Best Adventure Movies of 1971



7.6/10 IMDB

Under the pretense of having a picnic, a geologist takes his teenage daughter and 6-year-old son into the Australian outback and attempts to shoot them. When he fails, he turns the gun on himself, and the two city-bred children must contend with harsh wilderness alone. They are saved by a chance encounter with an Aborigine boy who shows them how to survive, and in the process underscores the disharmony between nature and modern life.

Starring: Jenny Agutter, Luc Roeg, David Gulpilil, John Meillon, Robert McDarra, Peter Carver, John Illingsworth, Hilary Bamberger, Barry Donnelly, Noeline Brown ..
Directed by: Nicolas Roeg
Release date: 1971-07-01

Diamonds Are Forever

6.5/10 IMDB

Diamonds are stolen only to be sold again in the international market. James Bond infiltrates a smuggling mission to find out who's guilty. The mission takes him to Las Vegas where Bond meets his archenemy Blofeld.

Starring: Sean Connery, Jill St. John, Charles Gray, Lana Wood, Jimmy Dean, Bruce Cabot, Putter Smith, Bruce Glover, Norman Burton, Joseph Fürst ..
Directed by: Guy Hamilton
Release date: 1971-12-14

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

7.0/10 IMDB

Three children evacuated from London during World War II are forced to stay with an eccentric spinster. The children's initial fears disappear when they find out she is in fact a trainee witch.

Starring: Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson, Roddy McDowall, Sam Jaffe, John Ericson, Bruce Forsyth, Cindy O'Callaghan, Roy Snart, Ian Weighill, Tessie O'Shea ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1971-10-07


6.6/10 IMDB

Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter.

Starring: Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Charles Cioffi, Christopher St. John, Gwenn Mitchell, Lawrence Pressman, Victor Arnold, Sherri Brewer, Rex Robbins, Camille Yarbrough ..
Directed by: Gordon Parks
Release date: 1971-06-25

The Point

7.5/10 IMDB

Years ago, there was a place called The Land of Point, because everything in The Land of Point had one: the barns, the houses, the cars, everything, even the people. Everyone in The Land of Point had a point at the top of its head. Everyone, that is, except Oblio, who was born round-headed. Since he had no point, Oblio, along with his trusty dog, Arrow, was banished to the Pointless Forest. Join them to see what wonders await these two intrepid travelers as they make their way on their amazing, song-filled journey of discovery!

Starring: Ringo Starr, Paul Frees, Lennie Weinrib, Buddy Foster, Joan Gerber, Mike Lookinland, Bill Martin, Alan Barzman, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Thicke ..
Directed by: Fred Wolf
Release date: 1971-02-02
Best Adventure Movies of 1971 : Here Comes Peter Cottontail

Here Comes Peter Cottontail

7.4/10 IMDB

Peter Cottontail wants to be the #1 chief Easter Bunny, and everyone in April Valley agrees...except for Evil Irontail. Peter must deliver more eggs than this archrival to earn the top spot...and save Easter for children everywhere!

Starring: Danny Kaye, Vincent Price, Casey Kasem, Paul Frees, Joan Gardner, Iris Rainer, Greg Thomas ..
Directed by: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass
Release date: 1971-04-04

Sometimes a Great Notion

6.9/10 IMDB

Hank Stamper and his father, Henry, own and operate the family business by cutting and shipping logs in Oregon. The town is furious when they continue working despite the town going broke and the other loggers go on strike ordering the Stampers to stop, however Hank continues to push his family on cutting more trees. Hank's wife wishes he would stop and hopes that they can spend more time together. When Hank's half brother Leland comes to work for them, more trouble starts.

Starring: Paul Newman, Henry Fonda, Lee Remick, Michael Sarrazin, Richard Jaeckel, Linda Lawson, Cliff Potts, Sam Gilman, Lee de Broux, Jim Burk ..
Directed by: Paul Newman
Release date: 1971-12-17

Man in the Wilderness

6.8/10 IMDB

In the early 1800s, a group of fur trappers and Indian traders are returning with their goods to civilization and are making a desperate attempt to beat the oncoming winter. When guide Zachary Bass is injured in a bear attack, they decide he's a goner and leave him behind to die. When he recovers instead, he swears revenge on them and tracks them and their paranoiac expedition leader down.

Starring: Richard Harris, John Huston, Henry Wilcoxon, Percy Herbert, Dennis Waterman, Sheila Raynor, Norman Rossington, James Doohan, John Bindon, Bryan Marshall ..
Directed by: Richard C. Sarafian
Release date: 1971-11-24
Best Adventure Movies of 1971 : The Horsemen

The Horsemen

6.2/10 IMDB

In the poor, desolate northern provinces of the mountainous feudal Sunni kingdom of Afghanistan (before the Soviet-engineered republican revolutions), the status of the proud men and their clans is determined less by wealth or even military power (both rare) then by victories in the ancient, though game of buskashi, a vicious form of polo dating back to Genghis Khan, in which the chapendaz (participating horsemen) use their horse-whips on both mounts and rivals in a ruthless fight for a heavy 'ball', a dead calf, which must be carried a long way, almost impossible with all the others mercilessly assailing. Tursen, a former champion, now holds the status of village notable thanks to his position as stable-keeper of the regional lord Osman Bey, and has finally bred a horse without equal, the white stallion Jahil, in time for the royal tournament on the plain of Bagrami, just outside the capital Kabul...

Starring: Omar Sharif, Leigh Taylor-Young, Jack Palance, Peter Jeffrey, Srinanda De, George Murcell, Eric Pohlmann, Vernon Dobtcheff, Saeed Jaffrey ..
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Release date: 1971-08-16
Best Adventure Movies of 1971 : Carry On Henry

Carry On Henry

6.2/10 IMDB

Henry VIII has just married Marie of Normandy, and is eager to consummate their marriage. Unfortunately for Henry, she is always eating garlic, and refuses to stop. Deciding to get rid of her in his usual manner, Henry has to find some way of doing it without provoking war with Marie's cousin, the King of France. Perhaps if she had an affair...

Starring: Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Terry Scott, Barbara Windsor, Kenneth Connor, Julian Holloway, Peter Gilmore, Julian Orchard ..
Directed by: Gerald Thomas
Release date: 1971-06-03


6.2/10 IMDB

Scottish orphan David Balfour is betrayed by his wicked uncle Ebeneezer, who arranges for David to be kidnapped and sold into slavery so that he cannot claim his inheritance. The boy is rescued and befriended by Alan Breck, a Scottish rebel fighting on behalf of his country's independence from the British.

Starring: Michael Caine, Lawrence Douglas, Vivien Heilbron, Trevor Howard, Jack Hawkins, Donald Pleasence, Gordon Jackson, Freddie Jones, Jack Watson, Peter Jeffrey ..
Directed by: Delbert Mann
Release date: 1971-12-22
Best Adventure Movies of 1971 : Zeppelin


6.1/10 IMDB

The outbreak of World War I places Scots officer Geoffrey Richter-Douglas in an uncomfortable position. Although his allegiance is to Britain, his mother was from an aristocratic Bavarian family, and he spent his summers in Germany as a child. When Geoffrey is approached by a German spy who offers him a chance to defect, he reports the incident to his superiors, but instead of arresting the spy they suggest that he accept her offer--and become an Allied agent. In Germany, among old friends, Geoffrey discovers that loyalty is more complicated than he expected, especially when he finds himself aboard the maiden voyage of a powerful new prototype Zeppelin, headed for Scotland on a secret mission that could decide the outcome of the war.

Starring: Michael York, Elke Sommer, Peter Carsten, Anton Diffring, Marius Goring, Andrew Keir, Andrew Keir, Rupert Davies, Alexandra Stewart, William Marlowe ..
Directed by: Étienne Périer
Release date: 1971-04-08

Billy Jack

6.2/10 IMDB

Ex-Green Beret hapkido expert saves wild horses from being slaughtered for dog food and helps protect a desert "freedom school" for runaways.

Starring: Tom Laughlin, Delores Taylor, Clark Howat, Victor Izay, Julie Webb, Debbie Schock, Teresa Kelly, Lynn Baker, Susan Foster, Susan Sosa ..
Directed by: Tom Laughlin
Release date: 1971-08-02
Best Adventure Movies of 1971 : Mean Justice

Mean Justice

7.7/10 IMDB

Moreno (Bronson) is a tough ranch hand on the vast half million acre Garret Ranch. Rich in timber, gas, cattle and oil, the ranch is a major employer of rough rugged cowboys in northern New Mexico. Unexpectedly, Moreno has been accused , and tried for the murder of the daughter of the Garret ranch's popular foreman (Denver Pyle). As luck turns against the Garret ranch, each man endures struggles against nature, competitors, and each other in order to keep the operation profitable.

Starring: Charles Bronson, Ryan O'Neal, Denver Pyle, Richard Egan, Terry Moore, Anne Seymour, Oliver McGowan, Paul Tripp, Vic Perrin ..
Directed by: Arthur Hiller
Release date: 1971-02-08
Best Adventure Movies of 1971 : Powderkeg


6.6/10 IMDB

A Mexican bandit is about to be executed in the United States, so his brother takes over a train and holds the passengers as hostages unless his brother is released. Now both the Americans and Mexicans are baffled as to what to do. One of the passengers — who wrote the letter for their captor — has a suggestion: call mercenaries Hank Brackett and Johnny Reech. They do, and as expected they do come up with a plan, but the president of the railroad is not sure if it will work.

Starring: Rod Taylor, Dennis Cole, Fernando Lamas, John McIntire, Michael Ansara, Tisha Sterling, Melodie Johnson, Reni Santoni, Luciana Paluzzi, Joe De Santis ..
Directed by: Douglas Hayes
Release date: 1971-04-16
Best Adventure Movies of 1971 : The Light at the Edge of the World

The Light at the Edge of the World

6.0/10 IMDB

Pirates take over a lighthouse on a rocky island. They then execute a devious plan to cause ships to run aground, pillaging their wrecks. A lone member of the lighthouse crew survives, and he deperately fights their plot. A shipwrecked maiden that avoids the pirates slaughter soon complicates the situation.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Yul Brynner, Samantha Eggar, Jean-Claude Drouot, Fernando Rey, Renato Salvatori, Massimo Ranieri, Aldo Sambrell, Tito García, Víctor Israel ..
Directed by: Kevin Billington
Release date: 1971-07-16

Morning of the Earth

7.5/10 IMDB

Morning of the Earth is a classic surfer film from 1971, created by Alby Falzon and David Elfick. The film has a soundtrack created by Australian musicians including Brian Cadd, and is set in Bali, Hawaii and Australia's north-east.

Starring: Terry Fitzgerald, David Treloar, Rusty Miller, Nat Young, Stephen Cooney, Michael Peterson ..
Directed by: Alby Falzon, Albert Falzon
Release date: 1971-01-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1971 : The Strange Monster of Strawberry Cove

The Strange Monster of Strawberry Cove

6.8/10 IMDB

Three kids think they see a sea monster in the calm waters of Strawberry Cove, and set out to find what's behind the mystery.

Starring: Burgess Meredith, Agnes Moorehead, Larry D. Mann, Bill Zuckert, Parley Baer, Skip Homeier, Kelly Thordsen, Annie McEveety, Jimmy Bracken, Patrick Creamer ..
Directed by: Jack Shea
Release date: 1971-10-30
Best Adventure Movies of 1971 : Mr. Forbush and the Penguins

Mr. Forbush and the Penguins

6.5/10 IMDB

Life for Richard Forbush, brilliant biology student and conceited philanderer, is one long round of eat, drink and be merry. But his decision to accept a six-month research post in the Antarctic, making the first detailed study of a penguin colony, changes all that... Living in Shackleton’s derelict hut, Forbush is alone at the frozen edge of the world, his only links to civilisation a two-way radio and letters to his elusive, would-be girlfriend, Tara, in London. Through an often ferocious winter in the company of the penguins, he grows increasingly attached to his hardy, endearing subjects – learning profound lessons in endurance and humility.

Starring: John Hurt, Hayley Mills, Dudley Sutton, Tony Britton, Thorley Walters, Judy Campbell, Joss Ackland, Avril Angers, Cyril Luckham, Sally Geeson ..
Directed by: Alfred Viola, Roy Boulting, Arne Sucksdorff
Release date: 1971-07-29
Best Adventure Movies of 1971 : Mrs. Pollifax — Spy

Mrs. Pollifax — Spy

5.6/10 IMDB

Mrs. Emily Pollifax of New Jersey goes to the CIA to volunteer for spy duty, being in her own opinion, expendable now that the children are grown and she's widowed. And being just what the department needed (someone who looks and acts completely unlike a spy), she's assigned to simple courier duty to pick up a book in Mexico City. But when the pickup doesn't go as planned, Mrs. Pollifax finds herself handcuffed to a handsome stranger on a plane bound for an Albanian prison. And it's up to her to get them out.

Starring: Rosalind Russell, Darren McGavin, Nehemiah Persoff, Harold Gould, Albert Paulsen, John Beck, Dana Elcar, Dennis Cross, James Wellman, Nick Katurich ..
Directed by: Leslie H. Martinson
Release date: 1971-02-17

Man and Boy

5.5/10 IMDB

At the beginning of the 19th century a man and his son settle in Arizona which used to be a frontier state and full of criminals at that time.

Starring: Bill Cosby, Gloria Foster, Leif Erickson, Henry Silva, Dub Taylor, Yaphet Kotto, George Spell, John Anderson, Shelley Morrison, Richard Bull ..
Directed by: E.W. Swackhamer
Release date: 1971-06-23

Lupin the Third: Part 1

7.9/10 IMDB

The adventures of the master thief Lupin III and his cohorts as they dive into various escapades, all the while in pursuit by the tenacious Inspector Zenigata.

Starring: Yasuo Yamada, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Gor? Naya, Chikao Ohtsuka, Yukiko Nikaido, Eimei Esumi, Reiko Muto, Junpei Takiguchi, Ichir? Nagai ..
Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, Masaaki Osumi
Release date: 1971-10-24
Best Adventure Movies of 1971 : Hacksaw


5.4/10 IMDB

A girl goes on vacation to the mountains where she finds a wild horse named Hacksaw. With a little help, she captures the stud and it doesn't take long until the man who helped her starts wagon racing, since Hacksaw refuses to have any man or woman on his back.

Starring: Tab Hunter, Ray Teal, Victor Millan, Russ McCubbin, George Barrows, Christine Austin, John Prendergast ..
Directed by: Larry Lansburgh
Release date: 1971-09-26
Best Adventure Movies of 1971 : Dark Dreams

Dark Dreams

5.0/10 IMDB

A young couple inadvertently gets mixed up with a coven of devil worshippers.

Starring: Harry Reems, Laura Cannon, Patrice De Veur, June Dulu, Tom Lee, Alan Martin, Darby Lloyd Rains, Tina Russell, Storm Cloud, Suzy Mann ..
Directed by: Roger Guermantes
Release date: 1971-07-01

Creatures the World Forgot

4.5/10 IMDB

As the first nomadic tribes wander across the vast wilderness of the infant planet they confront hostilities created by the harsh environment and each other. After a massive volcanic eruption a tribal chief is killed and his two sons fight for supremacy, not only for the leadership of the tribe but also for the love of a beautiful young woman. The age-old battlegrounds of rivalry, envy and passion are explored in this tale of prehistoric adventure.

Starring: Julie Ege, Brian O'Shaughnessy, Tony Bonner, Marcia Fox, Rosalie Crutchley, Don Leonard, Beverly Blake, Sue Wilson, Frank Hayden ..
Directed by: Don Chaffey
Release date: 1971-09-01

Glen and Randa

5.2/10 IMDB

Teenagers Glen and Randa are members of a tribe that lives in a rural area, several decades after nuclear war has devastated the planet. They know nothing of the outside world, except that Glen has read about and seen pictures of a great city in some old comic books. He and Randa set out to find this city.

Starring: Steve Curry, Shelley Plimpton, Woody Chambliss, Garry Goodrow ..
Directed by: Jim McBride
Release date: 1971-09-19
Best Adventure Movies of 1971 : Romance of a Horsethief

Romance of a Horsethief

5.0/10 IMDB

Since time immemorial, the simple-minded boisterous people of Malava, a small Polish town near the border of imperial Russia, have lived on horse-stealing, horse-trading and horse-smuggling. Life changes abruptly when a Russian garrison, commanded by Captain Stoloff, occupies the town and, in the name of the Czar, requisitions all the horses for the Russian-Japanese War. With no more horses to steal, Kifke cannot afford to marry Estusha and all the young men in the village are likely to be incorporated into the Russian army. This state of affairs cannot continue and Zavill will take care of things. Written by Guy Bellinger (IMDB)

Starring: Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Jane Birkin, Lainie Kazan, David Opatoshu, Serge Gainsbourg, Henri Serre, Linda Veras, Marilù Tolo, Branko Pleša ..
Directed by: Abraham Polonsky
Release date: 1971-08-11
Best Adventure Movies of 1971 : River of Mystery

River of Mystery

7.7/10 IMDB

A couple of freelance explosives experts find jungle adventure while being stalked by a revolutionary leader and a diamond hunter.

Starring: Vic Morrow, Claude Akins, Niall MacGinnis, Louise Sorel, Nico Minardos, Dilma Lóes, Edmond O'Brien, Cicero Shadler, Waldir Maia, Earl Parker ..
Directed by: Paul Stanley
Release date: 1971-10-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1971 : A Step Out of Line

A Step Out of Line

7.5/10 IMDB

Three financially down-and-out buddies plot to pull a bank robbery to cure their financial woes.

Starring: Peter Falk, Vic Morrow, Peter Lawford, Jo Ann Pflug, Lynn Carlin, Tom Bosley, John Randolph, Danica D'Hondt ..
Directed by: Bernard McEveety
Release date: 1971-02-26
Best Adventure Movies of 1971 : Treasure Island

Treasure Island

7.4/10 IMDB

This 1971 animated movie tells the well-known story of Jim Hawkins and his adventures in search of treasure of Treasure Island.

Starring: Ron Haddrick, John Kingley, John Llewellyn, Bruce Montague, Brenda Senders ..
Directed by: Zoran Janjic
Release date: 1971-11-28
Best Adventure Movies of 1971 : Tiki Tiki

Tiki Tiki

7.2/10 IMDB

Canadian filmmaker Gerald Potterton utilizes extensive footage from the Soviet adventure film Dr. Abolit in his Tiki Tiki. Abolit boards a rocket with two monkeys and blasts off into space, bent on rescuing a group of monkey kids from extraterrestrial bandits. Framing the live-action storyline are a few animated cartoon sequences involving the efforts of a producer to sell his concept to an apelike movie mogul. This device works as effectively here as it did thirty years earlier in W.C. Fields' Never Give a Sucker an Even Break. As a payoff, the studio boss is revealed to be King Kong, who sees a lot of potential in a story about heroic simians. (

Starring: Barry Baldaro, Gayle Claitman, Patrick Conlon, Peter Cullen, Jean Shepherd, Joan Stuart Morris, Ted Zeigler, Jean Shepherd ..
Directed by: Gerald Potterton
Release date: 1971-09-25
Best Adventure Movies of 1971 : River of Gold

River of Gold

6.0/10 IMDB

A pair of beach bums wind up in Acapulco, where they get involved in a search for a beautiful woman and a sunken treasure.

Starring: Ray Milland, Suzanne Pleshette, Dack Rambo, Roger Davis ..
Directed by: David Friedkin
Release date: 1971-03-09

Bat Pussy

2.9/10 IMDB

The citizens of Gothum City are under attack by smut filmmakers and only one hero can help! Bat Pussy (Dora Dildo) hangs out in her secret headquarters (aka an outhouse). When her “twat begins to twitch,” warning her of imminent crime, Bat Pussy hops on her Holy Hippity-Hop to foil the grotesque sex schemes of un-happily married couple Buddy and Sam! Considered to be the first porn parody, the unidentified lunatic filmmakers have never been located, providing further proof that this movie was most likely made by extraterrestrials.

Starring: Dora Dildo, Sam, Buddy ..
Directed by: Unknown
Release date: 1971-08-20

Blood and Guts

4.9/10 IMDB

The deadly 'Wooden Hag' decides to get rid of the devil knight. Tiger Lim attracts an array of top samurai by offering 'book of nine Yin' as a reward for the head of the devil's knight.

Starring: Kung Shun Chang, Shao Chun Chang, Li-yun Chen, Cheng-tao Chiang, Ching-yi Chiang, Lung Hsiao Chiang ..
Directed by: Li Kuo-Hua
Release date: 1971-06-12

Doctor Who: The Mind of Evil

0.0/10 IMDB

Professor Emil Keller has created a machine that can pacify even the most dangerous of criminals. But when the Doctor and Jo arrive at Stangmoor Prison for a demonstration, things start to go horribly wrong - especially when they discover that the Doctor's old enemy the Master is responsible for the machine.

Starring: Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning, Nicholas Courtney, Richard Franklin, John Levene, Roger Delgado, Fernanda Marlowe, Patrick Godfrey, Simon Lack, Pik-Sen Lim ..
Directed by: Timothy Combe
Release date: 1971-03-06
Best Adventure Movies of 1971 : Doctor Who: The Claws of Axos

Doctor Who: The Claws of Axos

0.0/10 IMDB

A group of gold-skinned aliens known as the Axons land on Earth and offer wondrous technology in exchange for fuel. The Doctor, however, isn't fooled, uncovering the Axons' true nature and once again facing his archenemy the Master...

Starring: Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning, Nicholas Courtney, Richard Franklin, John Levene, Roger Delgado, Fernanda Marlowe, Peter Bathurst, Paul Grist, Donald Hewlett ..
Directed by: Michael Ferguson
Release date: 1971-04-03
Best Adventure Movies of 1971 : Doctor Who: Colony in Space

Doctor Who: Colony in Space

0.0/10 IMDB

When the Master steals the Time Lords' secret file on the Doomsday Weapon, they grant the Doctor a temporary reprieve from his exile on Earth to deal with the crisis. He and Jo arrive on the planet Uxarieus and become enmeshed in a struggle between an agrarian colony and a powerful mining corporation.

Starring: Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning, Nicholas Courtney, Roger Delgado, Graham Leaman, Peter Forbes-Robertson, John Baker, John Ringham, Helen Worth, David Webb ..
Directed by: Michael E. Briant
Release date: 1971-05-15
Best Adventure Movies of 1971 : Doctor Who: The Dæmons

Doctor Who: The Dæmons

0.0/10 IMDB

On the eve of May Day, dark elemental forces begin to disturb the village of Devil's End as the Master summons the demon Azal: unexplained murders, a stone gargoyle come to life, and a nigh-impenetrable infernal energy dome. With the Master fully prepared to destroy the Earth, the Doctor and UNIT - aided by a benevolent practitioner of witchcraft - battle the wicked rites of a secret science wielded by an alien from another world.

Starring: Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning, Nicholas Courtney, Richard Franklin, John Levene, Roger Delgado, Stephen Thorne, Stanley Mason, Damaris Hayman, Robin Wentworth ..
Directed by: Christopher Barry
Release date: 1971-06-19
Best Adventure Movies of 1971 : Doctor Who: Terror of the Autons

Doctor Who: Terror of the Autons

0.0/10 IMDB

The Master, an old adversary of the Doctor, has arrived on Earth to destroy humanity with the aid of the Nestene Consciousness and their army of Autons and killer plastic daffodils - unless the Doctor, joined by new assistant Jo Grant, can stop them.

Starring: Jon Pertwee, Nicholas Courtney, Roger Delgado, Katy Manning, Richard Franklin, John Levene, Michael Wisher, Harry Towb, Nicholas Courtney, David Garth ..
Directed by: Barry Letts
Release date: 1971-01-23

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