1950s Thriller Movies

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The War of the Worlds(1953)

| 1h 25min | Science Fiction, Action
3.4/5 (with 257 votes)

The residents of a small town are excited when a flaming meteor lands in the hills, until they discover it is the first of many transport devices from Mars bringing an army of invaders invincible to any man-made weapon, even the atomic bomb.

Where the Sidewalk Ends(1950)

| 1h 35min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 70 votes)

A police detective's violent nature keeps him from being a good cop.

20 Million Miles to Earth(1957)

| 1h 22min | Science Fiction, Horror
3.1/5 (with 58 votes)

When the first manned flight to Venus returns to Earth, the rocket crash-lands in the Mediterranean near a small Italian fishing village. The locals manage to save one of the astronauts Colonel Calder, the mission commander. A young boy also recovers what turns out to be a specimen of an alien creature. Growing at a fantastic rate, it manages to escape and eventually threatens the city of Rome.

The Blob(1958)

| 1h 26min | Horror, Science Fiction
3.1/5 (with 246 votes)

A drive-in favorite, this sci-fi classic follows teenagers Steve and his best girl, Jane, as they try to protect their hometown from a gelatinous alien life form that engulfs everything it touches. The first to discover the substance and live to tell about it, Steve and Jane witness the blob destroying an elderly man, then it growing to a terrifying size. But no one else has seen the goo, and policeman Dave refuses to believe the kids without proof.

Directed by Irvin Yeaworth - With Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Olin Howland, Earl Rowe, Hugh Graham, 1st Baron Atholstan, John Benson, ...

It Happened in Broad Daylight(1958)

1h 40min | Crime, Thriller
3.7/5 (with 55 votes)

The search for a child murderer drags a once-respected detective into an all-consuming obsession.

Sudden Fear(1952)

| 1h 50min | Drama, Thriller
3.7/5 (with 51 votes)

Actor Lester Blaine has all but landed the lead in Myra Hudson's new play when Myra vetoes him because, to her, he doesn't look like a romantic leading man. On a train from New York to San Francisco, Blaine sets out to prove Myra romancing her. Is he sincere, or does he have a dark ulterior motive?


| 1h 38min | Action, Adventure, Drama
3.0/5 (with 14 votes)

A mysterious American gets mixed up with gunrunners in Syria.

Thérèse Raquin(1953)

1h 46min | Thriller, Drama
3.3/5 (with 20 votes)

Star-crossed lovers Thérèse (Simone Signoret) and Laurent (Raf Vallone) think they've gotten away with murder after Thérèse's weakling husband "falls" from a speeding train. But when forced to contend with a blackmailer's demands and the mute accusations of Thérèse's mother-in-law (French stage and screen diva Sylvie, in a scene stealing performance), it's only a matter of time before the law, their passion or blind chance trips them up.

Directed by Marcel Carné - With Simone Signoret, Raf Vallone, Jacques Duby, Sylvie, Nerio Bernardi, Maria Pia Casilio, ...


| 1h 9min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.3/5 (with 15 votes)

A woman is kidnapped when she goes to get help for her husband who is trapped on a beach with the tide coming in to surely drown him.

The Wreck of the Mary Deare(1959)

3.1/5 (with 17 votes)

A disgraced merchant marine officer elects to stay aboard his sinking cargo ship in order to prove the vessel was deliberately scuttled and, as a result, vindicate his good name.

Circle of Danger(1951)

| 1h 26min | Drama, Mystery, Romance / Love
3.4/5 (with 6 votes)

An American comes to Britain to investigate the murky circumstances of his brother's death that occurred during a WW2 commando raid.

Cause for Alarm!(1951)

| 1h 14min | Drama, Thriller, Crime, Mystery
3.1/5 (with 14 votes)

A bedridden and gravely ill man believes his wife and doctor are conspiring to kill him, and outlines his suspicions in a letter.

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Storm Warning(1951)

| 1h 33min | Crime, Drama
3.4/5 (with 11 votes)

On the way to her new job, Marsha Mitchell takes the opportunity to visit her sister Lucy, whom she has not seen in a few years. There she not only meets her husband for the first time, but also the Ku Klux Klan.

The House on Telegraph Hill(1951)

| 1h 33min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
3.2/5 (with 25 votes)

Concentration camp survivor Victoria Kowelska finds herself involved in mystery, greed, and murder when she assumes the identity of a dead friend in order to gain passage to America.

The Devil Strikes at Night(1957)

1h 40min | Drama, History, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 13 votes)

Hamburg, Germany, 1944, during World War II. A serial killer terrorizes the city. When it seems clear that the local police are unable to catch him, forces as dark and terrible as the criminal himself become involved in the case.

Beware, My Lovely(1952)

| 1h 17min | Drama, Crime
2.9/5 (with 13 votes)

A psychopath on the run takes a job as a handyman at the house of a lonely widow.

À double tour(1959)

1h 50min | Drama
3.0/5 (with 12 votes)

The mistress of the wealthy Henri Marcoux is murdered and the family accuses the milkman of committing the crime. But Marcoux's daughter's fiancé suspects that she may have been murdered by someone else.

The Truth About Bebe Donge(1952)

1h 50min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 11 votes)

François Donge, a rich industrialist and womaniser, meets a girl nicknamed Bébé who he marries. Ten years later, poisoned by his wife and dying in hospital, he recalls his married life and understands how his wife who adored him suffered from his many affairs and indifference.

Directed by Henri Decoin - With Jean Gabin, Danielle Darrieux, André Darnay, Blanche Denège, Claude Génia, Daniel Lecourtois, ...

No Highway(1951)

1h 38min | Drama
3.5/5 (with 23 votes)

James Stewart plays aeronautical engineer Theodore Honey, the quintessential absent-minded professor: eccentric, forgetful, but brilliant. His studies show that the aircraft being manufactured by his employer has a subtle but deadly design flaw that manifests itself only after the aircraft has flown a certain number of hours. En route to a crash site to prove his theory, Honey discovers that he is aboard a plane rapidly approaching his predicted deadline.

Zero Hour!(1957)

| 1h 21min | Drama, Thriller
3.4/5 (with 16 votes)

In 1950s Canada, during a commercial flight, the pilots and some passengers suffer food poisoning, thus forcing an ex-WW2 fighter pilot to try to land the airliner in heavy fog.

The Night My Number Came Up(1955)

| 1h 34min | Thriller, Drama, Mystery
3.5/5 (with 14 votes)

At a fashionable dinner party in Hong Kong a Royal Navy officer is coaxed into revealing details of a dream in which eight persons take off from Bangkok in a Dakota bound for Tokyo and crash in the Japanese mountains. Amongst those listening is Air Marshal Hardie who is due to fly to Tokyo the next day. Hardie initially dismisses the dream because he is scheduled to fly out in a Liberator, but as Hardie arrives at the airport he discovers that the Liberator has developed mechanical problems and has been replaced by a Dakota. When, just before the flight is due to depart, two soldiers board the plane making a complement of eight, Hardie fears that the dream may be coming true and he is destined to die.

Time Bomb(1953)

| 1h 12min | Crime, Thriller
3.0/5 (with 7 votes)

When a saboteur places an explosive device on a train full of sea mines, the authorities call for bomb expert Peter Lyncort to diffuse the situation, unaware that he has explosive problems of his own.

Directed by Ted Tetzlaff - With Glenn Ford

Ten Seconds to Hell(1959)

| 1h 33min | Drama, War, Action
3.1/5 (with 12 votes)

Two rivals from a German bomb squad are left to deactivate duds in postwar Berlin.


| 1h 23min | Romance / Love, Thriller, Crime, Drama
3.1/5 (with 16 votes)

When selfish and arrogant millionaire Donald Carson fractures his leg during a desert vacation, his wife, Geraldine, leaves with their friend Joseph Duncan to supposedly get help. However, the two of them are really lovers who are leaving Carson to die in the heat. Slowly, Carson realizes he is on his own and vows revenge on the traitorous couple. Having had a privileged life, Carson must now use his wits to stay alive.

The Tall Target(1951)

| 1h 18min | Mystery, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 15 votes)

A detective tries to prevent the assassination of President-elect Abraham Lincoln during a train ride headed for Washington in 1861.

Cry Danger(1951)

1h 19min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.4/5 (with 20 votes)

After serving five years of a life sentence, Rocky Mulloy hopes to clear his friend who's still in prison for the same crime.


1h 22min
3.4/5 (with 4 votes)

When she has a fight, with her husband, Lucy runs out of the house, and into a night of terror. She heads for the local cinema, and in doing so, becomes the only eyewitness to a couple of crooks, who are robbing the cinema's safe. In her haste to escape the thieves, she is knocked down by a passing bus, and is taken to the local hospital. The two crooks follow, and wait for a chance to finish her off, and thus eliminate the only person who can tie them to the robbery.

Don't Ever Open That Door(1952)

1h 25min | Drama, Thriller
3.1/5 (with 2 votes)

A man tries to avenge the death of his sister, a gambling addict. Another man, an ex-convict who whistles when he commits a crime, is reunited with his blind mother.

Directed by Carlos Hugo Christensen - With Ángel Magaña, Nicolás Fregues, Roberto Escalada, Ilde Pirovano, Norma Giménez, Luis Otero, ...

State Secret(1950)

3.3/5 (with 6 votes)

Visiting in England, an American surgeon Doctor John Marlowe is decoyed to a middle European country, and discovers the operation he is to perform is on the Vosnian dictator. When the latter dies, he is replaced by a look-alike, but Marlowe then becomes the object of a shoot-to-kill, vicious pursuit by the secret police of Vosnia since it is vital to Vosnia that the dictator's death does not become known. Fleeing, he seeks help from an actress, Lisa Robinson, and the two are harried across the countryside.

Man Afraid(1957)

| 1h 24min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A preacher (George Nader) fears for his family (Phyllis Thaxter, Tim Hovey) after killing a teenage burglar whose father seeks revenge.

Directed by Harry Keller - With George Nader
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