Best Action Movies of 1959

1.

Ben-Hur

6.5
8.1/10 IMDB

In 25 AD,Judah Ben-Hur, a Jew in ancient Judea, opposes the occupying Roman empire. Falsely accused by a Roman childhood friend-turned-overlord of trying to kill the Roman governor, he is put into slavery and his mother and sister are taken away as prisoners. Three years later and freed by a grateful Roman galley commander whom he has rescued from drowning, he becomes an expert charioteer for Rome, all the while plotting to return to Judea, find and rescue his family, and avenge himself on his former friend. All the while, the form and work of Jesus move in the background of his life...

Starring: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Stephen Boyd, Hugh Griffith, Martha Scott, Cathy O'Donnell, Frank Thring, Sam Jaffe, Ady Berber ..
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1959-11-18
2.

Operation Petticoat

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

A World War II submarine commander finds himself stuck with a damaged 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
3.

Last Train from Gun Hill

4.5
7.3/10 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
4.

No Name on the Bullet

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

When hired killer John Gant rides into Lordsburg, the town's folk become paranoid as each leading citizen has enemies capable of using the services of a professional killer for personal revenge.

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.

Al Capone

3.7
6.7/10 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, Sandy Kenyon ..
Directed by: Richard Wilson
Release date: 1959-03-25
Best Action Movies of 1959 : Shake Hands with the Devil
6.

Shake Hands with the Devil

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

In 1921 Dublin, the IRA battles the "Black & Tans," special British forces given to harsh measures. Irish-American medical student Kerry O'Shea hopes to stay aloof, but saving a wounded friend gets him outlawed, and inexorably drawn into the rebel organization...under his former professor Sean Lenihan, who has "shaken hands with the devil" and begun to think of fighting as an end in itself. Complications arise when Kerry falls for a beautiful English hostage, and the British offer a peace treaty that is not enough to satisfy Lenihan.

Starring: James Cagney, Don Murray, Dana Wynter, Glynis Johns, Michael Redgrave, Sybil Thorndike, Cyril Cusack, Marianne Benet, John Breslin, Harry Brogan ..
Directed by: Michael Anderson
Release date: 1959-06-24
7.

Ride Lonesome

3.6
7.1/10 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
8.

Pork Chop Hill

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Korean War, April 1953. Lieutenant Clemons, leader of the King company of the United States Infantry, is ordered to recapture Pork Chop Hill, occupied by a powerful Chinese Army force, while, just seventy miles away, at nearby the village of Panmunjom, a tense cease-fire conference is celebrated.

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
9.

The Wreck of the Mary Deare

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

A disgraced merchant marine officer elects to stay aboard his sinking cargo ship in order to prove the vessel was deliberately scuttled and, as a result, vindicate his good name.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Charlton Heston, Michael Redgrave, Virginia McKenna, Richard Harris, Emlyn Williams, Alexander Knox, Cecil Parker, Ben Wright, Peter Illing ..
Directed by: Michael Anderson
Release date: 1959-11-17
10.

John Paul Jones

3.4
6.3/10 IMDB

The bio-epic about the infamous John Paul Jones.

Starring: Robert Stack, Marisa Pavan, Charles Coburn, Erin O'Brien, Bette Davis, Macdonald Carey, Jean-Pierre Aumont, David Farrar, Peter Cushing, Susana Canales ..
Directed by: John Farrow
Release date: 1959-06-16
Best Action Movies of 1959 : The 39 Steps
11.

The 39 Steps

3.3
6.5/10 IMDB

In London, a diplomat accidentally becomes involved in the death of a British agent who's after a spy ring that covets British military secrets.

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
12.

Up Periscope

3.3
6.4/10 IMDB

Lieutenant Braden discovers that Sally, the woman he's been falling in love with, has actually been checking out his qualifications to be a U.S. Navy frogman. He must put his personal life behind him after being assigned to be smuggled into a Japanese-held island via submarine to photograph radio codes.

Starring: James Garner, Edmond O'Brien, Andra Martin, Alan Hale Jr., Edd Byrnes, Clifford Kawada, Carleton Carpenter, Richard Bakalyan, William Leslie, Frank Gifford ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1959-03-04
13.

The Stranglers of Bombay

3.3
6.2/10 IMDB

In 1826 British-ruled India, the secret Cult of Thugee demonstrates their worship of their goddess, Kali, by the mutilation and mass murder of thousands of Indians while pirating the shipments of the British East-Indian Tea Company. As the British military leaders play down the implications of the piracy and disappearances, a lone captain realizes that they are not just coincidence and sets out to uncover the source of the deviltry, at the risk of his career. Based on history.

Starring: Guy Rolfe, Allan Cuthbertson, Andrew Cruickshank, George Pastell, Marne Maitland, Jan Holden, Paul Stassino, Marie Devereux, John Harvey, Roger Delgado ..
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Release date: 1959-12-04
14.

Alias Jesse James

3.3
6.4/10 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
15.

Never So Few

3.0
5.9/10 IMDB

A U.S. military troop takes command of a band of Burmese guerillas during World War II.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Gina Lollobrigida, Charles Bronson, Steve McQueen, Peter Lawford, Paul Henreid, Brian Donlevy, Kipp Hamilton, Dean Jones, Robert Bray ..
Directed by: John Sturges
Release date: 1959-12-07
Best Action Movies of 1959 : La última lucha
16.

La última lucha

2.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Slice-of-life melodrama: backstage at the wrestling arena.

Starring: Wolf Ruvinskis, Carlos Baena, Martha Mijares, Rosa Carmina, Fernando Fernández, Guillermo Hernández, Cavernario Galindo, Roberto Ramírez Garza, Luis Aragón, Juan José Martínez Casado ..
Directed by: Julián Soler
Release date: 1959-11-12
Best Action Movies of 1959 : The Hangman
17.

The Hangman

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

A marshal nicknamed "The Hangman" because of his track record in hunting down and capturing wanted criminals traces a robbery suspect to a small town. However, the man is known and liked in the town, and the citizens band together to try to help him avoid capture.

Starring: Robert Taylor, Tina Louise, Fess Parker, Jack Lord, Gene Evans, Mickey Shaughnessy, Mabel Albertson, Shirley Harmer, James Westerfield, Lorne Greene ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1959-06-17
Best Action Movies of 1959 : Ten Seconds to Hell
18.

Ten Seconds to Hell

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

Two rivals (Jeff Chandler, Jack Palance) from a German bomb squad are left to deactivate duds in postwar Berlin.

Starring: Jack Palance, Jeff Chandler, Martine Carol, Robert Cornthwaite, Dave Willock, Wesley Addy, James Goodwin, Virginia Baker, Richard Wattis, Nancy Lee ..
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Release date: 1959-06-16
Best Action Movies of 1959 : The Siege of Pinchgut
19.

The Siege of Pinchgut

2.7
6.2/10 IMDB

An escaped prisoner is trying to clear his name.

Starring: Aldo Ray, Heather Sears, Neil McCallum, Victor Maddern, Carlo Giustini, Alan Tilvern, Barbara Mullen, Gerry Duggan, Kenneth J. Warren, Grant Taylor ..
Directed by: Harry Watt
Release date: 1959-08-01
20.

Thunder in the Sun

2.7
5.5/10 IMDB

A band of Basque immigrants treks through the Old West toward California, where they hope to put down roots and open wineries. When the group's leader (Carl Esmond) dies, his widow Gabrielle (Susan Hayward) marries his brother (Jacques Bergerac) in accordance with Basque tradition. But it's a loveless union; Gabrielle is smitten with Lon Bennett (Jeff Chandler), the scout who's been hired to guide them on their journey. [netflix]

Starring: Susan Hayward, Jeff Chandler, Jacques Bergerac, Carl Esmond, Blanche Yurka, Fortunio Bonanova, Bertrand Castelli, Felix Locher, Albert Carrier, Michèle Marly ..
Directed by: Russell Rouse
Release date: 1959-04-08
Best Action Movies of 1959 : Ferry to Hong Kong
21.

Ferry to Hong Kong

2.6
5.5/10 IMDB

Mark Conrad, a habitual drunk and troublemaker with a shady past, is expelled by Hong Kong police after one too many bar fights. He's sent to Macao on the Fa Tsan, a ferry owned by Captain Hart. Conrad's papers are out of order and Macao refuses him entry. Unable to go ashore, Conrad is a permanent passenger on the ferry with Hart, who detests him. It's all one long, lazy voyage for Conrad until one fateful trip when an encounter with a typhoon and pirates forces Conrad to choose between an aimless drifter's life and becoming a man again.

Starring: Curd Jürgens, Orson Welles, Sylvia Syms, Jeremy Spenser, Noel Purcell, Margaret Withers, Roy Chiao, Milton Reid ..
Directed by: Lewis Gilbert
Release date: 1959-10-29
Best Action Movies of 1959 : Escort West
22.

Escort West

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

Seeking a new place to call home, former Confederate soldier Ben Lassiter (Victor Mature) and his daughter meet Beth (Elaine Stewart), whose fiancé is a Union soldier. Lassiter falls for Beth, and when Indians attack, they head to a cavalry camp where Lassiter must battle the Indians as well as Beth's fiancé.

Starring: Victor Mature, Elaine Stewart, Faith Domergue, Reba Waters, Noah Beery Jr., Leo Gordon, Harry Carey, Jr., Slim Pickens, Rex Ingram, John Hubbard ..
Directed by: Francis D. Lyon
Release date: 1959-01-23
Best Action Movies of 1959 : Vice Raid
23.

Vice Raid

2.6
5.5/10 IMDB

A prostitute sets out to frame a cop.

Starring: Mamie Van Doren, Richard Coogan, Brad Dexter, Barry Atwater, Carol Nugent, Frank Gerstle, Chris Alcaide, James Sullivan, Jack Kenney, George Cisar ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1959-12-01
Best Action Movies of 1959 : The Young Land
24.

The Young Land

2.5
5.4/10 IMDB

An American gunslinger kills a Mexican man in California immediately after the Mexican-American war. The killer is arrested and put on trial for murder with the Hispanic population waiting to learn of American justice.

Starring: Patrick Wayne, Yvonne Craig, Dennis Hopper, Dan O'Herlihy, Roberto De La Madrid, Cliff Ketchum, Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez, Ken Curtis, Cliff Lyons, Carlos Romero ..
Directed by: Ted Tetzlaff
Release date: 1959-05-01
Best Action Movies of 1959 : The Jayhawkers!
25.

The Jayhawkers!

2.5
6.3/10 IMDB

Before the U.S. Civil War rebel leader Luke Darcy sees himself as leader of a new independent Republic of Kansas but the military governor sends an ex-raider to capture Darcy.

Starring: Jeff Chandler, Fess Parker, Nicole Maurey, Henry Silva, Herbert Rudley, Frank De Kova, Don Megowan, Shari Lee Bernath, Jimmy Carter, Leo Gordon ..
Directed by: Melvin Frank, Daniel McCauley
Release date: 1959-10-15
26.

The Gunfight at Dodge City

2.5
6.2/10 IMDB

Fleeing to Dodge City after killing a man in self defence Masterson finds his brother Ed (Harry Lauter) running for sheriff of the town. When Ed is killed by hired guns of the corrupt incumbent Bat is determined to settle the score with violence but he is convinced by the townspeople that the best way to avenge his brother's death is by taking Ed's place on the ballot. Bat agrees and wins the election but his new role on the right side of the law will lead him to unexpected confrontations as he finds himself torn between his loyalties to his friends and his duties as sheriff.

Starring: Joel McCrea, Julie Adams, John McIntire, Richard Anderson, Nancy Gates, James Westerfield, Walter Coy, Don Haggerty, Wright King, Harry Lauter ..
Directed by: Joseph M. Newman
Release date: 1959-05-01
Best Action Movies of 1959 : Cry Tough
27.

Cry Tough

2.5
5.9/10 IMDB

After getting out of prison, a Latino criminal tries to go straight.

Starring: John Saxon, Linda Cristal, Joseph Calleia, Harry Townes, Don Gordon, Perry Lopez, Frank Puglia, Penny Santon, Joe De Santis, BarBara Luna ..
Directed by: Paul Stanley
Release date: 1959-08-01
28.

Good Day for a Hanging

2.4
6.3/10 IMDB

As a youth, Eddie came into the town with his gang to rob the bank, but was caught and convicted. Marshal Ben helped him to become a honorable citizen. Now, many years later, the gang returns to again rob the bank. On their flight they shoot the Marshal. Eddie is the only one to identify the murderer - but is in doubt if he shall be loyal to his new or his old friends.

Starring: Fred MacMurray, Margaret Hayes, Robert Vaughn, Joan Blackman, James Drury, Wendell Holmes, Edmon Ryan, Stacy Harris, Kathryn Card, Emile Meyer ..
Directed by: Nathan H. Juran
Release date: 1959-01-01
29.

Gigantis the Fire Monster

2.4
4.4/10 IMDB

The altered American release of Godzilla Raids Again. Originally meant to be known as the The Volcano Monsters, the film was eventually released as "Gigantis."

Starring: Hiroshi Koizumi, Setsuko Wakayama, Minoru Chiaki, Takashi Shimura, Keye Luke, Marvin Miller, Paul Frees, George Takei, Takashi Shimura, Masao Shimizu ..
Directed by: Motoyoshi Oda, Hugo Grimaldi
Release date: 1959-05-21
30.

Face of a Fugitive

2.4
6.6/10 IMDB

A man who was falsly accused for murder escapes the sheriffs and starts a new life in a town at the border of the States to Mexico. But he cannot settle in peace as his chasers are trying to find him.

Starring: Fred MacMurray, Lin McCarthy, Dorothy Green, Alan Baxter, Myrna Fahey, James Coburn, Gina Gillespie, Paul E. Burns, Ron Hayes, Francis De Sales ..
Directed by: Paul Wendkos
Release date: 1959-05-01
Best Action Movies of 1959 : T-Bird Gang
31.

T-Bird Gang

2.1
4.5/10 IMDB

A high school boy, out to find his father's killer, joins up with a gang of juvenile delinquents.

Starring: John Brinkley, Ed Nelson, Tony Miller, Coleman Francis, Vic Tayback, Nola Thorp, Beach Dickerson ..
Directed by: Richard Harbinger
Release date: 1959-10-16
Best Action Movies of 1959 : Gangster Story
32.

Gangster Story

2.1
4.7/10 IMDB

Gangster and cop killer Jack Martin is on the run from the law, and hides out in a small town. Low on funds, he engineers a clever bank robbery that yields him a big bundle. Now he has not only the cops and the FBI after him, but also the local crime boss, who's outraged that an outsider can pull off a heist like that in his territory and not cut him in on it.

Starring: Walter Matthau, Carol Grace, Bruce MacFarlane, Garry Walberg, Raikin Ben-Ari, David Leonard, John Albright, Clegg Hoyt, Leonard Bremen, Vic Tayback ..
Directed by: Walter Matthau
Release date: 1959-12-01
Best Action Movies of 1959 : Pier 5, Havana
33.

Pier 5, Havana

2.1
5.3/10 IMDB

A Yank comes to Havana in search of an old friend who disappeared during the Cuban Revolution, and discovers a group of Batista sympathizers plotting to overturn Castro.

Starring: Cameron Mitchell, Allison Hayes, Eduardo Noriega, Michael Granger, Logan Field ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1959-10-09
34.

Tarzan, The Ape Man

1.8
3.7/10 IMDB

Starring: Denny Miller, Joanna Barnes, Cesare Danova, Robert Douglas, Leon Anderson, Thomas Yangha ..
Directed by: Joseph M. Newman
Release date: 1959-10-01
Best Action Movies of 1959 : Surrender - Hell!
35.

Surrender - Hell!

1.4
5.8/10 IMDB

Director John Barnwell's 1959 WWII drama stars Keith Andes as an American soldier in the Philippines who trains a village of headhunters to fight the Japanese. Also in the cast are Susan Cabot and Paraluman.

Starring: Keith Andes, Susan Cabot, Paraluman, Nestor de Villa ..
Directed by: John Barnwell
Release date: 1959-07-26
Best Action Movies of 1959 : The Bandit Of Zhobe
36.

The Bandit Of Zhobe

1.2
5.2/10 IMDB

British soldiers in India must contend with an outlaw bandit.

Starring: Victor Mature, Anne Aubrey, Anthony Newley, Dermot Walsh, Norman Wooland, Walter Gotell, Paul Stassino ..
Directed by: John Gilling
Release date: 1959-04-01
37.

Roadracers

1.2
5.2/10 IMDB

The father of a race car driver blames him for a death on the track, disowns him, and sponsors a rival racer.

Starring: Joel Lawrence, Marian Collier, Skip Ward, Sally Fraser, Mason Alan Dinehart ..
Directed by: Arthur Swerdloff
Release date: 1959-03-01
38.

The Time Monsters

1.0
3.8/10 IMDB

Scientist discover a way to view the past.

Directed by: Donald F. Glut
Release date: 1959-07-20
Best Action Movies of 1959 : Masque of the Red Death
39.

Masque of the Red Death

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Two children fight with wooden blades while standing beneath a pendulum.

Directed by: Roger Watkins
Release date: 1959-01-01
Best Action Movies of 1959 : King of the Wild Stallions
40.

King of the Wild Stallions

0.0
5.9/10 IMDB

A wild stallion provides unexpected help to a widow and her young son in their efforts to keep their ranch.

Starring: George Montgomery, Diane Brewster, Edgar Buchanan, Emile Meyer, Jerry Hartleben, Byron Foulger, Denver Pyle, Dan Sheridan, Rory Mallinson, Fred Sherman ..
Directed by: R.G. Springsteen
Release date: 1959-05-17

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