Best Action Movies of 1939

1.

Destry Rides Again

3.9
7.7/10 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
2.

Each Dawn I Die

3.8
7.3/10 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: 1939-08-19
3.

Dodge City

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

Michael Curtiz's epic Western stars Errol Flynn as Wade Hatton, a wagon master turned sheriff who 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: 1939-03-31
4.

Tarzan Finds a Son!

3.4
6.6/10 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 Weissmuller, 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
5.

Gulliver's Travels

3.4
6.7/10 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 ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1939-11-10
Best Action Movies of 1939 : Allegheny Uprising
6.

Allegheny Uprising

3.1
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 : Waterfront
7.

Waterfront

2.8
6.2/10 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 : The Three Musketeers
8.

The Three Musketeers

2.7
6.0/10 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 : Zorro's Fighting Legion
9.

Zorro's Fighting Legion

2.7
7.2/10 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 : 20,000 Men a Year
10.

20,000 Men a Year

2.6
6.6/10 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

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