Classic TV Thrillers

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1. Monsters (1988–1990)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

A horror anthology about a family of monsters watching a different horror story every week on their TV. Each tale is separate, often cautionary with occasional dark humor and irony and features various deadly creatures.

Stars: John Bolger, Pamela Dean Kelly, Michael J. Anderson, Carlos Lauchu

Votes: 1,606

2. Thriller (1973–1976)

65 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Anthology series of self-contained episodes with the genres ranging from murder mystery to suspense to psychological and supernatural horror.

Stars: Donna Mills, Gary Collins, Michael Jayston, Robert Powell

Votes: 671

3. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)

25 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

Dramatizations of many Roald Dahl short stories.

Stars: Roald Dahl, Andrew Ray, Forbes Collins, Richard Johnson

Votes: 1,764

4. Armchair Thriller (1978–1981)

25 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Suspense and mystery-themed anthology series.

Stars: Frank Duncan, Maria Aitken, James Bolam, Zena Walker

Votes: 183

5. The Ray Bradbury Theater (1985–1992)

TV-14 | 23 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A Canadian-produced anthology series scripted by famed science-fiction author Ray Bradbury. Many of the teleplays were based upon Bradbury's novels and short stories.

Stars: Ray Bradbury, Frank Whitten, Desmond Kelly, Wayne Robson

Votes: 1,219

6. The Aquanauts (1960–1961)

60 min | Adventure

Professional salvage divers Larry and Drake (later replaced by Mike) made their livings braving the dangers of the deep recovering sunken wrecks off the Southern California coast. ... See full summary »

Stars: Ron Ely, Keith Larsen, Jeremy Slate, Peter Falk

Votes: 66

7. A Perfect Spy (1987)

374 min | Thriller

This is the story of Magnus Pym, from his childhood to the end of his career in middle age. As a young man, there is little doubt that his father Rick was the most influential character in ... See full summary »

Stars: Ray McAnally, Rüdiger Weigang, Alan Howard, Peter Egan

Votes: 828

8. The Sandbaggers (1978–1980)

TV-14 | 60 min | Thriller

The missions of an elite British Intelligence covert operations unit.

Stars: Roy Marsden, Ray Lonnen, Jerome Willis, Bob Sherman

Votes: 679

9. Callan (1967–1972)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

David Callan is the top agent/assassin for the Security Service (British counterintelligence), but he is an embittered man who performs his duties "for Queen and country" under duress. This... See full summary »

Stars: Edward Woodward, Russell Hunter, Lisa Langdon, Anthony Valentine

Votes: 659

10. Harry's Game (1982– )

180 min | Thriller

Harry is an undercover agent for the British army sent to Northern Ireland to infiltrate the IRA and find (and terminate) the assassin of a British Cabinet Minister. Harry is alone, the ... See full summary »

Stars: Ray Lonnen, Benjamin Whitrow, Nicholas Day, Geoffrey Chater

Votes: 380

11. Secret Army (1977–1979)

50 min | Drama, History, War

During World War II, a Belgian resistance movement called Lifeline, based in Brussels, organises the return of Allied airmen who have been shot down by the Luftwaffe to the United Kingdom.

Stars: Bernard Hepton, Angela Richards, Clifford Rose, Juliet Hammond

Votes: 1,154

12. Memories of Manon (1987 TV Movie)

96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Yvette Marcel (Melissa Anderson) asks her godfather Control and McCall for help dealing with her irrational father, who is intent on locating Manon, the mother she believed had been killed years before.

Director: Tony Wharmby | Stars: Edward Woodward, Melissa Sue Anderson, Robert Lansing, Keith Szarabajka

Votes: 305

13. I Love a Mystery (1973 TV Movie)

120 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Three insurance investigators search for a mysterious billionaire.

Director: Leslie Stevens | Stars: Ida Lupino, Les Crane, David Hartman, Hagan Beggs

Votes: 111

14. Night of Terror (1972 TV Movie)

Unrated | 73 min | Thriller

A hired killer hunts down a schoolteacher to get something she has. She doesn't know what it is, but he's already killed twice to get it.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: Martin Balsam, Catherine Burns, Chuck Connors, Donna Mills

Votes: 250

15. Crowhaven Farm (1970 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 74 min | Drama, Horror

A young couple inherits a farm. Hoping that the rural location might help to patch up their strained marriage, they move into it, only to be confronted by the supernatural forces that inhabit it.

Director: Walter Grauman | Stars: Hope Lange, Paul Burke, Lloyd Bochner, John Carradine

Votes: 811

16. The Victim (1972 TV Movie)

73 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A wealthy woman is trapped during a storm in a house with no electricity or phone. A killer has murdered her sister, stuffed the body in the basement, and is now after her.

Director: Herschel Daugherty | Stars: Elizabeth Montgomery, Eileen Heckart, Sue Ane Langdon, George Maharis

Votes: 514

17. Doctor Who (1963–1989)
Episode: Terror of the Zygons: Part One (1975)

TV-G | 22 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Doctor, Sarah and Harry return to Earth in response to an emergency space-time telegraph from the Brigadier, who asks them to investigate the destruction of a series of North Sea oil rigs.

Director: Douglas Camfield | Stars: Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, Ian Marter, John Woodnutt

Votes: 445

18. Climax! (1954–1958)
Episode: The Long Goodbye (1954)


Detective Philip Marlowe tries to help a friend who is accused of murdering his wife.

Director: William H. Brown Jr. | Stars: Dick Powell, Tristram Coffin, Tom Drake, William Lundigan

19. Chiefs (1983)

200 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Three generations of police chiefs for a southern town go about their jobs while a serial murderer operates.

Stars: Charlton Heston, Keith Carradine, Stephen Collins, Brad Davis

Votes: 1,531

20. Injustice (2011)

300 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A defense barrister is faced with the proposition: what can you do when you have defended the indefensible?

Stars: James Purefoy, Charlie Creed-Miles, Sasha Behar, Dervla Kirwan

Votes: 1,664

21. Diamond's Edge (1988)

PG | 83 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

When the man who left a package in his care is murdered, detective Tim Diamond suddenly has every major gangster in the city after him. With only the package and the help of his little brother, he sets out to unravel the mysterious plot.

Director: Stephen Bayly | Stars: Colin Dale, Saeed Jaffrey, Dursley McLinden, José René Ruiz

Votes: 267

22. Kinvig (1981)

30 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

Lazy, unambitious repairman and UFO enthusiast Des Kinvig encounters a spaceship captained by the beautiful Miss Griffin from Mercury. Or is it all just the fantasy of a man having a quiet breakdown?

Stars: Tony Haygarth, Patsy Rowlands, Prunella Gee, Colin Jeavons

Votes: 58

23. The Thin Man (1957–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Mystery

Amateur detectives Nick and Nora Charles investigate various crimes.

Stars: Peter Lawford, Phyllis Kirk, Asta, Jack Albertson

Votes: 210

24. Decoy (1957–1958)

30 min | Crime, Drama

New York City policewoman Casey Jones' assignment to fight crime often entails her going undercover in some of the seediest and most dangerous parts of the city.

Stars: Beverly Garland, Frank Campanella, Joseph Sullivan, Ed Holmes

Votes: 222

25. T.H.E. Cat (1966–1967)

30 min | Adventure, Drama

The cases of a reformed cat-burglar turned bodyguard.

Stars: Robert Loggia, Robert Carricart, R.G. Armstrong, Robert Duvall

Votes: 206

26. The Rockford Files: If the Frame Fits... (1996 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama

When Jim is arrested in the death of a rival private investigator, it is left to Jim to prove his own innocence, with the help of Jess Wilding, an old friend of Rocky's, which Jim never knew about.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: James Garner, Dyan Cannon, Joe Santos, Gretchen Corbett

Votes: 295

27. Leg Work (1987– )

60 min | Drama

The life and cases of a female ex-prosecutor turned private detective.

Stars: Margaret Colin, Frances McDormand, Patrick James Clarke, Robert Dorfman

Votes: 54

28. Queens of Mystery (2019– )

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Three crime-writing sisters and their 28-year old niece use their extensive knowledge of crime to solve whodunit style murders in the picturesque English village of Wildemarsh.

Stars: Julie Graham, Siobhan Redmond, Martin Trenaman, Sarah Woodward

Votes: 1,132

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