Best Action Movies of 1957


The Enemy Below

7.4/10 IMDB

The crew of the American destroyer escort, the USS Haynes, detects a German U-Boat—resulting in a prolonged, deadly battle of wits.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Curd Jürgens, David Hedison, Theodore Bikel, Russell Collins, Kurt Kreuger, Frank Albertson, Biff Elliot, Michael McHale, Clint Eastwood ..
Directed by: Dick Powell
Release date: 1957-12-25

The Spirit of St. Louis

7.1/10 IMDB

Charles 'Slim' Lindbergh struggles to finance and design an airplane that will make his New York to Paris flight the first solo trans-Atlantic crossing.

Starring: James Stewart, Murray Hamilton, Patricia Smith, Bartlett Robinson, Marc Connelly, Arthur Space, Charles Watts, Johnny Lee, Griff Barnett, Richard Deacon ..
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Release date: 1957-04-01

Forty Guns

7.0/10 IMDB

An authoritarian rancher rules an Arizona county with her private posse of hired guns. When a new Marshall arrives to set things straight, the cattle queen finds herself falling for the avowedly non-violent lawman. Both have itchy-fingered brothers, a female gunman enters the picture, and things go desperately wrong.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Barry Sullivan, Dean Jagger, John Ericson, Gene Barry, Robert Dix, Jidge Carroll, Paul Dubov, Gerald Milton, Hank Worden ..
Directed by: Samuel Fuller
Release date: 1957-09-10
Best Action Movies of 1957 : Men in War

Men in War

7.2/10 IMDB

In Korea, on 6 September 1950, Lieutenant Benson's platoon finds itself isolated in enemy-held territory after a retreat. Soon they are joined by Sergeant Montana, whose overriding concern is caring for his catatonic colonel. Benson and Montana can't stand each other, but together they must get the survivors to Hill 465, where they hope the division is waiting. It's a long, harrowing march, fraught with all the dangers the elusive enemy can summon.

Starring: Robert Ryan, Aldo Ray, Robert Keith, Phillip Pine, Nehemiah Persoff, Vic Morrow, James Edwards, L.Q. Jones, Scott Marlowe, Adam Kennedy ..
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Release date: 1957-06-07
Best Action Movies of 1957 : Hell Drivers

Hell Drivers

7.2/10 IMDB

An ex-con trying to go clean ends up working for a crooked trucking company swindling money.

Starring: Stanley Baker, Herbert Lom, Peggy Cummins, Patrick McGoohan, William Hartnell, Wilfrid Lawson, Sid James, Jill Ireland, Alfie Bass, Gordon Jackson ..
Directed by: Cy Endfield
Release date: 1957-07-23

Decision at Sundown

6.8/10 IMDB

Bart Allison arrives in Sundown after a three year search for Tate Kimbrough. Although it is Kimbrough's wedding day, Allison makes it clear he blames him for the death of his wife and is out to kill him. A shoot-out in the church puts the wedding on hold and Allison and his trail-buddy hole up in the livery stable. But the reasons for his actions become increasingly unclear, while the town starts to wonder about the grip Kimbrough has over them.

Starring: Randolph Scott, John Carroll, Karen Steele, Valerie French, Noah Beery Jr., John Archer, Andrew Duggan, James Westerfield, John Litel, Ray Teal ..
Directed by: Budd Boetticher
Release date: 1957-11-10

The Brothers Rico

6.8/10 IMDB

Eddie Rico, the erstwhile bookkeeper for a big Mafia boss, is now making a living as an honest merchant in Florida with his family. Things go sour when the police start a search for his syndicate-linked brothers who are on the lam after a big hit, forcing Eddie to get involved with the Mafia again.

Starring: Richard Conte, Dianne Foster, Kathryn Grant, Larry Gates, James Darren, Argentina Brunetti, Lamont Johnson, Harry Bellaver, Paul Picerni, Paul Dubov ..
Directed by: Phil Karlson
Release date: 1957-09-01

The Wings of Eagles

6.6/10 IMDB

The story of Frank W. "Spig" Wead - a Navy-flyer turned screenwriter.

Starring: John Wayne, Dan Dailey, Maureen O'Hara, Ward Bond, Ken Curtis, Edmund Lowe, Kenneth Tobey, James Todd, Barry Kelley, Sig Ruman ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1957-01-31
Best Action Movies of 1957 : Ill Met by Moonlight

Ill Met by Moonlight

6.5/10 IMDB

Led by British officers, partisans on Crete plan to kidnap the island's German commander and smuggle him to Cairo to embarrass the occupiers.

Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Marius Goring, David Oxley, Dimitri Andreas, Cyril Cusack, Laurence Payne, Wolfe Morris, Michael Gough, John Cairney, Paul Stassino ..
Directed by: Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell
Release date: 1957-01-31
Best Action Movies of 1957 : The River's Edge

The River's Edge

6.4/10 IMDB

A murderous thief on the run with stolen loot forces a poor rancher to guide him across the desert into Mexico. Accompanying them is the rancher's wife, who happens to be the killer's former girlfriend.

Starring: Ray Milland, Anthony Quinn, Debra Paget, Harry Carey, Jr., Chubby Johnson, Byron Foulger, Tom McKee, Frank Gerstle, Lee Morgan ..
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1957-04-11

The Guns of Fort Petticoat

6.2/10 IMDB

Opposing his commanding officer's decision to attack a group of innocent Indians and wipe them out, Lt. Frank Hewitt leaves his post and heads home to Texas. He knows that the attack will send all of the tribes on the warpath and he wants to forewarn everyone. He gets a chilly reception back home however. With most of the men away having enlisted in the Confederate army Frank, a Union officer, is seen by the local women as a traitor. He convinces them of the danger that lies ahead and trains them to repel the attack that will eventually come.

Starring: Audie Murphy, Kathryn Grant, Patricia Tiernan, Ray Teal, Jeanette Nolan, James Griffith, Hope Emerson, Jeff Donnell, Sean McClory, Nestor Paiva ..
Directed by: George Marshall
Release date: 1957-04-01

The True Story of Jesse James

6.2/10 IMDB

Having fought with the Confederacy during the Civil War, Jesse James and his brother Frank dream of a farm life in Missouri. Harassed by Union sympathizers, they assemble a gang of outlaws, robbing trains and becoming folk heroes in the process. Jesse marries his sweetheart, Zee, and maintains an aura of domesticity, but after a group of lawmen launch an attack on his mother's house, Jesse plans one more great raid -- on a Minnesota bank.

Starring: Robert Wagner, Jeffrey Hunter, Hope Lange, Agnes Moorehead, Alan Hale Jr., Alan Baxter, John Carradine, Rachel Stephens, Barney Phillips, Biff Elliot ..
Directed by: Nicholas Ray
Release date: 1957-03-22
Best Action Movies of 1957 : Fire Down Below

Fire Down Below

6.0/10 IMDB

Tony and Felix own a tramp boat, and sail around the Caribbean doing odd jobs and drinking a lot. They agree to ferry the beautiful but passportless Irena to another island. They both fall for her, leading to betrayal and a break-up of their partnership. Tony takes a job on a cargo ship. After a collision he finds himself trapped below deck with time running out (the ship is aflame), and only Felix, whom he hates and has sworn to kill, left to save him.

Starring: Rita Hayworth, Robert Mitchum, Jack Lemmon, Herbert Lom, Bernard Lee, Bonar Colleano, Edric Connor, Peter Illing, Joan Miller, Anthony Newley ..
Directed by: Robert Parrish
Release date: 1957-05-30

The Pride and the Passion

5.7/10 IMDB

During the Napoleonic Wars, when the French have occupied Spain, some Spanish guerrilla soldiers are going to move a big cannon across Spain in order to help the British defeat the French. A British officer is there to accompany the Spanish and along the way, he falls in love with the leader's girl.

Starring: Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Sophia Loren, Theodore Bikel, John Wengraf, Jay Novello, José Nieto, Carlos Larrañaga, Philip Van Zandt, Paco El Laberinto ..
Directed by: Stanley Kramer
Release date: 1957-07-10

Jet Pilot

5.6/10 IMDB

John Wayne stars as U.S. Air Force aviator Jim Shannon, who's tasked with escorting a Soviet pilot (Janet Leigh) claiming -- at the height of the Cold War -- that she wants to defect. After falling in love with and wedding the fetching flyer, Shannon learns from his superiors that she's a spy on a mission to extract military secrets. To save his new wife from prison and deportation, Shannon devises a risky plan in this 1957 drama.

Starring: John Wayne, Janet Leigh, Jay C. Flippen, Paul Fix, Richard Rober, Roland Winters, Hans Conried, Ivan Triesault, Joyce Compton, Denver Pyle ..
Directed by: Josef von Sternberg
Release date: 1957-10-11
Best Action Movies of 1957 : The Lonely Man

The Lonely Man

6.4/10 IMDB

Aging gunslinger Jacob Wade hopes to settle down with his estranged son, but his old enemies have other plans for him. Gunslinger Jacob Wade finds his long-abandoned son Riley, now a young man who hates his father but has nowhere else to go. Hoping to settle down, Jacob finds no town will have him. They end at Monolith, the ranch of Jacob's former girlfriend Ada, to whom he had no intention of returning. A mustang hunt finds Riley himself attracted to the shapely Ada...and Jacob having trouble with his eyesight. And his visions of a quiet life are doomed by the re-appearance of enemies from his past...

Starring: Jack Palance, Anthony Perkins, Neville Brand, Robert Middleton, Elisha Cook Jr., Claude Akins, Lee Van Cleef, Harry Shannon, James Bell, Adam Williams ..
Directed by: Henry Levin
Release date: 1957-06-21
Best Action Movies of 1957 : Hell Bound

Hell Bound

6.3/10 IMDB

After WW2, a Los Angeles crime ring uses a complex scheme, involving a freight ship, a junkie, and a corrupt health officer, to smuggle drugs into the USA.

Starring: John Russell, June Blair, Stuart Whitman, Margo Woode, George E. Mather, Stanley Adams, Frank Fenton, Gene O'Donnell, Virginia De Lee, Dehl Berti ..
Directed by: William J. Hole Jr.
Release date: 1957-10-01
Best Action Movies of 1957 : China Gate

China Gate

6.2/10 IMDB

Near the end of the French phase of the Vietnam War, a group of mercenaries are recruited to travel through enemy territory to the Chinese border.

Starring: Gene Barry, Angie Dickinson, Nat King Cole, Paul Dubov, Lee Van Cleef, George Givot, Gerald Milton, Neyle Morrow, Marcel Dalio, Maurice Marsac ..
Directed by: Samuel Fuller
Release date: 1957-05-22
Best Action Movies of 1957 : Gunsight Ridge

Gunsight Ridge

6.3/10 IMDB

An undercover agent takes the job of sheriff in order to find the men responsible for a series of stagecoach robberies.

Starring: Joel McCrea, Mark Stevens, Joan Weldon, Addison Richards, George Chandler, Slim Pickens, Dan Blocker, Darlene Fields, Carolyn Craig, Robert Griffin ..
Directed by: Francis D. Lyon
Release date: 1957-09-01
Best Action Movies of 1957 : Revolt at Fort Laramie

Revolt at Fort Laramie

5.6/10 IMDB

At the breaking of the Civil War the garrison of Fort Laramie splits between the sympathezers of the two different factions, but when the fort is attacked by the Sioux, they unite their forces to fight them.

Starring: John Dehner, Gregg Palmer, Frances Helm, Don Gordon, Robert Keys, William Phillips, Robert Knapp, Eddie Little Sky, Harry Dean Stanton, William Phillips ..
Directed by: Lesley Selander
Release date: 1957-03-01
Best Action Movies of 1957 : Black Patch

Black Patch

6.0/10 IMDB

A New Mexico Town Marshal, Clay Morgan, known as 'Black Patch' since he had lost an eye in the Civil War, takes his job seriously, especially after an old friend, Hank Danner, arrives in ...

Starring: George Montgomery, Diane Brewster, Tom Pittman, Leo Gordon, House Peters Jr., Jorge Treviño, Lynn Cartwright, Peter Brocco, Ted Jacques, Strother Martin ..
Directed by: Allen H. Miner
Release date: 1957-09-15
Best Action Movies of 1957 : Stopover Tokyo

Stopover Tokyo

5.6/10 IMDB

An American intelligence agent is sent to Tokyo to track down a Communist spy ring.

Starring: Robert Wagner, Joan Collins, Edmond O'Brien, Larry Keating, Ken Scott, Sarah Selby ..
Directed by: Richard L. Breen
Release date: 1957-11-28

Chicago Confidential

6.1/10 IMDB

In the Windy City, the mob infiltrates a powerful union.

Starring: Brian Keith, Beverly Garland, Douglas Kennedy, Paul Langton, Dick Foran, Elisha Cook Jr., Gavin Gordon, Beverly Tyler, Anthony George, Buddy Lewis ..
Directed by: Sidney Salkow
Release date: 1957-08-30
Best Action Movies of 1957 : Last Stagecoach West

Last Stagecoach West

5.9/10 IMDB

The coming of the railroad to Cedar City spells the end of the stagecoach as the government gives the mail contract to the fastest means of delivery. McCord loses the stagecoach line gambling with the new buyer, but has enough hidden money to buy a ranch and some cattle. To make more money, he starts a gang to rob the railroad, express offices and steal cattle. But the railroads send out special agent Cameron to end his reign of violence.

Starring: Jim Davis, Mary Castle, Victor Jory, Lee Van Cleef, Willis Bouchey, Grant Withers, Roy Barcroft, Glenn Strange, John Alderson, Francis McDonald ..
Directed by: Joseph Kane
Release date: 1957-07-16
Best Action Movies of 1957 : Ride Out for Revenge

Ride Out for Revenge

5.7/10 IMDB

When an Indian chief is murdered in a hateful town, a sympathizing ex marshal tries to stop the Indians from attacking for revenge.

Starring: Rory Calhoun, Gloria Grahame, Lloyd Bridges, Joanne Gilbert, Vince Edwards, Frank De Kova, Michael Winkelman, Richard Shannon, Cyril Delevanti, John Frederick ..
Directed by: Bernard Girard
Release date: 1957-10-31

Hidden Fear

5.5/10 IMDB

A U.S. lawman busts Copenhagen counterfeiters to help his sister, falsely accused of murder.

Starring: John Payne, Alexander Knox, Conrad Nagel, Natalie Norwick, Anne Neyland, Kjeld Jacobsen, Marianne Schleiss, Mogens Brandt, Knud Rex, Elsie Albiin ..
Directed by: André De Toth
Release date: 1957-07-01

Action of the Tiger

5.0/10 IMDB

A woman hires soldier-of-fortune Carson to smuggle her into Albania by way of Greece. Their trouble is just beginning when they get there.

Starring: Van Johnson, Martine Carol, Herbert Lom, Gustavo Rojo, José Nieto, Helen Haye, Anna Gerber, Anthony Dawson, Sean Connery, Yvonne Romain ..
Directed by: Terence Young
Release date: 1957-08-22
Best Action Movies of 1957 : The Dalton Girls

The Dalton Girls

5.5/10 IMDB

Female relatives of the infamous Dalton gang carry on the family tradition.

Starring: Merry Anders, Lisa Davis, Penny Edwards, Sue George, John Russell, Ed Hinton, Glenn Dixon, Johnny Western, Malcolm Atterbury, Al Wyatt Sr. ..
Directed by: Reginald Le Borg
Release date: 1957-12-01
Best Action Movies of 1957 : Jungle Heat

Jungle Heat

5.3/10 IMDB

Japanese communists attempt to take over Hawaii and only Dr. Jim Ransom can stop them.

Starring: Lex Barker, Mari Blanchard, James Westerfield, Glenn Langan ..
Directed by: Howard W. Koch
Release date: 1957-07-22
Best Action Movies of 1957 : Hell Ship Mutiny

Hell Ship Mutiny

4.9/10 IMDB

A ship's captain in the South Seas battles a villainous pearl trader who uses island natives as slaves for his business.

Starring: Jon Hall, John Carradine, Peter Lorre, Roberta Haynes, Mike Mazurki, Stanley Adams, Charles Mauu, Danny Richards Jr., Felix Locher, Peter Coe ..
Directed by: Elmo Williams, Lee Sholem
Release date: 1957-12-06
Best Action Movies of 1957 : The Devil's Hairpin

The Devil's Hairpin

6.0/10 IMDB

Cocky car racer Nick Jargin has retired since he nearly caused the death of his brother at a hairpin bend on a circuit. He now holds a trendy café who keeps him busy full time until one day, Tony Boari, a new champion racer, challenges him.

Starring: Cornel Wilde, Jean Wallace, Arthur Franz, Mary Astor, Paul Fix, Larry Pennell, Jack Kosslyn ..
Directed by: Cornel Wilde
Release date: 1957-10-04
Best Action Movies of 1957 : Dragstrip Girl

Dragstrip Girl

5.6/10 IMDB

Girl loves hot cars and a rich dragstrip racer. Her parents don't like either one.

Starring: Fay Spain, Steven Terrell, Tommy Ivo, Frank Gorshin, John Ashley, Judy Bamber, Russ Bender, Grazia Narciso, Tito Vuolo, Dorothy Bruce ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1957-04-24

Hold That Hypnotist

5.4/10 IMDB

When one of the Boys agrees to be hypnotized, he discovers he led a past life in the 1600s as a British tax collector.

Starring: Huntz Hall, Stanley Clements, Jane Nigh, Robert Foulk, James Flavin, Queenie Smith, David Gorcey ..
Directed by: Austen Jewell
Release date: 1957-02-24

Man in the Shadow

6.8/10 IMDB

In effect, modern cow town Spurline is run by Virgil Renchler, owner of the Golden Empire Ranch. One night, two of Virgil's henchmen go a little too far and beat a "bracero" ranch hand to death. Faced with an obvious cover-up and opposition on every hand, sheriff Ben Sadler is goaded into investigating. His unlikely ally: Renchler's lovely, self-willed and overprotected daughter. Will Ben survive Renchler's wrath?

Starring: Orson Welles, Jeff Chandler, Colleen Miller, James Gleason, Paul Fix, Ben Alexander, Barbara Lawrence, John Larch, Royal Dano, Leo Gordon ..
Directed by: Jack Arnold
Release date: 1957-12-12

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