Best Action Movies of 1962

1.

Dr. No

5.8
7.2/10 IMDB

In the film that launched the James Bond saga, Agent 007 battles mysterious Dr. No, a scientific genius bent on destroying the U.S. space program. As the countdown to disaster begins, Bond must go to Jamaica, where he encounters beautiful Honey Ryder, to confront a megalomaniacal villain in his massive island headquarters.

Starring: Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Joseph Wiseman, Jack Lord, Bernard Lee, Anthony Dawson, Zena Marshall, John Kitzmiller, Eunice Gayson, Lois Maxwell ..
Directed by: Terence Young
Release date: 1962-10-07
2.

The Longest Day

5.6
7.7/10 IMDB

The retelling of June 6, 1944, from the perspectives of the Germans, US, British, Canadians, and the Free French. Marshall Erwin Rommel, touring the defenses being established as part of the Reich's Atlantic Wall, notes to his officers that when the Allied invasion comes they must be stopped on the beach. "For the Allies as well as the Germans, it will be the longest day"

Starring: Eddie Albert, Paul Anka, Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Richard Beymer, Hans Christian Blech, Bourvil, Richard Burton, Wolfgang Büttner, Red Buttons ..
Directed by: Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki
Release date: 1962-09-25
3.

Ride the High Country

5.2
7.4/10 IMDB

An ex-lawman is hired to transport gold from a mining community through dangerous territory. But what he doesn't realize is that his partner and old friend is plotting to double-cross him.

Starring: Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, Mariette Hartley, Ron Starr, Edgar Buchanan, R. G. Armstrong, Jenie Jackson, James Drury, L. Q. Jones, John Anderson ..
Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Release date: 1962-06-20
4.

Hatari!

4.9
7.1/10 IMDB

A group of men trap wild animals in Africa and sell them to zoos. Will the arrival of a female wildlife photographer change their ways?

Starring: John Wayne, Hardy Krüger, Elsa Martinelli, Red Buttons, Gérard Blain, Bruce Cabot, Michèle Girardon, Valentin de Vargas, Eduard Franz ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1962-06-19
5.

Billy Budd

4.0
7.8/10 IMDB

Billy is an innocent, naive seaman in the British Navy in 1797. When the ship's sadistic master-at-arms is murdered, Billy is accused and tried.

Starring: Terence Stamp, Robert Ryan, Peter Ustinov, Melvyn Douglas, Paul Rogers, John Neville, David McCallum, Ronald Lewis, Lee Montague, Thomas Heathcote ..
Directed by: Peter Ustinov
Release date: 1962-11-12
6.

Hell Is for Heroes

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

World War II drama where the action centers around a single maneuver by a squad of GIs in retaliation against the force of the German Siegfried line. Reese joins a group of weary GIs unexpectedly ordered back into the line when on their way to a rest area. While most of the men withdraw from their positions facing a German pillbox at the far side of a mine-field, half a dozen men are left to protect a wide front. By various ruses, they manage to convince the Germans that a large force is still holding the position. Then Reese leads two of the men in an unauthorized and unsuccessful attack on the pillbox, in which the other two are killed; and when the main platoon returns, he is threatened with court-martial. Rather that face the disgrace, and in an attempt to show he was right, he makes a one-man attack on the pillbox.

Starring: Steve McQueen, Bobby Darin, Fess Parker, Harry Guardino, James Coburn, Mike Kellin, Joseph Hoover, Bill Mullikin, L. Q. Jones, Michele Montau ..
Directed by: Don Siegel
Release date: 1962-06-26
Best Action Movies of 1962 : H.M.S. Defiant
7.

H.M.S. Defiant

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Defiant's crew is part of a fleet-wide movement to present a petition of grievances to the Admiralty. Violence must be no part of it. The continual sadism of Defiant's first officer makes this difficult, and when the captain is disabled, the chance for violence increases.

Starring: Alec Guinness, Dirk Bogarde, Anthony Quayle, Maurice Denham, Nigel Stock, Tom Bell, Richard Carpenter, Peter Gill, Ray Brooks, Robin Stewart ..
Directed by: Lewis Gilbert
Release date: 1962-04-15
8.

Merrill's Marauders

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

Brigadier General Frank D. Merrill leads the 3,000 American volunteers of his 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional), aka "Merrill's Marauders", behind Japanese lines across Burma to Myitkyina, pushing beyond their limits and fighting pitched battles at every strong-point.

Starring: Jeff Chandler, Ty Hardin, Peter Brown, Andrew Duggan, Will Hutchins, Claude Akins, Luz Valdez, John Hoyt, Charlie Briggs, Chuck Roberson ..
Directed by: Samuel Fuller
Release date: 1962-03-16
9.

The 300 Spartans

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

Essentially true story of how Spartan king Leonidas led an extremely small army of Greek Soldiers (300 of his personal body guards from Sparta) to hold off an invading Persian army now thought to have numbered 250,000.

Starring: Richard Egan, Ralph Richardson, Diane Baker, Barry Coe, David Farrar, Donald Houston, Anna Synodinou, Robert Brown ..
Directed by: Rudolph Maté
Release date: 1962-08-01
Best Action Movies of 1962 : Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates
10.

Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates

3.2
7.7/10 IMDB

Set in 1860s Holland along the famed Zeider Zee — young Hans Brinker finds himself responsible for supporting his family after his father becomes injured in an accident. He and his sister, Gretel, travel to Amsterdam in search of funds to help pay for their father's operation. Their only hope lies in the city's annual ice skating race in which Hans must face off against his arch-rival, Ludwig Schimmel, in hopes of winning the prize money.

Starring: Rony Zeaner, Carin Rossby, Gunilla Jelf, Erik Strandmark, Inga Landgré, Lennart Klefbom, Claes-Håkan Westergren, Gunnar Sjöberg, Lauritz Falk, Alf Kjellin ..
Directed by: Norman Foster
Release date: 1962-01-07
11.

The Pirates of Blood River

3.2
5.9/10 IMDB

A group of ruthless pirates attack a 17th Century Huguenot settlement on the Isle of Devon in search of treasure and will stop at nothing to obtain it.

Starring: Kerwin Mathews, Glenn Corbett, Christopher Lee, Peter Arne, Marla Landi, Oliver Reed, Andrew Keir, Michael Ripper, David Lodge, Dennis Waterman ..
Directed by: John Gilling
Release date: 1962-07-31
Best Action Movies of 1962 : Sergeants 3
12.

Sergeants 3

3.2
5.9/10 IMDB

Mike, Chip, and Larry are three lusty, brawling U. S. Cavalry sergeants stationed in Indian Territory in 1870.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop, Henry Silva, Buddy Lester, Ruta Lee, Phillip Crosby, Dennis Crosby ..
Directed by: John Sturges
Release date: 1962-02-10
Best Action Movies of 1962 : No Man Is an Island
13.

No Man Is an Island

2.9
6.7/10 IMDB

The true story of George Tweed, an American sailor who became the only serviceman on the island of Guam to avoid capture by the Japanese during the early years of World War II.

Starring: Jeffrey Hunter, Marshall Thompson, Barbara Perez, Ronald Remy, Paul Edwards Jr., Rolf Bayer, Vic Silayan, Barbara Perez, Chichay, Joseph de Cordova ..
Directed by: Richard Goldstone, John Monks Jr.
Release date: 1962-09-20
Best Action Movies of 1962 : Five Weeks in a Balloon
14.

Five Weeks in a Balloon

2.9
5.7/10 IMDB

Professor Fergusson plans to make aviation history by making his way across Africa by balloon. He plans to claim uncharted territories in West Africa as proof of his inventions worth.

Starring: Red Buttons, Barbara Eden, Cedric Hardman, Peter Lorre, Richard Haydn, BarBara Luna, Fabian, Billy Gilbert, Herbert Marshall, Reginald Owen ..
Directed by: Irwin Allen
Release date: 1962-01-01
15.

The Three Stooges Meet Hercules

2.9
6.1/10 IMDB

The Three Stooges manage to crash through the time barrier with their slap-happy antics in this classic feature-length comedy. Larry, Moe, and Curly-Joe are friends of a young scientist, Schuyler Davis, who has created a time machine. Together with Schuyler's girlfriend, Diane, they are all transported back to ancient Ithaca which is ruled by the tyrannical King Odius. The lecherous king promptly takes a liking to Diane and banishes Schuyler and The Stooges to the galleys. When they manage to escape, they begin promoting Schuyler as "Hercules" at local gladiatorial combats - until the real Hercules shows up. But, with their unique "charm," The Stooges convince Hercules to help them rescue Diane. Written by Robert Lynch

Starring: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Joe DeRita, Vicki Trickett, Marlin McKeever, Mike McKeever, Emil Sitka, Barbara Hines, Terry Huntingdon, Diana Piper ..
Directed by: Herb Wallerstein, Edward Bernds
Release date: 1962-02-15
16.

War Hunt

2.8
6.2/10 IMDB

Recruits head to the front lines towards the close of the Korean War. The interaction between two of the soldiers...an idealistic newcomer and a psychotic who goes on one-man patrols slitting enemy throats under cover of night...and the orphan boy who comes between them is examined. The Cease-Fire brings the three to a final resolution.

Starring: Robert Redford, John Saxon, Sydney Pollack, Tom Skerritt, Gavin MacLeod, Charles Aidman, Tommy Matsuda, Anthony Ray, Francis Ford Coppola, William Challee ..
Directed by: Denis Sanders
Release date: 1962-05-01
17.

Escape from Zahrain

2.7
6.0/10 IMDB

Yul Brynner plays political leader Sharif who is sprung from a police van on his way to a firing squad by young loyalists led by Sal Mineo. Yul and the other prisoners kidnap an ambulance and head into the Arabian desert with the police in hot pursuit. All the performances are magnificent: Sal Mineo showing his acting talents, Jack Warden in a wiseguy performance as an employee of Zahrain oil who was involved in embezzlement, Anthony Caruso as a slimy psychotic and the underrated Madlyn Rhue as a nurse who becomes emotionally involved in the proceedings.

Starring: Yul Brynner, Madlyn Rhue, Sal Mineo, Jack Warden, James Mason, Anthony Caruso, Jay Novello, Leonard Strong ..
Directed by: Ronald Neame
Release date: 1962-05-23
18.

El asesino enmascarado

2.7
7.1/10 IMDB

Hero vs bad-guy western.

Starring: Joaquín Cordero, Miguel Aceves Mejía, Ana Bertha Lepe, Lilia Prado, Eduardo Noriega, Arturo Martínez, Ramón Bugarini, Santanón ..
Directed by: Manuel Muñoz 'Torito'
Release date: 1962-08-30
Best Action Movies of 1962 : Big Red
19.

Big Red

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

Wealthy sportsman James Haggin (Walter Pidgeon) lives on a Quebec estate called Wintapi. Émile Fornet (Émile Genest), handler of Haggin's hunting dogs, and Émile's wife Therese (Janette Bertrand), Haggin's cook and housekeeper, live in a separate house on the estate. To start a line of top show dogs, Haggin purchases the winner of the Montreal Kennel Club show, an Irish setter named Red.

Starring: Walter Pidgeon, Gilles Payant, Émile Genest, Janette Bertrand, Georges Bouvier, Doris Lussier, Rolland Bédard, Teddy Burns Goulet ..
Directed by: Norman Tokar
Release date: 1962-06-06
Best Action Movies of 1962 : Stagecoach to Dancers' Rock
20.

Stagecoach to Dancers' Rock

2.4
5.7/10 IMDB

Five passengers in a stagecoach are abandoned by their driver in the desert. Trying to survive, they struggle with illness, thirst, hunger, and the threats posed both by one another and the local Indigenous peoples.

Starring: Warren Stevens, Martin Landau, Jody Lawrance, Don Wilbanks, Del Moore, Robert Anderson, Judy Dan, Rand Brooks, Gene Roth, Charles Tannen ..
Directed by: Earl Bellamy
Release date: 1962-10-01
21.

The Magic Sword

2.4
4.7/10 IMDB

The son of a sorceress, armed with weapons, armour and six magically summoned knights, goes on a quest to save a princess from a vengeful wizard.

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Estelle Winwood, Gary Lockwood, Anne Helm, Liam Sullivan, Danielle De Metz, Merritt Stone, Nick Bon Tempi, Paul Bon Tempi, Jack Kosslyn ..
Directed by: Bert I. Gordon
Release date: 1962-04-01
22.

This Is Not a Test

2.3
5.3/10 IMDB

A highway patrolman stops motorists on a highway after he hears news reports of a possible nuclear attack.

Starring: Seamon Glass, Thayer Roberts, Aubrey Martin, Mary Morlas, Michael Greene, Alan Austin, Carol Kent, Norman Winston, Ron Starr, Don Spruance ..
Directed by: Fredric Gadette
Release date: 1962-01-01
Best Action Movies of 1962 : Hero's Island
23.

Hero's Island

2.2
5.5/10 IMDB

A family shipwrecked on an island must deal with escaped convicts and pirates.

Starring: James Mason, Kate Manx, Neville Brand, Warren Oates, Rip Torn, Harry Dean Stanton, Robert Sampson, Brendan Dillon, Morgan Mason, Darby Hinton ..
Directed by: Leslie Stevens
Release date: 1962-09-16
Best Action Movies of 1962 : Captain Marvel
24.

Captain Marvel

2.1
5.8/10 IMDB

Fan short from Donald F. Glut in which Captain Marvel faces off an asteroid heading to earth.

Starring: Rich Hagopian ..
Directed by: Donald F. Glut
Release date: 1962-06-13
25.

Tarzan Goes to India

2.1
5.3/10 IMDB

Summoned by an Indian princess, Tarzan travels to India where hundreds of wild elephants are in danger. A company is building a hydroelectric dam and the contractors have only a few weeks to finish the job. The building of the dam will flood the valley surrounded by mountains. There is one pass through which the elephant herd can escape but that is being closed. Tarzan comes up against an old nemesis, Bryce, the chief engineer. Bryce undertook a similar dam project in Africa and had a penchant for shooting elephants. It's up to Tarzan to organize the move before Bryce manages to close the pass.

Starring: Jock Mahoney, Leo Gordon, Mark Dana, Feroz Khan, Jai ..
Directed by: John Guillermin
Release date: 1962-07-01
Best Action Movies of 1962 : Lost Battalion
26.

Lost Battalion

1.6
4.3/10 IMDB

In the Philippines during World War II, a girl is rescued from bandits by a guerrilla fighter.

Starring: Rosi Acosta, Arsenio Alonso, Bruce Baxter, Joe Dennis, Diane Jergens, Johnny Monteiro, Leopoldo Salcedo ..
Directed by: Eddie Romero
Release date: 1962-05-17
Best Action Movies of 1962 : Tor, King of Beasts
27.

Tor, King of Beasts

1.3
5.6/10 IMDB

The models in Tor, King of Beasts (1962) were a slight improvement over those in Time Is Just a Place…but the models would be better in the sequel Son of Tor.

Directed by: Donald F. Glut
Release date: 1962-04-11
28.

Stranglehold

1.2
4.8/10 IMDB

A movie star is typecast as a ruthless gangster. His troubles begin when he gets reality confused with his job and becomes deluded into believing that he really is a mobster.

Starring: Macdonald Carey, Barbara Shelley, Philip Friend, Nadja Regin, Leonard Sachs, Mark Loerering, Susan Shaw, Josephine Brown ..
Directed by: Lawrence Huntington
Release date: 1962-01-01
Best Action Movies of 1962 : Los bárbaros del norte
29.

Los bárbaros del norte

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Townsfolk expect that when the dead sheriff's son comes home, people will quit doing crimes... but he turns out to be an inept comedian type bozo guy.

Starring: Antonio Espino, Javier Solís, Pancho Córdova, José Baviera, Rodolfo Landa ..
Directed by: José Díaz Morales
Release date: 1962-11-04

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