Best Thriller Movies of 1961

1.

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 : Blast of Silence
2.

Blast of Silence

3.9
7.6/10 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
3.

Underworld U.S.A.

3.8
7.4/10 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: 1961-05-13
4.

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 ..
Directed by: Seth Holt
Release date: 1961-06-05
Best Thriller Movies of 1961 : Homicidal
5.

Homicidal

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

The story centers around a murderous scheme to collect a rich inheritance. The object of murder is Miriam Webster, who is to share in the inheritance with her half brother Warren, who lives with his childhood guardian Helga in the mansion where Warren and Mariam grew up. Confined to a wheelchair after recently suffering a stroke, Helga is cared for by her nurse Emily, a strange young woman who has formed a close bond with Warren.

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
Best Thriller Movies of 1961 : What a Carve Up
6.

What a Carve Up

2.9
6.4/10 IMDB

Ernie's Uncle Gabriel has just died but to claim his inheritance he must spend the night in the ancestral family home with the rest of his rather eccentric relatives. Ernie's imagination has been affected by his constant immersion in cheap horror novels, but his wildest fears turn out to be justified when the guests begin to drop dead.

Starring: Sid James, Kenneth Connor, Donald Pleasence, Shirley Eaton, Dennis Price, Michael Gough, Valerie Taylor, Esma Cannon, George Woodbridge, Michael Gwynn ..
Directed by: Pat Jackson
Release date: 1961-09-15
Best Thriller Movies of 1961 : The Naked Edge
7.

The Naked Edge

2.8
6.7/10 IMDB

Michael Anderson's 1961 suspense thriller stars Deborah Kerr as a London wife who suspects her wealthy husband (Gary Cooper) might be a murderer. The cast also includes Eric Portman, Diane Cilento, Hermione Gingold and Michael Wilding. This was Gary Cooper's last film.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Deborah Kerr, Eric Portman, Diane Cilento, Hermione Gingold, Peter Cushing, Michael Wilding ..
Directed by: Michael Anderson
Release date: 1961-06-30
Best Thriller Movies of 1961 : Ljuvlig är sommarnatten
8.

Ljuvlig är sommarnatten

2.7
6.0/10 IMDB

Someone is murdered. Who is the killer? Members of all star cast are all suspects...

Starring: Karl-Arne Holmsten, Sif Ruud, Erik Hell, Christina Carlwind, Folke Sundquist, Elisabeth Odén, Per Oscarsson, Angelo Zanolli, Hjördis Petterson, Stig Järrel ..
Directed by: Arne Mattsson
Release date: 1961-08-16
9.

Five Minutes to Live

2.6
5.7/10 IMDB

A gang of bank robbers terrorize a small town by knocking on doors and then killing whoever answers.

Starring: Johnny Cash, Ron Howard, Donald Woods, Cay Forester, Pamela Mason, Vic Tayback, Merle Travis, Midge Ware, Norma Varden, Leslie Kimmell ..
Directed by: Bill Karn
Release date: 1961-12-07
Best Thriller Movies of 1961 : The Gambler Wore a Gun
10.

The Gambler Wore a Gun

2.4
5.7/10 IMDB

The professional gambler Case Silverthorn wants to quit and retire to a small ranch in Marlpine he bought recently. On the way there he saves the Sheriff's life, who got into an ambush. However another man is dead, Will Donovan, from whom he bought the ranch! Neither the Sheriff nor Donovan's children know about the sale. So Case has to switch back to his former profession, while he tries to clarify the situation. He comes across a group of cattle thieves.

Starring: Jim Davis, Merry Anders, Addison Richards, Mark Allen, Robert Anderson, Don Dorrell, Charles Cane, Keith Richards, John Craig, Joe McGuinn ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1961-05-04

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