Best Action Movies of 1949

1.

Twelve O'Clock High

4.8
7.7/10 IMDB

In this story of 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
7.4/10 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.

Sands of Iwo Jima

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

The relationship between Sergeant Stryker and a group of rebellious recruits is made difficult by the Sergeant's tough training tactics. At Tarawa, the leathernecks have a chance to see Stryker in action, and begin to appreciate him.

Starring: John Wayne, John Agar, Adele Mara, Forrest Tucker, Wally Cassell, James Brown, Richard Webb, Arthur Franz, Julie Bishop, James Holden ..
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1949-12-14
4.

Mighty Joe Young

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

After being taken from his home in Africa, Gorilla "Joe" is an instant hit in a Hollywood nightclub. This fun and wonderfully entertaining slant on "King Kong" is much better than Kong's 1934 sequel, "Son of Kong". This all ages adventure has superb special effects from Willis O'Brien and his protege, Ray Harryhausen.

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 : Rope of Sand
5.

Rope of Sand

3.3
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 : Batman and Robin
6.

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
7.

King of the Rocket Men

2.9
6.8/10 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
Best Action Movies of 1949 : We Were Strangers
8.

We Were Strangers

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

China Valdes joins the Cuban underground after her brother is killed by the chief of the secret police, Ariete. She meets and falls in love with American expatriate Tony Fenner. Tony develops a plan to tunnel under the city's cemetery to a plot owned by a high official, assassinate him, and blow up the whole Cuban hierarchy at the ensuing state funeral. Together with a band of dedicated revolutionaries, they begin digging.

Starring: Jennifer Jones, John Garfield, Gilbert Roland, Ramon Novarro, Pedro Armendáriz, Wally Cassell, David Bond, José Pérez, Morris Ankrum ..
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1949-04-27
Best Action Movies of 1949 : The Fighting O'Flynn
9.

The Fighting O'Flynn

2.8
7.1/10 IMDB

A swashbuckling Irishman opposes French agents during the Napoleonic wars.

Starring: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Helena Carter, Richard Greene, Patricia Medina, Arthur Shields, Ludwig Donath, Lumsden Hare, Otto Waldis, Henry Brandon, J.M. Kerrigan ..
Directed by: Arthur Pierson
Release date: 1949-02-26
10.

The Sun Comes Up

2.8
6.5/10 IMDB

Set in the rural south of the United States, a bereaved war widow learns to to put aside her bitterness and grief as she grows to love a young orphan boy and his dog.

Starring: Jeanette MacDonald, Lloyd Nolan, Claude Jarman Jr., Lewis Stone, Percy Kilbride, Nicholas Joy, Margaret Hamilton, Hope Landin, Esther Somers, Pal ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1949-05-12

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