Best Action Movies of 1954


20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

7.2/10 IMDB

A ship sent to investigate a wave of mysterious sinkings encounters the advanced submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre, Robert J. Wilke, Ted de Corsia, Carleton Young, J. M. Kerrigan, Percy Helton, Ted Cooper ..
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Release date: 1954-12-23

Vera Cruz

7.0/10 IMDB

After the American Civil War, mercenaries travel to Mexico to fight in their revolution for money. The former soldier and gentleman Benjamin Trane meets the gunman and killer Joe Erin and his men, and together they are hired by the Emperor Maximillian and the Marquis Henri de Labordere to escort the Countess Marie Duvarre to the harbor of Vera Cruz.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, Denise Darcel, Cesar Romero, Sara Montiel, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, George Macready, Jack Elam, James McCallion ..
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Release date: 1954-12-25

River of No Return

6.6/10 IMDB

An itinerant farmer and his young son help a heart-of-gold saloon singer search for her estranged husband.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Marilyn Monroe, Rory Calhoun, Tommy Rettig, Murvyn Vye, Douglas Spencer, Will Wright, Don Beddoe, Arthur Shields, John Doucette ..
Directed by: Otto Preminger
Release date: 1954-04-30


6.3/10 IMDB

Following the surrender of Geronimo, Massai, the last Apache warrior is captured and scheduled for transportation to a Florida reservation. On the way he manages to escape and heads for his homeland to win back his girl and settle down to grow crops. His pursuers have other ideas though.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Jean Peters, John McIntire, Charles Bronson, John Dehner, Ian MacDonald, Walter Sande, Morris Ankrum, Monte Blue, Paul Guilfoyle ..
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Release date: 1954-07-09

Knock On Wood

6.7/10 IMDB

Ventriloquist Jerry Morgan has failed with another love affair. The reason: when the relationship reaches the point when it is time to discuss marriage, his two dolls become mean and jealous. Morgan's dollmaker Papinek is a member of a spy ring who has stolen the secret plans for the top-secret Lafayette airplane. Since Morgan is leaving for Zurich the same night, he decides to hide the secret plan in the heads of the dolls.

Starring: Danny Kaye, Mai Zetterling, Torin Thatcher, David Burns, Leon Askin, Abner Biberman, Gavin Gordon, Otto Waldis, Steven Geray, Diana Adams ..
Directed by: Norman Panama, Melvin Frank
Release date: 1954-04-06

The Naked Jungle

6.7/10 IMDB

The Leiningen South American cocoa plantation is threatened by a 2-mile-wide, 20-mile-long column of army ants.

Starring: Eleanor Parker, Charlton Heston, Abraham Sofaer, William Conrad, Romo Vincent, Douglas Fowley, John Dierkes, Leonard Strong, Norma Calderón ..
Directed by: Byron Haskin
Release date: 1954-03-03

The Bounty Hunter

6.6/10 IMDB

A year after a violent train robbery the Pinkerton detective agency hires a bounty hunter to find the three remaining killers. He tracks them to Twin Forks but has no clue to their identity. Tensions surface as just his presence in town acts as a catalyst.

Starring: Randolph Scott, Dolores Dorn, Marie Windsor, Howard Petrie, Harry Antrim, Robert Keys, Ernest Borgnine, Dub Taylor, Tyler MacDuff, Archie Twitchell ..
Directed by: André de Toth
Release date: 1954-09-25

Silver Lode

6.8/10 IMDB

Dan Ballard, a respected citizen in the western town of Silver Lode, has his wedding interrupted by four men led by Ned McCarty, an old acquaintance who, as a US Marshal, arrests Ballard for the murder of his brother and the theft of $20,000. Ballard seeks to stall McCarty while tracking down evidence that will prove his innocence.

Starring: John Payne, Lizabeth Scott, Dan Duryea, Dolores Moran, Emile Meyer, Robert Warwick, John Hudson, Harry Carey, Jr., Alan Hale Jr., Stuart Whitman ..
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1954-07-23

Robinson Crusoe

6.7/10 IMDB

An English slave trader is marooned on a remote tropical island, forced to fend for himself and deal with crushing loneliness.

Starring: Dan O'Herlihy, Jaime Fernández, Felipe de Alba, Chel López, José Chávez, Emilio Garibay ..
Directed by: Luis Buñuel
Release date: 1954-08-05


6.6/10 IMDB

Two homicide detectives try to find just the facts behind a mobster's brutal murder.

Starring: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Richard Boone, Ann Robinson, Stacy Harris, Virginia Gregg, Vic Perrin, Georgia Ellis, James Griffith, Dick Cathcart ..
Directed by: Jack Webb
Release date: 1954-09-04
Best Action Movies of 1954 : The Purple Plain

The Purple Plain

6.5/10 IMDB

A RAF airfield in Burma in 1945, during World War II. Canadian bomber pilot Bill Forrester is a bitter man who lives haunted by a tragic past. He has became a reckless warrior, and is feared by his comrades, who consider him a madman. Dr. Harris, the squadron physician, is determined to help him heal his tormented soul.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Win Min Than, Brenda De Banzie, Bernard Lee, Maurice Denham, Lyndon Brook, Anthony Bushell, Josephine Griffin, Ram Gopal, Dorothy Alison ..
Directed by: Robert Parrish
Release date: 1954-09-14

The High and the Mighty

6.7/10 IMDB

Dan Roman is a veteran pilot haunted by a tragic past. Now relegated to second-in-command cockpit assignments he finds himself on a routine Honolulu-to-San Francisco flight - one that takes a terrifying suspense-building turn when disaster strikes high above the Pacific Ocean at the point of no return.

Starring: John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Laraine Day, Robert Stack, Jan Sterling, Phil Harris, Robert Newton, David Brian, Paul Kelly, Sidney Blackmer ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1954-07-03
Best Action Movies of 1954 : Tanganyika


5.8/10 IMDB

A landowner in colonial Africa leads a safari through Nukumbi territory in order to capture an escaped criminal.

Starring: Van Heflin, Ruth Roman, Howard Duff, Jeff Morrow, Noreen Corcoran, Gregory Marshall, Murray Alper ..
Directed by: André de Toth
Release date: 1954-07-03

The Bridges at Toko-Ri

6.7/10 IMDB

A naval aviator is assigned to bomb a group of heavily defended bridges during the Korean War.

Starring: William Holden, Grace Kelly, Fredric March, Mickey Rooney, Robert Strauss, Charles McGraw, Keiko Awaji, Earl Holliman, Richard Shannon, Willis Bouchey ..
Directed by: Mark Robson
Release date: 1954-12-01

Hell and High Water

6.1/10 IMDB

A privately-financed scientist and his colleagues hire an ex-Navy officer to conduct an Alaskan submarine expedition in order to prevent a Red Chinese anti-American plot that may lead to World War III. Mixes deviously plotted schoolboy fiction with submarine spectacle and cold war heroics.

Starring: Richard Widmark, Bella Darvi, Victor Francen, Cameron Mitchell, Gene Evans, David Wayne, Stephen Bekassy, Richard Loo, Henry Kulky, Ray Stevens ..
Directed by: Samuel Fuller
Release date: 1954-02-06

His Majesty O'Keefe

6.1/10 IMDB

Men steal for it. Nations go to war for it. The it is oil - and it grows on trees. Coconut oil is the precious lifeblood of 1870s South Seas traders. And lots of real blood will be spilled to get it! Screen royalty Burt Lancaster ist His Majesty O'Keefe in this last of three adventures that (along with The Flame and the Arrow and The Crimson Pirate) blew a revitalizing wind into the sails of the swashbucker genre. Action, cunning and derring-do are watchwords of the title seafarer as he befriends, defends and ultimately rules the islanders of exotic Yap. Lensed on gorgeus Fiji locations, grandly scored by Robert Farnon and rousingly directed by Byron Haskin, His Majesty O'Keefe delivers heroics of regal proportions.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Joan Rice, André Morell, Abraham Sofaer, Archie Savage, Benson Fong, Tessa Prendergast, Lloyd Berrell, Charles Horvath, Philip Ahn ..
Directed by: Byron Haskin
Release date: 1954-01-16

Track of the Cat

6.4/10 IMDB

A family saga: In a stunning mountain valley ranch setting near Aspen, complex and dangerous family dynamics play out against the backdrop of the first big snowstorm of winter and an enormous panther with seemingly mythical qualities which is killing cattle.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Diana Lynn, Tab Hunter, Teresa Wright, Beulah Bondi, Philip Tonge, William Hopper, Carl Switzer ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1954-11-19

Prince Valiant

6.2/10 IMDB

A young Viking prince strives to become a knight in King Arthur's Court and restore his exiled father to his rightful throne.

Starring: James Mason, Janet Leigh, Robert Wagner, Debra Paget, Sterling Hayden, Victor McLaglen, Donald Crisp, Brian Aherne, Barry Jones, Mary Philips ..
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1954-04-05


5.7/10 IMDB

On a Japanese-occupied island during World War II, only two soldiers remain alive after a mission attempt goes horribly wrong. Trapped on the island, they must escort a scientist and his daughter to the other side of the island where their ship awaits. They must battle nature, hard terrain, and advancing Japanese troops.

Starring: Tony Curtis, Frank Lovejoy, Mary Murphy, Eduard Franz, Skip Homeier, John Doucette, Alan Wells ..
Directed by: Stuart Heisler
Release date: 1954-02-05

Secret of the Incas

6.0/10 IMDB

Harry Steele (Charlton Heston) is a tourist guide determined to make his fortune by finding the Sunburst, an Inca treasure.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Robert Young, Nicole Maurey, Thomas Mitchell, Glenda Farrell, Michael Pate, Leon Askin, William Henry, Kurt Katch, Edward Colmans ..
Directed by: Jerry Hopper
Release date: 1954-06-06
Best Action Movies of 1954 : The Outcast

The Outcast

6.4/10 IMDB

Thanks to the chicanery of his crooked uncle Major Cosgrave, Jet has been cheated out of his father's property and branded a pariah. He spends the rest of the film trying to regain his birthright and clear his name. The two women in Jet's life are Judy Polsen, who chases him for so long that he finally catches her, and Alice Austin, Major Cosgrave's fianee.

Starring: John Derek, Joan Evans, Jim Davis, Catherine McLeod, Nana Bryant, Slim Pickens, Frank Ferguson, Nicolas Coster, James Millican, Bob Steele ..
Directed by: William Witney
Release date: 1954-08-15

The Fast and the Furious

5.3/10 IMDB

A man wrongly imprisoned for murder breaks out of jail. He wants to clear his name, but with the police pursuing him, he's forced to take a beautiful young woman, driving a fast sports car, hostage and slip into a cross-border sports car race to try to make it to Mexico before the police get him.

Starring: John Ireland, Dorothy Malone, Bruce Carlisle, Iris Adrian, Marshall Bradford, Byrd Holland, Larry Thor, Henry Rowland, Jean Howell, Dick Pinner ..
Directed by: John Ireland, Edward Sampson
Release date: 1954-11-01
Best Action Movies of 1954 : Cry Vengeance

Cry Vengeance

6.4/10 IMDB

Ex-cop Vic Barron crossed the wrong mobsters; his wife and child were killed and he himself scarred, framed and imprisoned. On release, Vic has but one desire, revenge on still-hiding Tino Morelli.

Starring: Mark Stevens, Martha Hyer, Skip Homeier, Joan Vohs, Douglas Kennedy, Cheryl Callaway, Mort Mills, Warren Douglas, Lewis Martin, Don Haggerty ..
Directed by: Mark Stevens
Release date: 1954-11-24
Best Action Movies of 1954 : Rob Roy, The Highland Rogue

Rob Roy, The Highland Rogue

6.3/10 IMDB

After the 1715 defeat of the clans, one of the highland leaders, Rob Roy MacGregor escapes, has lots of adventures, gets married, and eventually becomes enough of a nuisance to George I to be outlawed, and hunted by the English

Starring: Richard Todd, Glynis Johns, James Robertson Justice, Michael Gough, Finlay Currie, Jean Taylor Smith, Geoffrey Keen, Archie Duncan, Russell Waters, Marjorie Fielding ..
Directed by: Harold French
Release date: 1954-02-27
Best Action Movies of 1954 : Hell Below Zero

Hell Below Zero

5.8/10 IMDB

Duncan Craig signs on a whaling ship, partly because his own business deal has fallen through, partly to help Judie Nordhall find her father. Rumor has it that her father may have been murdered by Erik Bland, son of her father's partner and her one-time lover. Duncan and Erik find themselves on rival whaleboats and, ultimately, on an ice floe.

Starring: Alan Ladd, Joan Tetzel, Basil Sydney, Stanley Baker, Paul Connell, Joseph Tomelty, Niall MacGinnis, Jill Bennett, Peter Dyneley, Edward Hardwicke ..
Directed by: Mark Robson
Release date: 1954-01-13
Best Action Movies of 1954 : They Rode West

They Rode West

5.9/10 IMDB

Dr. Allen Seward is assigned to a western cavalry post where his predecessors had been drunks and slackers. The post doesn't take kindly to him either, especially after he disregards regulations and tends to sick Indians on the malaria-infested reservation. The Indians break away from the reservation to move to a healthier higher ground, and when they join with the Comanches to besiege the fort, Seward is branded as a "woodhawk", the bird that turns against its own. Donna Reed is present as the niece of the post commander; Phil Carey is a cavalry captain that believes the only good Indian is a dead Indian, and May Wynn is the white girl raised by the Indians and married to the chief's son.

Starring: Robert Francis, Donna Reed, May Wynn, Philip Carey, Onslow Stevens, Peggy Converse, Roy Roberts, Jack Kelly, Stuart Randall, Eugene Iglesias ..
Directed by: Phil Karlson
Release date: 1954-12-04
Best Action Movies of 1954 : The Siege at Red River

The Siege at Red River

5.8/10 IMDB

Cavalry Captain Farraday attempts to prevent the delivery of Gatling Guns into the hands of hostile Indians.

Starring: Van Johnson, Joanne Dru, Richard Boone, Milburn Stone, Jeff Morrow, Craig Hill, Robert Burton, Pilar Del Rey, John Cliff, Ferris Taylor ..
Directed by: Rudolph Maté
Release date: 1954-05-01
Best Action Movies of 1954 : The Black Knight

The Black Knight

5.2/10 IMDB

John, a blacksmith and swordsmith, is tutored at Camelot. As a commoner, he can't hope to win the hand of Lady Linet, daughter of the Earl of Yeoniland, so he creates a secret alternate identity as the Black Knight. In this new role, he is now able to help King Arthur when Saracens and Cornish men—disguised as Vikings -- plot to take over the country.

Starring: Alan Ladd, Patricia Medina, André Morell, Harry Andrews, Peter Cushing, Anthony Bushell, Laurence Naismith, Patrick Troughton, Bill Brandon, Ronald Adam ..
Directed by: Tay Garnett
Release date: 1954-08-26

Dangerous Mission

5.7/10 IMDB

A policeman tries to protect a young woman against a hit man, when she flees New York after witnessing a mob killing.

Starring: Victor Mature, Piper Laurie, William Bendix, Vincent Price, Betta St. John, Harry Cheshire, Steve Darrell, Walter Reed, Marlo Dwyer, Dennis Weaver ..
Directed by: Louis King
Release date: 1954-03-06

Taza, Son of Cochise

5.6/10 IMDB

Three years after the end of the Apache wars, peacemaking chief Cochise dies. His elder son Taza shares his ideas, but brother Naiche yearns for war...and for Taza's betrothed, Oona. Naiche loses no time in starting trouble which, thanks to a bigoted cavalry officer, ends with the proud Chiricahua Apaches on a reservation, where they are soon joined by the captured renegade Geronimo, who is all it takes to light the firecracker's fuse...

Starring: Rock Hudson, Barbara Rush, Gregg Palmer, Rex Reason, Morris Ankrum, Eugene Iglesias, Richard H. Cutting, Ian MacDonald, Jeff Chandler, Robert Burton ..
Directed by: Douglas Sirk
Release date: 1954-02-18
Best Action Movies of 1954 : Long John Silver

Long John Silver

5.7/10 IMDB

In this sequel to Treasure Island, Long John hopes to rescue his friend Jim from a rival pirate and return for more treasure.

Starring: Robert Newton, Connie Gilchrist, Lloyd Berrell, Grant Taylor, Rod Taylor, Harvey Adams, Muriel Steinbeck, Henry Gilbert, John Brunskill, Eric Reiman ..
Directed by: Byron Haskin
Release date: 1954-12-16
Best Action Movies of 1954 : Jivaro


6.0/10 IMDB

At Rio Galdez's remote Brazilian trading post live assorted outcast Americans and Europeans, including Jerry Russell, ex-engineer who became obsessed with the Jivaro headhunters' treasure, quit his job, and took up with the bottle and local girl Maroa. But he still gets letters from his nominal fiancée in California, and unexpectedly the shapely, glamorous Alice Parker arrives, expecting to marry a rich planter. Disillusioned, Alice is almost ready to fall into Rio's arms when news comes that Jerry is missing in Jivaro country.

Starring: Fernando Lamas, Rhonda Fleming, Brian Keith, Pascual García Peña, Morgan Farley, Rita Moreno, Richard Denning, Marvin Miller, Lon Chaney Jr., Charles Lung ..
Directed by: Edward Ludwig
Release date: 1954-02-12
Best Action Movies of 1954 : Security Risk

Security Risk

5.6/10 IMDB

An FBI agent on vacation in the mountains begins to suspect that a Communist spy ring may be operating in the area.

Starring: John Ireland, Dorothy Malone, Keith Larsen, Dolores Donlon, John Craven, Susan Cummings, Joe Bassett ..
Directed by: Harold D. Schuster
Release date: 1954-08-08
Best Action Movies of 1954 : El enmascarado de plata

El enmascarado de plata

5.6/10 IMDB

Mysterious wrestler-dude teams up with a teenaged boy and fights supervillainous criminal gang.

Starring: Víctor Junco, Crox Alvarado, Luis Aldás, Aurora Segura, René Cardona Jr., Carlos Múzquiz, José Pulido, Julio Ahuet, El Médico Asesino, Elena Julián ..
Directed by: René Cardona
Release date: 1954-04-14
Best Action Movies of 1954 : World for Ransom

World for Ransom

5.8/10 IMDB

In Singapore, a private detective and the British authorities are on the trail of a crime syndicate that kidnaps a nuclear physicist with the aim of selling him to the highest bidder.

Starring: Dan Duryea, Gene Lockhart, Patric Knowles, Reginald Denny, Nigel Bruce, Marian Carr, Arthur Shields, Douglass Dumbrille, Carmen D'Antonio, Keye Luke ..
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Release date: 1954-01-31

Jail Bait

3.6/10 IMDB

Don Gregor, the son of famous plastic surgeon Dr. Boris Gregor, begins to hang around with young criminal Vic Brady and carry a gun. The pair attempt an armed holdup, and when things start to go wrong Gregor accidentally kills a night watchman. Fearing that Gregor plans to turn himself in, Brady kills him and blackmails Dr. Gregor into giving him a new face.

Starring: Lyle Talbot, Herbert Rawlinson, Steve Reeves, Dolores Fuller, Clancy Malone, Timothy Farrell, Theodora Thurman, Bud Osborne, Mona McKinnon, Don Nagel ..
Directed by: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Release date: 1954-05-12
Best Action Movies of 1954 : Girl Gang

Girl Gang

4.5/10 IMDB

A gangster hooks gangs of young women on drugs and has them commit robberies and prostitution.

Starring: Joanne Arnold, Timothy Farrell, Harry Keaton, Mary Lou O'Connor, Lou Monson, Mildred Kalke, Norman Stanley ..
Directed by: Robert C. Dertano
Release date: 1954-01-01
Best Action Movies of 1954 : The Golden Idol

The Golden Idol

5.0/10 IMDB

Prince Ali wants the Golden Idol of Watusi and hires a ruthless hunter to get it for him. Bomba has the idol and, with the help of Commissioner Barnes, Eli, and a beautiful archeologist, he foils Ali's plans.

Starring: Johnny Sheffield, Anne Kimbell, Paul Guilfoyle, Leonard Mudie, Smoki Whitfield, Rick Vallin, Lane Bradford, Roy Glenn, James Adamson, William Tannen ..
Directed by: Ford Beebe
Release date: 1954-01-10
Best Action Movies of 1954 : Mandrake the Magician

Mandrake the Magician

6.2/10 IMDB

Mandrake and Lothar battle enemy agents who have kidnapped the beautiful Princess Narda to force the magician to assist them locate a counter-intelligence agent who possess vital information.

Starring: Coe Norton, Woody Strode, Lisa Howard, Robert Ellenstein, Carl Frank ..
Directed by: Will Jason
Release date: 1954-01-01
Best Action Movies of 1954 : The Lawless Rider

The Lawless Rider

7.5/10 IMDB

Johnny Carpenter plays a taciturn sheriff who disguises himself as a notorious gunslinger. His mission: to stem a series of violent raids on local cattle ranchers.

Starring: Johnny Carpenter, Rose Bascom, Frankie Darro, Douglass Dumbrille, Frank 'Red' Carpenter, Noel Neill ..
Directed by: Yakima Canutt
Release date: 1954-07-01
Best Action Movies of 1954 : Crash of Moons

Crash of Moons

3.2/10 IMDB

A three-part episode from the TV series Rocky Jones, Space Ranger edited together and released as a feature for 16mm rental only. Season 1 episodes 21, 22, 23. Episode 21: Rocky saves a space station and his friends when they are trapped between gypsy moons. Episode 22: Cleolanthe tries to destroy one of the gypsy moons with a barrage of missiles. Episode 23: Rocky evacuates the gypsy moon Posetta and stops Cleolanthe's missile barrage.

Starring: Richard Crane, Scotty Beckett, Sally Mansfield, Robert Lyden, Maurice Cass, Charles Meredith, Patsy Parsons, Harry Lauter, John Banner, Nan Leslie ..
Directed by: Hollingsworth Morse
Release date: 1954-07-10
Best Action Movies of 1954 : Trader Tom of the China Seas

Trader Tom of the China Seas

5.6/10 IMDB

In this 12 Chapter serial the UN enlists trader Tom Rogers and Vivian Wells, to lead the effort to prevent the natives from starting a revolution in Burmatra and its neighbors.

Starring: Harry Lauter, Aline Towne, Lyle Talbot, Robert Shayne, Robert Shayne, Richard Reeves, Tom Steele, John Crawford, Dale Van Sickel, Victor Sen Yung ..
Directed by: Franklin Adreon
Release date: 1954-01-06
Best Action Movies of 1954 : Panggilan Pulau

Panggilan Pulau

6.4/10 IMDB

A man falls in love with a woman above his station. Zul is working at a stable owned by Johan. Eventually at the same time Zul fell in love with Johan's daughter Jelita. But after being ridiculed and mocked by Johan and his friends Husin, Zul resigned from his job and wanted to be a sailor instead. But unfortunately the ship he was on was hit with a big tidal wave and began sinking. Zul ended being thrown on the shore of an island not known to him. Will he ever see his Jelita again after this? How will he ever find a way to save his own life?

Starring: P. Ramlee, Normadiah, Yusof Latiff, A. Rahim, Nordin Ahmad, S. Kadarisman, Salleh Kamil, Latifah Omar, Ibrahim Pendek, Daeng Idris ..
Directed by: S. Ramanathan
Release date: 1954-07-04

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