Best Thriller Movies of 1941


The Maltese Falcon

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


7.3/10 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.

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

High Sierra

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

Shadow of the Thin Man

7.2/10 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

Man Hunt

7.2/10 IMDB

British hunter Thorndike vacationing in Bavaria has Hitler in his gun sight. He is captured, beaten, left for dead, and escapes back to London where he is hounded by German agents and aided by a young woman.

Starring: Walter Pidgeon, Joan Bennett, George Sanders, John Carradine, Roddy McDowall, Ludwig Stössel, Heather Thatcher, Frederick Worlock, Roger Imhof, Holmes Herbert ..
Directed by: Fritz Lang
Release date: 1941-06-13

A Woman's Face

7.2/10 IMDB

A female blackmailer with a disfiguring facial scar meets a plastic surgeon who offers her the possibility of looking like a normal woman.

Starring: Joan Crawford, Melvyn Douglas, Conrad Veidt, Osa Massen, Reginald Owen, Albert Bassermann, Marjorie Main, Donald Meek, Connie Gilchrist, Richard Nichols ..
Directed by: George Cukor
Release date: 1941-05-09
Best Thriller Movies of 1941 : 'Pimpernel' Smith

'Pimpernel' Smith

7.2/10 IMDB

Eccentric Cambridge archaeologist Horatio Smith 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

49th Parallel

7.3/10 IMDB

In the early days of World War II, a German U-boat is sunk in Canada's Hudson Bay. Hoping to evade capture, a small band of German soldiers led by commanding officer Lieutenant Hirth attempts to cross the border into the United States, which has not yet entered the war and is officially neutral. Along the way, the German soldiers encounter brave men such as a French-Canadian fur trapper, Johnnie, a leader of a Hutterite farming community, Peter, an author, Philip and a soldier, Andy Brock.

Starring: Leslie Howard, Laurence Olivier, Raymond Massey, Adolf Wohlbrück, Eric Portman, Raymond Lovell, Richard George, Niall MacGinnis, Peter Moore, John Chandos ..
Directed by: Michael Powell
Release date: 1941-11-24

I Wake Up Screaming

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 : Dead Men Tell

Dead Men Tell

6.9/10 IMDB

When the elderly woman sponsoring a treasure hunt is murdered on board her docked ship, Charlie Chan must deal with a treasure map in four pieces, the ghost of a hanged pirate, a talking parrot, a recalcitrant sea captain and several suspicious passengers - and a second murder.

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
Best Thriller Movies of 1941 : Charlie Chan in Rio

Charlie Chan in Rio

6.9/10 IMDB

In Rio de Janiero to arrest a nightclub singer on suspicion of a murder in Hawaii, Charlie Chan becomes involved with the Rio police in solving the singer's own murder.

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

Swamp Water

7.0/10 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 "Big Boy" Williams ..
Directed by: Jean Renoir
Release date: 1941-11-16
Best Thriller Movies of 1941 : Cottage to Let

Cottage to Let

6.7/10 IMDB

Allied spies and Nazi Agents insinuate themselves at a Scottish cottage (converted to a wartime hospital) with interests on an inventor's nearly perfected bomb sight.

Starring: Leslie Banks, Jeanne De Casalis, Carla Lehmann, Alastair Sim, John Mills, George Cole, Michael Wilding, Frank Cellier, Muriel Aked, Wally Patch ..
Directed by: Anthony Asquith
Release date: 1941-09-06

Johnny Eager

7.0/10 IMDB

A charming racketeer seduces the DA's stepdaughter for revenge, then falls in love.

Starring: Robert Taylor, Lana Turner, Edward Arnold, Van Heflin, Robert Sterling, Patricia Dane, Glenda Farrell, Henry O'Neill, Diana Lewis, Barry Nelson ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1941-12-09
Best Thriller Movies of 1941 : The Shanghai Gesture

The Shanghai Gesture

6.6/10 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
Best Thriller Movies of 1941 : Dressed to Kill

Dressed to Kill

6.4/10 IMDB

A detective's wedding is postponed when gunshots are heard nearby.

Starring: Lloyd Nolan, Mary Beth Hughes, Sheila Ryan, William Demarest, Ben Carter, Virginia Brissac, Mantan Moreland, Henry Daniell, Charles Arnt, Charles Trowbridge ..
Directed by: Eugene Forde
Release date: 1941-08-08
Best Thriller Movies of 1941 : The Ghost Train

The Ghost Train

6.2/10 IMDB

Mismatched travellers are stranded overnight at a lonely rural railway station. They soon learn of local superstition about a phantom train which is said to travel these parts at dead of night, carrying ghosts from a long-ago train wreck in the area.

Starring: Arthur Askey, Richard Murdoch, Kathleen Harrison, Peter Murray-Hill, Carole Lynne, Morland Graham, Betty Jardine, Stuart Latham, Herbert Lomas, Raymond Huntley ..
Directed by: Walter Forde
Release date: 1941-01-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1941 : Pacific Blackout

Pacific Blackout

7.1/10 IMDB

Falsely convicted of murder, young Robert Draper (Robert Preston) escapes custody during a practice blackout drill. Under cover of darkness, Draper hopes to find the real killer, who turns out to be a member of a Nazi sabotage ring. Completed shortly before America entered WW2.

Starring: Robert Preston, Martha O'Driscoll, Philip Merivale, Eva Gabor, Louis Jean Heydt, Thurston Hall, Mary Treen, J. Edward Bromberg, Spencer Charters, Cy Kendall ..
Directed by: Ralph Murphy
Release date: 1941-12-31

Invisible Ghost

5.2/10 IMDB

The town's leading citizen is a man victim of homicidal impulses beyond his control. He is being controlled by his wife who had left him for another man. She was involved in a car accident that has left her brain damaged and is kept in the basement, in secret, by Kessler's gardener.

Starring: Bela Lugosi, Polly Ann Young, John McGuire, Clarence Muse, George Pembroke, Betty Compson, Ernie Adams, Ottola Nesmith, Terry Walker, Fred Kelsey ..
Directed by: Joseph H. Lewis
Release date: 1941-04-25
Best Thriller Movies of 1941 : Dangerously They Live

Dangerously They Live

6.4/10 IMDB

A doctor tries to rescue a young innocent from Nazi agents.

Starring: John Garfield, Nancy Coleman, Raymond Massey, Lee Patrick, Moroni Olsen, Esther Dale, John Ridgely, Christian Rub, Frank Reicher, Ben Welden ..
Directed by: Robert Florey
Release date: 1941-12-24
Best Thriller Movies of 1941 : Among the Living

Among the Living

6.4/10 IMDB

A mentally unstable man, who has been kept in isolation for years, escapes and causes trouble for his identical twin brother.

Starring: Albert Dekker, Susan Hayward, Harry Carey, Frances Farmer, Gordon Jones, Harlan Briggs, Dorothy Sebastian, Jean Phillips, Ernest Whitman, Maude Eburne ..
Directed by: Stuart Heisler
Release date: 1941-12-12
Best Thriller Movies of 1941 : The Monster and the Girl

The Monster and the Girl

6.0/10 IMDB

After a young woman is coerced into prostitution and her brother framed for murder by an organized crime syndicate, retribution in the form of an ape visits the mobsters.

Starring: Ellen Drew, Robert Paige, Paul Lukas, Joseph Calleia, Onslow Stevens, George Zucco, Rod Cameron, Phillip Terry, Marc Lawrence, Gerald Mohr ..
Directed by: Stuart Heisler
Release date: 1941-02-28

Horror Island

6.0/10 IMDB

A down-on-his luck businessman organizes an excursion to Sir Henry Morgan's Island for a treasure hunt only to encounter a mysterious phantom and murder.

Starring: Dick Foran, Leo Carrillo, Peggy Moran, Fuzzy Knight, John Eldredge, Lewis Howard, Hobart Cavanaugh, Walter Catlett, Ralf Harolde, Iris Adrian ..
Directed by: George Waggner
Release date: 1941-03-28
Best Thriller Movies of 1941 : Tower of Terror

Tower of Terror

5.9/10 IMDB

Wartime Germany: Marie, a concentration camp escapee on the run from the Nazis, narrowly escapes drowing when she is rescued by Wolfe Kristan a half-mad lighthouse keeper. Brought aboard the lighthouse itself, she begins to fall in love with the assistant keeper who, unknown to her, is a British spy. As the couple become more intimate, Kristan's jealously finally pushes him over the brink and into full-blown madness...

Starring: Wilfrid Lawson, Michael Rennie, Movita, Morland Graham, George Woodbridge, Charles Rolfe, Richard George, H Victor Weske, Olive Sloane, Eric Clavering ..
Directed by: Lawrence Huntington
Release date: 1941-12-27
Best Thriller Movies of 1941 : Paris Calling

Paris Calling

6.2/10 IMDB

Marianne Jannetier, a well-to-do Parisian, engaged to Andre Benoit, a high-ranking government official, flees the city when the goose-stepping Nazi storm-troopers arrive. When her mother dies on the road to Bordeaux as a result of Nazi bombing, she returns to Paris and joins the underground movement. Nicholas Jordan, an American member of the RAF, stranded in Paris after the evacuation is also working with the Paris underground. Marianne kills her former fiancée, a pro-Nazi informant, for the traitorous state papers he is carrying, and she and Jordan try to flee over a French seaport...

Starring: Elisabeth Bergner, Randolph Scott, Basil Rathbone, Gale Sondergaard, Lee J. Cobb, Charles Arnt, Eduardo Ciannelli, J. Pat O'Malley, Elisabeth Risdon, Georges Renavent ..
Directed by: Edwin L. Marin
Release date: 1941-12-04
Best Thriller Movies of 1941 : Shadows on the Stairs

Shadows on the Stairs

5.6/10 IMDB

Occupants of a London boarding house become suspects as a string of murders are discovered.

Starring: Frieda Inescort, Turhan Bey, Miles Mander, Paul Cavanagh, Heather Angel, Bruce Lester, Mary Field, Lumsden Hare, Phyllis Barry, Charles Irwin ..
Directed by: D. Ross Lederman
Release date: 1941-03-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1941 : Paper Bullets

Paper Bullets

5.4/10 IMDB

Circumstances force naive Rita Adams into serving an unjust prison term, but she emerges from it a cynical criminal who rises to power in the local crime organization.

Starring: Joan Woodbury, Jack La Rue, Linda Ware, John Archer, Vince Barnett, Alan Ladd, Gavin Gordon, Phillip Trent, William Halligan, George Pembroke ..
Directed by: Phil Rosen
Release date: 1941-06-13
Best Thriller Movies of 1941 : This Man Is Dangerous

This Man Is Dangerous

7.6/10 IMDB

Action and excitement beckon as popular sleuth Mick Cardby (Mason) goes on the trail of a missing girl, and finds himself in the clutches of a gang of blackmailers.

Starring: James Mason, Mary Clare, Margaret Vyner, Gordon McLeod ..
Directed by: Lawrence Huntington
Release date: 1941-07-21
Best Thriller Movies of 1941 : Mystery Ship

Mystery Ship

7.4/10 IMDB

FBI agents Allan Harper and Tommy Baker are in charge of a group of subversives, spies and saboteurs that the US government is deporting to foreign countries aboard a ship. The deportees attempt to take over the ship.

Starring: Paul Kelly, Lola Lane, Larry Parks, Trevor Bardette, Cy Kendall, Roger Imhof, Eddie Laughton, John Tyrrell, Byron Foulger, Dwight Frye ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1941-09-03
Best Thriller Movies of 1941 : The Deadly Game

The Deadly Game

6.8/10 IMDB

A pre-World War II saber-rattler that finds a munitions inventor kidnapped, a federal agent killed and a beautiful refugee mysteriously missing as Washington's deadly game of espionage and intrigue thunders the FBI hunts the nation's invisble foes! They may have been invisible but their accents and billing names von Morhart, William Vaughn (William von Brincken already hiding under another name before hostilities were formally declared), Frederick Gierman and Walter Bonn---provide clues aplenty as to their country of origin and paymaster.

Starring: Charles Farrell, June Lang, John Miljan, Bernadene Hayes, J. Arthur Young, David Clarke, Dave O'Brien, Charles Sargent, John Dilson, Tom Herbert ..
Directed by: Phil Rosen
Release date: 1941-08-08
Best Thriller Movies of 1941 : Hard Guy

Hard Guy

4.7/10 IMDB

Investigators crack down on a gang of nightclub con artists that has been victimizing wealthy bachelors.

Starring: Jack La Rue, Mary Healy, Kane Richmond, Iris Adrian, Gayle Mellott, Jack Mulhall, Howard Banks, Ben Taggart, C. Montague Shaw, Inna Gest ..
Directed by: Elmer Clifton
Release date: 1941-10-17

South of Panama

4.7/10 IMDB

Secret agent Roger Pryor is dispatched below the border to protect an important scientific formula. Believe it or don't, this mixture has the ability to render things invisible.

Starring: Roger Pryor, Virginia Vale, Lionel Royce, Lucien Prival, Duncan Renaldo, Lester Dorr, Jack Ingram, Hugh Beaumont, Warren Jackson, Edward Keane ..
Directed by: Jean Yarbrough
Release date: 1941-05-02

The Power and the Glory

0.0/10 IMDB

The Power and the Glory is a 1941 Australian war film about a Czech scientist who escapes from the Nazis to live in Australia.

Starring: Katrin Rosselle, Lou Vernon, Peter Finch ..
Directed by: Noel Monkman
Release date: 1941-04-03
Best Thriller Movies of 1941 : Flying Wild

Flying Wild

5.5/10 IMDB

A group of young men who work at an aviation factory begin to suspect that a doctor who runs an air ambulance service is secretly a spy transporting secret information from the plant to enemy agents.

Starring: Leo Gorcey, Bobby Jordan, Joan Barclay, Dave O'Brien, George Pembroke, Sunshine Sammy Morrison, David Gorcey, Donald Haines, Eugene Francis, Bobby Stone ..
Directed by: William West
Release date: 1941-03-10

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