Best Thriller Movies of 1938

1.

Angels with Dirty Faces

5.6
7.9/10 IMDB

In New York, the boys Rocky Sullivan and Jerry Connelly are best friends and small time thieves. After a robbery, Rocky is arrested and sent to a reformatory school, where he begins his criminal career. Jerry escapes and later becomes a priest. After three years in prison, Rocky is released and demands the return of $100,000 deposited with his solicitor - prior to his jail term.

Starring: James Cagney, Pat O’Brien, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan, George Bancroft, The 'Dead End' Kids, Billy Halop, Bobby Jordan, Leo Gorcey, Gabriel Dell ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1938-11-26
2.

The Lady Vanishes

5.5
7.8/10 IMDB

On a train headed for England a group of travelers is delayed by an avalanche. Holed up in a hotel in a fictional European country, young Iris befriends elderly Miss Froy. When the train resumes, Iris suffers a bout of unconsciousness and wakes to find the old woman has disappeared. The other passengers ominously deny Miss Froy ever existed, so Iris begins to investigate with another traveler and, as the pair sleuth, romantic sparks fly.

Starring: Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, May Whitty, Paul Lukas, Basil Radford, Naunton Wayne, Cecil Parker, Linden Travers, Mary Clare, Emile Boreo ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1938-10-07
Best Thriller Movies of 1938 : Charlie Chan in Honolulu
3.

Charlie Chan in Honolulu

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

While Charlie is distracted with the birth of his first grandchild, son Jimmy impersonates his father in order to investigate a murder aboard a freighter in the harbor.

Starring: Sidney Toler, Phyllis Brooks, Victor Sen Yung, Eddie Collins, John 'Dusty' King, Claire Dodd, George Zucco, Robert Barrat, Marc Lawrence, Richard Lane ..
Directed by: H. Bruce Humberstone
Release date: 1938-12-30
4.

Mr. Moto's Gamble

2.9
6.8/10 IMDB

Celebrated as supersleuth, Mr. Moto comes out fighting when a brutal boxing match turns into cold-blooded murder! Assisted by detective-in-training Lee Chan, Moto sets out to track down the killer based on a single ominous clue: a poisoned boxing glove! But when Moto's hunch points to a corrupt gambling syndicate, he's forced to wager his very life to unmask the culprit—or go down for the count...permanently!

Starring: Peter Lorre, Keye Luke, Dick Baldwin, Lynn Bari, Douglas Fowley, Jayne Regan, Harold Huber, Maxie Rosenbloom, John Hamilton, George E. Stone ..
Directed by: James Tinling
Release date: 1938-04-07
5.

Mysterious Mr. Moto

2.8
6.9/10 IMDB

The Japanese detective (Peter Lorre) rounds up a league of assassins for Scotland Yard.

Starring: Peter Lorre, Mary Maguire, Henry Wilcoxon, Erik Rhodes, Leon Ames, Forrester Harvey, Frederick Vogeding, Lester Matthews, Jimmy Aubrey, May Beatty ..
Directed by: Norman Foster
Release date: 1938-09-17
Best Thriller Movies of 1938 : Arrest Bulldog Drummond
6.

Arrest Bulldog Drummond

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

The invention of a machine that can cause remote explosions brings the attention of Scotland Yard and Bulldog Drummond.

Starring: John Howard, Heather Angel, H.B. Warner, Reginald Denny, E. E. Clive, Jean Fenwick, Zeffie Tilbury, George Zucco, Leonard Mudie, Evan Thomas ..
Directed by: James P. Hogan
Release date: 1938-11-25
Best Thriller Movies of 1938 : Convicted
7.

Convicted

2.7
6.1/10 IMDB

A nightclub dancer (Rita Hayworth) and a detective (Charles Quigley) catch the gangster (Marc Lawrence) who framed her brother.

Starring: Charles Quigley, Rita Hayworth, Marc Lawrence, George McKay, Doreen MacGregor, William Irving, Eddie Laughton, Edgar Edwards, Phyllis Clare, Bob Rideout ..
Directed by: Leon Barsha
Release date: 1938-08-18
8.

Mr. Moto Takes a Chance

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

In the jungle near Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Mr. Moto poses as an ineffectual archaeologist and a venerable holy man with mystical powers to help foil two insurgencies against the government.

Starring: Peter Lorre, Rochelle Hudson, Robert Kent, J. Edward Bromberg, Chick Chandler, George Regas, Frederick Vogeding ..
Directed by: Norman Foster
Release date: 1938-06-11
Best Thriller Movies of 1938 : The Saint in New York
9.

The Saint in New York

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

A crime spree in New York forces the police commissioner to turn to Englishman Simon Templar, who fights lawlessness and corruption through unorthodox methods. Templar sets his sights on individual crimes bosses, and after bringing down two vicious leaders through disguise and deception, discovers that there is a mastermind behind all the city's crime.

Starring: Louis Hayward, Kay Sutton, Sig Ruman, Jonathan Hale, Jack Carson, Paul Guilfoyle, Frederick Burton, Ben Welden, Charles Halton, Cliff Bragdon ..
Directed by: Ben Holmes
Release date: 1938-05-25
Best Thriller Movies of 1938 : Prison Break
10.

Prison Break

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

Barton MacLane stars as a tuna fisherman who has been wrongfully convicted of a murder he did not commit. His exemplary behavior in prison ensures that he is up for early parole. He realizes, however, that his movements will be limited, and he will be unable to join and wed his beloved. The only solution is to escape and hunt down the real killer, himself.

Starring: Barton MacLane, Glenda Farrell, Paul Hurst, Constance Moore, Edward Pawley, Edmund MacDonald, Ward Bond, Guy Usher, Victor Kilian, Frank Darien ..
Directed by: Arthur Lubin
Release date: 1938-07-12

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