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, clever, suspense and stylized films and TV shows about / with murder, violence, death, blood, crimes, twists & turns, storytelling, dialogue, brutality and corruption plots mostly in Thriller, Drama and Crime genres shot in USA, UK, China and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as tense: Shutter Island (2010), Gone Girl (2014), Se7en (1995), The Departed (2006), Hannibal (2013), No Country for Old Men (2007), Breaking Bad (2008), Peaky Blinders (2013), Zodiac (2007), Looper (2012).

List of tense movies

 8.1
 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, surprise ending, twist ending, twists and turns, tense ...
Plot: mystery, mental institution, insanity, paranoia, investigation, plot twist, mental illness, uncover truth, losing-it hero, psychology, island, psychiatrist ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1945, 1940s ...
Place: boston
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 8.1
 808K
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, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: mystery, missing person, police investigation, investigation, femme fatale, disappearance, manipulation, twists & turns, missing wife, murder mystery, adultery, neo noir ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2012, 2000s, 2010s
Place: usa, missouri, manhattan new york city, st. louis missouri
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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: tense, suspenseful, atmospheric, disturbing, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, mind game, police investigation, master criminal, crime, psychopath, investigation, police detective, psychology, killings, torture, police ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: united states, usa
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 8.5
 1.1M
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, serious, surprise ending, twist ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mole, mafia, crimes, working undercover, police, crime, undercover cop, mind game, undercover, organized crime, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa, harvard university, taiwan, china
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 8.5
 213K
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: tense, psychological, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, cannibal, psychiatrist, cannibalism, death, special agents, crime, mental patient, doctor, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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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: track down, death, hitman, human nature, crimes, peril, sheriff, money, neo noir, psychopath, shooting, greed ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1980
Place: texas, mexico, usa, latin america
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 9.5
 1.3M
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: tense, clever, captivating, psychological, serious ...
Plot: drug dealing, drug lord, life turned upside down, master criminal, life is a bitch, unlikely partners, crimes, teacher, peril, drug cartel, family problems, desperation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: new mexico, usa, albuquerque new mexico
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 8.8
 275K
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: gang, gangsters, organized crime, mafia, gang war, rise to the top, rivalry, society, family relations, crime, determination, leader ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: england
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 7.7
 425K
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, suspenseful, stylized, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, uncover truth, crime, journalist, investigation, mystery, maniac, crimes, victim, paranoia, mind game ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 70s, year 1969 ...
Place: california, san francisco, usa, oakland california
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 7.4
 518K
Looper (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, 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, serious, exciting, thought provoking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, changing the past or future, destiny, on the run, organized crime, hitman, sent to the past, mafia, violence, self sacrifice, imaginary ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2040s
Place: usa, kansas, shanghai china
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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: scary, suspenseful, tense, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, crime, cannibalism, investigation, murder, psychology, fbi, maniac, killings, kidnapping ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: maryland, virginia, usa, west virginia, ohio ...
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 7.1
 221K
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: nazism, resistance, deception, war, world war two, bomb, treason, assassination attempt, betrayal, courage, nazi germany, plan gone awry ...
Time: year 1944, 40s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1943
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, normandy, bavaria ...
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 9.0
 471K
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, tense, captivating ...
Plot: police investigation, serial killer, crime, police detective, crimes, partners, partners against crime, investigation, murder, uncover truth, troubled, murderer ...
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, mind bending, twists and turns, thought provoking, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: split personality, social decay, losing-it hero, insomnia, against the rules, dark hero, dissociative identity disorder, fist fighting, fighting the system, nihilism, social misfits, insanity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: delaware, usa
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 7.7
 372K
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, lone hero, rookie, police brutality, african american, marijuana, gunfight, mentor, one day, drug dealing, gang, bad cop ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, usa
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 8.0
 177K
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: captivating, tense, exciting, serious, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fbi, special agents, master criminal, intrigue, manipulations, unlikely partners, danger, investigation, mind game, partners, terrorism, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa
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 6.8
 100K
Exam (2009)
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: mind bending, psychological, tense, surprise ending, serious ...
Plot: mind game, plot twist, ambition, psychologist, manipulations, human nature, rivalry, surveillance, room, mystery, confinement indoors, intrigue ...
Time: future
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 6.7
 327K
Venom (2018)
Genre: Action, 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, superhero, alien, supernatural power, tough guy, super villain, experiment gone awry, laboratory, parasite, mutation, alien monster ...
Time: 2010s
Place: malaysia, san francisco
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 7.8
 101K
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, cat and mouse, torture, loss of spouse, mercilessness, crime and punishment, extreme violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, korea, south korea
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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: danger, death, characters killed one by one, destiny, psychic, youth, survival, air disaster, supernatural, life & death, group of friends, race against time ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, contemporary, 20th century, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, paris france
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 6.8
 143K
From Hell (2001)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
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, serial killer, who done it, police detective, woman in danger, psychic, police investigation, crimes, a vision, murder, clairvoyant, princess ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, victorian, 20th century, 1880s
Place: england, europe, london, east end london, buckingham palace ...
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 7.4
 50K
Wayward Pines (2015)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: 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: tense, mind bending, captivating, serious, suspenseful
Plot: small town, apocalypse, investigation, society, isolation, danger, small town life, transformation, beast, confined, missing person, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, idaho
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 6.7
 85K
The Guest (2014)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Horror, 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, suspenseful, exciting, captivating, serious ...
Plot: family in danger, danger, soldier, mysterious character, ex soldier, dishonesty, family relations, murder, bullying, family problems, grief, mystery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, quarry, 80s
Place: new mexico, usa
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 7.0
 104K
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, captivating, biting, suspenseful, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: high school, friends, youth, small town, friendship, teenage life, murder, crimes, love triangle, investigation, danger, parents and children ...
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 6.8
 402K
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, apocalypse, adventure, imaginary, maze, memory loss, isolation, youth, trapped, young heroes, danger, future dystopia ...
Time: future
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The Walking Dead (2010)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: Sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes awakens from a coma to find a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating zombies. He sets out to find his family and encounters many other survivors along the way.
Style: tense, captivating, suspenseful, bleak, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: zombie, survival, apocalypse, zombie apocalypse, post apocalypse, plague, supernatural, future dystopia, fear, death, walking dead, chaos ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, georgia
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 8.5
 1.1M
The Prestige (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
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: surprise ending, twists and turns, psychological, captivating, atmospheric ...
Plot: obsession, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, illusion, magic, secret, magical, deception, diary, stage magic, teleportation, mystery ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 20th century, 1890s, 1900s ...
Place: england, london, europe, colorado
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 8.1
 163K
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: tense, psychological, dark humor, cynical, biting ...
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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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, serious, tense, twist ending, exciting ...
Plot: vengeance, vigilantism, fighting the system, justice, murder, prison, twists & turns, crime, death, master criminal, mind game, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, philadelphia
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 8.2
 92K
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, serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: incestuous desire, motel, mental disorder, serial killer, family problems, mother son relationship, murder, obsession, overbearing mother, small town, dysfunctional family, insanity ...
Time: 20th century, 2010s
Place: oregon, usa
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