As you're no doubt aware, Netflix is chockablock with pretty much every kind of genre and movie for you to enjoy.

But, as with anything, there's the good stuff and the bad stuff - and that's where we come in so every month, we're plucking gems from the Netflix library in a specific genre - action, horror, comedy and drama - for you to watch.

Here are our action picks.

 

'Kill Bill: Volume 1'

The Bride (Uma Thurman) is almost beaten to death on her wedding day by Bill and her former allies. After awakening from a four-year coma, she sets off to wreak revenge on them. In this instalment, the former assassin comes up against Vernita Green (Vivica A. Fox) and O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu). It's as breathtakingly beautiful as it is adrenaline-fuelled in its entertainment. Quentin Tarantino doesn't quite make them the way he used to.

 

'Kill Bill, Vol.2'

While some might argue the first one is better, citing the Crazy 88 sequence, the counter-argument is Daryl Hannah and Uma Thurman's fight. One of the best examples of skillful editing in a fight sequence and use of constrained geography, there's so much to it, not least the gnarly way it all ends. Throw in the excellent training sequence with Pai Mei (and that beard flick of his) and arguably David Carradine's finest on-screen performance and you've got vintage Tarantino before he decided to make five-hour epics that didn't really go anywhere. Looking at you, 'The Hateful Eight'.

 

'Black Hawk Down'

If you've played any 'Call Of Duty' videogame - from 'Modern Warfare' on - there's a debt of gratitude owed to 'Black Hawk Down'. The game pretty much lifted its soundtrack and general aesthetic from the film. That not enough for you? Joss Whedon said he watched 'Black Hawk Down' repeatedly whilst prepping for the battle sequences in 'Avengers' and 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' to get the feel right. Directed by Ridley Scott, Jason Isaacs, Orlando Bloom, Eric Bana, Tom Sizemore, and Josh Hartnett star. There are also blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearances from Tom Hardy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Ewan McGregor.

 

'Last Action Hero'

Imagine a spoof of action movies directed by someone who has actually helmed some of the most well-known action movies there is. Starring easily the most recognisable action movie star there is, two nerds wrote it and, subsequently, the screenwriter of some of the most recognisable action movies ever rewrote it. That's 'Last Action Hero'. It's a movie so truly weird that it's kind of incredible it ever happened in the first place. Naturally enough, the movie didn't do well on its initial release and became part of Hollywood legend for the backlash against it. Luckily time has managed to turn it around. Now people appreciate it as a self-aware action movie that's actually pretty decent.

 

'In the Line of Fire'

Clint Eastwood plays secret service agent Frank Horrigan who, after failing to protect President Kennedy, is determined to not let it happen again. John Malkovich steals the show as a psychotic assassin who is stalking the current President. His conflict with Horrigan makes for memorable action and gripping drama and there's quite a cast to boot. Rene Russo impresses while other members include Dylan McDermott, Gary Cole, John Mahoney, and Fred Thompson.

 

'The Mummy'

As much an adventure movie as it is an action one, Brendan Fraser did back in 1999 what Tom Cruise failed to do in 2017 - perfectly balancing the qualities of an action star with a sense of humour and natural charisma. Rachel Weisz - now Mrs. Bond - was a delight as the Cairo librarian who steals his heart and holds her own among the men. Nearly twenty years on, the CGI effects have dated, but the characters are still charming and the action (which often verges on horror) is still gripping.

 

'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves'

While we're at it, here's another action-adventure romp for you. Robin Hood has been brought to the big screen many a time, even last year with Taron Egerton. But somehow, the '90s Kevin Costner starring film sticks out for many as the best (even with Costner's dodgy British accent). The charismatic cast includes Morgan Freeman as Azeem, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Marian, and Christian Slater as Will Scarlett. However the show stealer is Alan Rickman in one of his most iconic roles - the Sheriff of Nottingham.

 

'Only The Brave'

It's no surprise that director Joseph Kosinski is directing 'Top Gun: Maverick'. 'Only The Brave' has all the action and machismo of early Tony Scott, and the soundtrack to boot. Josh Brolin plays a tough-as-nails leader of a "hotshot" crew - which is actually a real term for elite wildland firefighters. Miles Teller plays a rookie firefighter whom Brolin takes under his wing. He puts him through the rigorous and taxing - both emotionally and physically - training regime to become a "hotshot". It's been a long time since 'Backdraft' so if firefighter movies are your thing, 'Only The Brave' is definitely worth your time.

 

'The Thomas Crown Affair' 

Picture, if you can, Pierce Brosnan in the late '00s. He's just up and decided to do a Bond movie without any of the facets that'd make up a Bond movie. Then he has it directed by the man who did 'Die Hard', 'Predator' and 'The Hunt For Red October'. That's basically 'The Thomas Crown Affair' in a nutshell. It's an achingly slick, deliciously decadent thriller that sees Brosnan play Steve McQueen's billionaire playboy to a tee. Rene Russo plays a high-flying insurance investigator who's sent to track him down. The two end up... well, you can guess. Throw in Dennis Leary and a fantastic soundtrack with the best use of Nina Simone's 'Sinner Man' in any movie yet made, and you've got a modern classic.

 

'The Expendables 2'

Yes, it's the one with all the '80s action stars in one movie. While 'The Expendables 2' may be reduced to its impressive cast, there's something genuinely enjoyable about how much it just doesn't give a shit. It knows that it's ridiculous, and it has all the tropes and beats you'd expect in any '80s movies. Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham have excellent banter together while Jean-Claude Van Damme plays a villain called Jean Vilain. COME ON.

 

'The Villainess'

The best way to describe 'The Villainess' is to imagine, if you can, 'John Wick' on speed. Then replace pretty much all the actors in 'John Wick' with South Korean actors. That's about halfway to describing the sheer insanity of it all. There really is nothing we can do to describe it any better than showing you this samurai sword fight on motorbikes. It's... crazy.

 

'Looper'

Rian Johnson of 'The Last Jedi' fame directs this crackling sci-fi action thriller starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as younger and older versions of the same character. Set in the near future where time travel is only used by crime syndicates, Willis goes on the run in his past. He intends to track down the crime lord who murdered his wife and sent him into the past. Smartly bypassing any kind of the mechanics you'd expect from this kind of movie or even the fact that Levitt and Willis don't really look alike, 'Looper' instead focuses on the action and pacing.