Best Action Movies of 1964



7.7/10 IMDB

In 1879, during the Zulu wars, man-of-the-people, Lt. John Chard and snooty Lt Gonville Bromhead were in charge of defending the isolated Natal outpost of Rorke's Drift from tribal hordes, holding out during an Alamo-like siege until they are overwhelmed, losing the battle, but going down in history as heroes. 150 soldiers defended a supply station against some 4000 Zulus, aided by the Martini-Henry rifle "with some guts behind it". In the hundred years since the Victoria Cross was created for valour and extreme courage beyond that normally expected of the British soldier in face of the enemy only 1344 have been awarded. Eleven of these were won by the defenders of the mission station at Rorke's Drift, Natal, January 22nd to the 23rd 1879.

Starring: Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Ulla Jacobsson, James Booth, Michael Caine, Nigel Green, Paul Daneman, Patrick Magee, Glynn Edwards, Neil McCarthy ..
Directed by: Cy Endfield
Release date: 1964-01-22
Best Action Movies of 1964 : Revolt of the Praetorians

Revolt of the Praetorians

6.1/10 IMDB

Rome chafes under the rule of the Emperor Domitian and his Egyptian mistress, Artamne. A mysterious champion arises to fight against the Emperor -- a masked man known as the Red Wolf. In fact, the Red Wolf is Valerius Rufus, one of the Emperor's trusted centurions who's aided by none other than the Emperor's court jester, the diminutive Elpidion. Rebels in league with Valerius kidnap Artamne, planning to exchange her for two of their imprisoned colleagues, but Artamne escapes and soon both Valerius, (now exposed as the Red Wolf), and his fiancee, Lucilla, are sentenced to be immersed in a cauldron of molten lead. Valerius's friends, however, rise up to rescue him and to liberate Rome.

Starring: Giuliano Gemma, Richard Harrison, Moira Orfei, Piero Lulli, Aldo Cecconi, Salvatore Furnari, Renato Montalbano, Mirko Ellis, Amedeo Trilli, Fedele Gentile ..
Directed by: Alfonso Brescia
Release date: 1964-09-04
Best Action Movies of 1964 : Flight from Ashiya

Flight from Ashiya

5.4/10 IMDB

Featuring an all-star cast and on-location shooting in Japan, where the story is set, three US Air Force rescue pilots must overcome their personal problems and differences to embark upon a dangerous mission to save raft-bound Japanese survivors from a murderous storm-tossed sea. As they head for their location, the film flashes back to chronicle the pasts of each pilot to make clear their mixed feelings about their upcoming assignment.

Starring: Yul Brynner, Richard Widmark, George Chakiris, Suzy Parker, Shirley Knight, Danièle Gaubert, Eiko Taki ..
Directed by: Michael Anderson
Release date: 1964-03-25
Best Action Movies of 1964 : Fanfare for a Death Scene

Fanfare for a Death Scene

5.6/10 IMDB

An American secret agent, on the trail of a vanished scientist, must recover the scientist's revolutionary secret formula before the enemy catches up with his quarry first.

Starring: Richard Egan, Viveca Lindfors, Burgess Meredith, Telly Savalas, Ed Asner ..
Directed by: Leslie Stevens
Release date: 1964-09-01
Best Action Movies of 1964 : Rome Against Rome

Rome Against Rome

4.7/10 IMDB

A fantastic yarn about a plot to conquer the world with an army of zombies!

Starring: John Drew Barrymore, Susy Andersen, Ettore Manni, Ida Galli, Mino Doro, Ivano Staccioli, Andrea Checchi ..
Directed by: Giuseppe Vari
Release date: 1964-02-13
Best Action Movies of 1964 : The Secret of Blood Island

The Secret of Blood Island

4.8/10 IMDB

Based on the true story of a British secret agent, shot down over Malaya near to a Allied POW forced labour camp. There she is hidden, disguised as a youthful prisoner, until her escape can be effected. The costs of keeping her identity secret fall on all the POW's as the Japanese embark on a policy of ruthless terror to extract her and the focus shifts to the conflicts of the group' s collective concerns against the necessities of personal survival.

Starring: Jack Hedley, Barbara Shelley, Patrick Wymark, Bill Owen, Michael Ripper, Charles Tingwell, Lee Montague, Peter Welch, Glyn Houston, Edwin Richfield ..
Directed by: Quentin Lawrence
Release date: 1964-12-01

Tarzan The Fearless

4.6/10 IMDB

Re-edited, feature film version of the 1933 serial, Tarzan the Fearless, sold to television in the mid-1960's.

Starring: Buster Crabbe, Julie Bishop, Philo McCullough ..
Directed by: Robert F. Hill
Release date: 1964-01-01
Best Action Movies of 1964 : The 7th Dawn

The 7th Dawn

6.4/10 IMDB

Political and personal intrigues surround a group of characters in Malaya, after the close of the Second World War.

Starring: William Holden, Susannah York, Capucine, Tetsur? Tamba, Michael Goodliffe, Allan Cuthbertson, Sydney Tafler, Maurice Denham, Beulah Quo ..
Directed by: Lewis Gilbert
Release date: 1964-09-02
Best Action Movies of 1964 : Doctor Who: The Edge of Destruction

Doctor Who: The Edge of Destruction

0.0/10 IMDB

As they slowly recover from the shock of being thrown to the TARDIS floor, the Doctor, Susan, Ian and Barbara all seem to be acting strangely. It gradually dawns on the travellers that what they have been experiencing is an attempt by the TARDIS itself to warn them of something. The Doctor finally realises the fast return switch he used when leaving Skaro has stuck, and the ship has been plunging back to the beginning of time and its own destruction.

Starring: William Hartnell, Carole Ann Ford, Jacqueline Hill, William Russell ..
Directed by: Richard Martin, Frank Cox
Release date: 1964-02-15
Best Action Movies of 1964 : Dog Eat Dog!

Dog Eat Dog!

0.0/10 IMDB

Three thieves rip off a shipment of used money being sent back to the US. As they are escaping the robbery (after having taken a hostage), they wind up on an island in a hotel with an apparently crazed manager and a building full of demented residents.

Starring: Jayne Mansfield, Cameron Mitchell, Dodie Heath, Ivor Salter, Isa Miranda, Werner Peters, Elisabeth Flickenschildt, Pinkas Braun ..
Directed by: Richard E. Cunha, Gustav Gavrin
Release date: 1964-06-25

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