Best Thriller Movies of 1963

1.

The Great Escape

6.6
8.2/10 IMDB

The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocate them to a high-security 'escape-proof' camp to sit out the remainder of the war. Undaunted, the prisoners plan one of the most ambitious escape attempts of World War II. Based on a true story.

Starring: James Garner, Donald Pleasence, Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Donald, David McCallum, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Angus Lennie, Gordon Jackson ..
Directed by: John Sturges
Release date: 1963-06-20
2.

Charade

6.4
7.9/10 IMDB

After Regina Lampert falls for the dashing Peter Joshua on a skiing holiday in the French Alps, she discovers upon her return to Paris that her husband has been murdered. Soon, she and Peter are giving chase to three of her late husband's World War II cronies, Tex, Scobie and Gideon, who are after a quarter of a million dollars the quartet stole while behind enemy lines. But why does Peter keep changing his name?

Starring: Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn, George Kennedy, Dominique Minot, Ned Glass, Jacques Marin, Paul Bonifas, Thomas Chelimsky ..
Directed by: Stanley Donen
Release date: 1963-12-05
3.

From Russia with Love

5.9
7.4/10 IMDB

Agent 007 is back in the second installment of the James Bond series, this time battling a secret crime organization known as SPECTRE. Russians Rosa Klebb and Kronsteen are out to snatch a decoding device known as the Lektor, using the ravishing Tatiana to lure Bond into helping them. Bond willingly travels to meet Tatiana in Istanbul, where he must rely on his wits to escape with his life in a series of deadly encounters with the enemy.

Starring: Sean Connery, Daniela Bianchi, Pedro Armendáriz, Lotte Lenya, Robert Shaw, Bernard Lee, Eunice Gayson, Walter Gotell, Francis de Wolff, Nadja Regin ..
Directed by: Terence Young
Release date: 1963-10-10
4.

Shock Corridor

5.1
7.3/10 IMDB

With the help of his girlfriend Cathy and Dr. Fong, a psychiatrist, ambitious journalist Johnny Barrett poses as a madman in order to be admitted to a mental institution where a bloody murder has been committed.

Starring: Peter Breck, Constance Towers, Gene Evans, James Best, Hari Rhodes, Larry Tucker, Paul Dubov, Marie Devereux, Barbara Perry, Chuck Roberson ..
Directed by: Samuel Fuller
Release date: 1963-09-25
5.

Lord of the Flies

4.9
6.9/10 IMDB

Amidst a nuclear war, a plane carrying a group of schoolboys crash lands on a deserted island. With no adult survivors, the boys are forced to fend for themselves. At first they cooperate, but when they split into two separate camps -- one led by the pragmatic Ralph and the other by militaristic Jack -- their society falls into disarray, leading to a disturbing examination of human nature and a chilling conclusion.

Starring: James Aubrey, Tom Chapin, Hugh Edwards, Roger Elwin, Tom Gaman, Nicholas Hammond, Peter Davy ..
Directed by: Peter Brook
Release date: 1963-08-13
6.

Murder at the Gallop

4.3
7.2/10 IMDB

Miss Marple and Mr. Stringer are witnesses to the death by heart attack of elderly, rich Mr. Enderby. Yet they have their doubts about what happened. The police don't believe them, thus leading Miss Marple to yet again investigate by herself.

Starring: Margaret Rutherford, Stringer Davis, Robert Morley, Flora Robson, Charles Tingwell, Gordon Harris, Robert Urquhart, Katya Douglas, Noel Howlett, Finlay Currie ..
Directed by: George Pollock
Release date: 1963-06-24
7.

X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes

4.1
6.6/10 IMDB

A doctor uses special eye drops to give himself x-ray vision, but the new power has disastrous consequences.

Starring: Ray Milland, Diana Van der Vlis, Harold J. Stone, John Hoyt, Don Rickles, Dick Miller, Jonathan Haze, Kathryn Hart, John Dierkes, Morris Ankrum ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1963-07-13
8.

The Three Lives of Thomasina

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Thomasina is the pet cat of Mary McDhui, the daughter of Scottish veterinarian Andrew McDhui. When Thomasina falls ill, McDhui declares that the pet should be put down. But when Mary and her father try to bury the cat, Lori MacGregor (Susan Hampshire), who is said to be a witch, shows up and attempts to steal it.

Starring: Patrick McGoohan, Susan Hampshire, Karen Dotrice, Laurence Naismith, Jean Anderson, Matthew Garber, Denis Gilmore, Vincent Winter, Finlay Currie, Elspeth March ..
Directed by: Don Chaffey
Release date: 1963-12-11
9.

The Prize

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

A group of Nobel laureates descends on Stockholm to accept their awards. Among them is American novelist Andrew Craig, a former literary luminary now writing pulp detective stories to earn a living. Craig, who is infamous for his drinking and womanizing, formulates a wild theory that physics prize winner Dr. Max Stratman has been replaced by an impostor, embroiling Craig and his chaperone in a Cold War kidnapping plot.

Starring: Paul Newman, Edward G. Robinson, Elke Sommer, Diane Baker, Micheline Presle, Gérard Oury, Sacha Pitoëff, Sergio Fantoni, Kevin McCarthy, Leo G. Carroll ..
Directed by: Mark Robson
Release date: 1963-12-25
10.

The List of Adrian Messenger

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

Adrian Messenger, a famous writer, asks his friend Anthony Gethryn, a former British agent, to help him investigate the whereabouts of the people who appear on a list, without asking him the reason why he should do so.

Starring: George C. Scott, Dana Wynter, Clive Brook, Tony Curtis, Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Robert Mitchum, Frank Sinatra, John Merivale, Gladys Cooper ..
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1963-05-23
11.

Paranoiac

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

Simon Ashby is a wealthy psychotic who is is coddled by his aunt in their palatial mansion outside of London. One day, Ashby's long lost brother mysteriously arrives at the house, but events prove that he is an impostor, sent by Keith Kossett, son of the attorney for the family estate, who has been dipping into the family trust fund.

Starring: Janette Scott, Oliver Reed, Sheila Burrell, Maurice Denham, Alexander Davion, Liliane Brousse, Harold Lang, Arnold Diamond, John Bonney, John Stuart ..
Directed by: Freddie Francis
Release date: 1963-01-07
12.

Dementia 13

3.5
5.7/10 IMDB

Shocked by the death of her spouse, a scheming widow hatches a bold plan to get her hands on the inheritance, unaware that she is targeted by an axe-wielding murderer who lurks in the family's estate. What mystery shrouds the noble house?

Starring: William Campbell, Luana Anders, Bart Patton, Mary Mitchel, Patrick Magee, Eithne Dunne, Peter Read, Karl Schanzer, Ron Perry, Derry O'Donavan ..
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Release date: 1963-09-25
Best Thriller Movies of 1963 : The Sadist
13.

The Sadist

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

Three people driving into Los Angeles for a Dodgers game have car trouble and pull off into an old wrecking yard where they are held at bay by a bloodthirsty psycho and his crazy girlfriend.

Starring: Arch Hall Jr., Richard Alden, Marilyn Manning, Helen Hovey, Don Russell, Arch Hall Sr., Joan Howard ..
Directed by: James Landis
Release date: 1963-04-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1963 : The Ugly American
14.

The Ugly American

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

An intelligent, articulate scholar, Harrison MacWhite, survives a hostile Senate confirmation hearing at the hands of conservatives to become ambassador to Sarkan, a southeast Asian country where civil war threatens a tense peace. Despite his knowledge, once he's there, MacWhite sees only a dichotomy between the U.S. and Communism. He can't accept that anti-American sentiment might be a longing for self-determination and nationalism. So, he breaks from his friend Deong, a local opposition leader, ignores a foreman's advice about slowing the building of a road, and tries to muscle ahead. What price must the country and his friends pay for him to get some sense?

Starring: Marlon Brando, Eiji Okada, Sandra Church, Pat Hingle, Arthur Hill, Jocelyn Brando, Reiko Sato, Kukrit Pramoj, Judson Pratt, George Shibata ..
Directed by: George Englund
Release date: 1963-04-02
15.

Night Tide

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

A young sailor falls in love with a mysterious woman performing as a mermaid on the local pier. As they become entwined, he comes to suspect the woman might be a real mermaid who lures men to a watery death during the full moon.

Starring: Dennis Hopper, Linda Lawson, Gavin Muir, Luana Anders, Marjorie Eaton, Tom Dillon, H.E. West, Marjorie Cameron, Chaino, Kirby Allan ..
Directed by: Curtis Harrington
Release date: 1963-06-06
16.

Diary of a Madman

3.3
6.3/10 IMDB

Simon Cordier, a French magistrate and amateur sculptor comes into contact with a malevolent entity. The invisible - yet corporeal - being, called a "horla" is capable of limited psychokinesis and complete mind control.

Starring: Vincent Price, Nancy Kovack, Chris Warfield, Elaine Devry, Ian Wolfe, Stephen Roberts, Lewis Martin, Mary Adams, Nelson Olmsted, Don Brodie ..
Directed by: Reginald Le Borg
Release date: 1963-03-06
17.

The Ghost

3.3
6.1/10 IMDB

A woman and her lover murder her husband, a doctor. Soon, however, strange things start happening, and they wonder if they really killed him, or if he is coming back from the dead to haunt them.

Starring: Barbara Steele, Peter Baldwin, Elio Jotta, Harriet Medin, Carol Bennet, Carlo Kechler, Umberto Raho, Reginald Price Anderson ..
Directed by: Riccardo Freda
Release date: 1963-03-30
18.

Johnny Cool

3.2
6.4/10 IMDB

A deported gangster trains an Italian convict to take over his operations in the U.S.

Starring: Henry Silva, Elizabeth Montgomery, Richard Anderson, Jim Backus, Joey Bishop, Brad Dexter, Wanda Hendrix, Hank Henry, Marc Lawrence, John McGiver ..
Directed by: William Asher
Release date: 1963-10-02
19.

Maniac

3.2
5.9/10 IMDB

When a stranger enters a quiet, country town and is seduced by a sensuous married woman he unwittingly finds himself at the centre of a storm of sexual guilt and murder.

Starring: Kerwin Mathews, Nadia Gray, Donald Houston, Liliane Brousse, George Pastell, Arnold Diamond, Norman Bird, Justine Lord, Jerold Wells, Leon Peers ..
Directed by: Michael Carreras
Release date: 1963-05-20
20.

The Terror

3.2
5.0/10 IMDB

A young officer in Napoleon's army pursues a mysterious woman to the castle of an elderly Baron.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Jack Nicholson, Sandra Knight, Dick Miller, Dorothy Neumann, Jonathan Haze ..
Directed by: Roger Corman, Francis Ford Coppola, Jack Nicholson, Monte Hellman, Jack Hill, Jack Hale, Dennis Jakob
Release date: 1963-06-17
21.

The Mind Benders

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

A British scientist is discovered to have been passing information to the Communists, then kills himself. Another scientist decides that they might have brainwashed him by a sensory deprivation technique, but he doesn’t know if someone really can be convinced to act against their strongest feelings. So he agrees to be the subject in an experiment in which others will try to make him stop loving his wife.

Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Mary Ure, John Clements, Wendy Craig, Geoffrey Keen, Norman Bird, Michael Bryant, Harold Goldblatt, Edward Fox, Terry Palmer ..
Directed by: Basil Dearden
Release date: 1963-02-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1963 : The Silent Playground
22.

The Silent Playground

2.7
6.7/10 IMDB

Police hunt for mental hospital out patient Simon Lacey, who has been unwittingly handing out barbiturates to children as sweets.

Starring: Bernard Archard, Jean Anderson, Roland Curram, Ellen McIntosh, John Ronane, Desmond Llewelyn, Rowena Gregory, Basil Beale, Cheryl Molineaux, Michael Byrne ..
Directed by: Stanley Goulder
Release date: 1963-12-31
Best Thriller Movies of 1963 : The Man Who Finally Died
23.

The Man Who Finally Died

2.7
6.1/10 IMDB

Joe Newman, a naturalised Briton, is telephoned by his German father, whom he believed long dead, at the same time as a funeral is taking place in Bavaria - with his father's name on the coffin. His investigation in Bavaria reveals startling facts and the obstruction he meets makes him suspect foul play.

Starring: Stanley Baker, Peter Cushing, Mai Zetterling, Eric Portman, Nigel Green, Georgina Ward, Niall MacGinnis, Barbara Everest, Alfred Burke, James Ottaway ..
Directed by: Quentin Lawrence
Release date: 1963-12-01
24.

No Time To Kill

2.7
5.7/10 IMDB

A vengeful ex-con, framed and sentenced to eight years on for arson, heads to Sweden to look for the real guilty party.

Starring: John Ireland, Ellen Schwiers, Birgitta Andersson, Frank Sundström, Hans Strååt ..
Directed by: Tom Younger
Release date: 1963-01-02
Best Thriller Movies of 1963 : Violent Midnight
25.

Violent Midnight

2.5
5.7/10 IMDB

An axe murderer is loose in a small New England town.

Starring: Lee Philips, Shepperd Strudwick, Jean Hale, Dick Van Patten, James Farentino, Lorraine Rogers, Margot Hartman, Kaye Elhardt, Sylvia Miles, Mike O'Dowd ..
Directed by: Richard Hilliard
Release date: 1963-05-22
Best Thriller Movies of 1963 : Narcotics Division
26.

Narcotics Division

2.5
6.5/10 IMDB

Vice cop infiltrates a jazz club to bust a heroin ring.

Starring: Julio Aldama, Olivia Michel, Noé Murayama, Fanny Cano, Germán Robles, David Silva ..
Directed by: Alberto Mariscal, Juan Hernández
Release date: 1963-10-31
Best Thriller Movies of 1963 : The Invasion of the Vampires
27.

The Invasion of the Vampires

2.4
5.3/10 IMDB

A doctor and his assistant hunt down a vampire named Count Frankenhausen, who is terrorizing the populace.

Starring: Erna Martha Bauman, Rafael del Río, Bertha Moss, Carlos Agostí, Tito Junco, Fernando Soto, Enrique Lucero, David Reynoso, Enrique García Álvarez, José Chávez ..
Directed by: Miguel Morayta
Release date: 1963-06-20
Best Thriller Movies of 1963 : 13 Frightened Girls
28.

13 Frightened Girls

2.3
5.2/10 IMDB

While attending a Swiss school for diplomats' daughters, the teenage daughter of the American ambassador uses her access to various embassies to engage in espionage.

Starring: Murray Hamilton, Joyce Taylor, Hugh Marlowe, Khigh Dhiegh, Charlie Briggs, Norma Varden, Garth Benton, María Cristina Servera, Janet Mary Prance, Penny Anne Mills ..
Directed by: William Castle
Release date: 1963-04-18
Best Thriller Movies of 1963 : The Sicilians
29.

The Sicilians

2.3
4.8/10 IMDB

An aide at the American Embassy in London finds himself involved with both Scotland Yard and the French police over the kidnapping of the son of a Mafia boss who has spilled the beans back in the States.

Starring: Robert Hutton, Reginald Marsh, Ursula Howells, Alex Scott, Eric Pohlmann, Patricia Hayes, Warren Mitchell, Aleta Morrison, Susan Denny, Robert Ayres ..
Directed by: Ernest Morris
Release date: 1963-01-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1963 : Thunder Island
30.

Thunder Island

2.3
5.2/10 IMDB

A hit man hijacks a boat — and the married couple aboard — in order to carry out a contract on a dictator in the Caribbean.

Starring: Gene Nelson, Brian Kelly, Fay Spain, Miriam Colón, Antonio Torres Martinó, Esther Sandoval, Art Bedard, Axel Anderson, José de San Antón, Tino García ..
Directed by: Jack Leewood
Release date: 1963-08-24
31.

House of the Damned

2.3
5.2/10 IMDB

An architect and his wife are staying in an empty castle in California. They are joined by an unhappily married lawyer and his wife. Things start getting strange when they spot a half man/half beast prowling around the house and keep seeing a headless woman wandering the grounds.

Starring: Ron Foster, Merry Anders, Richard Crane, Dal McKennon, Erika Peters, Georgia Schmidt, Stacey Winters, Richard Kiel, Ayllene Gibbons, Frieda Pushnik ..
Directed by: Maury Dexter
Release date: 1963-03-01
32.

Scum of the Earth!

2.2
5.2/10 IMDB

A naive and innocent teenage girl is blackmailed into modeling in the nude for a photographer who is in league with a teenage gang whose boss illegally sells photos of teenage girls being abused and degraded.

Starring: William Kerwin, Allison Louise Downe, Lawrence J. Aberwood, Sandra Sinclair, Mal Arnold, Craig Maudslay Jr., Christy Foushee, Christina Castel, Herschell Gordon Lewis ..
Directed by: Herschell Gordon Lewis
Release date: 1963-10-08
33.

The Madmen of Mandoras

1.6
3.1/10 IMDB

A group of Nazi survivors save Hitler's brain keeping it alive in a huge jar hooked up to a machine. The Nazis plan to release a deadly gas destroying all life on the planet. To ensure their success they kidnap Professor Coleman the only man on the planet with the antidote to the poison gas.

Starring: Walter Stocker, Audrey Caire, Carlos Rivas, John Holland, Marshall Reed, Scott Peters, Keith Dahle, Dani Lynn, Nestor Paiva, Pedro Regas ..
Directed by: David Bradley
Release date: 1963-11-13
Best Thriller Movies of 1963 : The Yellow Canary
34.

The Yellow Canary

1.6
6.6/10 IMDB

Andy is an arrogant pop singer about to be divorced by his wife who treats his staff badly. On the same night he starts a job at a theater in Los Angeles his infant son is kidnapped. Despite requests from the lead police officer on the case, Lieutenant Bonner, Paxton plays along with the kidnappers as they string him along even though they are willing to kill.

Starring: Pat Boone, Barbara Eden, Steve Forrest, Jack Klugman, Jesse White, Jeff Corey, Harold Gould, John Banner, Joe Turkel, Steve Harris ..
Directed by: Buzz Kulik
Release date: 1963-05-15
Best Thriller Movies of 1963 : Escape from Hell Island
35.

Escape from Hell Island

1.0
3.9/10 IMDB

The plot concerns a Key West charter boat captain persuaded to help smuggle Cuban refugees to Florida. When a refugee is killed while escaping, he loses his license and becomes involved with a married woman, whose jealous husband wants him dead.

Starring: Mark Stevens, Jack Donner, Linda Gaye Scott, David Aldrich, Louis Oquendo, Russell Smith Jr., Mercedes Marlowe ..
Directed by: Mark Stevens
Release date: 1963-07-01

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