Best Action Movies of 1940

1.

The Thief of Bagdad

4.6
7.5/10 IMDB

When Prince Ahmad is blinded and cast out of Bagdad by the nefarious Jaffar, he joins forces with the scrappy thief Abu to win back his royal place, as well as the heart of a beautiful princess.

Starring: Conrad Veidt, Sabu, June Duprez, Rex Ingram, John Justin, Miles Malleson, Morton Selten, Mary Morris, Hay Petrie, Adelaide Hall ..
Directed by: Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, Tim Whelan
Release date: 1940-12-25
2.

The Sea Hawk

4.1
7.7/10 IMDB

Dashing pirate Geoffrey Thorpe plunders Spanish ships for Queen Elizabeth I and falls in love with Dona Maria, a beautiful Spanish royal he captures.

Starring: Errol Flynn, Brenda Marshall, Claude Rains, Donald Crisp, Flora Robson, Alan Hale, Henry Daniell, Una O'Connor, James Stephenson, Gilbert Roland ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1940-07-01
Best Action Movies of 1940 : The Mark of Zorro
3.

The Mark of Zorro

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

Around 1820 the son of a California nobleman comes home from Spain to find his native land under a villainous dictatorship. On the one hand he plays the useless fop, while on the other he is the masked avenger Zorro.

Starring: Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Basil Rathbone, Gale Sondergaard, Eugene Pallette, J. Edward Bromberg, Montagu Love, Janet Beecher, George Regas, Gino Corrado ..
Directed by: Rouben Mamoulian
Release date: 1940-11-08
Best Action Movies of 1940 : The Westerner
4.

The Westerner

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

Drifter Cole Harden is accused of stealing a horse and faces hanging by self-appointed Judge Roy Bean, but Harden manages to talk his way out of it by claiming to be a friend of stage star Lillie Langtry, with whom the judge is obsessed, even though he has never met her. Tensions rise when Harden comes to the defense of a group of struggling homesteaders who Judge Bean is trying to drive away.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Doris Davenport, Fred Stone, Forrest Tucker, Paul Hurst, Chill Wills, Lilian Bond, Dana Andrews, Charles Halton ..
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1940-09-18
5.

Brother Orchid

3.8
7.0/10 IMDB

When retired racket boss John Sarto tries to reclaim his place and former friends try to kill him, he finds solace in a monastery and reinvents himself as a pious monk.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Ann Sothern, Humphrey Bogart, Donald Crisp, Ralph Bellamy, Allen Jenkins, Charles D. Brown, Cecil Kellaway, Morgan Conway, Richard Lane ..
Directed by: Lloyd Bacon
Release date: 1940-06-08
Best Action Movies of 1940 : The Long Voyage Home
6.

The Long Voyage Home

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

The crew of the merchant ship Glencairn hope to survive a transatlantic crossing during World War II. Adapted from four Eugene O'Neill one-act plays.

Starring: John Wayne, Thomas Mitchell, Ian Hunter, Barry Fitzgerald, Wilfrid Lawson, John Qualen, Mildred Natwick, Ward Bond, Arthur Shields, Joe Sawyer ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1940-11-11
Best Action Movies of 1940 : Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe
7.

Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

A mysterious plague, the Purple Death, ravages the earth. Dr. Zarkov, investigating in his spaceship, finds a ship from planet Mongo seeding the atmosphere with dust. Sure enough, Ming the Merciless is up to his old tricks. So it's back to Mongo for Flash, Dale, and Zarkov, this time with ready-made allies waiting: Prince Barin of Arboria and Queen Fria of the frozen northern land of Frigia; where, it so happens, is found polarite, antidote to the plague. But Ming will use all his forces to keep our heroes from thwarting his plans of conquest.

Starring: Buster Crabbe, Carol Hughes, Frank Shannon, Charles Middleton, Donald Curtis, Lee Powell, Shirley Deane, Roland Drew, Don Rowan, Victor Zimmerman ..
Directed by: Ford Beebe, Ray Taylor
Release date: 1940-04-09
8.

Torrid Zone

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

A Central American plantation manager and his boss battle over a traveling showgirl.

Starring: James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, Pat O’Brien, Andy Devine, Helen Vinson, Jerome Cowan, George Tobias, George Reeves, Victor Kilian, Frank Puglia ..
Directed by: William Keighley
Release date: 1940-05-25
9.

Virginia City

3.4
6.8/10 IMDB

Union officer Kerry Bradford escapes from a Confederate prison and races to intercept $5 million in gold destined for Confederate coffers. A Confederate sympathizer and a Mexican bandit, each with their own stake in the loot, stand in his way.

Starring: Errol Flynn, Miriam Hopkins, Randolph Scott, Humphrey Bogart, Frank McHugh, Alan Hale, Guinn Williams, John Litel, Douglass Dumbrille, Moroni Olsen ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1940-03-23
10.

The Return of Frank James

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

Farmer Frank (Henry Fonda) and his ward (Jackie Cooper) hunt brother Jesse's killers, the back-shooting Fords.

Starring: Henry Fonda, Gene Tierney, Jackie Cooper, Henry Hull, John Carradine, J. Edward Bromberg, Donald Meek, Eddie Collins, George Barbier, Russell Hicks ..
Directed by: Fritz Lang
Release date: 1940-08-16

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