Best Thriller Movies of 1948

1.

Rope

6.5
8.0/10 IMDB

Two men attempt to prove they committed the perfect crime by hosting a dinner party after strangling their former classmate to death.

Starring: James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Constance Collier, Douglas Dick, Edith Evanson, Dick Hogan, Joan Chandler, Cedric Hardwicke, Alfred Hitchcock ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1948-08-26
2.

Key Largo

5.5
7.8/10 IMDB

A hurricane swells outside, but it's nothing compared to the storm within the hotel at Key Largo. There, sadistic mobster Johnny Rocco holes up - and holds at gunpoint hotel owner James Temple, his widowed daughter-in-law Nora, and ex-GI Frank McCloud.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore, Edward G. Robinson, Claire Trevor, Thomas Gomez, Harry Lewis, William Haade, Dan Seymour, Marc Lawrence ..
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1948-07-16
3.

The Naked City

5.3
7.6/10 IMDB

The Naked City portrays the police investigation that follows the murder of a young model. A veteran cop is placed in charge of the case and he sets about, with the help of other beat cops and detectives, finding the girl's killer.

Starring: Barry Fitzgerald, Howard Duff, Dorothy Hart, Don Taylor, Frank Conroy, Ted de Corsia, House Jameson, Anne Sargent, Adelaide Klein, Grover Burgess ..
Directed by: Jules Dassin
Release date: 1948-03-04
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4.

The Fallen Idol

4.0
7.7/10 IMDB

Phillipe, the son of an ambassador in London, idolizes Baines, his father's butler, a kind of hero in the eyes of the child, whose perception changes when he accidentally discovers the secret that Baines keeps and witnesses the consequences that adults' lies can cause.

Starring: Ralph Richardson, Michèle Morgan, Sonia Dresdel, Bobby Henrey, Denis O'Dea, Jack Hawkins, Walter Fitzgerald, Dandy Nichols, Joan Young, Karel Stepanek ..
Directed by: Carol Reed
Release date: 1948-09-30
5.

The Big Clock

3.9
7.7/10 IMDB

Stroud, a crime magazine's crusading editor has to post-pone a vacation with his wife, again, when a glamorous blonde is murdered and he is assigned by his publishing boss Janoth to find the killer. As the investigation proceeds to its conclusion, Stroud must try to disrupt his ordinarily brilliant investigative team as they increasingly build evidence (albeit wrong) that he is the killer.

Starring: Ray Milland, Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Sullivan, George Macready, Rita Johnson, Elsa Lanchester, Harold Vermilyea, Dan Tobin, Harry Morgan, Richard Webb ..
Directed by: John Farrow
Release date: 1948-03-18
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6.

Brighton Rock

3.9
7.4/10 IMDB

Centring on the activities of a gang of assorted criminals and, in particular, their leader – a vicious young hoodlum known as "Pinkie" – the film's main thematic concern is the criminal underbelly evident in inter-war Brighton.

Starring: Richard Attenborough, Carol Marsh, Hermione Baddeley, William Hartnell, Harcourt Williams, Wylie Watson, Nigel Stock, Joan Sterndale-Bennett, Marianne Stone, Virginia Winter ..
Directed by: John Boulting
Release date: 1948-01-09
7.

Road House

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

A night club owner becomes infatuated with a torch singer and frames his best friend/manager for embezzlement when the chanteuse falls in love with him.

Starring: Ida Lupino, Cornel Wilde, Celeste Holm, Richard Widmark, O.Z. Whitehead, Robert Karnes, George Beranger, Ian MacDonald, Grandon Rhodes, Ray Teal ..
Directed by: Jean Negulesco
Release date: 1948-09-22
8.

Raw Deal

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

A revenge-seeking gangster is sent to prison after being framed for a crime he didn't commit. After seducing a beautiful young woman, he uses her to help him carry out his plot for vengeance, leading him to the crazy pyromaniac who set him up.

Starring: Dennis O'Keefe, Claire Trevor, Marsha Hunt, John Ireland, Raymond Burr, Curt Conway, Chili Williams, Regis Toomey, Whit Bissell, Cliff Clark ..
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Release date: 1948-05-21
9.

Pitfall

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

An insurance man's affair with a blonde leads to guilt, murder and a confession to his wife.

Starring: Dick Powell, Lizabeth Scott, Jane Wyatt, Raymond Burr, John Litel, Byron Barr, Jimmy Hunt, Ann Doran, Selmer Jackson, Margaret Wells ..
Directed by: André De Toth
Release date: 1948-08-11
10.

Sorry, Wrong Number

3.7
7.4/10 IMDB

Leona Stevenson is confined to bed and uses her telephone to keep in contact with the outside world. One day she overhears a murder plot on the telephone and is desperate to find out who is the intended victim.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster, Ann Richards, Wendell Corey, Harold Vermilyea, Ed Begley, William Conrad, Dorothy Neumann, Leif Erickson, John Bromfield ..
Directed by: Anatole Litvak
Release date: 1948-09-24

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