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. And if you're a fan of these flicks, be sure to check out our list of the most suspenseful movies.
- 9811Rear Window is a 1954 American mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and written... more
- 9514Psycho is a 1960 American horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film centers on an... more
- 7415Vertigo is a 1958 American psychological thriller film directed and produced by Alfred... more
- 6211North by Northwest is a 1959 American spy thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and... more
- 5712Jaws is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter... more
- 4513What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? is a 1962 American psychological thriller film produced and... more
- 4514Halloween is a 1978 American independent slasher horror film directed and scored by John... more
- 5526This film is a 1954 3-D American thriller film in Warnercolor directed by Alfred Hitchcock,... more
- 4621This film is a 1974 British Technicolor mystery film directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Albert... more
- 328Gaslight is an American 1944 mystery-thriller film adapted from Patrick Hamilton's 1938 play... more
- 3312Carrie is a 1976 American supernatural horror film based on Stephen King's first major 1974... more
- 299Suspicion is a romantic psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and starring Cary... more
- 4427Wait Until Dark is a suspense-thriller film directed by Terence Young and produced by Mel... more
- 2810Double Indemnity is a 1944 film noir crime drama directed by Billy Wilder, co-written by... more
- 3519Cape Fear is a 1962 American psychological thriller film starring Robert Mitchum, Gregory... more
- 2916Charade is a 1963 Technicolor American romantic comedy/mystery film directed by Stanley Donen,... more
- 2513The Omen is a 1976 British/American supernatural horror film directed by Richard Donner. The... more
- 3729Strangers on a Train is a 1951 American psychological thriller film noir produced and directed... more
- 186Play Misty for Me is a 1971 American psychological thriller film, directed by and starring... more
- 199When a Stranger Calls is a 1979 psychological horror film. It was directed by Fred Walton and... more
- 3328Rebecca is a 1940 American psychological thriller-drama film. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, it... more
- 3024The Manchurian Candidate is a 1962 American Cold War suspense thriller directed by John... more
- 3027Notorious is a 1946 American spy thriller film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock,... more
- 2522The Stepford Wives is a 1975 science fiction–thriller film based on the 1972 Ira Levin novel... more
- 2217The French Connection is a 1971 American dramatic thriller film directed by William Friedkin... more