Best Action Movies of 1960

1.

Spartacus

6.3
7.9/10 IMDB

The rebellious Thracian Spartacus, born and raised a slave, is sold to Gladiator trainer Batiatus. After weeks of being trained to kill for the arena, Spartacus turns on his owners and leads the other slaves in rebellion. As the rebels move from town to town, their numbers swell as escaped slaves join their ranks. Under the leadership of Spartacus, they make their way to southern Italy, where they will cross the sea and return to their homes.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, John Gavin, Nina Foch, John Ireland, Herbert Lom, John Dall ..
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Mann
Release date: 1960-10-13
2.

The Magnificent Seven

6.3
7.7/10 IMDB

An oppressed Mexican peasant village hires seven gunfighters to help defend their homes.

Starring: Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, James Coburn, Horst Buchholz, Jorge Martínez de Hoyos, Vladimir Sokoloff ..
Directed by: John Sturges
Release date: 1960-04-14
3.

Exodus

4.3
6.7/10 IMDB

Based on Leon Uris' novel, this historical epic provides a dramatic backstory to the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, in the aftermath of World War II. Ari Ben Canaan (Paul Newman), a passionate member of the Jewish paramilitary group Haganah, attempts to transport 600 Jewish refugees on a dangerous voyage from Cyprus to Palestine on a ship named the Exodus. He faces obstruction from British forces, who will not grant the ship passage to its destination.

Starring: Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Lee J. Cobb, Ralph Richardson, Peter Lawford, Sal Mineo, John Derek, Hugh Griffith, Gregory Ratoff, Felix Aylmer ..
Directed by: Otto Preminger
Release date: 1960-03-27
4.

Our Man in Havana

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Expatriate Englishman Jim Wormold lives in pre-revolutionary Havana with his teenage daughter. Owning a poorly-performing business, he accepts an offer from the British Secret Service to recruit a network of agents in Cuba. Wormold hasn't got a clue where to start, so he decides to manufacture a list of agents and provide fictional tales for his masters in London, and is soon known as the best agent in the Western Hemisphere. However, it all unravels when the local police decode his cables and start rounding up his 'network' and he learns that he's the target of a group out to kill him.

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: 1960-01-27
5.

Sink the Bismarck!

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

The story of the breakout of the German battleship Bismarck—accompanied by the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen—during the early days of World War II. The Bismarck and her sister ship, Tirpitz, were the most powerful battleships in the European theater of World War II. The British Navy must find and destroy Bismarck before it can escape into the convoy lanes to inflict severe damage on the cargo shipping which was the lifeblood of the British Isles. With eight 15 inch guns, it was capable of destroying every ship in a convoy while remaining beyond the range of all Royal Navy warships.

Starring: Kenneth More, Dana Wynter, Carl Möhner, Laurence Naismith, Geoffrey Keen, Karl Stepanek, Michael Hordern, Maurice Denham, Michael Goodliffe, Esmond Knight ..
Directed by: Lewis Gilbert
Release date: 1960-02-11
6.

Comanche Station

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

A man saves a woman who had been kidnapped by Comanches, then struggles to get both of them home alive.

Starring: Randolph Scott, Nancy Gates, Claude Akins, Skip Homeier, Richard Rust, Rand Brooks, Dyke Johnson, Foster Hood, Joe Molina ..
Directed by: Budd Boetticher
Release date: 1960-03-01
Best Action Movies of 1960 : Two Way Stretch
7.

Two Way Stretch

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Three criminals plan to break out of prison the day before their release in order to carry out a daring jewel robbery, intending to establish the perfect alibi by returning to jail afterwards. First however they must get out, a task made more difficult by a new, stricter prison officer.

Starring: Peter Sellers, Maurice Denham, Lionel Jeffries, David Lodge, Bernard Cribbins, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Irene Handl, George Woodbridge, Liz Fraser, John Harvey ..
Directed by: Robert Day
Release date: 1960-12-20
8.

Seven Thieves

3.5
6.5/10 IMDB

A discredited professor and a sophisticated thief decide to join together and pick a team to pull off one last job--the casino vault in Monte Carlo.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Rod Steiger, Joan Collins, Eli Wallach, Alexander Scourby, Michael Dante, Berry Kroeger, Sebastian Cabot, Marcel Hillaire, John Beradino ..
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1960-03-11
9.

Flaming Star

3.5
6.4/10 IMDB

Sam Burton's second wife is a Kiowa, and their son is therefore born mixed-race. When a struggle starts between the whites and the native Kiowas, the Burton family is split between loyalties.

Starring: Elvis Presley, Steve Forrest, Barbara Eden, Dolores del Río, Rodolfo Acosta, Karl Swenson, Ford Rainey, John McIntire, Richard Jaeckel ..
Directed by: Don Siegel
Release date: 1960-12-20
10.

The Last Voyage

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

The S. S. Claridon is scheduled for her five last voyages after thirty-eight years of service. After an explosion in the boiler room, Captain Robert Adams is reluctant to evacuate the steamship. While the crew fights to hold a bulkhead between the flooded boiler room and the engine room and avoid the sinking of the vessel, the passenger Cliff Henderson struggles against time trying to save his beloved wife Laurie Henderson, who is trapped under a steel beam in her cabin, with the support of the crew member Hank Lawson.

Starring: Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, George Sanders, Edmond O'Brien, Woody Strode, Jack Kruschen, Joel Marston, George Furness, Richard Norris, Marshall Kent ..
Directed by: Andrew L. Stone
Release date: 1960-02-19
11.

Murder, Inc.

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

Chronicles the rise and fall of the organised crime syndicate known as Murder, Incorporated, focusing on powerful boss Lepke and violent hit man Reles.

Starring: Stuart Whitman, May Britt, Peter Falk, Henry Morgan, David J. Stewart, Simon Oakland, Sarah Vaughan, Morey Amsterdam, Eli Mintz, Joseph Bernard ..
Directed by: Burt Balaban, Stuart Rosenberg
Release date: 1960-06-28
Best Action Movies of 1960 : The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond
12.

The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond

3.4
6.8/10 IMDB

Jack Diamond and his sickly brother arrive in prohibition New York as jewelry thieves. After a spell in jail, the coldly ambitious Diamond hits on the idea of stealing from thieves himself and sets about getting close to gangster boss Arnold Rothstein to move in on his booze, girls, gambling, and drugs operations.

Starring: Ray Danton, Karen Steele, Elaine Stewart, Jesse White, Simon Oakland, Robert Lowery, Judson Pratt, Warren Oates, Frank De Kova, Gordon Jones ..
Directed by: Budd Boetticher
Release date: 1960-02-03
Best Action Movies of 1960 : Kidnapped
13.

Kidnapped

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

Kidnapped and cheated out of his inheritance, young David Balfour falls in with a Jacobite adventurer, Alan Breck Stewart. Falsely accused of murder, they must flee across the Highlands, evading the redcoats.

Starring: Peter Finch, James MacArthur, Bernard Lee, John Laurie, Niall MacGinnis, Finlay Currie, Miles Malleson, Duncan Macrae, Andrew Cruickshank, Peter O'Toole ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1960-01-01
14.

Heller in Pink Tights

3.1
5.9/10 IMDB

Nineteenth century Wyoming: the wild West. Mild-mannered Tom Healy has a two-wagon theater troupe hounded by creditors because Angela, his leading lady and the object of his affection, constantly buys clothes. In Cheyenne, they meet with applause, so they hope to stay awhile: the theater owner likes Angela, and she keeps him on a string. She's also the object of the attentions of Mabry, a gunslinger who's owed money by the richest man in Bonanza.

Starring: Sophia Loren, Anthony Quinn, Margaret O'Brien, Steve Forrest, Eileen Heckart, Ramon Novarro, Edmund Lowe, George Mathews, Edward Binns, Warren Wade ..
Directed by: George Cukor
Release date: 1960-03-01
15.

Sword of Sherwood Forest

3.1
5.7/10 IMDB

Robin of Loxley and his men stumble on a plot to overthrow Hubert Walter, King's Chancellor and Archbishop of Canterbury. The plotters, the Sheriff of Nottingham and the Earl of Newark, have set an ambush for Walter and Lady Marian Fitzwater. Will Robin get to them before it is too late?

Starring: Richard Greene, Sarah Branch, Peter Cushing, Richard Pasco, Nigel Green, Niall MacGinnis, Jack Gwillim, Oliver Reed, Edwin Richfield, Vanda Godsell ..
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Release date: 1960-12-26
Best Action Movies of 1960 : All the Young Men
16.

All the Young Men

2.9
6.2/10 IMDB

During the Korean War, the lieutenant in charge of a Marine rifle platoon is killed in battle. Before he dies, he places the platoon's sergeant, who's black, in charge. The sergeant figures on having trouble with two men in his platoon: a private who has much more combat experience than he does, and a racist Southerner who doesn't like blacks in the first place and has no intention of taking orders from one.

Starring: Alan Ladd, Sidney Poitier, Glenn Corbett, James Darren, Lee Kinsolving, Richard Davalos, Joseph Gallison, Paul Baxley, Ana María Lynch, Paul Richards ..
Directed by: Hall Bartlett
Release date: 1960-08-26
17.

Oklahoma Territory

2.8
5.8/10 IMDB

Temple Houston (Sam Houston's son) who is the DA with a sense of Justice. He is located in Fort Smith, Ark and works with Judge Parker in 1872. His area includes the Oklahoma Territory which was the Indian territory at that time. Chief Buffalo Horn who is falsely accused of murder.

Starring: Bill Williams, Gloria Talbott, Ted de Corsia, Grant Richards, Walter Sande, X Brands, Grandon Rhodes, John Cliff, Thomas Browne Henry, Charles Stevens ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1960-03-01
Best Action Movies of 1960 : Five Bold Women
18.

Five Bold Women

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

Marshal Kirk Reed is escorting five female prisoners---killers all--- from one part of Texas to another part of Texas where a new prison has been built. Along the way he has to deal with dissension among the troops, attacks by the Comanches, a budding romance with Ellen, The Missouri Lady, (before her ex-husband, The Missouri Kid, shows up in an attempt to rescue her.

Starring: Jeff Morrow, Merry Anders, Jim Ross, Irish McCalla, Kathy Marlowe, Lucita Blain, Dee Carroll, Robert Caffey, George Kramer, Guinn Williams ..
Directed by: Jorge López Portillo
Release date: 1960-08-01
Best Action Movies of 1960 : Man on a String
19.

Man on a String

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

U.S. spies catch a Moscow-born U.S. citizen (Ernest Borgnine) helping spies, and they force him to counterspy.

Starring: Ernest Borgnine, Kerwin Mathews, Colleen Dewhurst, Alexander Scourby, Glenn Corbett, Hanna Landy, Vladimir Sokoloff, Friedrich Joloff, Holger Hagen, Reginald Pasch ..
Directed by: André De Toth
Release date: 1960-05-20
Best Action Movies of 1960 : The Crowded Sky
20.

The Crowded Sky

2.6
5.8/10 IMDB

When Navy pilot Dale Heath (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.) takes off, he doesn't expect his navigational equipment to fail and must adapt when it goes out along with his radio. Heading straight for a commercial jet piloted by Dick Barnett (Dana Andrews), whose plane is full of passengers, Heath can't tell which way to turn in order to avoid a catastrophe.

Starring: Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., John Kerr, Anne Francis, Keenan Wynn, Troy Donahue, Joe Mantell, Patsy Kelly, Donald May ..
Directed by: Joseph Pevney
Release date: 1960-09-02
21.

Tarzan the Magnificent

2.6
6.4/10 IMDB

After the Banton family rob a store is a small village and kill the local police constable, Tarzan captures one of them, Coy Banton. He decides to return him to the authorities so that the dead policeman's family will benefit from the $5000 reward. The head of the clan, Abel Banton and his two sons have no intention of letting Tarzan deliver Coy and burn the river boat they were to use. Several of the passengers are now stranded forcing Tarzan to take them along on a trek through the jungle. Abel Banton trails them intent not only getting his son back but getting rid of Tarzan.

Starring: Gordon Scott, Jock Mahoney, Betta St. John, John Carradine, Lionel Jeffries, Alexandra Stewart, Earl Cameron, Al Mulock, Gary Cockrell, Charles Tingwell ..
Directed by: Robert Day
Release date: 1960-07-20
22.

The Angel Wore Red

2.5
5.7/10 IMDB

A clergyman travels to Spain to join the Loyalist side during the Spanish Civil War and finds himself attracted to a beautiful entertainer.

Starring: Ava Gardner, Dirk Bogarde, Joseph Cotten, Vittorio De Sica, Aldo Fabrizi, Arnoldo Foà, Finlay Currie, Franco Castellani, Nino Castelnuovo, Renato Terra ..
Directed by: Nunnally Johnson
Release date: 1960-04-14
Best Action Movies of 1960 : Visa to Canton
23.

Visa to Canton

2.2
5.1/10 IMDB

A former World War II pilot, now the owner of a travel agency in Hong Kong, gets involved in espionage trying to help a Chinese woman locate her son.

Starring: Richard Basehart, Lisa Gastoni, Athene Seyler, Eric Pohlmann, Marne Maitland, Bernard Cribbins, Alan Gifford, Kevin Scott, Burt Kwouk, Hedger Wallace ..
Directed by: Michael Carreras
Release date: 1960-12-26
24.

Ski Troop Attack

1.8
4.0/10 IMDB

An American patrol has to cross behind enemy lines by skis in order to blow up an important railroad bridge. The task is made harder by conflicts between the platoon's veteran sergeant and its inexperienced lieutenant and by constant attacks by pursuing German troops.

Starring: Frank Wolff, Wally Campo, Richard Sinatra, Michael Forest, Sheila Noonan, Roger Corman ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1960-04-08
Best Action Movies of 1960 : Tales of a Gunman: The Man Without Tomorrow
25.

Tales of a Gunman: The Man Without Tomorrow

1.5
6.6/10 IMDB

The fourth film in the Tales of a Gunman series. When Ryuji throws his pistol into the sea, he is attacked by a man who calls himself Sabu and says that he is the younger brother of Colt Jo's killer. When Ryuji escaped difficulties with one blow knocking out the enemy's weapon, Sabu reveals that Colt Jo is in the hospital in Gifu. Ryuji decides to visit his old enemy. However, he does not know that this is a trap.

Starring: Keiichirô Akagi, J? Shishido, Reiko Sasamori, Yôko Minamida, Eiji G?, Michitar? Mizushima, Zenji Yamada, Arihiro Fujimura ..
Directed by: Haruyasu Noguchi
Release date: 1960-12-03
26.

The Music Box Kid

1.2
5.0/10 IMDB

A young gangster in 1920's New York quickly rises through the ranks of the mob, then sets up his own murder-for-hire organization. When he starts kidnapping other mobsters for ransom, the New York gangs band together for revenge.

Starring: Ron Foster, Luana Patten, Dayton Lummis, Grant Richards, Johnny Seven, Carleton Young ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1960-06-01
Best Action Movies of 1960 : The Orientals
27.

The Orientals

1.0
4.3/10 IMDB

Episodic, globe-trotting quasi-mondo focused on women of the East.

Starring: Nagwa Fouad, Akiko Wakabayashi, Kunio Ôtsuka, Lakshmi, Dipar, Dowklee, Kannikar, Yin Chiang ..
Directed by: Romolo Marcellini
Release date: 1960-04-08
Best Action Movies of 1960 : Thunder in Carolina
28.

Thunder in Carolina

0.8
4.2/10 IMDB

A stock-car veteran (Rory Calhoun) teaches a grease monkey to race in the Southern 500 in Darlington, S.C.

Starring: Rory Calhoun, Alan Hale Jr., Connie Hines, Race Gentry, Ed McGrath ..
Directed by: Paul Helmick
Release date: 1960-07-01

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