Best Thriller Movies of 1941

1.

The Maltese Falcon

5.7
8.0/10 IMDB

A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a beautiful liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre, Barton MacLane, Lee Patrick, Sydney Greenstreet, Ward Bond, Jerome Cowan, Elisha Cook Jr. ..
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1941-10-18
2.

Suspicion

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

Wealthy, sheltered Lina McLaidlaw is swept off her feet by charming ne'er-do-well Johnnie Aysgarth. Though warned that Johnnie is little more than a fortune hunter, Lina marries him anyway and remains loyal to her irresponsible husband as he plows his way from one disreputable business scheme to another. Gradually Lina comes to the conclusion that Johnnie intends to kill her in order to collect her inheritance. The suspicion seems confirmed when Johnnie's business partner dies under mysterious circumstances.

Starring: Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Cedric Hardwicke, Nigel Bruce, May Whitty, Isabel Jeans, Heather Angel, Auriol Lee, Reginald Sheffield, Leo G. Carroll ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1941-11-14
3.

High Sierra

5.2
7.5/10 IMDB

Given a pardon from jail, Roy Earle gets back into the swing of things as he robs a swanky resort.

Starring: Ida Lupino, Humphrey Bogart, Alan Curtis, Arthur Kennedy, Joan Leslie, Henry Hull, Henry Travers, Jerome Cowan, Minna Gombell, Barton MacLane ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1941-01-23
4.

Shadow of the Thin Man

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

High society sleuths Nick and Nora Charles run into a variety of shady characters while investigating a race-track murder.

Starring: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Barry Nelson, Donna Reed, Sam Levene, Alan Baxter, Henry O'Neill, Richard Hall, Stella Adler, Loring Smith ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 1941-11-21
Best Thriller Movies of 1941 : 'Pimpernel' Smith
5.

'Pimpernel' Smith

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Eccentric Cambridge archaeologist Horatio Smith (Howard) takes a group of British and American archaeology students to pre-war Nazi Germany to help in his excavations. His research is supported by the Nazis, since he professes to be looking for evidence of the Aryan origins of German civilisation. However, he has a secret agenda: to free inmates of the concentration camps.

Starring: Leslie Howard, Francis L. Sullivan, Mary Morris, Hugh McDermott, Raymond Huntley, Manning Whiley, Peter Gawthorne, Allan Jeayes, Dennis Arundell, Joan Kemp-Welch ..
Directed by: Leslie Howard
Release date: 1941-07-26
Best Thriller Movies of 1941 : Dead Men Tell
6.

Dead Men Tell

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

A treasure map in four pieces, the ghost of a hanged pirate, a talking parrot, and a ship full of red herrings complicate Charlie's search for a murderer on board a docked ship.

Starring: Sidney Toler, Sheila Ryan, Robert Weldon, Victor Sen Yung, Donald Douglas, Kay Aldridge, Paul McGrath, George Reeves, Truman Bradley, Ethel Griffies ..
Directed by: Harry Lachman
Release date: 1941-03-28
7.

I Wake Up Screaming

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

A young promoter is accused of the murder of Vicky Lynn, a young actress he "discovered" as a waitress while out with ex-actor Robin Ray and gossip columnist Larry Evans.

Starring: Betty Grable, Victor Mature, Carole Landis, Laird Cregar, William Gargan, Alan Mowbray, Allyn Joslyn, Elisha Cook Jr., Chick Chandler, Cyril Ring ..
Directed by: H. Bruce Humberstone
Release date: 1941-10-31
Best Thriller Movies of 1941 : Charlie Chan in Rio
8.

Charlie Chan in Rio

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

A pair of murders in Rio de Janeiro leads the local police to call the famed detective. Charlie is puzzled, at first, when it appears that one of the murderers is killed by the first victim's widow.

Starring: Sidney Toler, Mary Beth Hughes, Cobina Wright, Ted North, Victor Jory, Harold Huber, Victor Sen Yung, Richard Derr, Jacqueline Dalya, Kay Linaker ..
Directed by: Harry Lachman
Release date: 1941-09-05
Best Thriller Movies of 1941 : Swamp Water
9.

Swamp Water

3.5
7.1/10 IMDB

A hunter happens upon a fugitive and his daughter living in a Georgia swamp. He falls in love with the girl and persuades the fugitive to return to town.

Starring: Walter Brennan, Walter Huston, Anne Baxter, Dana Andrews, Virginia Gilmore, John Carradine, Mary Howard, Eugene Pallette, Ward Bond, Guinn Williams ..
Directed by: Jean Renoir
Release date: 1941-11-16
Best Thriller Movies of 1941 : The Shanghai Gesture
10.

The Shanghai Gesture

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

A gambling queen uses blackmail to stop a British financier from closing her Chinese clip joint.

Starring: Gene Tierney, Walter Huston, Victor Mature, Ona Munson, Phyllis Brooks, Albert Bassermann, Maria Ouspenskaya, Eric Blore, Ivan Lebedeff, Mike Mazurki ..
Directed by: Josef von Sternberg
Release date: 1941-12-25

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