Best Thriller Movies of 1949

1.

The Third Man

6.6
8.1/10 IMDB

In postwar Vienna, Austria, Holly Martins, a writer of pulp Westerns, arrives penniless as a guest of his childhood chum Harry Lime, only to learn he has died. Martins develops a conspiracy theory after learning of a "third man" present at the time of Harry's death, running into interference from British officer Major Calloway, and falling head-over-heels for Harry's grief-stricken lover, Anna.

Starring: Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Bernard Lee, Paul Hörbiger, Ernst Deutsch, Siegfried Breuer, Erich Ponto, Wilfrid Hyde-White ..
Directed by: Carol Reed
Release date: 1949-08-31
2.

White Heat

5.7
8.1/10 IMDB

A psychopathic criminal with a mother complex makes a daring break from prison and then leads his old gang in a chemical plant payroll heist. After the heist, events take a crazy turn.

Starring: James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien, Margaret Wycherly, Steve Cochran, John Archer, Wally Cassell, Fred Clark, Paul Guilfoyle, Ford Rainey ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1949-09-02
Best Thriller Movies of 1949 : The Set-Up
3.

The Set-Up

4.0
7.9/10 IMDB

Stoker Thompson is a 35-year-old has-been boxer. His once-promising fighting career has come crashing to the end. Tiny, Stoker's manager, is sure he will continue to lose fights, so he takes money for a "dive" from a mobster, but is so sure that Thompson will lose that he doesn't tell the boxer about the set-up. At the beginning of the last round of the vicious boxing match he learns of the fix.

Starring: Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter, George Tobias, Alan Baxter, Wallace Ford, Percy Helton, Hal Baylor, Darryl Hickman, James Edwards, David Clarke ..
Directed by: Robert Wise
Release date: 1949-03-29
4.

Act of Violence

4.0
7.5/10 IMDB

A former prisoner of war, Frank Enley is hailed as a hero in his California town. However, Frank has a shameful secret that comes back to haunt him when fellow survivor Joe Parkson emerges, intent on making Frank pay for his past deeds.

Starring: Van Heflin, Robert Ryan, Janet Leigh, Mary Astor, Phyllis Thaxter, Berry Kroeger, Taylor Holmes, Harry Antrim, Connie Gilchrist, Will Wright ..
Directed by: Fred Zinnemann
Release date: 1949-01-22
5.

Thieves' Highway

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

Nick Garcos comes back from his tour of duty in World War II planning to settle down with his girlfriend, Polly Faber. He learns, however, that his father was recently beaten and burglarized by mob-connected trucker Mike Figlia, and Nick resolves to get even. He partners with prostitute Rica, and together they go after Mike, all the while getting pulled further into the local crime underworld.

Starring: Richard Conte, Valentina Cortese, Lee J. Cobb, Barbara Lawrence, Jack Oakie, Millard Mitchell, Joseph Pevney, Morris Carnovsky, Tamara Shayne, Kasia Orzazewski ..
Directed by: Jules Dassin
Release date: 1949-09-20
Best Thriller Movies of 1949 : Obsession
6.

Obsession

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

In London, psychiatrist Clive Riordan suspects that his cool and polished wife, Storm, is having yet another affair. Abandoning his weekly card game, Clive returns home to find Storm with her latest lover, American Bill Kronin. To Storm's horror, Clive overpowers Bill and takes him away at gunpoint, then hides him in a secret location and taunts Storm with Bruce's condition. Scotland Yard gets involved when Storm contacts them about her missing dog.

Starring: Robert Newton, Phil Brown, Sally Gray, Naunton Wayne, James Harcourt, Betty Cooper, Michael Balfour, Ronald Adam, Roddy Hughes, Allan Jeayes ..
Directed by: Edward Dmytryk
Release date: 1949-08-03
Best Thriller Movies of 1949 : The Window
7.

The Window

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

An imaginative boy who frequently makes things up witnesses a murder, but can't get his parents or the police to believe him. The only people taking him seriously are the killers - who live upstairs, know that he saw what they did, and are out to permanently silence him.

Starring: Bobby Driscoll, Barbara Hale, Arthur Kennedy, Paul Stewart, Ruth Roman, Richard Benedict, James Nolan, Anthony Ross ..
Directed by: Ted Tetzlaff
Release date: 1949-05-10
8.

He Walked by Night

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

This film-noir piece, told in semi-documentary style, follows police on the hunt for a resourceful criminal who shoots and kills a cop.

Starring: Richard Basehart, Scott Brady, Roy Roberts, Whit Bissell, James Cardwell, Jack Webb, Reed Hadley, Frank Cady, Thomas Browne Henry, Dorothy Adams ..
Directed by: Alfred L. Werker, Anthony Mann
Release date: 1949-02-05
9.

The Reckless Moment

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

A mother attempts to protect her murderous daughter.

Starring: James Mason, Joan Bennett, Geraldine Brooks, Henry O'Neill, Shepperd Strudwick, David Bair, Roy Roberts, Frances E. Williams, Claire Carleton, William Schallert ..
Directed by: Max Ophüls
Release date: 1949-12-29
10.

Border Incident

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

The story concerns two agents, one Mexican (PJF) and one American, who are tasked to stop the smuggling of Mexican migrant workers across the border to California. The two agents go undercover, one as a poor migrant.

Starring: Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy, Howard Da Silva, James Mitchell, Arnold Moss, Alfonso Bedoya, Teresa Celli, Charles McGraw, José Torvay, John Ridgely ..
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Release date: 1949-10-28

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