Best Action Movies of 1939

1.

Stagecoach

5.6
7.8/10 IMDB

A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo, and learn something about each other in the process.

Starring: Claire Trevor, John Wayne, Andy Devine, John Carradine, Thomas Mitchell, Louise Platt, George Bancroft, Donald Meek, Berton Churchill, Tim Holt ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1939-03-03
2.

Destry Rides Again

5.3
7.6/10 IMDB

When a tough western town needs taming, the mild-mannered son of a hard-nosed sheriff gets the job.

Starring: James Stewart, Marlene Dietrich, Mischa Auer, Charles Winninger, Brian Donlevy, Allen Jenkins, Warren Hymer, Irene Hervey, Una Merkel, Billy Gilbert ..
Directed by: George Marshall
Release date: 1939-11-30
3.

Each Dawn I Die

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

A corrupt D.A. with governatorial ambitions is annoyed by an investigative reporter's criticism of his criminal activities and decides to frame the reporter for manslaughter in order to silence him.

Starring: James Cagney, George Raft, Jane Bryan, George Bancroft, Maxie Rosenbloom, Stanley Ridges, Alan Baxter, Victor Jory, John Wray, Edward Pawley ..
Directed by: William Keighley
Release date: 1939-07-22
4.

Dodge City

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

In this epic Western, Wade Hatton, a wagon master turned sheriff, tames a cow town at the end of a railroad line.

Starring: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Ann Sheridan, Bruce Cabot, Frank McHugh, Alan Hale, John Litel, Henry Travers, Henry O'Neill, Victor Jory ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1939-04-08
5.

Gulliver's Travels

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

Gulliver washes ashore on Lilliput and attempts to prevent war between that tiny kingdom and its equally-miniscule rival, Blefiscu, as well as smooth the way for the romance between the Princess and Prince of the opposing lands. In this he is alternately aided and hampered by the Lilliputian town crier and general fussbudget, Gabby. A life-threatening situation develops when the bumbling trio of Blefiscu spies, Sneak, Snoop, and Snitch, manage to steal Gulliver's pistol.

Starring: Lanny Ross, Sam Parker, Pinto Colvig, Jack Mercer, Cal Howard, Tedd Pierce, Livonia Warren, Jessica Dragonette, Max Smith, Gus Wickie ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1939-11-10
6.

Tarzan Finds a Son!

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

A young couple die in a plane crash in the jungle. Their son is found by Tarzan and Jane who name him Boy and raise him as their own. Five years later a search party comes to find the young heir to millions of dollars. Jane agrees, against Tarzan's will, to lead them to civilization.

Starring: Johnny Weissmüller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Sheffield, Ian Hunter, Henry Stephenson, Frieda Inescort, Henry Wilcoxon, Laraine Day, Morton Lowry, Gavin Muir ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1939-06-16
Best Action Movies of 1939 : The Real Glory
7.

The Real Glory

3.3
6.5/10 IMDB

In the wake of the Spanish-American war, military doctor Bill Canavan (Cooper) arrives at a war-torn Filipino outpost. Infested with cholera and under attack from a vicious local Moro chieftain, the troops are terrified and their commanding officer has all but given up hope. Outnumbered and out of supplies, Canavan decides to trade his scalpel for a rifle and rally the few remaining troops into one last stand before the outpost and everyone inside becomes just another footnote in history.

Starring: Gary Cooper, David Niven, Andrea Leeds, Reginald Owen, Broderick Crawford, Kay Johnson, Russell Hicks, Vladimir Sokoloff, Charles Waldron, Rudy Robles ..
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1939-09-29
Best Action Movies of 1939 : Mr. Moto's Last Warning
8.

Mr. Moto's Last Warning

3.3
6.4/10 IMDB

A Japanese man claiming to be Mr. Moto, of the International Police, is abducted and murdered soon after disembarking from a ship at Port Said in Egypt. The real Mr. Moto is already in Port Said, investigating a conspiracy against the British and French governments.

Starring: Peter Lorre, Ricardo Cortez, Virginia Field, John Carradine, George Sanders, Joan Carroll, Robert Coote, Margaret Irving, Leyland Hodgson, John Davidson ..
Directed by: Norman Foster
Release date: 1939-01-20
Best Action Movies of 1939 : Allegheny Uprising
9.

Allegheny Uprising

3.2
6.3/10 IMDB

South western Pennsylvania area of colonial America, 1760s. Colonial distaste and disapproval of the British government is starting to surface. Many local colonists have been killed by American Indians who are armed with rifles supplied by white traders.

Starring: Claire Trevor, John Wayne, George Sanders, Brian Donlevy, Wilfrid Lawson, Robert Barrat, John F. Hamilton, Moroni Olsen, Eddie Quillan, Chill Wills ..
Directed by: William A. Seiter
Release date: 1939-11-10
Best Action Movies of 1939 : Mr. Moto in Danger Island
10.

Mr. Moto in Danger Island

2.9
6.7/10 IMDB

In Puerto Rico to investigate a glut of contraband diamonds that are flooding the world's jewel market, Mr. Moto and his sidekick, a wrestler, find themselves involved in murders by thrown daggers, the frame-up of an overstressed Army colonel, and a pirate gang led by an unknown boss who has inside knowledge of the ensuing investigation.

Starring: Peter Lorre, Jean Hersholt, Amanda Duff, Warren Hymer, Richard Lane, Leon Ames, Douglass Dumbrille, Charles D. Brown, Paul Harvey, Robert Lowery ..
Directed by: Herbert I. Leeds
Release date: 1939-04-07
Best Action Movies of 1939 : Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation
11.

Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation

2.9
6.5/10 IMDB

All work and no play makes Mr. Moto a busy detective! Mr. Moto heads to Egypt to thwart a criminal mastermind determined to steal the priceless crown of the Queen of Sheba. But the action heats up and the suspense soars when the precious treasure begins its perilous journey to America and Mr. Moto must race against time to unmask a cunning thief who will stop at nothing—not even murder—to get what he wants!

Starring: Peter Lorre, Joseph Schildkraut, Lionel Atwill, Virginia Field, John 'Dusty' King, Iva Stewart, G.P. Huntley, Victor Varconi, John Bleifer, Honorable Wu ..
Directed by: Norman Foster
Release date: 1939-07-07
Best Action Movies of 1939 : Those High Grey Walls
12.

Those High Grey Walls

2.8
6.7/10 IMDB

Dr. MacAuley, a kindly, beloved country doctor, is sent to Fillmore Prison. His crime was for removing a bullet from a young man who was escaping from the police.

Starring: Walter Connolly, Onslow Stevens, Paul Fix, Bernard Nedell, Iris Meredith, Oscar O'Shea, Nicholas Soussanin, Don Beddoe ..
Directed by: Charles Vidor
Release date: 1939-09-21
Best Action Movies of 1939 : Southward Ho!
13.

Southward Ho!

2.8
6.1/10 IMDB

Roy and Gabby return to Gabby's Texas ranch, after fighting with the Confederate military during the American Civil War, to find that a blustery Union Colonel whom they have previously hassled is now their district commander. Unbeknownst to the Colonel, however, is that the soldiers he believes have been sent to assist him are actually Union Army rejects who have come to loot the civilian populace under the guise of reinstituting normalcy to the former Confederate district.

Starring: Roy Rogers, Lynne Roberts, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Wade Boteler, Arthur Loft, Lane Chandler, Tom London, Charles R. Moore, Ed Brady, Chuck Baldra ..
Directed by: Joseph Kane
Release date: 1939-03-19
Best Action Movies of 1939 : Sabotage
14.

Sabotage

2.8
5.6/10 IMDB

The night before his grandson, Tommy Grayson, a mechanic at the Midland Aircraft Corporation, is to marry Gail, a former showgirl, Major Matt Grayson, a war veteran and watchman at the plant, catches two men breaking into the machine shop. The men run, but the major shoots one of them.....

Starring: Arleen Whelan, Gordon Oliver, Charley Grapewin, Lucien Littlefield, Paul Guilfoyle, Donald Douglas, J. M. Kerrigan, Dorothy Peterson, Joe Sawyer, Maude Eburne ..
Directed by: Harold Young
Release date: 1939-10-13
Best Action Movies of 1939 : Thunder Afloat
15.

Thunder Afloat

2.8
6.3/10 IMDB

A tugboat captain serves under his rival as a U-boat chaser in World War I.

Starring: Wallace Beery, Chester Morris, Virginia Grey, Douglass Dumbrille, Carl Esmond, Clem Bevans, John Qualen, Regis Toomey, Howard Hickman, Frank Faylen ..
Directed by: George B. Seitz
Release date: 1939-09-15
Best Action Movies of 1939 : Zorro's Fighting Legion
16.

Zorro's Fighting Legion

2.7
7.1/10 IMDB

The mysterious Don Del Oro ("Lord of Gold"), an idol of the Yaqui Indians, plans to take over the gold and become Emperor. Francisco was put in charge of a legion to combat the Yaqui tribe and protect the land, but when attacked Zorro came to his rescue. Francisco's partner recognized Zorro as the hidalgo Don Diego Vega, then ask him to take over the fighting legion as his alter-ego Zorro.

Starring: Reed Hadley, Sheila Darcy, Leander De Cordova, Edmund Cobb, John Merton, C. Montague Shaw, William Corson, James Pierce, Paul Marion, Joe Molina ..
Directed by: William Witney, John English
Release date: 1939-12-16
Best Action Movies of 1939 : Mandrake the Magician
17.

Mandrake the Magician

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

Mandrake and his team attempt to prevent "The Wasp" from stealing and using a new Radium invention.

Starring: Warren Hull, Doris Weston, Al Kikume, Rex Downing, Edward Earle, Forbes Murray, Kenneth MacDonald, Don Beddoe, Dick Curtis, John Tyrrell ..
Directed by: Norman Deming, Sam Nelson
Release date: 1939-05-06
Best Action Movies of 1939 : Panama Lady
18.

Panama Lady

2.7
5.9/10 IMDB

A weary dance-hall girl in a Panama saloon is given the choice of jail or going with a rough-and-tumble oil driller's jungle oil-field in order to pay him back for being slipped a mickey and robbed.

Starring: Lucille Ball, Allan Lane, Steffi Duna, Evelyn Brent, Donald Briggs, Bernadene Hayes, Abner Biberman, William Pawley, Earle Hodgins, Lynton Brent ..
Directed by: Jack Hively
Release date: 1939-05-12
Best Action Movies of 1939 : Mexicali Rose
19.

Mexicali Rose

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

Gene Autry and his sidekick Frog look into a phony oil scam being perpetrated on a mission orphanage.

Starring: Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Noah Beery, Luana Walters, William Farnum, William Royle ..
Directed by: George Sherman
Release date: 1939-03-26
Best Action Movies of 1939 : Bulldog Drummond's Bride
20.

Bulldog Drummond's Bride

2.7
6.0/10 IMDB

Hugh “Bulldog” Drummond is on the precipice of matrimony to his beloved Phyllis -- but a bank robbery and a daring escape is going to get in their way before they reach the altar.

Starring: John Howard, Heather Angel, H.B. Warner, Reginald Denny, E. E. Clive, Elizabeth Patterson, Eduardo Ciannelli, Gerald Hamer, John Sutton, Neil Fitzgerald ..
Directed by: James P. Hogan
Release date: 1939-07-12
Best Action Movies of 1939 : Waterfront
21.

Waterfront

2.7
5.8/10 IMDB

A hard-living dockworker finds religion until his brother is murdered.

Starring: Dennis Morgan, Gloria Dickson, Marie Wilson, Sheila Bromley, Larry Williams, Aldrich Bowker, Frank Faylen, Ward Bond, Arthur Gardner, George Lloyd ..
Directed by: Terry O. Morse
Release date: 1939-07-15
Best Action Movies of 1939 : Torchy Runs for Mayor
22.

Torchy Runs for Mayor

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

Torchy conducts a one woman campaign against a corrupt mayor and crime boss, and when the reform candidate is murdered, she takes up the banner.

Starring: Glenda Farrell, Barton MacLane, Tom Kennedy, John Miljan, Frank Shannon, Joe Cunningham, George Guhl, Joe Downing, Irving Bacon, John Butler ..
Directed by: Ray McCarey
Release date: 1939-05-13
Best Action Movies of 1939 : Torchy Blane in Chinatown
23.

Torchy Blane in Chinatown

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

Torchy Blane joins her police-detective fiance to solve a series of murders involving a set of Chinese grave tablets taken and sold to a collector and death-threats written in Chinese characters.

Starring: Glenda Farrell, Barton MacLane, Tom Kennedy, Henry O'Neill, Patric Knowles, James Stephenson, Janet Shaw, Frank Shannon, George Guhl, Anderson Lawler ..
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1939-02-02
Best Action Movies of 1939 : The Three Musketeers
24.

The Three Musketeers

2.6
5.9/10 IMDB

A parodic remake of the story of the young Gascon D'Artagnan, who arrives in Paris, his heart set on joining the king's Musketeers. He is taken under the wings of three of the most respected and feared Musketeers, Porthos, Aramis, and Athos. Together they fight to save France and the honor of a lady from the machinations of the powerful Cardinal Richelieu.

Starring: Don Ameche, Binnie Barnes, Gloria Stuart, Pauline Moore, Joseph Schildkraut, John Carradine, Lionel Atwill, Miles Mander, Douglass Dumbrille, John 'Dusty' King ..
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1939-02-17
Best Action Movies of 1939 : Torchy Blane.. Playing with Dynamite
25.

Torchy Blane.. Playing with Dynamite

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

Torchy Blane and Steve McBride try to nab a gangster by tracking his moll.

Starring: Jane Wyman, Allen Jenkins, Tom Kennedy, Sheila Bromley, Joe Cunningham, Eddie Marr, Edgar Dearing, Frank Shannon, Bruce MacFarlane, George Lloyd ..
Directed by: Noel M. Smith
Release date: 1939-08-12
Best Action Movies of 1939 : Death Rides the Range
26.

Death Rides the Range

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

The otherwise standard Ken Maynard western Death Rides the Range is distinguished somewhat by a topical slant. The plot concerns a group of spies from an unnamed foreign country (gee, they sure sound German) who head westward to undermine American morale. Into this malaise wanders Maynard, supposedly a rootless cowpoke but in reality an FBI agent. Things begin to heat up when the villains lay claim to a helium well on the property owned by heroine Fay McKenzie. The film's silliest moment occurs in mid-stream, when chief villain Charlie King begins beating up everyone within arm's length, with nary a scratch on his own person.

Starring: Ken Maynard, Fay McKenzie, Julian Rivero, Ralph Peters, John Elliott, Charles King, Charles King, Sven Hugo Borg, Michael Vallon, Julian Madison ..
Directed by: Sam Newfield
Release date: 1939-12-14
Best Action Movies of 1939 : Secret Service of the Air
27.

Secret Service of the Air

2.6
5.7/10 IMDB

Brass Bancroft and his sidekick Gabby Watters are recruited onto the secret service and go undercover to crack a ruthless gang that smuggles illegal aliens.

Starring: Ronald Reagan, Ila Rhodes, Eddie Foy Jr., James Stephenson, John Litel, Frank M. Thomas, Bernard Nedell, John Ridgely, Anthony Averill, Rosella Towne ..
Directed by: Noel M. Smith
Release date: 1939-03-04
Best Action Movies of 1939 : Nick Carter, Master Detective
28.

Nick Carter, Master Detective

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

Detective Nick Carter is brought in to foil spies at the Radex Airplane Factory, where a new fighter plane is under manufacture.

Starring: Walter Pidgeon, Rita Johnson, Henry Hull, Stanley Ridges, Donald Meek, Addison Richards, Henry Victor, Milburn Stone, Martin Kosleck, Frank Faylen ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1939-12-13
Best Action Movies of 1939 : 20,000 Men a Year
29.

20,000 Men a Year

2.5
6.4/10 IMDB

Pilot disobeys unsafe orders and loses his job. He then starts a flying school which receives a boost when the government launches a program which it hopes will produce 20,000 pilots a year.

Starring: Randolph Scott, Preston Foster, Margaret Lindsay, Mary Healy, Robert Shaw, George Ernest, Jane Darwell, Kane Richmond, Maxie Rosenbloom, Douglas Wood ..
Directed by: Alfred E. Green
Release date: 1939-10-26
Best Action Movies of 1939 : The Rookie Cop
30.

The Rookie Cop

2.5
5.7/10 IMDB

A rookie cop tries to prove his friend is innocent of a robbery, despite the police commissioner's objection to his use of a trained German Shepherd dog named Ace.

Starring: Tim Holt, Virginia Weidler, Janet Shaw, Frank M. Thomas, Robert Emmett Keane, Monte Montague, Don Brodie, Ralf Harolde, Muriel Evans, Ace the Wonder Dog ..
Directed by: David Howard
Release date: 1939-04-28
Best Action Movies of 1939 : Captain Fury
31.

Captain Fury

2.5
6.1/10 IMDB

An Irish convict sentenced to hard labor in Australia escapes into the outback, and organizes a band of fellow escapees to fight a corrupt landlord.

Starring: Brian Aherne, Victor McLaglen, Paul Lukas, June Lang, John Carradine, George Zucco, Rondo Hatton, Douglass Dumbrille, Virginia Field, Charles Middleton ..
Directed by: Hal Roach
Release date: 1939-05-26
Best Action Movies of 1939 : Smashing the Money Ring
32.

Smashing the Money Ring

2.5
5.6/10 IMDB

T-Man Brass Bancroft goes undercover in a prison which has a secret counterfeit operation set up in the print shop.

Starring: Ronald Reagan, Margot Stevenson, Eddie Foy Jr., Joe Downing, Charles D. Brown, Joe King, William B. Davidson, Charles C. Wilson, Elliott Sullivan, John Hamilton ..
Directed by: Terry O. Morse
Release date: 1939-10-21
Best Action Movies of 1939 : The Witness Vanishes
33.

The Witness Vanishes

2.5
5.7/10 IMDB

In this mystery, a newspaper executive and three of his colleagues conspire to have the owner of the highly-respected London Sun committed to an insane asylum. The hapless publisher manages to escape. Soon after, the four collaborators begin dying one-by-one. Oddly their obituaries appear in a rival publication before they are actually killed.

Starring: Edmund Lowe, Wendy Barrie, Bruce Lester, Forrester Harvey, Walter Kingsford, J.M. Kerrigan, Barlowe Borland, Boyd Irwin, Vernon Steele, Reginald Barlow ..
Directed by: Otis Garrett
Release date: 1939-09-22
Best Action Movies of 1939 : Conspiracy
34.

Conspiracy

2.5
5.5/10 IMDB

American Steve Kendall, a freighter's radio officer, discovers seaman Carlson sending an unauthorized message ashore as the ship approaches his war-poised homeland. Carlson is shot in cold blood when he jumps ship and Kendall, implicated in the espionage, swims ashore to avoid arrest. A woman he meets at the dock hides him in her apartment, where he learns Carlson was her brother, and they both work in a sabotage ring. Nedra is a singer at Tio's Cafe, and she approaches Tio for help when both the saboteurs and the secret police try to capture Steve.

Starring: Allan Lane, Robert Barrat, Lionel Royce, J. Farrell MacDonald, Charley Foy, Linda Hayes, Lester Matthews, Henry Brandon, Wilhelm von Brincken, Solly Ward ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1939-08-01
Best Action Movies of 1939 : King of Chinatown
35.

King of Chinatown

2.4
6.2/10 IMDB

A Chinese-American surgeon faces a moral dilemma after operating on the mob boss in charge of vice and protection rackets in her city's Chinatown.

Starring: Anna May Wong, Akim Tamiroff, J. Carrol Naish, Philip Ahn, Anthony Quinn, Bernadene Hayes, Roscoe Karns, Ray Mayer, Richard Denning, Grace Lem ..
Directed by: Nick Grinde
Release date: 1939-03-17
Best Action Movies of 1939 : Irish Luck
36.

Irish Luck

2.4
5.5/10 IMDB

A spunky young bellhop investigates the murder of a hotel guest.

Starring: Frankie Darro, Mantan Moreland, Dick Purcell, Sheila Darcy, Lillian Elliott, Dennis Moore, James Flavin, Tris Coffin, Ralph Peters, Pat Gleason ..
Directed by: Howard Bretherton
Release date: 1939-08-22
Best Action Movies of 1939 : Twelve Crowded Hours
37.

Twelve Crowded Hours

2.4
5.5/10 IMDB

An ace reporter with a girlfriend nails a numbers racketeer for murders.

Starring: Richard Dix, Lucille Ball, Allan Lane, Donald MacBride, Cy Kendall, John Arledge, Granville Bates, Bradley Page, Dorothy Lee, Addison Richards ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1939-02-23
Best Action Movies of 1939 : Pacific Liner
38.

Pacific Liner

2.3
5.7/10 IMDB

An outbreak of cholera threatens a luxury liner in this surprisingly low-budget melodrama from RKO. En route from Shanghai to San Francisco, chief engineer Crusher McKay (Victor McLaglen) and shipboard doctor Tony Craig (Chester Morris) become rivals for the attention of nurse Ann Grayson (Wendy Barrie). A Chinese stowaway, meanwhile, infects the stokehold with cholera and it is left to Crusher to keep the engines at full throttle until reaching harbor. But morale sinks to an all-time low when Crusher himself is stricken and the overworked men threaten with mutiny. Tony attempts to keep the stokers in check but the situation is growing more dangerous by the minute when a heroic Crusher rises from his sickbed. Leaving their previous petty squabbles behind, Tony and Crusher manage to guide the ship safely to harbor, where the doc and Ann rekindle their romance.

Starring: Victor McLaglen, Chester Morris, Wendy Barrie, Alan Hale, Barry Fitzgerald, Allan Lane, Halliwell Hobbes, Cy Kendall, Paul Guilfoyle, John Wray ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1939-01-06
Best Action Movies of 1939 : Fighting Mad
39.

Fighting Mad

2.3
5.5/10 IMDB

Ann Fenwick is a witness to a bank robbery in the U.S. and the bandits, led by Trigger (Warner Richmond) and Leon (Ted Adams) capture her and when she disappears, a warrant is issued for her arrest as a material witness. The bank robbers flee across the border into Canda where they steal a trailer in which they lock Ann and the loot. The hitch breaks and the trailer plunges into a lake. Sergeant Renfrew (James Newill) and Constable Kelly (Dave O'Brien), of the Canadian Mounties,rescue Ann and she tells them she is a hitch-hiking tourist and gives a false name. Renfrew sends Kelly for aid, Ann escapes and Kelly returns with the news that she is wanted. The leader of the gang, Cardigan (Milburn Stone), sends the gang back for Ann and the loot, which Ann has hidden in a trappers cabin, just before Trigger recaptures her. Renfrew goes to her rescue, but is also captured. But reliable Constable Kelly is somewhere in the woods.

Starring: James Newill, Sally Blane, Benny Rubin, Dave O'Brien, Milburn Stone, Walter Long, Warner Richmond, Ted Adams, Chief Thundercloud, Ole Oleson ..
Directed by: Sam Newfield
Release date: 1939-11-05
Best Action Movies of 1939 : The Girl from Mexico
40.

The Girl from Mexico

2.3
6.5/10 IMDB

Carmelita Fuentes is a fiery-Latin singer/dancer in Mexico City who has designs on Dennis Lindsay, an American publicity agent, for unclear reasons, while Lindsay's shiftless uncle Matthew Lindsay aids and abets her every step of the way to the marriage altar.

Starring: Lupe Vélez, Donald Woods, Leon Errol, Donald MacBride, Ward Bond, Elisabeth Risdon, Linda Hayes, Edward Raquello, Ernie Alexander, Tom Coleman ..
Directed by: Leslie Goodwins
Release date: 1939-06-01
Best Action Movies of 1939 : Dick Tracy's G-Men
41.

Dick Tracy's G-Men

2.3
6.5/10 IMDB

A mad doctor named Zanoff uses a drug to bring himself back from the dead after his execution in prison. Dick Tracy sets out to capture Zanoff before he can put his criminal gang back together again.

Starring: Ralph Byrd, Irving Pichel, Ted Pearson, Walter Miller, George Douglas, Kenneth Harlan, Robert Carson, Julian Madison, Ted Mapes, Jennifer Jones ..
Directed by: John English, William Witney
Release date: 1939-09-02
Best Action Movies of 1939 : Indianapolis Speedway
42.

Indianapolis Speedway

2.3
5.7/10 IMDB

This 1939 drama, a reworking of the 1932 James Cagney film "The Crowd Roars", stars Pat O'Brien as a champion auto racer who unhappily learns his kid brother (John Payne) wants to enter the same profession rather than finish school.

Starring: Pat O’Brien, Ann Sheridan, John Payne, Frank McHugh, Gale Page, Grace Stafford, Granville Bates, John Ridgely, Regis Toomey, John Harron ..
Directed by: Lloyd Bacon
Release date: 1939-08-05
Best Action Movies of 1939 : The Man from Montreal
43.

The Man from Montreal

2.2
5.1/10 IMDB

The Man From Montreal is a lively entry in Universal's Richard Arlen-Andy Devine action series. The stars are cast respectively as fur trapper Clark Manning and constable Bones Blair, who carry on a friendly rivalry in the Canadian Northwest. Our heroes team up in the final reels to put the kibosh on a fur-smuggling racket, permitting Universal to plunge deeply into its stock-footage files. The leading ladies this time out are Anne Gwynne and Kay Sutton, their billing status indicating which one of the two ladies will land Clark Manning in the last scene. Incredibly, the Arlen-Devine series lasted for 14 films, none of them classics but all of them worthwhile Saturday-matinee fare.

Starring: Richard Arlen, Andy Devine, Anne Gwynne, Kay Sutton, Reed Hadley, Addison Richards, Joe Sawyer, Jerry Marlowe, Tommy Whitten, Eddy Waller ..
Directed by: Christy Cabanne
Release date: 1939-12-09
Best Action Movies of 1939 : Burn 'Em Up O'Connor
44.

Burn 'Em Up O'Connor

2.1
5.6/10 IMDB

An auto mechanic suspects sabotage in a recent series of fatal racecar accidents.

Starring: Dennis O'Keefe, Cecilia Parker, Nat Pendleton, Harry Carey, Addison Richards, Charley Grapewin, Alan Curtis, Tom Neal, Tom Collins, Frank Orth ..
Directed by: Edward Sedgwick
Release date: 1939-01-13
Best Action Movies of 1939 : Code of the Secret Service
45.

Code of the Secret Service

2.1
5.2/10 IMDB

Secret Service agents try to solve the theft of treasury banknote plates.

Starring: Ronald Reagan, Rosella Towne, Eddie Foy Jr., Moroni Olsen, Edgar Edwards, Jack Mower, John Gallaudet, Joe King, Steve Darrell, Sol Gorss ..
Directed by: Noel M. Smith
Release date: 1939-05-27
Best Action Movies of 1939 : News Is Made at Night
46.

News Is Made at Night

2.1
6.3/10 IMDB

Newspaper editor (Foster) will do almost anything to increase circulation. He campaigns to free a condemned man while accusing a wealthy ex-criminal of a string of murders.

Starring: Preston Foster, Lynn Bari, Russell Gleason, George Barbier, Eddie Collins, Minor Watson, Charles Halton, Paul Harvey, Richard Lane, Charles Lane ..
Directed by: Alfred L. Werker
Release date: 1939-07-20
Best Action Movies of 1939 : Blue Montana Skies
47.

Blue Montana Skies

1.9
6.6/10 IMDB

Gene Autry follows a clue written on a rock by his murdered partner and discovers a fur smuggling operation near the Canadian border.

Starring: Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, June Storey, Harry Woods, Tully Marshall, Al Bridge, Glenn Strange, Dorothy Granger, Edmund Cobb, Robert Winkler ..
Directed by: B. Reeves Eason
Release date: 1939-05-03
Best Action Movies of 1939 : Legion of Lost Flyers
48.

Legion of Lost Flyers

1.9
5.5/10 IMDB

A group of pilots, because of unsavory or unearned reputations, establish an outpost squadron of their own, led by "Loop" Gillian, running charter-flights and hauling supplies in the frozen wastelands of Alaska. The operation does not go without misadventures, foul-ups, and a bit of treachery tossed in.

Starring: Richard Arlen, Andy Devine, Anne Nagel, William Lundigan, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Ona Munson, Jerry Marlowe, Leon Ames, Theodore von Eltz, Leon Belasco ..
Directed by: Christy Cabanne
Release date: 1939-11-02
Best Action Movies of 1939 : Daredevils of the Red Circle
49.

Daredevils of the Red Circle

1.5
7.0/10 IMDB

Escaped Prisoner 39013 impersonates the rich and influential Horace Granville, allowing him to create a variety of disasters. Fortunately, he is thwarted repeatedly by three daring circus daredevils.

Starring: Charles Middleton, Charles Quigley, Bruce Bennett, David Sharpe, Carole Landis, Miles Mander, C. Montague Shaw, Ben Taggart, William Pagan, Corbet Morris ..
Directed by: John English, William Witney
Release date: 1939-06-10
Best Action Movies of 1939 : Flying G-Men
50.

Flying G-Men

1.5
6.6/10 IMDB

Four flying G-Men protect America against enemy spies; one of the four assumes the identity of The Black Falcon, to befuddle the saboteurs even further.

Starring: Robert Paige, Richard Fiske, James Craig, Lorna Gray, Sammy McKim, Stanley Brown, Don Beddoe, Forbes Murray, Lee Prather, Beatrice Blinn ..
Directed by: Ray Taylor, James W. Horne
Release date: 1939-01-28

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