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Classic Movies - Mysteries, Suspense, Thrillers and Detective Dramas

Film fans love a mystery. See the very best murder mysteries, crime thrillers, and psychological chillers in classic films. Discover the whodunits, hard-boiled gumshoes and wise-cracking dames of classic old mystery and suspense movies.

Alfred Hitchcock's 'Pyscho'
Made on a tight budget financed by the director himself, 'Psycho' (1960) was a major box office hit that ushered in a new genre of film and ranked high as one of Alfred Hitchcock’s best films. Starring Janet Leigh as the ill-fated Marion Crane and Anthony Perkins as cross-dressing serial killer Norman Bates, 'Psycho' has been the subject of...

Dog Day Afternoon
Al Pacino delivered the best performance of his career in Sidney Lumet's 1975 classic that combined a thrilling real-life bank heist and hostage situation with searing social commentary on police brutality and the three-ring circus mentality of the media. It starred Al Pacino as Sonny Wortzik, a desperate Vietnam War veteran who tries robbing a...

9 Great Heist Movies
With intricate plots, multiple twists and turns, and gritty characters who live on the edge, heist movies have long been a Hollywood staple. Sometimes the thieves suffer the consequences of their actions and sometimes they get away with their crimes, but their carefully hatched plans almost always go awry. Here are nine of the best heist movies...

7 James Bond Movies with Sean Connery
With deadly charm and cool sophistication, Sean Connery inaugurated British secret agent 007 in 1962 and set forth the framework for other actors who played the role in later movies. He was icy-cold in Dr. No, charmingly witty in Goldfinger and a bit too cheeky in Diamonds Are Forever. No matter what, Connery inhabited the role like no other and...

Classic Suspense Movies
Nearly 30 years after his death, Alfred Hitchcock remains the dominant force in suspenseful filmmaking. Ask any film fan of any age their favorite suspense film, and you are likely to be greeted with answers that include Vertigo, Rear Window, and Shadow of a Doubt. But Hitch hardly has a monopoly on the genre. Here are several spine-tingling pictures that Hitchcock didn’t d…

The Taking of Pelham 123
A gritty action/suspense thriller with twists of wry humor, 'The Taking of Pelham 123' boasts a clever plot, great direction, and Walter Matthau at his best.

'Charade' - A Genre-Spanning Gem with Two Great Stars
A witty and suspenseful romp set on the streets of Paris, 'Charade' is the only classic movie that pairs two great stars: Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. A clever plot, sparkling dialogue and elegant costumes make this a watchable favorite.

Set a Thief 'To Catch a Thief'
A frothy, stylish frolic on the French Riviera with two gorgeous stars and a great director, Alfred Hitchcock's 'To Catch a Thief' puts Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in the witty tale of a reformed jewel thief chasing a copycat burglar.

'North by Northwest' - a Witty Hitchcock Thriller
Hitchcock's diverting suspense film careens from the sophisticated streets of New York in the '50s to the stone faces on Mount Rushmore. Fast-paced and witty, 'North By Northwest' is classic Hitchcock with star Cary Grant at his urbane best.

'Witness for the Prosecution' - Twists and Turns
Billy Wilder's witty screen adaptation of the Agatha Christie play features Marlene Dietrich and Charles Laughton in a classic movie courtroom battle. The 'Witness for the Prosecution" provides plenty of twists and a surprise ending.

'The 39 Steps' - Spies and Suspense
A fast-paced, tightly woven 1935 suspense film by Alfred Hitchcock, 'The 39 Steps' establishes many of the themes that would return in Hitchcock's later work. With clever dialogue, darkly comic scenes, and Robert Donat as the dashing hero.

Alfred Hitchcock's 'Rear Window'
A thrilling Hitchcock suspense film, 'Rear Window' features witty dialog, clever camera angles and a still-fresh take on the war between the sexes, from amorous newlyweds to a henpecked husband who may have murdered his wife. One of Hitchcock's finest.

A List of Hitchcock Movies You've Gotta See
A list of Hitchcock movies that should be on any fan's must-see list. Alfred Hitchcock, the Master of Suspense, made thrillers, spy movies, horror films and mysteries that set modern standards and still delight new audiences.

'Stalag 17' - Suspicion in a POW Camp
A compelling study of human nature set in a WWII POW camp, 'Stalag 17' is also a sly dig at the red-baiting of the communist era. Billy Wilder directed William Holden to a Oscar for his cynical performance as the outsider in Stalag 17.

'Vertigo' - Hitchcock's Tale of Obsession
'Vertigo' is first a dreamlike story of obsession and only second a mystery/suspense film. The movie with James Stewart and Kim Novak garnered mixed reviews when it debuted, but is now widely viewed as a Hitchcock masterpiece that bears repeated viewings.

'Strangers on a Train' - Murders Criss-Cross
What if two 'Strangers on a Train' meet and plan a couple of murders - but only one of them knows it's not an idle joke? Alfred Hitchcock's tense thriller plays it out in a movie with a memorable villain.

'The Big Sleep' - Bogart and Bacall in a Dark Mystery
A complex film noir, 'The Big Sleep' features Humphrey Bogart in a layered performance as Phillip Marlowe, and provides a great showcase for the Bogart and real-life love Lauren Bacall. Clever dialogue highlights this intelligent, suspenseful mystery.

'The Maltese Falcon' - Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade
Perhaps the original film noir, 'The Maltese Falcon' established Humphrey Bogart as a megastar. With Mary Astor, Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet as fortune-hunters after the black bird and Bogart as Sam Spade, it's the pulp fiction masterpiece by Dashiell Hammett.

'Sunset Boulevard' - Ready for Her Close-Up
A film noir classic, a jaundiced view of the excesses of Hollywood, and a great story about an aging film goddess (Gloria Swanson) and her doomed gigolo (William Holden. "Sunset Boulevard" is witty, cynical and mesmerizing.

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