Mercenaries

by Savvy_Savage | created - 08 Oct 2016 | updated - 10 Dec 2016 | Public

Rag tag, ex-military, guns for hire, diamond smuggling, bomb disposal, saboteurs, gun running, gold mining, hijackers, ransom, despotic dictators, overthrow government, Alistair Maclean

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1. The Magnificent Seven (1960)

Approved | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Western

74 Metascore

Seven gunfighters are hired by Mexican peasants to liberate their village from oppressive bandits.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Eli Wallach

Votes: 83,952 | Gross: $4.91M

2. The Professionals (1966)

PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Western

75 Metascore

An arrogant Texas millionaire hires four adventurers to rescue his kidnapped wife from a notorious Mexican bandit.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan, Woody Strode

Votes: 13,217 | Gross: $19.54M

3. The Dirty Dozen (1967)

Not Rated | 150 min | Action, Adventure, War

73 Metascore

During World War II, a rebellious U.S. Army Major is assigned a dozen convicted murderers to train and lead them into a mass assassination mission of German officers.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, John Cassavetes

Votes: 64,130 | Gross: $45.30M

4. House of Cards (1968)

G | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

In 1960s Paris, an American boxer stumbles upon an international fascist conspiracy that aims to create a new world order.

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: George Peppard, Inger Stevens, Orson Welles, Keith Michell

Votes: 427

5. Dark of the Sun (1968)

Approved | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A band of mercenaries led by Captain Curry travel through war-torn Congo across deadly terrain, battling rival armies, to steal $50 million in uncut diamonds. But infighting, sadistic rebels and a time lock jeopardize everything.

Director: Jack Cardiff | Stars: Rod Taylor, Yvette Mimieux, Peter Carsten, Jim Brown

Votes: 2,491

6. The Devil's 8 (1969)

PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A federal agent rounds up eight convicts to help fight a vicious moonshine gang.

Director: Burt Topper | Stars: Christopher George, Fabian, Tom Nardini, Leslie Parrish

Votes: 255

7. Burn! (1969)

GP | 112 min | Action, Drama

72 Metascore

The professional mercenary Sir William Walker instigates a slave revolt on the Caribbean island of Queimada in order to help improve the British sugar trade. Years later he is sent again to... See full summary »

Director: Gillo Pontecorvo | Stars: Marlon Brando, Evaristo Márquez, Renato Salvatori, Dana Ghia

Votes: 4,359 | Gross: $0.43M

8. When Eight Bells Toll (1971)

GP | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

In a vein similar to the James Bond movies, British Agent Philip Calvert (Sir Anthony Hopkins) is on a mission to determine the whereabouts of a ship that disappeared near the coast of Scotland.

Director: Etienne Périer | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Jack Hawkins, Robert Morley, Nathalie Delon

Votes: 1,793

9. The Doll Squad (1973)

PG | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Squad of beautiful government agents tries to catch saboteurs.

Director: Ted V. Mikels | Stars: Michael Ansara, Francine York, Anthony Eisley, John Carter

Votes: 690

10. Savage! (1973)

R | 81 min | Action, Drama

Action packed story of how Jim Haygood (James Glehart) young, black and brilliant becomes the legendary leader of a rebel army. In a daring ambush on the beach Moncada, elusive leader of ... See full summary »

Director: Cirio H. Santiago | Stars: James Iglehart, Lada Edmund Jr., Carol Speed, Sally Jordan

Votes: 91

11. Gold (1974)

PG | 120 min | Adventure, Thriller

A South African gold mine manager discovers a plot hatched by the mine owners and London bankers to flood the mine in order to curb gold production and consequently manipulate its price on the stock markets.

Director: Peter R. Hunt | Stars: Roger Moore, Susannah York, Ray Milland, Bradford Dillman

Votes: 1,847

12. Juggernaut (1974)

PG | 109 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A blackmailer demands a huge ransom in exchange for information on how to disarm the seven bombs he placed aboard the transatlantic liner Britannic.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Richard Harris, Omar Sharif, David Hemmings, Anthony Hopkins

Votes: 4,677

13. The Terrorists (1975)

PG | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In a Scandinavian country, national security chief Colonel Tahlvik is tasked to rescue the passengers of a high-jacked British airliner while the British Ambassador is being held hostage at his residence by another terrorist team.

Director: Casper Wrede | Stars: Sean Connery, Ian McShane, Jeffry Wickham, Isabel Dean

Votes: 1,723

14. The Eiger Sanction (1975)

Approved | 129 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

61 Metascore

Classical art professor and collector Dr. Jonathan Hemlock, who doubles as a professional assassin, is coerced out of retirement to avenge the murder of an old friend.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, George Kennedy, Vonetta McGee, Jack Cassidy

Votes: 16,690

15. The Diamond Mercenaries (1976)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A five-man team of professionals undertake a daring robbery at a diamond mine.

Director: Val Guest | Stars: Telly Savalas, Peter Fonda, Hugh O'Brian, Christopher Lee

Votes: 458

16. Marathon Man (1976)

R | 125 min | Crime, Thriller

64 Metascore

A graduate history student is unwittingly caught in the middle of an international conspiracy involving stolen diamonds, an exiled Nazi war criminal, and a rogue government agent.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider, William Devane

Votes: 55,199 | Gross: $21.71M

17. Sky Riders (1976)

PG | 91 min | Action, Adventure

When an industrialist's wife and kids are kidnapped by terrorists in Greece, the woman's ex-husband comes to the rescue with a plan involving hang gliders.

Director: Douglas Hickox | Stars: James Coburn, Susannah York, Robert Culp, Charles Aznavour

Votes: 825

18. The Wild Geese (1978)

R | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A British banker hires a group of British mercenaries to rescue a deposed African President from the hands of a corrupt African dictator.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: Richard Burton, Roger Moore, Richard Harris, Hardy Krüger

Votes: 11,097

19. Bear Island (1979)

PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

On the remote Norwegian Bear Island, used as a submarine base by the Germans during World War II, U.N. scientist Larsen sends a distress signal using an emergency N.A.T.O. frequency, and is received by scientific vessel Morning Rose.

Director: Don Sharp | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Widmark, Christopher Lee

Votes: 1,970

20. Firepower (1979)

R | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A merc is hired by the F.B.I. to track down a powerful recluse criminal. A woman is also trying to track him down for her own personal vendetta.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Sophia Loren, James Coburn, O.J. Simpson, Eli Wallach

Votes: 697

21. Game for Vultures (1979)

R | 113 min | Action, Drama, War

The South African businessman David Swansey (Richard Harris) is delivering illegal German helicopters to Rhodesia. That makes patriot Gideon Marunga (Richard Roundtree) an angry man.

Director: James Fargo | Stars: Richard Harris, Richard Roundtree, Joan Collins, Ray Milland

Votes: 262

22. ffolkes (1980)

PG | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

58 Metascore

When terrorists take over two oil rigs, and threaten to blow them up if their demands are not met, an eccentric anti-terrorism expert volunteers his unique commando unit to stop them.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: Roger Moore, James Mason, Anthony Perkins, Michael Parks

Votes: 4,404

23. The Dogs of War (1980)

R | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

56 Metascore

Mercenary James Shannon, on a reconnaissance job to the African nation of Zangaro, is tortured and deported. He returns to lead a coup.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Christopher Walken, Tom Berenger, Colin Blakely, Hugh Millais

Votes: 7,380

24. High Risk (1981)

R | 94 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Four naive Americans, in need of easy cash, decide to fly to Colombia and raid the safe of a notorious drug lord with connections to the corrupt military regime.

Director: Stewart Raffill | Stars: James Brolin, Anthony Quinn, Lindsay Wagner, James Coburn

Votes: 968

25. Uncommon Valor (1983)

R | 105 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

38 Metascore

Ten years after his son went M.I.A. in Vietnam, U.S. Marine retired Colonel Jason Rhodes assembles a private rescue team to find Americans held in P.O.W. camps in Laos.

Director: Ted Kotcheff | Stars: Gene Hackman, Patrick Swayze, Robert Stack, Fred Ward

Votes: 8,556 | Gross: $30.50M

27. Flesh+Blood (1985)

R | 126 min | Adventure, Drama

56 Metascore

In medieval Europe, a young girl from a noble family is obsessed with her captors - commoners.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Rutger Hauer, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Burlinson, Jack Thompson

Votes: 15,797 | Gross: $0.10M

28. Wild Geese II (1985)

R | 125 min | Adventure, Thriller, Action

A group of mercenaries is hired to spring Rudolf Hess from Spandau Prison in Berlin.

Director: Peter R. Hunt | Stars: Scott Glenn, Barbara Carrera, Edward Fox, Laurence Olivier

Votes: 1,104

29. Fortress of Amerikkka (1989)

R | 100 min | Action, Comedy

Story of a criminal rebel planing revenge against corrupted sheriff and crazy general, who is controlling secret militia called "Fortress of Amerikkka".

Director: Eric Louzil | Stars: Gene LeBrock, Kellee Bradley, David Crane, William J. Kulzer

Votes: 142

30. The Last Grenade (1970)

M | 94 min | Drama, War

Two soldiers of fortune, Harry Grigsby and Kip Thompson, used to be the best of friends when they fought side by side in the Congo. But now Kip has changed sides and Grigsby does not ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Flemyng | Stars: Stanley Baker, Alex Cord, Honor Blackman, Richard Attenborough

Votes: 148 | Gross: $0.04M

31. The Last Valley (1971)

PG | 128 min | Adventure, Drama, War

During the Thirty Years' War of 1600s, a band of Protestant mercenaries peacefully coexist with German Catholic villagers in a hidden idyllic mountain valley untouched by war.

Director: James Clavell | Stars: Michael Caine, Omar Sharif, Florinda Bolkan, Nigel Davenport

Votes: 2,679 | Gross: $0.25M

32. Callan (1974)

PG | 106 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Greg Callan's cousin, David Callan top agent/assassin for the S.I.S., was forced to retire because he had lost his nerve. Now, Callan is called back into service to handle the assassination... See full summary »

Director: Don Sharp | Stars: Edward Woodward, Eric Porter, Carl Möhner, Catherine Schell

Votes: 576

33. Clay Pigeon (1971)

R | 93 min | Action, Drama

An ex-soldier is recruited by the FBI to go undercover in L.A. and find other ex-soldiers who are part of a drug-dealing gang.

Directors: Lane Slate, Tom Stern | Stars: Tom Stern, Telly Savalas, Robert Vaughn, John Marley

Votes: 108



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