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Classic locked-room mystery. Creaky direction - it was, after all, one of the first films with sound in France - but the plotting is so engrossing that you remain hooked from beginning to end. The final revelation is a jaw-dropping surprise, even by today's standards. I defy you to guess it.

Remade a few more times but this one is the best, in my opinion (tho the 2003 version comes close).

DVD in Europe.

7 out of 10

2. The 9th Guest (1934)

Passed | 65 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Eight strangers are invited to spend the night in a penthouse apartment. After being wined and dined, a voice on the radio informs them that they will be murdered unless they manage to outwit the ninth guest: Death.

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Donald Cook, Genevieve Tobin, Hardie Albright, Edward Ellis

Votes: 333

From underrated director Roy William Neill (who did the twisty Noir "Black Angel" and a host of Sherlock Holmes films with Basil Rathborne), whodunits may have been a dime-a-dozen back in the 30s but this one worked much better than most given a plot that truly keeps you guessing until the end and its claustrophobic setting of being trapped in a penthouse with no escape. True, the plot steals much from Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None" but it steals with an eye for solid craftsmanship.

Never released anywhere as far as I am aware though it's on TCM from time to time.

7 out of 10

3. Doomed Cargo (1936)

Not Rated | 67 min | Crime, Thriller

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.

Director: Albert de Courville | Stars: Edmund Lowe, Constance Cummings, Thomy Bourdelle, Henry Oscar

Votes: 291

Crackerjack British thriller by the writers of "The Lady Vanishes" and "Night Train to Munich" (Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder). It features a detective perusing a secret network of criminals whose leader's identity is a startling surprise by the film's end. Only available in the UK.

8 out of 10

4. The Phantom Strikes (1938)

58 min | Drama, Mystery

A suspense thriller with virtually the entire cast under suspicion of murder. In this, the third of at least 4 film versions of the Edgar Wallace story, John Longden plays the police ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Forde | Stars: Sonnie Hale, Wilfrid Lawson, Louise Henry, Alexander Knox

Votes: 81

Written by Sidney Gilliat (writer and director of the phenomenal thriller "Green For Danger") based on a novel by Edgar Wallace, this is a deliciously entertaining thriller concerning a master criminal - "The Ringer" - who may or not exist and who may or may not be dead and who may just be about anybody, if he is real and if he isn't dead, that is. Of course, it has a surprise revelation at the end, which is difficult to guess if only because everyone in the film is under suspicion. Reminiscent of "The Usual Suspects" in how a master criminal could seemingly be anyone but it reminded me more of Krimi films.

Alpha Video released this on DVD at one point but I believe it is now out of print.

7 out of 10

5. Inspector Hornleigh (1939)

Not Rated | 76 min | Comedy, Mystery

Inspector Hornleigh and his assistant Sergeant Bingham are called in to investigate a murder that involves the theft of government secrets.

Director: Eugene Forde | Stars: Gordon Harker, Alastair Sim, Miki Hood, Wally Patch

Votes: 166

Entertaining comedic detective film featuring Inspector Hornleigh, but it is his sidekick Sergeant Bingham played by the wonderful Alastair Sim that steals the show. Perhaps not entirely unique, but it's all great fun and the revelation of the killer at the end is quite a surprise.

Followed by two sequels - "Inspector Hornleigh on Holiday" and "Inspector Hornleigh Goes to It" - which both are comparable to the first.

There is no official DVD release but there are some DVD-R on demand companies producing all three movies.

6 out of 10

6. The Murderer Lives at Number 21 (1942)

Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Inspector Wens moves into a Paris boarding house to catch a serial killer.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Pierre Fresnay, Suzy Delair, Jean Tissier, Pierre Larquey

Votes: 2,516

From the French master of suspense Henri-Georges Clouzot, the film features Inspector Wens on the hunt for the serial killer "M. Durand" - a murderer who leaves his calling card after each killing. Climaxes with a knock-out surprise ending. Only available on DVD in Europe.

You may wish to also check out "The Last One Of The Six" - a prequel, or sorts, also scripted by Clouzot.

Update - Apparently Criterion released this exclusively on Hulu Plus, but there is still no DVD as of yet.

8 out of 10

7. High Wall (1947)

Approved | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

After a brain-damaged man confesses to murder and is committed, Dr. Ann Lorrison tries to prove his innocence.

Director: Curtis Bernhardt | Stars: Robert Taylor, Audrey Totter, Herbert Marshall, Dorothy Patrick

Votes: 1,307

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8. The October Man (1947)

Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Mystery

Jim Ackland, who suffers from a head injury sustained in a bus crash, is the chief suspect in a murder hunt, when a girl that he has just met is found dead on the local common, and he has ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: John Mills, Joan Greenwood, Edward Chapman, Kay Walsh

Votes: 883

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9. They Won't Believe Me (1947)

Approved | 95 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

On trial for murdering his girlfriend, philandering stockbroker Larry Ballentine takes the stand to claim his innocence and describe the actual, but improbable sounding, sequence of events that led to her death.

Director: Irving Pichel | Stars: Robert Young, Susan Hayward, Jane Greer, Rita Johnson

Votes: 1,733

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10. So Long at the Fair (1950)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Mystery

Vicky Barton visits Paris with her brother Johnny, only to discover the following morning he has gone missing, and the hotel staff have no recollection of his presence.

Directors: Antony Darnborough, Terence Fisher | Stars: Jean Simmons, Dirk Bogarde, David Tomlinson, Marcel Poncin

Votes: 1,400

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11. Murder on Monday (1952)

85 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

David Preston, a bank official goes missing for twenty-four hours and has no memory of the lost time, but when he learns that the steward of his local club has implicated him in a robbery, ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Richardson | Stars: Ralph Richardson, Margaret Leighton, Jack Hawkins, Campbell Singer

Votes: 268

A bank clerk returns home after a long day at work and is startled by his frantic wife who claims that he has been gone for 24 hours! Sure enough, it's the day *after* he thought it was! How could he not remember a whole day? What's worse is that an acquaintance of his was murdered during his blackout. Did he do it? High concept thriller that answers its predicament satisfactorily even if it can't always remain as gripping as its opening - but what can with that knock out of an opener?!

DVD in the UK.

7 out of 10

12. The Detective (1954)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Works of art are disappearing, stolen by a master thief, a master of disguise. Father Brown has two goals: to catch the thief and to save his soul.

Director: Robert Hamer | Stars: Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Peter Finch, Cecil Parker

Votes: 1,130

From the director of the macabre classic "Kind Hearts and Coronets" comes an excellent adaptation of GK Chesterton's short stories that feature his ingenious detective Father Brown. Alec Guiness is pitch-perfect as the priestly sleuth and the gamesmanship between the cleric and the master thief Flambeau is delightful to behold.

7 out of 10

13. Three Cases of Murder (1955)

99 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Three stories of murder and the supernatural. In the first, a museum worker is introduced to a world behind the pictures he sees every day. Second, when two lifelong friends fall in love ... See full summary »

Directors: David Eady, George More O'Ferrall, Wendy Toye, Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, John Gregson, Elizabeth Sellars, Emrys Jones

Votes: 680

A horror anthology that, like most horror anthologies, is wildly uneven. The opening segment is crown jewel of this film - a delightfully macabre tale of fantasy that is startlingly original and demands a viewing. The second tale is rather routine and the last would also have been dismissed altogether if it didn't star the legendary Orson Welles. However, the strength of the first tale alone makes this a must-see.

7 out of 10

14. 23 Paces to Baker Street (1956)

Approved | 103 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A blind American writer living in London stumbles upon a criminal conspiracy involving kidnapping and extortion.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Van Johnson, Vera Miles, Cecil Parker, Patricia Laffan

Votes: 1,734

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15. Run for the Sun (1956)

Approved | 99 min | Adventure, Thriller

In Central America, an action-adventure novelist and a journalist for a magazine find themselves at the mercy of Nazi war criminals.

Director: Roy Boulting | Stars: Richard Widmark, Trevor Howard, Jane Greer, Peter van Eyck

Votes: 961

Adventure thriller that is actually a very loose adaptation of "The Most Dangerous Game" as it concerns a Hemingway-esque novelist who is hunted by fugitive Nazis in Central America. Its initial start may be slow but once the man-hunt begins you are hooked to the end.

Not on DVD but airs on TCM from time to time.

7 out of 10

16. The Devil Strikes at Night (1957)

97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A serial killer strikes again during WWII in Germany. The wrong man is arrested and a detective hunts down the real killer. But justice in Nazi Germany is not so easily administered.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Claus Holm, Annemarie Düringer, Mario Adorf, Hannes Messemer

Votes: 875

Robert Siodmak directs this murder mystery about a serial killer in Berlin during WWII. Sadly, not available in America.

8 out of 10

17. Cairo Station (1958)

Not Rated | 77 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A newspaper salesman at the train station in Cairo develops an unhealthy obsession with a woman who sells refreshments.

Director: Youssef Chahine | Stars: Farid Shawqi, Hind Rustum, Youssef Chahine, Hassan el Baroudi

Votes: 2,647

Now hailed as a masterpiece by critics after its re-discovery, this Hitchcockian thriller from Egypt is still not available in America! However, once again, Europe has this on DVD.

8 out of 10

18. It Happened in Broad Daylight (1958)

97 min | Crime, Thriller, Drama

Having doubts about the guilt of the obvious suspect in the murder of an eight year old girl, a police detective decides to investigate the case on his own.

Director: Ladislao Vajda | Stars: Heinz Rühmann, Sigfrit Steiner, Siegfried Lowitz, Michel Simon

Votes: 4,011

This film's source book was later adapted twice as "The Cold Light of Day" (1996 - also unavailable) and "The Pledge" (2001 - widely available). This is the first adaptation - the screenplay written by the author himself - and easily the best.

A DVD exists in Europe.

9 out of 10

19. Lake of the Dead (1958)

76 min | Horror, Thriller, Mystery

A group of friends travel to a cabin in the Norwegian forest. It's a rumor that at night a crazy man can be heard screaming at a lake nearby the cabin.

Director: Kåre Bergstrøm | Stars: André Bjerke, Bjørg Engh, Henki Kolstad, Per Lillo-Stenberg

Votes: 1,576

A delightfully creepy ghost story from Norway with twists, turns, and beautifully black & white cinematography in glorious widescreen! On DVD in Europe.

8 out of 10

20. The Gazebo (1959)

Passed | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

TV writer Elliott Nash buries a blackmailer under the new gazebo in his suburban backyard. But the nervous man can't let the body rest there.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Glenn Ford, Debbie Reynolds, Carl Reiner, John McGiver

Votes: 1,514

Delightful dark comedy concerning a man who accidentally kills another and has to hide the body from his wife... but something seems to always happen to threaten exposing the body.

On TCM from time to time but no DVD.

7 out of 10

21. Inspector Palmu's Error (1960)

109 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

A closed room mystery begins when an infamous tycoon is found dead in his bath tub. The famous police lieutenant Palmu is summoned to investigate.

Director: Matti Kassila | Stars: Joel Rinne, Elina Pohjanpää, Matti Ranin, Leo Riuttu

Votes: 1,651

A clever locked-room mystery from Finland, followed by three sequels - "Gas, Inspector Palmu!", "The Stars Will Tell, Inspector Palmu!", and "Vodka, Mr. Palmu!" - all of which are unavailable in America. Just a note on the sequels - avoid the last one, but the other two are great.

8 out of 10

22. Faces in the Dark (1960)

84 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Businessman and inventor Richard Hammond is determined to develop and market the perfect light-bulb. In a freak lab accident he is blinded and suffers a partial breakdown. His wife, partner... See full summary »

Director: David Eady | Stars: John Gregson, Mai Zetterling, John Ireland, Michael Denison

Votes: 187

From the writers of "Vertigo", "Diabolique", and "Eyes Without A Face" comes another psychological thriller concerning a rich man blinded by an experiment. When his wife brings him home from the hospital, something doesn't seem right. The place seems... different. The terrific plotting keeps you engaged even if the directing is less than inspired.

On DVD in the UK.

6 out of 10

23. Piccadilly Third Stop (1960)

78 min | Crime, Drama

A Playboy tries to recruit a gang, who include an American who needs cash to satisfy his wife's expensive tastes, and an old time expert cracksman, to rob a foreign embassy's safe, but ... See full summary »

Director: Wolf Rilla | Stars: Terence Morgan, Yôko Tani, John Crawford, Mai Zetterling

Votes: 140

This heist thriller does have some admittedly conventional plotting but its low budget aesthetics - including its on-location shooting - gives it a wonderfully raw intensity and at a mere 78 minutes the pacing is delightfully brisk. However, the highlight is certainly the climax, which is composed of the heist, the obligatory double cross, and the violent confrontation in the London underground. A rough gem.

On DVD in the UK.

7 out of 10

24. A Matter of WHO (1961)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

(1962) Terry-Thomas, Alex Nicol, Honor Blackman. A man's death of smallpox at London airport sends officials into a panic as they conduct a frantic search for the carrier. Nice performances and a good script. 35mm.

Director: Don Chaffey | Stars: Terry-Thomas, Sonja Ziemann, Alex Nicol, Richard Briers

Votes: 109

Fascinatingly unique thriller with some comedic undertones and not simply because it stars the comedian Terry Thomas - his role is surprisingly serious. What sets it apart is that the thriller plot concerns a "germ detective" in search of how a rich man contracted small pox and the many plot twists he encounters as random people seem to be contracting the disease as well - what is the common link?

Sinister Cinema has it on DVD but whether or not that is an official release I do not know.

7 out of 10

25. The Secret Partner (1961)

91 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A wealthy London-based shipping magnate is blackmailed by an evil dentist which threatens to reveal an old case of fraud, while the dentist himself is threaten by a mysterious masked man.

Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Stewart Granger, Bernard Lee, Haya Harareet, Hugh Burden

Votes: 499

From Basil Dearden (who directed the wonderful heist thriller "The League of Gentlemen" and the controversial classic "Victim") comes this tricky thriller concerning a business man framed for a theft by a masked man who speaks only through a voice changer. Who is this mysterious man? The revelation is a knock-out.

No DVD but it plays on TCM from time to tim.

7 out of 10

26. I Promised to Pay (1961)

94 min | Crime, Drama

A vicious gang of crooks plan to steal the wages of a local factory, but their carefully laid plans go wrong when the factory employs an armoured van to carry the cash. The gang still go ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Hayers | Stars: Michael Craig, Françoise Prévost, Billie Whitelaw, William Lucas

Votes: 477

A cracker-jack heist thriller that makes up for its lack of overt originality with lean direction, tight pacing, brooding black-and-white cinematography, and a nihilistic tone that turns this into one of the most hard-boiled of British Noir.

DVD in the UK.

7 out of 10

27. Burn, Witch, Burn (1962)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror

A woman who may be a witch defends her husband from forces attempting to harm him.

Director: Sidney Hayers | Stars: Peter Wyngarde, Janet Blair, Margaret Johnston, Anthony Nicholls

Votes: 2,618

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28. A King Without Distraction (1963)

85 min | Drama

A policeman and a serial killer play cat and mouse in an isolated mountain village in Nineteenth century France.

Director: François Leterrier | Stars: Claude Giraud, Colette Renard, Charles Vanel, Pierre Repp

Votes: 186

Haunting, existentialistic, nihilistic, contemplative, and metaphysical psychological thriller set in the lonely and isolated snowbound village of an arctic wasteland - cold, chilling, and unavailable in America. France has a DVD release with English subtitles, though.

8 out of 10

29. Unearthly Stranger (1963)

78 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Dr. Mark Davidson (John Neville), government scientist, meets a mysterious woman and is married quickly. He knows little of her past. His government superiors want to know more about his ... See full summary »

Director: John Krish | Stars: John Neville, Philip Stone, Gabriella Licudi, Patrick Newell

Votes: 475

A low-budget science fiction film from the UK that uses ideas to thrill its viewers rather than special effects. The plot concerns aliens that are able to possess humans by way of mental projection. As a result, you are never sure who is a genuine human and who is being used by the aliens. The paranoia it develops reminded me of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers". An under appreciated gem.

DVD in the UK.

7 our of 10

30. Signpost to Murder (1964)

78 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

An escapee from an asylum takes refuge in a woman's house; but she has dark secrets of her own.

Director: George Englund | Stars: Joanne Woodward, Stuart Whitman, Edward Mulhare, Alan Napier

Votes: 347

Beautiful black and white widescreen cinematography adds wonderful atmospherics to a psychological thriller concerning a man escaped from an insane asylum. The surprise ending took me by... well, surprise.

No DVD ever released but it's on TCM from time to time.

7 out of 10

31. Violent Journey (1965)

99 min | Adventure, Drama

After the Civil War, a Southern boy aged 12 runs away from his foster home, wanders the countryside and meets various odd characters along the way.

Director: Servando González | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Dana Elcar, Henry Hull, Salome Jens

Votes: 241

More southern-gothic crime drama than a thriller, this excellent piece of expressionism - with its noteworthy tent revival sequence that's both beautiful yet harrowing - is sadly not available on DVD (though an out-of-print VHS copy is available).

7 out of 10

32. Libido (1965)

90 min | Drama, Thriller, Crime

A young man goes with his wife to a spooky house, an inheritance from his father.

Directors: Ernesto Gastaldi, Vittorio Salerno | Stars: Dominique Boschero, Mara Maryl, Giancarlo Giannini, Luciano Pigozzi

Votes: 210

Early giallo. Ingeniously constructed mystery. Never released in America but available on VHS in other countries. No DVD release anywhere as of yet.

8 out of 10

33. Once a Thief (1965)

107 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

San Francisco ex-con Eddie Pedak wants to go straight but local cop Mike Vido, motivated by a personal vendetta, keeps harassing him while Eddie's brother, Walter, wants Eddie for one last major heist.

Director: Ralph Nelson | Stars: Alain Delon, Ann-Margret, Van Heflin, Jack Palance

Votes: 1,052

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34. The Possessed (1965)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A visitor arrives in a small Italian village looking for a woman. Residents tell him that she committed suicide but there's more to the mystery than they're letting on. Meanwhile, a strange woman walks by the lake.

Directors: Luigi Bazzoni, Franco Rossellini | Stars: Peter Baldwin, Salvo Randone, Valentina Cortese, Pia Lindström

Votes: 514

Another early giallo directed by the nephew of Roberto Rossellini! Beautifully stark black and white cinematography. Surreal and dream like atmosphere. Never released on DVD here in America - tough you can find a DVD copy over in Europe.

7 out of 10

35. Games (1967)

Not Rated | 100 min | Thriller

A young couple who are into kinky "mind games" get more than they bargained for when a mysterious woman comes into their lives.

Director: Curtis Harrington | Stars: Simone Signoret, James Caan, Katharine Ross, Don Stroud

Votes: 986

36. The Incident (1967)

Approved | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Late one night, two young toughs hold hostage the passengers in one car of a New York subway train.

Director: Larry Peerce | Stars: Tony Musante, Martin Sheen, Beau Bridges, Brock Peters

Votes: 2,703

Gritty crime drama that surprisingly remains shocking even after all these years. See a very young Martin Sheen as one of the two hoodlums that terrorize a subway car full of passengers and a very young Beau Bridges who reaches his breaking point. Dramatically intense.

Released on VHS but no DVD yet.

8 out of 10

37. A Quiet Place in the Country (1968)

R | 106 min | Drama, Horror

A popular painter, plagued by nightmares that he and his lover/sales agent are engaging in bizarre, ritualistic, sadistic sexual acts, seeks to escape the city and rent a house in the country.

Director: Elio Petri | Stars: Franco Nero, Vanessa Redgrave, Georges Géret, Gabriella Boccardo

Votes: 1,099

Surreal horror film from Elio Petri - director of "Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion". Released on DVD over in Europe but only a VHS release for us within the states.

Update - Released in America on DVD!

8 out of 10

38. Omnibus (1967–2003)
Episode: Whistle and I'll Come to You (1968)

Not Rated | 42 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

A university professor, confident that everything which occurs in life has a rational explanation, finds his beliefs severely challenged when, during a vacation to a remote coastal village ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Miller | Stars: Michael Hordern, Ambrose Coghill, George Woodbridge, Nora Gordon

Votes: 926

MR James was one of the greatest horror writers ever and this is the film that best captures his ear for ominous dread. Chilling black and white cinematography, haunting dream sequences that still manage to unnerve, and a sensitive performance by Michael Hordern to anchor it all with emotional weight. A work of art.

On DVD in the UK.

9 out of 10

39. Deadlock (1970)

85 min | Thriller, Western

In a deserted mining town at the end of nowhere three desperate men fight over a suitcase full of cash.

Director: Roland Klick | Stars: Mario Adorf, Marquard Bohm, Anthony Dawson, Mascha Rabben

Votes: 627

A German Spaghetti Western that's in English with a electronic soundtrack by the experimental rock band Can? Sounds too good to be true! Unfortunately, America is deprived from such a wonderful offering while Europe revels in having an uncut DVD release!

7 out of 10

40. Das Millionenspiel (1970 TV Movie)

96 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

A candidate in a game show is hunted by three men. He will get a Million DMark, if he survives for a week; the hunters will get the money, if they can kill the candidate. The audience of ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Toelle | Stars: Jörg Pleva, Suzanne Roquette, Dieter Thomas Heck, Theo Fink

Votes: 981

Scathingly satirical thriller that plays out like a game show on television - it even has fake commercial breaks to boot! Written by Robert Sheckley, who seemingly just reworked his other man-hunt short story "Seventh Victim" into a new (tho better) setting, it is quite shocking how much Stephen King lifted from this tale of hunting men for a reality game show for "The Running Man". I am surprised no one ever called foul.

Remade as the French film "The Prize Of Peril" which has a higher budget but lacks the raw aesthetics and razor sharp commentary of this picture.

DVD in Europe.

8 out of 10

41. Max and the Junkmen (1971)

Not Rated | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A detective decides to go undercover and set up a group of robbers, but he may be getting too caught up in the task at hand.

Director: Claude Sautet | Stars: Danielle Durou, Alain Belart, Michel Piccoli, Romy Schneider

Votes: 1,782 | Gross: $0.03M

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42. Sans mobile apparent (1971)

PG | 100 min | Mystery, Thriller

A strange series of murders are being committed in Nice on the French riviera. The commissionaire Carella is in charge and tries desperately to find a missing link between all of these ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Labro | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Dominique Sanda, Sacha Distel, Carla Gravina

Votes: 562

French thriller concerning an assassin seemingly killing random people... how are they connected? Terrific score by Ennio Morricone with a terrific chase sequence at the middle mark. DVD is available in Europe.

7 out of 10

43. Unman, Wittering and Zigo (1971)

GP | 102 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A new school teacher learns that the previous teacher was killed by his pupils, and he fears the same will happen to him.

Director: John Mackenzie | Stars: David Hemmings, Carolyn Seymour, Douglas Wilmer, Tony Haygarth

Votes: 478

From the director of the cult classic "The Long Good Friday" and the also unknown-and-unavailable prison drama "A Sense of Freedom", this is arguably his best. A psychological thriller about class mates playing mind games with their new teacher... claiming that they may have had something to do with their previous teacher's death!

Never released on DVD anywhere, though a VHS copy floats around the US and UK.

9 out of 10

44. La cabina (1972 TV Short)

35 min | Short, Drama, Horror

A man gets trapped inside a telephone box and nobody is able to free him.

Director: Antonio Mercero | Stars: José Luis López Vázquez, Agustín González, Goyo Lebrero, Tito García

Votes: 3,140

Like a long-lost episode of "The Twilight Zone", this Spanish tale of macabre humor and apocalyptic horror is a delight from beginning to end. Often imitated but never equaled.

Never released on DVD or VHS in America... but if you look around on Google you may be able to find something for online viewing... hint, hint.

9 out of 10.

45. A Warning to the Curious (1972 TV Movie)

50 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

An archeologist goes treasure hunting along the English coast in search of a lost, fabled crown that supposedly helps protect Great Britain against invasion.

Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark | Stars: Peter Vaughan, Clive Swift, Julian Herington, John Kearney

Votes: 898

The BBC made a series of short films based on the horror stories of MR James. This one is probably the best with a haunting atmosphere and a terrifying sense of dread that looms over every scene. However, you should certainly check out the other shorts the BBC produced - namely "Lost Hearts", "The Treasure of Abbot Thomas", "The Stalls of Barchester", and (even though it's not MR James) "The Signalman".

A few of these are on DVD in the UK but none in the USA.

8 out of 10

46. The Castle of Sand (1974)

143 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Detectives investigate the murder of an old man found in a Tokyo rail yard.

Director: Yoshitarô Nomura | Stars: Tetsurô Tanba, Gô Katô, Kensaku Morita, Yôko Shimada

Votes: 912

Yoshitaro Nomura's magnum opus. Some of his other works - "Zero Focus" and "The Demon" - are available in America on DVD, but sadly his masterpiece is absent from out shores. A DVD - of rather poor quality - is available overseas in Asia.

9 out of 10

47. Chase a Crooked Shadow (1958)

Approved | 87 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

At Kimberley Prescott's villa, a stranger shows-up and claims he is her brother who supposedly died the previous year in a car accident.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Richard Todd, Anne Baxter, Herbert Lom, Alexander Knox

Votes: 1,020

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