Best Thriller Movies of 1955

1.

The Night of the Hunter

6.4
8.0/10 IMDB

In the Deep South, a serial-killing preacher hunts two young children who know the whereabouts of a stash of money.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Billy Chapin, Lillian Gish, James Gleason, Sally Jane Bruce, Evelyn Varden, Don Beddoe, Gloria Castillo, Peter Graves ..
Directed by: Charles Laughton
Release date: 1955-08-26
2.

To Catch a Thief

6.0
7.4/10 IMDB

An ex-thief is accused of enacting a new crime spree, so to clear his name he sets off to catch the new thief, who’s imitating his signature style.

Starring: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams, Charles Vanel, Brigitte Auber, Jean Martinelli, Georgette Anys, René Blancard, William 'Wee Willie' Davis ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1955-08-03
3.

Bad Day at Black Rock

5.5
7.7/10 IMDB

One-armed war veteran John J. Macreedy steps off a train at the sleepy little town of Black Rock. Once there, he begins to unravel a web of lies, secrecy, and murder.

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Anne Francis, Walter Brennan, Ernest Borgnine, Lee Marvin, Dean Jagger, John Ericson, Russell Collins, Walter Sande ..
Directed by: John Sturges
Release date: 1955-01-13
4.

Kiss Me Deadly

5.4
7.5/10 IMDB

One evening, Hammer gives a ride to Christina, an attractive hitchhiker on a lonely country road, who has escaped from the nearby lunatic asylum. Thugs waylay them and force his car to crash. When Hammer returns to semi-consciousness, he hears Christina being tortured until she dies. Hammer, both for vengeance and in hopes that "something big" is behind it all, decides to pursue the case.

Starring: Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart, Juano Hernández, Wesley Addy, Marian Carr, Maxine Cooper, Cloris Leachman, Gaby Rodgers, Nick Dennis ..
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Release date: 1955-04-28
5.

The Desperate Hours

5.3
7.5/10 IMDB

Escaped convicts terrorize a suburban family they're holding hostage.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Fredric March, Arthur Kennedy, Martha Scott, Dewey Martin, Gig Young, Mary Murphy, Richard Eyer, Robert Middleton, Alan Reed ..
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1955-10-05
6.

The Dam Busters

5.1
7.4/10 IMDB

The story of the conception of a new British weapon for smashing the German dams in the Ruhr industrial complex and the execution of the raid by 617 Squadron 'The Dam Busters'.

Starring: Richard Todd, Michael Redgrave, Robert Shaw, Nigel Stock, Derek Farr, Colin Tapley, Basil Sydney, Ursula Jeans, Charles Carson, George Baker ..
Directed by: Michael Anderson
Release date: 1955-05-16
7.

The Trouble with Harry

5.1
7.0/10 IMDB

When a local man's corpse appears on a nearby hillside, no one is quite sure what happened to him. Many of the town's residents secretly wonder if they are responsible, including the man's ex-wife, Jennifer, and Capt. Albert Wiles, a retired seaman who was hunting in the woods where the body was found. As the no-nonsense sheriff gets involved and local artist Sam Marlowe offers his help, the community slowly unravels the mystery.

Starring: Edmund Gwenn, John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine, Mildred Natwick, Mildred Dunnock, Jerry Mathers, Royal Dano, Parker Fennelly, Barry Macollum, Dwight Marfield ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1955-10-03
8.

Killer's Kiss

4.7
6.6/10 IMDB

The film revolves around Davey Gordon, a 29 year old welterweight New York boxer in the end of his career, and his relationship with a dancer and her violent employer.

Starring: Frank Silvera, Jamie Smith, Irene Kane, Jerry Jarrett, Mike Dana, Felice Orlandi, Shaun O'Brien, Barbara Brand ..
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Release date: 1955-10-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1955 : The Big Combo
9.

The Big Combo

4.5
7.3/10 IMDB

Police Lt. Leonard Diamond vies to bring a clever, well connected, and sadistic gangster to justice all the while obsessing over the gangster's girlfriend.

Starring: Cornel Wilde, Jean Wallace, Brian Donlevy, Richard Conte, Lee Van Cleef, Earl Holliman, Robert Middleton, Helen Walker, Jay Adler, John Hoyt ..
Directed by: Joseph H. Lewis
Release date: 1955-02-13
Best Thriller Movies of 1955 : Mr. Arkadin
10.

Mr. Arkadin

4.4
7.1/10 IMDB

Claiming that he doesn't know his own past, a rich man enlists an ex-con with an odd bit of detective work. Gregory Arkadin says he can't remember anything before the late 1920s, and convict Guy Van Stratten is happy to take the job of exploring his new acquaintance's life story. Guy's research turns up stunning details about his employer's past, and as his work seems linked to untimely deaths, the mystery surrounding Mr. Arkadin deepens.

Starring: Orson Welles, Michael Redgrave, Patricia Medina, Akim Tamiroff, Mischa Auer, Paola Mori, Peter van Eyck, Grégoire Aslan, Katina Paxinou, Suzanne Flon ..
Directed by: Orson Welles
Release date: 1955-03-01
11.

Tarantula

4.0
6.4/10 IMDB

A lone-wolf scientist sequestered in a mansion near a small desert town arouses the suspicion of the town's doctor when his lab assistant is found dead from a case of acromegaly which took only four days to develop. As the doctor investigates, aided by the scientist's new, and very female, assistant, they discover that, far worse, something much larger and hungrier than it ever should be, is devouring local cattle - and humans - in increasingly large quantities.

Starring: John Agar, Mara Corday, Leo G. Carroll, Nestor Paiva, Ross Elliott, Edwin Rand, Raymond Bailey, Hank Patterson, Bert Holland, Steve Darrell ..
Directed by: Jack Arnold
Release date: 1955-12-14
12.

Footsteps in the Fog

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

A Victorian-era murder mystery about a parlour maid that discovers that her employer may have killed his first wife.

Starring: Stewart Granger, Jean Simmons, Bill Travers, Belinda Lee, Ronald Squire, Finlay Currie, William Hartnell, Frederick Leister, Percy Marmont, Marjorie Rhodes ..
Directed by: Arthur Lubin
Release date: 1955-09-14
13.

The Night My Number Came Up

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

At a fashionable dinner party in Hong Kong a Royal Navy officer is coaxed into revealing details of a dream in which eight persons take off from Bangkok in a Dakota bound for Tokyo and crash in the Japanese mountains. Amongst those listening is Air Marshal Hardie who is due to fly to Tokyo the next day. Hardie initially dismisses the dream because he is scheduled to fly out in a Liberator, but as Hardie arrives at the airport he discovers that the Liberator has developed mechanical problems and has been replaced by a Dakota. When, just before the flight is due to depart, two soldiers board the plane making a complement of eight, Hardie fears that the dream may be coming true and he is destined to die.

Starring: Michael Redgrave, Sheila Sim, Alexander Knox, Denholm Elliott, Ursula Jeans, Bill Kerr, Ralph Truman, Michael Hordern, Nigel Stock, Alfie Bass ..
Directed by: Leslie Norman
Release date: 1955-03-22
14.

Illegal

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

A hugely successful DA goes into private practice after sending a man to the chair -- only to find out later he was innocent. Now the drunken attorney only seems to represent criminals and low lifes.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Nina Foch, Hugh Marlowe, Jayne Mansfield, Albert Dekker, Howard St. John, Ellen Corby, Edward Platt, Jan Merlin, Robert Ellenstein ..
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Release date: 1955-10-09
15.

Cast a Dark Shadow

3.5
7.0/10 IMDB

Edward "Teddy" Bare is a ruthless schemer who thinks he's hit the big time when he kills his older wife, believing he will inherit a fortune. When things don't go according to plan, Teddy sets his sights on a new victim: wealthy widow Freda Jeffries. Unfortunately for the unscrupulous criminal, Freda is much more guarded and sassy than his last wife, making separating her from her money considerably more challenging.

Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Margaret Lockwood, Kay Walsh, Kathleen Harrison, Robert Flemyng, Mona Washbourne, Philip Stainton, Walter Hudd, Lita Roza, Victor Harrington ..
Directed by: Lewis Gilbert
Release date: 1955-09-20
16.

Tight Spot

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

A former model, serving time in prison, becomes a key witness in a trial against a notorious gangster. She is put under protective watch by the District Attorney in a posh hotel, but the crime kingpin makes attempts to get to her.

Starring: Ginger Rogers, Edward G. Robinson, Brian Keith, Lorne Greene, Eve McVeagh, Lucy Marlow, Katherine Anderson, Allen Nourse, Peter Leeds, Doye O'Dell ..
Directed by: Phil Karlson
Release date: 1955-03-19
17.

I Died a Thousand Times

3.3
6.4/10 IMDB

After aging criminal Roy Earle is released from prison he decides to pull one last heist before retiring — by robbing a resort hotel.

Starring: Jack Palance, Shelley Winters, Lori Nelson, Lee Marvin, Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez, Lon Chaney Jr., Earl Holliman, Perry Lopez, Richard Davalos, Howard St. John ..
Directed by: Stuart Heisler
Release date: 1955-11-09
18.

Female on the Beach

3.2
6.4/10 IMDB

Lynn Markham moves into her late husband's beach house the morning after former tenant Eloise Crandall fell from the cliff. To her annoyance, Lynn finds both her real estate agent and Drummond Hall, her beachcomber neighbor, making themselves quite at home. Lynn soon has no doubts of what her scheming neighbors are up to, but she finds Drummond's physical charms hard to resist. And she still doesn't know what really happened to Eloise.

Starring: Joan Crawford, Jeff Chandler, Jan Sterling, Cecil Kellaway, Judith Evelyn, Charles Drake, Natalie Schafer, Stuart Randall, Marjorie Bennett, Romo Vincent ..
Directed by: Joseph Pevney
Release date: 1955-08-19
19.

Blood Alley

3.2
6.2/10 IMDB

A merchant marine captain, rescued from the Chinese Communists by local visitors, is "shanghaied" into transporting the whole village to Hong Kong on an ancient paddle steamer.

Starring: John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Paul Fix, Joy Kim, Berry Kroeger, Mike Mazurki, Anita Ekberg, James Hong, Lowell Gilmore, Henry Nakamura ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1955-10-01
20.

5 Against the House

3.1
5.8/10 IMDB

Former war-time Army buddies now students in college decide to rip off a Reno casino.

Starring: Guy Madison, Kim Novak, Brian Keith, Alvy Moore, Kerwin Mathews, William Conrad, Jack Dimond, Jean Willes, Kathryn Grant ..
Directed by: Phil Karlson
Release date: 1955-06-10
21.

A Bullet for Joey

3.1
6.0/10 IMDB

Raoul Leduc is a police inspector trailing a spy who plots to kidnap an important American atomic scientist. Joe Victor a gangster who is hired to carry out the abduction, balks when he learns what is at stake and helps Leduc out instead.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, George Raft, Audrey Totter, George Dolenz, Peter van Eyck, Toni Gerry, William Bryant, John Cliff, Steven Geray, Joseph Vitale ..
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Release date: 1955-04-15
Best Thriller Movies of 1955 : Big House, U.S.A.
22.

Big House, U.S.A.

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

A tough and realistic crime drama unfolds as merciless kidnapper Jerry Barker (Ralph Meeker) demands ransom paid against a young runaway whose fate lands Barker in Casabel Island Prison.

Starring: Broderick Crawford, Ralph Meeker, Reed Hadley, William Talman, Lon Chaney Jr., Charles Bronson, Felicia Farr, Roy Roberts, Willis Bouchey, Peter J. Votrian ..
Directed by: Howard W. Koch
Release date: 1955-03-03
Best Thriller Movies of 1955 : Six Bridges to Cross
23.

Six Bridges to Cross

2.8
6.7/10 IMDB

Follow the evolution of a small time juvenile delinquent hood to a big time racketeer. Based on the famous 1950 Brinks Robbery in Boston that netted the crooks $2.5 million. The story delves into the psychology of the perpetrators, as well as the intricate mechanics of the hold-up.

Starring: Tony Curtis, George Nader, Julie Adams, Jay C. Flippen, Sal Mineo, Jan Merlin, Richard Castle, William Murphy, Kendall Clark, Don Keefer ..
Directed by: Joseph Pevney
Release date: 1955-01-21
Best Thriller Movies of 1955 : The Naked Street
24.

The Naked Street

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

To make an honest woman of his pregnant sister, Rosalie, callous New York mobster Phil Regal intimidates witnesses and bribes a store clerk to get Rosalie’s condemned boyfriend, Nicky Bradna, out of prison. But Regal’s meddling deeds soon backfire.

Starring: Farley Granger, Anthony Quinn, Anne Bancroft, Peter Graves, Else Neft, Sara Berner, Jerry Paris, Mario Siletti, James Flavin, Whit Bissell ..
Directed by: Maxwell Shane
Release date: 1955-08-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1955 : A Life in the Balance
25.

A Life in the Balance

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

A widower's young son leads the police to a killer of sinners in Mexico City.

Starring: Ricardo Montalban, Anne Bancroft, Lee Marvin, José Pérez, Rodolfo Acosta, Carlos Múzquiz, Jorge Treviño, José Torvay, Eva Calvo, Fanny Schiller ..
Directed by: Harry Horner, Rafael Portillo
Release date: 1955-07-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1955 : Mad at the World
26.

Mad at the World

2.6
5.8/10 IMDB

A neighborhood is terrorized by group of young juvenile delinquents called The WolfPack. When a young father's infant child is seriously injured because of the WolfPack, he decides that the police aren't working fast enough to catch the ones who hurt his baby and sets out to infiltrate the gang himself and mete out the punishment they deserve.

Starring: Frank Lovejoy, Keefe Brasselle, Cathy O'Donnell, Karen Sharpe, Stanley Clements, Paul Bryar, Paul Dubov, James Delgado, Joe Turkel, Aaron Spelling ..
Directed by: Harry Essex
Release date: 1955-05-13
Best Thriller Movies of 1955 : Hell on Frisco Bay
27.

Hell on Frisco Bay

2.5
6.4/10 IMDB

A cop framed for a murder he did not commit hunts the San Francisco waterfront for the Mob racketeers who are responsible.

Starring: Alan Ladd, Edward G. Robinson, Joanne Dru, William Demarest, Paul Stewart, Perry Lopez, Fay Wray, Renata Vanni, Nestor Paiva, Stanley Adams ..
Directed by: Frank Tuttle
Release date: 1955-12-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1955 : The Big Bluff
28.

The Big Bluff

2.4
5.8/10 IMDB

When a scheming fortune hunter finds his rich wife is not going to die as expected, he and his lover make other plans to get her millions.

Starring: John Bromfield, Martha Vickers, Robert Hutton, Rosemarie Stack, Eve Miller, Max Palmer, Eddie Bee, Robert Bice, Pierre Watkin ..
Directed by: W. Lee Wilder
Release date: 1955-06-05
Best Thriller Movies of 1955 : The Flaw
29.

The Flaw

2.4
5.5/10 IMDB

A race car driver marries a woman for her money and plans to murder her. An old suitor steps in to help her but the driver takes steps to eliminate the rival. But there's a flaw in the driver's plans.

Starring: John Bentley, Donald Houston, Rona Anderson, Doris Yorke, Tonia Bern, Christine Bocca, Andrew Leigh, Herbert St. John, Eric Aubrey, Patrick Jordan ..
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Release date: 1955-09-30
Best Thriller Movies of 1955 : The Brain Machine
30.

The Brain Machine

2.4
5.4/10 IMDB

A British psychiatrist (Elizabeth Allan) reads an amnesiac's (Maxwell Reed) brain waves and sees the mind of a killer.

Starring: Maxwell Reed, Elizabeth Allan, Patrick Barr, Russell Napier, Vanda Godsell, Neil Hallett, Gibb McLaughlin, Edwin Richfield, Mark Bellamy, Bill Nagy ..
Directed by: Ken Hughes
Release date: 1955-01-01
31.

The Night Holds Terror

2.4
6.3/10 IMDB

A group of escaped convicts holds a household prisoner as the police close in.

Starring: Jack Kelly, Hildy Parks, Vince Edwards, John Cassavetes, David Cross, Eddie Marr, Jack Kruschen, Joyce McCluskey, Jonathan Hale, Barney Phillips ..
Directed by: Andrew L. Stone
Release date: 1955-07-13
Best Thriller Movies of 1955 : New Orleans Uncensored
32.

New Orleans Uncensored

2.2
5.8/10 IMDB

William Castle directed this Sam Katzman production, a gritty crime thriller about a newly-discharged sailor who gets a job as a longshoreman in The Big Easy. He swiftly discovers mob corruption throughout the docks, and when a friend is killed by the gangsters, he convinces the police to let him go undercover and take matters into his own hands. Filmed on location on the docks and in the French Quarter.

Starring: Arthur Franz, Beverly Garland, Helene Stanton, Michael Ansara, Stacy Harris, William Henry, Michael Granger, Frankie Ray, Ed Nelson, Mike Mazurki ..
Directed by: William Castle
Release date: 1955-03-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1955 : The Right Person
33.

The Right Person

1.6
6.9/10 IMDB

In Copenhagen, a former resistance fighter seeks the traitor responsible for betraying his comrades during World War II.

Starring: Margo Lorenz, Douglas Wilmer, David Markham ..
Directed by: Peter Cotes
Release date: 1955-01-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1955 : Escape From Terror
34.

Escape From Terror

1.5
6.6/10 IMDB

A couple who have escaped from the Baltics to Copenhagen are pursued by a KGB officer.

Starring: Jackie Coogan, Mona Knox, Mike Stokey, Lynn Merrick, Gabriel Dell ..
Directed by: Jackie Coogan, George Coogan
Release date: 1955-04-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1955 : Running Wild
35.

Running Wild

1.4
6.3/10 IMDB

To get evidence against a crooked garage owner, a rookie cop masquerades as a hard case who wants a job as a mechanic.

Starring: William Campbell, Mamie Van Doren, Kathleen Case, Keenan Wynn, Jan Merlin, John Saxon, Walter Coy, Grayce Mills, Chris Randall, Michael Fox ..
Directed by: Abner Biberman
Release date: 1955-11-11
Best Thriller Movies of 1955 : Secret Venture
36.

Secret Venture

1.3
5.4/10 IMDB

An American is visiting Britain and finds himself in possession of a briefcase full of secret documents that the spies of many different countries seem determined to get.

Starring: Kent Taylor, Jane Hylton, Kathleen Byron, Karl Stepanek, Frederick Valk, Maurice Kaufmann, Martin Boddey, Arthur Lane, Hugo Schuster, John Boxer ..
Directed by: R.G. Springsteen
Release date: 1955-11-10
Best Thriller Movies of 1955 : ??????? ?? ????? ??? ??????
37.

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0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

The film revolves around a gang that kidnaps women, kills them, steals their jewelry and then bury them under their homes.Hence, a young man accidentally discovered that his fiancée goes there, so the young man was very scared and decided that Bilge police after leaving this house, which entered him by chance.

Starring: Ismail Yasseen, Anwar Wagdi, ???? ??????? ..
Release date: 1955-03-21
38.

Night Freight

0.0
6.0/10 IMDB

Trucker tries to put a railroad man out of business.

Starring: Forrest Tucker, Barbara Britton, Keith Larsen, Thomas Gomez ..
Directed by: Jean Yarbrough
Release date: 1955-08-28
Best Thriller Movies of 1955 : Dial 999
39.

Dial 999

0.0
5.9/10 IMDB

A man tells his wife that the police are after him for having killed a bookie during an alcoholic binge, but that he is innocent and is being framed for the murder. The wife and her brother hide him and try to find out who the real killer was. The more they investigate, the more holes they begin to find in the husband's story.

Starring: Gene Nelson, Mona Freeman, John Bentley, Michael Goodliffe, Michael Golden, Paula Byrne, Cyril Chamberlain, Charles Victor, Kay Callard, Sydney Tafler ..
Directed by: Montgomery Tully
Release date: 1955-12-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1955 : The Cheney Vase
40.

The Cheney Vase

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

When Lyle Endicott is fired from his job at an art museum, he comes up with a plan to take advantage of a trusting invalid whom he befriended at the museum.

Starring: Alfred Hitchcock, Patricia Collinge, Darren McGavin, Carolyn Jones, George Macready, Kathryn Card, Ruta Lee ..
Directed by: Robert Stevens
Release date: 1955-12-25

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