Best Action Movies of 1938

1.

The Adventures of Robin Hood

5.6
7.9/10 IMDB

Robin Hood fights nobly for justice against the evil Sir Guy of Gisbourne while striving to win the hand of the beautiful Maid Marian.

Starring: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains, Patric Knowles, Eugene Pallette, Alan Hale, Melville Cooper, Ian Hunter, Una O'Connor ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley
Release date: 1938-05-13
2.

Angels with Dirty Faces

5.6
7.9/10 IMDB

In New York, the boys Rocky Sullivan and Jerry Connelly are best friends and small time thieves. After a robbery, Rocky is arrested and sent to a reformatory school, where he begins his criminal career. Jerry escapes and later becomes a priest. After three years in prison, Rocky is released and demands the return of $100,000 deposited with his solicitor - prior to his jail term.

Starring: James Cagney, Pat O’Brien, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan, George Bancroft, The 'Dead End' Kids, Billy Halop, Bobby Jordan, Leo Gorcey, Gabriel Dell ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1938-11-26
3.

The Dawn Patrol

3.7
7.5/10 IMDB

In 1915 France, Major Brand commands the 39th Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps. The young airmen go up in bullet-riddled "crates" and the casualty rate is appalling, but Brand can't make the "brass hats" at headquarters see reason. Insubordinate air ace Captain Courtney is another thorn in Brand's side...but finds the smile wiped from his face when he rises to command the squadron himself. Everyone keeps a stiff upper lip.

Starring: Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone, David Niven, Donald Crisp, Melville Cooper, Barry Fitzgerald, Carl Esmond, Peter Willes, Morton Lowry, James Burke ..
Directed by: Edmund Goulding
Release date: 1938-12-24
4.

The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

A wealthy society doctor decides to research the medical aspects of criminal behaviour by becoming one himself. He joins a gang of thieves and proceeds to wrest leadership of the gang away from it's extremely resentful leader.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Claire Trevor, Humphrey Bogart, Allen Jenkins, Donald Crisp, Gale Page, Henry O'Neill, John Litel, Thurston Hall, Ward Bond ..
Directed by: Anatole Litvak
Release date: 1938-07-20
5.

Algiers

3.7
6.7/10 IMDB

Pepe Le Moko is a notorious thief, who escaped from France. Since his escape, Moko became a resident and leader of the immense Casbah of Algiers. French officials arrive insisting on Pepe's capture are met with unfazed local detectives, led by Inspector Slimane, who are biding their time. Meanwhile, Pepe meets the beautiful Gaby , which arouses the jealousy of Ines

Starring: Charles Boyer, Sigrid Gurie, Hedy Lamarr, Joseph Calleia, Alan Hale, Gene Lockhart, Walter Kingsford, Paul Harvey, Stanley Fields, Johnny Downs ..
Directed by: John Cromwell
Release date: 1938-01-16
6.

In Old Chicago

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

The O'Leary brothers -- honest Jack and roguish Dion -- become powerful figures, and eventually rivals, in Chicago on the eve of its Great Fire.

Starring: Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Alice Brady, Andy Devine, Brian Donlevy, Phyllis Brooks, Tom Brown, Sidney Blackmer, Berton Churchill ..
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1938-04-15
7.

The Missing Guest

3.1
6.0/10 IMDB

Newspaper man "Scoop" Hanlon is looking for a way out of his assigned women's interest column. The one chance he has is to spend the night in the "blue room" of a haunted mansion where a number of people are gathered for a party. When one of the guests disappears from his room, "Scoop" decides to get to the bottom of things.

Starring: Paul Kelly, Constance Moore, William Lundigan, Edwin Stanley, Selmer Jackson, Billy Wayne, George Cooper, P.J. Kelly, Florence Wix, Harlan Briggs ..
Directed by: John Rawlins
Release date: 1938-08-12
8.

Mr. Moto's Gamble

2.9
6.8/10 IMDB

Celebrated as supersleuth, Mr. Moto comes out fighting when a brutal boxing match turns into cold-blooded murder! Assisted by detective-in-training Lee Chan, Moto sets out to track down the killer based on a single ominous clue: a poisoned boxing glove! But when Moto's hunch points to a corrupt gambling syndicate, he's forced to wager his very life to unmask the culprit—or go down for the count...permanently!

Starring: Peter Lorre, Keye Luke, Dick Baldwin, Lynn Bari, Douglas Fowley, Jayne Regan, Harold Huber, Maxie Rosenbloom, John Hamilton, George E. Stone ..
Directed by: James Tinling
Release date: 1938-04-07
Best Action Movies of 1938 : The Buccaneer
9.

The Buccaneer

2.9
6.7/10 IMDB

French pirate Jean Lafitte rescues a girl and joins the War of 1812.

Starring: Fredric March, Franziska Gaal, Akim Tamiroff, Margot Grahame, Walter Brennan, Ian Keith, Anthony Quinn, Douglass Dumbrille, Beulah Bondi, Robert Barrat ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1938-02-04
Best Action Movies of 1938 : The Crowd Roars
10.

The Crowd Roars

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

A young boxer gets caught between a no-good father and a crime boss when he starts dating the boss's daughter, although she doesn't know what daddy does for a living.

Starring: Robert Taylor, Edward Arnold, Frank Morgan, Maureen O'Sullivan, William Gargan, Lionel Stander, Jane Wyman, Nat Pendleton, Charles D. Brown, Gene Reynolds ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1938-08-06

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