Best Action Movies of 1949

1.

Twelve O'Clock High

4.8
7.7/10 IMDB

In the early days of daylight bombing raids over Germany, General Frank Savage must take command of a 'hard luck' bomber group. Much of the story deals with his struggle to whip his group into a disciplined fighting unit in spite of heavy losses, and withering attacks by German fighters over their targets.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill, Millard Mitchell, Dean Jagger, Robert Arthur, Paul Stewart, John Kellogg, Robert Patten, Lee MacGregor ..
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1949-12-21
2.

Battleground

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

The film concentrates on the camaraderie and the divisions between the troops as they ready for the big offensive. Told in a taut narrative, the men of the 101st, led by Van Johnson, wait out the winter in the Ardennes forest to confront the German army in what would be the last major offensive of World War II. The men are demoralized and trapped, with no hope of support from the Allies.

Starring: Van Johnson, John Hodiak, Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy, Marshall Thompson, Jerome Courtland, Don Taylor, Bruce Cowling, Douglas Fowley, Leon Ames ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1949-11-09
3.

Mighty Joe Young

3.8
7.0/10 IMDB

A young woman, Jill Young, grew up on her father's ranch in Africa, raising a large gorilla named Joe from an infant. Years later, she brings him to Hollywood to become a star.

Starring: Terry Moore, Ben Johnson, Robert Armstrong, Frank McHugh, Douglas Fowley, Denis Greene, Paul Guilfoyle, Nestor Paiva, Regis Toomey, Lora Lee Michel ..
Directed by: Ernest B. Schoedsack
Release date: 1949-07-27
Best Action Movies of 1949 : Force of Evil
4.

Force of Evil

3.7
7.3/10 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: 1949-03-01
Best Action Movies of 1949 : Bruce Gentry
5.

Bruce Gentry

3.4
6.2/10 IMDB

Famed aviator Bruce Gentry is working with scientist Andrew Benson, setting out to uncover the origin of a deadly secret weapon---an electronically controlled flying disc which can be directed at moving or stationary targets. The disc was master-minded by an enemy agent known only as "The Recorder" because...he speaks entirely via recordings. Aided by rancher Frank Farrell and his sister Juanita "Nita" Hodges, Gentry consistently foils "The Recorders" schemes, which are carried out by "The Recorder's" henchmen, Krendon, Allen and Chandler, including an attack on the Panama Canal.

Starring: Tom Neal, Judy Clark, Ralph Hodges, Forrest Taylor, Hugh Prosser, Tris Coffin, Jack Ingram, Terry Frost, Eddie Parker, Charles King ..
Directed by: Spencer Gordon Bennet, Thomas Carr
Release date: 1949-02-10
Best Action Movies of 1949 : Lust for Gold
6.

Lust for Gold

3.4
6.8/10 IMDB

A man determined to track down the fabled Arizona gold mine known as The Lost Dutchman has an affair with a married treasure hunter, whose pursuit of the mine has lead her to double-cross her husband.

Starring: Ida Lupino, Glenn Ford, Gig Young, William Prince, Edgar Buchanan, Will Geer, Paul Ford, Jay Silverheels, Percy Helton, Elspeth Dudgeon ..
Directed by: S. Sylvan Simon, George Marshall
Release date: 1949-06-10
Best Action Movies of 1949 : Rope of Sand
7.

Rope of Sand

3.4
6.8/10 IMDB

Story of a South African diamond mine watched over by a sadistic policeman tasked with looking out for smugglers.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Peter Lorre, Corinne Calvet, Sam Jaffe, John Bromfield, Mike Mazurki, Kenny Washington, Edmund Breon ..
Directed by: William Dieterle
Release date: 1949-08-03
Best Action Movies of 1949 : Sword in the Desert
8.

Sword in the Desert

3.2
6.7/10 IMDB

First American film about the conflict between Jewish nationalists and the British in the creation of the state of Israel.

Starring: Dana Andrews, Märta Torén, Stephen McNally, Jeff Chandler, Joe Turkel, Philip Friend, Hugh French, Liam Redmond, Lowell Gilmore, Stanley Logan ..
Directed by: George Sherman
Release date: 1949-08-24
9.

Batman and Robin

3.1
6.1/10 IMDB

This 15-chapter serial pits Batman and Robin against The Wizard, who uses a device that allows him to control machinery to hold the city hostage.

Starring: Robert Lowery, Johnny Duncan, Lyle Talbot, Jane Adams, Ralph Graves, Don C. Harvey, William Fawcett, Leonard Penn, Rick Vallin, Michael Whalen ..
Directed by: Spencer Gordon Bennet
Release date: 1949-05-26
Best Action Movies of 1949 : King of the Rocket Men
10.

King of the Rocket Men

2.8
6.9/10 IMDB

Prof. Millard pretends to be dead and helps Jeff King ferret out Vulcan, the evil traitor at the science academy. Donning his Rocket Man costume King goes from one hair raising rescue to the next in order to keep the newly invented Decimator out of the clutches of Vulcan and his minions.

Starring: Tris Coffin, Mae Clarke, Don Haggerty, James Craven, I. Stanford Jolley, House Peters Jr., Douglas Evans, Ted Adams, Stanley Price, Dale van Sickel ..
Directed by: Fred C. Brannon
Release date: 1949-06-08

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