Best Action Movies of 1948


Red River

7.8/10 IMDB

Headstrong Thomas Dunson starts a thriving Texas cattle ranch with the help of his faithful trail hand, Groot, and his protégé, Matthew Garth, an orphan Dunson took under his wing when Matt was a boy. In need of money following the Civil War, Dunson and Matt lead a cattle drive to Missouri, where they will get a better price than locally, but the crotchety older man and his willful young partner begin to butt heads on the exhausting journey.

Starring: John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Joanne Dru, Walter Brennan, Coleen Gray, Harry Carey, John Ireland, Noah Beery Jr., Harry Carey, Jr., Chief Yowlachie ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1948-08-26

Key Largo

7.7/10 IMDB

A hurricane swells outside, but it's nothing compared to the storm within the hotel at Key Largo. There, sadistic mobster Johnny Rocco holes up - and holds at gunpoint hotel owner James Temple, his widowed daughter-in-law Nora, and ex-GI Frank McCloud.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore, Edward G. Robinson, Claire Trevor, Thomas Gomez, Harry Lewis, William Haade, Dan Seymour, Marc Lawrence ..
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1948-07-16

The Three Musketeers

7.1/10 IMDB

Athletic adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' classic adventure about the king's musketeers and their mission to protect France.

Starring: Lana Turner, Gene Kelly, June Allyson, Van Heflin, Angela Lansbury, Gig Young, Vincent Price, Robert Coote, Frank Morgan, Keenan Wynn ..
Directed by: George Sidney
Release date: 1948-10-19

Adventures of Don Juan

7.0/10 IMDB

The adventures of the notorious Spanish Lothario Don Juan highlights Errol Flynn's swashbuckling and romantic antics.

Starring: Errol Flynn, Viveca Lindfors, Robert Douglas, Alan Hale, Romney Brent, Ann Rutherford, Robert Warwick, Jerry Austin, Douglas Kennedy, Jean Shepherd ..
Directed by: Vincent Sherman
Release date: 1948-12-01
Best Action Movies of 1948 : Scott of the Antarctic

Scott of the Antarctic

7.0/10 IMDB

The true story of the British explorer Robert Falcon Scott and his ill-fated expedition to try to be the first man to discover the South Pole - only to find that the murderously cold weather and a rival team of Norwegian explorers conspire against him

Starring: John Mills, Derek Bond, Kenneth More, James Robertson Justice, Christopher Lee, Diana Churchill, Harold Warrender, John Gregson, Reginald Beckwith, Norman Williams ..
Directed by: Charles Frend
Release date: 1948-11-29

Road House

7.2/10 IMDB

A night club owner becomes infatuated with a torch singer and frames his best friend/manager for embezzlement when the chanteuse falls in love with him.

Starring: Ida Lupino, Cornel Wilde, Celeste Holm, Richard Widmark, O. Z. Whitehead, Robert Karnes, George Beranger, Ian MacDonald, Grandon Rhodes, Ray Teal ..
Directed by: Jean Negulesco
Release date: 1948-09-22
Best Action Movies of 1948 : Force of Evil

Force of Evil

7.2/10 IMDB

Lawyer Joe Morse wants to consolidate all the small-time numbers racket operators into one big powerful operation. But his elder brother Leo is one of these small-time operators who wants to stay that way, preferring not to deal with the gangsters who dominate the big-time.

Starring: John Garfield, Thomas Gomez, Marie Windsor, Howland Chamberlain, Roy Roberts, Paul Fix, Barry Kelley, Paul McVey, Beatrice Pearson, Beau Bridges ..
Directed by: Abraham Polonsky
Release date: 1948-12-25

Blood on the Moon

6.9/10 IMDB

Down-and-out cowhand Jim Garry is asked by his old friend Tate Riling to help mediate a cattle dispute. When Garry arrives, however, it soon becomes clear that Riling has not been entirely forthright. Garry uncovers Riling's plot to dupe local rancher John Lufton out of a fortune. When Lufton's firecracker of a daughter, Amy, gets involved, Garry must choose between his old loyalties and what he knows to be right.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Barbara Bel Geddes, Robert Preston, Walter Brennan, Phyllis Thaxter, Frank Faylen, Tom Tully, Charles McGraw, Clifton Young, Tom Tyler ..
Directed by: Robert Wise
Release date: 1948-11-11
Best Action Movies of 1948 : A Song Is Born

A Song Is Born

6.9/10 IMDB

The story of seven scholars in search of an expert to teach them about swing music. They seem to have found the perfect candidate in winsome nightclub singer Honey Swanson. But Honey's gangster boyfriend doesn't want to give her up.

Starring: Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey, Lionel Hampton, Mel Powell, Charlie Barnet, The Golden Gate Quartette, The Golden Gate Quartette ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1948-10-19

The Street with No Name

7.1/10 IMDB

After two gang-related killings in "Center City," a suspect (who was framed) is arrested, released on bail...and murdered. Inspector Briggs of the FBI recruits a young agent, Gene Cordell, to go undercover in the shadowy Skid Row area (alias George Manly) as a potential victim of the same racket. Soon, Gene meets Alec Stiles, neurotic mastermind who's "building an organization along scientific lines." Stiles recruits Cordell, whose job becomes a lot more dangerous.

Starring: Mark Stevens, Richard Widmark, Lloyd Nolan, Barbara Lawrence, Ed Begley, Donald Buka, Joseph Pevney, John McIntire, Walter Greaza, Howard Smith ..
Directed by: William Keighley
Release date: 1948-07-14

The Man from Colorado

6.6/10 IMDB

Two friends return home after their discharge from the army after the Civil War. However, one of them has had deep-rooted psychological damage due to his experiences during the war, and as his behavior becomes more erratic--and violent--his friend desperately tries to find a way to help him.

Starring: Glenn Ford, William Holden, Ellen Drew, Ray Collins, Edgar Buchanan, Jerome Courtland, James Millican, Jim Bannon, William Phillips, David Clarke ..
Directed by: Henry Levin
Release date: 1948-08-07
Best Action Movies of 1948 : Whispering Smith

Whispering Smith

6.6/10 IMDB

Smith is an iron-willed railroad detective. When his friend Murray is fired from the railroad and begins helping Rebstock wreck trains, Smith must go after him. He also seems to have an interest in Murray's wife (and vice versa).

Starring: Alan Ladd, Robert Preston, Brenda Marshall, Donald Crisp, William Demarest, Fay Holden, Murvyn Vye, Frank Faylen, John Eldredge, J. Farrell MacDonald ..
Directed by: Leslie Fenton
Release date: 1948-12-09
Best Action Movies of 1948 : Station West

Station West

6.6/10 IMDB

When two US cavalrymen transporting a gold shipment get killed, US Army Intelligence investigator John Haven goes undercover to a mining and logging town to find the killers.

Starring: Dick Powell, Jane Greer, Agnes Moorehead, Burl Ives, Tom Powers, Gordon Oliver, Steve Brodie, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Raymond Burr, Regis Toomey ..
Directed by: Sidney Lanfield
Release date: 1948-09-01
Best Action Movies of 1948 : Superman


6.8/10 IMDB

Superman comes to Earth as a child and grows up to be his home's first superhero with his first major challenge being to oppose The Spider Lady.

Starring: Kirk Alyn, Noel Neill, Tommy Bond, Carol Forman, Pierre Watkin, George Meeker, Jack Ingram, Terry Frost, Charles Quigley, Herbert Rawlinson ..
Directed by: Spencer Gordon Bennet, Thomas Carr
Release date: 1948-07-15
Best Action Movies of 1948 : Wake of the Red Witch

Wake of the Red Witch

6.5/10 IMDB

Captain Ralls fights Dutch shipping magnate Mayrant Sidneye for the woman he loves, Angelique Desaix, and for a fortune in gold aboard the Red Witch.

Starring: John Wayne, Gail Russell, Gig Young, Adele Mara, Luther Adler, Eduard Franz, Grant Withers, Henry Daniell, Paul Fix, Dennis Hoey ..
Directed by: Edward Ludwig
Release date: 1948-12-30

Tarzan and the Mermaids

5.6/10 IMDB

A high priest tries to force a young beauty to marry a pearl trader who is masquerading as the god Balu.

Starring: Johnny Weissmüller, Brenda Joyce, George Zucco, Andrea Palma, Fernando Wagner, Edward Ashley, John Laurenz, Gustavo Rojo, Matthew Boulton, Linda Christian ..
Directed by: Robert Florey
Release date: 1948-05-15
Best Action Movies of 1948 : Western Heritage

Western Heritage

6.3/10 IMDB

A forger has made a copy of a Spanish land grant and Arnold is after it. Arnold and his men attack, shoot the forger, and take the deed while Russ tries unsuccessfully to stop them. Arnold presents it at the recorders office. It appears authentic and he starts evicting ranchers from their land. But Russ knows something is wrong as one of Arnold's men was a man he fought with during the attack.

Starring: Tim Holt, Nan Leslie, Richard Martin, Lois Andrews, Tony Barrett, Walter Reed, Harry Woods, Tom Keene, Jason Robards Sr., Robert Bray ..
Directed by: Wallace Grissell
Release date: 1948-02-07
Best Action Movies of 1948 : G-Men Never Forget

G-Men Never Forget

6.5/10 IMDB

An escaped criminal impersonates a Police Commissioner, causing no end of trouble to a determined Federal Agent.

Starring: Clayton Moore, Roy Barcroft, Ramsay Ames, Gil Frye, Tom Steele, Dale van Sickel, Edmund Cobb ..
Directed by: Fred C. Brannon, Yakima Canutt
Release date: 1948-01-31
Best Action Movies of 1948 : Hills of Home

Hills of Home

6.6/10 IMDB

William McClure is the villlage doctor in a remote Scottish glen. Tricked into buying Lassie, a collie afraid of water, he sets about teaching her to swim. At the same time he has the bigger problem that he is getting older and must ensure the glen will have a new local doctor ready.

Starring: Edmund Gwenn, Donald Crisp, Tom Drake, Janet Leigh, Rhys Williams, Alan Napier, Reginald Owen, Edmund Breon, Pal ..
Directed by: Fred M. Wilcox
Release date: 1948-11-25
Best Action Movies of 1948 : Albuquerque


6.6/10 IMDB

Cole Armin comes to Albuquerque to work for his uncle, John Armin, a despotic and hard-hearted czar who operates an ore-hauling freight line, and whose goal is to eliminate a competing line run by Ted Wallace and his sister Celia. Cole tires of his uncle's heavy-handed tactics and switches over to the Wallace side. Lety Tyler, an agent hired by the uncle, also switches over by warning Cole and Ted of a trap set for them by the uncle and his henchman.

Starring: Randolph Scott, Barbara Britton, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Lon Chaney Jr., Russell Hayden, Catherine Craig, George Cleveland, Irving Bacon, Bernard Nedell, Karolyn Grimes ..
Directed by: Ray Enright
Release date: 1948-02-20
Best Action Movies of 1948 : Night Time in Nevada

Night Time in Nevada

6.5/10 IMDB

Twenty years earlier Farrell killed his mining partner Andrews. Now Andrews daughter arrives to get her father's trust fund. Farrell having rustled Roy's cattle now takes her money from her Lawyer and lets her overhear false information of their next rustling job. With the posse at the wrong location, his men attack the cattle train and Roy on board find himself greatly outnumbered.

Starring: Roy Rogers, Trigger, Adele Mara, Andy Devine, Grant Withers, Marie Harmon, Joseph Crehan, George M. Carleton, Mike Ragan, Steve Darrell ..
Directed by: William Witney
Release date: 1948-09-05
Best Action Movies of 1948 : Fighter Squadron

Fighter Squadron

6.2/10 IMDB

During World War II, an insubordinate fighter pilot finds the shoe on the other foot when he's promoted.

Starring: Edmond O'Brien, Robert Stack, Henry Hull, Tom D'Andrea, Rock Hudson, Jack Larson, Shepperd Strudwick, John Rodney, James Holden, Walter Reed ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1948-11-27
Best Action Movies of 1948 : The Gallant Blade

The Gallant Blade

5.6/10 IMDB

Larry Parks in a Cinecolor swashbuckler.

Starring: Larry Parks, Marguerite Chapman, Victor Jory, George Macready, Edith King, Michael Duane, Onslow Stevens ..
Directed by: Henry Levin
Release date: 1948-10-12
Best Action Movies of 1948 : Man-Eater of Kumaon

Man-Eater of Kumaon

6.2/10 IMDB

A doctor hunts a vicious, man-eating tiger that terrorizes a native jungle village. In time the doctor experiences a personal change when he accepts their native customs and beliefs.

Starring: Sabu, Wendell Corey, Joy Page, Morris Carnovsky, Jimmy Moss, Lal Chand Mehra, Ted Hecht, John Mansfield, Eddie Das, Charles Wagenheim ..
Directed by: Byron Haskin
Release date: 1948-11-08
Best Action Movies of 1948 : The Far Frontier

The Far Frontier

6.2/10 IMDB

Willis Newcomb and Bart Carroll head a gang engaged in smuggling wanted-American criminals back into the United States from Mexico. Operating from Sharperville, an oil town on the American side of the border, they transport their human cargo in oil drums loaded on trucks. Border Patrolman Tom Sharper intercepts one of the trucks but is overpowered and left for dead. Carroll, having already been paid for the job and not wanting any evidence to walk around, get caught and lead back to him, backs the human-cargo trucks to the edge of a cliff and sends the drums crashing to the boulder far below. Judge Cookie Bullfincher and Border Patrolman Roy Rogers conduct a search for the missing Tom, but the crooks have gone back for him and find him in a state of amnesia. They rob the bank and pin it on Tom. It is now up to Roy to clear his friend and also put an end to Carroll's human-smuggling racket.

Starring: Roy Rogers, Gail Davis, Andy Devine, Francis Ford, Roy Barcroft, Clayton Moore, Robert Strange, Trigger, Mike Ragan, Lane Bradford ..
Directed by: William Witney
Release date: 1948-12-29

Return of the Bad Men

6.2/10 IMDB

US Marshall Vance is assigned to rid the Oklahoma Territory of outlaws.

Starring: Randolph Scott, Robert Ryan, Anne Jeffreys, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Jacqueline White, Steve Brodie, Tom Keene, Robert Bray, Lex Barker, Walter Reed ..
Directed by: Ray Enright
Release date: 1948-07-17
Best Action Movies of 1948 : Canon City

Canon City

6.5/10 IMDB

Prisoners battle each other -- and the police -- when they escape the Colorado State Penitentiary.

Starring: Scott Brady, Jeff Corey, Whit Bissell, Stanley Clements, Charles Russell, DeForest Kelley, Ralph Byrd, Roy Best, Henry Brandon, Alfred Linder ..
Directed by: Crane Wilbur
Release date: 1948-06-30
Best Action Movies of 1948 : River Lady

River Lady

6.0/10 IMDB

In the 1850s, in a logging town on the Mississippi River, a conflict between the people of a mill town and the lumberjacks who work downriver. Romance and deceit are catalyzed by the arrival of the gambling river boat, River Lady, owned by the beautiful Sequin. Bauvais, a representative of the local lumber syndicate and Sequin's business partner, is trying to convince H.L. Morrison, the mill owner, to sell his business.

Starring: Yvonne De Carlo, Dan Duryea, Rod Cameron, Helena Carter, Lloyd Gough, Florence Bates, John McIntire, Jack Lambert, Esther Somers, Anita Turner ..
Directed by: George Sherman
Release date: 1948-06-01
Best Action Movies of 1948 : Eyes of Texas

Eyes of Texas

6.3/10 IMDB

A ranch owner turns his place into a home for boys who have lost their fathers in World War II. His evil female lawyer covets the ranch and uses a gang of local toughs, a pack of killer dogs, and a phoney rancher's beneficiary to get it. U.S. Marshal Rogers opens an investigation when the rancher is killed.

Starring: Roy Rogers, Lynne Roberts, Andy Devine, Trigger, Nana Bryant, Roy Barcroft, Danny Morton, Francis Ford, Pat Brady, Bob Nolan ..
Directed by: William Witney
Release date: 1948-06-15
Best Action Movies of 1948 : Counterblast


6.0/10 IMDB

An escaped World War 2 Nazi doctor, impersonates a murdered English doctor so he can work on a vaccination to protect the Germans in their planned germ warfare.

Starring: Robert Beatty, Mervyn Johns, Margaretta Scott, Nova Pilbeam, Sybilla Binder, Marie Lohr, Karl Stepanek, Alan Wheatley ..
Directed by: Paul L. Stein
Release date: 1948-01-01
Best Action Movies of 1948 : The Counterfeiters

The Counterfeiters

5.7/10 IMDB

Scotland Yard cop goes undercover to nab counterfeiter and his gang.

Starring: John Sutton, Doris Merrick, Hugh Beaumont, Lon Chaney Jr., George O'Hanlon, Robert Kent, Herbert Rawlinson, Pierre Watkin, Don C. Harvey, Fred Coby ..
Directed by: Sam Newfield
Release date: 1948-05-28
Best Action Movies of 1948 : The Woman from Tangier

The Woman from Tangier

5.6/10 IMDB

This one has Nylon, an American dancer fleeing Morocco after her employer gets into trouble with the police, and she stops off at Tangiers on her way to Gibraltar. $50,000, in gold, is stolen from the ship's safe and the captain tells the police that the purser was the thief and that he had to kill him in self defense, but the purser must have hidden the money before he got dead. The purser isn't in any position to make a disclaimer. Everybody buys that with the exception of an insurance detective, Shapley, who, along with the audience, suspects the captain of being the thief shows up to investigate further. Written By Les Adams

Starring: Adele Jergens, Stephen Dunne, Ivan Triesault, Ian MacDonald, Donna Martell, Curt Bois, Michael Duane, Maurice Marsac ..
Directed by: Harold Daniels
Release date: 1948-02-12
Best Action Movies of 1948 : Sunset Carson Rides Again

Sunset Carson Rides Again

6.6/10 IMDB

Sunset Carson is trying to raise money for a new school and his partner Sam Webster is out to stop him. When Carson plans a benefit prize-fight, Webster plans to make off with the proceeds.

Starring: Sunset Carson, Al Terry, Pat Starling, John L. Cason, Pat Gleason, Dan White, Stephen Keyes, Ron Ormond, Joe Hiser, Bill Vall ..
Directed by: Oliver Drake
Release date: 1948-09-10
Best Action Movies of 1948 : Homicide for Three

Homicide for Three

5.3/10 IMDB

While on shore leave to celebrate his first anniversary, Lt. Peter Duluth (Warren Douglas) takes his wife, Iris (Audrey Long), to a Los Angeles hotel but is turned away. When mysterious Colette (Stephanie Bachelor) offers them her suite, the young couple becomes entangled in a murder plot. Aided by two PIs, Peter and Iris find two corpses and are desperate to locate Colette before she becomes the next victim, but the killers are one step ahead.

Starring: Warren Douglas, Audrey Long, Grant Withers, Lloyd Corrigan, Stephanie Bachelor, George Lynn, Tala Birell, Joseph Crehan, Benny Baker, Sid Tomack ..
Directed by: George Blair
Release date: 1948-12-08
Best Action Movies of 1948 : Smuggler's Cove

Smuggler's Cove

6.3/10 IMDB

Slip and Sach are working as cleaners in a high rise building. They enter an office to clean it when a messenger hears them use Slip's given name, Terrance Mahoney. The messenger has a letter for "Terrance Mahonoey, Esq." and mistakenly delivers it to Slip. The letter informs Slip that he has inherited a mansion in Long Island. The boys then make their way to the mansion and find that it is inhabited by diamond smugglers. The real owner of the house shows up and helps save the day and defeat the smugglers and gives the boys the house as a reward.

Starring: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell, Martin Kosleck, Paul Harvey, Amelita Ward, William Benedict, David Gorcey, Jacqueline Dalya, Benny Bartlett ..
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1948-10-10
Best Action Movies of 1948 : The Prince Of Thieves

The Prince Of Thieves

5.3/10 IMDB

After fighting in the Crusades alongside Richard I of England Sir Allan Claire is returning home to marry his betrothed Lady Christable. Accompanied by his sister Lady Marian Claire, the two are intercepted by Robin Hood and his band of Merrie Men. Recognising a friend of King Richard, Robin informs them that Lady Christabel is the be married to another against her well in the interest of politics and her father's fortune. The three team up to rescue the fair lady.

Starring: Jon Hall, Patricia Morison, Adele Jergens, Alan Mowbray, H.B. Warner, Michael Duane ..
Directed by: Howard Bretherton
Release date: 1948-01-16
Best Action Movies of 1948 : Thunder in the Pines

Thunder in the Pines

6.4/10 IMDB

Loggers Jeff Collins and Boomer Benson compete for a mail-order bride by means of a timber-cutting contest.

Starring: George Reeves, Ralph Byrd, Greg McClure, Michael Whalen, Denise Darcel, Marion Martin, Lyle Talbot, Vince Barnett, Roscoe Ates, Tom Kennedy ..
Directed by: Robert Gordon
Release date: 1948-11-11
Best Action Movies of 1948 : 16 Fathoms Deep

16 Fathoms Deep

5.7/10 IMDB

A bitterly jealous sponge fisherman tries to sabotage a fellow diver.

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Arthur Lake, Lloyd Bridges, John Qualen, Dickie Moore, Eric Feldary, Ian MacDonald, Tanis Chandler, Harry Cheshire ..
Directed by: Irving Allen
Release date: 1948-07-25
Best Action Movies of 1948 : Caged Fury

Caged Fury

5.6/10 IMDB

Big cats are killing people... after being trained by a twisted lion tamer.

Starring: Richard Denning, Sheila Ryan, Mary Beth Hughes, Buster Crabbe, Frank Wilcox, Lane Chandler, Sam Flint, Hugh Prosser ..
Directed by: William Berke
Release date: 1948-03-05
Best Action Movies of 1948 : Adventures of Gallant Bess

Adventures of Gallant Bess

5.2/10 IMDB

Ted Daniels, a ranch hand working for a rodeo, captures a magnificent wild horse that he tames and trains. As Ted is recovering from an accident that happened during a rodeo, the rodeo owner cheats him out of his horse. Ted must decide whether to pursue him and try to recover the horse, or whether to settle down with the doctor's daughter who is nursing him back to health. Written by Snow Leopard

Starring: Gallant Bess, Audrey Long, Fuzzy Knight, James Millican, John Harmon, Edward Gargan, Cliff Clark, Harry Cheshire, Evelyn Eaton, Cameron Mitchell ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1948-10-01
Best Action Movies of 1948 : Congo Bill

Congo Bill

6.4/10 IMDB

Congo Bill is hired to locate an heiress lost somewhere in Africa.

Starring: Don McGuire, Cleo Moore, Jack Ingram, I. Stanford Jolley, Nelson Leigh, Charles King, Armida, Hugh Prosser, Neyle Morrow, Fred Graham ..
Directed by: Spencer Gordon Bennet, Thomas Carr
Release date: 1948-10-28
Best Action Movies of 1948 : Dick Barton: Special Agent

Dick Barton: Special Agent

3.9/10 IMDB

Government agent Dick Barton battles a ring of Nazi spies who are planning to poison the entire London water supply.

Starring: Don Stannard, Gillian Maude, Beatrice Kane, Ivor Danvers, George Ford, Jack Shaw, Gillian Maude, Geoffrey Wincott, Farnham Baxter, Morris Sweden ..
Directed by: Alfred J. Goulding
Release date: 1948-03-01
Best Action Movies of 1948 : Renegades of Sonora

Renegades of Sonora

7.3/10 IMDB

Cowboy Rocky Lane thwarts an attack on a courier delivering a precious Indian tribal belt and becomes embroiled in a conspiracy in the process. When the courier dies, Rocky delivers the belt to the Agent. But he quickly finds himself arrested for murder and learns not only is the belt missing, but the murdered Agent is not the man he gave the belt to.

Starring: Allan Lane, Eddy Waller, Roy Barcroft, Mike Ragan, Mauritz Hugo, Frank Fenton, George J. Lewis, House Peters Jr., Marshall Reed, Dale van Sickel ..
Directed by: R.G. Springsteen
Release date: 1948-11-24
Best Action Movies of 1948 : Adventures of Frank and Jesse James

Adventures of Frank and Jesse James

7.1/10 IMDB

Jesse James returns to Missouri, and he and brother Frank come to the aid of a young woman who owns a gold mine. Her father was murdered and she took over the mine, and now the villains who killed her father are trying to drive her out of the mine so they can take it over.

Starring: Clayton Moore, Steve Darrell, Noel Neill, George J. Lewis, Stanley Andrews, Sam Flint, House Peters Jr., Dale van Sickel, Tom Steele, James Dale ..
Directed by: Fred C. Brannon, Yakima Canutt
Release date: 1948-10-30
Best Action Movies of 1948 : Lightnin' in the Forest

Lightnin' in the Forest

6.9/10 IMDB

Psychiatrist David Lamont is pressured into "analyzing" the madcap but glamorous niece of a judge. Then crooks on the lam intrude...

Starring: Lynne Roberts, Don Barry, Warren Douglas, Lorna Gray, Lucien Littlefield, Claire Du Brey, Roy Barcroft ..
Directed by: George Blair
Release date: 1948-03-25
Best Action Movies of 1948 : Campus Sleuth

Campus Sleuth

6.4/10 IMDB

A photographer is choked to death just outside of where a college dance is being held. The body is discovered by Lee Watson, but promptly disappears, as it is being whisked from one point to another on the campus by a night watchman, who is an ex-convict.

Starring: Freddie Stewart, June Preisser, Warren Mills, Noel Neill, Donald MacBride, Monte Collins, Stan Ross, Bobby Sherwood, Mildred Jorman, Geri Galian ..
Directed by: Will Jason
Release date: 1948-05-04
Best Action Movies of 1948 : Tornado Range

Tornado Range

5.9/10 IMDB

Tornado Range is one of five Eddie Dean westerns originally produced by PRC in 1947 but released the following year by Eagle-Lion. Cast as a troubleshooter for the U.S. Land Office, Dean is assigned to settle a deadly range war. Sure enough, the warring homesteaders and cattlemen are being whipped into a frenzy by a third party, who hopes to "divide and conquer," claiming the land for himself. Surprisingly, all-purpose PRC villain George Cheseboro isn't the culprit in this one; instead, he's cast as the father of heroine Jennifer Holt. Roscoe Ates is once more on hand for some questionable comedy relief.

Starring: Eddie Dean, Roscoe Ates, Jennifer Holt, George Chesebro, Buster Slaven, Marshall Reed, Terry Frost, Lane Bradford, Russell Arms, Steve Clark ..
Directed by: Ray Taylor
Release date: 1948-02-21
Best Action Movies of 1948 : Daredevils of the Clouds

Daredevils of the Clouds

5.9/10 IMDB

Terry O'Rourke, an American operating a small airline in Canada, is having a tough time making a go of it; he has to cope with unfavorable weather conditions, a rocky terrain, and a large Americam company determined to buy him out at their low price. In addition, one of his primary employees is working against him. One of his airplanes is transporting a cargo of gold and the pilot arranges for the gold to be stolen. He planned to parachute to safety, letting the airplane be looted when it crashed, but a co-worker cuts his parachute cord and he is killed. O'Rourke, with the air of one of his best pilots, Kay Cameron, sets out to track down the culprits.

Starring: Robert Livingston, Mae Clarke, James Cardwell, Grant Withers, Edward Gargan, Ray Teal, Jimmie Dodd, Pierre Watkin, Jayne Hazard, Robert J. Wilke ..
Directed by: George Blair
Release date: 1948-07-26
Best Action Movies of 1948 : Shep Comes Home

Shep Comes Home

5.8/10 IMDB

Little Larry Havens, whose father died in WWII, runs away from home to keep from being separated from "Shep," his father's dog. In Arizona, he is befriended by a kindly Mexican, Manuel Ortiz, who he is able to repay in time, with the aid of Sheriff "Cap" Weatherby, when Ortiz is suspected of crimes committed by local gangsters. "Shep" is instrumental in saving Ortiz from a lynching, and Larry, "Shep" and Ortiz all find a home with a couple they have befriended.

Starring: Robert Lowery, Billy Kimbley, Martín Garralaga, Margia Dean, Sheldon Leonard, Michael Whalen, J. Farrell MacDonald, Lyle Talbot, Frank Jenks, Edna Holland ..
Directed by: Ford Beebe
Release date: 1948-12-03
Best Action Movies of 1948 : Dangers of the Canadian Mounted

Dangers of the Canadian Mounted

5.4/10 IMDB

Crooks discover a Genghis Khan treasure ship on the Canada-Alaska border but the treasure is hidden somewhere on land. In their efforts to find the hidden treasure they resort to murder and sabotage to stop the construction of the Alcan highway which will bring homesteaders to the area. Sergeant Royal of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police battles through 12 episodes to find the crooks and to learn the identity of their mysterious leader known only as 'The Boss'.

Starring: Jim Bannon, Virginia Belmont, Anthony Warde, Dorothy Granger, Bill Van Sickel, Tom Steele, Dale van Sickel, I. Stanford Jolley, Phil Warren, Lee Morgan ..
Directed by: Fred C. Brannon, Yakima Canutt
Release date: 1948-01-01

Also check Best action movies of 1949.

Check out our top containing the Best Action Movies of 1948 - This top was obtained with our unique algorithm ordered by our unique ranking system.