Best Action Movies of 1972

1.

The Cowboys

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

When his cattlemen abandon him for the gold fields, rancher Wil Andersen is forced to take on a collection of young boys as his cowboys in order to get his herd to market in time to avoid financial disaster. The boys learn to do a man's job under Andersen's tutelage; however, neither Andersen nor the boys know that a gang of cattle thieves is stalking them.

Starring: John Wayne, Roscoe Lee Browne, Bruce Dern, Colleen Dewhurst, Alfred Barker Jr., Nicolas Beauvy, Steve Benedict, Robert Carradine, Norman Howell, Stephen R. Hudis ..
Directed by: Mark Rydell
Release date: 1972-01-13
2.

The Getaway

5.3
7.3/10 IMDB

A recently released ex-convict and his loyal wife go on the run after a heist goes wrong.

Starring: Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Ben Johnson, Al Lettieri, Sally Struthers, Slim Pickens, Richard Bright, Jack Dodson, Dub Taylor, Bo Hopkins ..
Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Release date: 1972-09-20
3.

The Poseidon Adventure

5.2
7.1/10 IMDB

When their ocean liner capsizes, a group of passengers struggle to survive and escape.

Starring: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Carol Lynley, Roddy McDowall, Stella Stevens, Shelley Winters, Jack Albertson, Leslie Nielsen, Pamela Sue Martin ..
Directed by: Ronald Neame
Release date: 1972-12-13
4.

The Mechanic

4.9
6.8/10 IMDB

Arthur Bishop is a veteran hit man who, owing to his penchant for making his targets' deaths seem like accidents, thinks himself an artist. It's made him very rich, but as he hits middle age, he's so depressed and lonely that he takes on one of his victim's sons, Steve McKenna, as his apprentice. Arthur puts him through a rigorous training period and brings him on several hits. As Steven improves, Arthur worries that he'll discover who killed his father.

Starring: Charles Bronson, Jan-Michael Vincent, Jill Ireland, Tak Kubota, Keenan Wynn, Frank De Kova, Linda Ridgeway, James Davidson, Lindsay Crosby, Steve Cory ..
Directed by: Michael Winner
Release date: 1972-10-06
5.

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

4.5
6.1/10 IMDB

In a futuristic world that has embraced ape slavery, a chimpanzee named Caesar resurfaces after almost twenty years of hiding from the authorities, and prepares for a revolt against humanity.

Starring: Roddy McDowall, Don Murray, Ricardo Montalban, Hari Rhodes, Severn Darden, Lou Wagner, Natalie Trundy, John Randolph, Asa Maynor, Joyce Haber ..
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1972-06-29
6.

Ulzana's Raid

4.4
7.0/10 IMDB

Report reaches the US cavalry that the Apache leader Ulzana has left his reservation with a band of followers. A compassionate young officer, Lieutenant DeBuin, is given a small company to find him and bring him back; accompanying the troop is McIntosh, an experienced scout, and Ke-Ni-Tay, an Apache guide. Ulzana massacres, rapes and loots across the countryside; and as DeBuin encounters the remains of his victims, he is compelled to learn from McIntosh and to confront his own naivity and hidden prejudices.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Bruce Davison, Jorge Luke, Richard Jaeckel, Joaquín Martínez, Lloyd Bochner, Karl Swenson, Douglass Watson, Dran Hamilton, John Pearce ..
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Release date: 1972-10-27
7.

Chato's Land

4.0
6.6/10 IMDB

A posse pursues Pardon Chato (Charles Bronson) a mestizo indian after he killed a US marshal in self-defense. As they get deeper into Indian territory, just who is hunting who.

Starring: Charles Bronson, Jack Palance, James Whitmore, Simon Oakland, Ralph Waite, Richard Jordan, Victor French, Sonia Rangan, Roddy McMillan, Lee Patterson ..
Directed by: Michael Winner
Release date: 1972-01-01
8.

Super Fly

4.0
6.4/10 IMDB

Priest, a suave top-rung New York City drug dealer, decides that he wants to get out of his dangerous trade. Working with his reluctant friend, Eddie, Priest devises a scheme that will allow him to make a big deal and then retire. When a desperate street dealer informs the police of Priest's activities, Priest is forced into an uncomfortable arrangement with corrupt narcotics officers. Setting his plan in motion, he aims to both leave the business and stick it to the man.

Starring: Ron O'Neal, Carl Lee, Sheila Frazier, Charles McGregor, Julius Harris, Polly Niles, Nate Adams, Yvonne Delaine, Henry Shapiro, K.C. ..
Directed by: Gordon Parks Jr.
Release date: 1972-08-04
9.

Prime Cut

3.7
6.7/10 IMDB

A group of Chicago mob ruthless enforcers are sent to Kansas City to settle things with the owner of a slaughterhouse who has taken money that is not his to keep.

Starring: Lee Marvin, Gene Hackman, Angel Tompkins, Gregory Walcott, Sissy Spacek, Janit Baldwin, William Morey, Clint Ellison, Howard Platt, Les Lannom ..
Directed by: Michael Ritchie
Release date: 1972-06-28
10.

Across 110th Street

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

In a daring robbery, some $300,000 is taken from the Italian mob. Several mafiosi are killed, as are two policemen. Lt. Pope and Capt. Mattelli are two New York City cops trying to break the case. Three small-time criminals are on the run with the money. Will the mafia catch them first, or will the police?

Starring: Anthony Quinn, Yaphet Kotto, Anthony Franciosa, Antonio Fargas, Gloria Hendry, Richard Ward, Burt Young, Robert Sacchi, Paul Benjamin, Gilbert Lewis ..
Directed by: Barry Shear
Release date: 1972-12-19
11.

The New Centurions

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

An idealistic rookie cop joins the LAPD to make ends meet while finishing law school, and is indoctrinated by a seasoned veteran. As time goes on, he loses his ambitions and family as police work becomes his entire life.

Starring: George C. Scott, Stacy Keach, Jane Alexander, Scott Wilson, Rosalind Cash, Erik Estrada, Clifton James, Richard E. Kalk, James B. Sikking, Isabel Sanford ..
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Release date: 1972-08-03
12.

The Hot Rock

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Dortmunder and his pals plan to steal a huge diamond from a museum. But this turns out to be only the first time they have to steal it...

Starring: Robert Redford, George Segal, Ron Leibman, Paul Sand, Moses Gunn, William Redfield, Topo Swope, Charlotte Rae, Graham Jarvis, Christopher Guest ..
Directed by: Peter Yates
Release date: 1972-01-26
13.

Man of La Mancha

3.5
6.5/10 IMDB

In the sixteenth century, Miguel de Cervantes, poet, playwright, and part-time actor, has been arrested, together with his manservant, by the Spanish Inquisition. They are accused of presenting an entertainment offensive to the Inquisition. Inside the huge dungeon into which they have been cast, the other prisoners gang up on Cervantes and his manservant, and begin a mock trial, with the intention of stealing or burning his possessions. Cervantes wishes to desperately save a manuscript he carries with him and stages, with costumes, makeup, and the participation of the other prisoners, an unusual defense--the story of Don Quixote.

Starring: Peter O'Toole, Sophia Loren, James Coco, Ian Richardson, Harry Andrews, John Castle, Brian Blessed, Julie Gregg, Rosalie Crutchley, Gino Conforti ..
Directed by: Arthur Hiller
Release date: 1972-12-20
14.

The Doberman Gang

3.5
6.0/10 IMDB

After a failed bank robbery, an ex-con, an ex-waitress and a few of their friends train a pack of doberman dogs to rob a bank for them.

Starring: Byron Mabe, Hal Reed, Simmy Bow, JoJo D'Amore, John Tull, Julie Parrish ..
Directed by: Byron Chudnow
Release date: 1972-01-01
15.

Trouble Man

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

It seems that masked men are knocking over the floating crap games of Chalky and Pete. Chalky and Pete hire the cool, loose, elegant Mr. T to fix things. Then, the masked manipulators set up the death of a collector for a rival gang lord. It looks like it's up to T to hold a gang war from breaking out, keep the police off his back, and earn his fee from Chalky and Pete.

Starring: Robert Hooks, William Smithers, Paul Winfield, Ralph Waite, Paula Kelly, Gordon Jump, Jeannie Bell, Stack Pierce, Julius Harris ..
Directed by: Ivan Dixon
Release date: 1972-11-01
16.

Junior Bonner

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

With his bronco-busting career on its last legs, Junior Bonner heads to his hometown to try his luck in the annual rodeo. But his fond childhood memories are shattered when he finds his family torn apart by his greedy brother and hard-drinking father.

Starring: Steve McQueen, Robert Preston, Ida Lupino, Ben Johnson, Joe Don Baker, Barbara Leigh, Mary Murphy, Sandra Deel, Dub Taylor, Bill McKinney ..
Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Release date: 1972-08-02
17.

Young Winston

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

This historical drama is an account of the early life of British politician Winston Churchill, including his childhood years, his time as a war correspondent in Africa, and culminating with his first election to Parliament.

Starring: Robert Shaw, Anne Bancroft, Simon Ward, Jack Hawkins, Ian Holm, Anthony Hopkins, Edward Woodward, John Mills, Patrick Magee, James Cosmo ..
Directed by: Richard Attenborough
Release date: 1972-07-20
18.

Sitting Target

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

Imprisoned Harry Lomart is a vicious, brute of a man and yet he is prepared to do his long jail term as he is confident that on his release his beautiful wife Pat will be waiting for him, but a visit from Pat brings him his worst nightmare.

Starring: Oliver Reed, Jill St. John, Ian McShane, Edward Woodward, Frank Finlay, Freddie Jones, Jill Townsend, Robert Beatty, Tony Beckley, Mike Pratt ..
Directed by: Douglas Hickox
Release date: 1972-05-01
Best Action Movies of 1972 : Madame Sin
19.

Madame Sin

3.4
5.8/10 IMDB

A CIA agent is used as a pawn in an insane woman's plan to steal a Polaris submarine.

Starring: Bette Davis, Robert Wagner, Denholm Elliott, Gordon Jackson, Dudley Sutton, Catherine Schell, Paul Maxwell, David Healy, Alan Dobie, Al Mancini ..
Directed by: David Greene
Release date: 1972-01-15
20.

Shaft's Big Score!

3.4
6.0/10 IMDB

John Shaft is back as the lady-loved black detective cop on the search for the murderer of a client.

Starring: Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Drew Bundini Brown, Joseph Mascolo, Kathy Imrie, Wally Taylor, Julius Harris, Rosalind Miles, Joe Santos, Angelo Nazzo ..
Directed by: Gordon Parks
Release date: 1972-06-08
21.

Buck and the Preacher

3.3
6.5/10 IMDB

A wagon master and a con-man preacher help freed slaves dogged by cheap-labor agents out West.

Starring: Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, Cameron Mitchell, Denny Miller, Nita Talbot, Tony Brubaker, Bobby Johnson, James McEachin, Clarence Muse ..
Directed by: Sidney Poitier, Joseph Sargent
Release date: 1972-03-17
Best Action Movies of 1972 : Fear Is the Key
22.

Fear Is the Key

3.2
6.3/10 IMDB

A man becomes a criminal in Louisiana after a plane crash. During a fight with local police, he escapes custody and kidnaps the daughter of a local millionaire.

Starring: Barry Newman, Suzy Kendall, John Vernon, Dolph Sweet, Ben Kingsley, Ray McAnally, Peter Marinker, Roland Brand, Tony Anholt, Elliott Sullivan ..
Directed by: Michael Tuchner
Release date: 1972-12-26
Best Action Movies of 1972 : The Call of the Wild
23.

The Call of the Wild

3.2
6.0/10 IMDB

John Thornton, is a fearless man who's after more than gold; he wants to do what's right. Thornton works for the U.S. mail and is the only person daring and smart enough to figure out how to travel the deadly 600 miles from Skagway to Dawson, Alaska in the icy winter. His incredibly dog Buck is by his side and part of how he survives.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Raimund Harmstorf, George Eastman, Maria Rohm, Juan Luis Galiardo, Sancho Gracia, Friedhelm Lehmann, Horst Heuck, Rik Battaglia, Alf Malland ..
Directed by: Ken Annakin
Release date: 1972-11-30
24.

Hickey & Boggs

3.1
6.3/10 IMDB

Two veteran private eyes trigger a criminal reign of terror with their search for a missing girl.

Starring: Bill Cosby, Robert Culp, Rosalind Cash, Lou Frizzell, Isabel Sanford, Michael Moriarty, Carmencristina Moreno, Ed Lauter, James Woods, Jack Colvin ..
Directed by: Robert Culp
Release date: 1972-10-04
25.

The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid

3.1
6.1/10 IMDB

The gangs of Jesse James and Cole Younger join forces to rob the First National Bank in Northfield, Minnesota, but things do not go as planned.

Starring: Cliff Robertson, Robert Duvall, Luke Askew, R. G. Armstrong, Dana Elcar, Donald Moffat, John Pearce, Matt Clark, Wayne Sutherlin, Robert H. Harris ..
Directed by: Philip Kaufman
Release date: 1972-05-12
26.

The Revengers

3.1
6.1/10 IMDB

The life of peaceful rancher John Benedict is torn apart when his family is massacred by a gang of marauding outlaws and his farm is destroyed. He assembles a team of mean, lawless convicts to act as his posse as he pursues the gang responsible for the deaths of his loved ones.

Starring: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Woody Strode, Roger Hanin, Reinhard Kolldehoff, Jorge Luke, Jorge Martínez de Hoyos, Arthur Hunnicutt, Warren Vanders, Larry Pennell ..
Directed by: Daniel Mann
Release date: 1972-06-21
Best Action Movies of 1972 : The Big Bird Cage
27.

The Big Bird Cage

3.1
5.9/10 IMDB

Grier and Haig are thieving mercenaries who engineer a prison break from the outside.

Starring: Pam Grier, Anitra Ford, Candice Roman, Teda Bracci, Carol Speed, Karen McKevic, Vic Diaz, Andres Centenera, Sid Haig, Marissa Delgado ..
Directed by: Jack Hill
Release date: 1972-07-01
28.

Skyjacked

3.1
5.6/10 IMDB

A crazed Vietnam vet bomber hijacks a Boeing 707 in this disaster film filled with the usual early '70s stereotypes, and demands to be taken to Russia.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Yvette Mimieux, James Brolin, Claude Akins, Jeanne Crain, Susan Dey, Rosey Grier, Mariette Hartley, Walter Pidgeon, Ken Swofford ..
Directed by: John Guillermin
Release date: 1972-05-24
Best Action Movies of 1972 : It Ain't Easy
29.

It Ain't Easy

3.1
4.6/10 IMDB

Randy has PTSD from the Army. After extreme treatment he is released into the world to make it on his own. He goes to Winnipeg to race his snowmobile cross country to St. Paul.

Starring: Lance Henriksen, Barra Grant, Bill Moor, Granville Van Dusen, Joseph Maher, Pierrino Mascarino, Penelope Allen, Bill Schoppert, Joel Thingvall ..
Directed by: Maurice Hurley
Release date: 1972-11-10
30.

Slaughter

3.0
5.9/10 IMDB

Slaughter, a former Green Beret, avenges the killing of loved ones by the Mob, and after being blackmailed by the feds, is forced to head to South America to finish the mobsters off.

Starring: Jim Brown, Stella Stevens, Rip Torn, Cameron Mitchell, Don Gordon, Marlene Clark, Robert Phillips, Marion Brash, Norman Alfe, Eddie Lo Russo ..
Directed by: Jack Starrett
Release date: 1972-08-16
31.

The Magnificent Seven Ride!

2.9
5.6/10 IMDB

Marshal Chris Adams turns down a friend's request to help stop the depredations of a gang of Mexican bandits. When his wife is killed by bank robbers and his friend is killed capturing the last thief, Chris feels obligated to take up his friend's cause and recruits a writer and five prisoners to destroy the desperadoes.The last in the original series of four "Magnificent Seven" movies.

Starring: Lee Van Cleef, Stefanie Powers, Michael Callan, Mariette Hartley, Luke Askew, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Ralph Waite, Melissa Murphy, William Lucking, James B. Sikking ..
Directed by: George McCowan
Release date: 1972-08-01
32.

Pocket Money

2.9
5.4/10 IMDB

Broke and in debt, an otherwise honest cowboy gets mixed up in some shady dealings with a crooked rancher.

Starring: Paul Newman, Lee Marvin, Strother Martin, Wayne Rogers, Hector Elizondo, Christine Belford, Gregory Sierra, Fred Graham, Matt Clark, Kelly Jean Peters ..
Directed by: Stuart Rosenberg
Release date: 1972-01-01
Best Action Movies of 1972 : Short Walk to Daylight
33.

Short Walk to Daylight

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

Eight people have to find their way out of a New York subway after being trapped following an earthquake.

Starring: James Brolin, James McEachin, Abbey Lincoln, Don Mitchell, Brooke Bundy, Lázaro Pérez, Suzanne Charny, Laurette Spang, Franklin Cover, Paul Cavonis ..
Directed by: Barry Shear
Release date: 1972-10-24
34.

Summertime Killer

2.8
6.1/10 IMDB

During his childhood, a boy sees four men drown his father; now, the grown young man makes it his business to kill each member of the foursome. His last killing presents him with some challenges, as his victim is only wounded. He kidnaps the man's daughter and goes to a hideout. In the meantime, an ex-cop has been tracking them down.

Starring: Christopher Mitchum, Karl Malden, Olivia Hussey, Claudine Auger, Gérard Barray, José Nieto, Gustavo Re, Raf Vallone, Víctor Israel, Gérard Tichy ..
Directed by: Antonio Isasi-Isasmendi
Release date: 1972-07-01
35.

The Legend of Nigger Charley

2.8
6.0/10 IMDB

A trio of runaway slaves evade authorities in the Old West.

Starring: Fred Williamson, D'Urville Martin, Don Pedro Colley, Thomas Anderson, Jerry Gatlin, Alan Gifford, Will Hussung, Gertrude Jeannette, Fred Lerner, Marcia McBroom ..
Directed by: Martin G. Goldman
Release date: 1972-03-16
36.

Innocent Bystanders

2.8
5.8/10 IMDB

Washed-up agent John Craig is given the task of proving his worth by tracking down a Russian scientist on the run. Cross and double-cross is the name of the game.

Starring: Stanley Baker, Geraldine Chaplin, Donald Pleasence, Dana Andrews, Warren Mitchell, Sue Lloyd, Derren Nesbitt, Cec Linder, Vladek Sheybal, Ferdy Mayne ..
Directed by: Peter Collinson
Release date: 1972-09-01
Best Action Movies of 1972 : J.W. Coop
37.

J.W. Coop

2.8
6.5/10 IMDB

After losing eight years to prison, cowboy J. W. Coop is released to return to life as a professional rodeo cowboy in the 60's. Determined to make up for the lost 'prime' years of his career, he doggedly goes forward, and learns that not only has the business of rodeo changed during his incarceration but society as a whole has made dramatic changes as well.

Starring: Cliff Robertson, Geraldine Page, Cristina Ferrare, R. G. Armstrong, R. L. Armstrong, John Crawford, Wade Crosby, Marjorie Durant, Mary-Robin Redd, Sandy Dempsey ..
Directed by: Cliff Robertson
Release date: 1972-01-01
Best Action Movies of 1972 : The Honkers
38.

The Honkers

2.7
6.0/10 IMDB

An over-the-hill rodeo champion is so self-centered that he ignores his wife, son, and best friend.

Starring: James Coburn, Lois Nettleton, Slim Pickens, Anne Archer, Richard Anderson, Joan Huntington, Jim Davis, Ramon Bieri, Ted Eccles, Mitchell Ryan ..
Directed by: Steve Ihnat
Release date: 1972-05-17
39.

The Groundstar Conspiracy

2.7
6.0/10 IMDB

A break-in and sabotage attempt occurs at a top secret research institute and the culprit is cornered and captured. The problem is that he's been badly injured and claims to have lost his memory entirely. A cat-and-mouse game ensues between investigator Tuxan, the mystery intruder Welles and the people who sent him on the mission.

Starring: George Peppard, Michael Sarrazin, Christine Belford, Cliff Potts, James Olson, Tim O'Connor, James McEachin, Alan Oppenheimer, Roger Dressler, Ty Haller ..
Directed by: Lamont Johnson
Release date: 1972-06-12
Best Action Movies of 1972 : The Man Hunter
40.

The Man Hunter

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

A professional hunter is brought in to track a bank robbery suspect through a Louisiana swamp, and winds up getting romantically involved with the suspect's wife.

Starring: Roy Thinnes, Sandra Dee, Albert Salmi, William Smith, Royal Dano, Sorrell Booke, David Brian, Madeleine Sherwood, Madlyn Rhue ..
Directed by: Don Taylor
Release date: 1972-03-20
41.

Top of the Heap

2.6
6.4/10 IMDB

A black D.C. cop is pushed over the edge when he is passed over for a promotion, leading him on a violent personal crusade against criminals punctuated by feverish psychedelic dream visions.

Starring: Christopher St. John, Paula Kelly, Florence St. Peter, Ingeborg Sørensen, Almeria Quinn, Marilyn Wirt, Anne Mason, Maria Lennard, Mayrita Varna, Beatrice Webster ..
Directed by: Christopher St. John
Release date: 1972-06-02
Best Action Movies of 1972 : The Salzburg Connection
42.

The Salzburg Connection

2.6
5.3/10 IMDB

An American lawyer on vacation in Europe is asked by a book publisher to stop by the Austrian town of Salzburg to see a photographer who's taking pictures for a book on picturesque Austrian lakes. Upon his arrival he senses that something is wrong when the photographer seems to have vanished, leaving a near panic-stricken wife and a sinister, secretive brother. Before he knows it, the lawyer finds himself mixed up with spies, assassins, and the hunt for a list made up by the Nazis during World War II of people who collaborated with them.

Starring: Barry Newman, Anna Karina, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Karen Jensen, Joe Maross, Wolfgang Preiss, Helmut Schmid, Udo Kier, Mischa Hausserman, Whit Bissell ..
Directed by: Lee H. Katzin
Release date: 1972-08-30
Best Action Movies of 1972 : Napoleon and Samantha
43.

Napoleon and Samantha

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

Two young children, who, rather than part with an old pet lion who was once a circus performer, go on a perilous mountain trek to stay with a recluse friend.

Starring: Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Johnny Whitaker, Will Geer, Henry Jones, Vito Scotti, Ellen Corby, Mary Wickes, Arch Johnson, Rex Holman ..
Directed by: Bernard McEveety
Release date: 1972-07-05
Best Action Movies of 1972 : The Prodigal Boxer: The Kick of Death
44.

The Prodigal Boxer: The Kick of Death

2.6
5.8/10 IMDB

THE PRODIGAL BOXER features Chinese folk hero Fong Sai Yuk (aka Fong Si Yu), the subject of dozens of HK kung fu films. The role is played by Meng Fei as a callow, unschooled youth and wrongfully accused murderer. Two vicious masters of the local kung fu school, seeking revenge against Fong Sai Yuk, attack his home and kill his father while Fong is away. Fong’s attempts to avenge the death of his father result in his being badly beaten. Fong trains at the hands of his martial artist mother as she puts him through rigorous training and an herbal bath that makes him invulnerable. A trail of revenge is set in motion with Fong against the two masters, played by formidable kung fu villains Yasuaki Kurata and Wang Ching. Can a year's worth of training prepare Fong Sai Yuk for his deadly confrontation with the vicious masters?

Starring: Mang Fei, Maggie Li Lin-Lin, Pai Hung, Wong Ching, Yasuaki Kurata, Suen Lam, Tung Choi-Bo, Sze-Ma Wah-Lung, Mang Fei ..
Directed by: Tsai Yang-Ming
Release date: 1972-09-27
Best Action Movies of 1972 : The Daredevil
45.

The Daredevil

2.5
5.6/10 IMDB

In this action movie, a top stock-car driver causes a death on the race track and finds his career in shambles. Desperate for money, he gets a job as a driver for a drug ring.

Starring: George Montgomery, Terry Moore, Gay Perkins, Cyril Poitier, Bill Kelly, Frank Logan, Wayne Murray, Mark Harris, Noah Meeks, Ben Rossi ..
Directed by: Robert W. Stringer
Release date: 1972-01-01
46.

Black Gunn

2.5
5.7/10 IMDB

A successful and popular nightclub owner who believes financial independence is the path to equality and success, must act as a go-between for militant-minded brother and the white gang syndicate his brother has attacked and robbed. Their involvements lead to a breathless race course chase, the destruction of a dopepusher and a violent waterfront climax.

Starring: Jim Brown, Martin Landau, Brenda Sykes, Luciana Paluzzi, Vida Blue, Stephen McNally, Keefe Brasselle, William Campbell, Bernie Casey, Gary Conway ..
Directed by: Robert Hartford-Davis
Release date: 1972-12-20
47.

Universal Soldier

2.5
4.2/10 IMDB

A life-long mercenary commander and weapons expert is commissioned to train an army for an exiled African leader. But as his conscience finally catches up to him, he is seen as a threat to the powers behind the operation.

Starring: George Lazenby, Ben Carruthers, Rudolph Walker, Cy Endfield, Alan Barnes, Robin Hunter, Germaine Greer, Ronan O'Rahilly, Guy Deghy, Edward Judd ..
Directed by: Cy Endfield
Release date: 1972-05-01
Best Action Movies of 1972 : Pursuit
48.

Pursuit

2.5
5.7/10 IMDB

What begins as a routine investigation quickly escalates into a heartstopping race to save millions from certain death in this taut and gripping thriller. Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park, ER) "makes an impressive directorial debut" (The Hollywood Reporter) in this deadly cat-and-mouse game in which the stakes couldn't be higher! When government agent Steven Graves (Ben Gazzara) investigates political extremist James Wright (E.G. Marshall), he uncovers a diabolical plot to blast lethal nerve gas into San Diego during the Republican Convention. What's worse, a computer hacker (Martin Sheen) has provided Wright with a psychological profile to help him outwit Graves. As Wright ingeniously eludes Graves, can Graves find a way to stop him before the ultimate nightmare begins?

Starring: Ben Gazzara, E.G. Marshall, Martin Sheen, William Windom, Joseph Wiseman, Jim McMullan, Will Kuluva, Hank Brandt, Quinn K. Redeker, Conrad Bachmann ..
Directed by: Michael Crichton
Release date: 1972-12-12
49.

The Unholy Rollers

2.4
5.4/10 IMDB

Karen wants more action out of life and quits her job at the cannery to become a skater in the roller derby. She encounters friction from the other skaters - especially Mickey, the current number one star of the team. Karen proves herself a feisty competitor but refuses to be a team player. As she skates her way to roller stardom, she incurs the wrath of jealous team members and the owner of the team.

Starring: Claudia Jennings, Louis Quinn, Betty Anne Rees, Roberta Collins, Alan Vint, Candice Roman, Jay Varela, Charlene Jones, Mike Miller ..
Directed by: Vernon Zimmerman
Release date: 1972-11-10
50.

Hit Man

2.4
5.7/10 IMDB

Bernie Casey portrays Tyrone and Pamela Grier plays a sultry skin-flick star in this first Americanized remake of the iconic Michael Caine action film Get Carter. From Watts to the West Side, from porno parlors to a high-rise, from motel dives to a crime kingpin’s sprawling pleasure dome, from corner hangouts to a wildlife preserve, Tyrone covers a lot of real estate, busts a lot of heads.

Starring: Bernie Casey, Pam Grier, Lisa Moore, Bhetty Waldron, Sam Laws, Roger E. Mosley, Don Diamond, Candy All, Marilyn Joi, Carmen Argenziano ..
Directed by: George Armitage
Release date: 1972-12-20

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