TV Shows Or Movies With Strong Female Action Icons Before 1975.

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1. The Avengers (1961–1969)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A quirky spy show of the adventures of an eccentrically suave British agent and his predominately female partners.

Stars: Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman, Linda Thorson

Votes: 5,276

2. Honey West (1965–1966)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

After the death of her father, sexy Honey West took over his high-tech private detective firm, assisted by rugged Sam Bolt and her pet ocelot Bruce.

Stars: Anne Francis, John Ericson, Bruce, Irene Hervey

Votes: 475

3. Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

An elite covert operations unit carries out highly sensitive missions subject to official denial in the event of failure, death or capture.

Stars: Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris, Peter Lupus

Votes: 6,290

4. Get Christie Love! (1974–1975)

Not Rated | 60 min | Crime, Drama

Adventures of sexy & sassy black undercover cop Christie Love.

Stars: Teresa Graves, Charles Cioffi, Jack Kelly, Andy Romano

Votes: 183

5. Batman (1966–1968)

TV-G | 25 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

The Caped Crusader and his young ward battle evildoers in Gotham City.

Stars: Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier, Neil Hamilton

Votes: 15,364

"Batgirl" 1967-68

6. Ironside (1967–1975)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Wheelchair-bound detective Robert T. Ironside battles the bad guys on the streets of San Francisco.

Stars: Raymond Burr, Don Galloway, Don Mitchell, Barbara Anderson

Votes: 2,444

7. The Persuaders! (1971–1972)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Two worlds collide when the titled Englishman, Lord Brett Sinclair, and the Bronx-raised, self-made American Danny Wilde, reluctantly join forces to right wrongs, and to protect the innocent.

Stars: Tony Curtis, Roger Moore, Laurence Naismith, Juliet Harmer

Votes: 3,836

Many episodes with female agents or detectives flipping men.

8. It Takes a Thief (1968–1970)

51 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

The adventures of suave cat burglar Alexander Mundy, who plies his trade for the U.S. Government.

Stars: Robert Wagner, Fred Astaire, Malachi Throne, Murray Pollack

Votes: 1,367

Many episodes with female protaganists and strong villians.

9. The Champions (1968–1969)

60 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Craig Stirling, Sharron Macready and Richard Barrett were agents for Nemesis, an international intelligence organization based in Geneva. Their first mission as a team was to investigate ... See full summary »

Stars: Stuart Damon, Alexandra Bastedo, William Gaunt, Anthony Nicholls

Votes: 779

10. Department S (1969–1970)

60 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

An elite department within Interpol, Department S inherited those cases which the other member groups had failed to solve. The brains of the group was Jason King, a hedonistic maverick who ... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Wyngarde, Joel Fabiani, Rosemary Nicols, Dennis Alaba Peters

Votes: 316

11. The Protectors (1972–1973)

30 min | Adventure, Crime

The Protectors were Harry Rule, the Contessa di Contini and Paul Buchet, three freelance troubleshooters who ran an international crime fighting agency. Based in London, Harry was the ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Vaughn, Nyree Dawn Porter, Tony Anholt, Yasuko Nagazumi

Votes: 281

German crime series with female leads as Interpol agents. Was said to be a unofficial precursor to American TV Series "Charlie's Angels (1976-81)

13. Special Branch (1969–1974)

60 min | Action, Crime

Ground-breaking British police drama series following the exploits of the Special Branch of the Metropolitan Police. An elite group of officers tasked with protecting London from spies, terrorists and subversives.

Stars: Derren Nesbitt, George Sewell, Morris Perry, Fulton Mackay

Votes: 58

Many episodes with female law enforcers

14. Division 4 (1969–1976)

50 min | Crime, Drama

This series was about the wide variety of cases dealt with by the Criminal Investigation and Uniform branches at Melbourne's fictional Yarra Central police station.

Stars: Gerard Kennedy, Chuck Faulkner, Frank Taylor, Terence Donovan

Votes: 55

Australian crime series, first with a female police officer who did essentially same jobs as men.

15. Doctor Who (1963–1989)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The adventures of a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey known only as the Doctor, who travels through time and space fighting monsters and other villainous megalomaniacs with companions.

Stars: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker

Votes: 30,629

Had notibly two female characters playing strong space enforcing agents between 1965 and 1974.

16. The Bait (1973 TV Movie)

78 min | Drama

An undercover policewomen risks her life to trap a homicidal rapist.

Director: Leonard J. Horn | Stars: Donna Mills, Michael Constantine, William Devane, Arlene Golonka

Votes: 80

Based on Dorothy Unhak's Novel of the same name.

17. Wonder Woman (1974 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 73 min | Fantasy

A super-hero uses her powers to thwart an international spy ring.

Director: Vincent McEveety | Stars: Cathy Lee Crosby, Kaz Garas, Andrew Prine, Ricardo Montalban

Votes: 599

18. Get Christie Love! (1974–1975)
Episode: Get Christie Love! (1974)

Not Rated | 74 min | Crime, Drama

A beautiful policewoman goes undercover to break up a drug ring.

Director: William A. Graham | Stars: Teresa Graves, Harry Guardino, Louise Sorel, Paul Stevens

Votes: 254

19. Police Woman (1974–1978)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Follows Sergeant "Pepper" Anderson, LAPD's top undercover cop. A member of the Criminal Conspiracy Unit, Pepper works the wild side of the street, where she poses as everything from a gangster's moll to a streetwalker to a prison inmate.

Stars: Angie Dickinson, Earl Holliman, Charles Dierkop, Ed Bernard

Votes: 1,295

20. Amy Prentiss (1974–1975)

120 min | Crime, Drama

San Francisco's first female Chief of Detectives!

Stars: Jessica Walter, Art Metrano, Johnny Seven, Steve Sandor

Votes: 33

21. Playgirl (1969–1974)

Adventure

When mystery novelist and independently wealthy socialite Makoto Masako decides to start a business she settles upon a unique Insurance & Investigation Service. Recruiting a number of ... See full summary »

Stars: Mie Azuma, Mimi Fukada, Franz Gruber, Bunjaku Han

All Female detective series like "Okay SIR" was said to be a precursor to "Charlie's Angels"

22. Kii Hantâ (1968–1973)

The Key Hunter unit of International Police is tasked with clandestine investigation and enforcement of laws involving international crime, espionage and political strife. The action-crime serial featured 262 episodes.

Stars: Franz Gruber, Shin'ichi Chiba, Tetsurô Tanba, Hiroshi Miyauchi

Votes: 5

Translated to "Key Hunter" a Japanese tv series depicting a unique group of law enforcers. Female lead was similar to "Cinnamon Carter" of "Mission Impossible" and "Emma Peel" in "The Avengers"

23. Coffy (1973)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A black nurse takes vigilante justice against inner-city drug dealers after her sister becomes their latest victim.

Director: Jack Hill | Stars: Pam Grier, Booker Bradshaw, Robert DoQui, William Elliott

Votes: 7,871

24. Cleopatra Jones (1973)

PG | 89 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

During the 1970s, U.S. Special Agent Cleopatra Jones proves to be an invaluable asset to the local police forces in the war on drugs.

Director: Jack Starrett | Stars: Tamara Dobson, Bernie Casey, Brenda Sykes, Antonio Fargas

Votes: 2,132

25. TNT Jackson (1974)

R | 72 min | Action

A young karate expert searches for her brother's killer in Hong Kong.

Director: Cirio H. Santiago | Stars: Jeannie Bell, Stan Shaw, Pat Anderson, Ken Metcalfe

Votes: 771

26. Fuzz (1972)

PG | 92 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Police in Boston search for a mad bomber trying to extort money from the city.

Director: Richard A. Colla | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Raquel Welch, Jack Weston, Tom Skerritt

Votes: 1,227

Raquel Welch played sexy and capable female detective.

27. Big Zapper (1973)

R | 92 min | Adventure

A female private detective, Harriet Zapper, is hired by a rich old man to find his missing children, and becomes involved in counterfeiting and murder

Director: Lindsay Shonteff | Stars: Linda Marlowe, Richard Monette, Gary Hope, Sean Hewitt

Votes: 112

British version of Coffy and Ginger

28. The Abductors (1972)

R | 90 min | Action, Drama

Cheerleaders and models are kidnapped & sold by a white slavery ring. Female agent is sent to rescue them.

Director: Don Schain | Stars: Cheri Caffaro, Richard Smedley, Patrick Wright, Laurie Rose

Votes: 361

29. Stacey (1973)

R | 81 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The sleazy and dangerous adventures of a gorgeous female private detective.

Director: Andy Sidaris | Stars: Anne Randall, Alan Landers, James Westmoreland, Anitra Ford

Votes: 119

First of the Andy Sidaris' series of big buxum former playboy model superwoman genre flicks,

30. 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: 600

Technically came out in 1972

31. Double Agent 73 (1974)

R | 73 min | Action

Underworld drug king Toplar is flooding the market with low-grade heroin. Agent 99 gets a bit too close to the truth, but manages to gasp out a clue as to the identity of Toplar: he has a ... See full summary »

Director: Doris Wishman | Stars: Chesty Morgan, Frank Silvano, Saul Meth, Jill Harris

Votes: 529

Made In 1970

Another set of Charlie's Angel prequels or the "Charlie's Angels" of Mexican Spy Genres.

33. Da zui xia (1966)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Crime

A group of bandits kidnaps the governor's son and demands their imprisoned leader to be set free in exchange.

Director: King Hu | Stars: Pei-Pei Cheng, Hua Yueh, Chih-Ching Yang, Hung Lieh Chen

Votes: 3,003

34. A Touch of Zen (1971)

Not Rated | 200 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A lady fugitive on the run from corrupt government officials is joined in her endeavors by an unambitious painter and skilled Buddhist monks.

Director: King Hu | Stars: Feng Hsu, Chun Shih, Ying Bai, Billy Chan

Votes: 4,088

Probably the first in the Hong Kong's Girls N Gun series.

36. Kiss Me Monster (1969)

R | 75 min | Adventure, Mystery

Blue Underground proudly presents these psychedelic spy spoofs featuring the bold and beautiful detective duo The Red Lips! KISS ME, MONSTER finds the girls moonlighting on a striptease ... See full summary »

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Janine Reynaud, Rosanna Yanni, Adrian Hoven, Chris Howland

Votes: 400

37. Modesty Blaise (1966)

119 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A spy spoof in the 60s tradition featuring the comic book heroine Modesty Blaise set in the Italian Mediterranean.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Monica Vitti, Terence Stamp, Dirk Bogarde, Harry Andrews

Votes: 2,128

38. Kommissar X - Jagd auf Unbekannt (1966)

Not Rated | 92 min | Mystery

The first "Kommissar X" movie! And it's a good one, too. Tony and Brad investigate the murders of politicians and scientists. They soon face off against a team of super hit women with their... See full summary »

Director: Gianfranco Parolini | Stars: Tony Kendall, Brad Harris, Maria Perschy, Christa Linder

Votes: 153

39. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Comedy

Three go-go dancers holding a young girl hostage come across a crippled old man living with his two sons in the desert. After learning he's hiding a sum of cash around, the women start scheming on him.

Director: Russ Meyer | Stars: Tura Satana, Haji, Lori Williams, Ray Barlow

Votes: 12,010

40. The Astro-Zombies (1968)

92 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

The Plan - to build a super human; How? - by murdering innocent convenient victims and using various bits of them; The Result - Creatures on the rampage.

Director: Ted V. Mikels | Stars: Wendell Corey, John Carradine, Tom Pace, Joan Patrick

Votes: 1,829

41. Impasse (I) (1969)

M | 100 min | Adventure

Adventurers search for World War II gold in the Philippines.

Director: Richard Benedict | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Anne Francis, Lyle Bettger, Rodolfo Acosta

Votes: 252

Anne Francis shows some post Honey West karate moves.

42. Goldfinger (1964)

PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

87 Metascore

Investigating a gold magnate's smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Sean Connery, Gert Fröbe, Honor Blackman, Shirley Eaton

Votes: 151,814 | Gross: $51.08M

43. Das Geheimnis der drei Dschunken (1965)

90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An FBI agent goes to Hong Kong to infiltrate an international nuclear smuggling ring.

Director: Ernst Hofbauer | Stars: Stewart Granger, Rosanna Schiaffino, Horst Frank, Paul Klinger

Votes: 86

44. Call Me Bwana (1963)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy

A returning moon capsule with vital information goes off course and lands in Africa where the little-known Ekele tribesmen find it. Washington orders the great African Authority Matthew ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Bob Hope, Anita Ekberg, Edie Adams, Lionel Jeffries

Votes: 616

The director of this movie might have gotten inspiration from Cathy Gale in The Avengers.

45. Operation Kid Brother (1967)

Not Rated | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

The evil crime syndicate Thanatos is bent on taking over the world, using a magnetic wave generator that will cause all metal-based machinery to grind to a halt. However, the well-known ... See full summary »

Director: Alberto De Martino | Stars: Neil Connery, Daniela Bianchi, Adolfo Celi, Agata Flori

Votes: 1,019

46. Baraka sur X 13 (1966)

100 min | Adventure

A government agent tries to prevent foreign spies from obtaining a scientist's formula for a solid-rocket-fuel.

Directors: Maurice Cloche, Silvio Siano | Stars: Gérard Barray, Sylva Koscina, Agnès Spaak, José Suárez

Votes: 41

47. That Man in Istanbul (1965)

117 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

When a hostage-for-ransom exchange goes wrong, the F.B.I. sends an agent to Turkey to retrieve the ransom money and the hostage who's an important nuclear-weapon scientist.

Director: Antonio Isasi-Isasmendi | Stars: Horst Buchholz, Sylva Koscina, Ángel Picazo, Gustavo Re

Votes: 231