Nothing hits quite like great action. That raw, racing adrenaline thrusts you into the seat of heroes or villains, who’ve made the wild world their giddy plaything. Whether it’s tire-squealing car chases, dizzying combat, nerve-shredding escapes, heart-racing explosions, or stunt sequences so audacious they’re absolutely mind-melting, we thrill-seekers can’t get enough. So, plot your next adventure with this selection that boasts homicidal cyborgs, chomping creatures, spies, samurais, nice guys, and one plucky explorer. Here are the 10 best action movies now streaming on Hulu.
The 1980s were the era of AHNOLD. Yet Austrian bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger achieved his mightiest flex when he stepped into the titular role of a merciless killer cyborg from a frightful future. In 1984 Los Angeles, waitress Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) is on the run from this manly machine. He has been sent from 2029 to prevent the birth of her son, who is destined to lead the rebellion against tyrannical robots. Schwarzenegger awed audiences not only with his hulking form and suitably stiff performance, but also with the sheer star power that would launch a franchise and a decades-long action hero career. Meanwhile, director James Cameron made a sci-fi classic with laser cannons, careening chase scenes, sprays of bullets, and (once) cutting-edge graphics that put audiences in the POV of the Terminator’s cold, calculating stare.
Craving an action-packed creature-feature? Then, you’ll want to snap up this pulse-pounding gator tale from horror auteur Alexandre Aja. Set on the coast of Florida, Crawl follows a father and daughter in a frightening fight for survival. It’s bad enough that a Category 5 hurricane is barreling toward their family home while tough-love dad (Barry Pepper) is trapped below in a crawl space. Making matters more menacing, the home is invaded by a congregation of hungry alligators. College swim star Haley (Kaya Scodelario) will have to put her skills to the ultimate test. Not only must she outlast the relentless waters that flood their home level by level, but also she has to drag her injured dad to out of the jaws of death to safety. Studded with jump scares, close-calls, grisly attacks, and great escapes, Crawl will have the whole family at the edge of their seats and hollering.
If you’re searching for something action-packed that’ll be lighthearted fun for the whole family, look no further. This live-action re-imagining of the cartoon show Dora The Explorer is sure to satisfy. Raised in the jungle with her explorer parents, 16-year-old Dora Marquez (a bubbly Isabela Merced) doesn’t quite fit in at her Los Angeles high school, where carrying a purple backpack full of climbing gear and weapons isn’t appreciated. But when she and her new friends find their way back to the wild, Dora has home court advantage. Kids and grown-ups alike will enjoy watching this quirky crew race through treacherous terrain, best comical foes, solve perilous puzzles, and rediscover the wonder of adventures in nature. The cherry on top of all this action is the supreme silliness that director James Bobin sprinkles in with meta jokes, side-splitting pratfalls, and cutesy callbacks to its animated origins.
When a devastating bombing at the Kremlin is blamed on the Impossible Missions Force, secret agent Ethan Hunt and his highly skilled crew of spies are wrongfully labeled as terrorists. Disavowed and disgraced, they must clear their names while on the run from foes and former friends. With his signature smile and unfailing commitment to stellar stunts, Tom Cruise swings into action with the aid of Paula Patton, Simon Pegg, and Jeremy Renner. Though best known for helming animated adventures like The Incredibles, director Brad Bird wowed critics by creating a cavalcade of awesome action set pieces, that includes hard-hitting hand-to-hand combat, chase scenes, and Cruise spectacularly scaling the world’s tallest skyscraper.
Critics screamed in terror and elation over Yeon Sang-ho’s riveting zombie movie. This international hit begins with a seemingly average day in South Korea. A train to Busan is calmly boarded by a gaggle of strangers, which includes a pair of bickering elderly sisters, a cheery high school baseball team, a pregnant woman, her burly husband (Ma Dong-seok), a workaholic dad (Gong Yoo), his little girl (Kim Soo-ahn)…and a zombie-bit victim who is about to become a flesh-craving fiend. Once they’re one their way, there’s no easy escape from the mounting terror or the growing undead horde that will stop at nothing to maim, munch, and murder. With jaw-dropping practical effects, masterfully suspenseful sequences, and a charismatic cast of characters, this is one thrill ride you won’t want to miss. But be warned, you may never look at an escalator the same way again.