Best Thriller Movies of 1953

1.

Pickup on South Street

5.4
7.7/10 IMDB

In New York City, an insolent pickpocket, Skip McCoy, inadvertently sets off a chain of events when he targets ex-prostitute Candy and steals her wallet. Unaware that she has been making deliveries of highly classified information to the communists, Candy, who has been trailed by FBI agents for months in hopes of nabbing the spy ringleader, is sent by her ex-boyfriend, Joey, to find Skip and retrieve the valuable microfilm he now holds.

Starring: Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter, Murvyn Vye, Richard Kiley, Willis Bouchey, Milburn Stone, Parley Baer, Chet Brandenburg, Frank Kumagai ..
Directed by: Samuel Fuller
Release date: 1953-05-27
2.

The Naked Spur

4.4
7.3/10 IMDB

Howard Kemp has been tracking killer Ben Vandergroat for a long time. In the Colorado Rockies, he teams up with prospector Jesse Tate and former Union soldier Roy Anderson. Thinking Kemp is a sheriff, they agree to help for a small fee. When they catch Vandergroat, he tells them Kemp is pursuing a $5,000 bounty. After demanding equal shares, the uneasy alliance heads for Kansas as Vandergroat tries to turn them against each other.

Starring: James Stewart, Janet Leigh, Robert Ryan, Ralph Meeker, Millard Mitchell ..
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Release date: 1953-01-30
3.

99 River Street

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

A former boxer --now taxi driver-- gets mixed up with jewel thieves.

Starring: John Payne, Evelyn Keyes, Brad Dexter, Frank Faylen, Peggie Castle, Jay Adler, Jack Lambert, Glenn Langan, Eddy Waller, John Daheim ..
Directed by: Phil Karlson
Release date: 1953-08-21
Best Thriller Movies of 1953 : The Man Between
4.

The Man Between

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

"The Man Between" is a 1953 British thriller film directed by Carol Reed and starring James Mason, Claire Bloom, Hildegard Knef and Geoffrey Toone. A British woman on a visit to post-war Berlin is caught up in an espionage ring smuggling secrets into and out of the Eastern Bloc.

Starring: Claire Bloom, James Mason, Hildegard Knef, Geoffrey Toone, Hilde Sessak, Aribert Wäscher, Ernst Schröder, Dieter Krause, Karl John, Ljuba Welitsch ..
Directed by: Carol Reed
Release date: 1953-11-18
Best Thriller Movies of 1953 : Man on a Tightrope
5.

Man on a Tightrope

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Elia Kazan's 1953 film stars Fredric March as the owner of an impoverished circus in Communist-ruled Czechoslovokia who plots to flee across the border to freedom, taking his entire troupe of performers and wild animals with him. The cast also includes Gloria Grahame, Terry Moore, Cameron Mitchell, Richard Boone and Adolphe Menjou.

Starring: Fredric March, Terry Moore, Gloria Grahame, Cameron Mitchell, Adolphe Menjou, Robert Beatty, Richard Boone, Alexander D'Arcy, Pat Henning, Paul Hartman ..
Directed by: Elia Kazan
Release date: 1953-05-21
6.

Dangerous Crossing

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

A young bride is set to begin her honeymoon aboard a luxury liner. Her happiness does not last when she finds that her husband has disappeared. Trouble is, no one else ever saw him board the ship with her and his name has mysteriously dropped from the passenger list.

Starring: Jeanne Crain, Michael Rennie, Max Showalter, Carl Betz, Mary Anderson, Marjorie Hoshelle, Willis Bouchey, Yvonne Peattie ..
Directed by: Joseph M. Newman
Release date: 1953-07-22
Best Thriller Movies of 1953 : The Blue Gardenia
7.

The Blue Gardenia

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Deeply distraught that her GI ex-boyfriend plans to marry another woman, Norah Larkin agrees to go out on a date with lothario Harry Prebble. Norah's drunken night out with Prebble ends in a hazily remembered confrontation and the next day a startling discovery: Harry has been murdered, and the police have found Norah's personal effects at the scene. Tipped off to the breaking news, reporter Casey Mayo invites Norah to tell her side of the story.

Starring: Anne Baxter, Richard Conte, Ann Sothern, Raymond Burr, Jeff Donnell, Richard Erdman, George Reeves, Ruth Storey, Ray Walker, Nat King Cole ..
Directed by: Fritz Lang
Release date: 1953-03-20
8.

Split Second

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

Escaped convicts hold hostages in a ghost town targeted for a nuclear bomb test.

Starring: Stephen McNally, Alexis Smith, Jan Sterling, Keith Andes, Arthur Hunnicutt, Paul Kelly, Robert Paige, Richard Egan, Frank De Kova ..
Directed by: Dick Powell
Release date: 1953-05-02
9.

Jeopardy

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

A woman is kidnapped when she goes to get help for her husband who is trapped on a beach with the tide coming in to surely drown him.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Barry Sullivan, Ralph Meeker, Lee Aaker, Rico Alaniz, Charles Stevens, Juan Torena, Paul Fierro ..
Directed by: John Sturges
Release date: 1953-03-30
10.

Inferno

3.5
7.1/10 IMDB

A spoiled and alcoholic millionaire, Robert Ryan, breaks his leg falling off of a horse, and is left to die in the desert by his cheating wife, Rhonda Fleming, and her lover, William Lundigan.

Starring: Robert Ryan, Rhonda Fleming, William Lundigan, Larry Keating, Henry Hull, Carl Betz, Robert Burton, Barbara Pepper, Everett Glass ..
Directed by: Roy Ward Baker
Release date: 1953-08-12

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