Made at the peak of Hollywood’s studio system and a flawless example of robust mainstream entertainment, John Sturges’s proto-blockbuster turned Steve McQueen into a marquee idol. He gobbles up the lens even before he jumps the barbed-wire fence of his World War II prisoner-of-war camp on a motorcycle, a stunt scene that’s every bit as thrilling and impressive today as it was six decades ago.
Real talk: While we all like to pretend that we spend our time seeking out cinematic perfection by watching the best films ever made, sometimes the smashiest, crashiest, explodiest action movies are what we’re really craving. Luckily, with a vast array of old-school beat-em-ups, modern superhero flicks and blood-pumping spy blockbusters, Netflix can provide a movie for every kind of thrill seeker, and you don’t even have to leave your sofa.
To help you pick from newcomers, hidden gems, cinematic classics and trash-cinema treasures, we’ve locked and loadedthe best action movies streaming on Netflix right now.
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