Best Action Movies of 1963

1.

From Russia with Love

5.9
7.4/10 IMDB

Agent 007 is back in the second installment of the James Bond series, this time battling a secret crime organization known as SPECTRE. Russians Rosa Klebb and Kronsteen are out to snatch a decoding device known as the Lektor, using the ravishing Tatiana to lure Bond into helping them. Bond willingly travels to meet Tatiana in Istanbul, where he must rely on his wits to escape with his life in a series of deadly encounters with the enemy.

Starring: Sean Connery, Daniela Bianchi, Pedro Armendáriz, Lotte Lenya, Robert Shaw, Bernard Lee, Eunice Gayson, Walter Gotell, Francis de Wolff, Nadja Regin ..
Directed by: Terence Young
Release date: 1963-10-10
2.

Hud

5.5
7.8/10 IMDB

Hud Bannon is a ruthless young man who tarnishes everything and everyone he touches. Hud represents the perfect embodiment of alienated youth, out for kicks with no regard for the consequences. There is bitter conflict between the callous Hud and his stern and highly principled father, Homer. Hud's nephew Lon admires Hud's cheating ways, though he soon becomes too aware of Hud's reckless amorality to bear him anymore. In the world of the takers and the taken, Hud is a winner. He's a cheat, but, he explains, "I always say the law was meant to be interpreted in a lenient manner."

Starring: Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas, Patricia Neal, Brandon De Wilde, Whit Bissell, Crahan Denton, John Ashley, Val Avery, George Petrie, Curt Conway ..
Directed by: Martin Ritt
Release date: 1963-05-28
3.

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

5.3
7.5/10 IMDB

A group of strangers come across a man dying after a car crash who proceeds to tell them about the $350,000 he buried in California. What follows is the madcap adventures of those strangers as each attempts to claim the prize for himself.

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Mickey Rooney, Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Joe DeRita, Ethel Merman, Dick Shawn ..
Directed by: Stanley Kramer
Release date: 1963-11-07
4.

King Kong vs. Godzilla

4.5
5.7/10 IMDB

US version. The re-edited John Beck version of the film: released outside of Japan and restructured with new footage of American actors centering around a news report plot not present in the original. Eric Carter of United Nation News is joined by Dr. Arnold Johnson as a prehistoric monster emerges from hibernation while a pharmaceutical company seeks publicity with their own monster.

Starring: Harry Holcombe, Michael Keith, James Yagi, Byron Morrow, Les Tremayne, Bruce Mason, Paul Howard, Tadao Takashima, Kenji Sahara, Yû Fujiki ..
Directed by: Ishir? Honda, Thomas Montgomery
Release date: 1963-06-26
5.

55 Days at Peking

4.4
6.7/10 IMDB

Diplomats, soldiers and other representatives of a dozen nations fend off the siege of the International Compound in Peking during the 1900 Boxer Rebellion. The disparate interests unite for survival despite competing factions, overwhelming odds, delayed relief and tacit support of the Boxers by the Empress of China and her generals.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, David Niven, Burt Kwouk, Flora Robson, John Ireland, Harry Andrews, Leo Genn, Robert Helpmann, Kurt Kasznar ..
Directed by: Nicholas Ray, Guy Green
Release date: 1963-05-06
6.

Johnny Cool

3.2
6.4/10 IMDB

A deported gangster trains an Italian convict to take over his operations in the U.S.

Starring: Henry Silva, Elizabeth Montgomery, Richard Anderson, Jim Backus, Joey Bishop, Brad Dexter, Wanda Hendrix, Hank Henry, Marc Lawrence, John McGiver ..
Directed by: William Asher
Release date: 1963-10-02
7.

Savage Sam

3.0
6.1/10 IMDB

Travis, Arliss, and Lisbeth are captured by Apaches while Old Yeller's son, Sam, tracks their trail.

Starring: Brian Keith, Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran, Dewey Martin, Jeff York, Marta Kristen, Rafael Campos, Rodolfo Acosta, Pat Hogan, Dean Fredericks ..
Directed by: Norman Tokar
Release date: 1963-06-01
8.

The Mind Benders

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

A British scientist is discovered to have been passing information to the Communists, then kills himself. Another scientist decides that they might have brainwashed him by a sensory deprivation technique, but he doesn’t know if someone really can be convinced to act against their strongest feelings. So he agrees to be the subject in an experiment in which others will try to make him stop loving his wife.

Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Mary Ure, John Clements, Wendy Craig, Geoffrey Keen, Norman Bird, Michael Bryant, Harold Goldblatt, Edward Fox, Terry Palmer ..
Directed by: Basil Dearden
Release date: 1963-02-01
Best Action Movies of 1963 : Captain Sindbad
9.

Captain Sindbad

2.8
5.4/10 IMDB

After completing his voyages Sindbad the Sailor and his hearty crew have come home to find a palace coup d'etat has occurred and his home city is being run by a brutal dictator played by Pedro Armendariz. He's got designs on the beautiful young princess, Heidi Bruhl both lustful and political.

Starring: Guy Williams, Heidi Brühl, Pedro Armendáriz, Abraham Sofaer, Bernie Hamilton, Helmuth Schneider, Margaret Jahnen, Rolf Wanka ..
Directed by: Byron Haskin
Release date: 1963-04-12
Best Action Movies of 1963 : The Quick and the Dead
10.

The Quick and the Dead

2.7
5.9/10 IMDB

A small group of soldiers capture a German observation post, but in turn are captured themselves. They soon escape and--with the aid of two women--try to fight their way to safety.

Starring: Victor French, Majel Barrett, Louis Massad, Sandy Donigan, James Almanzar, Larry D. Mann, Jon Cedar, Joseph Locastro, William Kirschner, Frank D'Agostino ..
Directed by: Robert Totten
Release date: 1963-01-01
11.

The Scarlet Blade

2.4
5.6/10 IMDB

A 1964 British action adventure film from Hammer studios. The Scarlet Blade is set during the english civil war. A cruel Roundhead Colonel is on the trail of royalist sympathisers, but unaware of his daughters royalist sympathies. When she falls into a love triangle with Cavalier Edward Beverly and Roundhead officer Captain Sylvester the stage is set for double crossing and derring do.

Starring: Lionel Jeffries, Jack Hedley, Oliver Reed, June Thorburn, Michael Ripper, Harold Goldblatt, Duncan Lamont, Clifford Elkin, Suzan Farmer, John Harvey ..
Directed by: John Gilling
Release date: 1963-09-01
Best Action Movies of 1963 : Lassie's Great Adventure
12.

Lassie's Great Adventure

2.4
6.0/10 IMDB

While in Canada Timmy and Lassie encounter a downed hot air ballonist. By accident they end up in the balloon which takes them into the wilderness. The young boy and his dog must find a way to survive even fending off a wild pig.

Starring: June Lockhart, Jon Provost, Robert Howard, Richard Kiel, Walter Stocker, Hugh Reilly, Will J. White, Bob Howard ..
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1963-08-01
13.

Tarzan's Three Challenges

2.3
5.6/10 IMDB

The spiritual leader of an oriental country is dying. The leader's evil brother Khan is plotting to prevent Kashi, the youthful heir, from assuming his rightful position. Tarzan is summoned to protect Kashi and, in doing so, he must face Khan in three tests of strength.

Starring: Jock Mahoney, Woody Strode, Tsu Kobayashi, Earl Cameron, Anthony Chinn, Salah Jamal ..
Directed by: Robert Day
Release date: 1963-01-29
14.

The Young Racers

2.3
4.9/10 IMDB

A film constructed around footage shot of actual Grand Prix races in Europe.

Starring: Mark Damon, William Campbell, Luana Anders, Marie Versini, R. Wright Campbell, Patrick Magee ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1963-01-01
Best Action Movies of 1963 : Thunder Island
15.

Thunder Island

2.3
5.2/10 IMDB

A hit man hijacks a boat — and the married couple aboard — in order to carry out a contract on a dictator in the Caribbean.

Starring: Gene Nelson, Brian Kelly, Fay Spain, Miriam Colón, Antonio Torres Martinó, Esther Sandoval, Art Bedard, Axel Anderson, José de San Antón, Tino García ..
Directed by: Jack Leewood
Release date: 1963-08-24
16.

Lancelot and Guinevere

2.2
5.7/10 IMDB

In and around the castle Camelot, brave Cornel Wilde (as Lancelot) and virtuous Brian Aherne (as King Arthur) vie for the affections of lovely Jean Wallace (as Guinevere).

Starring: Cornel Wilde, Jean Wallace, Brian Aherne, George Baker, Archie Duncan, Adrienne Corri, Michael Meacham, Iain Gregory, Mark Dignam, Reginald Beckwith ..
Directed by: Cornel Wilde
Release date: 1963-06-02
Best Action Movies of 1963 : Cry of Battle
17.

Cry of Battle

2.1
5.7/10 IMDB

During World War II, the spoiled son of a wealthy businessman finds himself involved in the guerrilla movement fighting against the Japanese, and finds romance and adventure.

Starring: Van Heflin, Rita Moreno, James MacArthur, Leopoldo Salcedo, Sidney Clute, Marilou Muñoz, Oscar Roncal, Liza Moreno ..
Directed by: Irving Lerner
Release date: 1963-10-09
Best Action Movies of 1963 : Harbor Lights
18.

Harbor Lights

1.3
5.6/10 IMDB

Professional gambler Dan Crown arrives in San Juan to visit his brother Alex, only to learn from the police that Alex has been found murdered. To Captain Acosta's questioning, Dan answers that he had no knowledge of his brother's affairs. Dan then finds Gina Rosario searching his hotel room, and together they begin to investigate Alex's death.

Starring: Kent Taylor, Miriam Colón, Antonio Torres Martinó, Jeff Morrow, José de San Antón, Braulio Castillo, Roberto Rivera Negrón, Luis A. Martínez, José Manuel Caicoya, Tino García ..
Directed by: Maury Dexter
Release date: 1963-07-01
Best Action Movies of 1963 : The Checkered Flag
19.

The Checkered Flag

1.0
4.0/10 IMDB

The alcoholic wife of a rich car racing champion persuades a young driver to kill her husband.

Starring: Joe Morrison, Evelyn King, Charles G. Martin, Peggy Vendig ..
Directed by: William Grefe
Release date: 1963-05-29
Best Action Movies of 1963 : Chuchu Datok Merah
20.

Chuchu Datok Merah

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

The film tells the Cucu Datuk Awang Red Beard the grandson of Datuk Merah, a famous commander again honored in Terengganu once. Awang often proud of the original seed. He did not want to make a normal work in the village though sadly had to live with his wife Wan Kuntum. They lived together an assistant in a large ancestral home but empty.

Starring: Nordin Ahmad, Latifah Omar, Rose Yatimah, A. Rahim, Yem Jaafar, Yem Jaafar, Dollah Sarawak, Rahimah Alias, Menah Yem, M. Osman ..
Directed by: M. Amin
Release date: 1963-01-01

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