The Third Man

Lists: Mystery, Thriller, Psychological Thrillers

Brief Synopsis: "An American pulp writer arrives in post-WWII Vienna only to find that the friend who waited for him is killed under mysterious circumstances. The ensuing mystery entangles him in his friend's involvement in the black market, with the multinational police, and with his Czech girlfriend."

Overall Ranking: 318 (Rank from 1949: # 1)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 57.14%
Regular 28.57%
Half-Popped 14.29%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Josh of Classicblanca100
Morgan On Media97(full review)
David Baruffi97
Cinephile Catherine97
Rob from GuysFilmQuest83 - Solid mystery with a nice twist, but the ending could be improved and the music choices were completely off the emotional mark.
Comedy: 2
Sex Appeal: 1
Scary: 2
Rewatch: 6
Thomas Pollock80
Bryan Lienesch49 - Underneath its steely cinematography and chilling score, there's just not a whole lot there.
Comedy: 1
Sex Appeal: 3
Scary: 3
Rewatch: 3

People Involved

  • Joseph Cotten (Holly Martins)
  • Alida Valli (Anna Schmidt)
  • Orson Welles (Harry Lime)
  • Trevor Howard (Major Calloway)
  • Bernard Lee (Sergeant Paine)
  • Paul Hörbiger (Porter)
  • Siegfried Breuer (Popescu)
  • Wilfrid Hyde-White (Crabbin)
  • Hedwig Bleibtreu (Annas Landlady)
  • Annie Rosar (the porters wife)
  • Erich Ponto (Dr. Winkel)
  • Ernst Deutsch (Baron Kurtz)
  • Carol Reed (Director)