Best Thriller Movies of 1972

1.

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
2.

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
3.

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
Best Thriller Movies of 1972 : Night of Terror
4.

Night of Terror

3.0
6.0/10 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
Best Thriller Movies of 1972 : The Strangers In 7A
5.

The Strangers In 7A

2.5
5.5/10 IMDB

Andy Griffith plays a philandering apartment house manager who picks up a pretty young girl (Suzanne Hildur) in a bar. He takes her home, whereupon the girl's male cronies show up armed with guns. Griffith and his wife (Ida Lupino) are held hostage by the crooks, who plan to use the apartment as headquarters while they pull off a big robbery. Director Paul Wendkos stages the action essentially from the victim's point of view; we see only what they see, and are kept guessing as to the full details of the crime and the ultimate fate of the hostages. Based on a novel by Fielden Farrington, The Strangers in 7A was first telecast on November 14th, 1972 as a CBS Movie of the Week.

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 : Black Gunn
6.

Black Gunn

2.4
5.7/10 IMDB

A successful and popular nightclub owner who believes financial independence is the path to equality and success, must act as a go-between for militant-minded brother and the white gang syndicate his brother has attacked and robbed. Their involvements lead to a breathless race course chase, the destruction of a dopepusher and a violent waterfront climax.

Starring: Jim Brown, Martin Landau, Brenda Sykes, Luciana Paluzzi, Vida Blue, Stephen McNally, Keefe Brasselle, William Campbell, Bernie Casey, Gary Conway ..
Directed by: Robert Hartford-Davis
Release date: 1972-12-20
Best Thriller Movies of 1972 : The Salzburg Connection
7.

The Salzburg Connection

2.4
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 : Bad, Bad, Gang!
8.

Bad, Bad, Gang!

2.4
4.4/10 IMDB

In this grimy biker flick we see a group of campers headed out to the woods to try to enjoy a nice peaceful weekend. However, a group of sex hungry bikers muscle in and literally steal the women. This film was shot in a way so that it could be released in a hard porn version (running 57 minutes) or a soft core version (running 54) for drive-in / grindhouse markets.

Starring: Rene Bond, Suzanne Fields, Nancy Martin, Andy Bellamy, Wayne Chapman, Ric Lutze, Bert Davis ..
Directed by: John Donne, Donn Greer
Release date: 1972-02-14
Best Thriller Movies of 1972 : Something to Hide
9.

Something to Hide

2.3
5.7/10 IMDB

A man having marital problems with his shrewish wife picks up a young, pretty and pregnant hitchhiker. Before he knows it, he's in over his head and mixed up in violence and murder.

Starring: Peter Finch, Shelley Winters, Colin Blakely, Linda Hayden, John Stride, Harold Goldblatt, Rosemarie Dunham, Helen Fraser, Jack Shepherd, Graham Crowden ..
Directed by: Alastair Reid
Release date: 1972-01-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1972 : The Strange Vengeance of Rosalie
10.

The Strange Vengeance of Rosalie

2.3
6.0/10 IMDB

A traveling salesman is lured by a precocious teenage girl to her shack in the desert for some sexual escapades. However, a scuzzy biker comes along and they both find themselves dominated and tormented by him.

Starring: Bonnie Bedelia, Ken Howard, Anthony Zerbe ..
Directed by: Jack Starrett
Release date: 1972-06-16

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