Best Thriller Movies of 1961

1.

The Innocents

5.4
7.8/10 IMDB

A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.

Starring: Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins, Michael Redgrave, Martin Stephens, Pamela Franklin, Clytie Jessop, Isla Cameron, Eric Woodburn ..
Directed by: Jack Clayton
Release date: 1961-12-15
2.

The Pit and the Pendulum

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

Francis Barnard goes to Spain, when he hears his sister Elizabeth has died. Her husband Nicholas Medina, the son of the most brutal torturer of the Spanish Inquisition, tells him she has died of a blood disease, but Francis finds this hard to believe. After some investigating he finds out that it was extreme fear that was fatal to his sister and that she may have been buried alive!

Starring: Vincent Price, John Kerr, Luana Anders, Antony Carbone, Patrick Westwood, Lynette Bernay, Mary Menzies, Barbara Steele, Charles Victor, Larry Turner ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1961-08-12
Best Thriller Movies of 1961 : The Shelter
3.

The Shelter

4.6
8.5/10 IMDB

A suburban dinner party is interrupted by a bulletin warning of an impending nuclear attack. As the neighbors scramble to prepare themselves, they turn against the one family that installed a permanent bomb shelter.

Starring: Larry Gates, Joseph Bernard, Jack Albertson, Peggy Stewart, Sandy Kenyon, Michael Burns, Jo Helton, Moria Turner, Mary Gregory ..
Directed by: Lamont Johnson
Release date: 1961-09-29
Best Thriller Movies of 1961 : The Midnight Sun
4.

The Midnight Sun

4.2
8.5/10 IMDB

When the Earth falls out of orbit, two women try to cope with increasingly oppressive heat in a nearly abandoned city.

Starring: Lois Nettleton, Betty Garde, Tom Reese, Jason Wingreen, Juney Ellis, William Keene ..
Directed by: Anton Leader
Release date: 1961-11-17
5.

Victim

4.0
7.7/10 IMDB

In early 1960s London, barrister Melville Farr is on the path to success. With his practice winning cases and a loving marriage to his wife, Farr's career and personal life are nearly idyllic. However, when blackmailers link Farr to a young gay man, everything Farr has worked for is threatened. As it turns out, Farr is a closeted homosexual -- which is problematic, due to Britain's anti-sodomy laws. But instead of giving in, Farr decides to fight.

Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Sylvia Syms, Dennis Price, Nigel Stock, Peter McEnery, Anthony Nicholls, Norman Bird, Margaret Diamond, Hilton Edwards, John Barrie ..
Directed by: Basil Dearden
Release date: 1961-08-01
6.

Taste of Fear

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

A wheelchair-bound young girl returns to her father's estate after ten years, and although she's told he's away, she keeps seeing his dead body on the estate.

Starring: Susan Strasberg, Ronald Lewis, Ann Todd, Christopher Lee, John Serret, Leonard Sachs, Anne Blake, Fred Johnson, Bernard Browne, Madame Lobegue ..
Directed by: Seth Holt
Release date: 1961-06-05
Best Thriller Movies of 1961 : Blast of Silence
7.

Blast of Silence

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

A hired killer from Cleveland has a job to do on a second-string mob boss in New York. But a special girl from his past, and a fat gun dealer with pet rats, each gets in his way.

Starring: Allen Baron, Molly McCarthy, Larry Tucker, Bill DePrato, Peter H. Clune, Danny Meehan, Lionel Stander, Joe Bubbico, Gil Rogers, Ruth Kaner ..
Directed by: Allen Baron
Release date: 1961-03-20
8.

Underworld U.S.A.

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

A bitter young man sets out to get back at the gangsters who murdered his father.

Starring: Cliff Robertson, Dolores Dorn, Beatrice Kay, Paul Dubov, Robert Emhardt, Larry Gates, Richard Rust, Gerald Milton, David Kent, Peter Brocco ..
Directed by: Samuel Fuller
Release date: 1961-02-22
9.

The Young Savages

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

A district attorney investigates the racially charged case of three teenagers accused of the murder of a blind Puerto Rican boy.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Dina Merrill, Edward Andrews, Vivian Nathan, Shelley Winters, Larry Gates, Telly Savalas, Pilar Seurat, Jody Fair, Roberta Shore ..
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Release date: 1961-05-24
Best Thriller Movies of 1961 : Homicidal
10.

Homicidal

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

A woman named Emily checks into a hotel and offers the bellboy $2000 to temporarily marry her. We soon find out Emily is the caretaker of a wheelchair-bound mute named Helga, who was the childhood guardian of a pair of siblings: Miriam Webster and her half-brother, Warren, who is about to inherit the estate of their late father. Who is the mysterious Emily and what are her intentions?

Starring: Glenn Corbett, Patricia Breslin, Eugenie Leontovich, Alan Bunce, Richard Rust, James Westerfield, Gilbert Green, Joan Marshall, Hope Summers, William Castle ..
Directed by: William Castle
Release date: 1961-07-26

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