Best Thriller Movies of 1971

1.

The Insomniac

3.5
6.3/10 IMDB

A man experiences a night-time world that is part foreboding nightmare, part sexual fantasy.

Starring: Morris Perry, Valerie Van Ost, Patricia Leventon, Neville Marten ..
Directed by: Rodney Giesler
Release date: 1971-09-24
Best Thriller Movies of 1971 : In Broad Daylight
2.

In Broad Daylight

3.2
6.8/10 IMDB

A newly blind actor discovers his wife is cheating on him with his best friend and hatches a plot to murder her and frame his friend for it.

Starring: Richard Boone, Suzanne Pleshette, Stella Stevens, John Marley, Fred Beir, Whit Bissell, Paul Smith, Dan Spelling, Barbara Dodd, Wally Taylor ..
Directed by: Robert Day
Release date: 1971-10-16
Best Thriller Movies of 1971 : Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate
3.

Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate

2.9
6.8/10 IMDB

Four elderly ladies with a lot of time on their hands get the idea to create a fictional "girl" for a computer dating service. However, things take a turn for the worse when their description of the "girl" attracts a psychopath.

Starring: Helen Hayes, Myrna Loy, Mildred Natwick, Sylvia Sidney, John Beradino, Vince Edwards, Larry D. Mann, Barbara Davis, Gary Vinson, Paul Smith ..
Directed by: Ted Post
Release date: 1971-11-09
Best Thriller Movies of 1971 : The Ski Bum
4.

The Ski Bum

2.6
5.4/10 IMDB

A ski instructor tries to teach a bunch of insanely eccentric people how to ski while dealing with everyone wanting his attention.

Starring: Zalman King, Charlotte Rampling, Joseph Mell, Dimitra Arliss, Teddy King, Dwight Marfield, Freddie James, Lori Shelle, Pierre Jalbert, Anna Karen ..
Directed by: Bruce D. Clark
Release date: 1971-01-08
Best Thriller Movies of 1971 : Freelance
5.

Freelance

2.5
7.1/10 IMDB

A street-smart witness (Ian McShane) to a gangland slaying tries to beat the hit man at his own game.

Starring: Ian McShane, Gayle Hunnicutt, Keith Barron, Alan Lake ..
Directed by: Francis Megahy
Release date: 1971-01-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1971 : Five Desperate Women
6.

Five Desperate Women

2.5
6.4/10 IMDB

Five young women vacation together at a resort on an isolated island. They are the resort's only customers and, aside from the boat captain who brought them here and the resort's handyman, Wylie, the island's only inhabitants. When one of the women is found dead, the others begin to fear the captain, who's been acting strangely. Wylie and the captain argue over the identity of the murderer, each accusing the other, and a fight erupts. Alarmed, the women attempt to leave the island, but the boat -- their only means of escape -- explodes and sinks before they can board it. Then Wylie comes to their aid, claiming to have killed the boat captain in self-defense and telling the women they're safe. But are they?

Starring: Robert Conrad, Anjanette Comer, Bradford Dillman, Joan Hackett, Denise Nicholas, Stefanie Powers, Julie Sommars, Connie Sawyer, Beatrice Manley ..
Directed by: Ted Post
Release date: 1971-09-28
Best Thriller Movies of 1971 : The Todd Killings
7.

The Todd Killings

2.3
6.1/10 IMDB

Based on the true story of '60s thrill-killer Charles Schmidt ("The Pied Piper of Tucson"), Skipper Todd (Robert F. Lyons) is a charismatic 23-year old who charms his way into the lives of high school kids in a small California town. Girls find him attractive and are only too willing to accompany him to a nearby desert area to be his "girl for the night." Not all of them return, however. Featuring Richard Thomas as his loyal hanger-on and a colorful assortment of familiar actors in vivid character roles including Barbara Bel Geddes, Gloria Grahame, Edward Asner, Fay Spain, James Broderick and Michael Conrad.

Starring: Robert F. Lyons, Richard Thomas, Belinda Montgomery, Ed Asner, Gloria Grahame, Barbara Bel Geddes, Sherry Miles, Holly Near, James Broderick, Fay Spain ..
Directed by: Barry Shear
Release date: 1971-10-20
Best Thriller Movies of 1971 : Dark Dreams
8.

Dark Dreams

2.1
4.9/10 IMDB

A young couple inadvertently gets mixed up with a coven of devil worshipers.

Starring: Harry Reems, Laura Cannon, Patrice De Veur, June Dulu, Tom Lee, Alan Martin, Darby Lloyd Rains, Tina Russell, Storm Cloud, Suzy Mann ..
Directed by: Roger Guermantes
Release date: 1971-07-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1971 : Vengeance Cops
9.

Vengeance Cops

1.4
5.6/10 IMDB

The police discover trace the perpetrators of a bank robbery to a group of organized criminals. The criminals attempt to use the sister of a deceased gang member to infiltrate the cops, but when she learns the gang was responsible for her brothers' death, she turns coat and assists the police in foiling the gang's plans.

Starring: Chris du Toit, Helga van Wyk, Dawid van der Walt, Ian Yule, Peter Tobin ..
Directed by: Ivan Hall
Release date: 1971-06-21
Best Thriller Movies of 1971 : The Lonely Violent Beach
10.

The Lonely Violent Beach

1.3
5.5/10 IMDB

A married couple on a weekend away when their private party is crashed by a band of local bikers. They tie up the man and the leader rapes his wife. The wife and the bike leader then fall for one another, that turns out to be bad news for the husband, and for the bike gang...

Starring: Robert Hoffmann, Mara Maryl, Riccardo Salvino, Walter Maestosi, Joshua Sinclair ..
Directed by: Ernesto Gastaldi
Release date: 1971-05-05

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