Best Action Movies of 1956

1.

Giant

5.5
7.6/10 IMDB

Giant is a movie of huge scale and grandeur in which three generations of land-rich Texans love, swagger, connive and clash in a saga of family strife, racial bigotry and conflict between cattle barons and newly rich oil tycoons.

Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker, Jane Withers, Chill Wills, Mercedes McCambridge, Dennis Hopper, Sal Mineo, Rod Taylor ..
Directed by: George Stevens
Release date: 1956-11-24
2.

Earth vs. the Flying Saucers

3.9
6.4/10 IMDB

Test space rockets exploding at liftoff and increased reporting of UFO sightings culminate in a direct attempt by alien survivors of a dead, extra-galactic civilization to invade Earth from impervious flying saucers, using ray-weapons of mass destruction.

Starring: Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor, Donald Curtis, Thomas Browne Henry, Morris Ankrum, Grandon Rhodes, John Zaremba, Larry J. Blake, Paul Frees, Forbes Murray ..
Directed by: Fred F. Sears
Release date: 1956-07-04
3.

Attack

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

At the end of World War II, a National Guard infantry company must set up artillery observation posts in a strategic area. Lt. Costa (Jack Palance) knows that Capt. Cooney (Eddie Albert) is in command only because of the "connections" he made stateside. Costa has serious doubts concerning Cooney's ability to lead, and when Cooney sends Costa and his men out on a dangerous mission -- and refuses to reenforce them -- all hell breaks loose.

Starring: Jack Palance, Eddie Albert, Lee Marvin, Robert Strauss, Richard Jaeckel, Buddy Ebsen, Strother Martin, Jon Shepodd, Peter van Eyck, James Goodwin ..
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Release date: 1956-09-19
4.

7 Men from Now

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

Aging lawman Ben Stride burns a trail of murderous revenge across a hardscrabble landscape searching for his wife's murderers.

Starring: Randolph Scott, Gail Russell, Lee Marvin, Walter Reed, John Larch, Don Barry, Stuart Whitman, Fred Graham, John Beradino, John Phillips ..
Directed by: Budd Boetticher
Release date: 1956-08-04
5.

Nightfall

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

An innocent man turns fugitive as he reconstructs events that implicate him for a murder and robbery he did not commit.

Starring: Aldo Ray, Brian Keith, Anne Bancroft, Jocelyn Brando, James Gregory, Frank Albertson, Rudy Bond, Bess Flowers, Gene Roth ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1956-11-09
6.

Jubal

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Jubal Troop is a cowboy who is found in a weakened condition, without a horse. He is given shelter at Shep Horgan's large ranch, where he quickly makes an enemy in foreman Pinky, a cattleman who accuses Jubal of carrying the smell of sheep.

Starring: Glenn Ford, Ernest Borgnine, Rod Steiger, Charles Bronson, Valerie French, Felicia Farr, Basil Ruysdael, Noah Beery Jr., Jack Elam, John Dierkes ..
Directed by: Delmer Daves
Release date: 1956-04-06
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7.

The Proud Ones

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Robert Ryan plays an aging sheriff responsible for law and order in a frontier cattle town. Virginia Mayo plays his fiancee. As if handling wild cattle drovers isn't enough, a crooked casino operator from Ryan's past comes to town. An early scuffle in the casino leaves Ryan with vision problems that interfere with his duties. Jeffrey Hunter who came to town with a cattle drive encounters Ryan, who killed Hunter's father when Hunter was young. Feelings of animosity soon change as Hunter begins to sense Ryan is telling the truth about his father. What follows is a plot that continues to thicken to the inevitable showdown.

Starring: Robert Ryan, Virginia Mayo, Jeffrey Hunter, Robert Middleton, Walter Brennan, Arthur O'Connell, Rodolfo Acosta, Ken Clark, George Mathews, Fay Roope ..
Directed by: Robert D. Webb
Release date: 1956-05-15
8.

Davy Crockett and the River Pirates

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

Davy Crockett and his sidekick Georgie compete against boastful Mike Fink ("King of the River") in a boat race to New Orleans. Later, Davy and Georgie, allied with Fink, battle a group of river pirates trying to pass themselves off as Native Americans.

Starring: Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen, Jeff York, Kenneth Tobey, Clem Bevans, Irvin Ashkenazy, Mort Mills, Paul Newlan, Frank Richards, Troy Melton ..
Directed by: Norman Foster
Release date: 1956-07-18
9.

Between Heaven and Hell

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

Sam Gifford remembers : In prewar years he was an arrogant southern cotton plantation owner, married to the daughter of a colonel. At the beginning of the war he was mobilized with his National Guard unit as a sergeant. Came the day when, revolted by the cowardice of his lieutenant, who had fired at his own men, he hit him. Downgraded, he was sent to a disciplinary battalion. Sam now discovers his new detachment, his new commanding officer, just another cowardly brute, Captain Waco Grimes. While in combat, Sam will gradually become closer to the privates, working-class people he used to despise. He will become another man, a better man.

Starring: Robert Wagner, Terry Moore, Broderick Crawford, Buddy Ebsen, Robert Keith, Brad Dexter, Mark Damon, Ken Clark, Harvey Lembeck, Skip Homeier ..
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Release date: 1956-10-11
10.

Slightly Scarlet

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

Kleptomaniac Dorothy Lyons is paroled from prison into the custody of her sister June, secretary to "reform" politician Frank Jansen. Ben Grace, associate of crime boss Sol "Solly" Caspar, sees this as a way to smear Jansen's campaign. Seductive Dorothy will do anything to get what she wants, which includes having a good time with Ben-- whom June is now in love with.

Starring: John Payne, Rhonda Fleming, Arlene Dahl, Kent Taylor, Ted de Corsia, Lance Fuller, Buddy Baer, Ellen Corby, George E. Stone ..
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1956-02-29

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