Best Action Movies of 1944

1.

Between Two Worlds

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

Passengers on an ocean liner can't recall how they got onboard or where they are going. Soon it becomes apparent that they all have something in common.

Starring: John Garfield, Paul Henreid, Eleanor Parker, Edmund Gwenn, Sydney Greenstreet, George Tobias, George Coulouris, Faye Emerson, Sara Allgood, Dennis King ..
Directed by: Edward A. Blatt
Release date: 1944-05-20
2.

The Scarlet Claw

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

When a woman is found dead with her throat torn out, the local villagers blame a supernatural monster. But Sherlock Holmes, who gets drawn into the case from nearby Quebec, suspects a human murderer.

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Gerald Hamer, Paul Cavanagh, Arthur Hohl, Miles Mander, Kay Harding, David Clyde, Ian Wolfe, Victoria Horne ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1944-05-18
3.

Henry V

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.

Starring: Laurence Olivier, Renée Asherson, Ralph Truman, Ernest Thesiger, Frederick Cooper, Robert Helpmann, Leslie Banks, Felix Aylmer, Robert Newton, Freda Jackson ..
Directed by: Laurence Olivier
Release date: 1944-11-24
4.

Wing and a Prayer

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

An aircraft carrier is sent on a decoy mission around the Pacific, with orders to avoid combat, thus lulling Japanese alertness before the battle of Midway.

Starring: Don Ameche, Dana Andrews, William Eythe, Charles Bickford, Cedric Hardwicke, Kevin O'Shea, Richard Jaeckel, Harry Morgan, Alice Faye, Betty Grable ..
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1944-01-01
Best Action Movies of 1944 : The Fighting Seabees
5.

The Fighting Seabees

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

Construction workers in World War II in the Pacific are needed to build military sites, but the work is dangerous and they doubt the ability of the Navy to protect them. After a series of attacks by the Japanese, something new is tried, Construction Battalions (CBs=Seabees). The new CBs have to both build and be ready to fight.

Starring: John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Dennis O'Keefe, William Frawley, Leonid Kinskey, J. M. Kerrigan, Grant Withers, Paul Fix, Ben Welden, William Forrest ..
Directed by: Edward Ludwig
Release date: 1944-01-27
6.

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

3.3
6.3/10 IMDB

Orphaned as a young child and adopted by a band of notorious thieves, now-grown Ali Baba sets out to avenge his father’s murder, reclaim the royal throne, and rescue his beloved Amara from the iron fist of his treacherous enemy.

Starring: Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Turhan Bey, Andy Devine, Kurt Katch, Frank Puglia, Fortunio Bonanova, Moroni Olsen, Ramsay Ames, Chris-Pin Martin ..
Directed by: Arthur Lubin
Release date: 1944-01-14
Best Action Movies of 1944 : Buffalo Bill
7.

Buffalo Bill

3.3
6.4/10 IMDB

Scout William F. Cody (Joel McCrea) marries a U.S. senator's daughter (Maureen O'Hara), fights the Cheyenne and leads a Wild West show.

Starring: Joel McCrea, Maureen O'Hara, Linda Darnell, Thomas Mitchell, Edgar Buchanan, Anthony Quinn, Moroni Olsen, Frank Fenton, Matt Briggs, George Lessey ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1944-04-02
8.

The Big Noise

3.2
6.3/10 IMDB

During World War II Stan and Ollie find themselves as improbable bodyguards to an eccentric inventor and his strategically important new bomb.

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Doris Merrick, Arthur Space, Veda Ann Borg, Robert Blake, Frank Fenton, James Bush, Harry Hayden ..
Directed by: Malcolm St. Clair
Release date: 1944-09-22
Best Action Movies of 1944 : Haunted Harbor
9.

Haunted Harbor

3.0
7.1/10 IMDB

A sea captain about to be hanged for a murder he didn't commit is rescued from the gallows by two of his crewmen. They head for the island of Pulinan, where they believe the real murderer--the captain's former partner--is hiding so the captain can clear his name. As it turns out, their troubles are only beginning

Starring: Kane Richmond, Kay Aldridge, Roy Barcroft, Clancy Cooper, Marshall Reed, Oscar O'Shea, Forrest Taylor, Hal Taliaferro, Edward Keane ..
Directed by: Spencer Gordon Bennet, Wallace Grissell
Release date: 1944-08-26
Best Action Movies of 1944 : Buckaroo Bugs
10.

Buckaroo Bugs

3.0
7.1/10 IMDB

Red Hot Ryder is sent to catch the Masked Marauder (Bugs Bunny) who is terrorizing a small Western town.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Robert C. Bruce ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1944-08-26
Best Action Movies of 1944 : Secret Command
11.

Secret Command

3.0
6.3/10 IMDB

Secret Command features Pat O'Brien as a onetime foreign correspondent in the wartime employ of the FBI. Under an assumed name, O'BRIEN goes to work at a shipyard, intending to keep both eyes open for potential saboteurs. To maintain the cover, O'BRIEN is given a "wife" (Carole Landis) and two children. When O'BRIEN's brother Chester Morris shows up, he can't comprehend the charade and nearly spills the beans to the Nazi spies O'BRIEN hopes to trap. Based on the short story The Saboteurs by John and Ward Hawkins, Secret Command offers a graying but still feisty Pat O'Brien doing what he does best.

Starring: Pat O’Brien, Carole Landis, Chester Morris, Ruth Warrick, Barton MacLane, Tom Tully, Wallace Ford, Howard Freeman, Erik Rolf, Matt McHugh ..
Directed by: A. Edward Sutherland
Release date: 1944-07-30
Best Action Movies of 1944 : Marine Raiders
12.

Marine Raiders

2.9
5.8/10 IMDB

A Marine major (Pat O'Brien) looks out for his captain (Robert Ryan) on Guadalcanal and in Australia.

Starring: Pat O’Brien, Robert Ryan, Ruth Hussey, Frank McHugh, Barton MacLane, Richard Martin, Martha Vickers, Russell Wade, Edmund Glover, Robert Andersen ..
Directed by: Harold D. Schuster
Release date: 1944-07-11
Best Action Movies of 1944 : The Story of Dr. Wassell
13.

The Story of Dr. Wassell

2.8
6.7/10 IMDB

As the Japanese sweep through the East Indies during World War II, Dr. Wassell is determined to escape from Java with some crewmen of the cruiser Marblehead. Based on a true story of how Dr. Wassell saved a dozen or so wounded sailors who were left behind when able bodied men were evacuated to Australia.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Laraine Day, Signe Hasso, Dennis O'Keefe, Carol Thurston, Carl Esmond, Paul Kelly, Elliott Reid, Laurette Luez, Stanley Ridges ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1944-07-04
Best Action Movies of 1944 : The Purple Heart
14.

The Purple Heart

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

This is the story of the crew of a downed bomber, captured after a run over Tokyo, early in the war. Relates the hardships the men endure while in captivity, and their final humiliation: being tried and convicted as war criminals.

Starring: Dana Andrews, Richard Conte, Farley Granger, Kevin O'Shea, Don Barry, Trudy Marshall, Sam Levene, Charles Russell, John Craven, Tala Birell ..
Directed by: Lewis Milestone
Release date: 1944-02-25
Best Action Movies of 1944 : Lights of Old Santa Fe
15.

Lights of Old Santa Fe

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

Sandwiched in between the numerous musical numbers, the Gabby Whittaker and Madden rodeo's are competing for bookings. When Gabby gets a date in Albuquerque, Madden has his man destroy his equipment. Roy finds a broken rawhide rope at the scene and uses it to bring Madden to justice.

Starring: Roy Rogers, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Dale Evans, Tom Keene, Lloyd Corrigan, Trigger, Claire Du Brey, Arthur Loft, Roy Barcroft, Lucien Littlefield ..
Directed by: Frank McDonald
Release date: 1944-11-06
16.

Captain America

2.5
5.3/10 IMDB

Superhero Captain America battles the evil forces of the archvillain called The Scarab, who poisons his enemies and steals a secret device capable of destroying buildings by sound vibrations.

Starring: Dick Purcell, Lorna Gray, Lionel Atwill, Charles Trowbridge, Russell Hicks, George J. Lewis, John Davidson, Frank Reicher, Al Ferguson, Howard Hickman ..
Directed by: Elmer Clifton, John English
Release date: 1944-02-05
Best Action Movies of 1944 : Zorro's Black Whip
17.

Zorro's Black Whip

2.5
6.3/10 IMDB

Pretty Girl Barbara Mededith takes over her murdered brother's crusading newspaper. She also assumes the dead sibling's identity as "The Black Whip," righting the wrongs of Crescent City very much in the manner of her famous ancestor, Zorro.

Starring: George J. Lewis, Linda Stirling, Lucien Littlefield, Francis McDonald, Hal Taliaferro, John Merton, John Hamilton, Tom Chatterton, Tom London, Jack Kirk ..
Directed by: Spencer Gordon Bennet
Release date: 1944-11-16
Best Action Movies of 1944 : The Navy Way
18.

The Navy Way

2.4
5.2/10 IMDB

The experiences of a disparate group of young men as they make their way through Navy boot camp.

Starring: Robert Lowery, Jean Parker, William Henry, Roscoe Karns, Robert Armstrong, Larry Nunn, Mary Treen, Joseph Crehan, Sharon Douglas, Tom Keene ..
Directed by: William Berke
Release date: 1944-02-26
19.

The Rats of Tobruk

2.4
5.4/10 IMDB

Three friends enlist in the Australian Army and serve in North Africa, holding the city of Tobruk against Rommel's forces.

Starring: Grant Taylor, Peter Finch, Chips Rafferty, Pauline Garrick, Pat Twohill, George Wallace, Joe Valli ..
Directed by: Charles Chauvel
Release date: 1944-06-30
Best Action Movies of 1944 : Harmony Trail
20.

Harmony Trail

2.4
6.7/10 IMDB

Sent to investigate a payroll robbery, Marshall Rocky meets his old friends Ken, Eddie, and Max. He has the serial numbers and when Pop puts on his medicine show they get one of the bills. This enables Ken to see through Sorrell's scheme that threw the blame on an innocent rancher and he sets out to prove it. Written by Maurice Van Auken

Starring: Ken Maynard, Ruth Roman, Eddie Dean, Gene Alsace, Max Terhune, Glenn Strange, Robert McKenzie, Bud Osborne, Dan White, Hal Price ..
Directed by: Robert Emmett Tansey
Release date: 1944-12-01
Best Action Movies of 1944 : The Yellow Rose of Texas
21.

The Yellow Rose of Texas

2.3
5.4/10 IMDB

Insurance Investigator Roy is looking for Weston and the missing money he supposedly obtained in a robbery. When he catches him and listens to his story, he changes his mind about him. A freak accident locates the missing money box and they find the seal unbroken. Roy then announces the box will be opened at the showboat that evening.

Starring: Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Grant Withers, Harry Shannon, George Cleveland, Weldon Heyburn, Hal Taliaferro, Tom London, Dick Botiller, Janet Martin ..
Directed by: Joseph Kane
Release date: 1944-06-24
Best Action Movies of 1944 : Waterfront
22.

Waterfront

2.3
5.2/10 IMDB

A Nazi spy passes himself off as an optometrist in San Francisco's waterfront district. Someone robs him of his code book, and he must get it back.

Starring: John Carradine, J. Carrol Naish, Maris Wrixon, Edwin Maxwell ..
Directed by: Steve Sekely
Release date: 1944-06-10
Best Action Movies of 1944 : Belle of the Yukon
23.

Belle of the Yukon

2.1
5.2/10 IMDB

Left by a con man, Belle De Valle, a dancer, finds him again in gold-rush Alaska running an honest casino/dance hall.

Starring: Randolph Scott, Gypsy Rose Lee, Dinah Shore, Bob Burns, Charles Winninger, William Marshall, Guinn Williams, Robert Armstrong, Florence Bates, Victor Kilian ..
Directed by: William A. Seiter
Release date: 1944-12-27
Best Action Movies of 1944 : The Mystery of the Riverboat
24.

The Mystery of the Riverboat

1.6
6.9/10 IMDB

A movie serial in 13 chapters: Some swampland becomes valuable, and various factions squabble over ownership of it.

Starring: Robert Lowery, Marjorie Clements, Lyle Talbot, Arthur Hohl, Mantan Moreland, Oscar O'Shea, Joe Devlin, Anthony Warde, Francis McDonald, Eddy Waller ..
Directed by: Ray Taylor, Lewis D. Collins
Release date: 1944-10-24
Best Action Movies of 1944 : Two-Man Submarine
25.

Two-Man Submarine

1.5
6.2/10 IMDB

Medical researchers Jerry Evans and Walt Hedges are assigned by a pharmaceutical company to work at a secret laboratory on a remote South Pacific Island in order to produce penicillium, the mold from which the magic drug penicillin is derived.

Starring: Tom Neal, Ann Savage, J. Carrol Naish, Abner Biberman, Robert B. Williams, George Lynn, Alex Havier ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1944-03-16
Best Action Movies of 1944 : Sonora Stagecoach
26.

Sonora Stagecoach

1.5
6.2/10 IMDB

The Trail Blazers are bringing in a prisoner to stand trial for bank robbery, when several attempts are made to kill him; convinced of the man's innocence, they arrange a trap for the real thieves.

Starring: Hoot Gibson, Bob Steele, Chief Thundercloud, Gene Alsace, Betty Miles, Glenn Strange, George Eldredge, Karl Hackett, Henry Hall, Charles King ..
Directed by: Robert Emmett Tansey
Release date: 1944-06-10
Best Action Movies of 1944 : The Desert Hawk
27.

The Desert Hawk

1.5
6.3/10 IMDB

Evil Hassan slips back into his native land of Ahad and plots to overthrow his twin bother, Kasim, who has just been crowned the Caliph. Hassan enlists the aid of the chief Chamberlain, Faud and they send several henchmen into the royal palace, who then knock Kasim unconscious. Faud and Hassan dispatch a couple of different hirelings to take Kasim into another part of the town and murder him.Kasin comes to and gets away, but has been wounded. Omar, a beggar, takes Kasim to his home and nurses him back to health. But, it takes a few weeks for Kasin to get healthy and, by that time, Hassan has a firm grip on the duties of a Caliph. In a storeroom, Kasim finds a coat of mail with a great hawk emblazoned across the chest and promptly decides this is the costume he will wear while fighting to get his old job back. Meanwhile, the Emir of Telif shows up with his daughter, Princess Azala, with the intent of marrying her off to the local Caliph.

Starring: Gilbert Roland, Mona Maris, Ben Welden, Kenneth MacDonald, Frank Lackteen, I. Stanford Jolley, Charles Middleton, Georges Renavent, Margia Dean ..
Directed by: B. Reeves Eason
Release date: 1944-07-07
Best Action Movies of 1944 : Raiders of Ghost City
28.

Raiders of Ghost City

1.4
6.0/10 IMDB

During the latter stages of the Civil War, a gang of supposed Confederates, headed by Alex Morel (Lionel Atwill), raid all gold shipments destined for Washington from Oro Grande, California. Can they be brought to justice?

Starring: Dennis Moore, Wanda McKay, Lionel Atwill, Joe Sawyer, Regis Toomey, Virginia Christine, Eddy Waller, Emmett Vogan, Addison Richards, Charles Wagenheim ..
Directed by: Lewis D. Collins, Ray Taylor
Release date: 1944-07-25
29.

U-Boat Prisoner

1.3
5.6/10 IMDB

Bruce Bennett plays merchant seaman Archie Gibbs, who manages to survive when his ship is torpedoed by a German submarine. Disguising himself in the uniform of a dead Nazi spy, Gibbs is picked up by the Nazi U-boat. He manages to convince the German sailors that he's the spy, and in this guise he tries to rescue a group of captured Allied scientists.

Starring: Bruce Bennett, Erik Rolf, John Abbott, John Wengraf, Robert B. Williams, Trevor Bardette, Anthony Caruso, Eric Feldary, Ray Teal ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1944-07-25
Best Action Movies of 1944 : Song of the Range
30.

Song of the Range

1.3
5.6/10 IMDB

Finding Dale's wallet, Denny returns it just as two men shoot each other with one dying and one escaping. Dale blames Denny for the murder and Lasses has to pose as the Sheriff to free him. Trailing the wounded man they learn he and Dale are Government Agents. Jimmy, Denny, and Lasses now join up with Dale and soon find themselves involved in a gold bullion smuggling racket.

Starring: Jimmy Wakely, Dennis Moore, Lee "Lasses" White, Cay Forester, Sam Flint, Hugh Prosser, George Eldredge, Steve Clark, Edmund Cobb ..
Directed by: Wallace Fox
Release date: 1944-12-01
Best Action Movies of 1944 : Sergeant Mike
31.

Sergeant Mike

1.3
5.4/10 IMDB

A soldier becomes quite upset when he is transferred from the highly coveted machine-gun unit to the canine corps. He begins to change his opinion when he learns that his army dog Mike was a gift from an eight-year-old whose father was killed in the war. Now the soldier becomes committed to training Mike into the best army dog there ever was.

Starring: Larry Parks, Jeanne Bates, Loren Tindall, Jim Bannon, Robert B. Williams, Tom Keene, Larry Olsen ..
Directed by: Henry Levin
Release date: 1944-11-09
Best Action Movies of 1944 : Roaring Guns
32.

Roaring Guns

1.3
5.3/10 IMDB

Farmers take up arms against miners whose high water pressure mining operations are destroying their farms with mud and water runoff.

Starring: Robert Shayne, Virginia Patton, Mark Stevens, Charles Arnt, Norman Willis, Russell Simpson, Art Baker, Ken Christy, Fred Kelsey, Jack Mower ..
Directed by: Jean Negulesco
Release date: 1944-02-19
Best Action Movies of 1944 : Call of the South Seas
33.

Call of the South Seas

1.2
5.2/10 IMDB

FBI Agent Kendall Gaige goes undercover on a South Seas island in order to expose the underhanded and exploitative business practices of Steve Landrau. In the course of his investigation Gaige is introduce to the Paris-educated native princess Tahia, who believes that he has arrived to save her people from poverty. A romance, of course, ensues as Gaige attempts to expose Landrau before his cover is blown.

Starring: Janet Martin, Allan Lane, William Henry, Roy Barcroft, Wally Vernon, Adele Mara, Duncan Renaldo, Frank Jaquet, Anna Demetrio, Richard Alexander ..
Directed by: John English
Release date: 1944-04-07
Best Action Movies of 1944 : Follow the Leader
34.

Follow the Leader

1.2
5.8/10 IMDB

Muggs and Glimpy, two East Side Kids in the army, return to their neighborhood, supposedly on furlough; actually, Muggs has been honorably discharged with a physical defect, but he tells no one of this. Danny, another East Side kid, is in jail because a large amount of medical supplies have been stolen from the warehouse where he works. Muggs see Spider, a new member of the gang, flashing a large amount of money around, and Muggs shrewdly turns toughie, boasting that he has a dishonorable discharge because of thievery. This leads Spider to confide in Muggs that he is the one who has been aiding in the theft of supplies from the warehouse, and he gets paid for the loot by Larry, operator of a nightclub where Muggs' sister, Milly, is an entertainer. Fingers, a henchman for Larry, kills Spider when he learns that Muggs has been let in on the operation. The police then suspect Muggs of killing Spider.

Starring: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell, Joan Marsh, Jack La Rue, Bryant Washburn, William Benedict, David Durand, Bobby Stone, Jimmy Strand ..
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1944-06-03
Best Action Movies of 1944 : Bowery Champs
35.

Bowery Champs

0.0
5.9/10 IMDB

Copy boys Muggs and Glimpy investigate a murder. They locate the ex-wife of the murdered man and become convinced she is innocent. They hide her from the police while they investigate.

Starring: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, William Benedict, Bobby Jordan, Gabriel Dell, Bernard Gorcey ..
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1944-11-25
36.

AAF Report

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

US Army Air Forces providing an overview of the Army Air Forces.

Release date: 1944-12-01
37.

Holt of the Secret Service

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Feature version of the 1941 American serial film of the same name, made for export only, never shown in the USA in any medium, and evidently a lost film.

Starring: Jack Holt, Evelyn Brent ..
Release date: 1944-03-06
Best Action Movies of 1944 : The Secret Code
38.

The Secret Code

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Feature version of the 1942 American serial film of the same title, prepared for the export market, never seen in any media format in the United States, and apparently a lost film.

Starring: Paul Kelly, Anne Nagel, Trevor Bardette ..
Release date: 1944-12-04

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