Best Thriller Movies of 1962


Dr. No

7.2/10 IMDB

In the film that launched the James Bond saga, Agent 007 battles mysterious Dr. No, a scientific genius bent on destroying the U.S. space program. As the countdown to disaster begins, Bond must go to Jamaica, where he encounters beautiful Honey Ryder, to confront a megalomaniacal villain in his massive island headquarters.

Starring: Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Joseph Wiseman, Jack Lord, Bernard Lee, Anthony Dawson, Zena Marshall, John Kitzmiller, Eunice Gayson, Lois Maxwell ..
Directed by: Terence Young
Release date: 1962-10-07

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

8.0/10 IMDB

A former child star torments her paraplegic sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion.

Starring: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono, Wesley Addy, Julie Allred, Anne Barton, Marjorie Bennett, Bert Freed, Anna Lee, Maidie Norman ..
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Release date: 1962-10-12

The Manchurian Candidate

7.9/10 IMDB

Near the end of the Korean War, a platoon of U.S. soldiers is captured by communists and brainwashed. Following the war, the platoon is returned home, and Sergeant Raymond Shaw is lauded as a hero by the rest of his platoon. However, the platoon commander, Captain Bennett Marco, finds himself plagued by strange nightmares and soon races to uncover a terrible plot.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh, Henry Silva, James Gregory, Leslie Parrish, John McGiver, Khigh Dhiegh, James Edwards ..
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Release date: 1962-10-01

Cape Fear

7.7/10 IMDB

Sam Bowden witnesses a rape committed by Max Cady and testifies against him. When released after 8 years in prison, Cady begins stalking Bowden and his family but is always clever enough not to violate the law.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen, Lori Martin, Martin Balsam, Telly Savalas, Barrie Chase, Paul Comi, John McKee, Page Slattery ..
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1962-04-12

Tales of Terror

6.8/10 IMDB

Three stories adapted from the work of Edgar Allen Poe: 1) A man and his daughter are reunited, but the blame for the death of his wife hangs over them, unresolved. 2) A derelict challenges the local wine-tasting champion to a competition, but finds the man's attention to his wife worthy of more dramatic action. 3) A man dying and in great pain agrees to be hypnotized at the moment of death, with unexpected consequences.

Starring: Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Basil Rathbone, Debra Paget, Joyce Jameson, Maggie Pierce, David Frankham, Leona Gage, Wally Campo, Alan DeWitt ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1962-07-04

The Day of the Triffids

6.1/10 IMDB

After an unusual meteor shower leaves most of the human population blind, a merchant navy officer must find a way to conquer tall, aggressive plants which are feeding on people and animals.

Starring: Howard Keel, Nicole Maurey, Janette Scott, Kieron Moore, Mervyn Johns, Ewan Roberts, Alison Leggatt, Geoffrey Matthews, Janina Faye, Gilgi Hauser ..
Directed by: Steve Sekely, Freddie Francis
Release date: 1962-07-05

The Counterfeit Traitor

7.5/10 IMDB

Blacklisted in modern day WW2, a Swedish oil trader opts to assist British Allies, by means of infiltrating and surveying Nazi Germany.

Starring: William Holden, Lilli Palmer, Hugh Griffith, Carl Raddatz, Ernst Schröder, Charles Regnier, Ingrid van Bergen, Helo Gutschwager, Wolfgang Preiss, Werner Peters ..
Directed by: George Seaton
Release date: 1962-04-17

Experiment in Terror

7.2/10 IMDB

A man with an asthmatic voice telephones and assaults clerk Kelly Sherwood at home and coerces her into helping him steal a large sum from her bank.

Starring: Glenn Ford, Lee Remick, Stefanie Powers, Roy Poole, Ned Glass, Anita Loo, Patricia Huston, Gilbert Green, Clifton James, Al Avalon ..
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Release date: 1962-04-12

The Notorious Landlady

6.7/10 IMDB

An American junior diplomat in London rents a house from, and falls in love with, a woman suspected of murder.

Starring: Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon, Fred Astaire, Lionel Jeffries, Estelle Winwood, Maxwell Reed, Henry Daniell, Bess Flowers, Philippa Bevans, Ronald Long ..
Directed by: Richard Quine
Release date: 1962-04-13

The Premature Burial

6.5/10 IMDB

An artist grows distant from his new wife as an irrational horror of premature burial consumes him.

Starring: Ray Milland, Hazel Court, Richard Ney, Heather Angel, Alan Napier, John Dierkes, Dick Miller, Brendan Dillon, Clive Halliday ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1962-03-07

Captain Clegg

6.6/10 IMDB

What secret lay behind the dreaded Marsh Phantoms, the ghostly riders whose silent approach in the darkness of the bleak, unwelcoming Romney Marshes causes men to die of fright? Are they a genuine manifestation or a cover for illegal smuggling activities. Perhaps Dr. Blyss, the benign vicar of the quiet village of Dymchurch, knows the truth about the ruthless pirate and smuggler who lies buried in the village graveyard and can unravel the phenomenon of the curse of Captain Clegg.

Starring: Peter Cushing, Patrick Allen, Oliver Reed, Yvonne Romain, Michael Ripper, Martin Benson, David Lodge, Daphne Anderson, Derek Francis, Milton Reid ..
Directed by: Peter Graham Scott
Release date: 1962-06-13

Panic in Year Zero!

6.6/10 IMDB

While on a fishing trip, Harry Baldwin (Ray Milland) and his family hear an explosion and realize that Los Angeles has been leveled by a nuclear attack. Looters and killers are everywhere. Escaping to the hills with his family, he sets about the business of surviving in a world where, he knows, the old ideals of humanity will be first casualties.

Starring: Ray Milland, Jean Hagen, Frankie Avalon, Mary Mitchel, Joan Freeman, Richard Bakalyan, Rex Holman, Richard Garland, Willis Bouchey, Neil Burstyn ..
Directed by: Ray Milland
Release date: 1962-07-05
Best Thriller Movies of 1962 : Tower of London

Tower of London

6.3/10 IMDB

The twisted Richard III is haunted by the ghosts of those he has murdered in his attempt to become the King of England.

Starring: Vincent Price, Michael Pate, Joan Freeman, Robert Brown, Bruce Gordon, Joan Camden, Richard Hale, Sandra Knight, Charles Macaulay, Justice Watson ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1962-10-24

Five Miles to Midnight

6.3/10 IMDB

Immediately after Lisa declares that she is leaving her immature, abusive, but easy-going husband Robert, he is reported dead in a plane crash. Secretly still alive, he convinces her to collect his life insurance, although she knows that it's a bad idea. Lisa must contend with the complications of the scheme, which involve an aggressive suitor, Robert's jealousy, and her own guilt.

Starring: Sophia Loren, Anthony Perkins, Gig Young, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Yolande Turner, Tommy Norden, Mathilde Casadesus, Billy Kearns, Elina Labourdette, Jacqueline Porel ..
Directed by: Anatole Litvak
Release date: 1962-12-12
Best Thriller Movies of 1962 : The Incredible Doktor Markesan

The Incredible Doktor Markesan

8.2/10 IMDB

Penniless Fred Bancroft, along with his new wife Molly, visits a sinister uncle he hasn't seen in years in hopes of living rent-free in his musty, decaying mansion.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Dick York, Carolyn Kearney, Richard Hale, Henry Hunter, Basil Howes, Billy Beck ..
Directed by: Robert Florey
Release date: 1962-02-25
Best Thriller Movies of 1962 : Don't Talk to Strange Men

Don't Talk to Strange Men

6.7/10 IMDB

An innocent girl is "groomed" over the telephone, and nearly becomes the victim of an attacker.

Starring: Christina Gregg, Cyril Raymond, Gillian Lind, Conrad Phillips, Janina Faye, Dandy Nichols, Gwen Nelson ..
Directed by: Pat Jackson
Release date: 1962-10-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1962 : The Painted Smile

The Painted Smile

5.9/10 IMDB

Jo and Mark are working the "outraged husband" racket when they fall foul of the sinister Kleinie....

Starring: Liz Fraser, Kenneth Griffith, Peter Reynolds, Nanette Newman, Tony Wickert, Craig Douglas, Ray Smith, David Hemmings, Harold Berens, Grazina Frame ..
Directed by: Lance Comfort
Release date: 1962-05-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1962 : Escape from East Berlin

Escape from East Berlin

6.6/10 IMDB

East Berlin, shortly after the construction of the Berlin Wall. Kurt Schröder and his family dig a tunnel to escape to West Berlin as they struggle to overcome the obstacles blocking their underground path to freedom.

Starring: Don Murray, Christine Kaufmann, Werner Klemperer, Ingrid van Bergen, Edith Schultze-Westrum, Bruno Fritz, Maria Tober, Horst Janson, Carl Schell, Anita Kupsch ..
Directed by: Robert Siodmak
Release date: 1962-10-22

The Cabinet of Caligari

5.8/10 IMDB

A delirious young woman feels trapped in a remote mansion at the mercy of a madman.

Starring: Glynis Johns, Dan O'Herlihy, Richard Davalos, Lawrence Dobkin, J. Pat O'Malley, Vicki Trickett, Estelle Winwood, Doreen Lang, Charles Fredericks, Constance Ford ..
Directed by: Roger Kay
Release date: 1962-05-25
Best Thriller Movies of 1962 : It's Only Money

It's Only Money

6.3/10 IMDB

Lester is a clumsy and awkward TV repair man who is nevertheless gifted technically. In helping out a friend, he is drawn into a mystery involving a missing heir in a rich family. He begins to notice little things, like how much those family portraits look like him. can't be...can he ?

Starring: Jerry Lewis, Jack Weston, Mae Questel, Jesse White, Joan O'Brien, Zachary Scott, Pat Dahl, Barbara Pepper, Francine York, Milton Frome ..
Directed by: Frank Tashlin
Release date: 1962-11-20


6.4/10 IMDB

Respectable schoolmaster returns from work on the eve of a wedding anniversary holiday to find a strange man dead in their bathroom and his wife missing.

Starring: Patricia Burke, Robert Dean, Ingrid Hafner, Peter Halliday, Joan Heath, Patrick Jordan, Barbara Lott, William Sherwood, Arthur Hewlett, Alan Rolfe ..
Directed by: Peter Maxwell
Release date: 1962-01-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1962 : The Traitors

The Traitors

6.0/10 IMDB

The cat and mouse game between government agents and a spy ring that has taken secret documents from a plane crash in Germany, not far from an US military research centre.

Starring: Patrick Allen, Jacqueline Ellis, James Maxwell, Zena Walker ..
Directed by: Robert Tronson
Release date: 1962-05-01

Satan in High Heels

5.6/10 IMDB

A carnival burlesque dancer robs her junkie ex-husband, goes to New York, gets a job at a high-class club where she becomes the mistress of the wealthy owner. She seduces his son and causes a murder.

Starring: Meg Myles, Grayson Hall, Mike Keene, Robert Yuro, Earl Hammond, Del Tenney, Sabrina ..
Directed by: Jerald Intrator
Release date: 1962-03-23

This Is Not a Test

5.3/10 IMDB

A highway patrolman stops motorists on a highway after he hears news reports of a possible nuclear attack.

Starring: Seamon Glass, Thayer Roberts, Aubrey Martin, Mary Morlas, Michael Greene, Alan Austin, Carol Kent, Norman Winston, Ron Starr, Don Spruance ..
Directed by: Fredric Gadette
Release date: 1962-01-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1962 : Trauma


5.1/10 IMDB

Eight years after her aunt Helen Garrison is killed, newlywed niece Emmaline and husband Warren return to the home where Helen died, where Emmaline tries to recall events from that fateful night that her mind has blacked out.

Starring: John Conte, Lynn Bari, Lorrie Richards, David Garner, Warren J. Kemmerling, William Bissell, Bond Blackman, William Justine ..
Directed by: Robert M. Young
Release date: 1962-03-23

Hands of a Stranger

5.1/10 IMDB

A concert pianist loses his hands in a car crash, but a surgeon gives him new ones. The experimental medical procedure goes awry when the new hands drive the pianist mad.

Starring: Paul Lukather, Joan Harvey, James Noah, Michael Rye, Laurence Haddon, Elaine Martone, George Sawaya, Sally Kellerman, Irish McCalla, Michael Rye ..
Directed by: Newt Arnold
Release date: 1962-04-22
Best Thriller Movies of 1962 : Dangerous Charter

Dangerous Charter

4.2/10 IMDB

The crew of a fishing boat discovers a deserted luxury yacht at sea with a dead body on board. They claim the yacht as salvage, not knowing that a drug smuggling ring has hidden $500,000 worth of heroin on the boat.

Starring: Chris Warfield, Sally Fraser, Dick Foote, Peter Forster, Chick Chandler, Wright King ..
Directed by: Robert Gottschalk
Release date: 1962-09-19
Best Thriller Movies of 1962 : Night of the Prowler

Night of the Prowler

4.8/10 IMDB

An avaricious, ambitious fellow, desiring to hold the reins for a major auto company, must frame someone for murder before he can get what he wants. He chooses a reformed embezzler who works for the company.

Starring: Patrick Holt, Colette Wilde, Bill Nagy, Mitzi Rogers, John Horsley, Benny Lee, Mark Singleton, Tony Wager, Marianne Stone ..
Directed by: Francis Searle
Release date: 1962-12-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1962 : The Storm

The Storm

7.6/10 IMDB

A newlywed woman is alone in her home during a devastating storm. As she waits for her husband to return, she is besieged by menacing sounds throughout the house, power outages, a jumpy pet black cat, and a creepy cabbie. After much deliberation, she decides to investigate a strange disturbance in the storm cellar.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Nancy Kelly, David McLean, James Griffith, Jean Carroll, Boris Karloff ..
Directed by: Herschel Daugherty
Release date: 1962-01-21
Best Thriller Movies of 1962 : Belle Sommers

Belle Sommers

6.5/10 IMDB

A woman recording artist with a past tries to shake off a gangster syndicate.

Starring: David Janssen, Polly Bergen, Carroll O'Connor, Warren Stevens, Jay Adler ..
Directed by: Elliot Silverstein
Release date: 1962-05-30

Ring of Terror

1.8/10 IMDB

A group of medical students undertake some silly and frightening endeavors in order to pledge a fraternity.

Starring: George E. Mather, Esther Furst, Norman Ollestad, Pamela Raymond, Lomax Study, Austin Green, Joseph Conway ..
Directed by: Clark L. Paylow
Release date: 1962-02-01

The Secret Thread

0.0/10 IMDB

A writer, Arnold Reed, goes back to his former boyhood home in the East End, and there, finding it about to be torn down, he revisits his attic room, and stumbles on evidence of the operations of dealers in illegal traffic. He breaks his ankle and has to hide from the criminals, one of whom is a murderer.

Starring: Marius Goring, Brian Bedford, Ann Lynn, Richard Bird, J. Mark Roberts, Robert Lang, David Connell, Michael Collins, Frank Fenter ..
Directed by: Harold Clayton
Release date: 1962-01-05
Best Thriller Movies of 1962 : Tomorrow at Ten

Tomorrow at Ten

6.8/10 IMDB

A British policeman (John Gregson) tries to find a rich man's (Alec Clunes) son before a kidnapper's (Robert Shaw) time bomb blows.

Starring: John Gregson, Robert Shaw, Alec Clunes, Alan Wheatley, Kenneth Cope, Helen Cherry, Betty McDowall, William Hartnell, Harry Fowler, Ernest Clark ..
Directed by: Lance Comfort
Release date: 1962-09-01

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