Best Thriller Movies

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best Thriller Movies" contains films with the following parameters. Style: suspenseful, suspense, interesting, intense, twists and turns and clever. Plot: storytelling, murder, death, twists & turns, dialogue, violence, corruption, mentor, plot twist and chase. Genre: Thriller, Drama and Mystery. Country: USA, UK and France.
Best Thriller Movies
Best Thriller Movies
TOP Movies: Shutter Island (2010), Red Eye (2005), Gone Girl (2014), Se7en (1995), Inception (2010), Limitless (2011), Identity (2003), Nightcrawler (2014), The Others (2001), Split (2016), Exam (2009), Fracture (2007), The Departed (2006), Memento (2000), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), No Country for Old Men (2007), The Machinist (2004), Don't Breathe (2016), Black Swan (2010), Get Out (2017).

List of Best Movies

 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
 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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 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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 8.6
 1.5M
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, twists and turns, tense, neo noir, atmospheric ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, investigation, mind game, police investigation, crime, master criminal, police detective, psychology, insanity, police, twists & turns ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, united states, new york
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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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 7.4
 542K
Limitless (2011)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A paranoia-fueled action thriller about an unsuccessful writer whose life is transformed by a top-secret "smart drug" that allows him to use 100% of his brain and become a perfect version of himself. His enhanced abilities soon attract ...
Style: clever, captivating, intellectual, cerebral, philosophical ...
Plot: intelligence, ambition, superhuman powers, success, rise to the top, prodigy, life changing experience, life turned upside down, resourceful, greed, drug abuse, overnight success ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 7.3
 234K
Identity (2003)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Complete strangers stranded at a remote desert motel during a raging storm soon find themselves the target of a deranged murderer. As their numbers thin out, the travelers begin to turn on each other, as each tries to figure out who the killer is.
Style: twist ending, suspenseful, mind bending, surprise ending, psycho film ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder mystery, stranded, dissociative identity disorder, psychology, mystery, split personality, motel, psychiatrist, characters killed one by one, investigation, psycho terror ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, nevada, united states, florida
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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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 7.6
 348K
The Others (2001)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA, France, Italy, UK
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: surprise ending, twist ending, scary, atmospheric, suspense ...
Plot: ghost, haunted house, afterlife, psychic, mysterious character, supernatural, nightmare, uncover truth, spiritualism, ghosts, single parent, parallel world ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: europe, england, english channel
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 7.3
 451K
Split (2016)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Though Kevin has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher, there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant ...
Style: twist ending, psychological, surprise ending, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: kidnapping, mental illness, psycho, dissociative identity disorder, insanity, schizophrenia, split personality, serial killer, held captive, female victim, paranoia, violence ...
Time: 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, philadelphia
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 6.8
 109K
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, surprise ending, captivating, serious ...
Plot: mind game, plot twist, psychologist, ambition, confinement indoors, mystery, psychology, rivalry, manipulations, surveillance, intrigue, human nature ...
Time: future
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 7.2
 193K
Fracture (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A husband is on trial for the attempted murder of his wife, in what is seemingly an open/shut case for the ambitious district attorney trying to put him away. However, there are surprises for both around every corner, and, as a suspenseful game of ...
Style: twists and turns, suspense, intellectual, enigmatic, serious ...
Plot: murder mystery, mind game, courtroom drama, investigation, manipulation, lawyer, legal investigation, obsession, outsmarting, adultery, murder, perfect crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 8.5
 1.2M
The Departed (2006)
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: captivating, twist ending, tense, surprise ending, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, mole, crimes, police, working undercover, undercover cop, crime, mind game, undercover, organized crime, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: boston, usa, taiwan, china, harvard university
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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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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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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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 7.7
 369K
The Machinist (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain, France, UK, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The Machinist is the story of Trevor Reznik, a lathe-operator who is dying of insomnia. In a machine shop, occupational hazards are bad enough under normal circumstances; yet for Trevor the risks are compounded by fatigue. Trevor has lost the ...
Style: psychological, mind bending, bleak, twist ending, neo noir ...
Plot: insomnia, insanity, mysterious character, uncover truth, obsession, paranoia, life is a bitch, losing-it hero, torment, hallucination, layoff, hit and run ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: united states, usa, los angeles
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 7.1
 241K
Don't Breathe (2016)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Hungary
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A group of teens break into a blind man's home thinking they'll get away with the perfect crime. They're wrong.
Style: suspense, twist ending, brutal, tense, scary ...
Plot: thief, violence, home invasion, heist gone wrong, held captive, cat and mouse, break in, trapped, robbery gone awry, murder, sole survivor, survival ...
Place: california, michigan, detroit
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 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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 7.7
 525K
Get Out (2017)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Chris and his girlfriend Rose go upstate to visit her parents for the weekend. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend ...
Style: twist ending, psychological, surprise ending, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: racism, hypnosis, interracial romance, african american, cult, psycho, survival, friendship, secret society, human monster, interracial relations, missing person ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city
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 7.4
 407K
Tenet (2020)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Plot unknown. The project is described as an action epic revolving around international espionage.
Style: unusual plot structure, suspense, surprise ending, tense, twists and turns ...
Plot: time paradox, time loop, time travel, cia agent, terrorist, quantum physics, alternate timeline, time, terrorism, save the world, apocalypse, espionage ...
Time: 2010s, 2020s
Place: mumbai india, kiev ukraine, london, vietnam, india ...
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Leon: The Professional (1994)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Leon, the top hit man in New York, has earned a rep as an effective "cleaner". But when his next-door neighbors are wiped out by a loose-cannon DEA agent, he becomes the unwilling custodian of 12-year-old Mathilda. Before long, ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, neo noir, serious, touching ...
Plot: hitman, loneliness, mentor, sniper, life philosophy, friendship, dark hero, killings, loner, lone wolves, murder, protector ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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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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The Hateful Eight (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 168 min.
Story: Bounty hunters seek shelter from a raging blizzard and get caught up in a plot of betrayal and deception.
Style: captivating, stylized, talky, exciting, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bounty hunter, old west, dark humor, blizzard, mountain, brutality, hitman, stagecoach, revenge, danger, betrayal, twists & turns ...
Time: 19th century
Place: wyoming, usa
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 7.5
 359K
127 Hours (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah.
Style: inspirational, suspense, uplifting, psychological, cerebral ...
Plot: survival, trapped, isolation, human spirit, courage, loneliness, desert, adventure, alone, climbing, desperation, extreme sport ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2003, 2000s
Place: utah, usa
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 8.1
 631K
Prisoners (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?
Style: twist ending, suspenseful, bleak, psychological, neo noir ...
Plot: kidnapping, police investigation, investigation, missing child, brutality, crime, disappearance, vigilantism, torture, child abduction, vigilante, desperation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, boston
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 8.6
 1.6M
Interstellar (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 169 min.
Story: Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
Style: mind bending, futuristic, atmospheric, thought provoking, cerebral ...
Plot: outer space, space travel, time travel, spacecraft, father daughter relationship, end of the world, expedition, time paradox, black hole, heroic mission, future dystopia, science ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century
Place: colorado
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 7.5
 69K
Miss Sloane (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 132 min.
Story: An ambitious lobbyist faces off against the powerful gun lobby in an attempt to pass gun control legislation.
Style: political, clever, tense, suspense, twists and turns ...
Plot: lobbyist, female protagonist, strong female character, career woman, determination, politics, world politics, courtroom, strong female lead, lawyer, fighting the system, empowerment ...
Time: 21st century
Place: washington d.c., oregon, florida, japan, missouri ...
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 8.2
 602K
Heat (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: Obsessive master thief, Neil McCauley leads a top-notch crew on various daring heists throughout Los Angeles while determined detective, Vincent Hanna pursues him without rest. Each man recognizes and respects the ability and the dedication of the ...
Style: neo noir, tense, suspenseful, bleak, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, master criminal, bank robbery, gunfight, robbery, police detective, crimes, group of criminals, thief, crime, one last job, chase ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, united states
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 7.7
 492K
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, neo noir, suspenseful, stylized ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, mystery, paranoia, maniac, crime, uncover truth, code, journalist, murder mystery, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 1960s, 20th century, 1990s ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, sacramento california, oakland california
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