love with a Martian princess, Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins), who happens to be a very formidable warrior herself. Together they face a plot against the throne and the hidden puppeteers who have manipulated the warrior races of Mars for thousands of years.

Rotten tomatoes: 52%
Kind: Science fiction, Fantasy
Stars: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciarán Hinds, Dominic West
Director: Andrew Stanon
Evaluation: PG-13
Duration: 132 minutes

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Mulane

Mulan (2020)

Disney spared little expense in its redesign Mulane in live action. Therefore, the action was much more intense in this modern tale. Yifei Liu stars as Mulan, a young woman who takes drastic measures when her father, Hua Zhou (Tzi Ma), is called back to war to face the Rouran forces of Böri Khan (Jason Scott Lee). Unwilling to let her father fight on a bad leg, Mulan assumes a male identity, Hua Jun, and enlists in the Imperial Army to bring honor to her family. Under the tutelage of Commander Tung (Donnie Yen), Mulan finds the warrior within…and something more powerful than she ever dreamed.

Rotten tomatoes: 73%
Kind: Drama, Fantasy, Action
Stars: Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Tzi Ma, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Jet Li
Director: Niki Caro
Evaluation: PG-13
Duration: 115 minutes

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national treasure

National Treasure (2004)

Think about national treasure like an Indiana Jones movie if it was directed by Michael Bay. It’s loud, packed with explosive action, and completely unapologetic about the story it tells. Nicholas Cage stars as Benjamin Franklin Gates, the latest in a long line of treasure hunters. After years of hearing about the family myth, Benjamin and his allies set out to find a lost Templar treasure from the days of the American Revolution. And the hidden treasure map is on the back of the Declaration of Independence. To begin his ultimate quest, Benjamin must first steal the Declaration.

Rotten tomatoes: 46%
Kind: Action, Adventure
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Harvey Keitel, Jon Voight, Diane Kruger, Sean Bean
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Evaluation: PG
Duration: 131 minutes

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

The whole of the star wars movies have great action, but Rogue One: A Star Wars Story stands out because it actually deals with the consequences of those actions. It’s primarily a war movie, but it also explores a hidden chapter in the original trilogy. Felicity Jones stars as Jyn Erso, a rebellious criminal recruited to find her father, Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen), the creator of the Empire’s Death Star. Soon, Jyn, Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), K-2SO (Alan Tudyk), and a ragtag crew go on a suicide mission to steal the Death Star plans from a highly secure Imperial base. They will save the Rebel Alliance or die trying.

Rotten tomatoes: 84%
Kind: Science fiction, Action
Stars: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk
Director: Gareth Edwards
Evaluation: PG-13
Duration: 133 minutes

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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

The first one Pirates of the Caribbean is arguably the best movie ever inspired by a theme park attraction. Director Gore Verbinski cast Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, an eccentric pirate obsessed with retrieving his ship from its mutinous crew, led by Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) hires Jack to help him save Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) from Barbossa and his fellow ghost pirates. The satisfying film led to a successful franchise.

Rotten tomatoes: 79%
Kind: Fantasy, Adventure
Stars: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Pryce
Director: Gore Verbinski
Evaluation: PG-13
Duration: 143 minutes

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Robin Wright and Cary Elwes in The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride (1987)

The princess to be married is a real charmer and, admittedly, more of a fantasy romance than a typical action movie. But there is still plenty of fun to be had. As his grandfather (Peter Falk) told Fred Savage’s unnamed “grandson”, Westley (Cary Elwes) is a farmhand who falls in love with Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright). Years later, their love is threatened by Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon) and his evil followers. Fortunately, Westley has a giant, Fezzik (André the Giant), and a fierce warrior named Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin) fighting alongside him. It’s simply a wonderful movie, no matter how old you are.

Rotten tomatoes: 97%
Kind: Fantasy, Adventure, Romance
Stars: Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, André the Giant, Christopher Guest
Director: Rob Reiner
Evaluation: PG
Duration: 98 minutes

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