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Classic Thrillers You Should See

Updated on July 27, 2015

Loving the Classics

I have been a lover of classic movies since I was a teenager and saw Doris Day in Midnight Lace for the first time on the Turner Classic Movie channel. It quickly became one of my favorite movies of all time.

I have collected many of my favorites over the years and have built a well stocked library; which includes all of the movies I have written about in this article.

I love all types of classics, but thrillers are definitely the best. Halloween is just a few months away, but I feel like a thriller is always a good idea. So I wanted to share some of my favorites with you.

Ruth Hussey and Ray Milland in The Uninvited
Ruth Hussey and Ray Milland in The Uninvited

The Uninvited

The Uninvited, 1944 - Starring Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey and Gail Russell

Brother and sister, Rodrick and Pamela Fitzgerald are on holiday in Cornwall when they stumble upon an old, abandoned house on a cliff-top. They are immediately enchanted and inquire to purchase it; and find it surprisingly affordable.

After moving in they find out that they are not alone. Unexplained weeping, ghostly mists and sudden coldness plague the siblings as they discover the tragic past of their new home.

Will they be able to save the young woman who is being tormented by the spirits in the house? You will have to watch it to find out.

The Spiral Staircase

The Spiral Staircase, 1946 - Starring Dorothy McGuire, Ethel Barrymore, George Brent and Kent Smith

A thunderstorm rages as a serial killer, who preys on young women with afflictions, stalks his next victim. Helen, who has not spoken a word since she saw her parents burned to death as a child, is the killers next target.

When she discovers the body of a murdered woman in the basement of the home where she works she realizes the killer is closer than she ever dreamed.

Finding herself all alone with the crazed killer, will she be able to find her voice and cry out for help. Will she escape before it's too late?


Midnight Lace

Midnight Lace, 1960 - Starring Doris Day, Rex Harrison and Myrna Loy

Kit Preston, played by Doris Day, is an American who recently moved to London after being swept off her feet and marrying the man of her dreams Tony, played by Rex Harrison. They are still in the honeymoon phase of their marriage when Kit begins to receive death threats from a anonymous stranger.

After a dangerous encounter in the fog, numerous terrorizing phones calls and a close call with a bus; will her stalker finally finish the job?

The true identity of Kit's stalker comes as a shocking twist. Will she be able to escape his clutches before he fulfills his threats?

Ten Little Indians

Ten Little Indians, 1966 - Starring Hugh O'Brian, Shirley Eaton, Leo Genn, Dennis Price, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Stanley Holloway, Daliah Lavi and Fabian

This movie was adapted from the book, "And Then There Were None" written by Agatha Christie.

Ten people are invited, either as guests or employees, to a remote island for the weekend. When they arrive and start to get acquainted they begin to realize none of them knows their host; who is strangely absent from the party.

Very quickly they begin to be picked off, one by one. Stranded with no way off the island, it becomes clear that one of them is the killer.

Grace Kelly and Jimmy Stewart in Rear Window
Grace Kelly and Jimmy Stewart in Rear Window

Rear Window

Rear Window, 1954 - Starring Jimmy Stewart, Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter and Raymond Burr

This classic Hitchcock thriller stars Jimmy Stewart as L.B. "Jeff" Jeffries as a professional photographer who is cooped up in his apartment with a broken leg. With nothing but time on his hands, he begins to people watch out his back window.

As he learns more than he needs to know about his neighbors, he starts to suspect that one of them has murdered his wife.

With the help of his girlfriend, Lisa, played by Grace Kelly and his nurse, Stella, played by Thelma Ritter; they begin to uncover the truth. But when the killer realizes he's been found out, he moves to silence "Jeff."

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