Best Thriller Movies of 1961

1.

The Innocents

5.5
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.

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
3.

Cash on Demand

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

A charming but ruthless criminal holds the family of a bank manager hostage as part of a cold-blooded plan to steal 97,000 pounds.

Starring: Peter Cushing, André Morell, Richard Vernon, Norman Bird, Barry Lowe, Kevin Stoney, Edith Sharpe, Lois Daine, Alan Haywood, Charles Morgan ..
Directed by: Quentin Lawrence
Release date: 1961-12-20
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 : Blast of Silence
5.

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
6.

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: 1961-02-22
Best Thriller Movies of 1961 : Homicidal
7.

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
Best Thriller Movies of 1961 : The Third Alibi
8.

The Third Alibi

3.0
6.9/10 IMDB

A composer (Laurence Payne) is stuck in a middle-class marriage and finds that his affair with his wife's half-sister (Jane Griffiths) has resulted in a pregnancy. When his wife refuses to give him a divorce he hatches a murder scheme that is too clever by half.

Starring: Laurence Payne, Patricia Dainton, Jane Griffiths, Edward Underdown, Humphrey Lestocq, Lucy Griffiths, Olive Milbourne, Arthur Hewlett, John Arnatt, Cleo Laine ..
Directed by: Montgomery Tully
Release date: 1961-09-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1961 : What a Carve Up
9.

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 Secret Partner
10.

The Secret Partner

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

A shipping tycoon with a record becomes a suspect when money goes missing from the company vault.

Starring: Stewart Granger, Haya Harareet, Bernard Lee, Hugh Burden, Lee Montague, Melissa Stribling, Conrad Phillips, John Lee, Norman Bird, Peter Illing ..
Directed by: Basil Dearden
Release date: 1961-05-01

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