Best Action Movies of 1970

1.

Airport

4.8
6.6/10 IMDB

Melodrama about a bomber on board an airplane, an airport almost closed by snow, and various personal problems of the people involved.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Jean Seberg, Jacqueline Bisset, George Kennedy, Helen Hayes, Van Heflin, Maureen Stapleton, Barry Nelson, John Findlater ..
Directed by: George Seaton
Release date: 1970-03-05
2.

Waterloo

4.0
7.3/10 IMDB

After defeating France and imprisoning Napoleon on Elba, ending two decades of war, Europe is shocked to find Napoleon has escaped and has caused the French Army to defect from the King back to him. The best of the British generals, the Duke of Wellington, beat Napolean's best generals in Spain and Portugal, but now must beat Napoleon himself with an Anglo Allied army.

Starring: Rod Steiger, Christopher Plummer, Orson Welles, Jack Hawkins, Virginia McKenna, Dan O'Herlihy, Rupert Davies, Philippe Forquet, Gianni Garko, Ivo Garrani ..
Directed by: Sergey Bondarchuk
Release date: 1970-10-26
3.

The Ballad of Cable Hogue

3.9
7.2/10 IMDB

Double-crossed and left without water in the desert, Cable Hogue is saved when he finds a spring. It is in just the right spot for a much needed rest stop on the local stagecoach line, and Hogue uses this to his advantage. He builds a house and makes money off the stagecoach passengers. Hildy, a prostitute from the nearest town, moves in with him. Hogue has everything going his way until the advent of the automobile ends the era of the stagecoach.

Starring: Jason Robards, Stella Stevens, David Warner, Slim Pickens, L.Q. Jones, Strother Martin, R.G. Armstrong, Peter Whitney, Gene Evans, William Mims ..
Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Release date: 1970-05-13
4.

Sometimes a Great Notion

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

Hank Stamper and his father, Henry, own and operate the family business by cutting and shipping logs in Oregon. The town is furious when they continue working despite the town going broke and the other loggers go on strike ordering the Stampers to stop, however Hank continues to push his family on cutting more trees. Hank's wife wishes he would stop and hopes that they can spend more time together. When Hank's half brother Leland comes to work for them, more trouble starts.

Starring: Paul Newman, Henry Fonda, Lee Remick, Michael Sarrazin, Richard Jaeckel, Linda Lawson, Cliff Potts, Sam Gilman, Lee de Broux, Jim Burk ..
Directed by: Paul Newman
Release date: 1970-12-31
5.

Soldier Blue

3.7
6.9/10 IMDB

After a cavalry group is massacred by the Cheyenne, only two survivors remain: Honus, a naive private devoted to his duty, and Cresta, a young woman who had lived with the Cheyenne two years and whose sympathies lie more with them than with the US government. Together, they must try to reach the cavalry's main base camp. As they travel onward, Honus is torn between his growing affection for Cresta.

Starring: Candice Bergen, Peter Strauss, Donald Pleasence, John Anderson, Jorge Rivero, Dana Elcar, Bob Carraway, Martin West, James Hampton, Mort Mills ..
Directed by: Ralph Nelson
Release date: 1970-08-12
Best Action Movies of 1970 : Cotton Comes to Harlem
6.

Cotton Comes to Harlem

3.5
6.5/10 IMDB

Harlem's African-American population is being ripped off by the Rev. Deke O'Malley, who dishonestly claims that small donations will secure parcels of land in Africa. When New York City police officers Gravedigger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson look into O'Malley's scam, they learn that the cash is being smuggled inside a bale of cotton. However, the police, O'Malley, and lots of others find themselves scrambling when the money goes missing.

Starring: Godfrey Cambridge, Raymond St. Jacques, Calvin Lockhart, Judy Pace, Redd Foxx, Emily Yancy, John Anderson, Lou Jacobi, Eugene Roche, J.D. Cannon ..
Directed by: Ossie Davis
Release date: 1970-05-27
7.

Too Late the Hero

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

A WWII film set on a Pacific island. Japanese and allied forces occupy different parts of the island. When a group of British soldiers are sent on a mission behind enemy lines, things don't go exactly to plan. This film differs in that some of the 'heroes' are very reluctant, but they come good when they are pursued by the Japanese who are determined to prevent them returning to base.

Starring: Michael Caine, Cliff Robertson, Henry Fonda, Ian Bannen, Harry Andrews, Denholm Elliott, Ronald Fraser, Lance Percival, Percy Herbert, Ken Takakura ..
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Release date: 1970-05-20
8.

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

Under hypnosis while trying to quit smoking, the main character Daisy Gamble revisits past lives and different personalities

Starring: Barbra Streisand, Yves Montand, Bob Newhart, Larry Blyden, Simon Oakland, Jack Nicholson, John Richardson, Pamela Brown, Irene Handl, Roy Kinnear ..
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
Release date: 1970-06-17
9.

Figures in a Landscape

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

Two escaped convicts (Robert Shaw and Malcolm McDowell) are on the run in an unnamed Latin American country. But everywhere they go, they are followed and hounded by a menacing black helicopter.

Starring: Robert Shaw, Malcolm McDowell, Henry Woolf, Christopher Malcolm, Andy Bradford, Warwick Sims, Roger Lloyd Pack, Robert East, Tariq Yunus, Pamela Brown ..
Directed by: Joseph Losey
Release date: 1970-11-21
Best Action Movies of 1970 : The McKenzie Break
10.

The McKenzie Break

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

A German U-Boat commander and 600 prisoners plan a daring escape from a PoW camp in Scotland.

Starring: Brian Keith, Helmut Griem, Ian Hendry, Jack Watson, Horst Janson, Patrick O'Connell, Alexander Allerson, John Abineri, Constantine Gregory, Tom Kempinski ..
Directed by: Lamont Johnson
Release date: 1970-10-28

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