Best Action Movies of 1961

1.

The Guns of Navarone

5.4
7.5/10 IMDB

A team of allied saboteurs are assigned an impossible mission: infiltrate an impregnable Nazi-held island and destroy the two enormous long-range field guns that prevent the rescue of 2,000 trapped British soldiers.

Starring: Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn, Stanley Baker, Anthony Quayle, James Darren, Irene Papas, Gia Scala, James Robertson Justice, Richard Harris ..
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1961-04-27
2.

The Misfits

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

While filing for a divorce, beautiful ex-stripper Roslyn Taber ends up meeting aging cowboy-turned-gambler Gay Langland and former World War II aviator Guido Racanelli. The two men instantly become infatuated with Roslyn and, on a whim, the three decide to move into Guido's half-finished desert home together. When grizzled ex-rodeo rider Perce Howland arrives, the unlikely foursome strike up a business capturing wild horses.

Starring: Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, Thelma Ritter, Eli Wallach, James Barton, Kevin McCarthy, Estelle Winwood, Rex Bell, John Huston ..
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1961-02-01
3.

One-Eyed Jacks

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

Running from the law after a bank robbery in Mexico, Dad Longworth finds an opportunity to take the stolen gold and leave his partner Rio to be captured. Years later, Rio escapes from the prison where he has been since, and hunts down Dad for revenge. Dad is now a respectable sheriff in California, and has been living in fear of Rio's return.

Starring: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Katy Jurado, Pina Pellicer, Ben Johnson, Slim Pickens, Larry Duran, Sam Gilman, Timothy Carey, Miriam Colon ..
Directed by: Marlon Brando
Release date: 1961-03-30
4.

El Cid

5.0
7.2/10 IMDB

Epic film of the legendary Spanish hero, Rodrigo Diaz ("El Cid" to his followers), who, without compromising his strict sense of honour, still succeeds in taking the initiative and driving the Moors from Spain.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Sophia Loren, Raf Vallone, Geneviève Page, John Fraser, Gary Raymond, Ralph Truman, Andrew Cruickshank, Douglas Wilmer, Frank Thring ..
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Release date: 1961-10-24
5.

The Comancheros

4.2
6.8/10 IMDB

Texas Ranger Jake Cutter arrests gambler Paul Regret, but soon finds himself teamed with his prisoner in an undercover effort to defeat a band of renegade arms merchants and thieves known as Comancheros.

Starring: John Wayne, Stuart Whitman, Ina Balin, Nehemiah Persoff, Lee Marvin, Michael Ansara, Patrick Wayne, Bruce Cabot, Joan O'Brien, Jack Elam ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz, John Wayne
Release date: 1961-10-30
6.

Blast of Silence

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

A hired killer from Cleveland has a job to do on a second-string mob boss in New York. But a special girl from his past, and a fat gun dealer with pet rats, each gets in his way.

Starring: Allen Baron, Molly McCarthy, Larry Tucker, Bill DePrato, Peter H. Clune, Danny Meehan, Lionel Stander, Joe Bubbico, Gil Rogers, Ruth Kaner ..
Directed by: Allen Baron
Release date: 1961-03-20
7.

Underworld U.S.A.

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

A bitter young man sets out to get back at the gangsters who murdered his father.

Starring: Cliff Robertson, Dolores Dorn, Beatrice Kay, Paul Dubov, Robert Emhardt, Larry Gates, Richard Rust, Gerald Milton, David Kent, Peter Brocco ..
Directed by: Samuel Fuller
Release date: 1961-02-22
8.

The Young Savages

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

A district attorney investigates the racially charged case of three teenagers accused of the murder of a blind Puerto Rican boy.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Dina Merrill, Edward Andrews, Vivian Nathan, Shelley Winters, Larry Gates, Telly Savalas, Pilar Seurat, Jody Fair, Roberta Shore ..
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Release date: 1961-05-24
9.

The Last Sunset

3.6
6.7/10 IMDB

Brendan O'Malley arrives at the Mexican home of old flame Belle Breckenridge to find her married to a drunkard getting ready for a cattle drive to Texas. Hot on O'Malley's heels is lawman Dana Stribling who has a personal reason for getting him back into his jurisdiction. Both men join Breckenridge and his wife on the drive. As they near Texas tensions mount, not least because Stribling is starting to court Belle, and O'Malley is increasingly drawn by her daughter Missy.

Starring: Rock Hudson, Kirk Douglas, Dorothy Malone, Joseph Cotten, Carol Lynley, Neville Brand, Regis Toomey, James Westmoreland, Adam Williams, Jack Elam ..
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Release date: 1961-06-08
Best Action Movies of 1961 : The Adventures of Superboy
10.

The Adventures of Superboy

3.5
6.3/10 IMDB

Jimmy, Clark Kent and Lana Lang's friend, is ashamed that his father works as a doorman at the Smallville theater. His opinion changes when Superboy is able to thwart a robbery with Jimmy's father's help.

Starring: John Rockwell, Bunny Henning, Ross Elliott, Monty Margetts, Charles Maxwell, Robert B. Williams, Richard Reeves, Yvonne White, Stacy Harris, Jimmy Bates ..
Directed by: George Blair
Release date: 1961-01-01
Best Action Movies of 1961 : The Devil at 4 O'Clock
11.

The Devil at 4 O'Clock

3.3
6.3/10 IMDB

A crusty, eccentric priest recruits three reluctant convicts to help him rescue a children's leper colony from a Pacific island menaced by a smoldering volcano.

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Frank Sinatra, Kerwin Mathews, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Grégoire Aslan, Alexander Scourby, BarBara Luna, Bernie Hamilton, Cathy Lewis, Martin Brandt ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1961-10-18
Best Action Movies of 1961 : The Deadly Companions
12.

The Deadly Companions

3.1
6.1/10 IMDB

Ex-army officer accidentally kills a woman's son, tries to make up for it by escorting the funeral procession through dangerous Indian territory.

Starring: Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Steve Cochran, Chill Wills, Strother Martin, Will Wright, James O'Hara, Peter O'Crotty, Billy Vaughan, Chuck Hayward ..
Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Release date: 1961-06-06
Best Action Movies of 1961 : On the Double
13.

On the Double

2.9
6.4/10 IMDB

American GI Ernie Williams, admittedly weak-kneed, has an uncanny resemblance to British Colonel MacKenzie. Williams, also a master of imitation and disguise, is asked to impersonate the Colonel, ostensibly to allow the Colonel to make a secret trip East. What Williams is not told is that the Colonel has recently been a target of assassins. After the Colonel's plane goes down, the plan changes and Williams maintains the disguise to confuse the Nazis about D-Day.

Starring: Danny Kaye, Dana Wynter, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Margaret Rutherford, Diana Dors, Allan Cuthbertson, Jesse White, Gregory Walcott, Terence de Marney, Rex Evans ..
Directed by: Melville Shavelson
Release date: 1961-05-19
14.

Gorgo

2.9
5.5/10 IMDB

When an undersea volcano sends tremors throughout the Atlantic, aquatic creatures come out of hiding. Merchant seamen Joe Ryan and partner Sam Slade harness the most unusual of the lot, a massive beast that looks like a Tyrannosaurus Rex. The enterprising sailors deliver their quarry to a British circus, but it turns out that the animal is a newborn. And, when his much larger mother arrives in London to rescue her son, the city feels her wrath.

Starring: Bill Travers, William Sylvester, Vincent Winter, Christopher Rhodes, Joseph O'Conor, Bruce Seton, Martin Benson, Maurice Kaufmann, Basil Dignam, Barry Keegan ..
Directed by: Eugène Lourié
Release date: 1961-02-02
Best Action Movies of 1961 : X-15
15.

X-15

2.6
5.6/10 IMDB

X-15 is a 1961 movie that tells a fictionalized account of the X-15 research rocket plane, the men who flew it and the women who loved them.

Starring: David McLean, Charles Bronson, Mary Tyler Moore, Stanley Livingston, Ralph Taeger, Brad Dexter, Kenneth Tobey, James Gregory, Patricia Owens, James Stewart ..
Directed by: Richard Donner
Release date: 1961-12-22
16.

Pirates of Tortuga

2.6
5.3/10 IMDB

After a lengthy voyage, Capt. Bart (Ken Scott) docks his ship in a London harbor and is given a new mission by British Admiralty: capture the notorious Henry Morgan (Robert Stephens), a pirate who has been wreaking havoc throughout the Caribbean. After recruiting some former shipmates for his crew, Capt. Bart sets sail in search of the infamous buccaneer, and is joined by a beautiful female stowaway in the process.

Starring: Ken Scott, Letícia Román, Dave King, John Richardson, Rafer Johnson, Robert Stephens, Rachel Stephens, Stanley Adams, Edgar Barrier, James Forrest ..
Directed by: Robert D. Webb
Release date: 1961-08-25
Best Action Movies of 1961 : The Cat Burglar
17.

The Cat Burglar

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

Unwitting pickup artist Jack Coley (Jack Hogan) nabs a briefcase holding a costly scientific formula, turning himself into a moving target for owner Alan Sheridan (John Baer), foreign agents and the fuzz -- all bent on a blistering game of finders, keepers. In this stylized crime drama, the quarry coolly eludes the pack while eliciting the aid of an unlikely party: blonde beauty Nan Baker (June Kenney), the attaché's original carrier.

Starring: Jack Hogan, June Kenney, John Baer, Gregg Palmer, Will J. White, Gene Roth, Bruno VeSota, Billie Bird, Tommy Ivo, Cosmo Sardo ..
Directed by: William Witney
Release date: 1961-07-01
Best Action Movies of 1961 : The Canadians
18.

The Canadians

2.6
5.4/10 IMDB

When the Sioux come to Canada, the Canadians permit them to stay in Canada if they come peacefully. However, some cowboys kill all inhabitants of one of their villages. The cowboys seek to get back their horses, but they pretend to search for a girl who once had been robbed by the Indians.

Starring: Robert Ryan, John Dehner, Torin Thatcher, Burt Metcalfe, John Sutton, Jack Creley, Scott Peters, Richard Alden, Teresa Stratas ..
Directed by: Burt Kennedy
Release date: 1961-03-11
Best Action Movies of 1961 : The Big Gamble
19.

The Big Gamble

2.6
5.8/10 IMDB

Irish seaman Vic Brennan persuades his Dublin family to finance a truck-hauling business in the remote African town of Jebanda. The only stipulation is that his cousin Samuel, a timid bank clerk, accompany Vic and his Corsican bride, Marie, to Africa and protect the family fortune.

Starring: Stephen Boyd, Juliette Gréco, David Wayne, Gregory Ratoff, Sybil Thorndike, Fernand Ledoux, Marie Kean, Harold Goldblatt, Maureen O'Dea ..
Directed by: Richard Fleischer, Elmo Williams
Release date: 1961-07-25
Best Action Movies of 1961 : Blueprint for Robbery
20.

Blueprint for Robbery

2.5
6.3/10 IMDB

A gang of career criminals plots the robbery of an armored car company's headquarters. Although the robbery itself goes off as planned, it's not long before the gang members are fighting among themselves over everybody's share of the loot and trying to avoid capture by the police, who are pouring all their resources into capturing the robbers. Based on a real-life 1950 Brinks Armored Car Co. robbery in Boston.

Starring: J. Pat O'Malley, Robert Gist, Romo Vincent, Jay Barney, Henry Corden, Tom Duggan, Sherwood Price, Robert Carricart, John Indrisano, Paul Salata ..
Directed by: Jerry Hopper
Release date: 1961-02-01
Best Action Movies of 1961 : The Choppers
21.

The Choppers

2.4
4.8/10 IMDB

A gang of teenage delinquents terrorize a small community by stealing cars and stripping them for parts, then selling the parts to a crooked junkyard owner. The police and an insurance company investigator set out to break up the gang.

Starring: Arch Hall Jr., Robert Paget, Burr Middleton, Rex Holman, Chuck Barnes, Tom Brown, Marianne Gaba, Bruno VeSota, Britt Wood, Dee Gee Green ..
Directed by: Leigh Jason
Release date: 1961-11-30
Best Action Movies of 1961 : Pagan Island
22.

Pagan Island

2.2
5.7/10 IMDB

The survivor of a shipwreck finds himself on an island populated only by women.

Starring: Edward Dew, Nani Maka, Trine Hovelsrud, Sharon Michael, Allison Louise Downe, Bud Irwin, Dolores Carlos, Yanka Mann, Fran Stacey ..
Directed by: Barry Mahon
Release date: 1961-07-01
Best Action Movies of 1961 : The Unstoppable Man
23.

The Unstoppable Man

1.5
6.3/10 IMDB

Mitchell is a rich American businessman whose son is kidnapped in England. Naturally, there's a huge ransom demand, but Scotland Yard tells Mitchell to butt out.

Starring: Cameron Mitchell, Marius Goring, Harry H. Corbett, Lois Maxwell, Denis Gilmore, Humphrey Lestocq, Ann Sears, Timothy Bateson, Brian Rawlinson, Tony Quinn ..
Directed by: Terry Bishop
Release date: 1961-06-21
24.

Atlas

1.5
4.0/10 IMDB

Evil king Praximedes convinces superhero Atlas to fight for him, but Atlas eventually sees the king's true nature and turns against him.

Starring: Michael Forest, Barboura Morris, Frank Wolff, Walter Maslow, Roger Corman, Dick Miller, Andreas Filippides, Jean Moore, Christos Exarchos, Robert Hudson ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1961-05-01
Best Action Movies of 1961 : Goliath Against the Giants
25.

Goliath Against the Giants

1.3
5.5/10 IMDB

Muscleman fights sea monsters and Amazon warriors, then returns home to find a race of giants living in a valley, into which fellow countrymen are being thrown as punishment for opposing a usurper king and his consort.

Starring: Brad Harris, Gloria Milland, Fernando Rey, Carmen de Lirio, Barbara Carroll, Nello Pazzafini, Fernando Sancho, Pepe Rubio, Ray Martino, Luigi Marturano ..
Directed by: Guido Malatesta
Release date: 1961-05-13

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