Best Thriller Movies of 1959

1.

North by Northwest

6.7
8.3/10 IMDB

Advertising man Roger Thornhill is mistaken for a spy, triggering a deadly cross-country chase.

Starring: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Martin Landau, Leo G. Carroll, Adam Williams, Jessie Royce Landis, Doreen Lang, Josephine Hutchinson, Philip Ober ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1959-07-08
2.

Anatomy of a Murder

5.7
8.0/10 IMDB

Semi-retired Michigan lawyer Paul Biegler takes the case of Army Lt. Manion, who murdered a local innkeeper after his wife claimed that he raped her. Over the course of an extensive trial, Biegler parries with District Attorney Lodwick and out-of-town prosecutor Claude Dancer to set his client free, but his case rests on the victim's mysterious business partner, who's hiding a dark secret.

Starring: James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Arthur O'Connell, Eve Arden, Kathryn Grant, George C. Scott, Orson Bean, Russ Brown, Murray Hamilton ..
Directed by: Otto Preminger
Release date: 1959-07-01
3.

Suddenly, Last Summer

5.3
7.6/10 IMDB

The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable dies while on vacation with his cousin Catherine. What the girl saw was so horrible that she went insane; now Mrs. Venable wants Catherine lobotomized to cover up the truth.

Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift, Albert Dekker, Mercedes McCambridge, Gary Raymond, Mavis Villiers, Patricia Marmont, Joan Young, Maria Britneva ..
Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Release date: 1959-12-22
4.

The Hound of the Baskervilles

4.3
7.0/10 IMDB

When a nobleman is threatened by a family curse on his newly inherited estate, detective Sherlock Holmes is hired to investigate.

Starring: Peter Cushing, André Morell, Christopher Lee, Marla Landi, David Oxley, Francis de Wolff, Miles Malleson, Ewen Solon, John Le Mesurier, Helen Goss ..
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Release date: 1959-05-04
Best Thriller Movies of 1959 : Tiger Bay
5.

Tiger Bay

4.0
7.5/10 IMDB

Rough-and-tumble street urchin Gillie witnesses the brutal killing of a young woman at the hands of visiting Polish sailor Korchinsky. Instead of reporting the crime to the authorities, Gillie merely pockets a prize for herself — Korchinsky's shiny black revolver — and flees the scene. When Welsh Detective Graham discovers that Gillie has the murder weapon, the fiery young girl weaves a web of lies to throw him off course.

Starring: John Mills, Horst Buchholz, Hayley Mills, Yvonne Mitchell, Megs Jenkins, Anthony Dawson, Marne Maitland, Kenneth Griffith, Meredith Edwards, Marianne Stone ..
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1959-03-01
6.

Our Man in Havana

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Is a light hearted and satirical tale of political espionage and intrigue in pre-Castro Cuba.

Starring: Alec Guinness, Burl Ives, Maureen O'Hara, Ernie Kovacs, Noël Coward, Ralph Richardson, Jo Morrow, Grégoire Aslan, Paul Rogers, Raymond Huntley ..
Directed by: Carol Reed
Release date: 1959-12-30
Best Thriller Movies of 1959 : No Name on the Bullet
7.

No Name on the Bullet

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

Cool, cultured John Gant rides into Lordsburg. Gant is a professional killer, and although no one knows who he is there to kill, they are all worried. Everyone has enemies, and maybe Gant is in town for them. While they wait for him to make his move, paranoia starts taking over... Written by Ken Yousten John Gant, hired assassin rides into town. No one is sure of the identity of his intended victim. Townsfolk have shady pasts that make each one believe that John Gant is there to kill them. While each townsperson is falling apart from guilt, Gant is waiting in the hotel but is still given the blame for the shootings and the suicide of the Banker. Written by Carol Johnson

Starring: Audie Murphy, Charles Drake, Joan Evans, Virginia Grey, Warren Stevens, R.G. Armstrong, Willis Bouchey, Edgar Stehli, Simon Scott, Karl Swenson ..
Directed by: Jack Arnold
Release date: 1959-02-01
8.

The Crimson Kimono

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

A Los Angeles detective and his Japanese partner woo an artist while solving a stripper's murder.

Starring: Victoria Shaw, Glenn Corbett, James Shigeta, Anna Lee, Paul Dubov, Jaclynne Greene, Neyle Morrow, Gloria Pall, Pat Silver, George Yoshinaga ..
Directed by: Samuel Fuller
Release date: 1959-10-21
Best Thriller Movies of 1959 : Day of the Outlaw
9.

Day of the Outlaw

3.6
7.3/10 IMDB

Blaise Starrett is a rancher at odds with homesteaders when outlaws hold up the small town. The outlaws are held in check only by their notorious leader, but he is diagnosed with a fatal wound and the town is a powder keg waiting to blow.

Starring: Robert Ryan, Burl Ives, Tina Louise, Alan Marshal, Venetia Stevenson, David Nelson, Nehemiah Persoff, Jack Lambert, Frank De Kova, Lance Fuller ..
Directed by: André De Toth
Release date: 1959-07-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1959 : The 39 Steps
10.

The 39 Steps

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

Remake of the original Alfred Hitchcock movie with a more light-hearted tone and Kenneth More as the lead character.

Starring: Kenneth More, Taina Elg, James Hayter, Barry Jones, Barbara Steele, Brenda De Banzie, Faith Brook, Joan Hickson, Sid James, Leslie Dwyer ..
Directed by: Ralph Thomas
Release date: 1959-03-13

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