Best American Thriller Movies

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best American Thriller Movies" contains films with the following parameters. Style: suspense, tense, interesting, surprise ending, suspenseful and intense. Plot: violence, blood, death, murder, corpse, profanity, storytelling, revenge, chase and brutality. Genre: Thriller, Drama and Crime. Country: USA, Canada and UK.
Best American Thriller Movies
Best American Thriller Movies
TOP Movies: Black Swan (2010), No Country for Old Men (2007), Memento (2000), Shutter Island (2010), Drag Me to Hell (2009), The Hurt Locker (2008), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Gone Girl (2014), Sin City (2005), Jaws (1975), Felon (2008), Joker (2019), Nocturnal Animals (2016), Red Eye (2005), The Conjuring (2013), Logan (2017), Nightcrawler (2014), Traffik (2018), Die Hard (1988), Jurassic Park (1993).

List of Best Movies

 8.0
 720K
Black Swan (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A ballet dancer wins the lead in "Swan Lake" and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan - Princess Odette - but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan.
Style: psychological, twist ending, atmospheric, cerebral, dramatic ...
Plot: obsession, hallucination, mental illness, ballet, surrealism, insanity, dancer's life, psychology, paranoia, character study, showbiz, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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No Country for Old Men (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
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: neo noir, tense, rough, bleak, serious ...
Plot: greed, hitman, death, sheriff, brutality, crimes, human nature, track down, peril, stolen money, psychopath, shooting ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: texas, mexico, usa, latin america, el paso texas
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 8.4
 1.2M
Memento (2000)
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, surprise ending, neo noir, twist ending, tense ...
Plot: plot twist, mystery, twists & turns, memory loss, paranoia, uncover truth, murder, manipulation, haunted by the past, amnesia, vengeance, revenge ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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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, twists and turns, surprise ending, twist ending, suspenseful ...
Plot: mental institution, investigation, mystery, insanity, plot twist, paranoia, psychology, mental illness, psychiatrist, uncover truth, isolation, delusion ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1945 ...
Place: boston
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 6.5
 193K
Drag Me to Hell (2009)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After denying a woman the extension she needs to keep her home, loan officer Christine Brown sees her once-promising life take a startling turn for the worse. Christine is convinced she's been cursed by a Gypsy, but her boyfriend is skeptical. ...
Style: scary, serious, suspenseful, atmospheric, dark fantasy ...
Plot: evil, curses spells and rituals, ghost, witch, dark humor, supernatural, gypsy, heaven and hell, curse, obsessive quest, life turned upside down, legends and myths ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 1969, year 2009 ...
Place: los angeles, pasadena california
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 7.5
 433K
The Hurt Locker (2008)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb.
Style: realistic, tense, suspense, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, iraq war, army, sniper, military, marines, u.s. army, terrorism, war, bomb squad, determination, peril ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2004
Place: middle east, iraq, baghdad iraq, new york
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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, murder, mind game, cannibalism, psychology, investigation, crime, maniac, profiler, fbi, brutality ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: maryland, virginia, usa, ohio, west virginia ...
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 8.1
 901K
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, twist ending ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: mystery, police investigation, missing person, murder mystery, twists & turns, manipulation, investigation, missing wife, disappearance, femme fatale, infidelity, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s, year 2012
Place: usa, missouri, new york, manhattan new york city, st. louis missouri
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 8.0
 748K
Sin City (2005)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Welcome to Sin City. This town beckons to the tough, the corrupt, the brokenhearted. Some call it dark… Hard-boiled. Then there are those who call it home — Crooked cops, sexy dames, desperate vigilantes. Some are seeking revenge, others lust ...
Style: neo noir, atmospheric, dark, bleak, surreal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: dark hero, crimes, justice, vengeance, distopia, social decay, anti hero, crime, torture, tough heroes, gory, corruption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1990s, 2000s, 20th century ...
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 8.0
 561K
Jaws (1975)
Genre: Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: An insatiable great white shark terrorizes the townspeople of Amity Island, The police chief, an oceanographer and a grizzled shark hunter seek to destroy the bloodthirsty beast.
Style: scary, tense, suspenseful, suspense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: shark, animal horror, fear, dangerous animal, monster, shark attack, animal attack, ocean, underwater, survival, police chief, chief of police ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, massachusetts, long island, new york, new england ...
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 7.4
 77K
Felon (2008)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A family man convicted of killing an intruder must cope with life afterward in the violent penal system.
Style: brutal, realistic, serious, emotional, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, prison gang, fist fighting, life is a bitch, court, fighting the system, murder, prison riot, life turned upside down, rivalry, convict ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
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 8.4
 1.0M
Joker (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 122 min.
Story: During the 1980s, a failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City while becoming an infamous psychopathic crime figure.
Style: atmospheric, thought provoking, bleak, suspense, cynical ...
Plot: mental illness, psycho, insanity, villain, social decay, psychological trauma, social problems, mental patient, character change, bad attitude, evil clown, social problem ...
Time: 80s, year 1981, 20th century, 2010s
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Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Susan Morrow receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband – a man she left 20 years earlier – asking for her opinion of his writing. As she reads, she is drawn into the fictional life of Tony Hastings, a mathematics professor whose family ...
Style: psychological thriller, neo noir, psychological, suspense, brutal ...
Plot: rape and murder, revenge, ex husband ex wife relationship, writers, symbolism, loss of family, rape, murder of family, novelist, husband wife relationship, vigilantism, haunted by the past ...
Time: 2010s
Place: new york, los angeles, texas
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John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: John Wick is on the run for two reasons… he’s being hunted for a global $14 million dollar open contract on his life, and for breaking a central rule: taking a life on Continental Hotel grounds. The victim was a member of the High Table who ...
Style: tense, exciting, brutal, suspense, neo noir ...
Plot: one man army, gunfight, criminal's revenge, vengeance, tough guy, murder, shooting, danger, crimes, martial arts, assassin, chase ...
Time: 2010s
Place: sahara, grand central station manhattan new york city, morocco, north africa, manhattan new york city ...
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 6.5
 115K
Red Eye (2005)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: After attending the funeral of her grandmother in Dallas, the Lux Atlantic Hotel manager Lisa is waiting for a flight to Miami. Due to the bad weather and consequent flight delay, she meets in the airport bar Jack Rippner, who is also in the waiting ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, tense, psychological, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: woman in danger, terrorism, airplane, hostage, fear, psychology, crimes, danger, stewardess, villain, hitman, kidnapping ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa, texas, miami, dallas texas
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 7.5
 469K
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, family in danger, danger, witch, paranormal activity, fear, evil force, haunted by the past ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 21st century, contemporary, year 1971 ...
Place: new england, rhode island, usa
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 8.1
 682K
Logan (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.
Style: emotional, harsh, suspense, surprise ending, bloody ...
Plot: super strength, fight scenes, mutant, death of protagonist, superhero, lone hero, invulnerability, anti hero, protector, chase, immortality, rage ...
Time: future, near future, 2020s, 2010s, 21st century
Place: north dakota, usa, el paso texas, mexico
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 7.8
 491K
Nightcrawler (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When Lou Bloom, desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.
Style: neo noir, psychological, disturbing, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: journalism, sociopath, twists & turns, journalist, character study, morality, cynicism, graphic violence, obsession, ambition, neo-noir, satire ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, venice beach california
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 6.0
 19K
Traffik (2018)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A couple off for a romantic weekend in the mountains are accosted by a biker gang. Alone in the mountains, Brea and John must defend themselves against the gang, who will stop at nothing to protect their secrets.
Style: sad, rough, suspense
Plot: sex trafficking, slave trade, fight, escape, death of loved one, young couple, murder, death, kidnapping, human trafficking, blood, policewoman ...
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 8.2
 817K
Die Hard (1988)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: NYPD cop, John McClane's plan to reconcile with his estranged wife is thrown for a serious loop when minutes after he arrives at her office, the entire building is overtaken by a group of terrorists. With little help from the LAPD, wisecracking ...
Style: intense, suspenseful, exciting, serious, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, hostage, gunfight, terrorist, christmas, heist, storage unit, courage, save the day, race against time, marital problem, fbi ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 8.1
 903K
Jurassic Park (1993)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A wealthy entrepreneur secretly creates a theme park featuring living dinosaurs drawn from prehistoric DNA. Before opening day, he invites a team of experts and his two eager grandchildren to experience the park and help calm anxious investors. ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, suspense, intense, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, kids
Plot: dinosaur, adventure, island, fantasy world, team, survival, animal attack, amusement park, theme park, natural disaster, tyrannosaurus rex, dangerous animal ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: costa rica, dominican republic
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 5.9
 18K
Night Hunter (2018)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A police task force traps an online predator, only to discover that the depth of his crimes goes far beyond anything they had anticipated.
Style: suspense, captivating, tense, bleak, psychological ...
Plot: profiler, serial killer, tragic past, vigilante, ex husband ex wife relationship, father daughter relationship, fbi agent, schizophrenic, kidnap, psychopath, investigation, pedophile ...
Time: 2010s
Place: minnesota
Is relevant ?
 7.7
 536K
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Less than 24 hours into his parole, charismatic thief Danny Ocean is already rolling out his next plan: In one night, Danny's hand-picked crew of specialists will attempt to steal more than $150 million from three Las Vegas casinos. But to ...
Style: clever, witty, exciting, twists and turns, humorous ...
Audience: date night, boys' night, teens
Plot: heist, cons and scams, perfect crime, outsmarting, thief, scheme, crimes, casino, group of criminals, con artists, crime, deception ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: las vegas, usa, atlantic city, san diego california, atlantic city new jersey ...
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 5.6
 20K
No Good Deed (2014)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Terri is a devoted wife and mother of two, living an ideal suburban life in Atlanta when Colin, a charming but dangerous escaped convict, shows up at her door claiming car trouble. Terri offers her phone to help him but soon learns that no good deed ...
Style: psycho film, sadistic, rough, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: home invasion, hostage, killer, family in danger, sociopath, deadly, serial killer, confined, blood, crime, crimes, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: georgia, usa, atlanta georgia, tennessee
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L.A. Confidential (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal L.A. police force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the shotgun slayings of the patrons at an all-night diner.
Style: neo noir, tense, captivating, suspenseful, interesting ...
Plot: dangerous attraction, police detective, gunfight, murder, organized crime, police corruption, corpse, police investigation, prostitute, police brutality, crimes, murder mystery ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, arizona, united states
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Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: The Bride unwaveringly continues on her roaring rampage of revenge against the band of assassins who had tried to kill her and her unborn child. She visits each of her former associates one-by-one, checking off the victims on her Death List Five ...
Style: non-linear, atmospheric, captivating, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: dark humor, vengeance, female assassin, female warrior, mentor, revenge, master warrior, death, sword fight, pride and honor, warrior, journey ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: el paso texas, tokyo, japan, mexico
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 8.1
 938K
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, twists and turns, twist ending, 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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 7.9
 515K
Knives Out (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan's dysfunctional family to his ...
Style: captivating, witty, exciting, atmospheric, disturbing ...
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: murder mystery, investigation, mansion, eccentric family, whodunit, private detective, murder, mystery killer, murder investigation, suspect, inheritance, crime ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: massachusetts, usa, new england
Is relevant ?
 6.1
 150K
6 Underground (2019)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: After faking his death, a tech billionaire recruits a team of international operatives for a bold and bloody mission to take down a brutal dictator.
Style: suspense, exciting, psychotronic, non-linear, surprise ending
Plot: street shootout, parkour, fight, mission, teamwork, paranoia, deception, courage, machismo, disguise, justice, brutality ...
Time: future, year 2017, 2010s
Place: afghanistan, middle east, paris france, florence, california ...
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 8.8
 2.2M
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, life philosophy, teamwork, fictional reality, manipulations, fantasy world, haunted by the past, existentialism ...
Time: 2010s, near future
Place: japan, los angeles, paris france, new york, tokyo ...
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