Action films 1910-1979

by DouxM | created - 26 Feb 2018 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

Older Action from before the 1980s

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1. Coffy (1973)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A sexy black nurse takes vigilante justice against inner-city drug dealers after her sister becomes their latest victim.

Director: Jack Hill | Stars: Pam Grier, Booker Bradshaw, Robert DoQui, William Elliott

Votes: 9,015

2. Vanishing Point (1971)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

61 Metascore

During the 1970s, car delivery driver Kowalski delivers hot rods in record time but always runs into trouble with the highway cops.

Director: Richard C. Sarafian | Stars: Barry Newman, Cleavon Little, Charlotte Rampling, Dean Jagger

Votes: 25,417

3. Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)

PG | 105 min | Action, Crime, Drama

56 Metascore

When a South American drug lord pays Pace to steal 48 cars for him, all but one is in the bag - thereby, the police precipitate in a desperate car chase against Pace and his Eleanor across Southern California.

Director: H.B. Halicki | Stars: H.B. Halicki, Marion Busia, Jerry Daugirda, James McIntyre

Votes: 7,884 | Gross: $40.00M

4. Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

PG | 96 min | Action, Comedy

50 Metascore

The Bandit is hired on to run a tractor trailer full of beer over state lines, in hot pursuit by a pesky sheriff.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jerry Reed, Mike Henry

Votes: 42,314 | Gross: $126.74M

5. Freebie and the Bean (1974)

R | 113 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

San Francisco police detectives Freebie and Bean are determined to bust local crime boss Red Meyers at any cost, even if this means destroying the whole city in the process.

Director: Richard Rush | Stars: Alan Arkin, James Caan, Loretta Swit, Jack Kruschen

Votes: 2,412

6. Breakout (1975)

PG | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A bush pilot is hired for fifty thousand dollars to go to Mexico to free an innocent prisoner.

Director: Tom Gries | Stars: Charles Bronson, Robert Duvall, Jill Ireland, Randy Quaid

Votes: 3,188 | Gross: $16.00M

7. Love and Bullets (1979)

PG | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Arizona cop is sent to Switzerland to bring in the girlfriend of a dangerous mobster so she can testify against him. The mobster sends someone too - assassins.

Directors: Stuart Rosenberg, John Huston | Stars: Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Rod Steiger, Henry Silva

Votes: 1,471

8. Chino (1973)

PG | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A runaway teenager and a mixed-race horse breeder strike an unlikely friendship in the context of common hardships.

Directors: John Sturges, Duilio Coletti | Stars: Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Marcel Bozzuffi, Vincent Van Patten

Votes: 1,602

9. Cold Sweat (1970)

PG | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

With his wife and daughter being held hostage, a seasoned ex-military man is involved in a shady smuggling operation to save his family.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Charles Bronson, James Mason, Liv Ullmann, Jill Ireland

Votes: 2,001

10. The Mechanic (1972)

PG | 100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

51 Metascore

An aging hitman befriends a young man who wants to be a professional killer. Eventually it becomes clear that someone has betrayed them.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Charles Bronson, Jan-Michael Vincent, Keenan Wynn, Jill Ireland

Votes: 11,671

11. Foxy Brown (1974)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

46 Metascore

A voluptuous black vigilante takes a job as a high-class prostitute in order to get revenge on the mobsters who murdered her boyfriend.

Director: Jack Hill | Stars: Pam Grier, Antonio Fargas, Peter Brown, Terry Carter

Votes: 8,271

12. Truck Turner (1974)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Blaxploitation film about a former professional football player who becomes a bounty hunter in Los Angeles.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Isaac Hayes, Yaphet Kotto, Alan Weeks, Annazette Chase

Votes: 2,317

13. Emperor of the North (1973)

PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In 1933, during the Depression, Shack the brutal conductor of the number 19 train has a personal vendetta against the best train hopping hobo tramp in the Northwest, A No. 1.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Keith Carradine, Charles Tyner

Votes: 5,358

14. The Eiger Sanction (1975)

Approved | 129 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

61 Metascore

Classical art professor and collector Dr. Jonathan Hemlock, who doubles as a professional assassin, is coerced out of retirement to avenge the murder of an old friend.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, George Kennedy, Vonetta McGee, Jack Cassidy

Votes: 16,494

15. The Killer Elite (1975)

PG | 122 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Mike Locke, who works for a private security firm affiliated with the C.I.A., is betrayed by his partner and left apparently crippled for life.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: James Caan, Robert Duvall, Arthur Hill, Bo Hopkins

Votes: 5,168

16. The New Avengers (1976–1977)

60 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

John Steed and his new accomplices Purdey and Gambit find themselves facing new and deadly dangers in the bizarre world of espionage. Mixing fantasy with a darker edge, the trio face ... See full summary »

Stars: Patrick Macnee, Gareth Hunt, Joanna Lumley, Maurice Marsac

Votes: 1,851

17. The Avengers (1961–1969)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A quirky spy show of the adventures of eccentrically suave British Agent John Steed (Patrick Macnee) and his predominately female partners.

Stars: Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman, Linda Thorson

Votes: 6,126

18. The Saint (1962–1969)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Simon Templar a wealthy adventurer known as The Saint, travels around in his white Volvo P1800S.

Stars: Roger Moore, Ivor Dean, Leslie Crawford, Justine Lord

Votes: 4,088

19. The Persuaders! (1971–1972)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Two worlds collide when the titled Englishman, Lord Brett Sinclair, and the Bronx-raised, self-made American Danny Wilde, reluctantly join forces to right wrongs, and to protect the innocent.

Stars: Tony Curtis, Roger Moore, Laurence Naismith, Juliet Harmer

Votes: 4,360

20. Jason King (1971–1972)

60 min | Action, Adventure

After leaving Department S, the hedonistic, womanizing dandy Jason King settled down to a full-time career of writing (trashy) Mark Caine novels. He philandered his way around the world, ... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Wyngarde, Anne Sharp, Ronald Lacey, Lee Patterson

Votes: 239

21. Danger Man (1960–1962)

TV-PG | 24 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

John Drake is a special operative for N.A.T.O., specializing in security assignments against any subversive element which threatened world peace. The series featured exotic locales from all... See full summary »

Stars: Patrick McGoohan, Richard Wattis, Lionel Murton, Michael Ripper

Votes: 917

22. How to Steal the World (1968)

Not Rated | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

The agents of U.N.C.L.E. must stop mad general Harmon and his Seven Intellectual Wonders of the World, as well as THRUSH agents, from taking over the world.

Director: Sutton Roley | Stars: Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Barry Sullivan, Eleanor Parker

Votes: 238

23. One of Our Spies Is Missing (1966)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

U.N.C.L.E. agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin are sent to Europe where a scientist's age-reversing machine is in danger of being seized by T.H.R.U.S.H. spies.

Director: E. Darrell Hallenbeck | Stars: Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Leo G. Carroll, Maurice Evans

Votes: 295

24. One Spy Too Many (1966)

Not Rated | 102 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

U.N.C.L.E. agents Solo and Kuryakin try to stop a megalomaniac who thinks he's like Alexander The Great, commits offenses against the ten commandments and steals chemical weapons from the army in order to achieve world domination.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Rip Torn, Dorothy Provine

Votes: 386

25. The Slams (1973)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Everybody is after the money stolen by Hook (Jim Brown) before he ended up in prison including the villainous head guard Capt. Stambell.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Jim Brown, Judy Pace, Roland Bob Harris, Paul Harris

Votes: 204

26. Sorcerer (1977)

PG | 121 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

68 Metascore

Four unfortunate men from different parts of the globe agree to risk their lives transporting gallons of nitroglycerin across dangerous South American jungle.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal, Amidou

Votes: 15,848 | Gross: $12.00M

27. Enter the Dragon (1973)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

83 Metascore

A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover.

Director: Robert Clouse | Stars: Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly, Ahna Capri

Votes: 91,437 | Gross: $25.00M

28. Not Scared to Die (1973)

R | 87 min | Action, Drama, War

Historical movie, set during the Japanese occupation of China during WWII, in which a group of Chinese rebels tries to oust the Japanese forces from a small town. Jackie Chan is one of the ... See full summary »

Director: Mu Chu | Stars: Ching Wong, Qiu Yuen, Yang Kao, Jackie Chan

Votes: 613

29. The Wild Angels (1966)

R | 93 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

The "Angels", a San Pedro motorcycle gang, parties in the Coachella Valley's Palm Springs Indian Canyons, California, and wreaks havoc with the local police.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Peter Fonda, Nancy Sinatra, Bruce Dern, Diane Ladd

Votes: 2,416 | Gross: $6.50M

30. The Glory Stompers (1967)

Not Rated | 85 min | Action, Drama

Chino is the tough leader of a motorcycle gang who starts off a war when he abducts and mistreats the leader of the enemy biker gang, Darryl, and his girlfriend Chris. Things get violent when Darryl comes back for revenge.

Director: Anthony M. Lanza | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Jody McCrea, Chris Noel, Jock Mahoney

Votes: 399

31. Mr. Majestyk (1974)

PG | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

55 Metascore

A melon farmer battles organized crime and a hit man who wants to kill him.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Charles Bronson, Linda Cristal, Al Lettieri, Lee Purcell

Votes: 7,015

32. Breakheart Pass (1975)

PG | 95 min | Mystery, Western

John Deakin is being transported, as a prisoner, on a train with supplies and medicine to Fort Humboldt, Nevada.

Director: Tom Gries | Stars: Charles Bronson, Ben Johnson, Richard Crenna, Jill Ireland

Votes: 6,157

33. Dark of the Sun (1968)

Approved | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A band of mercenaries led by Captain Curry travel through war-torn Congo across deadly terrain, battling rival armies, to steal $50 million in uncut diamonds. But infighting, sadistic rebels and a time lock jeopardize everything.

Director: Jack Cardiff | Stars: Rod Taylor, Yvette Mimieux, Peter Carsten, Jim Brown

Votes: 2,462

34. Captain Apache (1971)

GP | 94 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

A Native American born US Army officer, Captain Apache, investigating a murder, uncovers a presidential assassination plot.

Director: Alexander Singer | Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Carroll Baker, Stuart Whitman, Percy Herbert

Votes: 710

35. Trouble Man (1972)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Things begin to unravel when a supercool black fixer is hired to straighten out some crooks.

Director: Ivan Dixon | Stars: Robert Hooks, Paul Winfield, Ralph Waite, William Smithers

Votes: 875

36. The Face of Fu Manchu (1965)

G | 89 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Grisly strangulations in London alert Nayland Smith of Scotland Yard to the possibility of the fiendish Fu Manchu may not be dead after all, even though Smith witnessed his execution. A ... See full summary »

Director: Don Sharp | Stars: Christopher Lee, Nigel Green, Joachim Fuchsberger, Karin Dor

Votes: 1,320

37. North by Northwest (1959)

Not Rated | 136 min | Adventure, Mystery, Thriller

98 Metascore

A New York City advertising executive goes on the run after being mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis

Votes: 281,153 | Gross: $13.28M

38. The Losers (1970)

R | 95 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A quintet of CIA-trained Hells Angels take their specially armored hogs to Cambodia and head across southeast Asia to rescue a captured presidential advisor.

Director: Jack Starrett | Stars: William Smith, Bernie Hamilton, Adam Roarke, Houston Savage

Votes: 408 | Gross: $0.46M

39. The Six Million Dollar Man: Wine, Women and War (1973 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 73 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

After Colonel Steve Austin fails to retrieve the contents of a safe owned by arms dealer Arlen Findletter, he takes up a friendly offer of a vacation in the Bahamas. There, he runs into ... See full summary »

Director: Russ Mayberry | Stars: Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Alan Oppenheimer, Britt Ekland

Votes: 569

40. Clay Pigeon (1971)

R | 93 min | Action, Drama

An ex-soldier is recruited by the FBI to go undercover in L.A. and find other ex-soldiers who are part of a drug-dealing gang.

Directors: Lane Slate, Tom Stern | Stars: Tom Stern, Telly Savalas, Robert Vaughn, John Marley

Votes: 108

41. The Gypsy Moths (1969)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Three skydivers and their travelling thrill show barnstorm through a small midwestern town one Fourth of July weekend.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Gene Hackman, Scott Wilson

Votes: 1,697

42. Maggie's Stiletto Sisters (1975)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The leader of an inner city girl gang is challenged when a new girl moves into the neighbourhood.

Director: Jack Hill | Stars: Robbie Lee, Joanne Nail, Monica Gayle, Asher Brauner

Votes: 3,066 | Gross: $0.05M

43. Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)

Not Rated | 85 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

After a meteorite unleashes a three-headed beast upon Tokyo, Mothra tries to unite with Godzilla and Rodan to battle the extraterrestrial threat.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Yôsuke Natsuki, Yuriko Hoshi, Hiroshi Koizumi, Akiko Wakabayashi

Votes: 4,901

44. The Sandpit Generals (1971)

R | 102 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Inspired by the classic novel by Brazilian cultural icon Jorge Amado, this is the story of a gang of homeless children lead by Pedro Bala. Set in Bahia, the film follows the adventures of ... See full summary »

Director: Hall Bartlett | Stars: Juarez Santalvo, Freddie Gedeon, Adem