Best Action Movies of 1971

1.

The French Connection

6.2
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
2.

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: 1971-12-23
3.

Duel

6.1
7.6/10 IMDB

Traveling businessman David Mann angers the driver of a rusty tanker while crossing the California 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: 1971-11-13
4.

Diamonds Are Forever

5.3
6.5/10 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.

THX 1138

4.8
6.7/10 IMDB

People in the future live in a totalitarian society. A technician named THX 1138 lives a mundane life between work and taking a controlled consumption of drugs that the government uses to make puppets out of people. As THX is without drugs for the first time he has feelings for a woman and they start a secret relationship.

Starring: Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence, Don Pedro Colley, Maggie McOmie, Ian Wolfe, Marshall Efron, Sid Haig, John Pearce, Irene Cagen, Gary Alan Marsh ..
Directed by: George Lucas
Release date: 1971-03-11
7.

Le Mans

4.8
6.7/10 IMDB

Filmed during the annual 24-hour endurance race at Le Mans, Michael Delaney is a Porsche driver haunted by the memory of an accident at the previous year's race in which a competing driver was killed. Delaney also finds himself increasingly infatuated with the man's widow.

Starring: Steve McQueen, Siegfried Rauch, Elga Andersen, Ronald Leigh-Hunt, Luc Merenda, Fred Haltiner, Louise Edlind, Angelo Infanti, Jean-Claude Bercq, Anne Libert ..
Directed by: Lee H. Katzin
Release date: 1971-06-23
8.

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: 1971-06-25
9.

The Omega Man

4.6
6.4/10 IMDB

Due to an experimental vaccine, Dr. Robert Neville is the only human survivor of an apocalyptic war waged with biological weapons. Besides him, only a few hundred deformed, nocturnal people remain - sensitive to light, and 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
10.

Escape from the Planet of the Apes

4.6
6.3/10 IMDB

The world is shocked by the appearance of three talking chimpanzees, who arrived mysteriously in a spacecraft. Intrigued by their intelligence, humans use them for research - until the apes attempt to escape.

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
Best Action Movies of 1971 : The Anderson Tapes
11.

The Anderson Tapes

3.9
6.4/10 IMDB

Thief Duke Anderson—just released from ten years in jail—takes up with his old girlfriend in her posh apartment block, and makes plans to rob the entire building. What he doesn't know is that his every move is being recorded on audio and video, although he is not the subject of any surveillance.

Starring: Sean Connery, Dyan Cannon, Martin Balsam, Ralph Meeker, Alan King, Christopher Walken, Val Avery, Dick Anthony Williams, Garrett Morris, Stan Gottlieb ..
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Release date: 1971-06-17
12.

Sometimes a Great Notion

3.7
6.9/10 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
13.

The Last Valley

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

People in a small German village in the last valley to remain untouched by the devastating Thirty Years' War try to exist in peace with a group of soldiers occupying the valley.

Starring: Michael Caine, Omar Sharif, Florinda Bolkan, Nigel Davenport, Per Oscarsson, Madeleine Hinde, Yorgo Voyagis, Miguel Alejandro, Christian Roberts, Brian Blessed ..
Directed by: James Clavell
Release date: 1971-01-28
14.

Skin Game

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Quincy Drew and Jason O’Rourke, a pair of friends and con men—the former white, the latter a Northern-born free Black man— travel from town to town in the pre–Civil War American West. In their scam, Quincy sells Jason into slavery, frees him, and the two move on to the next town of suckers . . . until a con gone wrong leads Jason into real danger.

Starring: James Garner, Louis Gossett Jr., Susan Clark, Brenda Sykes, Ed Asner, Andrew Duggan, Henry Jones, Neva Patterson, Parley Baer, George Tyne ..
Directed by: Paul Bogart
Release date: 1971-09-30
15.

Lawman

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

While passing through the town of Bannock, a bunch of drunken cattlemen go overboard with their celebrating and accidentally kill an old man with a stray shot. They return home to Sabbath unaware of his death. Bannock lawman Jered Maddox later arrives there to arrest everyone involved on a charge of murder. Sabbath is run by land baron Vince Bronson, a benevolent despot, who, upon hearing of the death, offers restitution for the incident.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Lee J. Cobb, Robert Duvall, Sheree North, Albert Salmi, Richard Jordan, John McGiver, Ralph Waite, John Beck ..
Directed by: Michael Winner
Release date: 1971-03-11
16.

Support Your Local Gunfighter

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

A con artist arrives in a mining town controlled by two competing companies. Both companies think he's a famous gunfighter and try to hire him to drive the other out of town.

Starring: James Garner, Suzanne Pleshette, Jack Elam, Harry Morgan, Joan Blondell, Marie Windsor, John Dehner, Henry Jones, Dub Taylor, Kathleen Freeman ..
Directed by: Burt Kennedy
Release date: 1971-05-26
17.

The Grissom Gang

3.5
6.7/10 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, Alex Wilson ..
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Release date: 1971-05-28
Best Action Movies of 1971 : The Last Run
18.

The Last Run

3.5
6.4/10 IMDB

A former mob getaway driver from Chicago has retired to a peaceful life in a Portuguese fishing village. He is asked to pull off one last job - to drive a dangerous crook and his girlfriend to France.

Starring: George C. Scott, Tony Musante, Trish Van Devere, Colleen Dewhurst, Aldo Sambrell, Antonio Tarruella, Robert Coleby ..
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Release date: 1971-07-07
19.

Wild Rovers

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

Ross Bodine and Frank Post are cowhands on Walt Buckman's R-Bar-R ranch. Bodine is older and broods a bit about how he will get along when he's too old to cowboy. Post is young and rambunctious and ambitious for a better life than wrangling cows. When one of their fellow cowboys is killed in a corral accident, Post suggests a way into a better life for himself and his friend: robbing a bank. Bodine reluctantly joins in the plan and the two contrive to rob the local bank. They make good their escape initially, but Walt Buckman and his two sons, John and Paul, are incensed at this betrayal by their own trusted employees. John and Paul set out to bring Bodine and Post to justice.

Starring: William Holden, Ryan O'Neal, Karl Malden, Lynn Carlin, Tom Skerritt, Joe Don Baker, Geoffrey Edwards, James Olson, Leora Dana, Moses Gunn ..
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Release date: 1971-06-23
Best Action Movies of 1971 : The Horsemen
20.

The Horsemen

3.4
6.2/10 IMDB

In the poor, desolate northern provinces of the mountainous feudal Sunni kingdom of Afghanistan (before the Soviet-engineered republican revolutions), the status of the proud men and their clans is determined less by wealth or even military power (both rare) then by victories in the ancient, though game of buskashi, a vicious form of polo dating back to Genghis Khan, in which the chapendaz (participating horsemen) use their horse-whips on both mounts and rivals in a ruthless fight for a heavy 'ball', a dead calf, which must be carried a long way, almost impossible with all the others mercilessly assailing. Tursen, a former champion, now holds the status of village notable thanks to his position as stable-keeper of the regional lord Osman Bey, and has finally bred a horse without equal, the white stallion Jahil, in time for the royal tournament on the plain of Bagrami, just outside the capital Kabul...

Starring: Omar Sharif, Leigh Taylor-Young, Jack Palance, Peter Jeffrey, Srinanda De, George Murcell, Eric Pohlmann, Vernon Dobtcheff, Saeed Jaffrey ..
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Release date: 1971-08-16
Best Action Movies of 1971 : Kidnapped
21.

Kidnapped

3.3
6.2/10 IMDB

Scottish orphan David Balfour is betrayed by his wicked uncle Ebeneezer, who arranges for David to be kidnapped and sold into slavery so that he cannot claim his inheritance. The boy is rescued and befriended by Alan Breck, a Scottish rebel fighting on behalf of his country's independence from the British.

Starring: Michael Caine, Lawrence Douglas, Vivien Heilbron, Trevor Howard, Jack Hawkins, Donald Pleasence, Gordon Jackson, Freddie Jones, Jack Watson ..
Directed by: Delbert Mann
Release date: 1971-12-22
22.

The Hunting Party

3.3
6.2/10 IMDB

A ruthless rancher, and his gang, use extremely long range rifles to kill the men who kidnapped his wife.

Starring: Oliver Reed, Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen, Simon Oakland, Ronald Howard, Mitchell Ryan, L. Q. Jones, G. D. Spradlin, Rayford Barnes, Bernard Kay ..
Directed by: Don Medford
Release date: 1971-07-16
Best Action Movies of 1971 : Billy Jack
23.

Billy Jack

3.2
6.1/10 IMDB

Ex-Green Beret hapkido expert saves wild horses from being slaughtered for dog food and helps protect a desert "freedom school" for runaways.

Starring: Tom Laughlin, Delores Taylor, Clark Howat, Victor Izay, Julie Webb, Debbie Schock, Teresa Kelly, Lynn Baker, Susan Foster, Susan Sosa ..
Directed by: Tom Laughlin
Release date: 1971-08-02
24.

Von Richthofen and Brown

3.2
5.9/10 IMDB

Spend time on both sides of World War I, partly with German flying ace Baron Manfred Von Richthofen (John Phillip Law), aka "The Red Baron," and his colorful "flying circus" of Fokker fighter planes, during the time from his arrival at the war front to his death in combat. On the other side is Roy Brown of the Royal Air Force, sometimes credited with shooting Richthofen down.

Starring: John Phillip Law, Don Stroud, Barry Primus, Corin Redgrave, Karen Ericson, Hurd Hatfield, Stephen McHattie, Brian Foley, Robert La Tourneaux, Peter Masterson ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1971-06-30
25.

The Organization

3.2
6.0/10 IMDB

After a group of young revolutionaries break into a company's corporate headquarters and steal $5,000,000 worth of heroin to keep it off the street, they call on San Francisco Police Lieutenant Virgil Tibbs for assistance.

Starring: Sidney Poitier, Barbara McNair, Gerald S. O'Loughlin, Sheree North, Fred Beir, Allen Garfield, Bernie Hamilton, Graham Jarvis, Raúl Juliá, Daniel J. Travanti ..
Directed by: Don Medford
Release date: 1971-10-20
Best Action Movies of 1971 : Mean Justice
26.

Mean Justice

3.1
7.7/10 IMDB

Moreno (Bronson) is a tough ranch hand on the vast half million acre Garret Ranch. Rich in timber, gas, cattle and oil, the ranch is a major employer of rough rugged cowboys in northern New Mexico. Unexpectedly, Moreno has been accused , and tried for the murder of the daughter of the Garret ranch's popular foreman (Denver Pyle). As luck turns against the Garret ranch, each man endures struggles against nature, competitors, and each other in order to keep the operation profitable.

Starring: Charles Bronson, Ryan O'Neal, Denver Pyle, Richard Egan, Terry Moore, Anne Seymour, Oliver McGowan, Paul Tripp, Vic Perrin ..
Directed by: Arthur Hiller
Release date: 1971-02-08
Best Action Movies of 1971 : Powderkeg
27.

Powderkeg

3.1
6.6/10 IMDB

A Mexican bandit is about to be executed in the United States, so his brother takes over a train and holds the passengers as hostages unless his brother is released. Now both the Americans and Mexicans are baffled as to what to do. One of the passengers — who wrote the letter for their captor — has a suggestion: call mercenaries Hank Brackett and Johnny Reech. They do, and as expected they do come up with a plan, but the president of the railroad is not sure if it will work.

Starring: Rod Taylor, Dennis Cole, Fernando Lamas, John McIntire, Michael Ansara, Tisha Sterling, Melodie Johnson, Reni Santoni, Luciana Paluzzi, Joe De Santis ..
Directed by: Douglas Hayes
Release date: 1971-04-16
Best Action Movies of 1971 : Bunny O'Hare
28.

Bunny O'Hare

3.1
5.6/10 IMDB

Bette Davis handles the title role in this highly offbeat crime comedy about two aging hippies who elect to rob a bank to restore Bunny O'Hare's financial affairs after she's been unjustly evicted and rendered homeless. When that heist ends up paying off, rather than take off for the border, Bunny opts for a life of crime with her new partner, Bill Green, played by fellow Oscar-winner Ernest Borgnine.

Starring: Bette Davis, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Cassidy, Joan Delaney, Jay Robinson, John Astin, Reva Rose, Carol Smith, Randi Proctor, Luanne Roberts ..
Directed by: Gerd Oswald
Release date: 1971-10-18
29.

When Eight Bells Toll

3.1
6.0/10 IMDB

In a vein similar to Bond movies, a British agent Philip Calvert is on a mission to determine the whereabouts of a ship that disappeared near the coast of Scotland.

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Robert Morley, Nathalie Delon, Jack Hawkins, Corin Redgrave, Derek Bond, Ferdy Mayne, Maurice Roëves, Leon Collins, Wendy Allnutt ..
Directed by: Etienne Périer
Release date: 1971-03-09
30.

The Big Doll House

3.1
5.8/10 IMDB

Female prisoners in a Phillippine jail are being subjected to sadistic torture. Five of the women--along with the help of two men--plot an escape.

Starring: Judith Brown, Pam Grier, Brooke Mills, Roberta Collins, Pat Woodell, Sid Haig, Christiane Schmidtmer, Kathryn Loder ..
Directed by: Jack Hill
Release date: 1971-01-01
31.

Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song

3.0
5.5/10 IMDB

After saving a Black Panther from some racist cops, a black male prostitute goes on the run from "the man" with the help of the ghetto community and some disillusioned Hells Angels.

Starring: Simon Chuckster, Melvin Van Peebles, Hubert Scales, Mario Van Peebles, John Dullaghan, John Amos, Lavelle Roby, Rhetta Hughes, Norman Fields, Joe Tornatore ..
Directed by: Melvin Van Peebles
Release date: 1971-04-23
Best Action Movies of 1971 : Raid on Rommel
32.

Raid on Rommel

2.9
5.5/10 IMDB

Captain Foster plans on raiding German-occupied Tobruk with hand- picked commandos, but a mixup leaves him with a medical unit led by a Quaker conscientious objector.

Starring: Richard Burton, John Colicos, Wolfgang Preiss, Clinton Greyn, Danielle De Metz, Karl-Otto Alberty, Christopher Cary, John Orchard, Brook Williams, Greg Mullavey ..
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1971-02-12
Best Action Movies of 1971 : X312 - Flight to Hell
33.

X312 - Flight to Hell

2.8
4.8/10 IMDB

A plane leaving the turmoil of a South American country in the midst of a revolution crash-lands in the Amazon jungle in Brazil. Among the passengers are a corrupt banker who is smuggling diamonds out of the country, a reporter, a mysterious beauty and a shady flight attendant. The survivors find themselves up against not only the dangers of the jungle itself but a band of headhunters and a gang of revolutionaries who are looking for the smuggled diamonds.

Starring: Thomas Hunter, Gila von Weitershausen, Hans Hass Jr., Fernando Sancho, Esperanza Roy, Ewa Strömberg, Siegfried Schürenberg, Howard Vernon, Paul Müller, Antonio de Cabo ..
Directed by: Jesús Franco
Release date: 1971-08-20
Best Action Movies of 1971 : The Jesus Trip
34.

The Jesus Trip

2.8
5.7/10 IMDB

When the police discover that their motorcycles are concealing heroin, Waco (Robert Porter) and his motorcycle gang hides out in a desert convent. A highway patrolman (Billy 'Green' Bush) hunts down the gang after they kidnap a nun, Sister Anna (Tippy Walker) and flee the convent. Soon Waco and the young nun fall in love and she is forced to decide whether or not to leave the church for him. (alfiehitchie)

Starring: Tippy Walker, Robert Porter, Billy Green Bush, Jenny Hecht ..
Directed by: Russ Mayberry
Release date: 1971-08-01
35.

Women in Cages

2.7
5.0/10 IMDB

Carol Jeffries is a naive American woman staying in the Philippines. She is given ten years in prison after being set up by her drug-dealer boyfriend, Rudy. She endures the harsh conditions, sadistic head matron and attempts on her life, then convinces her cell-mates to try to escape with her through the jungle, in spite of the knowledge that ruthless trackers will be sent out after them.

Starring: Judith Brown, Roberta Collins, Jennifer Gan, Pam Grier, Bernard Bonnin, Charlie Davao, Sofia Moran, Johnny Long, Dwight Howard, Andres Centenera ..
Directed by: Gerardo de Leon
Release date: 1971-10-19
Best Action Movies of 1971 : Yuma
36.

Yuma

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

A down-and-dirty town is forced to shape up when a new marshal (Clint Walker) comes to town. However, when a scheme is launched to destroy the lawman's authority, he must discover the perpetrators and preserve his reputation.

Starring: Clint Walker, Barry Sullivan, Kathryn Hays, Morgan Woodward, Peter Mark Richman, Bing Russell, Bruce Glover, Robert Phillips, Miguel Alejandro, Rudy Diaz ..
Directed by: Ted Post
Release date: 1971-03-02
37.

Kill!

2.6
4.9/10 IMDB

Interpol investigates the freelance killings of drug and porn peddlers.

Starring: Stephen Boyd, Jean Seberg, James Mason, Curd Jürgens, Daniel Emilfork, Mauro Parenti, José María Caffarel, Carlos Montoya, Memphis Slim, Henri Garcin ..
Directed by: Romain Gary
Release date: 1971-12-10
38.

The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight

2.6
4.9/10 IMDB

This is the funny story about two warring Mafia gangs in New York. The weaker gang use incredibly a lion to blackmail the opposite gang's "clients". The police succeeds to stop one of the gang, while the other remain without the Boss.

Starring: Jerry Orbach, Leigh Taylor-Young, Jo Van Fleet, Lionel Stander, Robert De Niro, Hervé Villechaize, Joe Santos, Frank Campanella, Harry Basch, Paul Benedict ..
Directed by: James Goldstone
Release date: 1971-12-22
39.

Werewolves on Wheels

2.5
4.3/10 IMDB

A biker gang visits a monastery where they encounter black-robed monks engaged in worshipping Satan. When the monks try to persuade one of the female bikers, Helen, to become a satanic sacrifice the bikers smash up the monastery and leave. The monks have the last laugh, though, as Helen, as a result of the satanic rituals, is now possessed and at night changes into a werewolf, with dire results for the biker gang.

Starring: Steve Oliver, D.J. Anderson, Gene Shane, Billy Gray, Gray Johnson, Barry MacGuire, Owen Orr, Anna Lynn Brown, Ingrid Grunewald, Marilyn Munger ..
Directed by: Michel Levesque
Release date: 1971-08-11
40.

Chrome and Hot Leather

2.4
5.0/10 IMDB

A Green Beret returns home from the Vietnam war to find that a gang of murderous bikers has killed his fiancee. He calls on several of his Green Beret buddies to come and help him take revenge on the gang.

Starring: William Smith, Tony Young, Michael Haynes, Peter Brown, Larry Bishop, Wes Bishop, Cheryl Ladd, Robert Ridgely, Micharl Stearns, Herb Jeffries ..
Directed by: Lee Frost
Release date: 1971-09-29
41.

Mongo's Back in Town

2.4
6.3/10 IMDB

Professional killer is hired by his brother, a gang boss, to wipe out a rival gangster.

Starring: Telly Savalas, Sally Field, Anne Francis, Charles Cioffi, Martin Sheen, Joe Don Baker, Johnny Haymer, Angelo Rossitto, Harry Basch, Howard Dayton ..
Directed by: Marvin J. Chomsky
Release date: 1971-12-10
42.

The Peace Killers

2.4
5.4/10 IMDB

Siblings Kristy and Jeffrey are buying supplies at a remote desert gas station when some members of a biker gang come cruising in. The bikers recognize Kristy, who used to be the main squeeze of the gang's leader before she ran away. The pair get away, but the bikers find out that they're living in a nearby commune, and start making their battle plans to bring Kristy back.

Starring: Clint Ritchie, Jess Walton, Paul Prokop, Michael Ontkean, Lavelle Roby, Nino Candido, Jon Hill, Gary Morgan, Robert Cornthwaite, Kres Mersky ..
Directed by: Douglas Schwartz
Release date: 1971-09-29
43.

Zachariah

2.4
5.7/10 IMDB

Two gunfighters separate and experience surreal visions on their journey through the west.

Starring: John Rubinstein, Pat Quinn, Don Johnson, Elvin Jones, Dick Van Patten, White Lightnin' ..
Directed by: George Englund
Release date: 1971-01-24
44.

Brute Corps

2.3
5.5/10 IMDB

A hippy couple travelling cross country run foul of a band of mercenaries.

Starring: Paul Carr, Joseph Kaufmann, Jennifer Billingsley, Alex Rocco, Michael Pataki, Charles Macaulay, Roy Jenson, Felton Perry, Joseph Bernard, Parker West ..
Directed by: Jerry Jameson
Release date: 1971-10-22
Best Action Movies of 1971 : The Hard Ride
45.

The Hard Ride

2.3
5.2/10 IMDB

While in Vietnam, a GI promises his dying buddy that he'll take care of his motorcycle, "Baby", when he gets back home. After his discharge, he meets up with his dead friend's girlfriend, gets the bike, and then runs into trouble from some other bikers who don't like the idea of his having the motorcycle or the girl.

Starring: Robert Fuller, Sherry Bain, Tony Russel, William Bonner, Biff Elliot, Albert Cole, Phyllis Selznick, R.L. Armstrong, Robert Swan, Robert Swan ..
Directed by: Burt Topper
Release date: 1971-04-22
46.

Bury Me an Angel

2.3
5.3/10 IMDB

Biker film told from the woman's point of view. The heroine sets out on the road to avenge her brother's murder, toting a shotgun and meaning business.

Starring: Dixie Peabody, Terry Mace, Clyde Ventura, Joanne Moore Jordan, Marie Denn, Dennis Peabody, Stephen Whittaker, Dan Haggerty, Dianne Turley Travis, James Whitworth ..
Directed by: Barbara Peeters
Release date: 1971-04-01
47.

Evel Knievel

2.3
5.2/10 IMDB

Biography of the famed motorcycle daredevil, much of which was filmed in his home town of Butte, Montana. The film depicts Knievel reflecting on major events in his life just before a big jump.

Starring: George Hamilton, Sue Lyon, Bert Freed, Rod Cameron, Dub Taylor, Ron Masak, Hal Baylor, Judith Baldwin, Kathrine Baumann, Alana Stewart ..
Directed by: Marvin J. Chomsky
Release date: 1971-09-10
48.

Angels Hard as They Come

2.2
4.6/10 IMDB

A group of crazy bikers meet up with a group of drug-addicted hippies in a small town, but the two roving factions are soon at odds with one another and chaos ensues.

Starring: Scott Glenn, Charles Dierkop, James Iglehart, Gilda Texter, Gary Littlejohn, Gary Busey, Janet Wood, Don Carerra, Brendan Kelly, Dirty Denny ..
Directed by: Joe Viola
Release date: 1971-09-01
Best Action Movies of 1971 : Catch Me a Spy
49.

Catch Me a Spy

2.2
5.3/10 IMDB

While on vacation, a woman's husband is taken by the Russian government. After one attempt fails, she begins looking for a suitable spy to capture and trade in exchange for her husband, but she develops an attraction to the one she thinks is a good candidate.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Marlène Jobert, Trevor Howard, Tom Courtenay, Patrick Mower, Bernadette Lafont, Bernard Blier, Angharad Rees, Sacha Pitoëff, Richard Pearson ..
Directed by: Dick Clement
Release date: 1971-09-06
50.

A Town Called Bastard

2.2
5.0/10 IMDB

A group of Mexican revolutionaries murders a town priest and a number of his christian followers. Ten years later, a widow arrives in town intent to take revenge from her husband's killers.

Starring: Telly Savalas, Robert Shaw, Stella Stevens, Fernando Rey, Michael Craig, Martin Landau, Al Lettieri, Aldo Sambrell, Dudley Sutton, Maribel Hidalgo ..
Directed by: Robert Parrish, Irving Lerner
Release date: 1971-10-27

Also check Best action movies of 1972.

Check out our top containing the Best Action Movies of 1971 - PickTheMovie.com. This top was obtained with our unique algorithm ordered by our unique ranking system.

tmdb