Suspenseful movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant suspenseful movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out suspenseful, suspense, serious, intense, tense and interesting films and TV shows about / with death, violence, storytelling, dialogue, blood, chase, murder, mentor, police investigation and brutality plots mostly in Thriller, Drama and Mystery genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as suspenseful: Se7en (1995), Shutter Island (2010), The Call (2013), The Game (1997), The Sixth Sense (1999), The Conjuring (2013), Gone Girl (2014), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Misery (1990), Prisoners (2013).

List of suspenseful movies

 8.6
 1.5M
Se7en (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: 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. ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, neo noir, atmospheric ...
Plot: serial killer, mind game, psychopath, crime, investigation, police investigation, master criminal, police detective, insanity, twists & turns, police, psychology ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, united states, new york
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 8.2
 1.2M
Shutter Island (2010)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: 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.
Style: psychological, surprise ending, twists and turns, twist ending, suspenseful ...
Plot: mental institution, mystery, plot twist, insanity, paranoia, investigation, psychology, mental illness, psychiatrist, uncover truth, isolation, losing-it hero ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1954, year 1952 ...
Place: boston
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 6.7
 114K
The Call (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Jordan Turner is an experienced 911 operator but when she makes an error in judgment and a call ends badly, Jordan is rattled and unsure if she can continue. But when teenager Casey Welson is abducted in the back of a man's car and calls 911, ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, twist ending, tense, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night
Plot: kidnapping, woman in danger, serial killer, child abduction, 911, psycho, danger, investigation, youth, murder, graphic violence, lifesaver ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 7.8
 353K
The Game (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In honor of his birthday, San Francisco banker Nicholas Van Orton, a financial genius and a coldhearted loner, receives an unusual present from his younger brother, Conrad -- a gift certificate to play a unique kind of game. In nearly a nanosecond, ...
Style: surprise ending, psychological, twists and turns, suspenseful, twist ending ...
Plot: mystery, mind game, manipulation, life turned upside down, uncover truth, game, disorder, psychology, existentialism, scheme, businessman, life philosophy ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: san francisco, usa, california, seattle, mexico ...
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 8.1
 923K
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A psychological thriller about an eight year old boy named Cole Sear who believes he can see into the world of the dead. A child psychologist named Malcolm Crowe comes to Cole to help him deal with his problem, learning that he really can see ghosts ...
Style: psychological, surprise ending, twist ending, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Plot: supernatural, ghost, mystery, afterlife, death, psychology, supernatural ability, psychic, psychic power, paranormal phenomena, psychiatrist, life & death ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
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 7.5
 451K
The Conjuring (2013)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.
Style: scary, suspenseful, dark, atmospheric, frightening ...
Audience: teens
Plot: haunted house, ghost, supernatural, exorcism, paranormal investigation, danger, witch, fear, paranormal activity, haunted by the past, evil force, family in danger ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 21st century, contemporary, 1960s ...
Place: new england, rhode island, usa
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 8.1
 882K
Gone Girl (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: 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.
Style: psychological, surprise ending, twists and turns, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick, date night, girls' night
Plot: mystery, missing person, police investigation, murder mystery, twists & turns, investigation, disappearance, missing wife, manipulation, femme fatale, infidelity, adultery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s, year 2012
Place: usa, missouri, new york, manhattan new york city, st. louis missouri
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The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: FBI trainee, Clarice Starling ventures into a maximum-security asylum to pick the diseased brain of Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist turned homicidal cannibal. Starling needs clues to help her capture a serial killer. But her Faustian relationship ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, tense, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, cannibalism, crime, investigation, murder, maniac, psychology, fbi, killings, kidnapping ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: maryland, virginia, usa, bahamas, washington d.c. ...
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 7.8
 188K
Misery (1990)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Novelist Paul Sheldon crashes his car on a snowy Colorado road. He is found by Annie Wilkes, the "number one fan" of Paul's heroine Misery Chastaine. Annie is also somewhat unstable, and Paul finds himself crippled, drugged and at her ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, disturbing, psycho film, scary ...
Plot: insanity, obsession, loneliness, mentally unstable, captivity, female psychopath, isolation, psychopath, snow, manic, kidnapping, obsessed fan ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: colorado, usa
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 8.1
 617K
Prisoners (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?
Style: twist ending, suspenseful, bleak, psychological, neo noir ...
Plot: kidnapping, police investigation, investigation, missing child, brutality, crime, child abduction, disappearance, vigilantism, torture, vigilante, desperation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, boston
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 7.3
 231K
Identity (2003)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Complete strangers stranded at a remote desert motel during a raging storm soon find themselves the target of a deranged murderer. As their numbers thin out, the travelers begin to turn on each other, as each tries to figure out who the killer is.
Style: twist ending, suspenseful, mind bending, surprise ending, psycho film ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder mystery, dissociative identity disorder, psychology, motel, psychiatrist, split personality, mystery, stranded, investigation, psycho terror, isolation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, nevada, florida, united states
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 8.8
 2.1M
Inception (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 148 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: psychological, mind bending, clever, cerebral, twist ending ...
Plot: parallel world, mind control, alternate reality, virtual reality, subconscious, teamwork, life philosophy, manipulations, haunted by the past, existentialism, perfect crime, fictional reality ...
Time: 2010s, near future
Place: japan, paris france, los angeles, new york, tokyo ...
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 7.0
 611K
World War Z (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK, Malta
Duration: 116 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, scary, epic, rough ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: zombie, apocalypse, zombie apocalypse, save the world, end of the world, deadly virus, scientist, plague, infected, epidemic, asthma, un ...
Time: future, year 1973
Place: new jersey, philadelphia, jerusalem, israel, india ...
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 5.8
 41K
Enough (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Working-class waitress Slim thought she was entering a life of domestic bliss when she married Mitch, the man of her dreams. After the arrival of their first child, her picture perfect life is shattered when she discovers Mitch's hidden ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, scary, psychological, tense ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: violent husband, self defense, domestic violence, abusive husband, stalking, violence against women, life is a bitch, on the run, strong female character, abusive relationship, crumbling marriage, obsessive love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, san francisco, los angeles, seattle washington, seattle
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The Devil's Advocate (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 144 min.
Story: A hotshot lawyer gets more than he bargained for when he learns his new boss is Lucifer himself.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, suspenseful, twist ending, serious ...
Plot: devil, deal with the devil, law firm, ambition, satan, god or devil, temptation, hotshot lawyer, sin, evil, ethics, lawyer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, southern usa, manhattan new york city, manhattan, new york city ...
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 7.1
 285K
The Mist (2007)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: After a violent storm, a dense cloud of mist envelops a small Maine town, trapping artist David Drayton and his five-year-old son in a local grocery store with other people. They soon discover that the mist conceals deadly horrors that threaten ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, bad ending, scary, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, monster, apocalypse, stephen king, fog, trapped, fear, deadly creature, creature, chaos and mayhem, catastrophe, tentacle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: maine, usa
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 8.4
 397K
Supernatural (2005)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: When they were boys, Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force. Subsequently, their father raised them to be soldiers. He taught them about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, serious, rough, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, good versus evil, supernatural ability, monster, ghost, demon, supernatural power, deadly creature, angel, curses spells and rituals, vampire, evil ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s, year 1978 ...
Place: usa, arizona
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The Hidden Face (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Colombia, Spain
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A Spanish orchestra conductor deals with the mysterious disappearance of his girlfriend.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, suspense, twist ending, enigmatic ...
Plot: missing person, disappearance, missing woman, infidelity, couples, jealousy, social isolation, captive, bunker, secret room, strong sexual content, surveillance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: colombia, spain, south america
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 7.0
 195K
Orphan (2009)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, Germany, France
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A married couple with a rocky past adopt 9-year old, Esther to fill the void created by a recently-stillborn baby. However, Esther is not quite who she seems.
Style: scary, twist ending, suspenseful, psychological, serious ...
Plot: orphan, adoption, mysterious character, female psychopath, family in danger, parents and children, deadly, family problems, murderer, killer child, insanity, fear ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, connecticut, estonia
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 7.5
 109K
The Omen (1976)
Genre: Horror
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Immediately after their miscarriage, the US diplomat Robert Thorn adopts the newborn Damien without the knowledge of his wife. Yet what he doesn’t know is that their new son is the son of the devil. A classic horror film with Gregory Peck from ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, bleak, scary, tense ...
Plot: antichrist, devil, prophecy, priest, good versus evil, monk, apocalypse, murder, gory, supernatural, mystery, rottweiler ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, rome italy, europe, london, jerusalem ...
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 7.2
 697K
I Am Legend (2007)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, scary, exciting, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: zombie, post apocalypse, survival, apocalypse, loneliness, plague, future dystopia, isolation, heroes, experiment, deadly creature, quarantine ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2010s, near future, year 2012
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, vermont
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Sweden, Norway
Duration: 158 min.
Story: This English-language adaptation of the Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson follows a disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, as he investigates the disappearance of a weary patriarch's niece from 40 years ago. He is aided by the pierced, tattooed, ...
Style: suspenseful, captivating, serious, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: investigation, rape, sexual abuse, strong female character, danger, crime, missing person, hacker, uncover truth, search, journalist, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1960s, year 1966, 60s
Place: sweden, stockholm sweden, europe, scandinavia, london ...
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 6.2
 80K
Case 39 (2009)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In her many years as a social worker, Emily Jenkins believes she has seen it all, until she meets 10-year-old Lilith and the girl's cruel parents. Emily's worst fears are confirmed when the parents try to harm the child, and so Emily ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, psychological, gloomy, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: evil child, supernatural, child abuse, social worker, uncover truth, mysterious character, demons, mental institution, danger, murder, family in danger, evil force ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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Final Destination (2000)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: After a teenager has a terrifying vision of him and his friends dying in a plane crash, he prevents the accident only to have Death hunt them down, one by one.
Style: scary, suspenseful, tense, suspense, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: destiny, characters killed one by one, death, danger, psychic, supernatural, youth, life & death, survival, race against time, group of friends, twists & turns ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, contemporary, 20th century, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, paris france
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 7.7
 779K
Gravity (2013)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Mexico
Duration: 91 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, tense, suspense, scenic ...
Plot: survival, isolation, outer space, space station, astronaut, space travel, spacecraft, trapped in space, catastrophe, survivor, sole survivor, near death experience ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: houston texas
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 6.6
 285K
Bird Box (2018)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A woman and a pair of children are blindfolded and make their way through a post-apocalyptic setting along a river.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, atmospheric, disturbing, emotional ...
Plot: survival, end of the world, survival horror, fear, suicide, blindness, bird, murder, post apocalypse, netflix, creature, parents and children ...
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The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A suburban family chooses seemingly sweet Peyton Flanders as their newborn's nanny. Only much later does the infant's mother, Claire Bartel, realize Peyton's true intentions -- to destroy Claire and replace her in the family. The ...
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, suspense, tense, serious ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: nanny, obsession, asthma, vengeance, family in danger, danger, domestic disturbance, haunted by the past, psychopath, family, loss of child, manipulations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, san francisco
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 6.8
 226K
Sinister (2012)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity.
Style: scary, suspenseful, sinister, rough, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: ghost, supernatural, murder, haunted house, fear, danger, evil force, family in danger, supernatural horror, paranormal activity, attic, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1998, year 2011, year 2012 ...
Place: pennsylvania, usa, st. louis missouri, sacramento california
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Before I Go to Sleep (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, France, Sweden
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A woman wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her.
Style: twist ending, suspenseful, suspense, tense, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: memory loss, mystery, uncover truth, woman in danger, psychiatrist, amnesia, domestic violence, psychology, obsession, life turned upside down, doctors and patients, investigation ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, contemporary, 1990s, year 2007 ...
Place: england, london
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 7.8
 110K
Grimm (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: After Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt discovers he's descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as "Grimms," he increasingly finds his responsibilities as a detective at odds with his new responsibilities as a ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, captivating, scary, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, creature, legends and myths, monster, werewolf, police detective, police investigation, supernatural ability, life turned upside down, partners against crime, good versus evil, transformation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon, portland oregon, usa
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