Best Thriller Movies of 1972

1.

Deliverance

6.1
7.7/10 IMDB

Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's turned into one huge lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a river-rafting trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.

Starring: Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox, Ed Ramey, Billy Redden, Seamon Glass, Randall Deal, Bill McKinney, Herbert 'Cowboy' Coward ..
Directed by: John Boorman
Release date: 1972-08-18
2.

Sleuth

5.6
8.0/10 IMDB

A mystery novelist devises an insurance scam with his wife’s lover – but things aren’t exactly as they seem.

Starring: Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine, Alec Cawthorne, John Matthews, Eve Channing, Teddy Martin ..
Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Release date: 1972-12-10
3.

The Getaway

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

A recently released ex-convict and his loyal wife go on the run after a heist goes wrong.

Starring: Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Ben Johnson, Al Lettieri, Sally Struthers, Slim Pickens, Richard Bright, Jack Dodson, Dub Taylor, Bo Hopkins ..
Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Release date: 1972-09-20
4.

Frenzy

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

After a serial killer strangles several women with a necktie, London police identify a suspect—but he claims vehemently to be the wrong man.

Starring: Jon Finch, Barry Foster, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Anna Massey, Alec McCowen, Vivien Merchant, Billie Whitelaw, Clive Swift, Bernard Cribbins, Jean Marsh ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1972-05-25
5.

The Poseidon Adventure

5.2
7.1/10 IMDB

When their ocean liner capsizes, a group of passengers struggle to survive and escape.

Starring: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Carol Lynley, Roddy McDowall, Stella Stevens, Shelley Winters, Jack Albertson, Leslie Nielsen, Pamela Sue Martin ..
Directed by: Ronald Neame
Release date: 1972-12-13
6.

The Mechanic

4.9
6.8/10 IMDB

Arthur Bishop is a veteran hit man who, owing to his penchant for making his targets' deaths seem like accidents, thinks himself an artist. It's made him very rich, but as he hits middle age, he's so depressed and lonely that he takes on one of his victim's sons, Steve McKenna, as his apprentice. Arthur puts him through a rigorous training period and brings him on several hits. As Steven improves, Arthur worries that he'll discover who killed his father.

Starring: Charles Bronson, Jan-Michael Vincent, Jill Ireland, Tak Kubota, Keenan Wynn, Frank De Kova, Linda Ridgeway, James Davidson, Lindsay Crosby, Steve Cory ..
Directed by: Michael Winner
Release date: 1972-10-06
7.

The Last House on the Left

4.3
5.9/10 IMDB

Two teenage girls try to buy marijuana in the city - where they get kidnapped and brutalized by a gang of psychotic convicts.

Starring: Sandra Peabody, Lucy Grantham, David Hess, Fred J. Lincoln, Jeramie Rain, Marc Sheffler, Richard Towers, Cynthia Carr, Ada Washington, Marshall Anker ..
Directed by: Wes Craven
Release date: 1972-08-30
8.

Asylum

3.9
6.4/10 IMDB

A young psychiatrist applies for a job at a mental asylum, and must pass a test by interviewing four patients. He must figure out which of the patients, is in fact, the doctor that he would be replacing if hired.

Starring: Peter Cushing, Patrick Magee, Herbert Lom, Britt Ekland, Barry Morse, Charlotte Rampling, Barbara Parkins, Robert Powell, Sylvia Syms, Richard Todd ..
Directed by: Roy Ward Baker
Release date: 1972-11-17
9.

The Night Stalker

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

Wisecracking reporter Carl Kolchak investigates a string of gruesome murders in Las Vegas. It seems that each victim has been bitten in the neck and drained of all their blood. Kolchak is sure that it is a vampire. He's hot on the trail, but nobody believes him. His editor thinks he's nuts and the police think he's a hindrance in the investigation, so Kolchak takes matters into his own hand.

Starring: Darren McGavin, Carol Lynley, Simon Oakland, Ralph Meeker, Claude Akins, Charles McGraw, Kent Smith, Elisha Cook Jr., Stanley Adams, Larry Linville ..
Directed by: John Llewellyn Moxey
Release date: 1972-01-11
10.

Boxcar Bertha

3.7
6.0/10 IMDB

"Boxcar" Bertha Thompson, a transient woman in Arkansas during the violence-filled Depression of the early '30s, meets up with rabble-rousing union man "Big" Bill Shelly and the two team up to fight the corrupt railroad establishment.

Starring: Barbara Hershey, David Carradine, Barry Primus, Bernie Casey, John Carradine, Victor Argo, David Osterhout, Harry Northup, Joe Reynolds, Marianne Dole ..
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 1972-06-14
11.

Across 110th Street

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

In a daring robbery, some $300,000 is taken from the Italian mob. Several mafiosi are killed, as are two policemen. Lt. Pope and Capt. Mattelli are two New York City cops trying to break the case. Three small-time criminals are on the run with the money. Will the mafia catch them first, or will the police?

Starring: Anthony Quinn, Yaphet Kotto, Anthony Franciosa, Antonio Fargas, Gloria Hendry, Richard Ward, Burt Young, Robert Sacchi, Paul Benjamin, Gilbert Lewis ..
Directed by: Barry Shear
Release date: 1972-12-19
12.

Trouble Man

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

It seems that masked men are knocking over the floating crap games of Chalky and Pete. Chalky and Pete hire the cool, loose, elegant Mr. T to fix things. Then, the masked manipulators set up the death of a collector for a rival gang lord. It looks like it's up to T to hold a gang war from breaking out, keep the police off his back, and earn his fee from Chalky and Pete.

Starring: Robert Hooks, William Smithers, Paul Winfield, Ralph Waite, Paula Kelly, Gordon Jump, Jeannie Bell, Stack Pierce, Julius Harris ..
Directed by: Ivan Dixon
Release date: 1972-11-01
13.

Bone

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

A thief breaks into the home of a wealthy, happily married Beverly Hills couple. He soon finds out, though, that the couple is neither as wealthy as he thought they were and are not as happily married as they appeared.

Starring: Yaphet Kotto, Andrew Duggan, Jeannie Berlin, Joyce Van Patten, Casey King, Brett Somers, Dick Yarmy, James Lee, Rosanna Huffman, Ida Berlin ..
Directed by: Larry Cohen
Release date: 1972-07-01
14.

Super Fly

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

Priest (Ron O'Neal), a suave top-rung New York City drug dealer, decides that he wants to get out of his dangerous trade. Working with his reluctant friend, Eddie (Carl Lee), Priest devises a scheme that will allow him to make a big deal and then retire. When a desperate street dealer informs the police of Priest's activities, Priest is forced into an uncomfortable arrangement with corrupt narcotics officers. Setting his plan in motion, he aims to both leave the business and stick it to the man.

Starring: Ron O'Neal, Carl Lee, Sheila Frazier, Charles McGregor, Julius Harris, Polly Niles, Nate Adams, Yvonne Delaine, Henry Shapiro, K.C. ..
Directed by: Gordon Parks Jr.
Release date: 1972-08-04
15.

Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?

3.3
6.1/10 IMDB

A demented widow lures unsuspecting children into her mansion in a bizarre "Hansel and Gretel" twist.

Starring: Shelley Winters, Mark Lester, Chloe Franks, Ralph Richardson, Hugh Griffith, Lionel Jeffries, Pat Heywood, Rosalie Crutchley, Michael Gothard, Judy Cornwell ..
Directed by: Curtis Harrington
Release date: 1972-02-11
Best Thriller Movies of 1972 : The Moonstone
16.

The Moonstone

3.3
7.6/10 IMDB

Adaptation of the classic novel. A priceless jewel, originally plundered from a Hindu shrine, is presented to Rachel Verinder on her 18th birthday. The jewel goes missing and suspicion falls over the household, threatening to destroy someone close to Rachel's heart.

Starring: Robin Ellis, Vivien Heilbron, Martin Jarvis, Kathleen Byron, Peter Sallis, Colin Baker, Stephen Rea, Pat Gorman, Albert Moses, Marguerite Young ..
Directed by: Paddy Russell
Release date: 1972-01-01
17.

The Visitors

3.3
6.4/10 IMDB

Bill, Martha and their little child Hal are spending a quiet winter Sunday in their cosy house when they get an unexpected visit from Mike Nickerson and Tony Rodriguez. Mike and Tony are old acquaintances of Bill; a few years back, in Vietnam, they were in the same platoon. They also became opposed parties in a court martial - for a reason that Bill never explained to Martha. What happened in Vietnam, and what is the reason for the presence of Mike and Tony ?

Starring: Patrick McVey, Patricia Joyce, James Woods, Steve Railsback, Chico Martínez ..
Directed by: Elia Kazan
Release date: 1972-02-02
18.

Private Parts

3.3
6.5/10 IMDB

Teenage runaway Cheryl splits from Ohio and ends up in Los Angeles staying at an old rundown hotel full of weirdos. The weirdest of all is George and he has a crush on Cheryl.

Starring: Ayn Ruymen, Lucille Benson, John Ventantonio, Laurie Main, Paul Bartel, Stanley Livingston, Charles Woolf, Len Travis, Dorothy Neumann, Gene Simms ..
Directed by: Paul Bartel
Release date: 1972-09-01
19.

The Carey Treatment

3.2
6.1/10 IMDB

Dr. Peter Carey is a pathologist at a Boston hospital. The daughter of the hospital's Chief of Staff dies after an illegal abortion goes wrong, and Carey's friend and colleague Dr. David Tao is accused of performing the abortion. Carey doesn't buy it, and so he digs deeper, angering the girl's father in the process. Questions abound: Who performed the abortion? Was the girl really pregnant? And what does it have to do with stolen morphine, blackmail attempts, and a mysterious and dangerous masseur?

Starring: James Coburn, Jennifer O'Neill, Pat Hingle, Skye Aubrey, Elizabeth Allen, John Fink, Dan O'Herlihy, James Hong, Alex Dreier, Michael Blodgett ..
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Release date: 1972-03-29
20.

Fear Is the Key

3.2
6.3/10 IMDB

A man becomes a criminal in Louisiana after a plane crash. During a fight with local police, he escapes custody and kidnaps the daughter of a local millionaire.

Starring: Barry Newman, Suzy Kendall, John Vernon, Dolph Sweet, Ben Kingsley, Ray McAnally, Peter Marinker, Roland Brand, Tony Anholt, Elliott Sullivan ..
Directed by: Michael Tuchner
Release date: 1972-12-26
Best Thriller Movies of 1972 : Child's Play
21.

Child's Play

3.2
6.2/10 IMDB

At an exclusive boys' school, a new gym teacher is drawn into a feud between two older instructors, and he discovers that everything at the school is not quite as staid, tranquil and harmless as it seems.

Starring: James Mason, Robert Preston, Beau Bridges, Ron Weyand, Charles White, David Rounds, Kate Harrington, Jamie Alexander, Brian Chapin, Bryant Fraser ..
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Release date: 1972-12-12
22.

Endless Night

3.2
6.0/10 IMDB

Shiftless dreamer Michael Rogers fantasizes about a lifestyle above his means and marries a wealthy, young girl who just came of age. They hire a famous architect to build their dream home amidst a series of suspicious incidents. The spouse has dark intentions toward his naive, inexperienced bride. Secrets from his past and sinister ties to their house guest Greta lead to a terrible turn of unexpected events.

Starring: Hayley Mills, Hywel Bennett, Britt Ekland, George Sanders, Per Oscarsson, Aubrey Richards, Lois Maxwell, Ann Way, Patience Collier, Leo Genn ..
Directed by: Sidney Gilliat
Release date: 1972-10-05
23.

The Nightcomers

3.1
5.8/10 IMDB

Prequel to the Henry James classic "Turn of the Screw" about the events leading up to the deaths of Peter Quint and Ms. Jessel, and the slow corruption of the children in their care.

Starring: Marlon Brando, Stephanie Beacham, Thora Hird, Harry Andrews, Verna Harvey, Christopher Ellis, Anna Palk ..
Directed by: Michael Winner
Release date: 1972-02-15
Best Thriller Movies of 1972 : Follow Me!
24.

Follow Me!

3.1
6.9/10 IMDB

A strait-laced British banker hires an eccentric private detective to follow his free-spirited American wife, whom he suspects is cheating on him.

Starring: Michael Jayston, Mia Farrow, Adrian Topol, Margaret Rawlings, Annette Crosbie, Dudley Foster, Michael Aldridge, Michael Barrington, Neil McCarthy, Chaim Topol ..
Directed by: Carol Reed
Release date: 1972-07-18
25.

Fear in the Night

3.1
5.9/10 IMDB

It took Peggy Heller a long time to recover from the trauma of a brutal physical assault, suffered in her youth. When she married Robert, he provided her with the love and reassurance she craved for and the two settled down in a pretty house in the grounds of the public school where Robert was a master. But the headmaster of the school is not what he seems and Penny is convinced he means to harm her - is her fear a figment of her tortured imagination or are there forces at work that intend to manipulate her anxieties with fatal consequences?

Starring: Joan Collins, Peter Cushing, Judy Geeson, Ralph Bates, James Cossins, Gillian Lind, Brian Grellis, John Bown ..
Directed by: Jimmy Sangster
Release date: 1972-07-09
26.

Straight On Till Morning

3.1
5.7/10 IMDB

Brenda moved to London to begin living those intoxicated fantasies that all young women imagine city life to offer. Soon after her arrival she begins a relationship with Peter with whom she is tremendously happy. When she becomes pregnant Peter's behaviour towards her alters as he reveals the most frightening and unpredictable side of his personality. He forces Brenda to listen to a series of recordings, exposing a past of shocking cruelty of sadistic murder.

Starring: Rita Tushingham, Shane Briant, Katya Wyeth, Annie Ross, Tom Bell, Claire Kelly, Harold Berens, John Clive, Tommy Godfrey, Mavis Villiers ..
Directed by: Peter Collinson
Release date: 1972-07-09
Best Thriller Movies of 1972 : It Ain't Easy
27.

It Ain't Easy

3.1
4.5/10 IMDB

Randy has PTSD from the Army. After extreme treatment he is released into the world to make it on his own. He goes to Winnipeg to race his snowmobile cross country to St. Paul.

Starring: Lance Henriksen, Barra Grant, Bill Moor, Granville Van Dusen, Joseph Maher, Pierrino Mascarino, Penelope Allen, Bill Schoppert, Joel Thingvall ..
Directed by: Maurice Hurley
Release date: 1972-11-10
28.

Skyjacked

3.1
5.6/10 IMDB

A crazed Vietnam vet bomber hijacks a Boeing 707 in this disaster film filled with the usual early '70s stereotypes, and demands to be taken to Russia.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Yvette Mimieux, James Brolin, Claude Akins, Jeanne Crain, Susan Dey, Rosey Grier, Mariette Hartley, Walter Pidgeon, Ken Swofford ..
Directed by: John Guillermin
Release date: 1972-05-24
29.

Z.P.G.

3.1
5.6/10 IMDB

In the not too distant future, and overpopulated Earth government makes it illegal to have children for a generation. One couple, unsatisfied with their substitute robot baby, breaks the rules.

Starring: Oliver Reed, Geraldine Chaplin, Don Gordon, Diane Cilento, Eugene Blau, Bent Christensen, Belinda Donkin, Birgitte Federspiel, Birgitte Frigast-Hansen, Anne-Lise Gabold ..
Directed by: Michael Campus
Release date: 1972-05-25
30.

They Only Kill Their Masters

3.1
6.2/10 IMDB

An enigmatic young woman has been murdered in a small California coast town. The investigation by the local sheriff uncovers a complex web of relationships centering on the victim; the scattered trail of evidence ranges from a mysterious photograph to the victim's own dog. During the investigation, the sheriff meets and becomes romantically involved with a woman whose connection to the murder is ambiguous.

Starring: James Garner, Katharine Ross, Hal Holbrook, Harry Guardino, June Allyson, Christopher Connelly, Tom Ewell, Peter Lawford, Edmond O'Brien, Arthur O'Connell ..
Directed by: James Goldstone
Release date: 1972-11-22
31.

Ben

3.0
5.3/10 IMDB

A lonely boy becomes good friends with Ben, a rat. This rat is also the leader of a pack of vicious killer rats, killing lots of people.

Starring: Lee Montgomery, Joseph Campanella, Arthur O'Connell, Rosemary Murphy, Meredith Baxter, Kaz Garas, Paul Carr, Richard Van Vleet, Kenneth Tobey, James Luisi ..
Directed by: Phil Karlson
Release date: 1972-06-23
Best Thriller Movies of 1972 : The Screaming Woman
32.

The Screaming Woman

3.0
6.6/10 IMDB

A wealthy former mental patient goes home to her estate to rest and recuperate. While walking the grounds one day she hears the screams of a woman coming from underneath the ground. Her family, however, refuses to believe her story, and sees the incident as an opportunity to prove the woman's mind has snapped so they can take control of her money.

Starring: Olivia de Havilland, Ed Nelson, Laraine Stephens, Joseph Cotten, Walter Pidgeon, Charles Robinson, Alexandra Hay, Lonny Chapman, Charles Drake, Russell Wiggins ..
Directed by: Jack Smight
Release date: 1972-01-29
Best Thriller Movies of 1972 : Adult Fun
33.

Adult Fun

3.0
6.8/10 IMDB

A young London City-worker inadvertently becomes involved in the world of crime.

Starring: Peter Marinker, Deborah Norton, Judy Liebert, Anne Foster, Roger Booth, Roger Hammond ..
Directed by: James Scott
Release date: 1972-11-29
Best Thriller Movies of 1972 : You'll Like My Mother
34.

You'll Like My Mother

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

A pregnant Los Angeles widow journeys to her late husband's Minnesota hometown to finally meet his mother and family, but she quickly discovers they're a very strange--and homicidal--lot. Director Lamont Johnson's 1972 thriller stars Patty Duke, Rosemary Murphy, Richard Thomas and Sian Barbara Allen.

Starring: Patty Duke, Rosemary Murphy, Richard Thomas, Sian Barbara Allen, Dennis Rucker, Harold Congdon, James Glazman, James Neumann, Joel Thingvall ..
Directed by: Lamont Johnson
Release date: 1972-10-13
Best Thriller Movies of 1972 : Bluebeard
35.

Bluebeard

2.9
5.5/10 IMDB

Baron von Sepper is an Austrian aristocrat noted for his blue-toned beard, and his appetite for beautiful wives. His latest spouse, an American beauty named Anne, discovers a vault in his castle that's filled with the frozen bodies of several beautiful women.

Starring: Richard Burton, Raquel Welch, Virna Lisi, Nathalie Delon, Karin Schubert, Agostina Belli, Sybil Danning, Joey Heatherton, Edward Meeks, Jean Lefebvre ..
Directed by: Edward Dmytryk
Release date: 1972-09-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1972 : The Assassination of Trotsky
36.

The Assassination of Trotsky

2.9
5.7/10 IMDB

A Stalinist assassin tracks exiled revolutionary Leon Trotsky to Mexico in 1940.

Starring: Richard Burton, Alain Delon, Romy Schneider, Valentina Cortese, Duilio Del Prete, Enrico Maria Salerno, Luigi Vannucchi, Jean Desailly, Simone Valère, Peter Chatel ..
Directed by: Joseph Losey
Release date: 1972-04-20
37.

Demons of the Mind

2.9
5.4/10 IMDB

A physician discovers that two children are being kept virtually imprisoned in their house by their father. He investigates, and discovers a web of sex, incest and satanic possession.

Starring: Robert Hardy, Shane Briant, Gillian Hills, Yvonne Mitchell, Paul Jones, Patrick Magee, Kenneth J. Warren, Michael Hordern, Robert Brown, Virginia Wetherell ..
Directed by: Peter Sykes
Release date: 1972-11-05
Best Thriller Movies of 1972 : Innocent Bystanders
38.

Innocent Bystanders

2.8
5.8/10 IMDB

Washed-up agent John Craig is given the task of proving his worth by tracking down a Russian scientist on the run. Cross and double-cross is the name of the game.

Starring: Stanley Baker, Geraldine Chaplin, Donald Pleasence, Dana Andrews, Warren Mitchell, Sue Lloyd, Derren Nesbitt, Cec Linder, Vladek Sheybal, Ferdy Mayne ..
Directed by: Peter Collinson
Release date: 1972-09-01
39.

Silent Night, Bloody Night

2.8
5.3/10 IMDB

On Christmas Eve 1950, Wilfred Butler dies in a burning accident outside his mansion in East Willard, Massachusetts. The residence is bequeathed to his grandson, Jeffrey. Twenty years later, lawyer John Carter arrives in East Willard on Christmas Eve with his assistant and mistress Ingrid, having been charged by Jeffrey (now registered as a patient in a mental asylum) to sell the house. The house, the town, even Jeffrey himself — all hold dark secrets that will be brought to light.

Starring: James Patterson, Mary Woronov, Patrick O'Neal, John Carradine, Astrid Heeren, Walter Abel, Fran Stevens, Walter Klavun, Philip Bruns, Lisa Blake Richards ..
Directed by: Theodore Gershuny
Release date: 1972-11-01
40.

Sweet Kill

2.8
5.1/10 IMDB

Horror and suspense in the story of a psychotic maniac who literally "loves" women to death.

Starring: Tab Hunter, Cherie Latimer, Nadyne Turney, Isabel Jewell, Linda Leider, Angus Scrimm ..
Directed by: Curtis Hanson
Release date: 1972-03-15
41.

The Outside Man

2.8
6.5/10 IMDB

A French hit man is hired by a crime family to end the life of a rival mobster, but things fall apart when the boss who hired him is killed.

Starring: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Ann-Margret, Roy Scheider, Angie Dickinson, Michel Constantin, Umberto Orsini, Georgia Engel, Jackie Earle Haley, Felice Orlandi, Carlo De Mejo ..
Directed by: Jacques Deray
Release date: 1972-12-21
Best Thriller Movies of 1972 : Crawlspace
42.

Crawlspace

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

A childless middle-age couple adopt a troubled youth they find living in their crawlspace and attempt to get him to rejoin society with tragic results.

Starring: Arthur Kennedy, Teresa Wright, Tom Happer, Eugene Roche, Matthew Cowles, Dan Morgan, Roger Serbagi, Fleet Emerson, Louise Campbell, Dan Morgan ..
Directed by: John Newland, Buzz Kulik
Release date: 1972-02-11
43.

Moon of the Wolf

2.7
5.0/10 IMDB

After several locals are viciously murdered, a Louisiana sheriff starts to suspect he may be dealing with a werewolf.

Starring: David Janssen, Barbara Rush, Bradford Dillman, John Beradino, Geoffrey Lewis, Royal Dano, John Davis Chandler, Claudia McNeil, Dan Priest, Robert Phillips ..
Directed by: Daniel Petrie
Release date: 1972-09-26
Best Thriller Movies of 1972 : The Victim
44.

The Victim

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

A woman is trapped during a storm in a house with no electricity or phone. A killer has murdered her sister, stuffed the body in the basement, and is now after her.

Starring: Elizabeth Montgomery, Eileen Heckart, Sue Ane Langdon, George Maharis, Jess Walton, Richard Derr, Ross Elliott, John Furlong, George Jue, Michael Keller ..
Directed by: Herschel Daugherty
Release date: 1972-11-14
Best Thriller Movies of 1972 : Night of Terror
45.

Night of Terror

2.7
5.8/10 IMDB

A hired killer hunts down a schoolteacher to get something she has. She doesn't know what it is, but he's already killed twice to get it.

Starring: Martin Balsam, Catherine Burns, Chuck Connors, Donna Mills, Agnes Moorehead, Bart La Rue ..
Directed by: Jeannot Szwarc
Release date: 1972-10-10
46.

The Groundstar Conspiracy

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

A break-in and sabotage attempt occurs at a top secret research institute and the culprit is cornered and captured. The problem is that he's been badly injured and claims to have lost his memory entirely. A cat-and-mouse game ensues between investigator Tuxan, the mystery intruder Welles and the people who sent him on the mission.

Starring: George Peppard, Michael Sarrazin, Christine Belford, Cliff Potts, James Olson, Tim O'Connor, James McEachin, Alan Oppenheimer, Roger Dressler, Ty Haller ..
Directed by: Lamont Johnson
Release date: 1972-06-12
Best Thriller Movies of 1972 : The Salzburg Connection
47.

The Salzburg Connection

2.6
5.3/10 IMDB

An American lawyer on vacation in Europe is asked by a book publisher to stop by the Austrian town of Salzburg to see a photographer who's taking pictures for a book on picturesque Austrian lakes. Upon his arrival he senses that something is wrong when the photographer seems to have vanished, leaving a near panic-stricken wife and a sinister, secretive brother. Before he knows it, the lawyer finds himself mixed up with spies, assassins, and the hunt for a list made up by the Nazis during World War II of people who collaborated with them.

Starring: Barry Newman, Anna Karina, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Karen Jensen, Joe Maross, Wolfgang Preiss, Helmut Schmid, Udo Kier, Mischa Hausserman, Whit Bissell ..
Directed by: Lee H. Katzin
Release date: 1972-08-30
Best Thriller Movies of 1972 : The Strangers in 7A
48.

The Strangers in 7A

2.6
5.5/10 IMDB

A building superintendent and his wife are held hostage in their apartment by a sadistic would-be bank robber and his spaced-out accomplices.

Starring: Andy Griffith, Ida Lupino, James A. Watson, Jr, Tim McIntire, Susanne Hildur, Connie Sawyer, Victoria Carroll, Victoria Carroll, Squire Fridell, Virginia Vincent ..
Directed by: Paul Wendkos
Release date: 1972-11-24
Best Thriller Movies of 1972 : To Kill A Clown
49.

To Kill A Clown

2.6
5.3/10 IMDB

A young hippie couple rent a secluded cabin on the beach in an attempt to re-connect with each other and save their marriage. Unfortunately, the man they rented the cabin from is a military-brat sociopath with two dogs more vicious than his temper.

Starring: Alan Alda, Blythe Danner, Heath Lamberts, Eric Clavering ..
Directed by: George Bloomfield
Release date: 1972-08-23
50.

When Michael Calls

2.5
6.0/10 IMDB

A woman begins to receive ominous phone calls from her nephew, who died 15 years earlier. With each phone call, a family member dies. Will she be the next in line?

Starring: Ben Gazzara, Michael Douglas, Elizabeth Ashley, Karen Pearson, Larry Reynolds, Al Waxman, Alan McRae, Marian Waldman, Chris Pellett, Steve Weston ..
Directed by: Philip Leacock
Release date: 1972-02-05

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