10 Best Old Action Movies

Tuesday, March 1 by Jackie Barlow

Searching for ten best old action movies included such an amazing amount of choices that a person could go well beyond ten to discuss outstanding ones. So many of our beloved actors are well-remembered for their roles in classic films that continue to be watched to this day. Old action movies are enjoyable because the hero always wins out against evil, and there are so many active scenes involved. Getting lost for an hour or so  in watching such old action movies certainly takes us away from the drabness of our real lives.

  1. "Man With The Golden Gun" is the first old action movie that we think of when asked about the highly-successful James Bond series. How we all rushed to see each new James Bond film with the suave man who charged one million dollars for each job and executed each one in a clever way with so many innovative gadgets. "Golden Gun" was released in 1974.
  2. "Dirty Harry," released in 1971, began starring Clint Eastwood as San Francisco Police Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan. As "a cop with a dirty attitude", he has to track down the maniac Scorpio who kidnaps innocent victims and leaves ransom notes.
  3. "Sands of Iwo Jima" was a 1949 action drama.  John Wayne starred as a tough Marine squad leader who was a hard trainer for his new recruits in 1943.  But, despite his squad thinking he was too difficult with his demands and did not care for them personally, the training paid off when they had to tackle such battles as Iwo Jima, the war's bloodiest island battle. 
  4. "Big Jake," a 1971 action western movie starring John Wayne, is set in 1909. He sets out with a horse, a faithful dog, an Indian scout, and money to rescue his kidnapped eight-year-old grandson. 
  5. "Kelly's Heroes" is a 1970 film classified as an action comedy. Including such popular actors as Donald Sutherland, Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Carroll O'Connor, and Don Rickles, this movie takes us through the adventures of a World War II platoon that learns of a German bank behind enemy lines with gold bars worth 16 million dollars.
  6. "Battle For the Planet of the Apes" was the 1973 final chapter in the successful Apes saga. This old action movie was billed as "the most suspenseful showdown ever filmed" as two civilizations battled to inherit what was then left of the earth. 
  7. "The Poseidon Adventure" was a 1972 unusual "upside down" adventure. The S.S. Poseidon is struck by a 90-foot tidal wave at midnight on New Year's Eve. After the ship capsizes, this is the tale of nine survivors who struggle to reach the bottom of the ship, which is now the top. Gene Hackman, Shelley Winters, Roddy McDowall, and Ernest Borgnine are just some of the top actors who star in this action film. 
  8. "The Omega Man" stars Charlton Heston in this 1971 action and sci-fi thriller. As a doctor and the only survivor of a biological war, he has to battle several hundred nocturnal deformed people who are sensitive to light. 
  9.  "Rocky" in 1976 started an inspiring series of sport action movies. Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa, the "Italian Stallion," is an aspiring boxer in Philadelphia who has to fight Apollo Creed, the then current heavyweight champion. This movie won three Academy Awards. 
  10. "Young Guns", released in 1988, was a western crime action thriller. The stellar cast included Lou Diamond Phillips, Jack Palance, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlie Sheen, Terry O'Quinn, and others. Set in New Mexico in 1878, young gun men become deputies when their benefactor is shot down. One of them, William Bonney, became known as "Billie the Kid."
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