Best Adventure Movies of 1959



8.1/10 IMDB

In 25 AD, Judah Ben-Hur, a Jew in ancient Judea, opposes the occupying Roman empire. Falsely accused by a Roman childhood friend-turned-overlord of trying to kill the Roman governor, he is put into slavery and his mother and sister are taken away as prisoners. Three years later and freed by a grateful Roman galley commander whom he has rescued from drowning, he becomes an expert charioteer for Rome, all the while plotting to return to Judea, find and rescue his family, and avenge himself on his former friend. All the while, the form and work of Jesus move in the background of his life...

Starring: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Stephen Boyd, Hugh Griffith, Martha Scott, Cathy O'Donnell, Frank Thring, Sam Jaffe, Ady Berber ..
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1959-11-18

Journey to the Center of the Earth

7.0/10 IMDB

An Edinburgh professor and assorted colleagues follow an explorer's trail down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the earth's center.

Starring: Pat Boone, James Mason, Arlene Dahl, Diane Baker, Thayer David, Peter Ronson, Robert Adler, Alan Napier, Alex Finlayson, Alan Caillou ..
Directed by: Henry Levin
Release date: 1959-12-15

The Horse Soldiers

7.1/10 IMDB

A Union Cavalry outfit is sent behind confederate lines in strength to destroy a rail supply center. Along with them is sent a doctor who causes instant antipathy between him and the commander. The secret plan for the mission is overheard by a southern belle who must be taken along to assure her silence.

Starring: John Wayne, William Holden, Constance Towers, Judson Pratt, Hoot Gibson, Ken Curtis, Willis Bouchey, Bing Russell, O. Z. Whitehead, Hank Worden ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1959-06-11

Darby O'Gill and the Little People

7.1/10 IMDB

A wily old codger matches wits with the King of the Leprechauns and helps play matchmaker for his daughter and the strapping lad who has replaced him as caretaker.

Starring: Albert Sharpe, Janet Munro, Sean Connery, Jimmy O'Dea, Kieron Moore, Estelle Winwood, Walter Fitzgerald, Denis O'Dea, J.G. Devlin, Jack MacGowran ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1959-06-24

North West Frontier

7.1/10 IMDB

In the rebellious northern frontier province of colonial India, British Army Captain Scott, a young prince and the boy's governess escape by an obsolete train as they are relentlessly pursued by Muslim rebels intent on assassinating the prince.

Starring: Kenneth More, Lauren Bacall, Herbert Lom, Wilfrid Hyde-White, I.S. Johar, Ursula Jeans, Eugene Deckers, Ian Hunter, Jack Gwillim, Govind Raja Ross ..
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1959-10-13

Al Capone

6.7/10 IMDB

In this unusually accurate biography, small-time hood Al Capone comes to Chicago at the dawn of Prohibition to be the bodyguard of racketeer Johnny Torrio. Capone's rise in Chicago gangdom is followed through murder, extortion, and political fraud. He becomes head of Chicago's biggest "business," but moves inexorably toward his downfall and ignominious end.

Starring: Rod Steiger, Fay Spain, James Gregory, Martin Balsam, Nehemiah Persoff, Murvyn Vye, Robert Gist, Lewis Charles, Joe De Santis, Sandy Kenyon ..
Directed by: Richard Wilson
Release date: 1959-03-25

Third Man on the Mountain

7.1/10 IMDB

The thrilling, critically acclaimed account of Rudi Matt (James MacArthur), a young kitchen worker who is determined to conquer the Citadel -- the jagged, snowcapped peak that claimed his father's life.

Starring: Michael Rennie, James MacArthur, Janet Munro, James Donald, Herbert Lom, Laurence Naismith, Lee Patterson, Helen Hayes, Walter Fitzgerald, Nora Swinburne ..
Directed by: Ken Annakin
Release date: 1959-11-10
Best Adventure Movies of 1959 : I Captured the King of the Leprechauns

I Captured the King of the Leprechauns

7.7/10 IMDB

Behind the scenes of Darby O'Gill and the Little People.

Starring: Walt Disney, Pat O’Brien, Albert Sharpe, Sean Connery, Janet Munro, Jimmy O'Dea, Kieron Moore, Denis O'Dea, J.G. Devlin, Jack MacGowran ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson, Harry Keller
Release date: 1959-05-29
Best Adventure Movies of 1959 : Kidnapped


6.6/10 IMDB

Kidnapped and cheated out of his inheritance, young David Balfour falls in with a Jacobite adventurer, Alan Breck Stewart. Falsely accused of murder, they must flee across the Highlands, evading the redcoats.

Starring: Peter Finch, James MacArthur, Bernard Lee, John Laurie, Niall MacGinnis, Finlay Currie, Miles Malleson, Duncan Macrae, Andrew Cruickshank, Peter O'Toole ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1959-12-07

The Wreck of the Mary Deare

6.7/10 IMDB

A disgraced merchant marine officer elects to stay aboard his sinking cargo ship in order to prove the vessel was deliberately scuttled and, as a result, vindicate his good name.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Charlton Heston, Michael Redgrave, Virginia McKenna, Richard Harris, Emlyn Williams, Alexander Knox, Cecil Parker, Ben Wright, Peter Illing ..
Directed by: Michael Anderson
Release date: 1959-11-17
Best Adventure Movies of 1959 : The 39 Steps

The 39 Steps

6.6/10 IMDB

In London, a diplomat accidentally becomes involved in the death of a British agent who's after a spy ring that covets British military secrets.

Starring: Kenneth More, Taina Elg, James Hayter, Barry Jones, Barbara Steele, Brenda De Banzie, Faith Brook, Joan Hickson, Sid James, Leslie Dwyer ..
Directed by: Ralph Thomas
Release date: 1959-03-13

The Stranglers of Bombay

6.2/10 IMDB

In 1826 British-ruled India, the secret Cult of Thugee demonstrates their worship of their goddess, Kali, by the mutilation and mass murder of thousands of Indians while pirating the shipments of the British East-Indian Tea Company. As the British military leaders play down the implications of the piracy and disappearances, a lone captain realizes that they are not just coincidence and sets out to uncover the source of the deviltry, at the risk of his career. Based on history.

Starring: Guy Rolfe, Allan Cuthbertson, Andrew Cruickshank, George Pastell, Marne Maitland, Jan Holden, Paul Stassino, Marie Devereux, John Harvey, Roger Delgado ..
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Release date: 1959-12-04
Best Adventure Movies of 1959 : Zorro, the Avenger

Zorro, the Avenger

6.8/10 IMDB

Masked crusader Zorro and his father, Don Alejandro, face off against mysterious despot The Eagle in a fight for control of old Spanish California.

Starring: Guy Williams, Charles Korvin, Henry Calvin, Gene Sheldon, George J. Lewis, Jay Novello, Don Diamond, Henry Rowland ..
Directed by: Charles Barton
Release date: 1959-09-10
Best Adventure Movies of 1959 : Yellowstone Kelly

Yellowstone Kelly

6.5/10 IMDB

A fur-trapper named Kelly, who once saved the life of a Sioux chief, is allowed to set his traps in Sioux territory during the late 1870s. Reluctantly he takes on a tenderfoot assistant named Anse and together they give shelter to a runaway Arapaho woman. Tensions develop when Anse falls in love with this woman and when the Sioux chief arrives with his warriors to re-claim her.

Starring: Clint Walker, Edd Byrnes, John Russell, Ray Danton, Claude Akins, Rhodes Reason, Andra Martin, Gary Vinson, Warren Oates, Nesdon Booth ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1959-11-11

Up Periscope

6.4/10 IMDB

Lieutenant Braden discovers that Sally, the woman he's been falling in love with, has actually been checking out his qualifications to be a U.S. Navy frogman. He must put his personal life behind him after being assigned to be smuggled into a Japanese-held island via submarine to photograph radio codes.

Starring: James Garner, Edmond O'Brien, Andra Martin, Alan Hale Jr., Edd Byrnes, Clifford Kawada, Carleton Carpenter, Richard Bakalyan, William Leslie, Frank Gifford ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1959-03-04

John Paul Jones

6.3/10 IMDB

The career of Revolutionary War naval hero John Paul Jones, from his youth in Scotland through his service to Catherine the Great of Russia.

Starring: Robert Stack, Marisa Pavan, Charles Coburn, Erin O'Brien, Bette Davis, Macdonald Carey, Jean-Pierre Aumont, David Farrar, Peter Cushing, Susana Canales ..
Directed by: John Farrow
Release date: 1959-06-16

Tarzan's Greatest Adventure

6.4/10 IMDB

The greatest adventure of jungle king Tarzan. Four British villains raid a settlement to obtain explosives for use in a diamond mine. In doing so they nearly destroy the settlement, so Tarzan pursues them to their mine.

Starring: Gordon Scott, Anthony Quayle, Sara Shane, Niall MacGinnis, Sean Connery, Al Mulock, Scilla Gabel ..
Directed by: John Guillermin
Release date: 1959-07-08

Green Mansions

5.4/10 IMDB

A young Venezuelan idealist flees his native land to escape a revolution. Hoping to find peace, he goes to the mountains and the forests of the Amazon. There he encounters Rima, the Bird Girl, an orphan living a life of nature, who is feared by a local jungle tribe.

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Anthony Perkins, Lee J. Cobb, Sessue Hayakawa, Henry Silva, Nehemiah Persoff, Michael Pate, Estelle Hemsley, Yoneo Iguchi, Bill Saito ..
Directed by: Mel Ferrer
Release date: 1959-03-19

The Angry Red Planet

5.2/10 IMDB

The first manned flight to Mars returns after having been out of communications since it had arrived on Mars. What would it reveal?

Starring: Gerald Mohr, Naura Hayden, Les Tremayne, Jack Kruschen, Paul Hahn, J. Edward McKinley, Tom Daly, Don Lamond, Edward Innes, Gordon Barnes ..
Directed by: Ib Melchior
Release date: 1959-11-23
Best Adventure Movies of 1959 : SOS Pacific

SOS Pacific

6.2/10 IMDB

A flying boat has to ditch off an island in the Pacific. Along with the injured owner-pilot the passengers include a policeman and his smuggler prisoner, a slimey limey witness against him, a physicist, and a globe-hopping good-time girl. On the island they find a fleet of derelict ships, farm animals tethered, and cameras in a lead-lined bunker and a stark realisation soon dawns.

Starring: Richard Attenborough, Pier Angeli, John Gregson, Eva Bartok, Eddie Constantine, Gunnar Möller, Jean Anderson, Cec Linder, Clifford Evans, Harold Kasket ..
Directed by: Guy Green
Release date: 1959-10-14
Best Adventure Movies of 1959 : King of the Wild Stallions

King of the Wild Stallions

5.9/10 IMDB

A wild stallion provides unexpected help to a widow and her young son in their efforts to keep their ranch.

Starring: George Montgomery, Diane Brewster, Edgar Buchanan, Emile Meyer, Jerry Hartleben, Byron Foulger, Denver Pyle, Dan Sheridan, Rory Mallinson, Fred Sherman ..
Directed by: R.G. Springsteen
Release date: 1959-05-17
Best Adventure Movies of 1959 : The Hangman

The Hangman

6.6/10 IMDB

A marshal nicknamed "The Hangman" because of his track record in hunting down and capturing wanted criminals traces a robbery suspect to a small town. However, the man is known and liked in the town, and the citizens band together to try to help him avoid capture.

Starring: Robert Taylor, Tina Louise, Fess Parker, Jack Lord, Gene Evans, Mickey Shaughnessy, Mabel Albertson, Shirley Harmer, James Westerfield, Lorne Greene ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1959-06-17
Best Adventure Movies of 1959 : Forbidden Island

Forbidden Island

6.8/10 IMDB

Tropical island underwater scuba diving swimming murder thriller, in which divers and thieves search for a sunken treasure.

Starring: Jon Hall, Nan Adams, John Farrow, Jonathan Haze, Greigh Phillips, Dave 'Howdy' Peters, Tookie Evans, Martin Denny, Bob LaVarre, Bill Anderson ..
Directed by: Charles B. Griffith
Release date: 1959-03-01

Thunder in the Sun

5.5/10 IMDB

A band of Basque immigrants treks through the Old West toward California, where they hope to put down roots and open wineries. When the group's leader dies, his widow Gabrielle marries his brother in accordance with Basque tradition. But it's a loveless union; Gabrielle is smitten with Lon Bennett, the scout who's been hired to guide them on their journey.

Starring: Susan Hayward, Jeff Chandler, Jacques Bergerac, Carl Esmond, Blanche Yurka, Fortunio Bonanova, Bertrand Castelli, Felix Locher, Albert Carrier, Michèle Marly ..
Directed by: Russell Rouse
Release date: 1959-04-08
Best Adventure Movies of 1959 : Ferry to Hong Kong

Ferry to Hong Kong

5.5/10 IMDB

Mark Conrad, a habitual drunk and troublemaker with a shady past, is expelled by Hong Kong police after one too many bar fights. He's sent to Macao on the Fa Tsan, a ferry owned by Captain Hart. Conrad's papers are out of order and Macao refuses him entry. Unable to go ashore, Conrad is a permanent passenger on the ferry with Hart, who detests him. It's all one long, lazy voyage for Conrad until one fateful trip when an encounter with a typhoon and pirates forces Conrad to choose between an aimless drifter's life and becoming a man again.

Starring: Curd Jürgens, Orson Welles, Sylvia Syms, Jeremy Spenser, Noel Purcell, Margaret Withers, Roy Chiao, Milton Reid ..
Directed by: Lewis Gilbert
Release date: 1959-10-29
Best Adventure Movies of 1959 : The Treasure of San Teresa

The Treasure of San Teresa

5.8/10 IMDB

After World War II, an ex-spy returns to Germany to search for a cache of jewels he hid in a Czechoslovakian convent.

Starring: Eddie Constantine, Dawn Addams, Marius Goring, Christopher Lee, Nadine Tallier, Walter Gotell ..
Directed by: Alvin Rakoff
Release date: 1959-07-21

The House of the Seven Hawks

6.0/10 IMDB

A ship's captain gets mixed up with murder during the hunt for lost Nazi treasure.

Starring: Robert Taylor, Nicole Maurey, Linda Christian, Donald Wolfit, David Kossoff, Eric Pohlmann ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1959-10-29
Best Adventure Movies of 1959 : Watusi


5.5/10 IMDB

A sequel to the MGM 1950 King Solomon's Mines.

Starring: George Montgomery, Taina Elg, David Farrar, Dan Seymour, Robert Goodwin, Rex Ingram ..
Directed by: Kurt Neumann
Release date: 1959-03-25
Best Adventure Movies of 1959 : The Cat Gang

The Cat Gang

5.7/10 IMDB

The Cat Gang is a group of precocious British kids. They have a habit of hanging around a grown-up customs official who wishes that they'd beat it. But the Gang comes in handy when a smuggling gang arrives on the scene.

Starring: Francesca Annis, John Pike, Jeremy Bulloch, John Gabriel, John Stacy, Paddy Joyce, Patrick Crean, Frank Hayden, Joe Gibbons, Ian Gardiner ..
Directed by: Darrell Catling
Release date: 1959-01-04
Best Adventure Movies of 1959 : Killers of Kilimanjaro

Killers of Kilimanjaro

5.4/10 IMDB

An American engineer reaches Mombasa to finish the works of an African railroad and to find his predecessor, who has mysteriously disappeared. While the work continues, will have to face several obstacles, especially violent local tribes, Arabs slave traders and wild animals.

Starring: Robert Taylor, Anthony Newley, Anne Aubrey, Grégoire Aslan, Allan Cuthbertson, Martin Benson, Orlando Martins, Donald Pleasence, Earl Cameron, John Dimech ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1959-10-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1959 : The Scavengers

The Scavengers

5.6/10 IMDB

This low-budget Asian-set adventure concerns a reformed smuggler (Vince Edwards of TV's Ben Casey) who finds his missing wife (Carol Ohmart) in Hong Kong.

Starring: Vince Edwards, Carol Ohmart, Richard Loo, Tamar Benamy, John Wallace, Eddie Infante, Mario Barri, Joe Sison, Bruno Punzalan, Renato Robles ..
Directed by: John Cromwell
Release date: 1959-10-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1959 : The Little Savage

The Little Savage

5.6/10 IMDB

The most fearsome pirate in epic deeds and fierce battles. Betrayed and abandoned on an island, discover a fabulous treasure and fight to the death to save a child from the dangers and wild beasts.

Starring: Pedro Armendáriz, Christiane Martel, Rodolfo Hoyos Jr., Terry Rangno, Boyd Holister ..
Directed by: Byron Haskin
Release date: 1959-03-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1959 : Alaska Passage

Alaska Passage

5.8/10 IMDB

Al Graham runs a trucking business in Alaska, America’s final frontier which confronts him with washed out bridges, female hitchhikers and mayhem concerning his partner Gerard Mason and his scheming wife.

Starring: Bill Williams, Naura Hayden, Lyn Thomas, Leslie Bradley, Nick Dennis, Raymond Hatton, Fred Sherman, Court Shepard, Gregg Martell, Gene Roth ..
Directed by: Edward Bernds
Release date: 1959-02-11
Best Adventure Movies of 1959 : Island of Lost Women

Island of Lost Women

5.0/10 IMDB

A plane crash-lands on a jungle island inhabited by a scientist and his nubile young daughters. Complications ensue.

Starring: Jeff Richards, John Smith, Venetia Stevenson, Alan Napier, Diane Jergens, June Blair, Gavin Muir, George Brand, Vern Taylor, Tom Riley ..
Directed by: Frank Tuttle
Release date: 1959-03-20
Best Adventure Movies of 1959 : The Cosmic Man

The Cosmic Man

4.8/10 IMDB

A strange sphere settles down in a California canyon, causing both the scientific and military communities to gather around to investigate.

Starring: John Carradine, Bruce Bennett, Angela Greene, Paul Langton, Scotty Morrow, Lyn Osborn, Walter Maslow, Herbert Lytton, Ken Clayton, Alan Wells ..
Directed by: Herbert S. Greene
Release date: 1959-02-17

Five Gates to Hell

5.7/10 IMDB

A group of nurses, doctors and nuns are taken hostage in Vietnam and sent up river to a castle hideout so they can cure an ailing war general.

Starring: Dolores Michaels, Patricia Owens, Neville Brand, Ken Scott, Nobu McCarthy, Benson Fong, Nancy Kulp, John Morley, Shirley Knight, Irish McCalla ..
Directed by: James Clavell
Release date: 1959-09-23

Tarzan, The Ape Man

3.8/10 IMDB

An English colonel's daughter meets the lord of the jungle who makes her his mate.

Starring: Denny Miller, Joanna Barnes, Cesare Danova, Robert Douglas, Leon Anderson, Thomas Yangha ..
Directed by: Joseph M. Newman
Release date: 1959-10-01

The Incredible Petrified World

3.1/10 IMDB

When the cable breaks on their diving bell four people find themselves trapped in a hidden underwater world.

Starring: John Carradine, Robert Clarke, Phyllis Coates, Allen Windsor, Sheila Noonan, George Skaff, Maurice Bernard, Joe Maierhouser, Lloyd Nelson, Harry Raven ..
Directed by: Jerry Warren
Release date: 1959-11-18
Best Adventure Movies of 1959 : Frontier Rangers

Frontier Rangers

4.9/10 IMDB

A pastiche of three episodes from the 1958 TV series Northwest Passage, stitched together as a feature and released theatrically in Europe.

Starring: Keith Larsen, Buddy Ebsen, Don Burnett, Lisa Gaye, Philip Tonge, Larry Chance, Angie Dickinson, Lisa Davis, Claude Akins ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1959-01-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1959 : Sombrero


6.2/10 IMDB

Shura Tychinking decides to wear sombrero and make everybody to believe he's a different person just arrived from Latin America.

Starring: Viktor Perevalov, Misha Tyagunov, Vadim Grachov, Lyudmila Chernyshyova ..
Directed by: Tamara Lisitsian
Release date: 1959-06-06
Best Adventure Movies of 1959 : Cuban Rebel Girls

Cuban Rebel Girls

3.3/10 IMDB

Errol Flynn, playing himself as a war correspondent, reports the dangerous goings-on of a band of Cuban rebels- Two of which are misguided teenage girls from America. The film was shot with Castro's cooperation while he was still fighting Batista's forces.

Starring: Errol Flynn, Beverly Aadland, John McKay, Jackie Jackler, Marie Edmund, Ben Ostrowsky, Tod Scott Brody, Fidel Castro, Allen Baron ..
Directed by: Barry Mahon
Release date: 1959-12-25
Best Adventure Movies of 1959 : The Bandit Of Zhobe

The Bandit Of Zhobe

5.2/10 IMDB

British soldiers in India must contend with an outlaw bandit.

Starring: Victor Mature, Anne Aubrey, Anthony Newley, Dermot Walsh, Norman Wooland, Walter Gotell, Paul Stassino ..
Directed by: John Gilling
Release date: 1959-04-01

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