Best Action Movies of 1940

1.

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
2.

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
3.

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: 1940-05-18
Best Action Movies of 1940 : Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe
4.

Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe

3.4
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
5.

The Return of Frank James

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

Farmer Frank and his ward 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: 1940-08-10
6.

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
7.

The Fighting 69th

3.3
6.7/10 IMDB

Although loudmouthed braggart Jerry Plunkett alienates his comrades and officers, Father Duffy, the regimental chaplain, has faith that he'll prove himself in the end.

Starring: James Cagney, Pat O’Brien, George Brent, Jeffrey Lynn, Alan Hale, Frank McHugh, Dennis Morgan, Dick Foran, William Lundigan, Guinn Williams ..
Directed by: William Keighley
Release date: 1940-01-27
8.

Santa Fe Trail

3.2
6.3/10 IMDB

As a penalty for fighting fellow classmates days before graduating from West Point, J.E.B. Stuart, George Armstrong Custer and four friends are assigned to the 2nd Cavalry, stationed at Fort Leavenworth. While there they aid in the capture and execution of the abolitionist, John Brown following the Battle of Harper's Ferry.

Starring: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Alan Hale, Ronald Reagan, John Litel, Van Heflin, Raymond Massey, Gene Reynolds, William Lundigan, Alan Baxter ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1940-12-20
Best Action Movies of 1940 : The Shadow
9.

The Shadow

3.0
7.1/10 IMDB

The Shadow battles a villain known as The Black Tiger, who has the power to make himself invisible and is trying to take over the world with his death ray.

Starring: Victor Jory, Veda Ann Borg, Roger Moore, Robert Fiske, John Paul Jones, Chuck Hamilton, Edward Peil Sr., Frank LaRue, Philip Ahn, Griff Barnett ..
Directed by: James W. Horne
Release date: 1940-01-05
10.

One Million B.C.

3.0
5.7/10 IMDB

One Million B.C. is a 1940 American fantasy film produced by Hal Roach Studios and released by United Artists. It is also known by the titles Cave Man, Man and His Mate, and Tumak. The film stars Victor Mature as protagonist Tumak, a young cave man who strives to unite the uncivilized Rock Tribe and the peaceful Shell Tribe, Carole Landis as Loana, daughter of the Shell Tribe chief and Tumak's love interest, and Lon Chaney, Jr. as Tumak's stern father and leader of the Rock Tribe.

Starring: Victor Mature, Carole Landis, Lon Chaney Jr., John Hubbard, Mamo Clark, Inez Palange, Edgar Edwards, Nigel De Brulier, Conrad Nagel, Jacqueline Dalya ..
Directed by: Hal Roach, Hal Roach, Jr.
Release date: 1940-04-05

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