film The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite old thrillers that were released before 1980.

This list contains information on the best classic thriller movies, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best classic thriller films come in many forms. Some good old thrillers follow detectives with a hot lead while other good classic thrillers feature spouses with murderous intents. Many of the best classic thrillers were directed by the Master of Suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock.

What films will you find on this top classic thrillers released before 1980 list? Psycho has to be near the top. After a young woman goes missing, her boyfriend and sister join forces to find out what happened. The mystery unfolds with white-knuckle suspense until the twist of an ending surprises all involved. The Manchurian Candidate is anther great old thriller film.

Revenge is at the heart of the thrilling plot of Cape Fear starring a terrifying Robert Mitchum. Other great classic thriller films featured on this list include Rear Window, The Thin Man, and Murder on the Orient Express.

How will we ever determine which thriller deserves the top spot on this list? Help us decide by giving your favorite films a thumbs up and please add any good movies we may have missed.

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

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Rear Window is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
Rear Window Grace Kelly, James Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock

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The Manchurian Candidate is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
The Manchurian Candidate Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh

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Strangers on a Train is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
Strangers on a Train Alfred Hitchcock, Farley Granger, Leo G. Carroll

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Vertigo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
Vertigo James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

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North by Northwest is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
North by Northwest Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock, Eva Marie Saint

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What Ever Happened to Baby Jan... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Robert Aldrich

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Notorious is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
Notorious Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock

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Murder on the Orient Express is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
Murder on the Orient Express Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall

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Double indemnity is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked

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Wait Until Dark is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
Wait Until Dark Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, Robby Benson

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The Spiral Staircase is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
The Spiral Staircase Rhonda Fleming, Ethel Barrymore, Elsa Lanchester

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Suspicion is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
Suspicion Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock, Joan Fontaine

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Gaslight is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
Gaslight Ingrid Bergman, Angela Lansbury, Charles Boyer

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Deliverance is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
Deliverance Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty

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Rebecca is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
Rebecca Laurence Olivier, Alfred Hitchcock, Joan Fontaine

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Charade is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
Charade Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Coburn

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Marathon Man is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
Marathon Man Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider

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The Girl Who Knew Too Much is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
The Girl Who Knew Too Much Adam West, Nancy Kwan, Valentina Cortese

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Cape Fear is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
Cape Fear Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Telly Savalas

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The Thin Man is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
The Thin Man Myrna Loy, Cesar Romero, Maureen O'Sullivan

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When a Stranger Calls is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
When a Stranger Calls Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Rachel Roberts

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Dial M for Murder is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
Dial M for Murder Grace Kelly, Alfred Hitchcock, Ray Milland

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The First Great Train Robbery is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
The First Great Train Robbery Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland, Lesley-Anne Down

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Three Days of the Condor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
Three Days of the Condor Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Max von Sydow

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The French Connection is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
The French Connection Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey

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The Cabinet of Caligari is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
The Cabinet of Caligari Constance Ford, Glynis Johns, J. Pat O'Malley

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Seven Sinners is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
Seven Sinners John Wayne, Marlene Dietrich

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The Red House is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
The Red House Edward G. Robinson, Julie London, Judith Anderson

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The Omen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
The Omen Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner

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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
Halloween Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

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Play Misty for Me is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
Play Misty for Me Clint Eastwood, Donna Mills, Jessica Walter

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Sisters is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
Sisters Margot Kidder, Charles Durning, Olympia Dukakis

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The Stepford Wives is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
The Stepford Wives Tina Louise, Mary Stuart Masterson, Katharine Ross

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Carrie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
Carrie John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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The Fury is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
The Fury Kirk Douglas, Daryl Hannah, Jim Belushi

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Hustle is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
Hustle Burt Reynolds, Catherine Deneuve, Gregory Peck

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Games is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
Games James Caan, Katharine Ross, Simone Signoret

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Family Plot is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
Family Plot Alfred Hitchcock, Bruce Dern, Karen Black

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The Killer Elite is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
The Killer Elite Robert Duvall, James Caan, Gig Young

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Jaws is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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Torn Curtain is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
Torn Curtain Paul Newman, Julie Andrews, Alfred Hitchcock

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Obsession is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
Obsession John Lithgow, Cliff Robertson, Geneviève Bujold

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The Taking of Pelham One Two T... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Jerry Stiller, Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw

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Duel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
Duel Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Lou Frizzell

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The Drowning Pool is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
The Drowning Pool Paul Newman, Melanie Griffith, Joanne Woodward

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Audrey Rose is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
Audrey Rose Anthony Hopkins, Marsha Mason, John Hillerman

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What's the Matter with Helen? is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classic Thriller Movies, Ranked
What's the Matter with Helen? Debbie Reynolds, Shelley Winters, Yvette Vickers