Top 15 Favorite Giallo Thrillers

I believe this list will be adjusted in time, and filled out to a top 20. This is a pretty accurate list of my favorite 15 giallo thrillers, although I'm the first to acknowledge that there are so many obscure, hard-to-find films not so easy to track down. I like to think there are undiscovered gems I still need to see. Some noticeable exclusions might infuriate the giallo purists who think Don't Torture a Duckling and Seven Blood-Stained Orchids are essential movies in the genre, and I might change my mind about them after revisits. But, as of now, they are not favorites of mine. Two movies I hated leaving off and will probably be added to a Top 20 later is "Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion" and "A Case of the Scorpion's Tale". You just know when you put these lists together that gialli you really enjoy will pop up in your mind later, which is why I love the fact that I can make changes when need be.
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1.
Deep Red (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
After witnessing the murder of a famous psychic, a musician teams up with a feisty reporter to find the killer while evading attempts on their lives by the unseen assailant bent on keeping a dark secret buried. (126 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
 
2.
What Have You Done to Solange? (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A teacher who is having an affair with one of his students takes her out on a boat. They see a knife killing on shore... (103 mins.)
 
3.
All the Colors of the Dark (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A woman recovering from a car accident in which she lost her unborn child finds herself pursued by a coven of devil worshipers. (94 mins.)
Director: Sergio Martino
“ I must admit that this is closer to a Rosemary's Baby type film than what I classify a typical giallo, but I went ahead and added it. I think it tows the line enough to make it... ” - Scarecrow-88
 
4.
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A witness of an attack, a writer becomes stalked by a serial killer. (98 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
 
5.
The Fifth Cord (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
An alcoholic journalist finds himself on the trail of a murderer after the police make him a suspect in their investigation. (90 mins.)
Director: Luigi Bazzoni
 
6.
The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
When two sisters inherit their family castle, a string of murders committed by a mysterious dark haired... (100 mins.)
 
7.
L'assassino è costretto ad uccidere ancora (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Giorgio is a greedy adulterer who makes a deal with a serial killer to dispose of his wealthy wife, Nora... (86 mins.)
Director: Luigi Cozzi
 
8.
Blade of the Ripper (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An ambassador's wife discovers that one of the men in her life - either her husband, an ex-lover or her current lover - may be a vicious serial killer. (98 mins.)
Director: Sergio Martino
 
9.
Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Oliviero is a burned-out writer, living at his estate near Venice, his dead mother dominating his imagination... (96 mins.)
Director: Sergio Martino
 
10.
Evil Eye (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A tourist witnesses a murder and finds herself caught up in a series of bloody killings. (86 mins.)
Director: Mario Bava
 
11.
Blood and Black Lace (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A shadowy killer in black brutally murders fashion models. (88 mins.)
Director: Mario Bava
 
12.
The Psychic (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A clairvoyant woman, inspired by a vision, smashes open a section of wall in her husband's home and finds a skeleton behind it... (95 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
“ I much prefer the cooler title, "Seven Notes in Black". Still I debated on listing Fulci's Don't Torture a Duckling in the Top 15, and may wind up including it later. While I think Perversion Story is gnarly, I believe it is a Hitchcockian thriller rather than a giallo. My favorite Fulci film, A Lizard in a Woman's Skin is considered by many to be a giallo, but I have a hard time including it into the genre. I might change my mind at some point, however... ” - Scarecrow-88
 
13.
Black Belly of the Tarantula (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Inspector Tellini investigates serial crimes where victims are paralyzed while having their bellies ripped open with a sharp knife... (89 mins.)
Director: Paolo Cavara
 
14.
Death Walks on High Heels (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A famed jewel thief named Rochard is slashed to death on a train. His daughter Nicole, a famous nightclub performer in Paris... (105 mins.)
Director: Luciano Ercoli
 
15.
The House of the Laughing Windows (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Stefano, a young restorer, is commissioned to save a controversial mural located in the church of a small, isolated village. (110 mins.)
Director: Pupi Avati