Best Adventure Movies of 1943



7.5/10 IMDB

Sergeant Joe Gunn and his tank crew pick up five British soldiers, a Frenchman and a Sudanese man with an Italian prisoner crossing the Libyan Desert to rejoin their command after the fall of Tobruk. Tambul, the Sudanese leads them to an abandoned desert fortress where they hope to find water. Soon a detachment of German soldiers arrives and attempts to barter food for water, but Gunn and his followers refuse. When the Germans attack, Gunn leads his desert-weary men in a desperate battle, hoping that British reinforcements can arrive in time.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Bruce Bennett, J. Carrol Naish, Lloyd Bridges, Rex Ingram, Richard Aherne, Dan Duryea, Carl Harbord, Patrick O'Moore, Louis Mercier ..
Directed by: Zoltan Korda
Release date: 1943-09-22

For Whom the Bell Tolls

6.8/10 IMDB

Spain in the 1930s is the place to be for a man of action like Robert Jordan. There is a civil war going on and Jordan—who has joined up on the side that appeals most to idealists of that era—has been given a high-risk assignment up in the mountains. He awaits the right time to blow up a crucial bridge in order to halt the enemy's progress

Starring: Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman, Akim Tamiroff, Arturo de Córdova, Vladimir Sokoloff, Mikhail Rasumny, Fortunio Bonanova, Eric Feldary, Victor Varconi, Katina Paxinou ..
Directed by: Sam Wood
Release date: 1943-07-12

Lassie Come Home

7.1/10 IMDB

Hard times come for the Carraclough family and they are forced to sell their dog, Lassie, to the rich Duke of Rudling. Lassie, however, is unwilling to remain apart from young Carraclough son Joe and sets out on a long and dangerous journey to rejoin him.

Starring: Roddy McDowall, Donald Crisp, May Whitty, Edmund Gwenn, Nigel Bruce, Elsa Lanchester, Elizabeth Taylor, Ben Webster, J. Pat O'Malley, Alan Napier ..
Directed by: Fred M. Wilcox
Release date: 1943-12-01

Destination Tokyo

7.1/10 IMDB

During World War II, Captain Cassidy and his crew of submariners are ordered into Tokyo Bay on a secret mission. They are to gather information in advance of the planned bombing of Tokyo. Along the way, the crew learn about each other as they face the enemy and some of them lose their lives.

Starring: Cary Grant, Alan Hale, John Garfield, John Ridgely, Dane Clark, Warner Anderson, William Prince, Robert Hutton, Tom Tully, Peter Whitney ..
Directed by: Delmer Daves
Release date: 1943-12-31
Best Adventure Movies of 1943 : Falling Hare

Falling Hare

7.3/10 IMDB

Relaxing with a carrot at a U.S. Army air field, Bugs is reading "Victory Through Hare Power" and scoffs at the notion of mentioned gremlins, little creatures who wreak havoc on planes with their diabolical sabotage.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Robert Clampett ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1943-10-30

Air Force

7.0/10 IMDB

The crew of an Air Force bomber arrives in Pearl Harbor in the aftermath of the Japanese attack and is sent on to Manila to help with the defense of the Philippines.

Starring: John Ridgely, Gig Young, Arthur Kennedy, Charles Drake, Harry Carey, George Tobias, John Garfield, James Brown, Stanley Ridges, Willard Robertson ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1943-03-20
Best Adventure Movies of 1943 : Destroyer


6.3/10 IMDB

Flagwaving story of a new American destroyer, the JOHN PAUL JONES, from the day her keel is laid, to what was very nearly her last voyage. Among the crew, is Steve Boleslavski, a shipyard welder that helped build her, who reenlists, with his old rank of Chief bosuns mate. After failing her sea trials, she is assigned to the mail run, until caught up in a disparate battle with a Japanese sub. After getting torpedoed, and on the verge of sinking, the Captain, and crew hatch a plan to try and save the ship, and destroy the sub.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Glenn Ford, Marguerite Chapman, Edgar Buchanan, Leo Gorcey, Regis Toomey, Edward Brophy, Warren Ashe, Lloyd Bridges, Tris Coffin ..
Directed by: William A. Seiter
Release date: 1943-08-19

Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon

6.5/10 IMDB

In the midst of World War II, Sherlock Holmes rescues the Swiss inventor of a new bomb-sight from the Gestapo and brings him to England, where he shortly falls into the clutches of Professor Moriarty.

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Lionel Atwill, Kaaren Verne, William Post Jr., Dennis Hoey, Mary Gordon, Holmes Herbert, Harry Cording, Harold De Becker ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1943-02-12

Air Raid Wardens

6.1/10 IMDB

Two bumblers, failures as businessmen and air raid wardens, stumble across a nest of Nazi saboteurs bent on blowing up the local magnesium plant.

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy, Jacqueline White, Stephen McNally, Nella Walker, Donald Meek, Henry O'Neill, Howard Freeman, Paul Stanton ..
Directed by: Edward Sedgwick
Release date: 1943-04-04


6.1/10 IMDB

Japanese master spy Daka operates a covert espionage-sabotage organization located in Gotham City's now-deserted Little Tokyo, which turns American scientists into pliable zombies. The great crime-fighters Batman and Robin, with the help of their allies, are in pursuit.

Starring: Lewis Wilson, Douglas Croft, J. Carrol Naish, Shirley Patterson, William Austin, Knox Manning, Frank Austin, Lynton Brent, Roy Bucko, George Chesebro ..
Directed by: Lambert Hillyer
Release date: 1943-07-16

Crash Dive

6.4/10 IMDB

A US Navy submarine, the USS Corsair, is operating in the North Atlantic, hunting German merchant raiders that are preying on Allied shipping. Its new executive officer, Lt. Ward Stewart, has been transferred back into submarines after commanding his own PT boat. At the submarine base in New London, Connecticut, he asks his new captain, Lt. Cmdr. Dewey Connors, for a weekend leave to settle his affairs before taking up his new assignment. On a train bound for Washington D.C., Stewart accidentally encounters New London school teacher Jean Hewlett and her students. Despite her initial resistance to his efforts, he charms her and they fall in love.

Starring: Tyrone Power, Anne Baxter, Dana Andrews, James Gleason, May Whitty, Harry Morgan, Ben Carter, Stanley Andrews, John Archer, Gene Rizzi ..
Directed by: Archie Mayo
Release date: 1943-04-22

Northern Pursuit

6.6/10 IMDB

Canadian Mountie Steve Wagner captures a German Luftwaffe officer on a spy mission, who later escapes from the prison camp. To catch the spy ring, the Mounties employ a ruse so that the spies, believing Steve to be sympathetic, enlist him in their plans.

Starring: Errol Flynn, Julie Bishop, Helmut Dantine, John Ridgely, Gene Lockhart, Tom Tully, Bernard Nedell, John Forsythe, Warren Douglas, Monte Blue ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1943-11-07

Tarzan Triumphs

6.2/10 IMDB

Zandra, white princess of a lost civilization, comes to Tarzan for help when Nazis invade the jungle with plans to conquer her people and take their wealth. Tarzan, the isolationist, becomes involved after the Nazis shoot at him and capture Boy: "Now Tarzan make war!"

Starring: Johnny Weissmüller, Johnny Sheffield, Frances Gifford, Stanley Ridges, Sig Ruman, Philip Van Zandt, Rex Williams, Pedro de Cordoba ..
Directed by: Wilhelm Thiele
Release date: 1943-01-20

Tarzan's Desert Mystery

6.1/10 IMDB

A letter from Jane, who is nursing British troops, asks Tarzan's help in obtaining a malaria serum extractable from jungle plants. Tarzan and Boy set out across the desert looking for the plants. Along the way they befriend a stranded American lady magician.

Starring: Johnny Weissmüller, Nancy Kelly, Johnny Sheffield, Otto Kruger, Joe Sawyer, Lloyd Corrigan, Robert Lowery, Frank Puglia, Philip Van Zandt ..
Directed by: Wilhelm Thiele
Release date: 1943-12-26

The Outlaw

5.4/10 IMDB

Newly appointed sheriff Pat Garrett is pleased when his old friend Doc Holliday arrives in Lincoln, New Mexico on the stage. Doc is trailing his stolen horse, and it is discovered in the possession of Billy the Kid. In a surprising turnaround, Billy and Doc become friends. This causes the friendship between Doc and Pat to cool. The odd relationship between Doc and Billy grows stranger when Doc hides Billy at his girl Rio's place after Billy is shot.

Starring: Jane Russell, Jack Buetel, Thomas Mitchell, Walter Huston, Mimi Aguglia, Joe Sawyer, Gene Rizzi, Ben Johnson, Julian Rivero, Bobby Callahan ..
Directed by: Howard Hughes, Howard Hawks
Release date: 1943-02-05
Best Adventure Movies of 1943 : Gung Ho!

Gung Ho!

6.0/10 IMDB

A true-life epic that revolves around an exclusive bataillon of the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, "Carlson's Raiders," whose assignment is to take control of a South Pacific island once possessed by the United States but now under Japanese command.

Starring: Randolph Scott, Alan Curtis, Noah Beery Jr., J. Carrol Naish, Sam Levene, Robert Mitchum, Louis Jean Heydt, David Bruce, Richard Lane, Walter Sande ..
Directed by: Ray Enright
Release date: 1943-12-20
Best Adventure Movies of 1943 : Blazing Guns

Blazing Guns

6.5/10 IMDB

The Governor sends Ken and Hoot to clean up the town of Willow Springs.

Starring: Ken Maynard, Hoot Gibson, LeRoy Mason, Emmett Lynn, Weldon Heyburn, Roy Brent, Eddie Gribbon, Lloyd Ingraham, George Kamel, Robbie Kavanaugh ..
Directed by: Robert Emmett Tansey
Release date: 1943-10-08
Best Adventure Movies of 1943 : My Friend Flicka

My Friend Flicka

6.5/10 IMDB

Ken McLaughlin (Roddy McDowall) is a precocious 10-year-old who lives with his family on a remote Wyoming ranch. When Ken returns home from school with failing grades, his father, Rob (Preston Foster), blames the boy's lack of personal responsibility. At the suggestion of his wife, Nell (Rita Johnson), Rob allows Ken to choose a single colt from the herd to raise as his own. Much to his father's dismay, Ken chooses a fiery mustang filly -- but the two soon become fast friends.

Starring: Roddy McDowall, Preston Foster, Rita Johnson, James Bell, Patti Hale, Jeff Corey ..
Directed by: Harold D. Schuster
Release date: 1943-05-26
Best Adventure Movies of 1943 : Adventures of the Flying Cadets

Adventures of the Flying Cadets

6.1/10 IMDB

Four youthful cadets are implicated in a series of murders, and must attempt to clear themselves of suspicion.

Starring: Johnny Downs, Bobby Jordan, Ward Wood, William Benedict, Eduardo Ciannelli, Regis Toomey, Robert Armstrong, Jennifer Holt, Charles Trowbridge, Joseph Crehan ..
Directed by: Ray Taylor, Lewis D. Collins
Release date: 1943-09-07
Best Adventure Movies of 1943 : Keep 'Em Slugging

Keep 'Em Slugging

6.2/10 IMDB

A gang of tough street kids decide to go straight and get jobs in order to free draft-age men for the war effort. However, because of their past tangles with the law, they can't find anybody who'll hire them. Finally one of them gets a job at the department store where his sister works, but runs afoul of a store executive who is in league with a ring of hijackers.

Starring: Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, Gabriel Dell, Norman Abbott, Evelyn Ankers, Elyse Knox, Frank Albertson, Don Porter, Shemp Howard, Samuel S. Hinds ..
Directed by: Christy Cabanne
Release date: 1943-03-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1943 : Colt Comrades

Colt Comrades

6.4/10 IMDB

Hoppy, California and Johnny partner up with brother and sister ranch owners, two of several who are having their access to water blocked by a dam owned by a greedy merchant in town, who is intent on driving them out and taking their land for himself.

Starring: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Jay Kirby, Teddi Sherman, Victor Jory, George Reeves, Robert Mitchum, Douglas Fowley, Herbert Rawlinson, Earle Hodgins ..
Directed by: Lesley Selander
Release date: 1943-06-18
Best Adventure Movies of 1943 : The Kid Rides Again

The Kid Rides Again

6.0/10 IMDB

Billy the Kid has been wrongfully arrested for robbing a train. In order to prove his innocence, the Kid breaks out of jail and hits the trail to search for the real robbers. Along the way, he discovers that an outlaw band has been impersonating upstanding ranchers.

Starring: Buster Crabbe, Al St. John, Iris Meredith, Glenn Strange, Charles King, I. Stanford Jolley, Edward Peil Sr., Ted Adams, Jimmy Aubrey, Roy Bucko ..
Directed by: Sam Newfield
Release date: 1943-01-27
Best Adventure Movies of 1943 : So's Your Uncle

So's Your Uncle

5.8/10 IMDB

Circumstances arise that result in a man impersonating his uncle. As the "uncle", he finds himself pursued by his girlfriend's aunt, who does not approve of their relationship.

Starring: Billie Burke, Donald Woods, Elyse Knox, Frank Jenks, Robert Lowery, Irving Bacon, Chester Clute, Tom Kennedy, Paul Stanton, Rita Gould ..
Directed by: Jean Yarbrough
Release date: 1943-09-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1943 : White Savage

White Savage

5.8/10 IMDB

A native boy plays Cupid for a shark fisherman and a South Sea Islands princess.

Starring: Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Sabu, Turhan Bey, Sidney Toler, Thomas Gomez, Don Terry, Paul Guilfoyle, Constance Purdy, Al Kikume ..
Directed by: Arthur Lubin
Release date: 1943-04-23
Best Adventure Movies of 1943 : Jack London

Jack London

5.1/10 IMDB

The adventurous and remarkable life of the US writer Jack London (1876-1916).

Starring: Michael O'Shea, Susan Hayward, Osa Massen, Harry Davenport, Frank Craven, Virginia Mayo, Ralph Morgan, Jonathan Hale, Edward Earle ..
Directed by: Alfred Santell
Release date: 1943-12-24
Best Adventure Movies of 1943 : Minesweeper


5.1/10 IMDB

A naval officer who had deserted several years earlier is drawn back to the Navy when World War II begins. He re-enlists under an assumed name, and is assigned to a minesweeper, where he has to perform hazardous duties while at the same time keeping his real identity a secret.

Starring: Richard Arlen, Jean Parker, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Emma Dunn, Charles D. Brown, Frank Fenton, Chick Chandler, Douglas Fowley, Robert Mitchum, Ralph Sanford ..
Directed by: William Berke
Release date: 1943-11-10
Best Adventure Movies of 1943 : Isle of Forgotten Sins

Isle of Forgotten Sins

4.6/10 IMDB

An evil sea captain and the forces of nature threaten two divers' search for a fortune in gold in the South Pacific.

Starring: John Carradine, Gale Sondergaard, Sidney Toler, Frank Fenton, Veda Ann Borg, Rita Quigley, Rick Vallin, Tala Birell, Patti McCarty, Betty Amann ..
Directed by: Edgar G. Ulmer
Release date: 1943-08-15
Best Adventure Movies of 1943 : Nazty Nuisance

Nazty Nuisance

4.5/10 IMDB

Germany's Adolf Hitler, with his Axis-stooges, Italy's Mussolini and Japan's Suki Yama, although he tried to avoid taking them, is on his way, via submarine, to a tropical country to negotiate a treaty with the High Chief Paj Mab. However, an American P.T-boat crew is already there and have some plans for schickenbit-grubber and his buddies.

Starring: Bobby Watson, Joe Devlin, Frank Faylen, Johnny Arthur, Emory Parnell, Jean Porter, Ian Keith ..
Directed by: Glenn Tryon
Release date: 1943-08-06
Best Adventure Movies of 1943 : Two Weeks to Live

Two Weeks to Live

5.6/10 IMDB

When Abner is mistakenly diagnosed as having only two weeks to live, his partner gets the idea that they can make a ton of money by having Abner perform all kinds of dangerous stunts.

Starring: Chester Lauck, Norris Goff, Franklin Pangborn, Kay Linaker, Irving Bacon, Herbert Rawlinson, Ivan F. Simpson, Rosemary La Planche, Jack Carr ..
Directed by: Malcolm St. Clair
Release date: 1943-02-26
Best Adventure Movies of 1943 : Bomber's Moon

Bomber's Moon

6.4/10 IMDB

An American pilot swears to get revenge on the German ace who shot his brother in this war movie set in war-torn Europe. Montgomery is the pilot. After he sees his brother die while trying to parachute to safety, Montgomery's plane is shot down over Germany. He is placed in a POW camp. There he meets a Russian medic and a Czech. Together the trio escapes.

Starring: George Montgomery, Annabella, Kent Taylor, Walter Kingsford, Martin Kosleck, Dennis Hoey, Robert Barrat, George N. Neise, Leon Tyler, Richard Graham ..
Directed by: Edward Ludwig, Harold D. Schuster
Release date: 1943-08-05
Best Adventure Movies of 1943 : Hoppy Serves a Writ

Hoppy Serves a Writ

6.3/10 IMDB

Posing as a cattle buyer, Hoppy crosses over into Oklahoma where the Jordan brother's and their outlaw gang operate outside the law. After receiving an unfriendly reception when he finds them, he, California, and Johnny rustle their cattle and drive across the river into Texas. He hopes they will cross over to retrieve their cattle and then he can arrest them.

Starring: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Jay Kirby, Victor Jory, George Reeves, Jan Christy, Hal Taliaferro, Forbes Murray, Robert Mitchum, Byron Foulger ..
Directed by: George Archainbaud
Release date: 1943-03-12
Best Adventure Movies of 1943 : The Deerslayer

The Deerslayer

6.2/10 IMDB

Deerslayer, a white man who was brought up by the Mohicans, helps his old tribe when the Hurons steal Princess Wah Tah, the betrothed of his friend Jingo-Good. His friends, the Hutters, are a white family living on an ark in the middle of a lake. The Hurons attack them and Deerslayer enlists the aid of scout Harry March, who is escorting sixty-five brides to the near-by settlement. Deerslayer and Harry are both in love with Judith Hutter, who is secretly in love with Harry. The Hurons succeed in capturing her father and Harry, where-upon Judith's sister Hetty, playing on an Indian superstition never to harm an insane person, feigns madness and makes an escape. Hutter, Judith, Hetty and Princess Wah-Tah return to the ark, where they ate attacked by the waiting Hurons and Hetty is killed. Deerslayer, Harry and the settlement men arrive to time to drive the Hurons away.

Starring: Bruce Kellogg, Jean Parker, Larry Parks, Warren Ashe, Wanda McKay, Yvonne De Carlo, Addison Richards, Johnny Michaels ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1943-11-22
Best Adventure Movies of 1943 : The Adventures of Smilin' Jack

The Adventures of Smilin' Jack

6.5/10 IMDB

A movie serial in 12 chapters: The famous comic strip character is on a mission to protect a secret tunnel passage between China and India.

Starring: Tom Brown, Marjorie Lord, Rose Hobart, Keye Luke, Edgar Barrier, Cyril Delevanti, Philip Ahn, Turhan Bey, Sidney Toler, Jay Novello ..
Directed by: Lewis D. Collins, Ray Taylor
Release date: 1943-01-05
Best Adventure Movies of 1943 : Get Going

Get Going

5.1/10 IMDB

Judy King (Grace McDonald), newly arrived in Washington, applies for a secretary job with a government agency and while being interviewed by Bob Carlton (Robert Paige), an agent with the bureau, jokingly hints she may be a spy. While investigating her, he clears Judy and falls in love with her... and then uncovers a real Nazi spy ring.

Starring: Robert Paige, Grace McDonald, Barbara Jo Allen, Walter Catlett, Maureen Cannon, Lois Collier, Milburn Stone, Frank Faylen ..
Directed by: Jean Yarbrough
Release date: 1943-06-21

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