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Best Action Films of The 1960s

Updated on March 07, 2017

Dirty Dozen

The Dirty Dozen is a film about the second World War and it features a great soundtrack as well as an intriguing plot.
The Dirty Dozen is a film about the second World War and it features a great soundtrack as well as an intriguing plot. | Source

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The Dirty Dozen (1967)

This film is about the D-Day invasion. It takes place in England and was actually filmed in the U.K. The acting is excellent as it features great actors such as: Ernest Borgnine, Jim Brown, Charles Bronson and Tully Savalas. This film really gets down and dirty. It is full of action, drama and it shows you the war zone up close and personal. One of my favorite World War 2 films without a doubt.

In The Heat of The Night

In the Heat of the Night spawned a television crime show and it dealt with crime and racism.
In the Heat of the Night spawned a television crime show and it dealt with crime and racism. | Source

The Stars of "In The Heat of The Night"

Sidney Poitier
Lee Grant
Warren Oates
Larry Gates
Rod Steiger
James Patterson
 
 
 
Six of the stars from the hit movie.

In The Heat of The Night (1967)

This police drama is more about racism than anything and it spawned a television show. Starring some of the most fantastic talent including: Sidney Poitier, Warren Oates and Lee Grant. This film tells it like it is and holds nothing back. The action clips are fine but, the drama especially with real life issues about race hit to the core.

In the Heat of the Night, won five Academy Awards. If you have not seen it check it out because it's a classic.

Cool Hand Luke (Paul Newman)

Cool Hand Luke was released in 1967 and it stars Paul Newman among others. This prison film is a classic without a doubt.
Cool Hand Luke was released in 1967 and it stars Paul Newman among others. This prison film is a classic without a doubt. | Source

Cool Hand Luke (1967)

Cool Hand Luke is a movie about prison life in a maximum security facility in Florida. Paul Newman, J.D. Cannon and George Kennedy provide outstanding performances in this dark and often painful anti-establishment film. The famous line from the film that everyone has heard repeated often is " What we've got here is failure to communicate".

What makes this flick so interesting, is the way Christianity is used and also the way Newman's character fights for his cause at all cost including, getting beaten badly.

Cool Hand Luke Movie Trailer

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

This crime film is based on the true story of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the American gangster couple if you will. The cast includes Faye Dunaway, Warren Beatty and Gene Hackman.

Bonnie and Clyde was the first film to be officially preserved in the National Film Registry. It received two Academy Awards. Although the action, crime flick is only loosely based on these criminals lives the final 20 minutes of this film are horrific and it was a scene ahead of its time.

Warren Beatty & Faye Dunaway

Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty stars as Bonnie and Clyde, two gangsters in love.
Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty stars as Bonnie and Clyde, two gangsters in love. | Source

Samurai Assassin (1965)

This film is set in Japan and it is a sword fighting, martial arts movie as far as the action goes but the film delves deeper than that. Mifune is a true warrior but also an outcast as far as the Japanese people go.

The music goes well with the movie and the sound effects are excellent. This fighting movie has a good plot and you never know what is going to happen next.

Martial Arts

Samurai Assassin

John Wayne

John Wayne had a starring role in "Hell Fighters".
John Wayne had a starring role in "Hell Fighters". | Source

Birth Home of John Wayne (Winterset, Iowa)

Hellfighters (1968)

John Wayne, Katharine Ross, Vera Miles and Bruce Cabot take the lead in this film loosely based on actual events. Oil field firefighters risk their lives all over the country on a daily basis. A rather bland story line but, superb acting throughout this film helps keep it worth your while.

Hellfighters are fireman that put out the ultimate blazes including fires caused by terrorist attacks and major explosions.

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Yojimbo (1961)

Two drug lords who compete for Kingship of Crime fight to hire the ultimate martial artist Ronin. Fighting scenes including martial arts as well as intense sword fighting are a thrill to witness.

Yojimbo takes place in Japan and it stars Toshiro Mifune, Yoko Tsukasa and Tatsuya Nakadai. This movie has touched American culture. For example, John Belushi used the main character in the film as his own character on Saturday Night Live.

Sean Connery

Sean Connery stars in the British crime film "Dr. No".
Sean Connery stars in the British crime film "Dr. No". | Source

Dr. No Movie Trailer

Dr. No (1962)

Dr. No is the first ever James Bond film and it stars Sean Connery, Jack Lord, Joseph Wiseman and Ursula Andress. Bond is a secret Agent for Britain who uses all kinds of odd gadgets to get him to Dr. No.

This film is not realistic as far as one man could not save the ay by himself. On the other hand, 007 James Bond is full of action and cool gadgets and weapons.

Scene From The Italian Job

The 1969 movie entitled The Italian Job had a remake in 2003.
The 1969 movie entitled The Italian Job had a remake in 2003. | Source

Mini-Cooper Chase Clip (Video)

The Italian Job (1969)

The Italian Job stars Michael Caine, Benny Hill, Tony Beckley and Noel Coward. The film deals with the mafia and it takes place in England. A criminal gets out of jail and plans a robbery but things do not always go as planned.

The car chase scenes are fabulous and entertaining especially for the 60s. Robbing the Armored truck and filling the gold bricks into a fleet of Mini-Coopers is the name of the game.

* Please share your thoughts about these films or any movie from the 60s era that you like. Comments can be left in the box at the bottom of this article.

Sean Connery in Goldfinger

Sean Connery stars as 007 Agent James Bond in the spy film called "Goldfinger".
Sean Connery stars as 007 Agent James Bond in the spy film called "Goldfinger". | Source

Goldfinger (1964)

Goldfinger is the third installment in the Jams Bond 007 collection. Sean Connery (Bond), Honor Blackman and Gert Frobe (Goldfinger) take the front seat in this British spy flick for the ages.

This is considered by many to be the best o all the Bond movies. Bond has to sop a gold smuggler who will stop at nothing to carry out his plan of blowing up Fort Knox. As always Bond uses his charm ,brains and space age technology to win the day and get the girl.

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      Thief12 24 months ago from Puerto Rico

      Cool hub, and lots of good/great films. I wouldn't call Cool Hand Luke an "action" film, but it's still one of my favorite 60's films.

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