Best Thriller Movies of 1945

1.

Spellbound

5.5
7.6/10 IMDB

When Dr. Anthony Edwardes arrives at a Vermont mental hospital to replace the outgoing hospital director, Dr. Constance Peterson, a psychoanalyst, discovers Edwardes is actually an impostor. The man confesses that the real Dr. Edwardes is dead and fears he may have killed him, but cannot recall anything. Dr. Peterson, however is convinced his impostor is innocent of the man's murder, and joins him on a quest to unravel his amnesia through psychoanalysis.

Starring: Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov, Rhonda Fleming, Leo G. Carroll, John Emery, Norman Lloyd, Bill Goodwin, Steven Geray, Donald Curtis ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1945-11-08
2.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

5.2
7.5/10 IMDB

Posing for a portrait, Dorian Gray talks with Lord Henry Wotton, who says that men should pursue their sensual longings, but laments that only the young get to do so. Taken with the idea, Dorian imagines a scenario in which the painting will age as he stays youthful. His wish comes true, and his boyish looks aid him as he indulges his every whim. But when a stunning revelation forces him to see what he's become, Dorian faces some very dangerous questions.

Starring: George Sanders, Hurd Hatfield, Donna Reed, Angela Lansbury, Peter Lawford, Lowell Gilmore, Richard Fraser, Douglas Walton, Morton Lowry, Miles Mander ..
Directed by: Albert Lewin
Release date: 1945-03-01
3.

Hangover Square

3.9
7.4/10 IMDB

When composer George Harvey Bone wakes with no memory of the previous night and a bloody knife in his pocket, he worries that he has committed a crime. On the advice of Dr. Middleton, Bone agrees to relax, going to a music performance of singer Netta Longdon. Riveted by Netta, Bone agrees to write songs for her rather than his own concerto. However, Bone soon grows jealous of Netta and worries about controlling himself during his spells.

Starring: Laird Cregar, Linda Darnell, George Sanders, Glenn Langan, Faye Marlowe, Alan Napier, Ted Billings, Ann Codee, Michael Dyne, Francis Ford ..
Directed by: John Brahm
Release date: 1945-02-07
4.

The Body Snatcher

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

Edinburgh, 1831. Among those who undertake the illegal trade of grave robbery is Gray, ostensibly a cab driver. Formerly a medical student convicted of grave robbery, Gray holds a grudge against Dr. MacFarlane who had escaped detection and punishment.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Henry Daniell, Edith Atwater, Russell Wade, Rita Corday, Sharyn Moffett, Donna Lee, Mary Gordon, Robert Clarke ..
Directed by: Robert Wise
Release date: 1945-05-25
5.

Conflict

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Filmed some 18 months before its release, Conflict is one of two melodramas in which Humphrey Bogart self-consciously portrayed a wife murderer (the other was The Two Mrs. Carrolls). Bogie plays unhappily married Richard Mason, who concocts a meticulous scheme to kill his shrewish wife, Kathryn (Rose Hobart), so that he'll be free to marry her sister, Evelyn (Alexis Smith).

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Alexis Smith, Sydney Greenstreet, Rose Hobart, Charles Drake, Grant Mitchell, Patrick O'Moore, Ann Shoemaker, Edwin Stanley, Frank Wilcox ..
Directed by: Curtis Bernhardt
Release date: 1945-06-15
Best Thriller Movies of 1945 : Lady on a Train
6.

Lady on a Train

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

While on a train, Nikki Collins witnesses a murder as they pass a building. When she tells the police, they think she's crazy since she can't tell exactly where the crime happened. She then enlists a popular mystery writer to help with her sleuthing.

Starring: Deanna Durbin, Ralph Bellamy, David Bruce, George Coulouris, Allen Jenkins, Dan Duryea, Edward Everett Horton, Patricia Morison, Maria Palmer, Elizabeth Patterson ..
Directed by: Charles David
Release date: 1945-08-03
Best Thriller Movies of 1945 : The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry
7.

The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

George Sanders stars in this engrossing melodrama about a very domineering sister who holds a tight grip on her brother -- especially when he shows signs of falling in love.

Starring: George Sanders, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ella Raines, Sara Allgood, Moyna MacGill, Samuel S. Hinds, Harry von Zell, Judy Clark, Coulter Irwin, Craig Reynolds ..
Directed by: Robert Siodmak
Release date: 1945-08-17
Best Thriller Movies of 1945 : The House on 92nd Street
8.

The House on 92nd Street

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

The US Government tries to track down embedded Nazi agents in the States.

Starring: William Eythe, Lloyd Nolan, Signe Hasso, Gene Lockhart, Leo G. Carroll, Lydia St. Clair, William Post Jr., Harry Bellaver, Reed Hadley ..
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1945-09-10
Best Thriller Movies of 1945 : The Scarlet Clue
9.

The Scarlet Clue

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

Chinese sleuth Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler) discovers a scheme for the theft of government radar plans while investigating several murders.

Starring: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Virginia Brissac, Ben Carter, Benson Fong, Robert Homans, Jack Norton, Janet Shaw, Helen Deverell, Victoria Faust ..
Directed by: Phil Rosen
Release date: 1945-05-11
10.

Isle of the Dead

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

On a Greek island during the 1912 war, several people are trapped by quarantine for the plague. If that isn't enough worry, one of the people, a superstitious old peasant, suspects a young woman of being a vampiric kind of demon called a vorvolaka.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Ellen Drew, Marc Cramer, Katherine Emery, Helene Thimig, Alan Napier, Jason Robards Sr., Ernst Deutsch, Skelton Knaggs, Sherry Hall ..
Directed by: Mark Robson
Release date: 1945-09-01

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