Best Action Movies of 1965

1.

Thunderball

5.5
6.9/10 IMDB

A criminal organization has obtained two nuclear bombs and are asking for a 100 million pound ransom in the form of diamonds in seven days or they will use the weapons. The secret service sends James Bond to the Bahamas to once again save the world.

Starring: Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, Adolfo Celi, Luciana Paluzzi, Rik Van Nutter, Guy Doleman, Molly Peters, Martine Beswick, Bernard Lee, Desmond Llewelyn ..
Directed by: Terence Young
Release date: 1965-12-11
2.

The Great Race

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

Professional daredevil and white-suited hero, The Great Leslie, convinces turn-of-the-century auto makers that a race from New York to Paris (westward across America, the Bering Straight and Russia) will help to promote automobile sales. Leslie's arch-rival, the mustached and black-attired Professor Fate vows to beat Leslie to the finish line in a car of Fate's own invention.

Starring: Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Peter Falk, Keenan Wynn, Arthur O'Connell, Vivian Vance, Dorothy Provine, Larry Storch, Ross Martin ..
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Release date: 1965-07-01
3.

Von Ryan's Express

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

Von Ryan's Express stars Frank Sinatra as a POW colonel who leads a daring escape from WWII Italy by taking over a freight train, but he has to win over the British soldiers he finds himself commanding.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Trevor Howard, Raffaella Carrà, Brad Dexter, Sergio Fantoni, John Leyton, Edward Mulhare, Wolfgang Preiss, James Brolin, John van Dreelen ..
Directed by: Mark Robson
Release date: 1965-06-23
4.

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

4.7
6.6/10 IMDB

Three strippers seeking thrills encounter a young couple in the desert. After dispatching the boyfriend, they take the girl hostage and begin scheming on a crippled old man living with his two sons in the desert, reputedly hiding a tidy sum of cash. They become house guests of the old man and try and seduce the sons in an attempt to locate the money, not realizing that the old man has a few sinister intentions of his own.

Starring: Tura Satana, Haji, Lori Williams, Sue Bernard, Stuart Lancaster, Paul Trinka, Dennis Busch, Ray Barlow, John Furlong, Michael Finn ..
Directed by: Russ Meyer
Release date: 1965-08-06
5.

The Heroes of Telemark

4.2
6.5/10 IMDB

Set in German-occupied Norway, resistance fighter Knut Straud enlists the reluctant physicist Rolf Pedersen in an effort to destroy the German heavy water production plant in rural Telemark.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Richard Harris, Ulla Jacobsson, Michael Redgrave, David Weston, Sebastian Breaks, John Golightly, Alan Howard, Patrick Jordan, William Marlowe ..
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Release date: 1965-11-22
Best Action Movies of 1965 : Star Trek: The Cage
6.

Star Trek: The Cage

4.1
7.6/10 IMDB

Capt. Pike is held prisoner and tested by aliens who have the power to project incredibly lifelike illusions.

Starring: Jeffrey Hunter, Susan Oliver, Leonard Nimoy, Majel Barrett, John Hoyt, Peter Duryea, Laurel Goodwin ..
Directed by: Robert Butler
Release date: 1965-01-22
7.

The Bedford Incident

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

During a routine patrol, a reporter is given permission to interview a hardened cold-war warrior and captain of the American destroyer USS Bedford. The reporter gets more than he bargained for when the Bedford discovers a Soviet sub and the captain begins a relentless pursuit, pushing his crew to breaking point.

Starring: Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier, Eric Portman, James MacArthur, Martin Balsam, Wally Cox, Michael Kane, Colin Maitland, Paul Tamarin, Frank Lieberman ..
Directed by: James B. Harris
Release date: 1965-10-11
8.

The Naked Prey

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

A group of men are on safari. One of the party refuses to give a gift to a tribe they encounter. The tribe is offended, seizes the party, and one-by-one, kills all but one of the safari members in various creative and horrifying ways. The last surviving member is given "The Lion's Chance" by the tribal leader to be hunted down by a party of tribal warriors.

Starring: Cornel Wilde, Gert Van den Bergh, Ken Gampu, Patrick Mynhardt, Bella Randles, Morrison Gampu ..
Directed by: Cornel Wilde
Release date: 1965-06-01
9.

Operation Crossbow

3.7
6.6/10 IMDB

Allied agents infiltrate the Nazi rocket complex at Peenemunde in order to obtain their secrets and sabotage the plant.The film alternates between German developments of the V-1 missile and V-2 rocket (with a German cast speaking their own language) and discovery by British Intelligence of the weapon.

Starring: Sophia Loren, George Peppard, Trevor Howard, John Mills, Richard Johnson, Tom Courtenay, Jeremy Kemp, Anthony Quayle, Lilli Palmer, Paul Henreid ..
Directed by: Michael Anderson
Release date: 1965-04-01
10.

Morituri

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

A German living in India during World War II is blackmailed by the English to impersonate an SS officer on board a cargo ship leaving Japan for Germany carrying a large supply of rubber for tyres. His mission is to disable the scuttling charges so the captain cannot sink the ship if they are stopped by English warships.

Starring: Marlon Brando, Yul Brynner, Janet Margolin, Trevor Howard, Martin Benrath, Hans Christian Blech, Wally Cox, Max Haufler, Rainer Penkert, William Redfield ..
Directed by: Bernhard Wicki
Release date: 1965-08-24
11.

Lord Jim

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

After being discredited as a coward, a 19th century seaman lives for only one purpose: to redeem himself.

Starring: Peter O'Toole, James Mason, Curd Jürgens, Eli Wallach, Daliah Lavi, Jack Hawkins, Akim Tamiroff, Andrew Keir, Jack MacGowran, Paul Lukas ..
Directed by: Richard Brooks
Release date: 1965-02-15
Best Action Movies of 1965 : Sands of the Kalahari
12.

Sands of the Kalahari

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

A diverse group of individuals struggle to survive in the Kalahari desert after their passenger plane crashes.

Starring: Stuart Whitman, Stanley Baker, Susannah York, Harry Andrews, Theodore Bikel, Nigel Davenport ..
Directed by: Cy Endfield
Release date: 1965-11-24
13.

A High Wind in Jamaica

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

In 1870, a Jamaican colonial family sends its children to Britain for proper schooling, but their ship is taken over by pirates, who become fond of the kids.

Starring: Anthony Quinn, James Coburn, Deborah Baxter, Gert Fröbe, Dennis Price, Lila Kedrova, Nigel Davenport, Isabel Dean, Kenneth J. Warren, Ben Carruthers ..
Directed by: Alexander Mackendrick
Release date: 1965-05-01
14.

The Liquidator

3.2
5.9/10 IMDB

Spy spoof about Boysie Oakes, a British secret agent who specialises in Liquidating. In actual fact he contracts out the work and pretends it is was himself. This leads to complications.

Starring: Rod Taylor, Trevor Howard, Jill St. John, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Eric Sykes, John Le Mesurier, Derek Nimmo, David Tomlinson, Akim Tamiroff, Gabriella Licudi ..
Directed by: Jack Cardiff
Release date: 1965-11-01
Best Action Movies of 1965 : Red Line 7000
15.

Red Line 7000

2.9
5.6/10 IMDB

The lives and passions of a stock car team are revealed against the turbulent backdrop of the professional racing world.

Starring: James Caan, Laura Devon, Gail Hire, Charlene Holt, Marianna Hill, Teri Garr, John Robert Crawford, Skip Ward, Norman Alden, George Takei ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1965-11-09
Best Action Movies of 1965 : The Big Job
16.

The Big Job

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

A gang of hapless crooks, led by Sidney James, successfully perpetrate a robbery only to be caught after the fact. Fifteen years later they emerge from prison intent on retrieving their stolen loot - and discover a police station has been built over its hiding place.

Starring: Sid James, Sylvia Syms, Dick Emery, Joan Sims, Lance Percival, Jim Dale, Edina Ronay, Deryck Guyler, Reginald Beckwith, Brian Rawlinson ..
Directed by: Gerald Thomas
Release date: 1965-01-01
17.

The Glory Guys

2.7
6.1/10 IMDB

Though a fictionalized Western based on George Armstrong Custer's 7th Cavalry Regiment at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, the film is almost a generic war story covering the enlistment, training, and operational deployment of a group of recruits that could take place in any time period.

Starring: Tom Tryon, Harve Presnell, Senta Berger, Michael Anderson Jr., James Caan, Slim Pickens, Erik Holland, Adam Williams, Andrew Duggan, Walter Scott ..
Directed by: Arnold Laven, Sam Peckinpah
Release date: 1965-07-07
Best Action Movies of 1965 : Town Tamer
18.

Town Tamer

2.7
5.7/10 IMDB

A gunfighter is hired to clean up a wild frontier town, but there are forces afoot who want to keep the town as wide-open as it is. Lyle Bettger, Bruce Cabot and Richard Jaeckel co-star as the lawless bad guys in this Western based on a novel by Frank Gruber.

Starring: Dana Andrews, Terry Moore, Pat O’Brien, Lon Chaney Jr., Bruce Cabot, Lyle Bettger, Richard Arlen, Barton MacLane, Richard Jaeckel, Philip Carey ..
Directed by: Lesley Selander
Release date: 1965-07-07
19.

The Ravagers

2.5
4.9/10 IMDB

A story about a Filipino guerilla Sargent who was tasked to ambush a company of Japanese soldiers staying at a convent.

Starring: John Saxon, Fernando Poe Jr., Vic Diaz, Bronwyn FitzSimons, Robert Arevalo, Vic Silayan, Kristina Scott ..
Directed by: Eddie Romero
Release date: 1965-01-08
20.

Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion

2.5
5.8/10 IMDB

When a native village is apparently terrorized by a Lion, the local sergeant enlists the help of a veterinarian working at a nearby animal study center. It is soon discovered that the Lion has a unique problem, it has double vision due to the fact that it is cross eyed and therefore cannot hunt. The Lion is taken back to the study center and is soon adopted by the vet's daughter. Meanwhile, a dangerous criminal is planning to capture young Gorillas and sell them on the black market...

Starring: Marshall Thompson, Betsy Drake, Richard Haydn, Cheryl Miller, Alan Caillou, Rockne Tarkington, Maurice Marsac, Robert DoQui ..
Directed by: Andrew Marton
Release date: 1965-08-04
21.

Masquerade

2.4
5.6/10 IMDB

The British send an American and a war hero to kidnap and hide an oil-country prince.

Starring: Cliff Robertson, Jack Hawkins, Marisa Mell, Michel Piccoli, Bill Fraser, Charles Gray, John Le Mesurier, Felix Aylmer, Christopher Witty, Tutte Lemkow ..
Directed by: Basil Dearden
Release date: 1965-04-13
Best Action Movies of 1965 : Neutron Battles the Karate Assassins
22.

Neutron Battles the Karate Assassins

2.2
5.4/10 IMDB

Superhero wrestler Neutron battles a gang of robotic assassins who use their hands and feet as deadly weapons.

Starring: Wolf Ruvinskis, Ariadna Welter, Jesús Salinas, Carlos López Moctezuma, Germán Robles, Rodolfo Landa, Fernando Luján ..
Directed by: Alfredo B. Crevenna
Release date: 1965-08-06
23.

Our Man in Jamaica

2.1
5.4/10 IMDB

The FBI sends agents to Jamaica to investigate arms smuggling to revolutionaries in Santo Domingo.

Starring: Larry Pennell, Barbara Valentin, Linda Sini, Margitta Scherr, Roberto Camardiel, Brad Harris, Wolfgang Kieling, Christine Schuberth ..
Directed by: Ernst Ritter von Theumer, Mel Welles
Release date: 1965-09-04
Best Action Movies of 1965 : Challenge of the Gladiator
24.

Challenge of the Gladiator

1.9
4.5/10 IMDB

Starring: Peter Lupus, Massimo Serato, Livio Lorenzon, Gloria Milland, Piero Lulli, Walter Barnes, Andrea Checchi, Dario Michaelis, Franco Ressel, Bruno Scipioni ..
Directed by: Domenico Paolella
Release date: 1965-10-29
Best Action Movies of 1965 : Evil Brain from Outer Space
25.

Evil Brain from Outer Space

1.9
3.5/10 IMDB

An evil brain from outer space unleashes monsters with deadly diseases on Earth with trying to conquer the universe. Superhero Starman must battle them all to save his planet.

Starring: Ken Utsui, Sachihiro Ohsawa, Junko Ikeuchi, Minako Yamada, Shoji Nakayama, Hiroshi Hayashi, Minoru Takada, Utako Mitsuya, Chisako Hara, Reiko Seto ..
Directed by: Teruo Ishii, Akira Miwa, Nagayoshi Akasaka
Release date: 1965-01-01
Best Action Movies of 1965 : Lemon Grove Kids Meet the Monsters
26.

Lemon Grove Kids Meet the Monsters

1.9
4.2/10 IMDB

The adventures of the Lemon Grove Kids in this Bowery Boys inspired kiddie film.

Starring: Ray Dennis Steckler, Mike Kannon, Carolyn Brandt, Don Snyder, Coleman Francis, Herb Robins, Bob Burns, Kedric Wolfe, Joseph Bardo, Linda Steckler ..
Directed by: Ray Dennis Steckler, Peter Balakoff, Ed McWatters
Release date: 1965-01-01
Best Action Movies of 1965 : Atomic Rulers
27.

Atomic Rulers

1.8
3.9/10 IMDB

Super criminals are planning to infiltrate Earth with mass nuclear destruction! Only Starman can defend civilization by thwarting evil!

Starring: Ken Utsui, Junko Ikeuchi, Shoji Nakayama, Minoru Takada, Sachihiro Ohsawa, Minako Yamada, Hiroshi Hayashi, Utako Mitsuya, Chisako Hara, Reiko Seto ..
Directed by: Teruo Ishii, Akira Miwa, Nagayoshi Akasaka
Release date: 1965-01-01
Best Action Movies of 1965 : He Who Rides a Tiger
28.

He Who Rides a Tiger

1.6
7.2/10 IMDB

Peter Rayston, has been in and out of prison most of his life. At 30, he is released for the eighth time, after serving a sentence for housebreaking. Immediately, he goes back to his old life, providing for his expensive tastes by executing a series of daring burglaries

Starring: Tom Bell, Judi Dench, Paul Rogers, Kay Walsh, Ray McAnally, Jeremy Spenser, Peter Madden, Inigo Jackson, Annette Andre, Edina Ronay ..
Directed by: Charles Crichton
Release date: 1965-10-01
Best Action Movies of 1965 : The Rule for a Vagabond
29.

The Rule for a Vagabond

1.5
5.9/10 IMDB

A brave warrior fights to restore peace to a town riddled by crime, one sword at a time, in this historical action saga.

Starring: Hideki Takahashi, Tamio Kawachi, Masako Izumi, Meiko Kaji, Mieko Nishio, Yukiko Todoroki, Hiroshi Izumi, Hiroshi Kondô, Nakajirô Tomita, Masahiko Tanimura ..
Directed by: Eisuke Takizawa
Release date: 1965-08-04
Best Action Movies of 1965 : Licensed to Kill
30.

Licensed to Kill

1.4
5.8/10 IMDB

An English spy (Tom Adams) guards a Scandinavian scientist (Karl Stepanek) who has sold an anti-gravity device to each side.

Starring: Tom Adams, Karl Stepanek, Peter Bull, Francis de Wolff, John Arnatt, Gary Hope, Mona Chong, Veronica Hurst, Judy Huxtable ..
Directed by: Lindsay Shonteff
Release date: 1965-07-05
Best Action Movies of 1965 : Operation Poker
31.

Operation Poker

1.1
4.5/10 IMDB

The invention everyone is after is definitely of the science fiction type. It's a special tie-clip that when used with a pair of infra-red contact lenses enables the user to see through walls! The guy that stole them from the professor is putting it to good use by wearing it while playing poker and cleaning up! He should think bigger. The first thing Roger does when he discovers this little novelty is use it to spy on his girlfriend getting dressed! That's more like it. This film really gets around. We travel from the Riviera to Geneva to Paris to Casablanca (the Casbah no less), and to Copenhagen. We even get a tour of the Tuborg brewery. There's a prolonged gun battle amongst the giant beer tanks. Talk about product placement!

Starring: Roger Browne, José Greci, Sancho Gracia, Roberto Messina, Carla Calò, Andrea Scotti, Helga Liné, Ángel Ter ..
Directed by: Osvaldo Civirani
Release date: 1965-12-30
Best Action Movies of 1965 : Doctor Who: The Chase
32.

Doctor Who: The Chase

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

The Doctor and his companions are pursued through time and space by the Daleks on the desert planet Aridius and beyond.

Starring: William Hartnell, Jacqueline Hill, William Russell, Maureen O'Brien, Peter Purves, Robert Marsden, Roger Hammond, Vivienne Bennett, Hugh Walters, Richard Coe ..
Directed by: Richard Martin, Douglas Camfield
Release date: 1965-06-26
Best Action Movies of 1965 : Doctor Who: The Time Meddler
33.

Doctor Who: The Time Meddler

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

In England, 1066, the Doctor confronts a mysterious Monk who is attempting to change history.

Starring: William Hartnell, Maureen O'Brien, Peter Purves, Peter Butterworth, Alethea Charlton, Peter Russell, Michael Miller, Michael Guest, Geoffrey Cheshire, Norman Hartley ..
Directed by: Douglas Camfield
Release date: 1965-07-24
Best Action Movies of 1965 : Doctor Who: Galaxy 4
34.

Doctor Who: Galaxy 4

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

The Doctor, Vicki and Steven arrive on an arid planet where they meet the beautiful Drahvins and the hideous Rills. Each has crash-landed after a confrontation in space. The Rills are friendly, compassionate explorers. The Drahvins are dull-witted, cloned soldiers, terrorised by the intelligent, warlike matriarch Maaga.

Starring: William Hartnell, Maureen O'Brien, Peter Purves, Stephanie Bidmead, Marina Martin, Susanna Caroll, Lyn Ashley, Jimmy Kaye, William Shearer, Angelo Muscat ..
Directed by: Derek Martinus, Mervyn Pinfield
Release date: 1965-10-02
Best Action Movies of 1965 : Doctor Who: The Myth Makers
35.

Doctor Who: The Myth Makers

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

When the TARDIS arrives on the plains of Asia Minor not far from the besieged city of Troy, the Doctor is hailed by Achilles as the mighty god Zeus and taken to the Greek camp. He meets Agamemnon and Odysseus. Forced to admit he is a mere mortal — albeit a traveller in space and time — he is given two days to devise a scheme to capture Troy. Steven and Vicki, meanwhile, have been taken prisoner by the Trojans. Vicki, believed to possess supernatural powers, is given two days to banish the Greeks to prove she is not a spy.

Starring: William Hartnell, Maureen O'Brien, Peter Purves, Adrienne Hill, Max Adrian, Cavan Kendall, Alan Haywood, Barrie Ingham, Frances White, James Lynn ..
Directed by: Michael Leeston-Smith
Release date: 1965-11-06
36.

Book Without Words

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Book Without Words is a 1965 Cantonese martial arts film directed by Chan Lit-Ban and starring Cheung Ching.

Starring: Cheung Ching, Sek Kin, Nei Suet, Connie Chan Po-Chu, Kenneth Tsang, Nancy Sit Ka-Yin, Lee Kui-On, Yam Yin, Kong Man-Sing, Tam Sin-Hung ..
Directed by: Chan Lit-ban
Release date: 1965-12-29
Best Action Movies of 1965 : Doctor Who: The Space Museum
37.

Doctor Who: The Space Museum

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

On the planet Xeros, the TARDIS crew discover their own future selves frozen in time as exhibits in a galactic museum and must avert this potential future.

Starring: William Hartnell, Jacqueline Hill, William Russell, Maureen O'Brien, Richard Shaw, Ivor Salter, Salvin Stewart, Peter Diamond, Lawrence Dean, Ken Norris ..
Directed by: Mervyn Pinfield
Release date: 1965-05-15
Best Action Movies of 1965 : Doctor Who: The Rescue
38.

Doctor Who: The Rescue

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

On the planet Dido, the Doctor, Ian and Barbara meet two survivors from a crashed spaceship who are terrorised by the monster Koquillion.

Starring: William Hartnell, Jacqueline Hill, William Russell, Maureen O'Brien, Ray Barrett, Tom Sheridan, John Stuart, Colin Hughes ..
Directed by: Christopher Barry
Release date: 1965-01-09
Best Action Movies of 1965 : Doctor Who: The Romans
39.

Doctor Who: The Romans

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

The TARDIS crew take up residence near Rome in 64AD, where Ian and Barbara are kidnapped by slave traders, and the Doctor's imitation of Maximus Pettulian sees him taken to the court of Emperor Nero where he inadvertently plays a part in deciding the course of history...

Starring: William Hartnell, Jacqueline Hill, William Russell, Maureen O'Brien, Derek Francis, Michael Peake, Brian Proudfoot, Kay Patrick, Peter Diamond, Derek Sydney ..
Directed by: Christopher Barry
Release date: 1965-02-06
Best Action Movies of 1965 : Doctor Who: The Web Planet
40.

Doctor Who: The Web Planet

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

On the planet Vortis, the Doctor and his companions aid the butterfly-like Menoptra in their battle against the parasitic Animus and its mind-controlled minions, the ant-like Zarbi.

Starring: William Hartnell, Jacqueline Hill, William Russell, Maureen O'Brien, Catherine Fleming, Roslyn de Winter, Arne Gordon, Arthur Blake, Jolyon Booth, Jocelyn Birdsall ..
Directed by: Richard Martin
Release date: 1965-03-20
Best Action Movies of 1965 : Doctor Who: The Crusade
41.

Doctor Who: The Crusade

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

In 12th century Palestine, the Doctor and his friends are drawn into the holy war between the forces of King Richard the Lionheart and the Saracen ruler Saladin.

Starring: William Hartnell, Jacqueline Hill, William Russell, Maureen O'Brien, Julian Glover, Jean Marsh, Walter Randall, Roger Avon, Bernard Kay, David Anderson ..
Directed by: Douglas Camfield
Release date: 1965-04-17
42.

Liu zhi qin mo

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Starring: Connie Chan, Kui-On Lee, Sek Kin ..
Directed by: Chen Lipin
Release date: 1965-03-24

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