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, serious, suspense, intense, interesting and tense films and TV shows about / with storytelling, dialogue, murder, death, mentor, chase, blood, police investigation, twists & turns and catastrophe plots mostly in Thriller, Drama and Mystery genres shot in USA, UK, Spain and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as suspenseful: Shutter Island (2010), The Call (2013), The Hidden Face (2011), Pretty Little Liars (2010), Case 39 (2009), The Sixth Sense (1999), Gone Girl (2014), Inception (2010), I Am Legend (2007), The Silence of the Lambs (1991).

List of suspenseful movies

 8.1
 1.0M
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, suspenseful, tense, twist ending ...
Plot: mental institution, mystery, paranoia, insanity, investigation, losing-it hero, uncover truth, doctors and patients, island, psychiatrist, plot twist, delusion ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1954, year 1945 ...
Place: boston
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 6.7
 105K
The Call (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 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, surprise ending, realistic, psychological ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, serial killer, woman in danger, psycho, danger, fear, murder, investigation, 911, lifesaver, cell phone, control room ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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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, tense, twist ending ...
Plot: missing person, strong sexual content, couples, isolation, infidelity, jealousy, secret, orchestra, secret room, bunker, hidden door, disappearance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: colombia, spain, south america
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Pretty Little Liars (2010)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: Based on the Pretty Little Liars series of young adult novels by Sara Shepard, the series follows the lives of four girls — Spencer, Hanna, Aria, and Emily — whose clique falls apart after the disappearance of their queen bee, Alison. One year ...
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, realistic
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama, family outing
Plot: secret, best friends, youth, high school, friendship, blackmail, threat, haunted by the past, disappearance, gossip and rumors, murder, leader ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, usa
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 6.2
 73K
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: suspenseful, scary, psychological, bleak, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: child abuse, supernatural, evil child, danger, mysterious character, demons, social worker, mental institution, uncover truth, murder, woman in danger, domestic disturbance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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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, disturbing, serious, bleak ...
Plot: investigation, rape, danger, sexual abuse, missing person, uncover truth, crime, journalist, strong sexual content, hacker, partners, search ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1960s, year 1966
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden
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 8.1
 854K
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, twist ending, surprise ending, atmospheric, dramatic ...
Plot: supernatural, psychology, supernatural ability, ghost, mystery, afterlife, psychic, death, life & death, psychologist, psychiatrist, tragic event ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
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 8.1
 775K
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, tense, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: missing person, police investigation, mystery, disappearance, femme fatale, manipulation, missing wife, investigation, infidelity, protagonist as suspect, mind game, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2012, 2000s, 2010s
Place: usa, missouri, manhattan new york city, st. louis missouri
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 8.8
 1.9M
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, exciting ...
Plot: parallel world, manipulations, haunted by the past, teamwork, perfect crime, imagination, redemption, philosophy, mind control, virtual reality, hi-tech, one last job ...
Time: 2010s, near future
Place: los angeles, japan, sydney australia, paris france
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 7.2
 642K
I Am Legend (2007)
Genre: 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, exciting, scary, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: apocalypse, zombie, survival, plague, loneliness, future dystopia, post apocalypse, danger, heroes, chaos, isolation, experiment ...
Time: future, 21st century, year 2012, near future, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, vermont
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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: tense, suspenseful, scary, suspense, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, investigation, crime, murder, cannibalism, fbi, killings, psychology, deadly, convict ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: virginia, maryland, usa, washington d.c., west virginia ...
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 7.0
 279K
Deja Vu (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Called in to recover evidence in the aftermath of a horrific explosion on a New Orleans ferry, Federal agent Doug Carlin gets pulled away from the scene and taken to a top-secret government lab that uses a time-shifting surveillance device to help ...
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, exciting, suspense, tricky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, investigation, changing the past or future, terrorism, police investigation, foreknowledge, deja vu, special agents, time loop, danger, shooting, destiny ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, future
Place: usa, new orleans, louisiana
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 6.5
 6K
Metro (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Terror strikes the underground train system in Moscow in the form of a flood from a collapsed tunnel. The film follows a diverse group of Moscow citizens who find themselves trapped in the city’s underground rail network, their train derailed and ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: train, survival, danger, tunnel, adventure, subway, chaos and mayhem, love triangle, hysteria, panic, chaos, confinement indoors ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: russia, moscow russia
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 7.5
 406K
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, frightening, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: haunted house, supernatural, ghost, exorcism, danger, paranormal activity, paranormal investigation, witch, seance, riddles and clues, investigation, evil force ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, contemporary, 70s, year 1968 ...
Place: rhode island, usa, new england
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 7.3
 212K
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: suspenseful, mind bending, scary, serious, psycho film ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder mystery, psychology, isolation, investigation, motel, stranded, coincidence, death, crime, psychiatrist, storm ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: nevada, usa, florida
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 8.6
 1.3M
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: tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, scary, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, master criminal, mind game, crime, investigation, police investigation, torture, killings, crimes, insanity, police detective ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
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 7.5
 99K
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, bleak, psychological, scary, biblical ...
Plot: priest, devil, monk, antichrist, good versus evil, prophecy, apocalypse, murder, gory, mystery, rottweiler, christianity ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, jerusalem, rome italy
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 5.9
 70K
Premonition (2007)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A depressed housewife who learns her husband was killed in a car accident the day previously, awakens the next morning to find him alive and well at home, and then awakens the day after to a world in which he is still dead.
Style: surprise ending, psychological, suspenseful, mind bending, serious ...
Plot: destiny, time travel, time loop, psychic, dealing with death, foreknowledge, starting over, couples, housewife, memory loss, race against time, loss of spouse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa
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 6.9
 178K
Orphan (2009)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, Germany
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, suspenseful, psychological, serious, twist ending ...
Plot: orphan, family in danger, adoption, manipulation, family problems, mysterious character, parents and children, deadly, insanity, domestic disturbance, life turned upside down, fear ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, connecticut, estonia
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 7.8
 319K
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: psychological, surprise ending, twists and turns, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: mind game, life turned upside down, uncover truth, mystery, disorder, manipulation, businessman, birthday, neo noir, surveillance, scheme, game ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, san francisco, california
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The Hunger Games (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, futuristic, thought provoking, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: survival, future dystopia, young heroes, contests and competitions, against the odds, heroes, killings, trap, death, danger, life is a bitch, rivalry ...
Time: future
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The Nine Lives of Chloe King (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Chloe King is looking forward to celebrating her birthday with her friends and single mother, just like every other year... that is until she starts developing heightened abilities and discovers she's being pursued by a mysterious figure. Chloe ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, enigmatic, captivating, serious
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, supernatural ability, life turned upside down, teenage life, chase, superhuman powers, high school, youth, mysterious character, chases and races, high school life, disorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: san francisco, usa, california
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 8.1
 536K
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: suspenseful, bleak, psychological, twist ending, tense ...
Plot: kidnapping, missing child, police investigation, investigation, crime, disappearance, torture, brutality, vigilantism, revenge, maze, vigilante ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, boston
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 7.7
 719K
Gravity (2013)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
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: isolation, survival, spacecraft, space travel, outer space, space station, astronaut, loss, survivor, spacewalk, space and aliens, trapped in space ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: houston texas
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 6.2
 104K
The Visit (2015)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents' remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances ...
Style: twist ending, suspenseful, surprise ending, humorous, dark humor ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: kids in trouble, elderly, danger, siblings relations, farm, murder, family relations, parents and children, farmhouse, grandmother granddaughter relationship, grandfather granddaughter relationship, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: pennsylvania, usa
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 7.8
 104K
Grimm (2011)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
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, serious, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: creature, supernatural, legends and myths, police detective, good versus evil, life turned upside down, hunt down, supernatural ability, monster, werewolf, evil force, transformation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon, usa, portland oregon
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 7.8
 167K
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, scary, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: obsession, loneliness, mentally unstable, isolation, captivity, insanity, kidnapping, rage, escape attempt, psychopath, obsessed fan, manic ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: colorado, usa
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 8.4
 357K
Supernatural (2005)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
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, serious, scary, rough, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, ghost, supernatural ability, demon, good versus evil, monster, search, angel, death, killings, characters in danger, peril ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1978, 1990s, 20th century ...
Place: usa, arizona
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 7.0
 141K
Buried (2010)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain, UK, USA, France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Paul is a U.S. truck driver working in Iraq. After an attack by a group of Iraqis he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it's a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, suspense, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: survival, captivity, isolation, confined, danger, fear, desperation, buried alive, characters in danger, terrorism, race against time, coffin ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2006
Place: iraq, middle east
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 7.1
 264K
The Mist (2007)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
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, scary, bad ending, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, apocalypse, fog, monster, trapped, alternate dimension, fear, creature, deadly creature, insanity, death, desperation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: maine, usa
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