The Best Psychological Thrillers of the 1950sby Chihir0 | created - 9 months ago | updated - 9 months ago | Public
The 50s were the golden years of Alfred Hitchcock. With five great movies on the list, he is one great contender to win the poll. We, as movie buffs, should thank also French cinematography too for three great movies on this list: Les diaboliques (1955), Le salaire de la peur (1953) and Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (1958).
Which of these Psychological Thrillers of the 1950s did you like the most? After voting, discuss here.
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1. Rear Window (1954)
PG | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller
A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.
Votes: 402,555 | Gross: $36.76M
2. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.
Votes: 75,679 | Gross: $0.65M
3. The Wages of Fear (1953)
Not Rated | 131 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
In a decrepit South American village, four men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe.
4. Vertigo (1958)
PG | 128 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller
A former police detective juggles wrestling with his personal demons and becoming obsessed with a hauntingly beautiful woman.
Votes: 323,439 | Gross: $3.20M
6. Strangers on a Train (1951)
PG | 101 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller
A psychopath forces a tennis star to comply with his theory that two strangers can get away with murder.
Votes: 114,877 | Gross: $7.63M
7. Diabolique (1955)
Not Rated | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
The wife and mistress of a loathed school principal hatch a plan to murder him while having the perfect alibi. They carry out the plan...but then his body disappears.
8. Dial M for Murder (1954)
PG | 105 min | Crime, Thriller
A tennis player frames his unfaithful wife for first-degree murder after she inadvertently hinders his plan to kill her.
Votes: 141,468 | Gross: $0.01M
9. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
PG | 120 min | Drama, Thriller
An American physician and his wife take matters into their own hands after assassins planning to execute a foreign Prime Minister kidnap their son.
Votes: 52,173 | Gross: $10.25M
10. Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
Not Rated | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A one-armed stranger comes to a tiny town possessing a terrible past they want to keep secret, by violent means if necessary.
11. Elevator to the Gallows (1958)
Not Rated | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A self-assured businessman murders his employer, the husband of his mistress, which unintentionally provokes an ill-fated chain of events.
Votes: 18,425 | Gross: $0.11M
12. House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Not Rated | 75 min | Horror, Mystery
A millionaire offers $10,000 to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with him and his wife.
15. Stage Fright (1950)
Approved | 110 min | Film-Noir, Thriller
A struggling actress tries to help a friend prove his innocence when he's accused of murdering the husband of a high society entertainer.
16. The Narrow Margin (1952)
Approved | 71 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A woman planning to testify against the mob must be protected against their assassins on the train trip from Chicago to Los Angeles.
17. Confidential Report (1955)
Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
An American adventurer investigates the past of the mysterious tycoon Gregory Arkadin, placing himself in grave danger.
19. Don't Bother to Knock (1952)
Passed | 76 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery
After being dumped by his girlfriend, an airline pilot pursues a babysitter in his hotel and gradually realizes she's dangerous.
20. While the City Sleeps (1956)
Not Rated | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
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.
21. Sudden Fear (1952)
Approved | 110 min | Film-Noir, Thriller
After an ambitious actor insinuates himself into the life of a wealthy middle-aged playwright and marries her, he plots with his mistress to murder her.
22. The Prowler (1951)
Approved | 92 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
When Susan Gilvray reports a prowler outside her house police officer Webb Garwood investigates and sparks fly. If only her husband wasn't in the way.
23. Where Danger Lives (1950)
Not Rated | 82 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller
A young doctor falls in love with a disturbed young woman, becomes involved in the death of her husband, and has to flee with her to the Mexican border.
25. Night Train (1959)
99 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Jerzy enters a train set for the Baltic coast. He seems to be on the run from something - as does the strange woman with whom he must share a sleeping compartment.