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Movies: Best Thriller Movies

Thriller film, also known as suspense film or suspense thriller, is a broad film genre that involves excitement and suspense in the audience. The suspense element, found in most films' plots, is particularly exploited by the filmmaker in this genre. Tension is created by delaying what the audience sees as inevitable, and is built through situations that are menacing or where escape seems impossible.The cover-up of important information from the viewer, and fight and chase scenes are common methods. Life is typically threatened in thriller film, such as when the protagonist does not realize that they are entering a dangerous situation. Thriller films' characters conflict with each other or with an outside force, which can sometimes be abstract. The protagonist is usually set against a problem, such as an escape, a mission, or a mystery.Thriller films are typically hybridized with other genres; hybrids commonly including: action thrillers, adventure thrillers, fantasy and science fiction thrillers. Thriller films also share a close relationship with horror films, both eliciting tension. In plots about crime, thriller films focus less on the criminal or the detective and more on generating suspense. Common themes include, terrorism, political conspiracy, pursuit and romantic tria... ()

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Inception(2010)

4.1/5 (with 8,868 votes)

Cobb, a skilled thief who commits corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible: "inception", the implantation of another person's idea into a target's subconscious.

Directed by Christopher Nolan - With Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, ...

The Dark Knight(2008)

PG-13
| 2h 32min | Drama, Action, Crime, Thriller
4.2/5 (with 7,627 votes)

Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as the Joker.

Directed by Christopher Nolan - With Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, ...

Mad Max: Fury Road(2015)

3.7/5 (with 5,933 votes)

An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There's Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.

Directed by George Miller - With Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Josh Helman, Nathan Jones, Zoë Kravitz, ...

Pulp Fiction(1994)

R
| 2h 34min | Thriller, Crime
4.2/5 (with 5,830 votes)

A burger-loving hit man, his philosophical partner, a drug-addled gangster's moll and a washed-up boxer converge in this sprawling, comedic crime caper. Their adventures unfurl in three stories that ingeniously trip back and forth in time.

Directed by Quentin Tarantino - With Bruce Willis, John Travolta, Rosanna Arquette, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Walken, ...

The Dark Knight Rises(2012)

PG-13
| 2h 45min | Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.9/5 (with 5,708 votes)

Following the death of District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman assumes responsibility for Dent's crimes to protect the late attorney's reputation and is subsequently hunted by the Gotham City Police Department. Eight years later, Batman encounters the mysterious Selina Kyle and the villainous Bane, a new terrorist leader who overwhelms Gotham's finest. The Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.

Directed by Christopher Nolan - With Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, ...

Jurassic World(2015)

3.3/5 (with 5,663 votes)

Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond.

Directed by Colin Trevorrow - With Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Omar Sy, ...

Titanic(1997)

PG-13
| 3h 14min | Drama, Romance / Love, Thriller
3.9/5 (with 5,307 votes)

84 years later, a 101-year-old woman named Rose DeWitt Bukater tells the story to her granddaughter Lizzy Calvert, Brock Lovett, Lewis Bodine, Bobby Buell and Anatoly Mikailavich on the Keldysh about her life set in April 10th 1912, on a ship called Titanic when young Rose boards the departing ship with the upper-class passengers and her mother, Ruth DeWitt Bukater, and her fiancé, Caledon Hockley. Meanwhile, a drifter and artist named Jack Dawson and his best friend Fabrizio De Rossi win third-class tickets to the ship in a game. And she explains the whole story from departure until the death of Titanic on its first and last voyage April 15th, 1912 at 2:20 in the morning.

Directed by James Cameron - With Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Bernard Hill, ...

Shutter Island(2010)

R
| 2h 18min | Drama, Thriller, Mystery
4.0/5 (with 4,728 votes)

World War II soldier-turned-U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels investigates the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane, but his efforts are compromised by his troubling visions and also by a mysterious doctor.

Directed by Martin Scorsese - With Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Patricia Clarkson, Max von Sydow, ...

Inglourious Basterds(2009)

R
| 2h 33min | Drama, Action, Thriller, War
4.0/5 (with 4,576 votes)

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as "The Basterds" are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds, lead by Lt. Aldo Raine soon cross paths with a French-Jewish teenage girl who runs a movie theater in Paris which is targeted by the soldiers.

Directed by Quentin Tarantino, Eli Roth - With Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Eli Roth, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger, Daniel Brühl, ...

Skyfall(2012)

PG-13
| 2h 23min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 4,547 votes)

When Bond's latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked forcing M to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Gareth Mallory, the new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee. With MI6 now compromised from both inside and out, M is left with one ally she can trust: Bond. 007 takes to the shadows - aided only by field agent, Eve - following a trail to the mysterious Silva, whose lethal and hidden motives have yet to reveal themselves.

Directed by Sam Mendes - With Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Albert Finney, ...

The Revenant(2015)

R
| 2h 36min | Western, Drama, Adventure, Thriller
3.7/5 (with 4,289 votes)

In the 1820s, a frontiersman, Hugh Glass, sets out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling.

Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu - With Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson, Paul Anderson, Kristoffer Joner, ...

The Maze Runner(2014)

PG-13
| 1h 53min | Action, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 4,114 votes)

Set in a post-apocalyptic world, young Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow “runners” for a shot at escape.

Directed by Wes Ball - With Dylan O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Aml Ameen, Patricia Clarkson, ...

The Imitation Game(2014)

PG-13
| 1h 53min | History, Drama, Thriller, War
4.0/5 (with 4,073 votes)

Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain's top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.

Directed by Morten Tyldum - With Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Charles Dance, Mark Strong, Allen Leech, ...

It(2017)

R
| 2h 14min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 4,006 votes)

In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers Club come face to face with life problems, bullies and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.

Directed by Andrés Muschietti - With Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Jack Dylan Grazer, Chosen Jacobs, ...

Se7en(1995)

R
| 2h 7min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
4.1/5 (with 4,005 votes)

Two homicide detectives are on a desperate hunt for a serial killer whose crimes are based on the "seven deadly sins" in this dark and haunting film that takes viewers from the tortured remains of one victim to the next. The seasoned Det. Sommerset researches each sin in an effort to get inside the killer's mind, while his novice partner, Mills, scoffs at his efforts to unravel the case.

Directed by David Fincher - With Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey, R. Lee Ermey, John C. McGinley, ...

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1(2014)

PG-13
| 2h 3min | Science Fiction, Adventure, Thriller
3.4/5 (with 4,003 votes)

Katniss Everdeen reluctantly becomes the symbol of a mass rebellion against the autocratic Capitol.

Directed by Francis Lawrence - With Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, ...

Arrival(2016)

PG-13
| 1h 56min | Thriller, Drama, Science Fiction, Mystery
3.7/5 (with 3,971 votes)

Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve - With Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma, Sangita Patel, ...

Gone Girl(2014)

R
| 2h 25min | Mystery, Thriller, Drama
4.0/5 (with 3,953 votes)

With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.

Directed by David Fincher - With Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Missi Pyle, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, ...

John Wick(2014)

R
| 1h 41min | Action, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 3,895 votes)

Ex-hitman John Wick comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.

Directed by David Leitch - With Keanu Reeves, Adrianne Palicki, Alfie Allen, Bridget Moynahan, Bridget Regan, Clarke Peters, ...

Now You See Me(2013)

PG-13
| 1h 55min | Thriller, Crime
3.7/5 (with 3,830 votes)

An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.

Directed by Louis Leterrier - With Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Mélanie Laurent, Michael Caine, ...

Gravity(2013)

PG-13
| 1h 31min | Science Fiction, Thriller, Drama
3.6/5 (with 3,752 votes)

Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first Shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The Shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone-tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness of space. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.

Directed by Alfonso Cuarón - With Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris, Paul Sharma, Amy Warren

World War Z(2013)

PG-13
| 1h 56min | Action, Drama, Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
3.4/5 (with 3,634 votes)

Life for former United Nations investigator Gerry Lane and his family seems content. Suddenly, the world is plagued by a mysterious infection turning whole human populations into rampaging mindless zombies. After barely escaping the chaos, Lane is persuaded to go on a mission to investigate this disease. What follows is a perilous trek around the world where Lane must brave horrific dangers and long odds to find answers before human civilization falls.

Directed by Marc Forster - With Brad Pitt, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox, David Morse, Eric West, Daniella Kertesz, ...

I Am Legend(2007)

PG-13
| 1h 41min | Drama, Horror, Action, Thriller, Science Fiction
3.5/5 (with 3,512 votes)

Robert Neville is a scientist who was unable to stop the spread of the terrible virus that was incurable and man-made. Immune, Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York City and perhaps the world. For three years, Neville has faithfully sent out daily radio messages, desperate to find any other survivors who might be out there. But he is not alone.

Directed by Francis Lawrence - With Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan, Salli Richardson, Willow Smith, Dash Mihok, ...

Split(2017)

PG-13
| 1h 57min | Horror, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 3,488 votes)

Though Kevin has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher, there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey, Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him — as well as everyone around him — as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.

Directed by M. Night Shyamalan - With James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Jessica Sula, Haley Lu Richardson, Brad William Henke, ...

Black Swan(2010)

R
| 1h 48min | Drama, Thriller
3.8/5 (with 3,260 votes)

A ballet dancer wins the lead in "Swan Lake" and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan - Princess Odette - but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan.

Directed by Darren Aronofsky - With Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder, Ksenia Solo, ...

Dunkirk(2017)

PG-13
| 1h 47min | Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War
3.7/5 (with 3,218 votes)

The story of the miraculous evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain, Canada and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk between May 26th and June 4th 1940 during World War II.

Directed by Christopher Nolan - With Kenneth Branagh, Harry Styles, Fionn Whitehead, Jack Lowden, Aneurin Barnard, James D'Arcy, ...

The Silence of the Lambs(1991)

R
| 1h 59min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
4.1/5 (with 3,162 votes)

Clarice Starling is a top student at the FBI's training academy. Jack Crawford wants Clarice to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath, serving life behind bars for various acts of murder and cannibalism. Crawford believes that Lecter may have insight into a case and that Starling, as an attractive young woman, may be just the bait to draw him out.

Directed by Jonathan Demme - With Jodie Foster, Scott Glenn, Ted Levine, Charles Napier, Kasi Lemmons, Brooke Smith, ...

The Prestige(2006)

PG-13
| 2h 10min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
4.1/5 (with 3,141 votes)

A mysterious story of two magicians whose intense rivalry leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy -- full of obsession, deceit and jealousy with dangerous and deadly consequences.

Directed by Christopher Nolan - With Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall, Piper Perabo, ...

V for Vendetta(2006)

R
| 2h 12min | Action, Thriller, Fantasy
3.9/5 (with 3,061 votes)

In a world in which Great Britain has become a fascist state, a masked vigilante known only as 'V' conducts guerrilla warfare against the oppressive British government. When 'V' rescues a young woman from the secret police, he finds in her an ally with whom he can continue his fight to free the people of Britain.

Directed by James McTeigue - With Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, Stephen Rea, John Hurt, Stephen Fry, Rupert Graves, ...

Fast & Furious 6(2013)

PG-13
| 2h 11min | Action, Thriller, Crime
3.4/5 (with 3,031 votes)

Hobbs has Dominic and Brian reassemble their crew to take down a team of mercenaries: Dominic unexpectedly gets convoluted also facing his presumed deceased girlfriend, Letty.

Directed by Justin Lin, Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel - With Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Sung Kang, ...