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.

A Woman's Face

3.9
7.2/10 IMDB

Plastic surgery gives a scarred female criminal a new outlook on life.

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
5.

49th Parallel

3.8
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
6.

Man Hunt

3.8
7.3/10 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
7.

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
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8.

'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
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9.

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
10.

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

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