Best Action Movies of 1933


King Kong

7.9/10 IMDB

Adventurous filmmaker, Carl Denham, sets out to produce a motion picture unlike anything the world has seen before. Alongside his leading lady Ann Darrow and his first mate Jack Driscoll, they arrive on an island and discover a legendary creature said to be neither beast nor man. Denham captures the monster to displayed on Broadway as Kong, the eighth wonder of the world.

Starring: Robert Armstrong, Fay Wray, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher, Victor Wong, James Flavin, Sam Hardy, Noble Johnson, Steve Clemente, Bill Williams ..
Directed by: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
Release date: 1933-03-15

Sons of the Desert

7.5/10 IMDB

Ollie and Stan deceive their wives into thinking they are taking a medically necessary cruise when they are really going to a lodge convention.

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Dorothy Christy, Mae Busch, Charley Chase, Lucien Littlefield, Ernie Alexander, Charlie Hall, Brooks Benedict, Ellen Corby ..
Directed by: William A. Seiter
Release date: 1933-12-29
Best Action Movies of 1933 : Picture Snatcher

Picture Snatcher

7.0/10 IMDB

An ex-con uses his street smarts to become a successful photojournalist.

Starring: James Cagney, Ralph Bellamy, Patricia Ellis, Alice White, Ralf Harolde, Robert Emmett O'Connor, Robert Barrat, G. Pat Collins, Arthur Vinton, Tom Wilson ..
Directed by: Lloyd Bacon
Release date: 1933-05-06

The Little Giant

7.0/10 IMDB

Prohibition is ending so bootlegger Bugs Ahearn decides to crack California society. He leases a house from down-on-her-luck Ruth and hires her as social secretary. He rescues Polly Cass from a horsefall and goes home to meet her dad who sells him some phony stock certificates. When he learns about this he sends to Chicago for mob help.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Mary Astor, Helen Vinson, Russell Hopton, Kenneth Thomson, Shirley Grey, Berton Churchill, Don Dillaway, Louise Mackintosh, Lester Dorr ..
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1933-05-20

The Eagle and the Hawk

7.1/10 IMDB

The pilots of a Royal Air Force squadron in World War I face not only physical but mental dangers in their struggle to survive while fighting the enemy.

Starring: Fredric March, Cary Grant, Jack Oakie, Carole Lombard, Guy Standing, Forrester Harvey, Kenneth Howell, Leyland Hodgson, Virginia Hammond, Douglas Scott ..
Directed by: Stuart Walker, Mitchell Leisen
Release date: 1933-05-06

Alice in Wonderland

6.3/10 IMDB

In Victorian England, a bored young girl dreams that she has entered a fantasy world called Wonderland populated by even more fantastic characters.

Starring: Charlotte Henry, Richard Arlen, Roscoe Ates, William Austin, Gary Cooper, Leon Errol, Louise Fazenda, W.C. Fields, Alec B. Francis, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ..
Directed by: Norman Z. McLeod
Release date: 1933-12-18
Best Action Movies of 1933 : Today We Live

Today We Live

5.9/10 IMDB

Two lovers are living together and are not married; they had made a promise as children to get married when they grew up, but they "didn't wait."

Starring: Joan Crawford, Gary Cooper, Robert Young, Franchot Tone, Roscoe Karns, Louise Closser Hale, Rollo Lloyd, Hilda Vaughn, Ernie Alexander, Glen Cavender ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks, Richard Rosson
Release date: 1933-03-03

The Ghoul

5.8/10 IMDB

Professor Morlant, a British Egyptologist, seeks immortality through the power of a jewel buried in the tomb of an Oriental idol. Upon his death, Morlant returns to earth to seek vengeance upon those who removed the jewel from his grave.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Cedric Hardwicke, Ernest Thesiger, Ralph Richardson, Dorothy Hyson, Anthony Bushell, Kathleen Harrison, Harold Huth, D.A. Clarke-Smith, Jack Raine ..
Directed by: T. Hayes Hunter
Release date: 1933-08-01

The Son of Kong

5.6/10 IMDB

Beleaguered adventurer Carl Denham returns to the island where he found King Kong.

Starring: Robert Armstrong, Helen Mack, Frank Reicher, John Marston, Ed Brady, Victor Wong, Steve Clemente, Fay Wray, Noble Johnson, Lee Kohlmar ..
Directed by: Ernest B. Schoedsack
Release date: 1933-12-22
Best Action Movies of 1933 : The California Trail

The California Trail

6.3/10 IMDB

Santa Fe Stuart, leading a relief train bringing food to the peasants, gets caught up in the Commandante and his brother the Mayor's effort to starve out the peasants. Thrown in jail and about to be hung, he escapes and joins the peasants in their fight against the brothers and their troops...

Starring: Buck Jones, Helen Mack, George Humbert, Luis Alberni, Charles Stevens, Carlos VillarĂ­as, Chris-Pin Martin, Carmen Laroux, William Steele, Al Ernest Garcia ..
Directed by: Lambert Hillyer
Release date: 1933-03-24

Riders of Destiny

5.4/10 IMDB

James Kincaid controls the local water supply and plans to do away with the other ranchers. Government agent Sandy Saunders arrives undercover to investigate Kincaid's land swindle scheme, and win the heart of one of his victims, Fay Denton.

Starring: John Wayne, Cecilia Parker, Forrest Taylor, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Al St. John, Heinie Conklin, Yakima Canutt, Earl Dwire, Lafe McKee, Addie Foster ..
Directed by: Robert N. Bradbury
Release date: 1933-10-10
Best Action Movies of 1933 : The Wolf Dog

The Wolf Dog

5.5/10 IMDB

The story of a boy, a dog, and a man. The boy discovers he is heir to a shipping line, and travels to Los Angeles, accompanied by inventor/radio operator Bob Whitlock and Irene Blaine. Their journey is aided by Pal, a wolf dog.

Starring: Rin Tin Tin Jr., Frankie Darro, Boots Mallory, George J. Lewis, Henry B. Walthall, Hale Hamilton, Fred Kohler, Niles Welch, Gordon De Main, Yakima Canutt ..
Directed by: Harry L. Fraser, Colbert Clark
Release date: 1933-09-29
Best Action Movies of 1933 : A Shriek in the Night

A Shriek in the Night

5.3/10 IMDB

Rival newspaper reporters Pat Morgan and Ted Rand find themselves unraveling the mystery behind the death of a millionaire philanthropist who fell from his penthouse balcony. When it is discovered that the plunge was not an accident, the building's residents come under suspicion. Soon, the body count begins to mount as three more murders occur by strangulation.

Starring: Ginger Rogers, Lyle Talbot, Harvey Clark, Purnell Pratt, Lillian Harmer, Arthur Hoyt, Louise Beavers, Clarence Wilson ..
Directed by: Albert Ray
Release date: 1933-07-22
Best Action Movies of 1933 : Perils of Pauline

Perils of Pauline

5.8/10 IMDB

A famous scientist and his beautiful daughter travel to Indochina to find an ivory disc that has the formula for a deadly gas engraved on it. An evil doctor and his gang are also looking for it.

Starring: Evalyn Knapp, Craig Reynolds, James Durkin, John Davidson, Frank Lackteen, Sonny Ray, Charles Stevens, William Desmond, Josef Swickard, William Worthington ..
Directed by: Ray Taylor
Release date: 1933-11-05
Best Action Movies of 1933 : The Phantom of the Air

The Phantom of the Air

6.2/10 IMDB

An adventure serial presented in 12 chapters. Inventor Thomas Edmunds uses a super plane, 'The Phantom,' to protect his new anti-gravity invention, the Contragrav, from theft.

Starring: Tom Tyler, Gloria Shea, LeRoy Mason, William Desmond, Sidney Bracey, Walter Brennan, Dennis O'Keefe ..
Directed by: Ray Taylor
Release date: 1933-05-21
Best Action Movies of 1933 : Man of the Forest

Man of the Forest

5.6/10 IMDB

Beasley, who is after Gayner's land, plans to kidnap his daughter. But Dale overhears their plan and kidnaps her himself. When Gayner arrives to retrieve his daughter, Beasley kills him and makes the Sheriff arrest Dale for the murder.

Starring: Randolph Scott, Verna Hillie, Harry Carey, Noah Beery, Barton MacLane, Buster Crabbe, Guinn Williams, Vince Barnett, Blanche Friderici, Tempe Pigott ..
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1933-08-24
Best Action Movies of 1933 : College Humor

College Humor

5.9/10 IMDB

A college professor and the school's star football player are both rivals for the same beautiful coed.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Jack Oakie, Richard Arlen, Mary Carlisle, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Mary Kornman, Joe Sawyer, Lona Andre, Jimmy Conlin ..
Directed by: Wesley Ruggles
Release date: 1933-07-05
Best Action Movies of 1933 : Lucky Devils

Lucky Devils

6.3/10 IMDB

Two Hollywood stuntmen compete for the same pretty extra.

Starring: William Boyd, Dorothy Wilson, William Gargan, Bob Rose, William Bakewell, Lon Chaney Jr., Dorothy Wilson, Julie Haydon, Betty Furness, Roscoe Ates ..
Directed by: Ralph Ince
Release date: 1933-02-03
Best Action Movies of 1933 : Sittin' on a Backyard Fence

Sittin' on a Backyard Fence

5.6/10 IMDB

Cats fighting each other over a tabby around the eponymous back yard fence.

Directed by: Earl Duvall
Release date: 1933-12-16
Best Action Movies of 1933 : The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers

5.3/10 IMDB

Tom Wayne rescues Clancy, Renard and Schmidt in the Arabian desert and they join him in going after El Shaitan, a bad guy who is never seen as he tries to wipe out the Foreign Legion.

Starring: Jack Mulhall, Raymond Hatton, Francis X. Bushman Jr., John Wayne, Ruth Hall, Lon Chaney Jr., Hooper Atchley, Gordon De Main, Robert Frazer, Noah Beery Jr. ..
Directed by: Colbert Clark, Armand Schaefer
Release date: 1933-04-07
Best Action Movies of 1933 : Corruption


5.7/10 IMDB

A young lawyer is elected mayor of the city and promises to rid it of the corruption it's famous for. The problem is that most of the corruption he's vowed to eliminate is caused by the crooked political machine that helped elect him.

Starring: Evalyn Knapp, Preston Foster, Charles Delaney, Tully Marshall, Natalie Moorhead, Warner Richmond, Huntley Gordon, Lane Chandler, Mischa Auer, Jason Robards Sr. ..
Directed by: Charles E. Roberts
Release date: 1933-06-18
Best Action Movies of 1933 : The Whispering Shadow

The Whispering Shadow

5.4/10 IMDB

A mysterious criminal known as The Whispering Shadow commits crimes by means of a gang he controls by television and radio rays. Jack Norton, whose brother was murdered by The Whispering Shadow, suspects that the eerie Professor Strang - whose ghostly wax museum contains figures far too lifelike - may be involved in the crimes.

Starring: Bela Lugosi, Malcolm McGregor, Viva Tattersall, Robert Warwick, Roy D'Arcy, Karl Dane, Henry B. Walthall, Lafe McKee ..
Directed by: Albert Herman, Colbert Clark
Release date: 1933-04-17
Best Action Movies of 1933 : Skyway


5.4/10 IMDB

A cocky young pilot, at the urging of his girlfriend, takes a nice, "safe" job at the bank where her father is president.

Starring: Ray Walker, Kathryn Crawford, Arthur Vinton, Claude Gillingwater, Lucien Littlefield, Tom Dugan, Jed Prouty, Alice Lake, Jack Pennick, George 'Gabby' Hayes ..
Directed by: Lewis D. Collins
Release date: 1933-08-29
Best Action Movies of 1933 : Drum Taps

Drum Taps

5.3/10 IMDB

Skinner and his gang are grabbing land from the ranchers. When they go after Kerry's ranch Ken stops them. Skinner frames Ken for rustling but the Sheriff is on Ken's side, and with the help of his brother Earl's Boy Scout troup they go after the gang.

Starring: Ken Maynard, Dorothy Dix, Frank Coghlan Jr., Charles Stevens, Al Bridge, Harry Semels, Jim Mason, Slim Whitaker, Tarzan ..
Directed by: J.P. McGowan
Release date: 1933-01-23

Somewhere in Sonora

5.4/10 IMDB

John Bishop discovers a plot to rob a silver mine belonging to his girlfriend Mary's father and, to foil the evildoers, he joins them.

Starring: John Wayne, Duke, Henry B. Walthall, Shirley Palmer, Ann Fay, J.P. McGowan, Paul Fix, Ralph Lewis, Frank Rice, Billy Franey ..
Directed by: Mack V. Wright
Release date: 1933-05-27

The Telegraph Trail

5.8/10 IMDB

A greedy businessman-turned-renegade foments an Indian uprising against the coming telegraph to perpetuate his economic stranglehold on the territory.

Starring: John Wayne, Duke, Frank McHugh, Marceline Day, Otis Harlan, Albert J. Smith, Yakima Canutt, Lafe McKee, Chief John Big Tree, Clarence Geldart ..
Directed by: Tenny Wright
Release date: 1933-03-18
Best Action Movies of 1933 : King of the Jungle

King of the Jungle

6.2/10 IMDB

A white youth who is raised in the jungle by the animals is captured by a safari and brought back to civilization as an attraction in a circus.

Starring: Buster Crabbe, Frances Dee, Sidney Toler, Nydia Westman, Robert Barrat, Irving Pichel, Douglass Dumbrille, Sam Baker, Patricia Farley, Ronnie Cosby ..
Directed by: H. Bruce Humberstone, Max Marcin
Release date: 1933-03-10
Best Action Movies of 1933 : The Flaming Signal

The Flaming Signal

4.0/10 IMDB

A pilot and his dog crash-land on an island run by a psycho who owns a motel--and most of the locals.

Starring: John David Horsley, Marceline Day, Noah Beery, Henry B. Walthall, Carmelita Geraghty, Mischa Auer, Francisco Alonso, Jane'e Olmes, Anya Gramina, Flash the Dog ..
Directed by: George Jeske, Charles E. Roberts
Release date: 1933-07-24
Best Action Movies of 1933 : The Man from Monterey

The Man from Monterey

5.2/10 IMDB

A cavalry officer helps save a family's ranch from land grabbers

Starring: John Wayne, Ruth Hall, Luis Alberni, Donald Reed, Nina Quartero, Francis Ford, Lafe McKee, Lillian Leighton, Slim Whitaker, Duke ..
Directed by: Mack V. Wright
Release date: 1933-07-15
Best Action Movies of 1933 : Riot Squad

Riot Squad

5.1/10 IMDB

The constant battling over the same woman gets two detectives demoted to what's considered the toughest job in the Police Department--the Riot Squad.

Starring: Madge Bellamy, Pat O'Malley, James Flavin, Addison Richards, Harrison Greene, Bee Eddels, Alene Carroll, Ralph Lewis, Kit Guard, Charles De La Motte ..
Directed by: Harry S. Webb
Release date: 1933-07-25
Best Action Movies of 1933 : In the Wake of the Bounty

In the Wake of the Bounty

4.7/10 IMDB

The film explores the story of the Bounty and is based on the 1932 novel Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall.

Starring: Arthur Greenaway, Mayne Lynton, Errol Flynn, Victor Gouriet, John Warwick, Charles Chauvel, Elsa Chauvel ..
Directed by: Charles Chauvel
Release date: 1933-03-14
Best Action Movies of 1933 : Sunset Pass

Sunset Pass

6.7/10 IMDB

A US marshal goes undercover to bust up a bunch of rustlers.

Starring: Randolph Scott, Tom Keene, Kathleen Burke, Harry Carey, Noah Beery, Leila Bennett, Fuzzy Knight, Kent Taylor, George Barbier, Vince Barnett ..
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1933-05-26
Best Action Movies of 1933 : The Woman I Stole

The Woman I Stole

6.5/10 IMDB

A man (Jack Holt) wins his best friend's wife (Fay Wray) and seems to be plotting to ruin the man's oil business.

Starring: Jack Holt, Fay Wray, Donald Cook, Noah Beery, Raquel Torres, Edwin Maxwell, Charles A. Browne, Eddy Chandler, Ethan Laidlaw, Ferdinand Munier ..
Directed by: Irving Cummings
Release date: 1933-06-29
Best Action Movies of 1933 : State Trooper

State Trooper

6.9/10 IMDB

Mike Rolph quits his job, seemingly, as a highway patrolman and takes the position of the Police Chief of W. J. Brady's oil refinery. He is also romantically involved with Brady's daughter, June. It appears that some highly-placed employee has sold out to the opposition refinery people, and much sabotage and havoc is being caused.

Starring: Regis Toomey, Evalyn Knapp, Barbara Weeks, Raymond Hatton, Matthew Betz, Edwin Maxwell, Walter McGrail, Lew Kelly, Don Chapman, Eddy Chandler ..
Directed by: D. Ross Lederman
Release date: 1933-02-10
Best Action Movies of 1933 : Hotel Variety

Hotel Variety

6.6/10 IMDB

A New York City boarding house for vaudeville performers, none of whom have any steady work....

Starring: Hal Skelly, Olive Borden, Charlotte Walker, Sally Rand, Glorian Gray, Shannon Day ..
Directed by: Raymond Cannon
Release date: 1933-01-07
Best Action Movies of 1933 : The Mysterious Rider

The Mysterious Rider

6.3/10 IMDB

The ranchers have given money through Benton to the crooked lawyer Harkness to save the titles to their land. When Harkness gets a better offer, he steals Benton's receipt for the money and Benton is jailed. To fight back, Benton escapes jail at night to become the Phantom.

Starring: Kent Taylor, Lona Andre, Berton Churchill, Irving Pichel, Warren Hymer, Gail Patrick, Cora Sue Collins, E.H. Calvert, Sherwood Bailey, Clarence Wilson ..
Directed by: Fred Allen
Release date: 1933-01-30
Best Action Movies of 1933 : Fighting With Kit Carson

Fighting With Kit Carson

6.4/10 IMDB

In this Western, comprised of 12 chapters from a serial, Kit leads a group carrying a large gold shipment across the wild West. When the Mystery Riders attack and steal the gold, Kit is the only survivor. He later joins forces with the cavalry to retrieve it.

Starring: Johnny Mack Brown, Betsy King Ross, Noah Beery, Noah Beery Jr., Tully Marshall, Edmund Breese, Al Bridge, Edward Hearn, Lafe McKee, Jack Mower ..
Directed by: Armand Schaefer, Colbert Clark
Release date: 1933-07-01
Best Action Movies of 1933 : Money for Speed

Money for Speed

6.8/10 IMDB

A motorcycle champion becomes a stunt rider after he is banned from speedway racing.

Starring: John Loder, Ida Lupino, Cyril McLaglen, Moore Marriott, Marie Ault, John Hoskins, Ginger Lees, 'Cyclone' Davis, Lionel Van Praag ..
Directed by: Bernard Vorhaus
Release date: 1933-03-01
Best Action Movies of 1933 : Above the Clouds

Above the Clouds

6.1/10 IMDB

Robert Armstrong stars as Scoop Adams, an ace newsreel cameraman whose love affair with the bottle all but destroys him professionally. Scoop manages to get his photographer pal Dick (Richard Cromwell) fired as well, but he promises to restore Dick's reputation, some way or another. He gets his chance while covering a dirigible wreck (some three years before the Hindenburg), saving the day for both Dick and himself.

Starring: Robert Armstrong, Dorothy Wilson, Richard Cromwell, Edmund Breese, Morgan Wallace, Dorothy Revier, Geneva Mitchell, Sherry Hall ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1933-12-13
Best Action Movies of 1933 : Man Of Action

Man Of Action

6.1/10 IMDB

The Sheriff shoots the robber of the Bank and recovers the money bag only to find it empty. Ranger Tim Barlow arrives and takes over the investigation.

Starring: Tim McCoy, Caryl Lincoln, Wheeler Oakman, Walter Brennan, Julian Rivero, Joseph W. Girard, Stanley Blystone, Ted Adams ..
Directed by: George Melford
Release date: 1933-01-20
Best Action Movies of 1933 : The Mystery Squadron

The Mystery Squadron

6.0/10 IMDB

Hank Davis, foreman on a huge dam project, enlists the aid of his two flyer friends when a sinister figure known as The Black Ace leads his Mystery Squadron of masked pilots in an attempt to destroy the dam.

Starring: Bob Steele, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Lucile Browne, Jack Mulhall, Purnell Pratt, Robert Frazer, J. Carrol Naish, Bob Kortman, Lafe McKee, Edward Hearn ..
Directed by: Colbert Clark, David Howard
Release date: 1933-12-21
Best Action Movies of 1933 : The Big Cage

The Big Cage

6.0/10 IMDB

A circus on the verge of bankruptcy decides to save itself by staging a animal act with lions and tigers for the first time.

Starring: Clyde Beatty, Anita Page, Andy Devine, Vince Barnett, Raymond Hatton, Wallace Ford, Mickey Rooney, Reginald Barlow, Edward Peil Sr., Robert McWade ..
Directed by: Kurt Neumann
Release date: 1933-05-01
Best Action Movies of 1933 : The Important Witness

The Important Witness

5.8/10 IMDB

A freelance stenographer is hired for a job, but when she arrives at the address she was given, she finds that a murder has taken place there--and she is arrested for it.

Starring: Noel Francis, Don Dillaway, Dorothy Burgess, Noel Madison, Sarah Padden, Franklin Pangborn, Robert Ellis, Harry Myers, Charles Delaney, Paul Fix ..
Directed by: Sam Newfield
Release date: 1933-07-15
Best Action Movies of 1933 : Dick Turpin

Dick Turpin

6.1/10 IMDB

The adventures of the eighteenth century highwayman Dick Turpin and his legendary ride to York.

Starring: Victor McLaglen, Jane Carr, Frank Vosper, James Finlayson, Cecil Humphreys, Gillian Lind, Lewis Gilbert, Gibb McLaughlin, Helen Ferrers, Alexander Field ..
Directed by: Victor Hanbury, John Stafford
Release date: 1933-12-01
Best Action Movies of 1933 : High Gear

High Gear

5.3/10 IMDB

When Mark 'High Gear' Sherrod (Murray) looses his nerve, the race car driver takes a job driving a taxi, but when he befriends a cute reporter and the young handicapped son of a deceased driver, he attempts to return to the track.

Starring: James Murray, Joan Marsh, Jackie Searl, Eddie Lambert, Ann Brody ..
Directed by: Leigh Jason
Release date: 1933-03-21
Best Action Movies of 1933 : Soldiers of the Storm

Soldiers of the Storm

2.6/10 IMDB

Soldiers of the Storm is a 1933 American Pre-Code crime film directed by D. Ross Lederman.

Starring: Regis Toomey, Anita Page, Barbara Weeks, Robert Ellis, Wheeler Oakman, Barbara Barondess, Dewey Robinson, George Cooper, Arthur Wanzer, Henry Wadsworth ..
Directed by: D. Ross Lederman
Release date: 1933-04-04

The Crimson Paradise

2.0/10 IMDB

The first Canadian sound feature film.

Starring: Nick Stuart, Lucile Browne, Reginald Hincks, James McGrath, Michael Heppell, Arthur Legge-Willis, Robert Webb, Arthur McNeill ..
Directed by: Robert F. Hill
Release date: 1933-12-14
Best Action Movies of 1933 : The Wrecker

The Wrecker

0.0/10 IMDB

The Wrecker is a flinty-eyed demolition engineer named Regan (Jack Holt). While he's off on another assignment, Regan's wife Mary (Genevieve Tobin) and supposed best friend Cummings (Sidney Blackmer) engage in some heavy petting. About to wash his hands of his faithless wife and his back-stabbing chum, our hero is compelled to save both their lives when they're pinned under the wreckage of a collapsed schoolhouse. George E. Stones supplies some good-natured ethnic humor as Regan's junk-dealer pal Shapiro.

Starring: Jack Holt, Genevieve Tobin, George E. Stone, Sidney Blackmer, Ward Bond, Irene White, Russell Wade, Wally Albright, Edward LeSaint, Clarence Muse ..
Directed by: Albert S. Rogell
Release date: 1933-07-10

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