Tense movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant tense movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out suspenseful, tense, suspense, intense, serious and realistic films and TV shows about / with storytelling, violence, murder, dialogue, blood, twists & turns, mentor, brutality, revenge and chase plots mostly in Thriller, Drama and Mystery genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as tense: Gone Girl (2014), Shutter Island (2010), The Revenant (2015), Warrior (2011), Valkyrie (2008), Contagion (2011), Inglourious Basterds (2009), Gravity (2013), The Departed (2006), The Grey (2011).
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The Departed
Crime, Drama, Thriller
USA, Hong Kong
151 min.
 8.5
Sons of Anarchy
Crime, Drama, Thriller
USA
45 min.
 8.6
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Breaking In
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
USA, Japan
88 min.
 5.3
7 Days in Entebbe
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
UK, USA
107 min.
 5.8

List of tense movies

 8.1
 719K
Gone Girl
Genre: Crime, 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: tense, psychological, surprise ending, suspense, enigmatic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, boys' night, chick flick
Plot: missing person, missing wife, mystery, investigation, disappearance, manipulation, obsession, police investigation, psychology, moral ambiguity, infidelity, marriage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: missouri, usa, manhattan new york city, st. louis missouri
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 8.1
 953K
Shutter Island
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: surprise ending, psychological, suspenseful, twist ending, suspense ...
Plot: mental illness, uncover truth, mystery, reality vs fantasy, insanity, paranoia, plot twist, doctors and patients, psychology, mental institution, psychiatry, losing-it hero ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, year 1954, 1940s ...
Place: boston
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 8.0
 575K
The Revenant
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Western
Country: USA, Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration: 156 min.
Story: 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.
Style: atmospheric, tense, melancholic, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, revenge, vengeance, wilderness, violence, life & death, betrayal, violent, indians, beautiful scenery, old west, native americans ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s
Place: usa
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 8.2
 389K
Warrior
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother, an ex-marine ...
Style: tense, exciting, rough, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxing, martial arts, family drama, sport, fight scenes, mentor, contests and competitions, teacher, happy ending, courage, training, brothers ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pittsburgh, usa, iraq, atlantic city new jersey
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 7.1
 207K
Valkyrie
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Wounded in Africa during World War II, Nazi Col. Claus von Stauffenberg returns to his native Germany and joins the Resistance in a daring plan to create a shadow government and assassinate Adolf Hitler. When events unfold so that he becomes a ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, factual, bad ending, realistic ...
Plot: war, nazis, conspiracy, treason, courage, storytelling, plan gone awry, assassination attempt, resistance, world war two, death of protagonist, secrets ...
Time: year 1944, 20th century, 40s, year 1943, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, poland, africa, berlin germany ...
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 6.6
 196K
Contagion
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 106 min.
Story: As an epidemic of a lethal airborne virus - that kills within days - rapidly grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself.
Style: tense, suspenseful, bleak, suspense, emotional ...
Plot: virus, death, chaos and mayhem, epidemic, vaccine, humanity, fate of humanity, paranoia, quarantine, scientist, doctors, survival ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, asia, minnesota, california, hong kong ...
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Inglourious Basterds
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: 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. ...
Style: tense, dark humor, suspense, entertaining, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, war, german, heroic mission, assassination, hitler, working undercover, dynamite, plan gone awry, fictional reality, loss of family member, murder of family ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: france, germany, europe, paris france
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 7.7
 676K
Gravity
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: tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, suspense, scenic ...
Plot: survival, space travel, isolation, space program, trapped in space, astronaut, outer space, spacecraft, life & death, sacrifice, space station, survivor ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
Place: houston texas
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 8.5
 1.0M
The Departed
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 151 min.
Story: To take down South Boston's Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld, not realizing the syndicate has done likewise. While an undercover cop curries favor with the mob kingpin, a career criminal rises ...
Style: twist ending, suspense, tense, bleak, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover cop, mole, crime, gangsters, mafia, police, working undercover, police investigation, law enforcement, corruption, police corruption, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa, harvard university, china, taiwan
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 6.8
 223K
The Grey
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: An oil drilling team struggles to survive after a plane crash strands them in the wilds of Alaska. Hunting them is a pack of wolves that sees them as intruders.
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, bad ending, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, wilderness, death, stranded, dangerous animal, wolf, chase, catastrophe, danger, hunting, male camaraderie, eaten alive ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: alaska, usa
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 6.9
 90K
Exam
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The final candidates for a highly desirable corporate job are locked together in an exam room and given a test so simple and confusing that tension begins to unravel.
Style: psychological, tense, suspenseful, surprise ending, mind bending ...
Plot: mystery, ambition, human nature, manipulations, psychology, plot twist, mind game, room, obsession, job, paranoia, dialogue ...
Time: future
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 7.8
 217K
Changeling
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Christine Collins is overjoyed when her kidnapped son is brought back home. But when Christine suspects that the boy returned to her isn't her child, the police captain has her committed to an asylum.
Style: tense, disturbing, psychological, heartbreaking, sentimental ...
Plot: fighting the system, investigation, corruption, police, uncover truth, insanity, kidnapping, missing child, storytelling, manipulation, twists & turns, conspiracy ...
Time: 1930s, 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, seattle washington, canada
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 8.5
 989K
Memento
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Suffering short-term memory loss after a head injury, Leonard Shelby embarks on a grim quest to find the lowlife who murdered his wife in this gritty, complex thriller that packs more knots than a hangman's noose. To carry out his plan, Shelby ...
Style: psychological, non-linear, twist ending, tense, suspense ...
Plot: memory loss, amnesia, revenge, uncover truth, vengeance, investigation, mystery, plot twist, flashback, murder, paranoia, neo-noir ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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 8.1
 139K
Wild Tales
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Country: Argentina, Spain
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Six short stories that explore the extremities of human behavior involving people in distress.
Style: dark humor, tense, suspense, cynical, ironic ...
Plot: revenge, multiple storylines, twists & turns, human nature, destiny, unlikely criminals, violence, corruption, farce, greed, wedding party, road rage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: argentina, latin america
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 8.6
 220K
Sons of Anarchy
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: An adrenalized drama with darkly comedic undertones that explores a notorious outlaw motorcycle club’s (MC) desire to protect its livelihood while ensuring that their simple, sheltered town of Charming, California remains exactly that, charming. ...
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, tense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: motorcycle gang, family relations, ira, motorcycle, power struggle, biker, prison, arms dealing, young man, crime, tattoo, small town ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
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 8.6
 193K
Hannibal
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: Both a gift and a curse, Graham has the extraordinary ability to think like his prey—he sees what they see, feels what they feel. But while Graham is pursuing an especially troubling, cannibalistic murderer, Special Agent Jack Crawford teams him ...
Style: tense, serious, psychological, atmospheric, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, crime, cannibal, mind game, mental patient, special agents, psychopath, doctor, psychiatrist, deadly, death, fbi ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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A Perfect Getaway
Genre: Adventure, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: For their honeymoon, newlyweds Cliff and Cydney head to the tropical islands of Hawaii. While journeying through the paradisaical countryside the couple encounters Kale and Cleo, two disgruntled hitchhikers and Nick and Gina, two wild but ...
Style: tense, surprise ending, twists and turns, suspense, scenic ...
Plot: survival, murderous pair, manipulation, mystery, escapades, cheating, chase, paranoia, twists & turns, wilderness, surveillance, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hawaii, usa
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 7.7
 517K
Argo
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.
Style: suspenseful, tense, clever, factual, captivating ...
Plot: hostage, daring rescue, cia, u.s. embassy, behind enemy lines, government official, government agency, secret mission, politics, rescue mission, courage, american abroad ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1979, year 1980, year 2001 ...
Place: iran, middle east, usa, california, langley virginia ...
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 7.7
 370K
Zodiac
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The true story of the investigation of the "Zodiac Killer", a serial killer who terrified the San Francisco Bay Area, taunting police with his ciphers and letters. The case becomes an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are ...
Style: tense, enigmatic, suspense, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: serial killer, mystery, investigation, crime, murder, police, murder mystery, uncover truth, paranoia, obsession, violence, code ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 70s, year 1979 ...
Place: california, san francisco, usa, oakland california
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The Silence of the Lambs
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, tense, suspense, psychological, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, investigation, crime, cannibalism, psychopath, psychology, brutality, mind game, murder, violence, special agents, manipulation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: maryland, virginia, usa, washington d.c., bahamas ...
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 7.8
 157K
Misery
Genre: Crime, 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: suspenseful, tense, psychological, scary, atmospheric ...
Plot: obsession, obsessed fan, insanity, loneliness, hostage, brutality, mentally unstable, captivity, isolation, psychopath, rage, manic ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: colorado, usa
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 146K
Cape Fear
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Sam Bowden is a small-town corporate attorney. Max Cady is a tattooed, cigar-smoking, bible-quoting, psychotic rapist. What do they have in common? Fourteen years ago, Sam was a public defender assigned to Max Cady's rape trial, and he made a ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, tense, disturbing, suspense ...
Plot: revenge, fear, lawyer, family in danger, crime, dangerous attraction, violence, betrayal, criminal's revenge, psychology, brutality, manipulation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 144K
Hard Candy
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A mature 14-year old girl meets a charming 32-year old photographer on the Internet. Suspecting that he is a pedophile, she goes to his home in an attempt to expose him.
Style: disturbing, tense, psychological, suspenseful, twist ending ...
Plot: manipulation, vengeance, torture, sexual abuse, justice, brutality, child abuse, age difference, deception, vigilante, vigilantism, adolescence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
Is relevant ?
 6.2
 41K
The Hole
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Four teenagers at a British private school secretly uncover and explore the depths of a sealed underground hole created decades ago as a possible bomb shelter.
Style: psychological, tense, twist ending, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: obsession, youth, police investigation, mystery, twists & turns, manipulation, survival, murder, psychology, isolation, death, party ...
Time: contemporary
Place: wales
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 292K
Speed
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Los Angeles SWAT cop Jack Traven is up against bomb expert Howard Payne, who's after major ransom money. First it's a rigged elevator in a very tall building. Then it's a rigged bus--if it slows, it will blow, bad enough any day, but ...
Style: exciting, suspense, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: chase, bomb, hostages, terrorism, unlikely partners, rescue, bus, save the day, twists & turns, danger, surveillance, vengeance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 6.6
 59K
Joy Ride
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Three young people on a road trip from Colorado to New Jersey talk to a trucker on their CB radio, then must escape when he turns out to be a psychotic killer.
Style: tense, suspense, twists and turns, suspenseful, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: chase, truck driver, psychopath, vengeance, murder, radio, road trip, prank, manipulation, deathtrap, brother brother relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, colorado, nebraska, salt lake city utah, san diego california ...
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 6.6
 48K
Copycat
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: An agoraphobic psychologist and a female detective must work together to take down a serial killer who copies serial killers from the past.
Style: suspenseful, tense, suspense, psychological, clever ...
Plot: serial killer, crime, police investigation, psychology, psychopath, mind game, violence, murder mystery, twists & turns, psychiatrist, agoraphobia, paranoia ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco, usa, boston
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 6.2
 106K
The Strangers
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: After returning from a wedding reception, a couple staying in an isolated vacation house receive a knock on the door in the mid-hours of the night. What ensues is a violent invasion by three strangers, their faces hidden behind masks. The couple ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, suspense, rough, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: survival, hostages, serial killer, slasher, murder, isolation, home invasion, psychological thriller, violence, torture, brutality, confined ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2005
Place: usa
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 6.0
 32K
Cujo
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A friendly St. Bernard named "Cujo" contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town.
Style: tense, suspenseful, scary, suspense, bad ending ...
Plot: dog, dangerous animal, danger, brutality, hiding in a car, blood, rabies, death, mother son relationship, murder, chase, violence ...
Time: 80s
Place: maine, kindergarten
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 7.0
 524K
Prometheus
Genre: Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
Style: scary, suspenseful, atmospheric, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, genetics, distant planet, human versus alien, androids, space and aliens, transformation, fantasy world, alien life-form, mission, expedition, scientist ...
Time: future
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TOP 5 movies for each similar tag

suspenseful
suspenseful movies
Shutter Island 2010
8.1
The Game 1997
7.8
Frozen 2010
6.2
CSI: NY 2004
7.0
Killing Me Softly 2002
5.5
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psychological
psychological movies
Shutter Island 2010
8.1
The Game 1997
7.8
Inception 2010
8.8
Mulholland Drive 2001
8.0
The Sixth Sense 1999
8.1
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suspense
suspense movies
Frozen 2010
6.2
Shutter Island 2010
8.1
The Call 2013
6.7
Mulholland Drive 2001
8.0
The Sixth Sense 1999
8.1
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intense
intense movies
The Adventures of Tintin 2011
7.3
Jurassic Park 1993
8.1
The Call 2013
6.7
Transformers 2007
7.1
Man on Fire 2004
7.7
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interesting
interesting movies
Memento 2000
8.5
The Prestige 2006
8.5
Fight Club 1999
8.8
The Sixth Sense 1999
8.1
City of God 2002
8.6
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murder
murder movies
A Serbian Film 2010
5.1
Bride of Chucky 1998
5.4
True Detective 2014
9.0
Black Christmas 2006
4.6
Freddy vs. Jason 2003
5.8
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serious
serious movies
Parker 2013
6.2
Orphan Black 2013
8.3
Sons of Anarchy 2008
8.6
Under the Dome 2013
6.7
Homefront 2013
6.5
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crimes
crimes movies
Chicago P.D. 2014
8.1
The Mentalist 2008
8.1
Parker 2013
6.2
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 1999
8.0
NCIS: Los Angeles 2009
6.7
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