60s movies The Best '60s Thriller Movies  

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The best ‘60s thriller movies feature suspenseful action, political intrigue, and racial tension. Although many of these films were quite realistic, some of them depicted a more surrealist side to terror, as seen in Roman Polanski's Repulsion, or Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. 


What are your favorite ‘60s thriller movies? On this list, you’ll find one of the most talked about thrillers ever, Alfred Hitchcock’s
Psycho. Norman Bates, the film’s murderous protagonist, has gone down in the annals of pop culture history, and the shower scene has been parodied and referenced countless time since the film’s 1960 release. Another top ‘60s thriller movie, The Manchurian Candidate tapped into U.S. Cold War fears. Starring Old Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra, the film tells the story of a brainwashed soldier manipulated by the Chinese into becoming a weapon against America. The film was later remade starring Denzel Washington.  

American filmmakers weren’t the only ones churning out great ‘60s thrillers. Several foreign films made this list, as well, including
Eyes Without a Face, a chilling thriller about a mad surgeon and his disfigured daughter. Here, you’ll also find the first appearance of James Bond on film, in Dr. No. The 007 franchise has given us several intense thrillers every decade for years. Vote up the best '60s thriller movies, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

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Psycho is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
Psycho Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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What Ever Happened to Baby Jan... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Robert Aldrich

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Repulsion is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
Repulsion Catherine Deneuve, Roman Polanski, Ian Hendry

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Cape Fear is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
Cape Fear Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Telly Savalas

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Wait Until Dark is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
Wait Until Dark Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, Robby Benson

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The Manchurian Candidate is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
The Manchurian Candidate Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh

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The Birds is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
stubb added The Birds Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette

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In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
In the Heat of the Night Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Lee Grant

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Dr. No is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
Dr. No Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Jack Lord

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Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
Goldfinger Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall

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Charade is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
Charade Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Coburn

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House of Usher is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
House of Usher Vincent Price, Mark Damon, Myrna Fahey

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The Pit and the Pendulum is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
The Pit and the Pendulum Vincent Price, Barbara Steele, Charles Victor - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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High and Low is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
High and Low Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Tatsuya Nakadai

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Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Olivia de Havilland

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Seconds is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
Seconds Rock Hudson, Will Geer, Richard Anderson

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Bullitt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
Bullitt Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bissett

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Peeping Tom is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
Peeping Tom Anna Massey, Michael Powell, Pamela Green

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Marnie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
Marnie Sean Connery, Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren

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Bunny Lake Is Missing is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
Bunny Lake Is Missing Laurence Olivier, Carol Lynley, Noël Coward

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From Russia with Love is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
From Russia with Love Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, Daniela Bianchi

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The Spy Who Came in from the C... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Robert Hardy

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Eyes Without a Face is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
Eyes Without a Face Alida Valli, Pierre Brasseur, Édith Scob

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Torn Curtain is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
Torn Curtain Paul Newman, Julie Andrews, Alfred Hitchcock

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Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
Fahrenheit 451 Julie Christie, Cyril Cusack, Oskar Werner

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Point Blank is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
Point Blank Lauren Bacall, Angie Dickinson, Lee Marvin

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Knife in the Water is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
Knife in the Water Roman Polanski, Leon Niemczyk, Zygmunt Malanowicz

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Village of the Damned is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
Village of the Damned George Sanders, Barbara Shelley, Michael Gwynn

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Cul-de-sac is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
Cul-de-sac Jacqueline Bissett, Donald Pleasence, Lionel Stander

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The Train is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
The Train Burt Lancaster, Jeanne Moreau, Paul Scofield

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Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
Lord of the Flies Nicholas Hammond, James Aubrey, Kent Fletcher

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Spider Baby is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
Spider Baby Lon Chaney, Jr., Sid Haig

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Seven Days in May is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
Seven Days in May Kirk Douglas, Ava Gardner, Burt Lancaster

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The Professionals is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
The Professionals Claudia Cardinale, Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin

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The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
RobLein added The Time Machine Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor, Alan Young

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Z is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
Z Jean-Louis Trintignant, Yves Montand, Jacques Perrin

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Purple Noon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
Purple Noon Romy Schneider, Marie Laforêt, Ave Ninchi

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Targets is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
Targets Randy Quaid, Boris Karloff, Peter Bogdanovich

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Fail Safe is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
Fail Safe Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Larry Hagman

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The Italian Job is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
The Italian Job Michael Caine, Benny Hill, Noël Coward

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Shock Corridor is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
Shock Corridor James Best, Peter Breck, Constance Towers

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The Naked Kiss is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
stubb added The Naked Kiss Patsy Kelly, Virginia Grey, Edy Williams

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Alphaville is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
stubb added Alphaville Anna Karina, Jean Piere Leaud, Akim Tamiroff

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Branded to Kill is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '60s Thriller Movies
Branded to Kill Kōji Nanbara, Annu Mari, Isao Tamagawa