10 Best Movies Like Bullet Train
Now that Bullet Train is available to stream on Netflix and fans of the film can experience the ride over and over again from home, it’s a great time to line up some of the similar movies streaming now that replicate its energy.
Whether they’re handsomely-cast thrillers about assassins, high-concept action stories set on trains, or just strikingly stylish action films, the best movies like Bullet Train exude the same talent and creativity that made this Brad Pitt blockbuster such a hit.
Available to stream on Netflix
Movies like Bullet Train remind audiences that Brad Pitt’s career as an actor has been littered with eclectic roles in highly-stylized modern classics. His performance in Guy Ritchie’s Snatch is a noteworthy addition to that list for Bullet Train fans thanks to Ritchie’s signature dialogue, which is strongly echoed in Bullet Train through the characters of Tangerine and Lemon in particular.
A comedic crime caper centering around a large diamond moving throughout the criminal underworld of London, Snatch features Pitt in a supporting role as a bare-knuckle boxer, and while many of the guns in Ritchie’s story are fake, the film makes up for any lapses in firepower with the kind of blistering storytelling speed that drives Bullet Train.
Smokin’ Aces (2006)
Available to stream on Cinemax and Starz
One of the things that action movies like Bullet Train excel at is creating a linear experience made up of a diverse cast of characters whose stories all intersect in chaotic ways. Smokin’ Aces is another story about various colorful assassins all converging in a single location, this time a hotel at Lake Tahoe that houses their shared target.
Smokin’ Aces is also a similar movie to Bullet Train in that it’s one of the few films in this highly graphic style that can claim to be as star-studded, if not more so. Aside from boasting the movie debuts of Alicia Keys and Common, Ryan Reynolds, Ben Affleck, Chris Pine, Ray Liotta, and Andy Garcia all join in on the ultraviolent ride, as well as many, many more.
Train To Busan (2016)
Available to stream on YouTube, Tubi, Crackle, Amazon Prime Video, Pluto TV, and Peacock
As far as modern action movies set on trains go, there are none as popular as Train to Busan, an engagingly emotional zombie thriller that sees the passengers of the titular train fighting to escape an undead apocalypse at breakneck speed.
Though Train to Busan‘s concept is much more off-the-wall than Bullet Train‘s, it’s actually the more grounded movie overall, balancing its gory action sequences with dramatic scenes between the ensemble. Like Bullet Train and many of the best movies from South Korea in recent years, Train to Busan is as much an exploration of its characters and the personal histories that define them as it is an exploration of the limits of its genre.
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
Available to stream on Starz
The success of movies like Bullet Train reminds movie fans that while he certainly fits the part almost effortlessly, Brad Pitt is not typically cast as an action star. One of Pitt’s most defining action roles is without doubt his similarly comedic turn as another hired gun in Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
Though it is mostly remembered in popular culture for lying at the center of the public’s introduction to Pitt’s relationship with his co-star, Angelina Jolie, director Doug Liman packs the screen with explosive spectacle beyond the two stars’ headline-making onscreen chemistry.
The Wolverine (2013)
Available to stream on Disney+
The film’s mixture of styles, characters, cultures, and genres makes it hard to find similar movies to Bullet Train in terms of how all of those are mixed together. But one unusual stop on the journey to find movies like Bullet Train can yield surprising results.
Though Hugh Jackman’s titular Marvel Comics character is one of the most famously indestructible superheroes of all time, The Wolverine was the first X-Men film from director James Mangold, who presented the character in a much more vulnerable light. Before the Western-enthused drama of Logan, this Japan-set detective thriller put him in a number of his wildest action sequences, including a fight both in and on a moving bullet train. Make sure to seek out the full Extended Cut to the most out of the film’s unusually graphic violence.
John Wick (2014)
Available to stream on Pluto TV
Those who enjoyed the functioning ecosystem of killers and handlers in Bullet Train really need to look no further than the world of John Wick. The eponymous former assassin is certainly much quicker to kill than Pitt’s Ladybug. But Keanu Reeves’ deadpan delivery, mixed with his complete physical dedication to his performance as an unstoppable hitman and martial artist, means that his quest for blood is never without its own sly sense of humor.
The original movie in the ongoing and overgrowing franchise has a straightforward revenge plot but opens up a much wider world of criminal empires that exist below the surface of the normal world. It also unquestionably influenced director David Leitch’s vision of the one in Bullet Train, as he co-directed and produced the first John Wick film.
Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003)
Available to stream on Peacock
Western action movies directly drawing inspiration from films in Asia isn’t unusual but seeing them set most of their stories in Asia itself as Bullet Train does still is. While samurai films from Japan and kung-fu movies from China have influenced an innumerable amount of Hollywood films for the better, few of them have emulated the actual style of these films with as much accuracy and attention to detail as the first part of Quentin Tarantino’s revenge epic starring the Bride.
Bursting with blood, distinct stylistic flair, and very dark comedy, Kill Bill: Volume 1 sees the Bride, once a member of a group of assassins, begin a mission to kill her former associates, with her quest to take down the new head of the Tokyo yakuza taking up most of this first part. Fans of Bullet Train may come for the intense action but will definitely want to stay for Tarantino’s famously quotable dialogue.
Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
Available to stream on The Roku Channel
People who preferred the sense of humor derived from the bickering between trained killers in Bullet Train over the action will want to check out this cult gem about John Cusack’s hitman suffering a midlife crisis during his high school reunion.
Juggling a former girlfriend and rival assassins between phone calls with his assistant and his therapist, Cusack’s contract killer in Grosse Pointe Blank is in a similar headspace to Brad Pitt’s Ladybug in Bullet Train, and the film’s quirky 90s soundtrack gives it a similarly robust personality.
Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
Stream on Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, and Pluto TV
Action thriller movies like Bullet Train propel their plots along through the power of the slick twists and turns in their stories and there are few action thrillers that revel in bluffing and tricking the audiences as much as Lucky Number Slevin.
Like Bullet Train, the movie’s story revolves around unwilling participants in a complex plan involving warring gangsters and the cast’s pedigree lends some believability to the tall tale. Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Ben Kingsley, and Stanley Tucci support Josh Hartnett and Lucy Liu in this dialogue-driven crime yarn that will impress fans of Bullet Train‘s narrative flow.
The Commuter (2018)
Available to stream on Amazon Prime Video
Liam Neeson is another respected dramatic actor whose dabbling in the action genre always causes a stir and this action thriller about a mysterious conspiracy aboard a bustling commuter train is similar to Bullet Train in a number of ways.
The film’s cast of veteran actors is so large that it leaves room for smaller supporting work from the likes of Florence Pugh and Letitia Wright, and the detective elements of the plot mean that audience is kept guessing right up until the finale. While the action in The Commuter may be more relative to the speed of the train in the story when compared to a movie like Bullet Train, it still has plenty of explosive surprises throughout.
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