Best Action Movies of 1959

1.

Operation Petticoat

5.3
7.3/10 IMDB

A World War II submarine commander finds himself stuck with a decrepit sub, a con-man executive officer, and a group of army nurses.

Starring: Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Joan O'Brien, Dina Merrill, Gene Evans, Dick Sargent, Virginia Gregg, Robert F. Simon, Robert Gist, Gavin MacLeod ..
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Release date: 1959-12-05
2.

Last Train from Gun Hill

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

A marshal tries to bring the son of an old friend, an autocratic cattle baron, to justice for the rape and murder of his wife.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Earl Holliman, Carolyn Jones, Brad Dexter, Brian G. Hutton, Ziva Rodann, Bing Russell, Val Avery, Walter Sande ..
Directed by: John Sturges
Release date: 1959-07-29
3.

Our Man in Havana

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Is a light hearted and satirical tale of political espionage and intrigue in pre-Castro Cuba.

Starring: Alec Guinness, Burl Ives, Maureen O'Hara, Ernie Kovacs, Noël Coward, Ralph Richardson, Jo Morrow, Grégoire Aslan, Paul Rogers, Raymond Huntley ..
Directed by: Carol Reed
Release date: 1959-12-30
Best Action Movies of 1959 : No Name on the Bullet
4.

No Name on the Bullet

3.6
7.3/10 IMDB

Cool, cultured John Gant rides into Lordsburg. Gant is a professional killer, and although no one knows who he is there to kill, they are all worried. Everyone has enemies, and maybe Gant is in town for them. While they wait for him to make his move, paranoia starts taking over... Written by Ken Yousten John Gant, hired assassin rides into town. No one is sure of the identity of his intended victim. Townsfolk have shady pasts that make each one believe that John Gant is there to kill them. While each townsperson is falling apart from guilt, Gant is waiting in the hotel but is still given the blame for the shootings and the suicide of the Banker. Written by Carol Johnson

Starring: Audie Murphy, Charles Drake, Joan Evans, Virginia Grey, Warren Stevens, R. G. Armstrong, Willis Bouchey, Edgar Stehli, Simon Scott, Karl Swenson ..
Directed by: Jack Arnold
Release date: 1959-02-01
5.

Ride Lonesome

3.6
7.2/10 IMDB

A wanted murderer, Billy John, is captured by Ben Brigade, a bounty hunter, who intends to take him to Santa Cruz to be hanged. Brigade stops at a staging post, where he saves the manager's wife from an Indian attack, and enlists the help of two outlaws to continue his journey more safely.

Starring: Randolph Scott, Karen Steele, Pernell Roberts, James Best, Lee Van Cleef, James Coburn, Bennie E. Dobbins, Roy Jenson, Dyke Johnson, Boyd 'Red' Morgan ..
Directed by: Budd Boetticher
Release date: 1959-02-15
Best Action Movies of 1959 : The Hunchback of Paris
6.

The Hunchback of Paris

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Duke Philippe de Nevers is an influential and popular man who is married to a beautiful wife called Aurore. His rival Philippe de Gonzague hates him enough to organise an attempt on him. The Duke is accompagnied by Henri de Lagardère when de Gonzague's henchmen altogether attack him. Lagardère cannot save his friend because the both of them are hopelessly outnumbered. He has to escape in order to save the Duke's daughter and swears revenge. Together with his old buddy Passepoil he raises the little girl in Spain. At the same time he returns frequently to France where he detects confronts his friend's murderers and puts them to the sword one by one until only their former leader is left. Finally he discovers that Philippe de Gonzague is the man for whom he is looking.

Starring: Jean Marais, Bourvil, Sabine Sesselmann, François Chaumette, Jean Le Poulain, Hubert Noël, Paulette Dubost, Edmond Beauchamp, Alexandre Rignault, Paul Cambo ..
Directed by: André Hunebelle
Release date: 1959-11-26
7.

Pork Chop Hill

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

American GI's must retake a barren hill in Korea that has been overrun by Red Chinese troops. The ensuing battle becomes a meat grinder for American and Chinese alike.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Harry Guardino, Rip Torn, George Peppard, James Edwards, Bob Steele, Carl Benton Reid, Woody Strode, George Shibata, Norman Fell ..
Directed by: Lewis Milestone
Release date: 1959-05-29
8.

Al Capone

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

In this unusually accurate biography, small-time hood Al Capone comes to Chicago at the dawn of Prohibition to be the bodyguard of racketeer Johnny Torrio. Capone's rise in Chicago gangdom is followed through murder, extortion, and political fraud. He becomes head of Chicago's biggest "business," but moves inexorably toward his downfall and ignominious end.

Starring: Rod Steiger, Fay Spain, James Gregory, Martin Balsam, Nehemiah Persoff, Murvyn Vye, Robert Gist, Lewis Charles, Joe De Santis ..
Directed by: Richard Wilson
Release date: 1959-01-01
9.

Alias Jesse James

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

Insurance salesman Milford Farnsworth sells a man a life policy only to discover that the man in question is the outlaw Jesse James. Milford is sent to buy back the policy, but is robbed by Jesse. And when Jesse learns that Milford's boss is on the way out with more cash, he plans to rob him too and have Milford get killed in the robbery while dressed as Jesse, and collect on the policy.

Starring: Bob Hope, Rhonda Fleming, Will Wright, Wendell Corey, James Arness, Bing Crosby, Gary Cooper, Gloria Talbott, Scatman Crothers, Ward Bond ..
Directed by: Norman Z. McLeod
Release date: 1959-03-20
Best Action Movies of 1959 : The 39 Steps
10.

The 39 Steps

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

Remake of the original Alfred Hitchcock movie with a more light-hearted tone and Kenneth More as the lead character.

Starring: Kenneth More, Taina Elg, James Hayter, Barry Jones, Barbara Steele, Brenda De Banzie, Faith Brook, Joan Hickson, Sid James, Leslie Dwyer ..
Directed by: Ralph Thomas
Release date: 1959-03-13

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