Best Action Movies of 1944

1.

To Have and Have Not

5.6
7.9/10 IMDB

A Martinique charter boat skipper gets mixed up with the underground French resistance operatives during WWII.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan, Lauren Bacall, Dolores Moran, Hoagy Carmichael, Sheldon Leonard, Marcel Dalio, Walter Sande, Dan Seymour, Eugene Borden ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1944-10-11
2.

Henry V

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

Olivier mustered out of the navy to film this adaptation of Shakespeare’s history. Embroiled in World War II, Britons took courage from this tale of a king who surmounts overwhelming odds and emerges victorious.

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
3.

The Scarlet Claw

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

A woman is found dead -- with her throat torn out. Villagers blame a supernatural source but Holmes has other ideas.

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: 1944-05-26
Best Action Movies of 1944 : The Fighting Seabees
4.

The Fighting Seabees

3.5
6.6/10 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
Best Action Movies of 1944 : Wing and a Prayer
5.

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 : Buffalo Bill
6.

Buffalo Bill

3.2
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
Best Action Movies of 1944 : Bowery Champs
7.

Bowery Champs

3.1
5.3/10 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
Best Action Movies of 1944 : Secret Command
8.

Secret Command

2.9
6.5/10 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 : The Story of Dr. Wassell
9.

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
10.

The Purple Heart

2.8
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

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