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Best Action Films of The 1970s

Updated on October 22, 2016

Classic Action Flicks!

Roger Moore played as James Bond in Live and Let Die and many other 007 movies. James Bond movies were very popular when they were released.
Roger Moore played as James Bond in Live and Let Die and many other 007 movies. James Bond movies were very popular when they were released. | Source
Charles Bronson was the star in four Death Wish movies. His family was murdered so he becomes a vigilante.
Charles Bronson was the star in four Death Wish movies. His family was murdered so he becomes a vigilante. | Source
This film is based on the  events of an actual airplane highjacking. This movie makes you not want to board a plane.
This film is based on the events of an actual airplane highjacking. This movie makes you not want to board a plane. | Source
Clark Kent strips down and becomes Superman, who is played by Christopher Reeves in the original.
Clark Kent strips down and becomes Superman, who is played by Christopher Reeves in the original. | Source
Clint Eastwood plays as Dirty Harry Callahan and the .44 Magnum is his weapon of choice. Action packed.
Clint Eastwood plays as Dirty Harry Callahan and the .44 Magnum is his weapon of choice. Action packed. | Source
Burt Reynolds and Sally Field star in Smokey and The Bandit which had a sequel. This is truly a classic.
Burt Reynolds and Sally Field star in Smokey and The Bandit which had a sequel. This is truly a classic. | Source
Mel Gibson plays as Mad Max which also produced a sequel. This movie has a lot of fast paced action.
Mel Gibson plays as Mad Max which also produced a sequel. This movie has a lot of fast paced action. | Source
The Enforcer stars Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry Callahan. This movie is truly a classic.
The Enforcer stars Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry Callahan. This movie is truly a classic. | Source

Ten Action Hits From The 70s

1. Superman (1978): Christopher Reeves plays as Superman, Marlon Brando plays as his dad and Gene Hackman plays as Lex Luther, his ultimate nemesis. Superman has many action scenes including when he had to lay across train tracks to save lives and prevent a subway wreck. The movie has had several sequels but the original has a bunch of crime fighting throughout. I remember this movie. This a movie that we grew up to. This is one of the last few times for the world to get to see the great Marlon Brando.

2. Dirty Harry (1971): Clint Eastwood plays as a investigator for the San Francisco Police Department. This movie has four sequels but this one was the best. The bad guy is a killer but, he also picks on Dirty Harry Calahan. He taunts Harry but, in the end the .44 Magnum saves the day. Do not forget to look up, the street and roof top shoot outs are scattered throughout this police action movie. This movie is also considered a classic. This is the movie that the popular saying "Make My Day!" comes from. This saying is used even today. This movie has a lot of car chases and also some freaky music was played each time it showed the main killer.

3. Death Wish (1974): Charles Bronson plays as an architect who lives in New York City. His wife is killed and his daughter is sexually assaulted. Bronson becomes a nighttime vigilante and kills quite a few criminals including those who harmed his family. The car chases and the shoot outs are ahead of their time and they were very intense. Taking the law into his own hands, Bronson will do anything to avenge his daughter and his wife who he loved very much. The movie is quite brutal and it is rated R, mainly for it's violence.

4. The Enforcer (1976): Clint Eastwood is back as Dirty Harry in the third installment of this high octane action flick. Harry must defeat a crazy gang and their leader named Bobby Maxwell. The film has several shoot outs and hostage situations, not to mention a bunch of fists fights between Harry and the bad guys. This is a classic movie that is still loved today. Clint Eastwood has played in a lot of westerns but, I believe his best role is, when he plays Detective Harry Callahan in the Dirty Harry Series.

5. The Stone Killer (1973): Charles Bronson plays as a detective who has to bring down a Mafia Don and his entire crime syndicate. He works for the Los Angeles Police Department and his methods, although very rough, are tried and true. There are many murders and crime sprees that take place in this action thriller that is full of surprises at every turn.Another hardcore movie by the dead serious Charles Bronson.

6. Airport 77 (1977): Jack Lemmon, Christopher Lee and Joseph Cotten star in this film sequel based on an actual plane high jacking. The drama and the action are forever present in this movie. It is full of surprises and it will make you ponder really hard before deciding to board an airplane. Guns blaze and clues are abound in this reality check of sorts.

7. A Force of One (1979): Chuck Norris plays as a karate master that is recruited by the law to help catch a serial killer. The film features many fight scenes with blood and violence. Kicks, elbows, punches, knees and of course weapons galore are all apart of this classic martial arts action flick. Norris was at his fighting best in this one.

8. Smokey and The Bandit (1977): Burt Reynolds, Sally Field and Jackie Gleason star in this action-comedy film that has produced two sequels and a television series spin off. Police chases and other high speed pursuits highlight this adventure across the country. This movie has a few fighting scenes but, the car races are what makes this a must see movie.

9. Mad Max (1979): Mel Gibson plays as road warrior Mad Max and the film also stars Joanne Samuel, Steve Bisley and Hugh Byrne. It has had a slew of sequels and the original was an Australian made film. The film is rated R and has violence on the regular. Motorcycle gangs equipped with knives, pipes and chains are at every turn. Fights, brutal killing and intense streetcar scenes unfold before your eyes.

10. Live and Let Die (1973): Roger Moore plays as 007, James Bond in this action, British spy movie. This is the 8th in the series that has had 16 movies. Bond must fight, shoot, hide and use amazing gadgets to beat the bad guys and get his target. Dr. Kananga is the ultimate nemesis of Bond and of all mankind. During the 70s, Roger Moore and Sean Connery assumed the role of James Bond.

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Great 1970's Action Stars

Bruce Lee
Chuck Norris
Clint Eastwood
Charles Bronson
Christopher Reeves
Roger Moore
Sean Connery
Burt Reynolds
 
 
 
 

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      mjkearn 3 years ago

      Hi Leslie

      I'd love to say that I am too young to remember these great movies but alas I can't besides I enjoyed them all.

      Thanks for the great list and making me remember. Smokey and the Bandit is my favorite. I wonder why? LOL.

      MJ.

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