60s Movies The Best Thrillers of the '60s  

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List Rules Any film from any genre from the 60s which can be classified as a thriller.

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Thrillers can come in all shapes & sizes from all genres. What are your favorite thriller films from the 60s?

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Psycho is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Thrillers of the '60s
Alfred Hitchcock Psycho is a 1960 American horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film centers on an encounter between a secretary, Marion Crane, who ends up at a secluded motel after taking money from ...more

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Cape Fear is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Thrillers of the '60s
J. Lee Thompson Cape Fear is a 1962 American psychological thriller film starring Robert Mitchum, Gregory Peck, Martin Balsam and Polly Bergen. It was adapted by James R. Webb from the novel The Executioners by ...more

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Wait Until Dark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Thrillers of the '60s
Terence Young Wait Until Dark is a suspense-thriller film directed by Terence Young and produced by Mel Ferrer. It stars Audrey Hepburn as a young blind woman, Alan Arkin as a violent criminal searching for ...more

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The Manchurian Candidate is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Thrillers of the '60s
John Frankenheimer The Manchurian Candidate is a 1962 American Cold War suspense thriller directed by John Frankenheimer that stars Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Janet Leigh and co-stars Angela Lansbury, ...more

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In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Thrillers of the '60s
Norman Jewison In the Heat of the Night is a 1967 American mystery drama film directed by Norman Jewison. It is based on John Ball's 1965 novel of the same name which tells the story of Virgil Tibbs, a black ...more

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Bullitt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Thrillers of the '60s
Peter Yates Bullitt is a 1968 American action police procedural film directed by Peter Yates and produced by Philip D'Antoni. It stars Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn and Jacqueline Bisset. The screenplay by ...more

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Fail Safe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Thrillers of the '60s
Sidney Lumet Fail-Safe is a 1964 Cold thriller film directed by Sidney Lumet, based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler. The film features performances by veteran actors ...more

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Bunny Lake Is Missing is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Thrillers of the '60s
Otto Preminger Bunny Lake Is Missing is a 1965 British psychological thriller film starring Laurence Olivier and directed and produced by Otto Preminger, who filmed it in black and white widescreen format in ...more

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Charade is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Thrillers of the '60s
Stanley Donen Charade is a 1963 Technicolor American romantic comedy/mystery film directed by Stanley Donen, written by Peter Stone and Marc Behm, and starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. The cast also ...more

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The Nanny is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Thrillers of the '60s
Seth Holt The Nanny is a 1965 British suspense film directed by Seth Holt and starring Bette Davis, Wendy Craig and Jill Bennett. Davis appears as a supposedly devoted nanny caring for a ten-year-old boy ...more

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Repulsion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Thrillers of the '60s
Roman Polanski Repulsion is a 1965 British psychological horror film directed by Roman Polanski, and starring Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry, John Fraser and Yvonne Furneaux. The screenplay was based on a ...more

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Seconds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Thrillers of the '60s
John Frankenheimer Seconds is a 1966 American science fiction drama film directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Rock Hudson. The screenplay by Lewis John Carlino was based on Seconds, a novel by David Ely. ...more

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The Ipcress File is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Thrillers of the '60s
Sidney J. Furie The Ipcress File is a 1965 British espionage film directed by Sidney J. Furie, starring Michael Caine and featuring Guy Doleman and Nigel Green. The screenplay by Bill Canaway and James Doran ...more

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Experiment in Terror is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Thrillers of the '60s
Blake Edwards Experiment in Terror, originally released in the UK as The Grip of Fear, is a 1962 suspense-thriller released by Columbia Pictures. It was directed by Blake Edwards and written by Mildred Gordon ...more

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Seven Days in May is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Thrillers of the '60s
John Frankenheimer Seven Days in May is a 1964 drama-romance film written by Fletcher Knebel, Charles W. Bailey II and Rod Serling and directed by John Frankenheimer.

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The Professionals is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Thrillers of the '60s
Richard Brooks The Professionals is a 1966 American western starring Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Claudia Cardinale, Robert Ryan, and Woody Strode. The supporting cast includes Jack Palance and Ralph Bellamy ...more

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The Boston Strangler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Thrillers of the '60s
Richard Fleischer The Boston Strangler is a 1968 American film based on the true story of the Boston Strangler and the book by Gerold Frank. It was directed by Richard Fleischer, and stars Tony Curtis as Albert ...more

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Funeral in Berlin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Thrillers of the '60s
Guy Hamilton Funeral in Berlin is a 1966 British spy film directed by Guy Hamilton and based on the novel of the same name by Len Deighton. It is the second of three 1960s films starring Michael Caine as the ...more

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Ice Station Zebra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Thrillers of the '60s
John Sturges Ice Station Zebra is a 1968 suspense film directed by John Sturges, starring Rock Hudson, Patrick McGoohan, Ernest Borgnine, and Jim Brown. The screenplay by Alistair MacLean, Douglas Heyes, ...more

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The Bedford Incident is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Thrillers of the '60s
James B. Harris The Bedford Incident is a 1965 Anglo-American Cold War film starring Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier, and co-produced by Richard Widmark. The cast also features Eric Portman, James MacArthur, ...more

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Twisted Nerve is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Thrillers of the '60s
John Boulting, Roy Boulting Twisted Nerve is a 1968 British psychological thriller film directed by Roy Boulting and starring Hywel Bennett, Hayley Mills, Billie Whitelaw and Frank Finlay. The film follows a disturbed ...more

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The Spy Who Came in from the C... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Thrillers of the '60s
Martin Ritt The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a 1965 British Cold War spy film directed by Martin Ritt and starring Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, and Oskar Werner. Based on the 1963 novel of the same ...more

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The Italian Job is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Thrillers of the '60s
Peter Collinson The Italian Job is a 1969 British caper film, written by Troy Kennedy Martin, produced by Michael Deeley and directed by Peter Collinson. Subsequent television showings and releases on video ...more

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Countdown is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Thrillers of the '60s
Robert Altman Countdown is a 1968 film directed by Robert Altman, based on the novel The Pilgrim Project by Hank Searls. It stars James Caan and Robert Duvall as astronauts vying to be the first American to ...more

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Ten Little Indians is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Thrillers of the '60s
George Pollock Ten Little Indians is the second film version of Agatha Christie's detective novel of the same name. Although its background story is the same as the 1945 adaptation with ten people invited to a ...more