Best Adventure Movies of 1948


The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

8.2/10 IMDB

Fred C. Dobbs and Bob Curtin, both down on their luck in Tampico, Mexico in 1925, meet up with a grizzled prospector named Howard and decide to join with him in search of gold in the wilds of central Mexico. Through enormous difficulties, they eventually succeed in finding gold, but bandits, the elements, and most especially greed threaten to turn their success into disaster.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett, Barton MacLane, Alfonso Bedoya, Arturo Soto Rangel, Manuel Dondé, José Torvay, Margarito Luna ..
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1948-01-15

Red River

7.8/10 IMDB

Headstrong Thomas Dunson starts a thriving Texas cattle ranch with the help of his faithful trail hand, Groot, and his protégé, Matthew Garth, an orphan Dunson took under his wing when Matt was a boy. In need of money following the Civil War, Dunson and Matt lead a cattle drive to Missouri, where they will get a better price than locally, but the crotchety older man and his willful young partner begin to butt heads on the exhausting journey.

Starring: John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Joanne Dru, Walter Brennan, Coleen Gray, Harry Carey, John Ireland, Noah Beery Jr., Harry Carey, Jr., Chief Yowlachie ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1948-08-26

Oliver Twist

7.8/10 IMDB

When 9-year-old orphan Oliver Twist dares to ask his cruel taskmaster, Mr. Bumble, for a second serving of gruel, he's hired out as an apprentice. Escaping that dismal fate, young Oliver falls in with the street urchin known as the Artful Dodger and his criminal mentor, Fagin. When kindly Mr. Brownlow takes Oliver in, Fagin's evil henchman Bill Sikes plots to kidnap the boy.

Starring: John Howard Davies, Robert Newton, Alec Guinness, Kay Walsh, Francis L. Sullivan, Henry Stephenson, Mary Clare, Anthony Newley, Ralph Truman, Michael Dear ..
Directed by: David Lean
Release date: 1948-06-28

The Three Musketeers

7.1/10 IMDB

Athletic adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' classic adventure about the king's musketeers and their mission to protect France.

Starring: Lana Turner, Gene Kelly, June Allyson, Van Heflin, Angela Lansbury, Gig Young, Vincent Price, Robert Coote, Frank Morgan, Keenan Wynn ..
Directed by: George Sidney
Release date: 1948-10-19

The Search

7.8/10 IMDB

In postwar Germany, a displaced Czech boy, separated from his family during wartime, is befriended by an American GI while the boy's mother desperately searches for him.

Starring: Montgomery Clift, Ivan Jandl, Aline MacMahon, Wendell Corey, Jarmila Novotná, Mary Patton, Ewart G. Morrison, William Rogers, Leopold Borkowski, Claude Gambier ..
Directed by: Fred Zinnemann
Release date: 1948-03-26

Adventures of Don Juan

7.0/10 IMDB

The adventures of the notorious Spanish Lothario Don Juan highlights Errol Flynn's swashbuckling and romantic antics.

Starring: Errol Flynn, Viveca Lindfors, Robert Douglas, Alan Hale, Romney Brent, Ann Rutherford, Robert Warwick, Jerry Austin, Douglas Kennedy, Jean Shepherd ..
Directed by: Vincent Sherman
Release date: 1948-12-01

The Pirate

6.9/10 IMDB

A girl is engaged to the local richman, but meanwhile she has dreams about the legendary pirate Macoco. A traveling singer falls in love with her and to impress her he poses as the pirate.

Starring: Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Walter Slezak, Gladys Cooper, Reginald Owen, George Zucco, Lester Allen, Lola Deem, Ellen Ross, Mary Jo Ellis ..
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
Release date: 1948-06-11
Best Adventure Movies of 1948 : Scott of the Antarctic

Scott of the Antarctic

7.0/10 IMDB

The true story of the British explorer Robert Falcon Scott and his ill-fated expedition to try to be the first man to discover the South Pole - only to find that the murderously cold weather and a rival team of Norwegian explorers conspire against him

Starring: John Mills, Derek Bond, Kenneth More, James Robertson Justice, Christopher Lee, Diana Churchill, Harold Warrender, John Gregson, Reginald Beckwith, Norman Williams ..
Directed by: Charles Frend
Release date: 1948-11-29
Best Adventure Movies of 1948 : Rachel and the Stranger

Rachel and the Stranger

7.0/10 IMDB

A widowed farmer takes an indentured servant as his new wife, but the arrival of a passing stranger threatens their burgeoning relationship.

Starring: Loretta Young, Robert Mitchum, William Holden, Gary Gray, Tom Tully, Sara Haden, Frank Ferguson, Walter Baldwin, Regina Wallace ..
Directed by: Norman Foster
Release date: 1948-09-18
Best Adventure Movies of 1948 : Louisiana Story

Louisiana Story

6.5/10 IMDB

The idyllic life of a young Cajun boy and his pet raccoon is disrupted when the tranquility of the bayou is broken by an oil well drilling near his home.

Starring: Joseph Boudreaux, Lionel Le Blanc, E. Bienvenu, Frank Hardy, C.P. Guedry, Oscar J. Yarborough ..
Directed by: Robert Flaherty
Release date: 1948-09-28

Tarzan and the Mermaids

5.6/10 IMDB

A high priest tries to force a young beauty to marry a pearl trader who is masquerading as the god Balu.

Starring: Johnny Weissmüller, Brenda Joyce, George Zucco, Andrea Palma, Fernando Wagner, Edward Ashley, John Laurenz, Gustavo Rojo, Matthew Boulton, Linda Christian ..
Directed by: Robert Florey
Release date: 1948-05-15
Best Adventure Movies of 1948 : Rogues' Regiment

Rogues' Regiment

6.5/10 IMDB

A post World War 2, US Army agent is assigned to join the Foreign Legion in search of high ranking Nazi war criminal who may have also enlisted.

Starring: Dick Powell, Märta Torén, Vincent Price, Stephen McNally, Edgar Barrier, Henry Rowland, Carol Thurston, James Millican, Richard Loo, Philip Ahn ..
Directed by: Robert Florey
Release date: 1948-12-28
Best Adventure Movies of 1948 : Hills of Home

Hills of Home

6.6/10 IMDB

William McClure is the villlage doctor in a remote Scottish glen. Tricked into buying Lassie, a collie afraid of water, he sets about teaching her to swim. At the same time he has the bigger problem that he is getting older and must ensure the glen will have a new local doctor ready.

Starring: Edmund Gwenn, Donald Crisp, Tom Drake, Janet Leigh, Rhys Williams, Alan Napier, Reginald Owen, Edmund Breon, Pal ..
Directed by: Fred M. Wilcox
Release date: 1948-11-25
Best Adventure Movies of 1948 : Man-Eater of Kumaon

Man-Eater of Kumaon

6.2/10 IMDB

A doctor hunts a vicious, man-eating tiger that terrorizes a native jungle village. In time the doctor experiences a personal change when he accepts their native customs and beliefs.

Starring: Sabu, Wendell Corey, Joy Page, Morris Carnovsky, Jimmy Moss, Lal Chand Mehra, Ted Hecht, John Mansfield, Eddie Das, Charles Wagenheim ..
Directed by: Byron Haskin
Release date: 1948-11-08
Best Adventure Movies of 1948 : Eyes of Texas

Eyes of Texas

6.3/10 IMDB

A ranch owner turns his place into a home for boys who have lost their fathers in World War II. His evil female lawyer covets the ranch and uses a gang of local toughs, a pack of killer dogs, and a phoney rancher's beneficiary to get it. U.S. Marshal Rogers opens an investigation when the rancher is killed.

Starring: Roy Rogers, Lynne Roberts, Andy Devine, Trigger, Nana Bryant, Roy Barcroft, Danny Morton, Francis Ford, Pat Brady, Bob Nolan ..
Directed by: William Witney
Release date: 1948-06-15
Best Adventure Movies of 1948 : The Fuller Brush Man

The Fuller Brush Man

6.8/10 IMDB

Poor Red Jones gets fired from every job he tries. His fiancée gives him one last chance to make good when he becomes a Fuller Brush man. His awkward attempts at sales are further complicated when one of his customers is murdered and he becomes the prime suspect.

Starring: Red Skelton, Janet Blair, Don McGuire, Hillary Brooke, Adele Jergens, Ross Ford, Trudy Marshall, Nicholas Joy, Donald Curtis, Arthur Space ..
Directed by: S. Sylvan Simon
Release date: 1948-06-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1948 : Se la llevó el Remington

Se la llevó el Remington

6.2/10 IMDB

While tracking down the three men that killed his father, a notorious bad-ass commits other misdeeds, seemingly based on his desire to wreck as many lives as possible. Doesn't really have anything to do with the historical figure known as Remington, though they used his name for the character here.

Starring: Luis Aguilar, Carmelita González, Tito Junco, Joaquín Cordero, Manuel Dondé, Emma Roldán, Alfredo del Diestro, Pascual García Peña, Salvador Quiroz ..
Directed by: Chano Urueta
Release date: 1948-11-04
Best Adventure Movies of 1948 : Jungle Jim

Jungle Jim

5.6/10 IMDB

Lady scientist, Hilary Parker is searching for a rare drug to help combat polio. Opportunist Bruce Edwards joins the quest but is actually after gold and buried treasure.

Starring: Johnny Weissmüller, Virginia Grey, George Reeves, Lita Baron, Rick Vallin, Holmes Herbert ..
Directed by: William Berke
Release date: 1948-12-15
Best Adventure Movies of 1948 : Adventures of Casanova

Adventures of Casanova

6.5/10 IMDB

Casanova, a young patriot in 18th-century Sicily, upon learning that his father and sister have been murdered, returns to Palermo and engages in guerilla tactics against the forces of the Governor. Lady Bianca, the Governor's daughter, is in love with one of the patriots, Lorenzo, and desires to escape from the palace. Her lady-in-waiting, Zanetta, enlists the aid of Casanova and he rescues them and takes them to the partisan's camp. The rebels are victorious. Lady Bianca makes plans to marry Lorenzo, and Casanova and Zanetta have similar plans.

Starring: Arturo de Córdova, Lucille Bremer, Turhan Bey, John Sutton, George Tobias, Noreen Nash, Lloyd Corrigan, Fritz Leiber, Nestor Paiva, Jacqueline Dalya ..
Directed by: Roberto Gavaldón
Release date: 1948-02-07
Best Adventure Movies of 1948 : Miraculous Journey

Miraculous Journey

6.4/10 IMDB

The passengers and crew of an airplane are stranded in an unfamiliar jungle. Unknown to most of the survivors is a criminal among them who caused the crash.

Starring: Rory Calhoun, Audrey Long, George Cleveland, Thurston Hall, Virginia Grey, Jim Bannon, June Storey, Carole Donne, Tom Lane, Ray Corrigan ..
Directed by: Sam Newfield
Release date: 1948-09-17
Best Adventure Movies of 1948 : Kidnapped


6.0/10 IMDB

In Scotland in 1752, seventeen-year-old David Balfour is cheated out of his birthright by his evil uncle Ebenezer.

Starring: Roddy McDowall, Sue England, Dan O'Herlihy, Roland Winters, Jeff Corey, Houseley Stevenson, Erskine Sanford, Alex Frazer, Winifriede McDowall, Robert J. Anderson ..
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1948-11-28
Best Adventure Movies of 1948 : The Black Arrow

The Black Arrow

6.1/10 IMDB

A young British nobleman comes back from fighting in the War of the Roses to discover that his father has been murdered by an old family friend who is now an outlaw. However, he becomes suspicious about the exact circumstances of his father's death and determines to find out exactly what happened.

Starring: Louis Hayward, Janet Blair, George Macready, Edgar Buchanan, Rhys Williams, Walter Kingsford, Lowell Gilmore, Halliwell Hobbes, Paul Cavanagh, Ray Teal ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1948-03-18
Best Adventure Movies of 1948 : The Woman from Tangier

The Woman from Tangier

5.6/10 IMDB

This one has Nylon, an American dancer fleeing Morocco after her employer gets into trouble with the police, and she stops off at Tangiers on her way to Gibraltar. $50,000, in gold, is stolen from the ship's safe and the captain tells the police that the purser was the thief and that he had to kill him in self defense, but the purser must have hidden the money before he got dead. The purser isn't in any position to make a disclaimer. Everybody buys that with the exception of an insurance detective, Shapley, who, along with the audience, suspects the captain of being the thief shows up to investigate further. Written By Les Adams

Starring: Adele Jergens, Stephen Dunne, Ivan Triesault, Ian MacDonald, Donna Martell, Curt Bois, Michael Duane, Maurice Marsac ..
Directed by: Harold Daniels
Release date: 1948-02-12
Best Adventure Movies of 1948 : The Prince Of Thieves

The Prince Of Thieves

5.3/10 IMDB

After fighting in the Crusades alongside Richard I of England Sir Allan Claire is returning home to marry his betrothed Lady Christable. Accompanied by his sister Lady Marian Claire, the two are intercepted by Robin Hood and his band of Merrie Men. Recognising a friend of King Richard, Robin informs them that Lady Christabel is the be married to another against her well in the interest of politics and her father's fortune. The three team up to rescue the fair lady.

Starring: Jon Hall, Patricia Morison, Adele Jergens, Alan Mowbray, H.B. Warner, Michael Duane ..
Directed by: Howard Bretherton
Release date: 1948-01-16
Best Adventure Movies of 1948 : Homicide for Three

Homicide for Three

5.3/10 IMDB

While on shore leave to celebrate his first anniversary, Lt. Peter Duluth (Warren Douglas) takes his wife, Iris (Audrey Long), to a Los Angeles hotel but is turned away. When mysterious Colette (Stephanie Bachelor) offers them her suite, the young couple becomes entangled in a murder plot. Aided by two PIs, Peter and Iris find two corpses and are desperate to locate Colette before she becomes the next victim, but the killers are one step ahead.

Starring: Warren Douglas, Audrey Long, Grant Withers, Lloyd Corrigan, Stephanie Bachelor, George Lynn, Tala Birell, Joseph Crehan, Benny Baker, Sid Tomack ..
Directed by: George Blair
Release date: 1948-12-08
Best Adventure Movies of 1948 : Thunder in the Pines

Thunder in the Pines

6.3/10 IMDB

Loggers Jeff Collins and Boomer Benson compete for a mail-order bride by means of a timber-cutting contest.

Starring: George Reeves, Ralph Byrd, Greg McClure, Michael Whalen, Denise Darcel, Marion Martin, Lyle Talbot, Vince Barnett, Roscoe Ates, Tom Kennedy ..
Directed by: Robert Gordon
Release date: 1948-11-11
Best Adventure Movies of 1948 : 16 Fathoms Deep

16 Fathoms Deep

5.7/10 IMDB

A bitterly jealous sponge fisherman tries to sabotage a fellow diver.

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Arthur Lake, Lloyd Bridges, John Qualen, Dickie Moore, Eric Feldary, Ian MacDonald, Tanis Chandler, Harry Cheshire ..
Directed by: Irving Allen
Release date: 1948-07-25
Best Adventure Movies of 1948 : Congo Bill

Congo Bill

6.4/10 IMDB

Congo Bill is hired to locate an heiress lost somewhere in Africa.

Starring: Don McGuire, Cleo Moore, Jack Ingram, I. Stanford Jolley, Nelson Leigh, Charles King, Armida, Hugh Prosser, Neyle Morrow, Fred Graham ..
Directed by: Spencer Gordon Bennet, Thomas Carr
Release date: 1948-10-28
Best Adventure Movies of 1948 : Caged Fury

Caged Fury

5.6/10 IMDB

Big cats are killing people... after being trained by a twisted lion tamer.

Starring: Richard Denning, Sheila Ryan, Mary Beth Hughes, Buster Crabbe, Frank Wilcox, Lane Chandler, Sam Flint, Hugh Prosser ..
Directed by: William Berke
Release date: 1948-03-05
Best Adventure Movies of 1948 : Mr. Reckless

Mr. Reckless

5.2/10 IMDB

An oil well digger tries to win back his former girlfriend, now engaged to another man.

Starring: William Eythe, Barbara Britton, Walter Catlett, Minna Gombell, Lloyd Corrigan, Nestor Paiva, Frank Jenks, Ian MacDonald, James Millican, Francis Pierlot ..
Directed by: Frank McDonald
Release date: 1948-03-26
Best Adventure Movies of 1948 : Angel on the Amazon

Angel on the Amazon

5.4/10 IMDB

An expedition exploring the Amazon jungle comes across a jungle goddess who lives among the animals and fears none of them--and apparently has found the secret of eternal youth.

Starring: George Brent, Vera Ralston, Constance Bennett, Brian Aherne, Fortunio Bonanova, Alfonso Bedoya, Gus Schilling, Richard Crane, Walter Reed, Ross Elliott ..
Directed by: John H. Auer
Release date: 1948-11-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1948 : The Creeper

The Creeper

4.9/10 IMDB

Dr. Morgan (Onslow Stevens) and Dr. Cavigny (Ralph Morgan) star as a brace of scientists who return from the West Indies with a potent, phosphorescent serum that allegedly changes human beings into cats.

Starring: Eduardo Ciannelli, Onslow Stevens, June Vincent, Ralph Morgan, Janis Wilson, John Baragrey, Richard Lane, Philip Ahn, Lotte Stein, Ralph Peters ..
Directed by: Jean Yarbrough
Release date: 1948-09-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1948 : Forbidden Women

Forbidden Women

4.2/10 IMDB

After studying in America, South Seas Prince Sigore returns home with plans to change things on his island. He's opposed by the sultan's sister-in-law, who has plans to control the paradise, and is infatuated with the Forbidden Women and their sensuous ways.

Starring: Fernando Poe, Berting Labra, Mona Lisa, Fernando Royo ..
Directed by: Eduardo de Castro
Release date: 1948-01-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1948 : Adventures of Frank and Jesse James

Adventures of Frank and Jesse James

7.1/10 IMDB

Jesse James returns to Missouri, and he and brother Frank come to the aid of a young woman who owns a gold mine. Her father was murdered and she took over the mine, and now the villains who killed her father are trying to drive her out of the mine so they can take it over.

Starring: Clayton Moore, Steve Darrell, Noel Neill, George J. Lewis, Stanley Andrews, Sam Flint, House Peters Jr., Dale van Sickel, Tom Steele, James Dale ..
Directed by: Fred C. Brannon, Yakima Canutt
Release date: 1948-10-30
Best Adventure Movies of 1948 : Campus Sleuth

Campus Sleuth

6.4/10 IMDB

A photographer is choked to death just outside of where a college dance is being held. The body is discovered by Lee Watson, but promptly disappears, as it is being whisked from one point to another on the campus by a night watchman, who is an ex-convict.

Starring: Freddie Stewart, June Preisser, Warren Mills, Noel Neill, Donald MacBride, Monte Collins, Stan Ross, Bobby Sherwood, Mildred Jorman, Geri Galian ..
Directed by: Will Jason
Release date: 1948-05-04

Rusty Leads the Way

6.3/10 IMDB

Danny Mitchell and his canine pal Rusty befriend blind girl Penny Moffatt. Feeling cheated by life, Penny resists all efforts to cope with her handicap. But with Rusty's help, the girl gains a new lease on life and agrees to adopt a seeing-eye dog.

Starring: Ted Donaldson, Sharyn Moffett, John Litel, Ann Doran, Paula Raymond, Peggy Converse, Flame the dog, Paul E. Burns, David Ackles, Mary Currier ..
Directed by: Will Jason
Release date: 1948-10-21
Best Adventure Movies of 1948 : Daredevils of the Clouds

Daredevils of the Clouds

5.8/10 IMDB

Terry O'Rourke, an American operating a small airline in Canada, is having a tough time making a go of it; he has to cope with unfavorable weather conditions, a rocky terrain, and a large Americam company determined to buy him out at their low price. In addition, one of his primary employees is working against him. One of his airplanes is transporting a cargo of gold and the pilot arranges for the gold to be stolen. He planned to parachute to safety, letting the airplane be looted when it crashed, but a co-worker cuts his parachute cord and he is killed. O'Rourke, with the air of one of his best pilots, Kay Cameron, sets out to track down the culprits.

Starring: Robert Livingston, Mae Clarke, James Cardwell, Grant Withers, Edward Gargan, Ray Teal, Jimmie Dodd, Pierre Watkin, Jayne Hazard, Robert J. Wilke ..
Directed by: George Blair
Release date: 1948-07-26
Best Adventure Movies of 1948 : Shep Comes Home

Shep Comes Home

5.6/10 IMDB

Little Larry Havens, whose father died in WWII, runs away from home to keep from being separated from "Shep," his father's dog. In Arizona, he is befriended by a kindly Mexican, Manuel Ortiz, who he is able to repay in time, with the aid of Sheriff "Cap" Weatherby, when Ortiz is suspected of crimes committed by local gangsters. "Shep" is instrumental in saving Ortiz from a lynching, and Larry, "Shep" and Ortiz all find a home with a couple they have befriended.

Starring: Robert Lowery, Billy Kimbley, Martín Garralaga, Margia Dean, Sheldon Leonard, Michael Whalen, J. Farrell MacDonald, Lyle Talbot, Frank Jenks, Edna Holland ..
Directed by: Ford Beebe
Release date: 1948-12-03
Best Adventure Movies of 1948 : The Swordsman

The Swordsman

5.8/10 IMDB

Young lovers brings two fighting clans together.

Starring: Larry Parks, Ellen Drew, George Macready, Edgar Buchanan, Ray Collins, Marc Platt, Michael Duane, Holmes Herbert, Nedrick Young, Robert Shayne ..
Directed by: Joseph H. Lewis
Release date: 1948-01-02
Best Adventure Movies of 1948 : Sword of the Avenger

Sword of the Avenger

5.9/10 IMDB

Roberto Balagtas is falsely arrested for treason and sent to prison where he is tortured. He escapes with other prisoners, but only Batagtas survives the escape, carrying with him a treasure map left by one of the others. He crosses paths with Ming Tang (Strong) and a group of Chinese smugglers, with whom he finds the treasure. The booty makes him extremely wealthy, and he changes his name to Don Diego Sebastian. He then goes back to the Philippines to seek his revenge.

Starring: Ramon Del Gado, Sigrid Gurie, Ralph Morgan, Duncan Renaldo, Leonard Strong, Trevor Bardette ..
Directed by: Sidney Salkow
Release date: 1948-06-02
Best Adventure Movies of 1948 : Jungle Goddess

Jungle Goddess

2.2/10 IMDB

When a plane carrying the daughter of a millionaire crashes in an African jungle, two pilots set out to collect the reward. They discover that she has become the goddess of a primitive tribe. An insurgent witch doctor and fierce wild animals make escape from the jungle difficult for the trio.

Starring: George Reeves, Wanda McKay, Ralph Byrd, Armida, Smoki Whitfield, Dolores Castle, Rudy Robles, Linda Leighton, Helena Grant, Fred Coby ..
Directed by: Lewis D. Collins
Release date: 1948-08-13
Best Adventure Movies of 1948 : Nothing Venture

Nothing Venture

4.3/10 IMDB

A trio of young boys become involved in a criminal plot.

Starring: Peter Artemus, Peter Artemus, Jackie Artemus, Terry Randall, Paul Blake, Patric Curwen, Michael Aldridge, Philip Artemus ..
Directed by: John Baxter
Release date: 1948-01-29

Skiing with Per and Kari

0.0/10 IMDB

About the film: Based on the eponymous book by the Norwegian skier Tomm Murstad, Skiing with Per and Kari shows two children who receive skis for Christmas and then enroll in Tomm Murstad’s ski school for children. The film was shown to children all over Norway.

Release date: 1948-01-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1948 : Night Wind

Night Wind

0.0/10 IMDB

A boy tries to protect his dog, a German shepherd that served with U.S. Army forces after it begins attacking strangers several years after the war.

Starring: Charles Russell, Virginia Christine, Gary Gray, John Ridgely, James Burke, Konstantin Shayne, William Stelling, Guy Kingsford, Charles Lang, Flame ..
Directed by: James Tinling
Release date: 1948-09-01

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