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 tense, suspenseful, serious, twists and turns, clever and suspense films and TV shows about / with murder, crimes, violence, blood, death, twists & turns, storytelling, deadly, brutality and danger plots mostly in Thriller, Drama and Crime 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), Se7en (1995), The Departed (2006), No Country for Old Men (2007), Hannibal (2013), Peaky Blinders (2013), Breaking Bad (2008), Training Day (2001), Looper (2012).

List of tense movies

 8.1
 828K
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, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: mystery, police investigation, missing person, twists & turns, investigation, murder mystery, femme fatale, disappearance, manipulation, missing wife, adultery, neo noir ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2012, 2010s, 2000s
Place: usa, missouri, st. louis missouri, new york, manhattan new york city
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 8.2
 1.1M
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, twists and turns, surprise ending, twist ending, suspenseful ...
Plot: mental institution, mystery, insanity, paranoia, plot twist, investigation, mental illness, losing-it hero, uncover truth, island, confined, disorder ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1952, year 1954 ...
Place: boston
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 8.6
 1.4M
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, atmospheric, twists and turns, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, mind game, crime, police investigation, master criminal, investigation, psychopath, police detective, neo noir, torture, killings, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new york, united states, usa
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 8.5
 1.2M
The Departed (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
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: tense, captivating, surprise ending, serious, twist ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, mole, crimes, neo noir, working undercover, police, undercover cop, crime, mind game, undercover, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa, china, taiwan, harvard university
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No Country for Old Men (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Llewelyn Moss stumbles upon dead bodies, $2 million and a hoard of heroin in a Texas desert, but methodical killer Anton Chigurh comes looking for it, with local sheriff Ed Tom Bell hot on his trail. The roles of prey and predator blur as the ...
Style: tense, bleak, rough, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: neo noir, greed, sheriff, death, hitman, track down, crimes, peril, human nature, psychopath, escape, shooting ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: texas, mexico, usa, latin america
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 8.5
 218K
Hannibal (2013)
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: psychological, tense, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, mind game, psychopath, cannibal, cannibalism, psychiatrist, death, mental patient, crime, special agents, graphic violence, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 8.8
 299K
Peaky Blinders (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England and centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby, who means to move up in the world.
Style: atmospheric, tense, captivating, clever, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, gang, organized crime, gang war, society, rise to the top, rivalry, mafia, family relations, crime, leader, determination ...
Time: 1910s, 1920s, 20s, 20th century
Place: england, ireland
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 9.5
 1.4M
Breaking Bad (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 49 min.
Story: When Walter White, a New Mexico chemistry teacher, is diagnosed with Stage III cancer and given a prognosis of only two years left to live, he becomes filled with a sense of fearlessness and an unrelenting desire to secure his family's ...
Style: clever, tense, captivating, serious, psychological ...
Plot: drug dealing, drug lord, master criminal, life is a bitch, life turned upside down, family problems, unlikely partners, teacher, crimes, drug cartel, peril, desperation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: new mexico, usa, albuquerque new mexico
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 7.7
 380K
Training Day (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: On his first day on the job as a narcotics officer, a rookie cop works with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, atmospheric, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, neo noir, lone hero, rookie, police brutality, african american, gunfight, profanity, gang, one day, bad cop, marijuana ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 7.4
 524K
Looper (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, China
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past where a looper, a ...
Style: tense, futuristic, thought provoking, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, changing the past or future, hitman, destiny, on the run, organized crime, neo noir, sent to the past, time paradox, mafia, violence ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2040s
Place: usa, shanghai china, shanghai, kansas
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 8.2
 94K
Bates Motel (2013)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: A "contemporary prequel" to the 1960 film Psycho, depicting the life of Norman Bates and his mother Norma prior to the events portrayed in Hitchcock's film, albeit in a different fictional town and in a modern setting. The series ...
Style: atmospheric, tense, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: incestuous desire, motel, mental disorder, mother son relationship, family problems, murder, serial killer, obsession, overbearing mother, small town, dysfunctional family, insanity ...
Time: 20th century, 2010s
Place: oregon, usa
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 7.1
 224K
Valkyrie (2008)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Japan
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, factual, bad ending, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, nazism, war, resistance, bomb, deception, treason, assassination attempt, betrayal, courage, nazi germany, plan gone awry ...
Time: year 1944, 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: germany, berlin germany, europe, bavaria, tunisia ...
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 7.7
 440K
Zodiac (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, 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, atmospheric, stylized, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, mystery, maniac, crime, paranoia, investigation, uncover truth, journalist, crimes, victim, reporter ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1969 ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, oakland california
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 9.0
 480K
True Detective (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: An American anthology police detective series utilizing multiple timelines in which investigations seem to unearth personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within or outside the law.
Style: realistic, bleak, clever, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, crime, police detective, neo noir, investigation, partners, crimes, partners against crime, murder, graphic violence, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
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 8.8
 1.8M
Fight Club (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the ...
Style: surprise ending, twists and turns, mind bending, thought provoking, cerebral ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: split personality, social decay, losing-it hero, self destructing, insomnia, against the rules, fighting the system, life philosophy, insanity, fist fighting, nihilism, loneliness ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: delaware, 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, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens
Plot: destiny, danger, death, characters killed one by one, psychic, youth, survival, air disaster, supernatural, race against time, life & death, freak accident ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, 20th century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, paris france
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 6.7
 338K
Venom (2018)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: China, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: When Eddie Brock acquires the powers of a symbiote, he will have to release his alter-ego "Venom" to save his life.
Style: tense, captivating, exciting, suspense, surprise ending ...
Audience: date night
Plot: super powers, anti hero, supernatural power, superhero, tough guy, alien, alien monster, experiment gone awry, super villain, laboratory, mutation, humanity ...
Time: 2010s
Place: san francisco, malaysia
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 8.0
 183K
The Blacklist (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Raymond "Red" Reddington, one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives, surrenders in person at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He claims that he and the FBI have the same interests: bringing down dangerous criminals and terrorists. In ...
Style: tense, captivating, exciting, serious, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fbi, master criminal, special agents, danger, unlikely partners, manipulations, investigation, mind game, partners, terrorism, law enforcement, intrigue ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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 8.8
 143K
Attack on Titan (2013)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by Titans. Titans are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A ...
Style: tense, serious, disturbing, exciting, bleak ...
Plot: giant, life turned upside down, friendship, danger, loss of parent, future dystopia, survival, transformation, attack, army, destruction, monster ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia
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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, maniac, investigation, murder, fbi, psychology, killings, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: maryland, virginia, usa, washington d.c., baltimore ...
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 7.8
 105K
I Saw the Devil (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Kyung-chul is a dangerous psychopath who kills for pleasure. He has committed infernal serial murders in diabolic ways that one cannot even imagine and his victims range from young women to even children. The police have chased him for a long time, ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, psychological, serious, bleak ...
Plot: serial killer, violence, revenge, murder, vengeance, psychopath, extreme violence, cat and mouse, torture, loss of spouse, crime and punishment, sadism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, korea, south korea
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 7.4
 51K
Wayward Pines (2015)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Imagine the perfect American town... beautiful homes, manicured lawns, children playing safely in the streets. Now imagine never being able to leave. You have no communication with the outside world. You think you're going insane. You must be ...
Style: mind bending, tense, captivating, serious, suspenseful
Plot: small town, apocalypse, investigation, society, danger, small town life, beast, isolation, transformation, confined, missing person, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, idaho
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 6.8
 407K
The Maze Runner (2014)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: 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.
Style: twists and turns, exciting, tense, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: survival, adventure, apocalypse, imaginary, maze, isolation, trapped, society, memory loss, youth, young heroes, danger ...
Time: future
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 6.8
 144K
From Hell (2001)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Czech Republic, UK
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Frederick Abberline is an opium-huffing inspector from Scotland Yard who falls for one of Jack the Ripper's prostitute targets in this Hughes brothers adaption of a graphic novel that posits the Ripper's true identity.
Style: gothic, tense, suspenseful, scary, atmospheric ...
Plot: jack the ripper, who done it, serial killer, graphic violence, police detective, crimes, woman in danger, psychic, police investigation, a vision, murder, clairvoyant ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, victorian, 20th century, 1880s
Place: england, london, europe, ireland, east end london ...
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 6.7
 88K
The Guest (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.
Style: tense, exciting, suspenseful, captivating, serious ...
Plot: danger, soldier, mysterious character, ex soldier, family relations, family in danger, dishonesty, murder, family problems, grief, killing spree, mystery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, quarry, 80s
Place: usa, new mexico
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 8.1
 169K
Wild Tales (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Country: Argentina, Spain, France, UK
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Six short stories that explore the extremities of human behavior involving people in distress.
Style: psychological, tense, dark humor, biting, cynical ...
Plot: human nature, twists & turns, wedding party, revenge, unlikely criminals, fighting the system, vengeance, corruption, violence, destiny, farce, multiple storylines ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: argentina, latin america
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 7.0
 109K
Riverdale (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Set in the present, the series offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica and their friends, exploring the surreality of small-town life, the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.
Style: tense, biting, suspenseful, captivating, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: high school, youth, small town, friendship, friends, love triangle, murder, crimes, teenage life, family relations, investigation, danger ...
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Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.
Style: surprise ending, twist ending, serious, tense, exciting ...
Plot: vengeance, fighting the system, vigilantism, justice, master criminal, murder, prison, crime, death, twists & turns, mind game, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: philadelphia, usa
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 8.6
 55K
The Bridge (2011)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Germany
Duration: 60 min.
Story: When a body is found on the bridge between Denmark and Sweden, right on the border, Danish inspector Martin Rohde and Swedish Saga Norén have to share jurisdiction and work together to find the killer.
Style: atmospheric, twists and turns, tense, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: crime, serial killer, police detective, mind game, multiple suspects, police investigation, murder, partners against crime, riddles and clues, buried truth, forensics, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden, denmark, copenhagen, europe, copenhagen denmark
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 8.5
 1.1M
The Prestige (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: 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.
Style: twists and turns, surprise ending, captivating, psychological, clever ...
Plot: obsession, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, illusion, deception, secret, magical, magic, diary, stage magic, teleportation, mystery ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 20th century, victorian era, 1900s ...
Place: london, england, europe, colorado
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