Best Thriller Movies of 1943

1.

Shadow of a Doubt

5.5
7.8/10 IMDB

A bored teen living in Santa Rosa, California, Charlotte "Charlie" Newton, is frustrated because nothing seems to be happening in her life and that of her family. Then, she receives wonderful news: her uncle (for whom she was named), Charlie Oakley, is arriving for a visit. But Uncle Charlie may not be the man he seems to be.

Starring: Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Macdonald Carey, Henry Travers, Patricia Collinge, Hume Cronyn, Wallace Ford, Edna May Wonacott, Charles Bates, Irving Bacon ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1943-01-15
2.

For Whom the Bell Tolls

4.3
6.8/10 IMDB

Spain in the 1930s is the place to be for a man of action like Robert Jordan. There is a civil war going on and Jordan—who has joined up on the side that appeals most to idealists of that era—has been given a high-risk assignment up in the mountains. He awaits the right time to blow up a crucial bridge in order to halt the enemy's progress

Starring: Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman, Akim Tamiroff, Arturo de Córdova, Vladimir Sokoloff, Mikhail Rasumny, Fortunio Bonanova, Eric Feldary, Victor Varconi, Katina Paxinou ..
Directed by: Sam Wood
Release date: 1943-07-12
3.

Five Graves to Cairo

3.9
7.3/10 IMDB

The British Army, retreating ahead of victorious Rommel, leaves a lone survivor on the Egyptian border who finds refuge at a remote desert hotel. He is helped by the hotel's owner, despite protest from the French chambermaid, afraid of the imminent arrival of Rommel and the Germans. John assumes the identity of the recently deceased waiter to survive.

Starring: Franchot Tone, Anne Baxter, Akim Tamiroff, Erich von Stroheim, Peter van Eyck, Fortunio Bonanova, Philip Ahlm, Roger Creed, Hans Moebus, Leslie Denison ..
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Release date: 1943-05-26
4.

Hangmen Also Die!

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

During the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, surgeon Dr. Franticek Svoboda, a Czech patriot, assassinates the brutal "Hangman of Europe", Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich, and is wounded in the process. In his attempt to escape, he is helped by history professor Stephen Novotny and his daughter Mascha.

Starring: Brian Donlevy, Walter Brennan, Anna Lee, Gene Lockhart, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski, Nana Bryant, Margaret Wycherly, Dennis O'Keefe, Tonio Selwart, Alexander Granach ..
Directed by: Fritz Lang
Release date: 1943-04-15
5.

Watch on the Rhine

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

On the eve of World War II, the German Kurt Müller, his American-born wife Sara, and their three children, having lived in Europe for years, visit Sara's wealthy mother near Washington, DC. Kurt secretly works for the anti-Nazi resistance. A visiting Romanian count, becoming aware of this, seeks to blackmail him.

Starring: Bette Davis, Paul Lukas, Geraldine Fitzgerald, George Coulouris, Lucile Watson, Beulah Bondi, Donald Woods, Henry Daniell, Eric Roberts, Donald Buka ..
Directed by: Herman Shumlin
Release date: 1943-08-27
6.

The Spider Woman

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

Sherlock Holmes investigates a series of so-called "pajama suicides". He knows the female villain behind them is as cunning as Moriarty and as venomous as a spider. Based on "The Sign of Four" and the short stories "The Dying Detective", "The Final Problem", "The Speckled Band" and "The Adventure of the Devil's Foot".

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Gale Sondergaard, Dennis Hoey, Vernon Downing, Alec Craig, Arthur Hohl, Mary Gordon, Teddy Infuhr, Donald Stuart ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1943-12-24
7.

Sherlock Holmes Faces Death

3.7
6.9/10 IMDB

During WWII several murders occur at a convalescent home where Dr. Watson has volunteered his services. He summons Holmes for help and the master detective proceeds to solve the crime from a long list of suspects including the owners of the home, the staff and the patients recovering there.

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Dennis Hoey, Hillary Brooke, Mary Gordon, Halliwell Hobbes, Milburn Stone, Minna Phillips, Arthur Margetson, Gavin Muir ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1943-09-17
8.

Sherlock Holmes in Washington

3.6
6.7/10 IMDB

In World War II, a British secret agent carrying a vitally important document is kidnapped en route to Washington. The British government calls on Sherlock Holmes to recover it.

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Marjorie Lord, Henry Daniell, George Zucco, John Archer, Gavin Muir, Edmund MacDonald, Don Terry, Mary Gordon ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1943-03-24
9.

Keeper of the Flame

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

Famed reporter Stephen O'Malley travels to a small town to investigate the death of a national hero.

Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Richard Whorf, Margaret Wycherly, Forrest Tucker, Frank Craven, Stephen McNally, Percy Kilbride, Audrey Christie, Darryl Hickman ..
Directed by: George Cukor
Release date: 1943-04-01
10.

The Leopard Man

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

When a leopard escapes during a publicity stunt, it triggers a series of murders.

Starring: Dennis O'Keefe, Jean Brooks, James Bell, Abner Biberman, Ariel Heath, Ben Bard, Margo, Isabel Jewell, Margaret Landry, Kate Lawson ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1943-05-19
11.

Background to Danger

3.5
6.4/10 IMDB

An American gets caught up in wartime action in Turkey.

Starring: George Raft, Brenda Marshall, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Osa Massen, Turhan Bey, Willard Robertson, Kurt Katch, Nino Bellini, Eumenio Blanco ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1943-07-03
Best Thriller Movies of 1943 : The Ghost Ship
12.

The Ghost Ship

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

Captain Stone's newly recruited officer, Tom Merriam, idolizes his senior who treats him like a friend. But when a couple of his crew members die mysteriously, Tom starts doubting Stone's authority.

Starring: Richard Dix, Russell Wade, Edith Barrett, Ben Bard, Edmund Glover, Sir Lancelot, Lawrence Tierney, Dewey Robinson, Skelton Knaggs, Alec Craig ..
Directed by: Mark Robson
Release date: 1943-12-16
13.

Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

In the midst of World War II, Sherlock Holmes rescues the Swiss inventor of a new bomb-sight from the Gestapo and brings him to England, where he shortly falls into the clutches of Professor Moriarty.

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Lionel Atwill, Kaaren Verne, William Post Jr., Dennis Hoey, Mary Gordon, Holmes Herbert, Harry Cording, Harold De Becker ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1943-02-12
14.

Above Suspicion

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

Two newlyweds spy on the Nazis for the British Secret Service during their honeymoon in Europe.

Starring: Joan Crawford, Fred MacMurray, Conrad Veidt, Basil Rathbone, Reginald Owen, Richard Ainley, Cecil Cunningham, Ann Shoemaker, Sara Haden, Felix Bressart ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1943-05-31
Best Thriller Movies of 1943 : Journey into Fear
15.

Journey into Fear

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

An American ballistics expert in Turkey finds himself targeted by Nazi agents. Safe passage home by ship is arranged for him, but he soon discovers that his pursuers are also on board.

Starring: Joseph Cotten, Dolores del Río, Ruth Warrick, Agnes Moorehead, Jack Durant, Everett Sloane, Eustace Wyatt, Frank Readick, Edgar Barrier, Jack Moss ..
Directed by: Norman Foster, Orson Welles
Release date: 1943-01-07
16.

Batman

3.3
6.1/10 IMDB

Japanese master spy Daka operates a covert espionage-sabotage organization located in Gotham City's now-deserted Little Tokyo, which turns American scientists into pliable zombies. The great crime-fighters Batman and Robin, with the help of their allies, are in pursuit.

Starring: Lewis Wilson, Douglas Croft, J. Carrol Naish, Shirley Patterson, William Austin, Knox Manning, Frank Austin, Lynton Brent, Roy Bucko, George Chesebro ..
Directed by: Lambert Hillyer
Release date: 1943-07-16
Best Thriller Movies of 1943 : Calling Dr. Death
17.

Calling Dr. Death

3.3
6.1/10 IMDB

Losing his memories of the last few days, neurologist Dr. Steele is told that his wife has been brutally murdered. Steele, aware of his conniving wife's infidelity, believes he may have been the killer and enlists the aid of his pretty nurse Stella to hypnotize him into recovering his lost memories.

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Patricia Morison, J. Carrol Naish, David Bruce, Ramsay Ames, Fay Helm, Holmes Herbert, Alec Craig, Frederick Giermann, Lisa Golm ..
Directed by: Reginald Le Borg
Release date: 1943-12-17
18.

The Fallen Sparrow

3.3
6.6/10 IMDB

Imprisoned during the Spanish Civil War, John "Kit" McKittrick is released when a New York City policeman pulls some strings. Upon returning to America, McKittrick hears that a friend has committed suicide, and he begins to smell a rat. During his investigation, McKittrick questions three beautiful women, one of whom has a tie to his refugee past. Pursued by Nazi operatives, McKittrick learns of the death of another friend, and begins to suspect the dark Dr. Skaas.

Starring: John Garfield, Maureen O'Hara, Walter Slezak, Patricia Morison, Martha O'Driscoll, Bruce Edwards, John Banner, John Miljan, Hugh Beaumont, George Lloyd ..
Directed by: Richard Wallace
Release date: 1943-08-19
Best Thriller Movies of 1943 : Crash Dive
19.

Crash Dive

3.3
6.4/10 IMDB

A US Navy submarine, the USS Corsair, is operating in the North Atlantic, hunting German merchant raiders that are preying on Allied shipping. Its new executive officer, Lt. Ward Stewart (Power), has been transferred back into submarines after commanding his own PT boat. At the submarine base in New London, Connecticut, he asks his new captain, Lt. Cmdr. Dewey Connors (Andrews), for a weekend leave to settle his affairs before taking up his new assignment. On a train bound for Washington D.C., Stewart accidentally encounters New London school teacher Jean Hewlett (Baxter) and her students. Despite her initial resistance to his efforts, he charms her and they fall in love.

Starring: Tyrone Power, Anne Baxter, Dana Andrews, James Gleason, May Whitty, Harry Morgan, Ben Carter, Stanley Andrews, John Archer, Gene Rizzi ..
Directed by: Archie Mayo
Release date: 1943-04-22
20.

Lady of Burlesque

3.1
6.3/10 IMDB

After one member of their group is murdered, the performers at a burlesque house must work together to find out who the killer is before they strike again.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Michael O'Shea, J. Edward Bromberg, Iris Adrian, Gloria Dickson, Victoria Faust, Stephanie Bachelor, Charles Dingle, Marion Martin, Frank Conroy ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1943-05-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1943 : The Adventures of Tartu
21.

The Adventures of Tartu

2.9
7.0/10 IMDB

British Captain Terence Stevenson (Robert Donat) accepts an assignment even more dangerous than his everyday job of defusing unexploded bombs. Fluent in Romanian and German and having studied chemical engineering, he is parachuted into Romania to assume the identity of Captain Jan Tartu, a member of the fascist Iron Guard. He makes his way to Czechoslovakia to steal the formula of a new Nazi poison gas and sabotage the factory where it is being manufactured.

Starring: Robert Donat, Valerie Hobson, Walter Rilla, Glynis Johns, Phyllis Morris, Martin Miller, Anthony Eustrel, Percy Walsh ..
Directed by: Harold S. Bucquet
Release date: 1943-10-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1943 : Quiet Please, Murder
22.

Quiet Please, Murder

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

A forger steals and kills for a rare book from a library in order to make forgeries to sell to rich suckers.

Starring: George Sanders, Gail Patrick, Richard Denning, Lynne Roberts, Sidney Blackmer, Kurt Katch, Margaret Brayton, Charles Tannen, Charles Cane, Byron Foulger ..
Directed by: John Francis Larkin
Release date: 1943-03-19
Best Thriller Movies of 1943 : Murder in Times Square
23.

Murder in Times Square

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

An actor becomes a suspect in the murders of four New Yorkers injected with rattlesnake venom.

Starring: Edmund Lowe, Marguerite Chapman, John Litel, William Wright, Bruce Bennett, Esther Dale, Veda Ann Borg, Gerald Mohr, Sidney Blackmer, Frank O'Connor ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1943-04-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1943 : My Learned Friend
24.

My Learned Friend

2.7
7.0/10 IMDB

An insane murderer is on the loose, and gunning for the men who put him away. Will Hay is on the list, and co-opts Claude Hulbert to try and stop him from meeting a grisly end.

Starring: Will Hay, Claude Hulbert, Mervyn Johns, Laurence Hanray, Aubrey Mallalieu, Charles Victor, Ernest Thesiger, Eddie Phillips, Leslie Harcourt, G.H. Mulcaster ..
Directed by: Will Hay, Basil Dearden
Release date: 1943-10-25
Best Thriller Movies of 1943 : They Met in the Dark
25.

They Met in the Dark

2.7
6.2/10 IMDB

A Royal navy Commander is tricked by a pretty girl who is working for the Nazis. She tricks him into revealing some military secrets and he is court martial. He vows to track her and her accomplices down.

Starring: James Mason, Joyce Howard, Tom Walls, Phyllis Stanley, Edward Rigby, Ronald Ward, David Farrar, Karel Stepanek, Betty Warren, Walter Crisham ..
Directed by: Karel Lama?
Release date: 1943-08-11
Best Thriller Movies of 1943 : Passport to Suez
26.

Passport to Suez

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

The Lone Wolf goes undercover in Egypt to foil a Nazi plot to bomb and disable the Suez canal, which is vital to England's war effort.

Starring: Warren William, Ann Savage, Eric Blore, Robert Stanford, Sheldon Leonard, Lloyd Bridges, Gavin Muir, Grace Lem, Sig Arno, Frank Arnold ..
Directed by: André De Toth
Release date: 1943-08-19
Best Thriller Movies of 1943 : The Dark Tower
27.

The Dark Tower

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

While working at a circus, a man hypnotizes a trapezist to kill her partner.

Starring: Ben Lyon, Anne Crawford, David Farrar, Herbert Lom, Frederick Burtwell, William Hartnell, Josephine Wilson, Elsie Wagstaff, J.H. Roberts, Aubrey Mallalieu ..
Directed by: John Harlow
Release date: 1943-10-18
28.

The Mysterious Doctor

2.6
5.7/10 IMDB

The citizens of a tiny Cornish village are tormented during World War II by a headless ghost which is haunting the local tin mine.

Starring: John Loder, Eleanor Parker, Bruce Lester, Lester Matthews, Forrester Harvey, Matt Willis, Phyllis Barry, Creighton Hale, Frank Mayo, Leo White ..
Directed by: Benjamin Stoloff
Release date: 1943-03-03
Best Thriller Movies of 1943 : Yellow Canary
29.

Yellow Canary

2.5
6.4/10 IMDB

A socialite poses as a Nazi spy to mask her activities as a British agent.

Starring: Anna Neagle, Richard Greene, Nova Pilbeam, Albert Lieven, Lucie Mannheim, George Thorpe, Marjorie Fielding, Franklin Dyall, Margaret Rutherford, Claude Bailey ..
Directed by: Herbert Wilcox
Release date: 1943-12-13
30.

I Dood It

2.4
6.2/10 IMDB

Constance Shaw, a Broadway dance star, and Joseph Rivington Reynolds, a keen fan of hers, marry after she breaks up with her fiancé. Connie thinks Joseph owns a gold mine, but he actually works as a presser at a hotel valet shop. When everyone learns what he really is, Joseph is banned from the theater. When he sneaks in again, he learns of a plot to set off a bomb in the adjoining munitions warehouse.

Starring: Red Skelton, Eleanor Powell, Richard Ainley, Patricia Dane, Sam Levene, Thurston Hall, Lena Horne, Hazel Scott, Jimmy Dorsey, Helen O'Connell ..
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
Release date: 1943-09-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1943 : Warn That Man
31.

Warn That Man

2.4
5.7/10 IMDB

At the height of World War II, the Germans discover that a certain British personage is to stay at the country house of Lord Buckley. They devise a plan whereby they will kidnap the real Lord Buckley, and send to England an actor who will masquerade, lie in wait for the visitor with a number of gunmen, and take him back to Germany.

Starring: Gordon Harker, Raymond Lovell, Finlay Currie, Philip Friend, Jean Kent, Frederick Cooper, Carl Jaffe, John Salew, Veronica Rose, Anthony Hawtrey ..
Directed by: Lawrence Huntington
Release date: 1943-07-13
Best Thriller Movies of 1943 : The Strange Death of Adolf Hitler
32.

The Strange Death of Adolf Hitler

2.3
6.9/10 IMDB

A man who is a dead ringer for Adolf Hitler plans to murder him and take over his identity.

Starring: Ludwig Donath, Gale Sondergaard, George Dolenz, Fritz Kortner, Ludwig Stössel, Willy Trenk-Trebitsch, Richard Ryen, Joan Blair ..
Directed by: James P. Hogan
Release date: 1943-09-10
Best Thriller Movies of 1943 : The Gorilla Man
33.

The Gorilla Man

2.3
5.2/10 IMDB

A wounded soldier discovers his hospital is secretly run by the Nazis.

Starring: John Loder, Ruth Ford, Marian Hall, Richard Fraser, Mary Field, Paul Cavanagh, Lumsden Hare, John Abbott, Joan Winfield, Charles Irwin ..
Directed by: D. Ross Lederman
Release date: 1943-01-14
Best Thriller Movies of 1943 : Submarine Alert
34.

Submarine Alert

2.2
5.4/10 IMDB

Nazi spies use a stolen shortwave transmitter prototype to broadcast top secret shipping info to an offshore Japanese sub. To nab the spy ring, the Government has the West Coast's top radio engineers fired and shadowed to see if the Nazis recruit them to complete work on the prototype radio. Radio engineer Lew Deerhold, a resident alien without a job to pay for his adorable little ward Gina's life-saving operation, falls prey to the spy ring, and is swept up in a maelstrom of deceit and danger.

Starring: Richard Arlen, Wendy Barrie, Nils Asther, Roger Pryor, Abner Biberman, Marc Lawrence, John Miljan, Patsy Nash, Ralph Sanford, Jack Carr ..
Directed by: Frank McDonald
Release date: 1943-06-28
Best Thriller Movies of 1943 : The Ghost and the Guest
35.

The Ghost and the Guest

2.1
4.5/10 IMDB

Newlyweds Webster and Jackie Frye spend their honeymoon in a sinister old country house. Before long, they are besieged by a gang of crooks, searching for a fortune in diamonds. With the help of chauffeur Harmony Jones, the honeymooners attempt to outsmart the villains.

Starring: James Dunn, Florence Rice, Sam McDaniel, Mabel Todd, Robert Dudley, Jim Toney, Anthony Caruso, Robert Bice, Anthony Warde, Eddy Chandler ..
Directed by: William Nigh
Release date: 1943-04-19
Best Thriller Movies of 1943 : A Night for Crime
36.

A Night for Crime

2.0
5.1/10 IMDB

A dark night in war time, with several black-outs, it's just a night for murder. Susan Cooper, a fast-talking girl reporter, doubles as amateur sleuth solving yet another mystery among Hollywood's famous.

Starring: Glenda Farrell, Lyle Talbot, Ralph Sanford, Lina Basquette, Lynn Starr, Donald Kirke, Forrest Taylor, Rick Vallin, Marjorie Manners, Edna Harris ..
Directed by: Alexis Thurn-Taxis
Release date: 1943-02-18
Best Thriller Movies of 1943 : The Mantrap
37.

The Mantrap

1.5
6.6/10 IMDB

Henry Stephenson stars as a retired Scotland Yard detective. He is regarded as an icon because he has written volumes of books on the art of detection. While Stephenson is being honoured for his past successes, he senses modern detectives, particularly the current District Attorney, look at him and his methods as outdated. This spurs the old man out of retirement to prove himself to the know-it-all modern detectives.

Starring: Henry Stephenson, Lloyd Corrigan, Joseph Allen, Dorothy Lovett, Edmund MacDonald, Alice Fleming, Tom Stevenson, Frederick Worlock, Jane Weeks ..
Directed by: George Sherman
Release date: 1943-04-13

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