“If you liked [insert post-1967 film], you should check out [insert pre-1967 film]”

(Read the notes or else none of these recommendations will make sense!)

A curated list of pre-1967 movie recommendations based on modern movie comparisons. A lot of these are not comparable plot-wise, but I included them if they elicit similar feelings, settings, genres, etc.

I mainly made this as a resource for people trying to step out of their comfort zones and are in need of specific recs. I obviously only included films I’ve personally watched (which is not that vast or diverse compared to some people!), but feel free to chime in with your own in the comments.

Really hope this is helpful!

DEC 19 EDIT: I added Notorious, Game Night + The Thin Man, To Be or Not…

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There are 31 thrillers in this list.

  • Dragonwyck
  • Notorious
  • Ocean's Eleven
  • The Asphalt Jungle
  • Train to Busan
  • The Narrow Margin
  • Gone Girl
  • Leave Her to Heaven
  • Diabolique
  • Sicario
  • Border Incident
  • The Lady Vanishes
  • The Invitation
  • The Most Dangerous Game
  • Le Trou
  • White Heat
  • The Great Escape
  • Stoker
  • Shadow of a Doubt
  • Gun Crazy
  • The Girl on the Train
  • The Set-Up
  • Lifeboat
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • 49th Parallel
  • American Psycho
  • Titanic
  • Halloween
  • The Leopard Man
  • A Most Violent Year
  • Pickup on South Street