Best Italian Thriller Movies

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best Italian Thriller Movies" contains films with the following parameters. Style: suspense, suspenseful, psychological, serious, intense and stylized. Plot: murder, death, crimes, storytelling, dialogue, gun, blood, chase, mentor and violence. Genre: Thriller, Drama and Mystery. Country: Italy, USA and UK.
Best Italian Thriller Movies
Best Italian Thriller Movies
TOP Movies: Welcome Home (2018), Pay the Ghost (2015), Spectre (2015), The Best Offer (2013), Black Butterfly (2017), Dawn of the Dead (1978), Angels & Demons (2009), The Omen (2006), Security (2021), Hannibal (2001), The War Zone (1999), John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017), Suspiria (2018), Frailty (2001), Winx Club - Magic Adventure (2010), American Skin (2019), Hungry Hearts (2014), King of New York (1990), The Others (2001), True Love (2012).

List of Best Movies

Welcome Home (2018)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A couple try to repair their damaged union in an Italian vacation paradise. Then they discover the owner's intentions.
Style: suspenseful, suspense, disturbing, enigmatic, tense
Plot: hidden camera, murder, surveillance, vacation, neighbor, countryside, troubled relationship, jealousy, couple relations, couples, trap, trapped ...
Place: italy
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Pay the Ghost (2015)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: One year after his young son disappeared during a Halloween carnival, Mike Cole is haunted by eerie images and terrifying messages he can’t explain. Together with his estranged wife, he will stop at nothing to unravel the mystery and find their ...
Style: scary, atmospheric, intense, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: halloween, ghost, police, devil, child abduction, supernatural, missing child, revenge, nightmare, rescue, professor, transformation ...
Place: new york, ireland, new orleans, usa, mexico
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Spectre (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.
Style: suspense, exciting, sexy, entertaining, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: james bond, spy, espionage, secret society, secret service, chase, british secret service, secret agents, kidnapping, terrorist, terrorism, brutality ...
Time: 2010s, contemporary, 21st century
Place: rome italy, london, italy, england, north africa ...
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The Best Offer (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Virgil Oldman is a world renowned antiques expert and auctioneer. An eccentric genius, he leads a solitary life, going to extreme lengths to keep his distance from the messiness of human relationships. When appointed by the beautiful but emotionally ...
Style: twist ending, psychological, enigmatic, atmospheric, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: twists and turns, loneliness, art theft, art collector, art, collector, deception, solitude, adult virgin, mysterious character, obsession, age difference ...
Time: 18th century, contemporary, 21st century
Place: vienna, prague, europe, italy
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Black Butterfly (2017)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Spain, USA, Italy
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Paul is a down-on-his-luck screenwriter who picks up a drifter and offers him a place to stay. However, when the deranged stranger takes Paul hostage and forces him to write, their unhinged relationship brings buried secrets to light.
Style: suspense, exciting, melancholic, suspenseful, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: writers, isolation, twists and turns, murder, dating show, recluse, kidnapping, dangerous friend, serial killer, fear, drifter, journalism ...
Time: contemporary, 2010s
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Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 127 min.
Story: During an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia SWAT team members, a traffic reporter, and his television-executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.
Style: scary, suspenseful, macabre, serious, rough ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: zombie, chaos, apocalypse, zombie apocalypse, infection, shopping mall, survival, epidemic, monster, siege, living dead, isolation ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: pennsylvania, pittsburgh, usa, philadelphia
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Angels & Demons (2009)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon investigates a mysterious symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. He discovers evidence of the unimaginable, the rebirth of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati, the most powerful ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, intellectual, suspense, twist ending ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: conspiracy, twists and turns, illuminati, investigation, murder, riddles and clues, religions or cults, professor, catholicism, expert, ancient, religion ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: rome italy, vatican, italy, europe, geneva switzerland ...
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The Omen (2006)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A diplomatic couple adopts the son of the devil without knowing it. A remake of the classic horror film of the same name from 1976.
Style: scary, suspenseful, suspense, atmospheric, intense ...
Plot: demon, prophecy, murder, antichrist, devil worship, killer child, devil, church, loss of child, parents and children, hospital, death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, year 2006, 2000s
Place: england, london, rome italy, europe, manhattan new york city ...
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Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Haunted by terrible acts the Nazis forced him to participate in, the disenchanted Father Lankester Merrin focuses his energies on helping with an archaeological dig in the northern part of Kenya. There, the crew uncovers a church that predates ...
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, scary, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: supernatural, good versus evil, redemption, transformation, life philosophy, mentor, priest, church, religions or cults, curses spells and rituals, supernatural ability, archaeology ...
Time: 1940s, year 1947, year 1944, 20th century
Place: africa, kenya
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Security (2021)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 118 min.
Story: After the assault of a young woman in their seaside town, a security expert and his family get caught in a powerful riptide of secrets and lies.
Style: tense, suspense, psychological, disturbing, complex
Plot: pedophilia, investigation, secret revealed, crimes, crime solving, society, violence, lie, social problems, social misfits, security system, mystery ...
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Hannibal (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 131 min.
Story: After having successfully eluded the authorities for years, Hannibal peacefully lives in Italy in disguise as an art scholar. Trouble strikes again when he's discovered leaving a deserving few dead in the process. He returns to America to make ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, disturbing, clever, atmospheric ...
Plot: serial killer, cannibalism, fbi, cannibal, psychopath, crimes, master criminal, mind game, psychiatrist, cat and mouse, law enforcement, villain played by lead actor ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s, contemporary
Place: florence, italy, europe, washington d.c., venice
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The War Zone (1999)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: An alienated teenager, saddened that he has moved away from London, must find a way to deal with a dark family secret.
Style: disturbing, rough, bleak, emotional, depressing ...
Plot: incest, sexual abuse, father daughter incest, dysfunctional family, child abuse, innocence lost, rape, brother sister relationship, incest rape, father daughter relationship, small town, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, europe, london
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John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Italy, Hong Kong, Canada
Duration: 122 min.
Story: John Wick is forced out of retirement by a former associate looking to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to aid him, Wick travels to Rome and does battle against some of the world’s most dangerous ...
Style: suspense, bloody, tense, brutal, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, assassin, lone hero, one against many, violence, tough guy, one man army, revenge, bounty hunter, chase, betrayal, weapons ...
Time: 2010s
Place: italy, new york, manhattan new york city, rome italy
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Suspiria (2018)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 152 min.
Story: A young ballet dancer travels to a prestigious dance academy in Europe, only to discover it is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amidst a series of increasingly grisly murders.
Style: suspense, macabre, suspenseful, surprise ending, slasher ...
Audience: date night
Plot: good versus evil, ritual sacrifice, witch, dead woman, paranormal phenomena, mysterious event, ballet, telepathy, curse, witchcraft, spiritualism, abuse of power ...
Time: 70s, year 1977, year 1948, year 1943, post world war two
Place: berlin germany, west berlin west germany, ohio, east berlin
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Frailty (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A man confesses to an FBI agent his family's story of how his religious fanatic father's visions lead to a series of murders to destroy supposed "demons."
Style: psychological, surprise ending, scary, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, twists and turns, murder, religious fanatic, childhood, plot twist, demon, insanity, father son relationship, supernatural, punishment, psychopath ...
Time: 70s, contemporary, 20th century
Place: texas, usa
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Winx Club - Magic Adventure (2010)
Genre: Animation
Country: Italy
Duration: 87 min.
Story: School for fairies Alfea celebrates the inauguration of the new school year when the party is interrupted by Icy, Darcy and Stormy, the perfidious Trix. The Winx without Bloom, are forced to remedy the confusion created by the witches who, having ...
Style: semi serious, exciting, stylized, touching
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: young heroes, friends, adventure, disorder, escapades, youth, supernatural ability, love and romance, imaginary kingdom, wizards and magicians, school, princess ...
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American Skin (2019)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A Marine veteran working as a school janitor tries to mend his relationship with his son after a divorce. When his son is killed by a police officer found innocent without standing trial, he takes matters into his own hands.
Style: captivating, psychological, disturbing, suspense, psychological thriller
Plot: vigilantism, fight for justice, revenge, lawlessness, lynching, injustice, price of justice, hostage, father son relationship, father and son, family relations, police officer taken hostage ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s
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Hungry Hearts (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The relationship of a couple who meet by chance in New York City is put to the test when they encounter a life or death circumstance.
Style: realistic, touching, serious, sad, gloomy
Plot: pregnancy, life turned upside down, family problems, couples, mental illness, husband wife relationship, tragic event, saving a life, vegetarian, paranoia, murder, father son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city
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King of New York (1990)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A former drug lord returns from prison determined to wipe out all his competition and distribute the profits of his operations to New York's poor and lower classes in this stylish and ultra violent modern twist on Robin Hood.
Style: atmospheric, neo noir, intense, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, drug lord, gang, mafia, crimes, mob boss, organized crime, chase, murder, violence, cocaine, gunfight ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, bronx new york city, new jersey
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The Others (2001)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA, France, Italy
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Grace is a religious woman who lives in an old house kept dark because her two children, Anne and Nicholas, have a rare sensitivity to light. When the family begins to suspect the house is haunted, Grace fights to protect her children at any cost in ...
Style: twist ending, surprise ending, suspense, scary, dark ...
Plot: ghost, haunted house, supernatural, afterlife, twists and turns, mysterious character, nightmare, able to see the dead, uncover truth, spiritualism, isolation, supernatural horror ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: europe, english channel, england
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True Love (2012)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 102 min.
Story: On the surface, Kate and Jack, late 20's, are happy. But like everyone, they carry secrets that neither of them is prepared to reveal. After their wedding, they wake from a deep, dark sleep, each alone in a sealed room with no doors or windows, ...
Style: rough, psychological, suspenseful, scary, serious ...
Plot: captivity, psychological torture, confined, couples, isolation, marriage, cell, trust, hidden truth, mind game, secret, sleep deprivation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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La Festa (2013)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Ten classmates have disappeared on the evening of 3rd March 2011. The boys were in the family home of one of them, Fabio, for a party. But the next morning, none of them was still there. Gone, vanished into thin air. A few months later their parents ...
Plot: halloween, drugs, sex, murder, lesbian sex, lesbian, nudity (full frontal - brief), party, friendship, death, gun
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StageFright (1987)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A troupe of struggling stage actors is rehearsing for a small-town production of a play. Everything seems to be as it should until one of the cast members turns up dead. In a panic, the others try to get out, only to find they are now locked in the ...
Style: slasher, scary, suspenseful, intense, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, murder, psychopath, survival, theater, mysterious character, crimes, woman in danger, track down, rehearsal, mental institution, theatre group ...
Time: 80s
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John Blazer (2017)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 104 min.
Story: John Blazer is a 21 californian guy with a dark and mysterious past. After winning a big sum of money at Lottery, he decides to have a party with friends and he will wake up in an abandoned place, without money and without any remembrance of the ...
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The Tourist (2010)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA, France, Italy, UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: American tourist Frank (Johnny Depp) meets mysterious British woman Elsie (Angelina Jolie) on the train to Venice. Romance seems to bud, but there's more to her than meets the eye. Remake of the 2005 French film "Anthony Zimmer", ...
Style: exciting, twist ending, visually appealing, surprise ending, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: love story, twists and turns, adventure, outsmarting, female spy, master criminal, spy, mysterious character, espionage, female agent, undercover agent, femme fatale ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, venice, europe, paris france, latin america ...
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Blow-Up (1966)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Italy
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A successful mod photographer in London whose world is bounded by fashion, pop music, marijuana, and easy sex, feels his life is boring and despairing. But in the course of a single day he accidentally captures on film the commission of a murder. ...
Style: surreal, cerebral, art house, atmospheric, mind bending ...
Plot: photographer, voyeurism, fashion, murder witness, fashion photographer, cover up, sex, corpse, surveillance, free love, fashion model, art ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: london, europe, england, paris france
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Serpico (1973)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The real-life struggle of an honest New York City cop against a corrupt system.
Style: serious, realistic, suspense, psychological, neo noir ...
Plot: fighting the system, police corruption, police, corruption, whistleblower, undercover cop, crimes, police investigation, social decay, life is a bitch, partners, idealism ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city
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Monolith (2016)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A mother and her son plan a surprise visit to Los Angeles to see her husband/his father. Halfway there they get into a terrible accident in the middle of nowhere and now must fight to survive.
Style: psychological, stylized, suspenseful, ambiguous ending, suspense
Plot: son, mother, trapped, family relations, parents, relationships, female protagonist, canyon, child in peril, car accident, desert, a.i. ...
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The Place (2017)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The fates of an apparently random group of strangers who each come into contact with a mysterious figure who they believe possesses the power to grant any wish, in return for which they must carry out a task he assigns them.
Style: thought provoking, intellectual, philosophical, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: human nature, father son relationship, destiny, multiple storylines, moral ambiguity, mysterious man, family relations, murder, crime gone awry, brutality, crimes, coffee ...
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The Salamander (1981)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK, Italy
Duration: 103 min.
Story: An Italian policeman investigates a series of murders involving people in prominent positions. Left behind at each murder scene is a drawing of a salamander. The policeman begins to suspect these murders are linked to a plot to seize control of the ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspense, enigmatic, captivating ...
Plot: murder, political conspiracy, politics, police investigation, mystery, crimes, political intrigue, society, dishonesty, state affairs, political corruption, police officer ...
Time: 80s
Place: italy, europe
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