Best Thriller Movies of 1972

1.

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
2.

Deliverance

5.5
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: 1972-07-30
3.

The Getaway

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

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

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's 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 Mechanic

4.9
6.9/10 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
6.

The Last House on the Left

4.3
6.0/10 IMDB

A disturbed gang of youths kidnap, torture and murder two teenage girls; unbeknownst to the gang, the parents of one of the girls live nearby...

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
7.

The Night Stalker

4.0
7.7/10 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
8.

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
9.

The Carey Treatment

3.4
6.2/10 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
10.

Asylum

3.3
6.5/10 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

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