The Golden Era of Suspense by Nate Dow

Suspense... these are movies that might have some.
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1.
The Big Steal (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An army lieutenant accused of robbery pursues the real thief on a frantic chase through Mexico aided by the thief's fiancee. (71 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
“ Very, very good dialogue. ” - starsofheaven-dow
 
2.
Pickup on South Street (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A pickpocket unwittingly lifts a message destined for enemy agents and becomes a target for a Communist spy ring. (80 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
“ Just think the next time you pick someones pocket... death could be in that pocket. ” - starsofheaven-dow
 
3.
Run for the Sun (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
In Central America, an action-adventure novelist and a journalist for a magazine find themselves at the mercy of Nazi war criminals. (99 mins.)
Director: Roy Boulting
“ Dishonesty never pays. Someone always gets hurt. ” - starsofheaven-dow
 
4.
His Kind of Woman (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A deported gangster's plan to re-enter the USA involves skulduggery at a Mexican resort, and gambler Dan Milner is caught in the middle. (120 mins.)
Director: John Farrow
“ Awesome movie. Someone should tell them that hot Irons burn things.
now why did i say that... it will come to me eventually. ” - starsofheaven-dow
 
5.
Macao (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Nick Cochran, an American in exile in Macao, has a chance to restore his name by helping capture an international crime lord. Undercover, can he mislead the bad guys and still woo the handsome singer/petty crook, Julie Benson? (81 mins.)
“ A case of mistaken identity. well you try to convince a scared crook your not the police. ” - starsofheaven-dow
 
6.
Notorious (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them? (101 mins.)
“ One of Cary Grant's more interesting films. ” - starsofheaven-dow
 
7.
Saboteur (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Aircraft factory worker Barry Kane goes on the run across the United States when he is wrongly accused of starting a fire that killed his best friend. (109 mins.)
“ There is nothing like being hand-cuffed to the prime suspect. wait... that was the other movie. ” - starsofheaven-dow
 
8.
Spellbound (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory. (111 mins.)
“ "You have Amnesia but Freud is hooey this you know." I happen to know too and i don't have amnesia. ” - starsofheaven-dow
 
9.
Laura (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating. (88 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
“ The only thing more haunting then her picture over the fire place is the theme song. ” - starsofheaven-dow
 
10.
Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Det. Sgt. Mark Dixon wants to be something his old man wasn't: a guy on the right side of the law. But Dixon's vicious nature will get the better of him. (95 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
“ I love the restaurant they eat at I'd like to eat there myself. ” - starsofheaven-dow
 
11.
The Fearmakers (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A Korean War veteran co-operating with a Senate committee uncovers subversives. (85 mins.)
“ I love the film. absolutely love it. ” - starsofheaven-dow
 
12.
Rear Window (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder. (112 mins.)
 
13.
To Catch a Thief (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
When a reformed jewel thief is suspected of returning to his former occupation, he must ferret out the real thief in order to prove his innocence. (106 mins.)
“ Danger is so overrated. ” - starsofheaven-dow
 
14.
Ransom! (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The Stannards' son is kidnapped for ransom. Plot centres around Ford's (the father) efforts to find him. (109 mins.)
Director: Alex Segal
“ Philosophy! interesting thing theories you never know if there true. ” - starsofheaven-dow
 
15.
While the City Sleeps (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A serial killer has been killing beautiful women in New York, and the new owner of a media company offers a high ranking job to the 1st administrator who can get the earliest scoops on the case. (100 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
“ this movie was a bit ahead of its time. maybe not nothing new under the sun. was yester years so much better...? ” - starsofheaven-dow
 
16.
The Big Clock (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When powerful publishing tycoon Earl Janoth commits an act of murder at the height of passion, he cleverly... (95 mins.)
Director: John Farrow
 
17.
The Big Sleep (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love. (114 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
“ The next few movies are Bogart and Bacall. Great Chemistry and why not they where married by the time "The Big Sleep" was released.
To Have and Have Not was when they met. ” - starsofheaven-dow
 
18.
Key Largo (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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
 
19.
Dark Passage (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A man convicted of murdering his wife escapes from prison and works with a woman to try and prove his innocence. (106 mins.)
Director: Delmer Daves
 
20.
To Have and Have Not (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
During World War II, American expatriate Harry Morgan helps transport a French Resistance leader and his beautiful wife to Martinique while romancing a sensuous lounge singer. (100 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
21.
Lady in the Lake (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The lady editor of a crime magazine hires Philip Marlowe to find the wife of her boss. The private detective soon finds himself involved in murder. (105 mins.)
“ Interesting movie. you only see the hero when he looks in the Mirror. ” - starsofheaven-dow
 
22.
Ten Little Indians (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Ten people are invited to a luxury mountaintop mansion, only to find that an unseen person is killing them one by one. Could one of them be the killer? (91 mins.)
Director: George Pollock
“ Some say this was Agatha Christie's best Book. ” - starsofheaven-dow
 
23.
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise. (116 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ Agatha Christie wrote another masterpiece with this one. ” - starsofheaven-dow
 
24.
On Dangerous Ground (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Rough city cop Jim Wilson is disciplined by his captain and is sent upstate, to a snowy mountain town, to help the local sheriff solve a murder case. (82 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
“ How the seeing are so blind... at least I think so. ” - starsofheaven-dow
 
25.
The Dark Corner (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Secretary tries to help her boss, who is framed for a murder. (99 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
26.
I Love Trouble (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A wealthy man hires a detective to investigate his wife's past. The detective (Franchot Tone) discovers... (93 mins.)
Director: S. Sylvan Simon
“ Some private-eyes never learn. ” - starsofheaven-dow
 
27.
Impact (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A unfaithful wife plots with her lover to kill her husband, but the lover is accidentally killed instead. The husband stays in hiding, and lets his wife be charged with conspiracy. (111 mins.)
Director: Arthur Lubin
“ Ella Rains is fantastic in the film. It is also great to see guy that usually plays the villain have the starring role. ” - starsofheaven-dow
 
28.
Mirage (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A New York man suffers amnesia. He soon learns that he's mixed up in a life-and-death situation, but what exactly is it? (108 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
“ Mirage. A wonderful movie on humanity. Question is caring just a mirage. ” - starsofheaven-dow
 
29.
Borderline (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Two undercover agents infiltrate a drug-smuggling ring in Mexico, but neither is aware of the other's identity. (88 mins.)
“ I thought you where suppose to be relieved when you found out the person you like isn't a crook. ” - starsofheaven-dow
 
30.
Doomed Cargo (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A wise cracking American P.I. traveling abroad with his love interest and sidekick, stumbles on to a dead body. After it disappears again, he starts to unravel a devious crime ring. (67 mins.)
“ This is another movie with great dialogue. ” - starsofheaven-dow