Best Action Movies of 1971

1.

Dirty Harry

6.2
7.7/10 IMDB

When a madman dubbed 'Scorpio' terrorizes San Francisco, hard-nosed cop, Harry Callahan – famous for his take-no-prisoners approach to law enforcement – is tasked with hunting down the psychopath. Harry eventually collars Scorpio in the process of rescuing a kidnap victim, only to see him walk on technicalities. Now, the maverick detective is determined to nail the maniac himself.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Harry Guardino, Reni Santoni, John Vernon, Andrew Robinson, John Larch, John Mitchum, Mae Mercer, Lyn Edgington, Ruth Kobart ..
Directed by: Don Siegel
Release date: 1971-12-21
2.

The French Connection

5.6
7.7/10 IMDB

Tough narcotics detective 'Popeye' Doyle is in hot pursuit of a suave French drug dealer who may be the key to a huge heroin-smuggling operation.

Starring: Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco, Marcel Bozzuffi, Frédéric de Pasquale, Bill Hickman, Ann Rebbot, Harold Gary, Arlene Farber ..
Directed by: William Friedkin
Release date: 1971-10-09
3.

Duel

5.4
7.6/10 IMDB

Traveling businessman David Mann angers the driver of a rusty tanker while crossing the Californian desert. A simple trip turns deadly, as Mann struggles to stay on the road while the tanker plays cat and mouse with his life.

Starring: Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Eddie Firestone, Lou Frizzell, Gene Dynarski, Lucille Benson, Tim Herbert, Charles Seel, Shirley O'Hara, Alexander Lockwood ..
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1971-12-25
4.

Diamonds Are Forever

5.3
6.6/10 IMDB

Diamonds are stolen only to be sold again in the international market. James Bond infiltrates a smuggling mission to find out who’s guilty. The mission takes him to Las Vegas where Bond meets his archenemy Blofeld.

Starring: Sean Connery, Jill St. John, Charles Gray, Lana Wood, Jimmy Dean, Bruce Cabot, Putter Smith, Bruce Glover, Norman Burton, Joseph Fürst ..
Directed by: Guy Hamilton
Release date: 1971-12-13
5.

Vanishing Point

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

Kowalski works for a car delivery service, and takes delivery of a 1970 Dodge Challenger to drive from Colorado to San Francisco. Shortly after pickup, he takes a bet to get the car there in less than 15 hours.

Starring: Barry Newman, Cleavon Little, Dean Jagger, Victoria Medlin, Gilda Texter, Lee Weaver, Timothy Scott, Robert Donner, Paul Koslo, Cherie Foster ..
Directed by: Richard C. Sarafian
Release date: 1971-01-15
6.

Shaft

4.8
6.6/10 IMDB

Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter.

Starring: Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Charles Cioffi, Christopher St. John, Gwenn Mitchell, Lawrence Pressman, Victor Arnold, Sherri Brewer, Rex Robbins, Camille Yarbrough ..
Directed by: Gordon Parks
Release date: 1971-07-02
7.

Escape from the Planet of the Apes

4.6
6.3/10 IMDB

The world is shocked by the appearance of two talking chimpanzees, who arrived mysteriously in a U.S. spacecraft. They become the toast of society; but one man believes them to be a threat to the human race.

Starring: Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Bradford Dillman, Natalie Trundy, Eric Braeden, William Windom, Sal Mineo, Albert Salmi, Jason Evers, John Randolph ..
Directed by: Don Taylor
Release date: 1971-05-20
8.

The Omega Man

4.6
6.5/10 IMDB

Robert Neville, a doctor, due to an experimental vaccine, is the only survivor of an apocalyptic war waged with biological weapons. The plague caused by the war has killed everyone else except for a few hundred deformed, nocturnal people calling themselves "The Family". The plague has caused them to become sensitive to light, as well as homicidally psychotic.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Rosalind Cash, Paul Koslo, Lincoln Kilpatrick, Brian Tochi, Eric Laneuville, Jill Giraldi, Anna Aries, DeVeren Bookwalter ..
Directed by: Boris Sagal
Release date: 1971-08-01
Best Action Movies of 1971 : The Grissom Gang
9.

The Grissom Gang

3.7
6.8/10 IMDB

The Grissom Gang is a remake of the notorious 1949 British melodrama No Orchids For Miss Blandish. Kim Darby plays a 1920s-era debutante who is kidnapped and held for ransom. Her captors are the Grissoms, a family comprised of sadists and morons, and headed by Ma Barker clone Irene Dailey. One of the Grissoms, played by Scott Wilson, takes a liking to his prisoner, which results in a bloody breakdown of the family unit. Both The Grissom Gang and the original No Orchids For Miss Blandish were inspired by the best-seller by James Hadley Chase, though neither film retains Chase's original ending.

Starring: Kim Darby, Scott Wilson, Tony Musante, Robert Lansing, Connie Stevens, Wesley Addy, Ralph Waite, Irene Dailey, Don Keefer ..
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Release date: 1971-05-28
10.

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: 1971-12-17

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