Best Adventure Movies of 1949

1.

Battleground

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

The film concentrates on the camaraderie and the divisions between the troops as they ready for the big offensive. Told in a taut narrative, the men of the 101st, led by Van Johnson, wait out the winter in the Ardennes forest to confront the German army in what would be the last major offensive of World War II. The men are demoralized and trapped, with no hope of support from the Allies.

Starring: Van Johnson, John Hodiak, Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy, Marshall Thompson, Jerome Courtland, Don Taylor, Bruce Cowling, Douglas Fowley, Leon Ames ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1949-11-09
2.

Samson and Delilah

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

The classic story of Samson and Delilah as told by Cecil B. DeMille.

Starring: Hedy Lamarr, Victor Mature, Angela Lansbury, George Sanders, Henry Wilcoxon, Olive Deering, Fay Holden, Julia Faye, Pedro de Cordoba, William 'Wee Willie' Davis ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1949-12-21
3.

Mighty Joe Young

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

After being taken from his home in Africa, Gorilla "Joe" is an instant hit in a Hollywood nightclub. This fun and wonderfully entertaining slant on "King Kong" is much better than Kong's 1934 sequel, "Son of Kong". This all ages adventure has superb special effects from Willis O'Brien and his protege, Ray Harryhausen.

Starring: Terry Moore, Ben Johnson, Robert Armstrong, Frank McHugh, Douglas Fowley, Denis Greene, Paul Guilfoyle, Nestor Paiva, Regis Toomey, Lora Lee Michel ..
Directed by: Ernest B. Schoedsack
Release date: 1949-07-27
Best Adventure Movies of 1949 : Reign of Terror
4.

Reign of Terror

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

The French Revolution, 1794. The Marquis de Lafayette asks Charles D'Aubigny to infiltrate the Jacobin Party to overthrow Maximilian Robespierre, who, after gaining supreme power and establishing a reign of terror ruled by death, now intends to become the dictator of France.

Starring: Robert Cummings, Richard Basehart, Richard Hart, Arlene Dahl, Arnold Moss, Norman Lloyd, Charles McGraw, Beulah Bondi, Jess Barker, Royal Dano ..
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Release date: 1949-10-15
Best Adventure Movies of 1949 : Prince of Foxes
5.

Prince of Foxes

3.3
7.0/10 IMDB

In 1500, Duke Cesare Borgia hopes to marry his sister (widowed by poison) to the heir apparent of Ferrara, which impedes his conquest of central Italy. On this delicate mission he sends Andrea Orsini, his sister's lover and nearly as unscrupulous as himself. En route, Orsini meets Camilla Verano, wife of the count of Citta' del Monte (Borgia's next intended conquest); and sentiment threatens to turn him against his deadly master, whom no one betrays twice...

Starring: Tyrone Power, Orson Welles, Wanda Hendrix, Marina Berti, Katina Paxinou, Everett Sloane, Felix Aylmer, Eduardo Ciannelli ..
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1949-11-11
Best Adventure Movies of 1949 : Down to the Sea in Ships
6.

Down to the Sea in Ships

3.1
7.3/10 IMDB

During a whaling expedition in the late 1800's, the aging Captain Bering Joy (Lionel Barrymore) and his new first mate, Dan Lunceford (Richard Widmark) engage in a battle of wills concerning the education of the captain's struggling grandson.

Starring: Richard Widmark, Lionel Barrymore, Dean Stockwell, Cecil Kellaway, Gene Lockhart, Berry Kroeger, John McIntire, Harry Morgan, Harry Davenport, Paul Harvey ..
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1949-02-15
7.

Sons of Matthew

3.0
7.1/10 IMDB

The story of five brothers who homestead, with other settlers, on the virgin plateaus of the Australian bush country.

Starring: Michael Pate, Ken Wayne, Tommy Burns, John Unicomb, John Ewart, Wendy Gibb ..
Directed by: Charles Chauvel
Release date: 1949-12-16
Best Adventure Movies of 1949 : Malaya
8.

Malaya

2.9
6.7/10 IMDB

After living abroad for several years, journalist John Royer returns to the United States just after the U.S. enters World War II. His boast that he could easily smuggle rubber, a key wartime natural resource, out of Malaya has him tasked with doing just that. He manages to get someone from his past, Carnaghan, sprung from Alactraz and together they head off to South East Asia posing as Irishmen. Once there, Carnaghan lines up some of his old cronies and with Royer and a few plantation owners plans to smuggle the rubber out from under the Japanese army's watchful eye.

Starring: Spencer Tracy, James Stewart, Valentina Cortese, Sydney Greenstreet, John Hodiak, Lionel Barrymore, Gilbert Roland, Roland Winters, Richard Loo, Ian MacDonald ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1949-12-27
Best Adventure Movies of 1949 : King of the Rocket Men
9.

King of the Rocket Men

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

Prof. Millard pretends to be dead and helps Jeff King ferret out Vulcan, the evil traitor at the science academy. Donning his Rocket Man costume King goes from one hair raising rescue to the next in order to keep the newly invented Decimator out of the clutches of Vulcan and his minions.

Starring: Tris Coffin, Mae Clarke, Don Haggerty, James Craven, I. Stanford Jolley, House Peters Jr., Douglas Evans, Ted Adams, Stanley Price, Dale van Sickel ..
Directed by: Fred C. Brannon
Release date: 1949-06-08
Best Adventure Movies of 1949 : It's Not Cricket
10.

It's Not Cricket

2.8
6.2/10 IMDB

Kicked out of Army Intelligence, a pair of upper class twits set up as private detectives. The result is refined English chaos. " This is the regettable story of two Drones who didn't even know their own Zones. It starts in Germany, gets nowhere and stops at nothing." Radford and Wayne, cashiered from the army when they let a captured Nazi escape, become private detectives who later get involved with the same German and a missing diamond ...

Starring: Basil Radford, Naunton Wayne, Susan Shaw, Maurice Denham, Nigel Buchanan, Alan Wheatley, Jane Carr, Patrick Waddington, Edward Lexy, Leslie Dwyer ..
Directed by: Roy Rich, Alfred Roome
Release date: 1949-04-01

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