1930s Thriller Movies

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The Testament of Dr. Mabuse(1933)

2h 2min | Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
3.9/5 (with 51 votes)

After a detective is assaulted by thugs and placed in an asylum run by Professor Baum, he observes the professor's preoccupation with another patient, the criminal genius Dr. Mabuse the hypnotist. When Mabuse's notes are found to be connected with a rash of recent crimes, Commissioner Lohmann must determine how Mabuse is communicating with the criminals, despite conflicting reports on the doctor's whereabouts, and capture him for good.

Secret Agent(1936)

1h 26min | Thriller
3.2/5 (with 28 votes)

After three British agents are assigned to assassinate a mysterious German spy during World War I, two of them become ambivalent when their duty to the mission conflicts with their consciences.

The Black Room(1935)

1h 10min | Drama, Crime
3.2/5 (with 13 votes)

In a 16th-century European town, the ruling family has been given a prophecy that, should there ever be twin boys born, the younger will murder the older; so is dismayed when twins are born to the popular baron. The older grows to be a selfish, slovenly man, who inherits the castle at his father's death and becomes ruler over the formerly happy villagers. He enjoys his power until he learns his younger brother is returning from abroad and, afraid of the prophecy, he determines to murder his sibling, hide his body in the "black room" - an old torture chamber sealed away behind the fireplace - and then impersonate him, right down to his withered arm. In this way he hopes to not only avoid the prophecy, but also escape consequences of his other criminal deeds and obtain marriage to a local girl of the nobility...

Mystery of the Wax Museum(1933)

1h 17min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 26 votes)

Sculptor Ivan Igor struggles in vain to prevent his partner from burning his wax museum, and his "children". Years later, Igor starts a new museum in New York, but his maimed hands confine him to directing lesser artists. People begin disappearing; Igor takes a sinister interest in Charlotte, fiancée of his assistant Ralph, but arouses the suspicions of roommate, wisecracking reporter Florence.

Number Seventeen(1932)

1h 3min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
2.9/5 (with 20 votes)

A gang of thieves gather at a safe house following a robbery, but a detective is on their trail.

The Invisible Ray(1936)

3.1/5 (with 10 votes)

Dr. Janos Rukh discovers a certain type of radium that has almost magical healing properties. But the element has a dangerous side, too, and it has already started affecting Rukh. Consumed by paranoia, he begins to suspect that his wife is having an affair. Wild for revenge, Rukh hatches a deadly plot...using his own poisoned body as a weapon to kill.

Safe in Hell(1931)

1h 11min | Thriller, Drama
3.4/5 (with 8 votes)

To avoid the rigors of the law, Gilda flees New Orleans and hides on a Caribbean island where the worst criminals can ask for asylum. Besieged by the scum of the earth, Gilda will soon find out that she has found refuge in hell.

Car 99(1935)

1h 7min | Action, Crime
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

A story of the Michigan State Police and the strong sense of loyalty and duty it instills in its men. It follows the career of a newly-inducted rookie, Ross Martin, who has joined the force at the urging of his sweetheart, Mary Adams. Martin soon distinguishes himself by his bravery in the apprehension of criminals. But when the leader of a gang of bank robbers falls into his hands and then escapes, because of carelessness on Martin's part, he is suspended from the force.

Directed by Charles Barton - With Fred MacMurray

Bulldog Drummond Escapes(1937)

3.0/5 (with 5 votes)

Drummond manages to save a woman from jumping in front of his car but she runs away with his car. He traces her and she asks him to help her out of a dangerous situation.

Confessions of a Nazi Spy(1939)

1h 44min | Drama, War
3.0/5 (with 5 votes)

FBI agent Ed Renard investigates the pre-War espionage activities of the German-American Bund.

Geheimzeichen LB 17(1938)

It is purely coincidental that an assassination attempt against the Minister of Defense is thwarted. The attempt on his life was made by a group of anarchists. There's an investigation of the clues, which will doubtless lead to the perpetrators; but the investigating commissioner has to proceed carefully, for it is likely there is a traitor in his ranks.

Directed by Victor Tourjansky - With Willy Birgel

Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel(1937)

1.8/5 (with 2 votes)

Sir Percy is forced to return to France one last time, to rescue his wife from the clutches of the sinister Robespierre. It clearly is a trap, but nothing will keep the good old Pimpernel from carrying out his mission. He is up against the usual clods and dolts, after all.

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To levende og en død(1937)

1h 22min | Drama
2.2/5 (with 1 vote)

Based on the 1931 novel To levende og en død by Sigurd Christiansen. A post office worker is left wrestling with his conscience following a robbery at his workplace.

Directed by Gyda Christensen, Tancred Ibsen - With Hans Jacob Nilsen, Toralf Sandø

The Return of Bulldog Drummond(1934)

1h 13min | Crime
3.2/5 (with 3 votes)

The retired British captain forms a gang to rescue his wife and thwart his nemesis, Carl Peterson.

Dead Men Tell No Tales(1939)

1h 10min | Thriller, Crime

- No description / details available yet. -

Directed by David MacDonald - With Emlyn Williams

Navy Spy(1937)

1h 12min | Drama, Action, Crime
1.0/5 (with 1 vote)

A federal agent and a female reporter team up to catch a criminal gang that has kidnapped a scientist in order to get his formula for a new type of poison gas.

Directed by Joseph H. Lewis

Mystery Woman(1935)

A French military officer is convicted of treason and sent to Devil's Island. His wife takes it upon herself to obtain the stolen document and prove his innocence.

Fast and Loose(1939)

1h 20min | Mystery
2.7/5 (with 2 votes)

A rare-book dealer (Robert Montgomery) and his wife (Rosalind Russell) tie murder to the theft of a Shakespeare manuscript.

I Was A Spy(1933)

1h 29min | Drama, War
2.8/5 (with 2 votes)

During World War I, a young nurse in a hospital in German-occupied Belgium is secretly feeding military information to the British. Complicating matters is the guilt she feels when she has to treat the German casualties inflicted as a result of the information she's passed on, and the fact that the local German commandant is falling in love with her.

The Whispering Shadow(1933)

3h 45min | Action, Mystery
2.7/5 (with 2 votes)

A mysterious criminal known as The Whispering Shadow commits crimes by means of a gang he controls by television and radio rays. Jack Norton, whose brother was murdered by The Whispering Shadow, suspects that the eerie Professor Strang - whose ghostly wax museum contains figures far too lifelike - may be involved in the crimes.

Directed by Colbert Clark

The Speckled Band(1931)

2.9/5 (with 3 votes)

After her sister dies under mysterious circumstances, a young heiress seeks Holmes' help when she feels threatened by her brutish stepfather.

Kate Plus Ten(1938)

1h 20min | Crime, Thriller

Kate is secretary to Lord Flamborough. But she is also leader of a criminal gang. Can Mike Pemberton catch her red-handed?

Directed by Reginald Denham - With Jack Hulbert

Rome Express(1932)

1h 34min | Thriller
3.7/5 (with 3 votes)

The theft of a famous painting leads to murder and many suspects on a plush train speeding from Paris to Rome.

The Painted Woman(1932)

1h 13min | Drama

After becoming involved in a killing, Kiddo gets on board Boyton's ship. When he learns what happened he dumps her on a South Sea island.

Directed by John G. Blystone - With Spencer Tracy


1h 32min | Drama
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

The famous tightrope artist Truxa is drinking at the Artisan bar in New York. He meets a young man, Husen, and gives him his stage name Truxa. He is to take the real Truxa's place at a circus show in Wintergarten, Berlin.

Directed by Hans Heinz Zerlett - With La Jana, Hannes Stelzer, Ernst Fritz Fürbringer, Mady Rahl

Infernal Machine(1933)

1h 5min | Comedy

This pre-Code comedy-thriller centers on Robert Holden, a broke and discouraged veteran, who meets fellow American Elinor Green at a cafe in Paris. After their first encounter, Holden's attempt to return Green's thought-to-be stolen purse ends up rendering him a stowaway on board a ship bound for America. Also aboard is a collection of characters, including Green's banker fiancé, a famed scientist, and an opera singer. Romance begins to blossom between Holden and Green, just as a radiogram claims that an “infernal machine,” or bomb, is aboard the ship. Quickly each passenger accuses the others of planting the bomb until eventually Holden, jealous of Green's attention to her undeserving fiancé, falsely admits to being the culprit. In his role as assumed perpetrator, Holden tests the group further.

Directed by Marcel Varnel - With Chester Morris

Spione am Werk(1933)

1h 23min | Drama

- No description / details available yet. -

Directed by Gerhard Lamprecht

Passenger to London(1937)

57min | Thriller
2.6/5 (with 2 votes)

A government agent is returning from France with secret blueprints that were stolen from his government. On the train ride home, thieves break into his compartment and murder him.

Marie Galante(1934)

2.7/5 (with 2 votes)

There is unease in a pre-WWII world. Marie is kidnapped in France by sailors looking for pleasure and taken aboard a ship on a shady mission, then thrown off at Yucatan. She winds up singing in a cafe in the Panama Canal zone.

Scotland Yard Commands(1936)

1h 20min | Drama
3.2/5 (with 1 vote)

Commander Stevenson, suffering from unrequited love drives to the coast while very drunk and interrupts some smugglers and informs Scotland Yard.

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