Best Thriller Movies of 1956

1.

The Killing

6.4
8.0/10 IMDB

Career criminal Johnny Clay recruits a sharpshooter, a crooked police officer, a bartender and a betting teller named George, among others, for one last job before he goes straight and gets married. But when George tells his restless wife about the scheme to steal millions from the racetrack where he works, she hatches a plot of her own.

Starring: Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards, Jay C. Flippen, Elisha Cook Jr., Marie Windsor, Ted de Corsia, Joe Sawyer, James Edwards, Timothy Carey ..
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Release date: 1956-06-06
2.

The Man Who Knew Too Much

6.1
7.4/10 IMDB

A widescreen, Technicolor remake by Hitchcock of his 1934 film of the same title. A couple vacationing in Morocco with their young son accidentally stumble upon an assassination plot. When the child is kidnapped to ensure their silence, they have to take matters into their own hands to save him.

Starring: James Stewart, Doris Day, Brenda De Banzie, Bernard Miles, Alan Mowbray, Hillary Brooke, Christopher Olsen, Daniel Gélin, Reggie Nalder, Bernard Herrmann ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1956-05-16
3.

The Bad Seed

5.2
7.4/10 IMDB

Air Force Colonel Kenneth Penmark and his wife, Christine, dote on their daughter, Rhoda -- as does their lonely landlady, Monica Breedlove. But self-centered Rhoda has a secret tendency for selfishness and loves to accumulate gifts, whether given or stolen, in her room. Christine keeps her knowledge of her daughter's darker side to herself, but when a schoolmate of Rhoda's dies mysteriously, her self-deception unravels.

Starring: Patty McCormack, Eileen Heckart, Henry Jones, Nancy Kelly, Evelyn Varden, William Hopper, Paul Fix, Jesse White, Gage Clarke, Joan Croydon ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1956-09-12
4.

The Man Who Never Was

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

The true story of a British effort to trick the Germans into weakening Sicily's defenses before the 1943 attack. A dead soldier is dressed as a British officer and outfitted with faked papers showing that the Allies were intending to invade occupied Greece. His body is put into the sea where it will ultimately drift ashore and the papers be passed along to German Intelligence.

Starring: Clifton Webb, Gloria Grahame, Robert Flemyng, Josephine Griffin, Stephen Boyd, Laurence Naismith, Geoffrey Keen, Cyril Cusack, André Morell, Michael Hordern ..
Directed by: Ronald Neame
Release date: 1956-04-03
Best Thriller Movies of 1956 : Ransom!
5.

Ransom!

3.7
6.9/10 IMDB

A rich man (Glenn Ford) stuns his wife (Donna Reed) and town with a televised threat to his son's kidnapper.

Starring: Glenn Ford, Donna Reed, Leslie Nielsen, Juano Hernández, Robert Keith, Richard Gaines, Mabel Albertson, Alexander Scourby, Bobby Clark, Lori March ..
Directed by: Alex Segal
Release date: 1956-01-24
6.

Nightfall

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

An innocent man turns fugitive as he reconstructs events that implicate him for a murder and robbery he did not commit.

Starring: Aldo Ray, Brian Keith, Anne Bancroft, Jocelyn Brando, James Gregory, Frank Albertson, Rudy Bond, Bess Flowers, Gene Roth ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1956-11-09
7.

23 Paces to Baker Street

3.7
6.9/10 IMDB

Philip Hannon, a blind playwright living in London, overhears part of a conversation , that leads him into a desperate race, to find a kidnapped child. When he gets no help from the police, he along with his butler, and his ex fiancée, attempt to track down the crooks.

Starring: Van Johnson, Vera Miles, Cecil Parker, Maurice Denham, Isobel Elsom, Estelle Winwood, Liam Redmond, Martin Benson, Natalie Norwick, Terence de Marney ..
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1956-05-18
Best Thriller Movies of 1956 : While the City Sleeps
8.

While the City Sleeps

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Newspaper men compete against each other to find a serial killer dubbed "The Lipstick Killer"

Starring: Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming, George Sanders, Howard Duff, Thomas Mitchell, Vincent Price, Sally Forrest, John Drew Barrymore, James Craig, Ida Lupino ..
Directed by: Fritz Lang
Release date: 1956-04-19
9.

A Kiss Before Dying

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

A college student tries to get rich quick by wooing two wealthy sisters.

Starring: Robert Wagner, Jeffrey Hunter, Virginia Leith, Joanne Woodward, Mary Astor, George Macready, Robert Quarry, Howard Petrie, Molly McCart, Marlene Felton ..
Directed by: Gerd Oswald
Release date: 1956-04-20
Best Thriller Movies of 1956 : The Killer Is Loose
10.

The Killer Is Loose

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

A savings-and-loan bank is robbed; later, a police wiretap identifies teller Leon Poole as inside man. In capturing him, detective Sam Wagner accidentally kills Poole's young wife, and at his trial Poole swears vengeance against Wagner. Poole begins his plans to get revenge when he escapes his captors.

Starring: Joseph Cotten, Rhonda Fleming, Wendell Corey, Alan Hale Jr., Michael Pate, John Larch, Dee J. Thompson, John Beradino, Virginia Christine, Paul Bryar ..
Directed by: Budd Boetticher
Release date: 1956-02-03
11.

Slightly Scarlet

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

Kleptomaniac Dorothy Lyons is paroled from prison into the custody of her sister June, secretary to "reform" politician Frank Jansen. Ben Grace, associate of crime boss Sol "Solly" Caspar, sees this as a way to smear Jansen's campaign. Seductive Dorothy will do anything to get what she wants, which includes having a good time with Ben-- whom June is now in love with.

Starring: John Payne, Rhonda Fleming, Arlene Dahl, Kent Taylor, Ted de Corsia, Lance Fuller, Buddy Baer, Ellen Corby, George E. Stone ..
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1956-02-29
Best Thriller Movies of 1956 : Crime of Passion
12.

Crime of Passion

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

Kathy leaves the newspaper business to marry homicide detective Bill, but is frustrated by his lack of ambition and the banality of life in the suburbs. Her drive to advance Bill's career soon takes her down a dangerous path.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Fay Wray, Sterling Hayden, Raymond Burr, Virginia Grey, Royal Dano, Robert Griffin, Dennis Cross, Jay Adler, Stuart Whitman ..
Directed by: Gerd Oswald
Release date: 1956-12-28
13.

Crime in the Streets

3.3
6.6/10 IMDB

A social worker tries to end juvenile crime by getting involved with a street gang.

Starring: James Whitmore, Sal Mineo, John Cassavetes, Mark Rydell, Virginia Gregg, Peter J. Votrian, Will Kuluva, Malcolm Atterbury, Denise Alexander, Dan Terranova ..
Directed by: Don Siegel
Release date: 1956-06-10
Best Thriller Movies of 1956 : Run for the Sun
14.

Run for the Sun

3.3
6.4/10 IMDB

Mike, a Hemingway-esque adventure novelist, is spending his days in a self-imposed exile somewhere in Central America. A reporter for Sight Magazine, Katie, has tracked him down in the hope of getting the biggest scoop of her career. Mike falls for Katie. On a flight to Mexico City, their plane crashes near a remote hideaway of Nazi war criminals in hiding. The Nazis want to stay hidden and plan to dispose of their new guests

Starring: Richard Widmark, Trevor Howard, Jane Greer, Peter van Eyck, Juan García, José Antonio Carbajal, José Chávez, Guillermo Calles, Margarito Luna, Guillermo Bravo Sosa ..
Directed by: Roy Boulting
Release date: 1956-07-30
15.

Julie

3.2
6.1/10 IMDB

A terrified stewardess is stalked by her psychotic estranged husband.

Starring: Doris Day, Louis Jourdan, Barry Sullivan, Frank Lovejoy, Jack Kelly, Ann Robinson, Barney Phillips, Jack Kruschen, John Gallaudet, Carleton Young ..
Directed by: Andrew L. Stone
Release date: 1956-10-17
16.

Foreign Intrigue

3.0
6.0/10 IMDB

Millionaire Victor Danemore, living on the French Riviera, dies suddenly of a heart attack. His secretary, Dave Bishop, wants to know more about his employer's life. Surprisingly, not even his young wife knows anything about her husband's background or how he earned his fortune. Clues lead Bishop to Vienna and Stockholm, where he learns that Danemore was black-mailing people who cooperated with the Nazis during WW2.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Geneviève Page, Ingrid Thulin, Frédéric O'Brady, Inga Tidblad, Lauritz Falk, Eugene Deckers, John Padovano, Frederick Schrecker, Georges Hubert ..
Directed by: Sheldon Reynolds
Release date: 1956-07-12
Best Thriller Movies of 1956 : Lost
17.

Lost

2.9
6.4/10 IMDB

U.S. Embassy employee Lee Cochrane and his wife, Sue, receive a shock when they discover that their 18-month-old son, Simon, has disappeared in London. He was last seen with their nanny, and the couple seemingly have no leads that might help police Detective Craig in his investigation. The media sensationalizes the incident, causing an unnecessary distraction as the couple prepares to confront the culprit face-to-face.

Starring: David Farrar, David Knight, Julia Arnall, Anthony Oliver, Thora Hird, Eleanor Summerfield, Anne Paige, Marjorie Rhodes, Anna Turner, Everley Gregg ..
Directed by: Guy Green
Release date: 1956-01-31
Best Thriller Movies of 1956 : Tiger in the Smoke
18.

Tiger in the Smoke

2.9
6.2/10 IMDB

Having been sent a picture of her husband, a war hero killed in France, Meg Elgin is led to believe he is still alive and arranges a meeting at a London railway station. When she arrives there with the police accompanying her, she catches sight of a man in the distance wearing an old coat of her husband's. When he is pursued and captured, he turns out to be Duds Morrison a former soldier and out-of-work actor recently let out of prison. He refuses to tell them anything, and having nothing they can charge him with, the police release him. His interest aroused by the pictures sent to Meg, her new fiancé Geoffrey Leavitt follows Morrison and tries to demand an answer from him about his sudden appearance masquerading as Meg’s dead husband.

Starring: Donald Sinden, Muriel Pavlow, Tony Wright, Bernard Miles, Beatrice Varley, Alec Clunes, Laurence Naismith, Christopher Rhodes, Charles Victor, Thomas Heathcote ..
Directed by: Roy Ward Baker
Release date: 1956-11-27
Best Thriller Movies of 1956 : Now and Forever
19.

Now and Forever

2.9
6.4/10 IMDB

A rich young society girl falls in love with a car mechanic. Her family is appalled and stops her seeing him. The girl attempts to commit suicide and then decides to elope.

Starring: Janette Scott, Vernon Gray, Jack Warner, Kay Walsh, Charles Victor, Marjorie Rhodes, Pamela Brown, David Kossoff, Hattie Jacques, Ronald Squire ..
Directed by: Mario Zampi
Release date: 1956-09-10
20.

The Unguarded Moment

2.8
6.3/10 IMDB

A high-school music teacher is the victim of a student who writes indecent notes and assaults women.

Starring: Esther Williams, George Nader, John Saxon, Edward Andrews, Les Tremayne, Jack Albertson, Dani Crayne, John Wilder, Edward Platt, Eleanor Audley ..
Directed by: Harry Keller
Release date: 1956-11-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1956 : Hot Cars
21.

Hot Cars

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

Story of a salesman lured into the "hot car" racket.

Starring: John Bromfield, Carol Shannon, Ralph Clanton, Joi Lansing, Mark Dana, Dabbs Greer, Charles Keane, George Sawaya, John Merrick, Kurt Katch ..
Directed by: Don McDougall
Release date: 1956-01-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1956 : Cloak Without Dagger
22.

Cloak Without Dagger

2.8
5.6/10 IMDB

A British Intelligence officer fails a mission during WW2. Years later whilst working in a hotel he bumps into an old flame who is desperate to discover what went wrong?

Starring: Philip Friend, Mary Mackenzie, Leslie Dwyer, Allan Cuthbertson, John G. Heller, Chin Yu, Bill Nagy, Patrick Jordan, Marianne Stone, Frank Thornton ..
Directed by: Joseph Sterling
Release date: 1956-05-31
23.

Outside the Law

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

A government agent's son wins respect and love when he challenges counterfeiters.

Starring: Ray Danton, Leigh Snowden, Grant Williams, Onslow Stevens, Raymond Bailey, Judson Pratt, Jack Kruschen, Floyd Simmons, Mel Welles, Alexander Campbell ..
Directed by: Jack Arnold
Release date: 1956-06-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1956 : The Gelignite Gang
24.

The Gelignite Gang

2.6
5.8/10 IMDB

A tense thriller that tears the lid off Soho's underworld and reveals the cunning organization behind a gang of safe-breakers who will stop at nothing, not even murder, to achieve their goals.

Starring: Wayne Morris, Sandra Dorne, Patrick Holt, Eric Pohlmann, Arthur Young, Lloyd Lamble, James Kenney, Tony Doonan, Hugh Miller, Bertha Russell ..
Directed by: Francis Searle, Terence Fisher
Release date: 1956-06-20
25.

It Conquered the World

2.6
4.9/10 IMDB

An alien from Venus tries to take over the world with the help of a disillusioned human scientist, as his wife, his best friend and the friend's wife try to intervene.

Starring: Peter Graves, Beverly Garland, Lee Van Cleef, Sally Fraser, Russ Bender, Jonathan Haze, Dick Miller, Taggart Casey, Paul Harbor, Karen Kadler ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1956-07-14
Best Thriller Movies of 1956 : Man in the Vault
26.

Man in the Vault

2.5
6.0/10 IMDB

A locksmith is pressured into crime when the mob makes him perform an elaborate bank robbery.

Starring: William Campbell, Karen Sharpe, Anita Ekberg, Berry Kroeger, Paul Fix, James Seay, Mike Mazurki, Robert Keys, Nancy Duke, Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez ..
Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen
Release date: 1956-12-12
Best Thriller Movies of 1956 : Crime Against Joe
27.

Crime Against Joe

2.4
5.8/10 IMDB

Down-and-out artist Joe Manning (John Bromfield) wakes up from a night of drunken revelry in a jail cell, where he's being held on suspicion for the murder of a nightclub singer.

Starring: John Bromfield, Julie London, Henry Calvin, Patricia Blair, Joel Ashley, Robert Keys, Alika Louis, John Pickard, Frances Morris, Rhodes Reason ..
Directed by: Lee Sholem
Release date: 1956-03-21
Best Thriller Movies of 1956 : The Scarlet Hour
28.

The Scarlet Hour

2.4
6.9/10 IMDB

An unhappy wife uses her powers of manipulation to draw an infatuated man into an ill-fated jewelry heist.

Starring: Carol Ohmart, Tom Tryon, Jody Lawrance, James Gregory, Elaine Stritch, E.G. Marshall, Edward Binns, Scott Marlowe, Billy Gray, Jacques Aubuchon ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1956-04-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1956 : Checkpoint
29.

Checkpoint

2.4
5.6/10 IMDB

Stanley Baker's O'Donovan is sent to steal the plans of a rival company's racing car designs, to ensure his employers win the competition. However, when opening a safe containing the plans, he triggers an alarm leading to a gun battle where he kills a number of people. James Robertson Justice, alarmed by the scandal surrounding the killings, orders his agent be killed surreptitiously to hide his involvement with the plot. The film uses original footage from the Mille Miglia , an Italian open-road endurance race, featuring classic period racing cars.

Starring: Anthony Steel, Odile Versois, Stanley Baker, James Robertson Justice, Maurice Denham, Michael Medwin, Paul Müller, Lee Patterson, Anne Heywood, Anthony Oliver ..
Directed by: Ralph Thomas
Release date: 1956-12-25
Best Thriller Movies of 1956 : The Narrowing Circle
30.

The Narrowing Circle

2.3
5.2/10 IMDB

A journalist is framed for the murder of a rival and has to prove his innocence, whatever the cost.

Starring: Paul Carpenter, Hazel Court, Russell Napier, Ferdy Mayne, June Ashley, Paula Byrne, Trevor Reid, Basil Dignam, Ronnie Stevens, Alan Robinson ..
Directed by: Charles Saunders
Release date: 1956-02-29
Best Thriller Movies of 1956 : Satellite in the Sky
31.

Satellite in the Sky

2.3
5.2/10 IMDB

A bomb dooms the first space satellite, manned by a selfless crew, a stowaway reporter (Lois Maxwell) and a mad scientist (Donald Wolfit).

Starring: Kieron Moore, Lois Maxwell, Donald Wolfit, Bryan Forbes, Jimmy Hanley, Barry Keegan, Thea Gregory, Shirley Lawrence, Donald Gray, Alan Gifford ..
Directed by: Paul Dickson
Release date: 1956-07-21
Best Thriller Movies of 1956 : A Strange Adventure
32.

A Strange Adventure

2.2
5.5/10 IMDB

A trio of thieves make their getaway by kidnapping a young hot-rodder, and take over a mountain cabin for a hideout after overpowering its occupants.

Starring: Joan Evans, Ben Cooper, Marla English, Jan Merlin, Nick Adams, Peter Miller, Paul Smith, Emlen Davies, Frank Wilcox, Thomas Browne Henry ..
Directed by: William Witney
Release date: 1956-08-24
Best Thriller Movies of 1956 : A Woman's Devotion
33.

A Woman's Devotion

2.2
5.8/10 IMDB

An artist suffering from mental problems from his experiences during the war goes to Acapulco on his honeymoon. Soon young women are turning up dead in the area, and the ex-GI comes to believe he might be responsible, as he has long stretches where he can't remember anything.

Starring: Ralph Meeker, Janice Rule, Paul Henreid, Rosenda Monteros, Fanny Schiller, José Torvay, Yerye Beirute, Tony Carbajal, Jaime González Quiñones, Carlos Riquelme ..
Directed by: Paul Henreid
Release date: 1956-11-16
Best Thriller Movies of 1956 : The Hostage
34.

The Hostage

2.2
4.3/10 IMDB

In this political thriller, set within an unnamed country, revolutionaries try to prevent their leader's execution by kidnapping the president's daughter. A brave hostage pilot, breaks out and heroically saves the girl as the revolutionary leader is killed.

Starring: Ron Randell, Mary Parker, John Bailey, Carl Jaffe, Anne Blake ..
Directed by: Harold Huth
Release date: 1956-12-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1956 : Accused of Murder
35.

Accused of Murder

2.1
5.6/10 IMDB

The story tells of nightclub singer Vera Ralston, who is accused of murder; and it looks like she's guilty as she was the last person to see crooked attorney Hobart alive. However Lt. Roy Hargis is convinced that Ilona is innocent, and he intends to prove it.

Starring: David Brian, Vera Ralston, Sidney Blackmer, Virginia Grey, Warren Stevens, Lee Van Cleef, Barry Kelley, Richard Karlan, Frank Puglia, Elisha Cook Jr. ..
Directed by: Joseph Kane
Release date: 1956-12-21
36.

The Violent Years

2.0
3.4/10 IMDB

A newspaper publisher's daughter suffers from neglect by her parents. She and her friends turn to crime by dressing up like men, holding up gas stations, raping young men at gunpoint, and having makeout parties when her parents are away. Their "fence" gets them to trash the school on request of sinister un-American clients, and they run afoul of the law, apple pie, and God himself.

Starring: Jean Moorhead, Barbara Weeks, Art Millan, Theresa Hancock, Joanne Cangi, Gloria Farr, Glenn Corbett, Lee Constant, I. Stanford Jolley, Timothy Farrell ..
Directed by: William Morgan
Release date: 1956-01-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1956 : The Hide-Out
37.

The Hide-Out

2.0
5.6/10 IMDB

An insurance investigator in London attempts to thwart smugglers trafficking stolen lambskins infected with anthrax.

Starring: Dermot Walsh, Rona Anderson, Ronald Howard, Sam Kydd, Howard Lang, Edwin Richfield, Arnold Diamond, Trevor Reid, Richard Shaw, Tom Clegg ..
Directed by: Peter Graham Scott
Release date: 1956-12-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1956 : Swamp Women
38.

Swamp Women

1.8
3.3/10 IMDB

An undercover policewoman helps three female convicts escape from prison so that they can lead her to a stash of stolen diamonds hidden in a swamp.

Starring: Marie Windsor, Carole Mathews, Beverly Garland, Mike Connors, Susan Cummings, Lou Place, Jonathan Haze, Ed Nelson, Jil Jarmyn ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1956-04-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1956 : Whistle and I'll Come to You!
39.

Whistle and I'll Come to You!

1.6
6.8/10 IMDB

A university professor, confident that everything which occurs in life has a rational explanation, finds his beliefs severely challenged when he awakens horrors beyond human understanding. A decade before the BBC's version of MR James' supernatural classic came this chilling version from the North Downs Cinematograph Society.

Starring: Doug Allridge, Sherry Legg ..
Release date: 1956-01-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1956 : The Man in the Road
40.

The Man in the Road

1.5
6.3/10 IMDB

A brilliant scientist who has lost his memory is hunted by Communist agents out to obtain a secret formula.

Starring: Derek Farr, Ella Raines, Donald Wolfit, Lisa Daniely, Bruce Beeby, Russell Napier, Cyril Cusack, Frederick Piper, Karl Stepanek, Alfred Maron ..
Directed by: Lance Comfort
Release date: 1956-03-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1956 : Emergency Hospital
41.

Emergency Hospital

1.4
5.9/10 IMDB

About the lives and loves of the staff of an emergency hospital as reflected in a single frenetic night of business-as-usual.

Starring: Walter Reed, Margaret Lindsay, John Archer, Byron Palmer, Rita Johnson, Peg La Centra, Robert Keys, Rhodes Reason, Joy Lee, Vera Frances ..
Directed by: Lee Sholem
Release date: 1956-11-02
42.

No Place to Hide

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Some pellets containing a deadly virus are carried by two boys on the run through the Philippines.

Starring: David Brian, Marsha Hunt, Hugh Corcoran, Ike Jarlego Jr., Celia Flor ..
Directed by: Josef Shaftel
Release date: 1956-08-28
Best Thriller Movies of 1956 : Operation Thunderbolt
43.

Operation Thunderbolt

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Starring: Blanchette Brunoy, Célia Cortez, Jean-Pierre Kérien, Howard Vernon, Jacques Charon, Jacques Torrens, Liliane Ernout, Gabriel Sardet, Charles Lemontier, Gérard Le Faivre ..
Directed by: Gérard Sandoz
Release date: 1956-06-13
Best Thriller Movies of 1956 : The Boss
44.

The Boss

0.0
6.4/10 IMDB

A crusading politician falls prey to the temptations of power.

Starring: John Payne, William Bishop, Gloria McGehee, Doe Avedon, Roy Roberts, Rhys Williams, Joe Flynn, Robin Morse, William Phipps, Gil Lamb ..
Directed by: Byron Haskin
Release date: 1956-10-01
45.

5 Steps to Danger

0.0
6.3/10 IMDB

Can a couple keep important secrets from Communist spies?

Starring: Ruth Roman, Sterling Hayden, Werner Klemperer, Richard Gaines, Charles Davis, Jeanne Cooper, Peter Hansen, Karl Ludwig Lindt, John Mitchum, John Frederick ..
Directed by: Henry S. Kesler
Release date: 1956-11-05

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