Underrated Thrillers

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1.
Call Northside 777 (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Chicago reporter P.J. McNeal re-opens a ten year old murder case. (112 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
2.
Key Largo (1948)
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A man visits his old friend's hotel and finds a gangster running things. As a hurricane approaches, the two end up confronting each other. (100 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
3.
Rope (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Two young men strangle their "inferior" classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime. (80 mins.)
 
4.
Union Station (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A sharp-eyed woman spots a man with a gun on a train and her alert to the railroad police lead to the kidnapping of a blind heiress by a ruthless thug. (81 mins.)
Director: Rudolph Maté
 
5.
The Enforcer (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A crusading district attorney finally gets a chance to prosecute the organizer and boss of Murder Inc. (87 mins.)
 
6.
The Sniper (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A sniper kills young brunettes as the police attempt to grapple with the psychology of the unknown assailant. (88 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
 
7.
Guns at Batasi (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An anachronistic martinet RSM on a remote Colonial African army caught in a local coup d'etat must use his experience to defend those in his care. (103 mins.)
Director: John Guillermin
 
8.
Fail-Safe (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
American planes are sent to deliver a nuclear attack on Moscow, but it's a mistake due to an electrical malfunction. Can all-out war be averted? (112 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
9.
Seven Days in May (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
United States military leaders plot to overthrow the President because he supports a nuclear disarmament treaty and they fear a Soviet sneak attack. (118 mins.)
 
10.
The Battle of Algiers (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government. (121 mins.)
 
11.
The Quiller Memorandum (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Two British agents are murdered by a mysterious Neonazi organization in West Berlin. The British Secret Service sends agent Quiller to investigate... (104 mins.)
 
12.
Targets (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An elderly horror-film star, while making a personal appearance at a drive-in theatre, confronts a psychotic Viet Nam War veteran who's turned into a mass-murdering sniper. (90 mins.)
 
13.
The Chairman (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
An American scientist is sent to Red China to steal the formula for a newly developed agricultural enzyme... (93 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
 
14.
Executive Action (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Rogue intelligence agents, right-wing politicians, greedy capitalists, and free-lance assassins plot and carry out the JFK assassination in this speculative agitprop. (91 mins.)
Director: David Miller
 
15.
The Day of the Jackal (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A professional assassin codenamed "Jackal" plots to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France. (143 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
 
16.
21 Hours at Munich (1976 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A dramatization of the incident in 1972 when Arab terrorists broke into the Olympic compound in Munich and murdered 11 Israeli athletes. (101 mins.)
 
17.
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In New York, armed men hijack a subway car and demand a ransom for the passengers. Even if it's paid, how could they get away? (104 mins.)
Director: Joseph Sargent
 
18.
Juggernaut (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A blackmailer demands a huge ransom in exchange for information on how to disarm the seven bombs he placed aboard the transatlantic liner Britannic. (109 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
 
19.
The Terrorists (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A gang of hijackers led by Ray Petrie (Ian McShane) seize a British plane as it is landing in Scandinavia... (89 mins.)
Director: Casper Wrede
 
20.
Network (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit. (121 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
21.
Ffolkes (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
When terrorists take over two oil rigs and threaten to explode them if their demands are not met, an eccentric anti-terrorism expert volunteers his unique commando unit to stop them. (100 mins.)
 
22.
The Professional (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Victim of a plot which has resulted in his imprisonment in a Central African jail for two years, a French secret agent arrives in Paris to settle accounts. (108 mins.)
Director: Georges Lautner
 
23.
The Final Option (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A trooper with the British Special Air Service (SAS) infiltrates a radical political group who are planning... (125 mins.)
Director: Ian Sharp
 
24.
To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner. (116 mins.)
 
25.
Target (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Chris Lloyd does NOT get along with his father Walter. Walter is too careful, cautious, and boring to Chris... (117 mins.)
Director: Arthur Penn
 
26.
In the Line of Duty: The F.B.I. Murders (1988 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Florida 1985: A series of brutal robberies and murders keeps the F.B.I busy. Although all crimes seem to be comitted by the same group... (92 mins.)
Director: Dick Lowry
 
27.
Sneakers (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A security pro finds his past coming back to haunt him, when he and his unique team are tasked with retrieving a particularly important item. (126 mins.)
 
28.
The Firm (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A young lawyer joins a prestigious law firm only to discover that it has a sinister dark side. (154 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
29.
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An African American man is hired to find a woman and gets mixed up in a murderous political scandal. (102 mins.)
Director: Carl Franklin
 
30.
The Assignment (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An American naval officer is recruited for an operation to eliminate his lookalike, the infamous terrorist Carlos The Jackal. (119 mins.)
 
31.
The Siege (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The secret US abduction of a suspected terrorist leads to a wave of terrorist attacks in New York that lead to the declaration of martial law. (116 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
 
32.
J.S.A.: Joint Security Area (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In the DMZ separating North and South Korea, two North Korean soldiers have been killed, supposedly by one South Korean soldier... (110 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
 
33.
15 Minutes (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A homicide detective and a fire marshall must stop a pair of murderers who commit videotaped crimes to become media darlings. (120 mins.)
Director: John Herzfeld
 
34.
The Sum of All Fears (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
CIA analyst Jack Ryan must thwart the plans of a terrorist faction that threatens to induce a catastrophic conflict between the United States and Russia's newly elected president by detonating a nuclear weapon at a football game in Baltimore. (124 mins.)
 
35.
Silmido (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Based on a true story of 1968 Korean Republic Army plan to assassinate North Korean president Kim Il-Sung... (135 mins.)
Director: Woo-Suk Kang
 
36.
Hostage (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A failed police negotiator turned small-town cop, must save the lives of a family held hostage, which draws him into a much more dangerous situation. (113 mins.)
Director: Florent Siri
 
37.
United 93 (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A real-time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on September 11th, 2001 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot. (111 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
 
38.
16 Blocks (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
An aging alcoholic cop is assigned the task of escorting a witness from police custody to a courthouse 16 blocks away. There are, however, chaotic forces at work that prevent them from making it in one piece. (102 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
 
39.
The Kingdom (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A team of U.S. government agents is sent to investigate the bombing of an American facility in the Middle East. (110 mins.)
Director: Peter Berg
 
40.
Body of Lies (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A CIA agent on the ground in Jordan hunts down a powerful terrorist leader while being caught between the unclear intentions of his American supervisors and Jordan Intelligence. (128 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
41.
The International (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An Interpol agent attempts to expose a high-profile financial institution's role in an international arms dealing ring. (118 mins.)
Director: Tom Tykwer
 
42.
The Assault (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Based on a true story, a SWAT team is tasked with storming a high-jacked Air France plane to save its passengers. (91 mins.)
Director: Julien Leclercq
 
43.
Haywire (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A black ops super soldier seeks payback after she is betrayed and set up during a mission. (93 mins.)