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List Rules Vote up your favorite action films that were released in the 1960s.

Are you a fan of action movies? If so, you’ve come to the right place. This list of the greatest 1960s action movies is full of undeniable, take no prisoners classics. With the social turmoil of the ‘60s and the rapidly-escalating conflict in Vietnam, action films took on a new role as social commentary, blended with classic American escapism.


Casual fans of the genre might think action movies are a purely American institution, but this list of the best 1960s action movies would suggest otherwise. Foreign directors produced some epic films during the ‘60s, spanning the gamut from the spaghetti westerns of Sergio Corbucci to the British James Bond films. This list features legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa with his masterpiece
Yojimbo. Another British classic also appears on this list: The Italian Job, starring cinema legend Michael Caine.


American audiences were treated to their fare share of homegrown action films, as well. Movies like
A Fistful of Dollars starring Clint Eastwood and The Wild Bunch, directed by Sam Peckinpah thrilled audiences in the ‘60s. Vote up the best '60s action movies below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

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A Fistful of Dollars is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
A Fistful of Dollars Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonté, Aldo Sambrell

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Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
Goldfinger Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall

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Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
Planet of the Apes Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison, James Whitmore

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Dr. No is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
Dr. No Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Jack Lord

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Yojimbo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
Yojimbo Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Tatsuya Nakadai

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For a Few Dollars More is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
For a Few Dollars More Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Sergio Leone

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The Wild Bunch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
The Wild Bunch William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan

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Jason and the Argonauts is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
Jason and the Argonauts Honor Blackman, Patrick Troughton, Nancy Kovack

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From Russia with Love is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
From Russia with Love Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, Daniela Bianchi

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Zulu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
Zulu Michael Caine, Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins

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The Italian Job is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
The Italian Job Michael Caine, Benny Hill, Noël Coward

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Thunderball is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
Thunderball Sean Connery, Luciana Paluzzi, Claudine Auger

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Where Eagles Dare is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
Where Eagles Dare Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton, Michael Hordern

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You Only Live Twice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
You Only Live Twice Sean Connery, Donald Pleasence, Lois Maxwell

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On Her Majesty's Secret Servic... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
On Her Majesty's Secret Service Diana Rigg, Joanna Lumley, Telly Savalas

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Sanjuro is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
Sanjuro Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Tatsuya Nakadai

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Branded to Kill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
Branded to Kill Kōji Nanbara, Annu Mari, Isao Tamagawa

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Tokyo Drifter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
Tokyo Drifter Eimei Esumi, Tamio Kawaji, Eiji Gō

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Von Ryan's Express is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
Von Ryan's Express Frank Sinatra, James Brolin, Trevor Howard

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Ice Station Zebra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
Ice Station Zebra Jim Brown, Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine

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Danger: Diabolik is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
Danger: Diabolik Michel Piccoli, Marisa Mell, Adolfo Celi

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It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Worl... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Buster Keaton

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Destroy All Monsters is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
Destroy All Monsters Haruo Nakajima, Kenji Sahara, Akira Kubo

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The Train is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
The Train Burt Lancaster, Jeanne Moreau, Paul Scofield

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The Comancheros is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
The Comancheros John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Jack Elam

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The Sword of Doom is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
The Sword of Doom Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yūzō Kayama

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Three Outlaw Samurai is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
Three Outlaw Samurai Tetsurō Tamba, Mikijiro Hira, Makatari Fujiwara

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The Flight of the Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
The Flight of the Phoenix James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Ernest Borgnine

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The Professionals is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
The Professionals Claudia Cardinale, Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin

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In Like Flint is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
In Like Flint James Coburn, Lee J. Cobb, Anna Lee

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Our Man Flint is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
Our Man Flint James Coburn, James Brolin, Lee J. Cobb

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Youth of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
Youth of the Beast Seijun Suzuki, Eimei Esumi, Misako Watanabe

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The War Wagon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
The War Wagon Sean Connery, John Wayne, Donald Sutherland

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The Brides of Dracula is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
The Brides of Dracula Peter Cushing, Martita Hunt, Freda Jackson

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The One-Armed Swordsman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
The One-Armed Swordsman Jimmy Wang, Chung-Hsin Huang, Lisa Chiao Chiao

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The Mercenary is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
The Mercenary Jack Palance, Franco Nero, Tony Musante

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The Incredible Journey is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
The Incredible Journey Rex Allen, Jan Rubeš, John Drainie

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Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! Tura Satana, Susan Bernard, Stuart Lancaster

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Come Drink with Me is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
Come Drink with Me Jackie Chan, Cheng Pei-pei, Elliot Ngok

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Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Mon... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster Takashi Shimura, Akiko Wakabayashi, Akihiko Hirata

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Battle of the Bulge is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
Battle of the Bulge Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Robert Shaw

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North to Alaska is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
North to Alaska John Wayne, Stewart Granger, Fabian

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The Green Berets is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
The Green Berets John Wayne, George Takei, Vera Miles

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Coogan's Bluff is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
Coogan's Bluff Clint Eastwood, Lee J. Cobb, Don Siegel

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The Big Gundown is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '60s Action Movies
The Big Gundown Lee Van Cleef, Tomas Milian, Walter Barnes