Best Thriller Movies of 1952


High Noon

8.0/10 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 attempts to gather 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

The Narrow Margin

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, William Cameron Menzies
Release date: 1952-05-03

Sudden Fear

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 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, Harold Miller, Bert Stevens ..
Directed by: David Miller
Release date: 1952-08-07

Don't Bother to Knock

6.8/10 IMDB

Jed, an airline pilot, is resting in a hotel when he notices Nell, a young woman babysitting for a wealthy couple. As Jed gets to know Nell better he realises that the woman is not as stable as perhaps she should be.

Starring: Richard Widmark, Marilyn Monroe, Anne Bancroft, Donna Corcoran, Jeanne Cagney, Lurene Tuttle, Elisha Cook Jr., Jim Backus, Verna Felton, Willis Bouchey ..
Directed by: Roy Ward Baker
Release date: 1952-07-18

5 Fingers

7.7/10 IMDB

During WWII, the valet to the British Ambassador to Ankara sells British secrets to the Germans while trying to romance a refugee Polish countess.

Starring: James Mason, Danielle Darrieux, Michael Rennie, Walter Hampden, Oskar Karlweis, Herbert Berghof, John Wengraf, Ben Astar, Roger Plowden, Diane Adrian ..
Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Release date: 1952-02-22

Scandal Sheet

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

Kansas City Confidential

7.3/10 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


7.4/10 IMDB

An unexpected bond 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

The Sniper

7.1/10 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

Park Row

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
Best Thriller Movies of 1952 : The Steel Trap

The Steel Trap

6.9/10 IMDB

Joseph Cotten plays an assistant bank manager who steals $1,000,000 from the safe late on a Friday and then plans to flee to Brazil over the weekend.

Starring: Joseph Cotten, Teresa Wright, Jonathan Hale, Walter Sande, Eddie Marr, Carleton Young, Katherine Warren, Tom Powers, Stephanie King, Aline Towne ..
Directed by: Andrew L. Stone
Release date: 1952-11-12
Best Thriller Movies of 1952 : The Turning Point

The Turning Point

6.8/10 IMDB

Special prosecutor John Conroy hopes to combat organized crime in his city and appoints his cop father Matt as chief investigator. John doesn't understand why Matt is reluctant, but cynical reporter Jerry McKibbon thinks he knows: he's seen Matt with mob lieutenant Harrigan. Jerry's friendship with John is tested by the question of what to do about Matt, and by his attraction to John's girl Amanda. Meanwhile, the threatened racketeers adopt increasingly violent means of defense.

Starring: William Holden, Edmond O'Brien, Alexis Smith, Tom Tully, Ed Begley, Danny Dayton, Adele Longmire, Ray Teal, Ted de Corsia, Don Porter ..
Directed by: William Dieterle
Release date: 1952-07-12
Best Thriller Movies of 1952 : The Kill

The Kill

6.1/10 IMDB

Jeff and his family just moved into a small, rural community. When two sinister locals tamper with Jeff's water pump, a fight breaks out among the three. Jeff is seen as a fugitive in the eyes of this bloodthirsty community...and there seems to be no way to stop them.

Starring: Dick Foran, Nina Foch, Grace Kelly, Paul Langton, Harry Townes, Don Hanmer, Carl Frank, George Mitchell, Betty Furness ..
Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner
Release date: 1952-09-22

Affair in Trinidad

6.6/10 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, Karl Stepanek, George Voskovec, Steven Geray, Walter Kohler ..
Directed by: Vincent Sherman
Release date: 1952-07-29
Best Thriller Movies of 1952 : The Black Castle

The Black Castle

6.3/10 IMDB

A Man investigates the disappearance of two of his friends who were the guests of a sinister Austrian count.

Starring: Richard Greene, Boris Karloff, Stephen McNally, Rita Corday, Lon Chaney Jr., John Hoyt, Michael Pate, Nancy Valentine, Tudor Owen, Henry Corden ..
Directed by: Nathan H. Juran
Release date: 1952-11-20
Best Thriller Movies of 1952 : The Thief

The Thief

6.7/10 IMDB

A chance accident causes a nuclear physicist, who's selling top secret material to the Russians, to fall under FBI scrutiny and go on the run.

Starring: Ray Milland, Martin Gabel, Harry Bronson, Rita Vale, Rex O'Malley, Rita Gam, John McKutcheon, Joe Conlin ..
Directed by: Russell Rouse
Release date: 1952-10-15

Big Jim McLain

5.1/10 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
Best Thriller Movies of 1952 : Emergency Call

Emergency Call

6.2/10 IMDB

A 5-year-old child is diagnosed with leukaemia and has only days to live. Her only hope is a blood transfusion, but her blood type is extremely rare, so the race is on to find the donors.

Starring: Jack Warner, Anthony Steel, Joy Shelton, Sid James, Earl Cameron, Thora Hird, Freddie Mills, John Robinson, Eric Pohlmann, Sydney Tafler ..
Directed by: Lewis Gilbert
Release date: 1952-05-19
Best Thriller Movies of 1952 : Venetian Bird

Venetian Bird

6.4/10 IMDB

Private eye Edward Mercer travels to Venice to locate a man due a reward for his aid in the war. Shortly after arriving, he becomes the prime suspect in the murder of his local contact. In his quest to clear his name, Mercer uncovers a conspiracy. Even the local magistrate seems to be working against him, and Mercer begins to suspect the man he came to find is behind it all.

Starring: Richard Todd, Eva Bartok, John Gregson, George Coulouris, Margot Grahame, Walter Rilla, John Bailey, Sid James, Martin Boddey, Michael Balfour ..
Directed by: Ralph Thomas
Release date: 1952-10-01

The Devil Makes Three

6.2/10 IMDB

Jeff Elliot is an American GI investigating a black market gang in Munich.

Starring: Gene Kelly, Pier Angeli, Richard Rober, Richard Egan, Claus Clausen, Wilfried Seyferth, Margot Hielscher, Heinrich Gretler, Annie Rosar, Otto Gebühr ..
Directed by: Andrew Marton
Release date: 1952-09-19
Best Thriller Movies of 1952 : Without Warning!

Without Warning!

6.6/10 IMDB

Police track a serial killer.

Starring: Adam Williams, Meg Randall, Harlan Warde, Edward Binns, John Maxwell, Angela Stevens, Byron Kane, Charles Tannen, Marilee Phelps, Robert Foulk ..
Directed by: Arnold Laven
Release date: 1952-05-08
Best Thriller Movies of 1952 : Crow Hollow

Crow Hollow

6.1/10 IMDB

A greedy woman tries to poison her nephew's bride in a dark mansion.

Starring: Donald Houston, Natasha Parry, Patricia Owens, Esma Cannon, Nora Nicholson, Susan Richmond, Meadows White, Melissa Stribling, Ewen Solon, Denis Webb ..
Directed by: Michael McCarthy
Release date: 1952-08-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1952 : Night Without Sleep

Night Without Sleep

5.9/10 IMDB

Upon awaking in the morning, a man finds his thoughts clouded by the possibility that he committed a murder.

Starring: Gary Merrill, Linda Darnell, Hildegard Knef, Joyce Mackenzie, June Vincent, Donald Randolph, Hugh Beaumont, Mae Marsh, Jack Boyle, Benny Carter ..
Directed by: Roy Ward Baker
Release date: 1952-09-26
Best Thriller Movies of 1952 : Murder at the Grange

Murder at the Grange

5.8/10 IMDB

A former police detective turned private investigator is approached by two elderly sisters, who say that someone is terrorising them, but it turns out that the man they believe is responsible is long since dead.

Starring: Tod Slaughter, Patrick Barr, Margaret Boyd, Tucker McGuire ..
Directed by: Victor M. Gover
Release date: 1952-12-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1952 : Confidence Girl

Confidence Girl

5.9/10 IMDB

After successfully swindling thousands of dollars from hapless victims, conflicted con artist Mary (Hillary Brooke) decides to go straight, but her greedy boyfriend and partner, Roger (Tom Conway), convinces her to pull off one final scam before they get married. Written and directed by Andrew L. Stone, this classic crime film finds the police struggling to keep up with the deceptive duo's exceedingly complicated schemes.

Starring: Tom Conway, Hillary Brooke, Eddie Marr, Dan Riss, John Gallaudet, Jack Kruschen, Walter Kingsford, Paul Livermore, Aline Towne, Helen Van Tuyl ..
Directed by: Andrew L. Stone
Release date: 1952-06-20
Best Thriller Movies of 1952 : Stolen Face

Stolen Face

6.1/10 IMDB

A doctor changes a woman's face to match the one that broke his heart. Trouble starts when his love returns.

Starring: Paul Henreid, Lizabeth Scott, André Morell, Mary Mackenzie, John Wood, Susan Stephen, Arnold Ridley, Diana Beaumont, Cyril Smith, Terence O'Regan ..
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Release date: 1952-05-01

Assignment: Paris

6.1/10 IMDB

Paris-based New York Herald Tribune reporter Jimmy Race (Andrews) is sent by his boss (Sanders) behind the Iron Curtain in Budapest to investigate a meeting involving the Hungarian ambassador.

Starring: Dana Andrews, George Sanders, Audrey Totter, Märta Torén, Sandro Giglio, Donald Randolph, Herbert Berghof, Ben Astar, Willis Bouchey, Earl Lee ..
Directed by: Robert Parrish
Release date: 1952-09-04
Best Thriller Movies of 1952 : Bomba and the Jungle Girl

Bomba and the Jungle Girl

5.4/10 IMDB

Bomba decides to find out who his parents were. He starts with Cody Casson's diary and follows the trail to a native village. An ancient blind woman tells him his parents and the village's true ruler were murdered by the current chieftain and his daughter.

Starring: Johnny Sheffield, Karen Sharpe, Walter Sande, Suzette Harbin, Martin Wilkins, Morris Buchanan, Leonard Mudie, Don Blackman, Amanda Randolph, Roy Glenn ..
Directed by: Ford Beebe
Release date: 1952-12-07
Best Thriller Movies of 1952 : Lady Possessed

Lady Possessed

6.2/10 IMDB

A pianist takes his ailing wife out of a London hospital at the same time that another female patient there has suffered a miscarriage. Afterwards, the second woman feels empty and withdrawn, and, thinking that getting her away from London will help, her husband takes her to live at a country estate, which turns out to be the former residence of the pianist who left after his wife died. The woman begins to get visions of the wife and her final days; is she becoming possessed by the dead wife of the pianist?

Starring: James Mason, June Havoc, Stephen Dunne, Fay Compton, Pamela Mason, Steven Geray, Diana Graves, Odette Myrtil, Eileen Erskine, John Monaghan ..
Directed by: William Spier
Release date: 1952-01-26

The Atomic City

6.1/10 IMDB

Spies hold the son of a nuclear physicist (Gene Barry) hostage in exchange for the Los Alamos bomb formula.

Starring: Gene Barry, Lydia Clarke, Michael Moore, Nancy Gates, Lee Aaker, Milburn Stone, Bert Freed, Frank Cady, Houseley Stevenson Jr., Leonard Strong ..
Directed by: Jerry Hopper
Release date: 1952-05-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1952 : The Gambler and the Lady

The Gambler and the Lady

5.8/10 IMDB

A greedy but successful professional gambler wants to join the British Establishment when he falls in love with a blue-blooded lady. But first he must mend his ways and then dump his nightclub singer girl friend. She's not so easy to get rid of, neither is his past.

Starring: Dane Clark, Kathleen Byron, Naomi Chance, Meredith Edwards, Anthony Forwood, Eric Pohlmann, Enzo Coticchia, Julian Somers, Anthony Ireland, Thomas Gallagher ..
Directed by: Patrick Jenkins
Release date: 1952-12-26
Best Thriller Movies of 1952 : 13 East Street

13 East Street

5.8/10 IMDB

When police inspector Gerald Blake wants to infiltrate a London stolen-goods gang, he does a thorough job of it. First, he robs a jewelry store, gets caught and is sentenced to prison. Then he teams up with gang-member Joey to make their escape. Once in the gang, Blake identifies the boss, Larry, and most of the other thieves, but not the "inside man." As a big fur job looms closer, the detective's task is complicated by the playful but seductive advances of Judy, a dazzling blonde who happens also to be the jealous Larry's girl friend.

Starring: Patrick Holt, Sandra Dorne, Sonia Holm, Robert Ayres, Dora Bryan, Michael Balfour, Michael Brennan ..
Directed by: Robert S. Baker
Release date: 1952-03-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1952 : The Bushwhackers

The Bushwhackers

5.6/10 IMDB

Plot here has Confederate veteran Jeff Waring arriving in Independence, Missouri shortly after the Civil War, and intending never again to use a gun. He finds that rancher Artemus Taylor, an arthritic despot, and his henchies, Sam Tobin and Cree, are forcing out the settlers in order to claim their land for the incoming railroad. The plot nearly predates "The Great Train Robbery" in age but the gritty execution and well-acted performances take it out of the norm... way out, in a couple of instances. Brassy Myrna Dell is on hand as Taylor's independent daughter, only slightly less meaner than her father, and the always welcome Dorothy Malone is the pretty school marm on the side of good. Needless to say, Ireland's passive outlook on life changes before the end.

Starring: John Ireland, Wayne Morris, Lawrence Tierney, Dorothy Malone, Lon Chaney Jr., Myrna Dell, Frank Marlowe, William Holmes, Jack Elam, Ward Wood ..
Directed by: Rod Amateau
Release date: 1952-01-08
Best Thriller Movies of 1952 : Wings of Danger

Wings of Danger

5.2/10 IMDB

A former pilot suffering from blackouts discovers that a fellow flyer is suspected of being mixed up with a web of smugglers. While searching for his missing buddy, he unwittingly becomes entangled in a morass of suspicion.

Starring: Zachary Scott, Robert Beatty, Naomi Chance, Kay Kendall, Colin Tapley, Arthur Lane, Harold Lang, Diane Cilento, Ian Fleming ..
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Release date: 1952-04-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1952 : Ghost Ship

Ghost Ship

5.3/10 IMDB

Warned that it is haunted, a skeptical young couple buy a rundown yacht and fix it up to be their home-on-the-sea, only to slowly realize that it really is haunted.

Starring: Dermot Walsh, Hazel Court, Joss Ambler, Hugh Burden, Mignon O'Doherty, Hugh Latimer, Joan Carol, John Robinson, Pat McGrath, Joss Ackland ..
Directed by: Vernon Sewell
Release date: 1952-10-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1952 : Escape Route

Escape Route

5.5/10 IMDB

When nuclear scientists are kidnapped and smuggled behind the Iron Curtain, an FBI man and a British agent are assigned to catch the kidnappers.

Starring: George Raft, Sally Gray, Frederick Piper, Patricia Laffan, Clifford Evans, Reginald Tate, June Ashley, John Warwick, Roddy Hughes ..
Directed by: Seymour Friedman, Peter Graham Scott
Release date: 1952-12-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1952 : Red Snow

Red Snow

6.8/10 IMDB

Lieutenant Johnson, a U. S. Air Force pilot, on the tip of Alaska, a few miles from the Bering Straits from Siberia, helps foil a Soviet plot to test a new secret weapon by loyal Alaskan Eskimos. He is aided by Sergeant Koovuk, an Alsaka native Eskimo also in the U.S. military service. Along the way there is an ice-floe evacuation, an air-ice rescue and a fight with a polar bear.

Starring: Mala, Gloria Saunders, Guy Madison, Carole Mathews, Richard Vath, John Bryant, Lee Frederick, Philip Ahn, Gordon Barnes, Robert Peyton ..
Directed by: Harry S. Franklin, Boris Petroff
Release date: 1952-07-07
Best Thriller Movies of 1952 : Passionate


0.0/10 IMDB

Returning veteran with PTSD/amnesia returns home and gets tangled up in a criminal investigation.

Starring: Jorge Mistral, Leticia Palma, Miguel Torruco, Elda Peralta, Carlos Múzquiz, Lupe Carriles, Juan Orraca, Charles Rooner, Enrique del Castillo, Armando Velasco ..
Directed by: Alfredo B. Crevenna
Release date: 1952-11-11

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