Best Thriller Movies of 1952

1.

High Noon

5.7
7.9/10 IMDB

Will Kane, the sheriff of a small town in New Mexico, learns a notorious outlaw he put in jail has been freed, and will be arriving on the noon train. Knowing the outlaw and his gang are coming to kill him, Kane is determined to stand his ground, so he gathers a posse from among the local townspeople.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado, Otto Kruger, Lon Chaney Jr., Harry Morgan, Ian MacDonald, Eve McVeagh ..
Directed by: Fred Zinnemann
Release date: 1952-06-09
2.

The Narrow Margin

4.0
7.7/10 IMDB

A tough cop meets his match when he has to guard a gangster's widow on a tense train ride.

Starring: Charles McGraw, Jacqueline White, Marie Windsor, David Clarke, Gordon Gebert, Queenie Leonard, Peter Virgo, Don Beddoe, Paul Maxey, Harry Harvey ..
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Release date: 1952-05-03
3.

Sudden Fear

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

Actor Lester Blaine has all but landed the lead in Myra Hudson's new play when Myra vetoes him because, to her, he doesn't look like a "romantic leading man." On a train from New York to San Francisco, Blaine sets out to prove Myra wrong...by romancing her. Is he sincere, or does he have a dark ulterior motive?

Starring: Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, Gloria Grahame, Bruce Bennett, Virginia Huston, Mike Connors, Bess Flowers ..
Directed by: David Miller
Release date: 1952-08-01
4.

Kansas City Confidential

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

A down-on-his-luck ex-GI finds himself framed for an armored car robbery. When he's finally released for lack of evidence--after having been beaten up and tortured by the police--he sets out to discover who set him up, and why. The trail leads him into Mexico and a web of hired killers and corrupt cops.

Starring: John Payne, Coleen Gray, Preston Foster, Neville Brand, Lee Van Cleef, Jack Elam, Dona Drake, Mario Siletti, Howard Negley, Carleton Young ..
Directed by: Phil Karlson
Release date: 1952-11-11
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5.

Scandal Sheet

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

A tabloid editor assigns a young reporter to solve a murder the editor committed himself.

Starring: Broderick Crawford, Donna Reed, John Derek, Rosemary DeCamp, Henry O'Neill, Harry Morgan, James Millican, Griff Barnett, Jonathan Hale, Gertrude Astor ..
Directed by: Phil Karlson
Release date: 1952-01-16
6.

The Sniper

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Eddie Miller struggles with his hatred of women, he's especially bothered by seeing women with their lovers. He starts a killing spree as a sniper by shooting women from far distances. In an attempt to get caught, he writes an anonymous letter to the police begging them to stop him.

Starring: Adolphe Menjou, Arthur Franz, Gerald Mohr, Marie Windsor, Frank Faylen, Richard Kiley, Mabel Paige, Marlo Dwyer, Geraldine Carr, Carl Benton Reid ..
Directed by: Edward Dmytryk
Release date: 1952-05-09
7.

Park Row

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

In New York's 1880's newspaper district a dedicated journalist manages to set up his own paper. It is an immediate success but attracts increasing opposition from one of the bigger papers and its newspaper heiress owner.

Starring: Gene Evans, Mary Welch, Bela Kovacs, Herbert Heyes, Tina Pine, George O'Hanlon, J. M. Kerrigan, Forrest Taylor, Don Orlando, Neyle Morrow ..
Directed by: Samuel Fuller
Release date: 1952-09-01
8.

Affair in Trinidad

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

A nightclub singer enlists her brother-in-law to track down her husband's killer.

Starring: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, Alexander Scourby, Valerie Bettis, Torin Thatcher, Howard Wendell, Karel Stepanek, George Voskovec, Steven Geray, Walter Kohler ..
Directed by: Vincent Sherman
Release date: 1952-07-29
9.

Hunted

2.9
7.4/10 IMDB

An unusual relationship develops between a fugitive killer and a runaway orphan on an odyssey across England.

Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Jon Whiteley, Elizabeth Sellars, Kay Walsh, Frederick Piper, Julian Somers, Jane Aird, Geoffrey Keen, Jack Stewart, Douglas Blackwell ..
Directed by: Charles Crichton
Release date: 1952-03-17
10.

Big Jim McLain

2.9
5.4/10 IMDB

House Un-American Activities Committee investigators Jim McLain and Mal Baxter come to post war Hawaii to track Communist Party activities even though belonging to the party was legal at the time. They are interested in everything from insurance fraud to the sabotage of a U.S. naval vessel.

Starring: John Wayne, Nancy Olson, James Arness, Alan Napier, Veda Ann Borg, Hans Conried, Hal Baylor, Gayne Whitman, Gordon Jones, Robert Keys ..
Directed by: Edward Ludwig
Release date: 1952-08-30

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