Best Thriller Movies of 1951


Strangers on a Train

7.9/10 IMDB

A deranged socialite accosts a tennis star with his theory that if two strangers trade murders, they can disguise their motives and avoid suspicion.

Starring: Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman, Patricia Hitchcock, Kasey Rogers, Leo G. Carroll, Marion Lorne, Jonathan Hale, Robert Gist, Howard St. John ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1951-06-27

The Day the Earth Stood Still

7.8/10 IMDB

An alien and a robot land on Earth after World War II and tell mankind to be peaceful or face destruction.

Starring: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Billy Gray, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe, Lock Martin, Edith Evanson, Freeman Lusk, Frank Conroy, Frances Bavier ..
Directed by: Robert Wise
Release date: 1951-09-28

A Place in the Sun

7.7/10 IMDB

An ambitious young man wins an heiress's heart but has to cope with his former girlfriend's pregnancy.

Starring: Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters, Anne Revere, Keefe Brasselle, Fred Clark, Raymond Burr, Herbert Heyes, Shepperd Strudwick, Frieda Inescort ..
Directed by: George Stevens
Release date: 1951-06-12

The Enforcer

7.3/10 IMDB

After years of investigation, Assistant District Attorney Martin Ferguson has managed to build a solid case against an elusive gangster whose top lieutenant is about to testify.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Zero Mostel, Ted de Corsia, Everett Sloane, Roy Roberts, Michael Tolan, King Donovan, Bob Steele, Adelaide Klein, Don Beddoe ..
Directed by: Bretaigne Windust, Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1951-02-24
Best Thriller Movies of 1951 : The Tall Target

The Tall Target

7.3/10 IMDB

A detective tries to prevent the assassination of President-elect Abraham Lincoln during a train ride headed for Washington in 1861.

Starring: Dick Powell, Paula Raymond, Adolphe Menjou, Marshall Thompson, Ruby Dee, Richard Rober, Leif Erickson, Will Geer, Florence Bates, Leslie Kimmell ..
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Release date: 1951-08-17

His Kind of Woman

7.0/10 IMDB

In a desperate attempt to get out of debt, career gambler Dan Milner agrees to rendezvous with a mysterious contact at a distant Mexican resort in exchange for $50,000. Upon arriving, Milner meets his fellow guests, including a plastic surgeon, a philandering movie star and his beautiful girlfriend. Soon Milner discovers that the man who hired him may be the ruthless gangster Nick Ferraro -- a deported crime boss looking to re-enter the USA.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, Vincent Price, Tim Holt, Charles McGraw, Marjorie Reynolds, Raymond Burr, Leslie Banning, Jim Backus, Philip Van Zandt ..
Directed by: John Farrow, Richard Fleischer
Release date: 1951-08-15
Best Thriller Movies of 1951 : Kind Lady

Kind Lady

7.1/10 IMDB

Mary Herries has a passion for art and fine furniture. Even though she is getting on in years, she enjoys being around these priceless articles. One day she meets a strange young painter named Elcott, who uses his painting skill to enter into her life. Little does she expect that his only interest in Mary is to covet everything she has.

Starring: Ethel Barrymore, Maurice Evans, Angela Lansbury, Keenan Wynn, Betsy Blair, John Williams, Doris Lloyd, John O'Malley, Henri Letondal, Moyna MacGill ..
Directed by: John Sturges
Release date: 1951-06-20

Fourteen Hours

7.1/10 IMDB

A young man, morally destroyed by his parents not loving him and by the fear of being not capable to make his girlfriend happy, rises on the ledge of a building with the intention of committing suicide. A policeman makes every effort to argue him out of it.

Starring: Paul Douglas, Richard Basehart, Barbara Bel Geddes, Debra Paget, Agnes Moorehead, Robert Keith, Howard Da Silva, Jeffrey Hunter, Martin Gabel, Grace Kelly ..
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1951-04-01

The Prowler

7.2/10 IMDB

Los Angeles, California. A cop who, unhappy with his job, blames others for his work problems, is assigned to investigate the case of a prowler who stalks the home of a married woman.

Starring: Van Heflin, Evelyn Keyes, John Maxwell, Katherine Warren, Emerson Treacy, Madge Blake, Wheaton Chambers, Robert Osterloh, Sherry Hall, Louise Lorimer ..
Directed by: Joseph Losey
Release date: 1951-05-25

Cry Danger

7.3/10 IMDB

After serving five years of a life sentence, Rocky Mulloy hopes to clear his friend who's still in prison for the same crime.

Starring: Dick Powell, Rhonda Fleming, Richard Erdman, William Conrad, Regis Toomey, Jean Porter, Joan Banks, Jay Adler, Renny McEvoy, Lou Lubin ..
Directed by: Robert Parrish, Dick Powell
Release date: 1951-02-23

He Ran All the Way

7.0/10 IMDB

A crook on the run hides out in an innocent girl's apartment.

Starring: John Garfield, Shelley Winters, Wallace Ford, Selena Royle, Robert Hyatt, Gladys George, Keith Hetherington, Norman Lloyd, Clancy Cooper, Robert Karnes ..
Directed by: John Berry
Release date: 1951-06-20

Decision Before Dawn

7.2/10 IMDB

WWII is entering its last phase: Germany is in ruins, but does not yield. The US army lacks crucial knowledge about the German units operating on the opposite side of the Rhine, and decides to send two German prisoners to gather information. The scheme is risky: the Gestapo retains a terribly efficient network to identify and capture spies and deserters. Moreover, it is not clear that "Tiger", who does not mind any dirty work as long as the price is right, and war-weary "Happy", who might be easily betrayed by his feelings, are dependable agents. After Tiger and another American agent are successfully infiltrated, Happy is parachuted in Bavaria. His duty: find out the whereabouts of a powerful German armored unit moving towards the western front.

Starring: Richard Basehart, Gary Merrill, Oskar Werner, Hildegard Knef, Dominique Blanchar, O.E. Hasse, Wilfried Seyferth, Hans Christian Blech, Helene Thimig, George Tyne ..
Directed by: Anatole Litvak
Release date: 1951-12-21

On Dangerous Ground

7.2/10 IMDB

A big-city cop is reassigned to the country after his superiors find him too angry to be an effective policeman. While on his temporary assignment he assists in a manhunt of a suspected murderer.

Starring: Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan, Ward Bond, Charles Kemper, Anthony Ross, Ed Begley, Ian Wolfe, Sumner Williams, Gus Schilling, Frank Ferguson ..
Directed by: Nicholas Ray, Ida Lupino
Release date: 1951-12-13

The Mob

7.1/10 IMDB

An undercover officer tracks waterfront corruption from California to New Orleans and back.

Starring: Broderick Crawford, Betty Buehler, Richard Kiley, Otto Hulett, Matt Crowley, Neville Brand, Ernest Borgnine, Walter Klavun, Lynn Baggett, Jean Alexander ..
Directed by: Robert Parrish
Release date: 1951-09-07

The Man with a Cloak

6.6/10 IMDB

Set in 19th-century New York, this mystery begins when a Frenchwoman shows up at the home of one of Napoleon's former marshals. The alcoholic man is badly crippled and slowly dying, but this doesn't stop the forthright lady from pushing him to change his will to include his estranged grandson so that he can help out the struggling French Republic. Unfortunately, the dying man's conniving housekeeper and butler, already planning murder to get the money themselves, overhear her and begin plotting her demise.

Starring: Joseph Cotten, Barbara Stanwyck, Louis Calhern, Leslie Caron, Joe De Santis, Jim Backus, Margaret Wycherly, Richard Hale, Nicholas Joy, Roy Roberts ..
Directed by: Fletcher Markle
Release date: 1951-11-27

Another Man's Poison

6.8/10 IMDB

Novelist Janet Frobisher, lives in an isolated house, having been separated for years from her criminal husband. She has fallen in love with her secretary's fiancé and when her estranged husband unexpectedly appears, Janet poisons him, but just as she's about to dispose of the body, one of her husband's criminal cohorts also shows up.

Starring: Bette Davis, Gary Merrill, Emlyn Williams, Anthony Steel, Barbara Murray, Reginald Beckwith, Edna Morris ..
Directed by: Irving Rapper
Release date: 1951-11-20

The House on Telegraph Hill

6.9/10 IMDB

Concentration camp survivor Victoria Kowelska finds herself involved in mystery, greed, and murder when she assumes the identity of a dead friend in order to gain passage to America.

Starring: Richard Basehart, Valentina Cortese, William Lundigan, Fay Baker, Gordon Gebert, Steven Geray, Herbert Butterfield, Kei Thin Chung, John Burton, Katherine Meskill ..
Directed by: Robert Wise
Release date: 1951-05-12
Best Thriller Movies of 1951 : The Racket

The Racket

6.7/10 IMDB

Mobster Nick Scanlon has managed to buy several of the local government and law-enforcement officials. However, he can't seem to touch the incorruptible police captain Tom McQuigg, who refuses all attempts at bribery. Prosecuting attorney, Welch, and a police detective, Turck, are crooked and make McQuigg's job as an honest officer nearly impossible.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Lizabeth Scott, Robert Ryan, William Talman, Ray Collins, Joyce Mackenzie, Robert Hutton, Virginia Huston, William Conrad, Walter Sande ..
Directed by: John Cromwell
Release date: 1951-10-25
Best Thriller Movies of 1951 : M


6.8/10 IMDB

Remake of the 1931 Fritz Lang original. In the city, someone is murdering children. The Police search is so intense, it is disturbing the 'normal' criminals, and the local hoods decide to help find the murderer as quickly as possible.

Starring: David Wayne, Howard Da Silva, Martin Gabel, Luther Adler, Steve Brodie, Raymond Burr, Glenn Anders, Norman Lloyd, Walter Burke, John Miljan ..
Directed by: Joseph Losey
Release date: 1951-03-01

Cause for Alarm!

6.4/10 IMDB

A bedridden and gravely ill man believes his wife and doctor are conspiring to kill him, and outlines his suspicions in a letter.

Starring: Loretta Young, Barry Sullivan, Bruce Cowling, Margalo Gillmore, Brad Morrow, Irving Bacon, Georgia Backus, Don Haggerty, Art Baker, Richard Anderson ..
Directed by: Tay Garnett
Release date: 1951-03-30

The Strange Door

6.3/10 IMDB

The wicked Alain plots an elaborate revenge against his younger brother Edmund, leading to a deadly confrontation in his dungeon deathtrap.

Starring: Charles Laughton, Boris Karloff, Sally Forrest, Richard Wyler, William Cottrell, Alan Napier, Morgan Farley, Paul Cavanagh, Michael Pate, Marion Gray ..
Directed by: Joseph Pevney
Release date: 1951-06-21
Best Thriller Movies of 1951 : Chicago Calling

Chicago Calling

7.1/10 IMDB

Bill Cannon (Dan Duryea) loses everything to alcohol: his job, his family, his self-respect. Soon after his wife and daughter leave him, he receives word his little girl has been injured in a car accident outside Chicago. His wife will call later with news, but Bill’s short the $53 he needs to keep his phone from being disconnected. Filled with anguish, he heads out onto the Los Angeles streets to find some way to come up with the cash. As his character encounters expected cruelty and unexpected kindness, Duryea takes what might have been mere melodrama and turns it into a perceptive examination of one shattered soul. The other fine star of this race-against-the-clock programmer is an unglamorous, lunch-bucket L.A. rarely captured on film.

Starring: Dan Duryea, Mary Anderson, Gordon Gebert, Ross Elliott, Melinda Casey, Judy Brubaker, Marcia Mae Jones, Marsha Jones, Roy Engel ..
Directed by: John Reinhardt
Release date: 1951-12-31

The Man from Planet X

5.7/10 IMDB

While watching for a planet that may collide with earth, scientists stationed in Scotland are approached by a visitor from outer space.

Starring: Robert Clarke, Margaret Field, Raymond Bond, William Schallert, Roy Engel, David Ormont, Gilbert Fallman, Pat Goldin, Tom Daly, June Jeffery ..
Directed by: Edgar G. Ulmer
Release date: 1951-04-27
Best Thriller Movies of 1951 : Lightning Strikes Twice

Lightning Strikes Twice

6.5/10 IMDB

Sent to a dude ranch in the west to recover her health, a New York actress falls in love with a ranch owner recently acquitted of the murder of his wife.

Starring: Ruth Roman, Richard Todd, Mercedes McCambridge, Zachary Scott, Frank Conroy, Kathryn Givney, Rhys Williams, Darryl Hickman, Nacho Galindo, Marjorie Bennett ..
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1951-04-12
Best Thriller Movies of 1951 : The Big Night

The Big Night

6.3/10 IMDB

A young man zigzags through the sordid vortex of downtown Los Angeles while seeking vengeance on the man that beat his father.

Starring: John Drew Barrymore, Preston Foster, Joan Lorring, Howard St. John, Dorothy Comingore, Philip Bourneuf, Howland Chamberlain, Myron Healey, Emile Meyer, Mauri Lynn ..
Directed by: Joseph Losey
Release date: 1951-12-07
Best Thriller Movies of 1951 : Missing Women

Missing Women

6.4/10 IMDB

A woman becomes desperate to find a pair of car thieves after her husband -- while on their honeymoon -- is killed during a robbery.

Starring: Penny Edwards, John Alvin, James Millican, John Gallaudet, James Brown, Robert Shayne, Fritz Feld, Marlo Dwyer, Ralph Sanford, John Hedloe ..
Directed by: Philip Ford
Release date: 1951-02-23
Best Thriller Movies of 1951 : Cloudburst


6.6/10 IMDB

Canadian World War II veteran John Graham (Robert Preston) works in London as a code breaker. Tragedy strikes when his pregnant wife, Carol (Elizabeth Sellars), is accidentally run over by two crooks who are speeding away from the scene of a murder. Haunted, grieving, and thirsting for revenge, Graham sets out to find the two fugitive murderers.

Starring: Robert Preston, Elizabeth Sellars, Colin Tapley, Sheila Burrell, Harold Lang, Mary Germaine, Stanley Baker, Edith Sharpe, Edward Lexy, Lyn Evans ..
Directed by: Francis Searle
Release date: 1951-01-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1951 : Circle of Danger

Circle of Danger

6.3/10 IMDB

An American comes to Britain to investigate the murky circumstances of his brother's death that occurred during a WW2 commando raid.

Starring: Ray Milland, Patricia Roc, Marius Goring, Hugh Sinclair, Naunton Wayne, Edward Rigby, Marjorie Fielding, John Bailey, Colin Gordon, Dora Bryan ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1951-04-17
Best Thriller Movies of 1951 : The Dark Man

The Dark Man

6.3/10 IMDB

A killer called 'The Dark Man' commits double murder. This is witnessed by the young aspiring actress Molly Lester. The Dark Man tries everything to put Molly out of the way. Detective Inspector Viner of Scotland Yard investigates the murders.

Starring: William Hartnell, Edward Underdown, Maxwell Reed, Natasha Parry, Barbara Murray, Robert Long, Cyril Smith, Leonard White, Ernest Haines ..
Directed by: Jeffrey Dell
Release date: 1951-01-22

Flight To Mars

5.1/10 IMDB

Four scientists and a newsman crash land on Mars and meet martians who act friendly.

Starring: Marguerite Chapman, Cameron Mitchell, Arthur Franz, Virginia Huston, John Litel, Morris Ankrum, Richard Gaines, Lucille Barkley, Robert Barrat, Edward Earle ..
Directed by: Lesley Selander
Release date: 1951-11-11
Best Thriller Movies of 1951 : The Hoodlum

The Hoodlum

6.2/10 IMDB

Vincent Lubeck is a vicious ex-convict. His criminal activities are despised by his family, but he uses and abuses them in the course of his crimes. Eventually his own brother must stand up to him.

Starring: Lawrence Tierney, Allene Roberts, Marjorie Riordan, Lisa Golm, Edward Tierney, Stuart Randall, Angela Stevens, John De Simone, Tom Hubbard, Eddie Foster ..
Directed by: Max Nosseck
Release date: 1951-07-05
Best Thriller Movies of 1951 : The Scarf

The Scarf

6.7/10 IMDB

A man believe to have murdered a woman, escapes from the insane asylum to find if he was the one to actually kill her using the scarf she was wearing.

Starring: John Ireland, Mercedes McCambridge, James Barton, Emlyn Williams, Lloyd Gough, Basil Ruysdael, David Wolfe, Harry Shannon, Celia Lovsky, David McMahon ..
Directed by: E.A. Dupont
Release date: 1951-04-06
Best Thriller Movies of 1951 : High Treason

High Treason

6.7/10 IMDB

Men from Scotland Yard and military intelligence build a dossier on a sabotage ring.

Starring: Liam Redmond, André Morell, Anthony Bushell, Kenneth Griffith, Patric Doonan, Joan Hickson, Anthony Nicholls, Mary Morris, Geoffrey Keen, Stuart Lindsell ..
Directed by: Roy Boulting
Release date: 1951-11-13
Best Thriller Movies of 1951 : The Fat Man

The Fat Man

6.2/10 IMDB

A innocent dentist is murdered and the only apparent motive seems to be to steal a set of dental x-rays. To the police it looks like an accident, but private eye Brad Runyan thinks there's more to it.

Starring: J. Scott Smart, Julie London, Rock Hudson, Clinton Sundberg, Jayne Meadows, John Russell, Jerome Cowan, Emmett Kelly, Lucille Barkley, Robert Osterloh ..
Directed by: William Castle
Release date: 1951-05-19
Best Thriller Movies of 1951 : Home to Danger

Home to Danger

5.9/10 IMDB

A young woman becomes a murder target after inheriting her estranged father's estate.

Starring: Guy Rolfe, Rona Anderson, Francis Lister, Alan Wheatley, Bruce Belfrage, Peter Jones, Stanley Baker, Dennis Harkin ..
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Release date: 1951-08-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1951 : Green Grow the Rushes

Green Grow the Rushes

5.9/10 IMDB

Efforts to move Britain into the modern age don't sit well with the people of the small village of Anderia Marsh, who have claimed a right (going back to Henry III) to evade government-imposed import duties and taxes. And when the government decides to curb this right, the whole village quietly rises up in a comical rebellion. After their vessel runs aground during a storm and is impounded by the British authorities, local smugglers must find a way of disposing of their contraband brandy cargo before it's discovered by the Customs Officers.

Starring: Roger Livesey, Honor Blackman, Richard Burton, Frederick Leister, John Salew, Colin Gordon, Geoffrey Keen, Cyril Smith, Eliot Makeham, Jack McNaughton ..
Directed by: Derek N. Twist
Release date: 1951-11-06
Best Thriller Movies of 1951 : Three Steps North

Three Steps North

6.3/10 IMDB

An ex-American GI returns to Italy to find some money he stashed before doing a prison term. He discovers his cash is now gone and quickly sets off on a manhunt to find out who stole his buried fortune.

Starring: Lloyd Bridges, Lea Padovani, Aldo Fabrizi, William Tubbs, Dino Galvani, Adriano Ambrogi, Gianni Rizzo, Peggy Doro, Adam Genette ..
Directed by: W. Lee Wilder
Release date: 1951-06-28

The Raging Tide

6.3/10 IMDB

A San Francisco hood is rubbed out by rival Bruno Felkin, who himself reports the crime to Homicide Lt. Kelsey in an alibi scheme which fails. To escape, he stows away on a fishing boat. At sea, skipper Hamil Linder receives Bruno kindly, teaching him fishing; Bruno enlists Hamil's wayward son Carl to tend his slot machines. Then Carl takes an interest in Bruno's girl Connie. Climax in a storm at sea.

Starring: Shelley Winters, Richard Conte, Stephen McNally, Charles Bickford, Alex Nicol, John McIntire, Tito Vuolo, Chubby Johnson, Minerva Urecal, Irvin Berwick ..
Directed by: George Sherman
Release date: 1951-11-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1951 : The Man with My Face

The Man with My Face

6.1/10 IMDB

A man discovers that an evil twin has taken over his life.

Starring: Barry Nelson, Carole Mathews, John Harvey, Lynn Ainley, Jim Boles, Jack Warden, Henry Lascoe, Johnny Kane, Chinita, Hazel Sherman ..
Directed by: Edward Montagne
Release date: 1951-06-14
Best Thriller Movies of 1951 : I Was a Communist for the FBI

I Was a Communist for the FBI

6.1/10 IMDB

A fact-based story about a man who posed as an American Communist for years as part of a secret plan to infiltrate their organization.

Starring: Frank Lovejoy, Dorothy Hart, Philip Carey, James Millican, Richard Webb, Konstantin Shayne, Paul Picerni, Edward Norris, Ron Hagerthy, Hugh Sanders ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1951-05-02
Best Thriller Movies of 1951 : Danger Zone

Danger Zone

5.1/10 IMDB

A San Francisco man is paid to bid on a saxophone and escort a woman to a yacht party.

Starring: Hugh Beaumont, Edward Brophy, Richard Travis, Tom Neal, Pamela Blake, Virginia Dale ..
Directed by: William Berke
Release date: 1951-04-20
Best Thriller Movies of 1951 : Blackmailed


7.3/10 IMDB

A blackmailer is murdered, and those who witnessed the scene agree to keep quiet; the complication is that the scene is also witnessed by a young artist, a victim of blackmail as well. (BFI Website)

Starring: Mai Zetterling, Fay Compton, Dirk Bogarde, Robert Flemyng, Michael Gough, James Robertson Justice, Joan Rice, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Cyril Chamberlain, Harold Huth ..
Directed by: Marc Allégret
Release date: 1951-01-30
Best Thriller Movies of 1951 : Rogue River

Rogue River

7.2/10 IMDB

The story of Ownie Rodgers, the nephew of crooked Oregon police chief Joe Dandridge. A $70,000 windfall, bequeathed to Dandridge by a man he'd once framed on a bank robbery charge, unleashes innumerable family skeletons. Ownie is obliged to solve the long-ago bank job himself, and in so doing he discovers that his "faithful" girl friend Judy was in on the scheme.

Starring: Rory Calhoun, Peter Graves, Frank Fenton, Ralph Sanford, George Stern, Ellye Mravak, Roy Engel, Jane Liddell, Bob Rose, Stephen Roberts ..
Directed by: John Rawlins
Release date: 1951-02-15
Best Thriller Movies of 1951 : The Black Widow

The Black Widow

6.3/10 IMDB

Robert Ayres is driving down a country lane when he comes across someone laying in the middle of the road. Thinking it is someone who has been hit by a car he stops to see if he can help. What he gets for his efforts is a vicious belt to the head from a lead cosh. He is then relieved of his wallet and his car. Several minutes later having somewhat recovered, he staggers to a nearby farmhouse and collapses.

Starring: Christine Norden, Robert Ayres, Jennifer Jayne, Anthony Forwood, John Harvey, John Longden, Madoline Thomas, Joan Carol ..
Directed by: Vernon Sewell
Release date: 1951-10-22
Best Thriller Movies of 1951 : Peking Express

Peking Express

5.8/10 IMDB

A group of refugees fleeing Chinese Communist rule via train are beset by a gang of terrifying outlaws.

Starring: Joseph Cotten, Corinne Calvet, Edmund Gwenn, Marvin Miller, Benson Fong, Soo Yong, Alfredo Santos, Leon Lontoc, Victor Sen Yung ..
Directed by: William Dieterle
Release date: 1951-08-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1951 : Flame Of Stamboul

Flame Of Stamboul

5.3/10 IMDB

An American agent working undercover as a cafe pianist in Cairo sets out to capture a notorious spy and jewel thief known as "The Voice". Director Ray Nazarro's 1951 drama stars Richard Denning, Lisa Ferraday, Norman Lloyd, George Zucco, Nestor Paiva, Donald Randolph and Dick Elliott.

Starring: Richard Denning, Lisa Ferraday, Norman Lloyd, Nestor Paiva, George Zucco, Donald Randolph ..
Directed by: Ray Nazarro
Release date: 1951-03-05

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