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Top 70 Best Thriller Movies Of All Time

DivyaDivya-Posted Sep 19, 2021


Thriller Movies

 

This list took us some very long hours to figure out but then that’s not because we didn’t have enough to put on it but we had a surplus stock that we’re still confused if this is enough.

 

Thriller is that one genre from Hollywood that got carved into finesse over the years and that never goes out in fashion.

 

Any random person going through this list will have some absolute close-to-heart favorites here.

 

Though there are still plenty of thrillers out there, here are some of ENTOIN’s very personal favorite thrillers.

 

 

70. Funny Games (2007)

 

Funny Games (2007)

 

Entity Detail
Title Funny Games
Year 2007
Watch time 111 min
Directors Michael Haneke
Cast Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt, Brady Corbet
Box Office $1.29M
IMDb Rating 6.6
Metascore 44
Writers Michael Haneke
Music By Darius Khondji
Cinematography By Monika Willi
Costume By Hinju Kim

 

‘Funny games’ is not about any funny game but actually about a very scary game.

 

The story is about a family which gets held hostage by two young, charming, and very calmy scary psychopaths.

 

There is a frustration that grows on the viewers as the movie moves forward and that makes you want to throw something at it and that is the success it reaped.

 

The movie became an instant controversy for ‘not giving what the audience wanted’ and that is where the movie actually intended to strike.

 

Hollywood’s obsession with thrill and violence have often forgotten to really talk about the gut feeling when you are right in the middle of violence and there is no more thrill element in the reality.

 

That is what the movie is trying to portray and once you get it there remains a serious question, what has actually turned ourselves into?

 

 

69. Slender Man

 

Slender Man

 

The much heard about and talked about Slender man myth receives another makeover. When four friends from a small town in Massachusetts summon the ‘Slender man’, though nothing initially happens then things start going wrong for the four of them.

 

When one of them goes missing and the rest are in a desperate attempt to bring back everything in order, there is utter chaos released.

 

Joey King and Annalise Basso are going to do brilliantly in the future which is clearly evident through this movie.

 

With a brilliant premise for developing a much larger and effective plot, critics and viewers around the world weren’t impressed by the highly expensive execution of the concept.

 

 

68. Widows

 

Widows

 

Entity Detail
Title Widows
Year 2018
Watch time 129 min
Directors Steve McQueen
Cast Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki
Box Office $42.40M
IMDb Rating 6.9
Metascore 84
Writers Gillian Flynn
Music By Hans Zimmer
Cinematography By Sean Bobbitt
Costume By Adam Stockhausen

 

Heist thrillers are so in fashion right now and so here’s one from the genre.

 

Harry Rawlings and his getaway car are blown up after stealing $2,000,000 from crime boss Jamal Manning.

 

As the widow Veronica is threatened, she decides to take one unexpected move. As the widows of the men involved take the front seat for a new heist.

 

Viola Davis, Liam Neeson, and also some other major talents showed exceptional acting skills. After Twelve years a slave McQueen's Widows had high expectations from the audience but disappointed many as the story seemed to talk about so much that, it did fall out of its track at times.

 

But the movie deserves a chance for the excellent casting and skill it displayed.

 

 

67. Misery

 

Misery

 

Another venture into the Stephen King universe that also had some interesting additions which were not part of the book but still maintained all the aesthetics of the book and made one great thriller movie.

 

Paul Sheldon is a much-renowned writer for his Misery series. As he hopes to launch his post misery career, he meets with a deadly accident and is taken in by a nurse.

 

Annie Wilkes claims to be his ‘number one fan’. In reality, she is a lunatic who has taken him hostage.

 

To survive this danger Sheldon must write his story differently and the real question is will he survive this real-life thriller?

 

This movie entertains without exploiting much of the possibilities. A bizarre set of coincidences followed by a scary and classy story that you would definitely enjoy.

 

 

66. The Revenant

 

The Revenant

 

Entity Detail
Title The Revenant
Year 2015
Watch time 156 min
Directors Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Cast Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson
Box Office $183.64M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 76
Writers Mark L. Smith
Music By Alva Noto Ryuichi Sakamoto
Cinematography By Emmanuel Lubezki
Costume By Jack Fisk

 

There is a legend of an American frontiersman and fur trapper Hugh Glass who was left to die after being attacked by a bear.

 

Once made an appearance in the 1971 film Man in the Wilderness the legend is now back on The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge.

 

It's all about revenge and surviving in the cold of 1823. A cinematic masterpiece that you shouldn’t miss.

 

 

65. Spellbound

 

Spellbound

 

Entity Detail
Title Spellbound
Year 1945
Watch time 111 min
Directors Alfred Hitchcock
Cast Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov, Leo G. Carroll
Box Office $7.00M
IMDb Rating 7.5
Metascore 79
Writers Ben Hecht
Music By Miklós Rózsa
Cinematography By George Barnes
Costume By Lowell J. Farrell

 

As an amnesia patient is believed to be a psychotic killer, a psychologist goes to the very extremes to find the real story behind these assumptions leading her to truths that lie very close to her.

 

Gregory Peck stars Alfred Hitchcock’s psychological thriller as an amnesia case and Ingrid Bergman as a psychoanalyst who is trying to figure out the cause behind the imposter and his actions.

 

Slightly ignoring many of its implausibility of psychoanalysis, the movie is filled with the director’s mastery and techniques.

 

The Salvador Dali dream sequence is also charismatically executed in the movie. Brilliant camera work and excellent casting also takes the movie to the next level

 

 

64. Drive

 

Drive

 

Entity Detail
Title Drive
Year 2011
Watch time 100 min
Directors Nicolas Winding Refn
Cast Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks
Box Office $35.06M
IMDb Rating 7.8
Metascore 78
Writers Hossein Amini
Music By Cliff Martinez
Cinematography By Newton Thomas Sigel
Costume By Beth Mickle

 

The driver can’t assimilate with the real world and that he learns it the hard way. as the driver acts as a calm fatherly figure to his neighborhood family.

 

At the confluence of calm and calamity, the driver, a mechanic, a stunt double, a stunt driver, and a criminal-for-hire getaway car driver and his real-life saga with true love at the center will entertain you.

 

 

63. Eyes wide shut

 

Eyes wide shut

 

Entity Detail
Title Eyes Wide Shut
Year 1999
Watch time 159 min
Directors Stanley Kubrick
Cast Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Todd Field, Sydney Pollack
Box Office $55.69M
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore 68
Writers Stanley Kubrick
Music By Jocelyn Pook
Cinematography By Larry Smith
Costume By Leslie Tomkins

 

The Stanley Kubrick 1999 erotic mystery psychological drama film centers around a masonic orgy where women are used and discarded only for material benefits.

 

A commentary on modern life, its sexuality, and its relation to marriage, death, and money.

 

The direction and cinematography are special to be noted for the techniques employed. Cruise and Kidman are at their best, and the supporting cast is also strong.

 

It is definitely worth a watch as once you are into Bills world, you will have enough to think about even after when the movie is over.

 

 

62. Les Diaboliques

 

Les Diaboliques

 

A murder mystery set in a boarding school "Les Diaboliques" set standards for cinematic suspense with its well-received critical acclaim.

 

The 1955 French psychological horror film is about a tyrant schoolmaster Delasalle his wife and his mistress.

 

As he treats both of them really badly, they decide to kill him. As the death becomes more mysterious with days passing, it's time to take a closer look at what you might have actually missed but still, you would never predict the ending of this classic mystery.

 

Clouzot portrays human voices with a mastery that you end up envying his techniques. The suspense that builds with this movie until it creeps on your back and completely takes you by surprise makes this one of the greatest thrillers you shouldn’t miss out.

 

 

61. The fugitive

 

The fugitive

 

Entity Detail
Title The Fugitive (1993)
Year 1993
Watch time 130 min
Directors Andrew Davis
Cast Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Sela Ward, Julianne Moore
Box Office $183.88M
IMDb Rating 7.8
Metascore 87
Writers Jeb Stuart
Music By James Newton Howard
Cinematography By Michael Chapman
Costume By J. Dennis Washington

 

Good script, good acting, some great action is enough to make this one of the best-made action thrillers among a category you would have seen in so many movies.

 

The movie is about a doctor’s wife who was killed by a one-armed man but the doctor gets falsely accused and jailed for the murder.

 

Fate gives the doctor a chance to prove his innocence and a cat and mouse chase with some enthralling action sequence follows.

 

Harrison Ford plays a very dedicated and talented doctor and the role is to be noted among his finest depictions.

 

Though the movie has nothing out of the usual to say, the great execution will make it a favorite.

 

 

60. Kiss me deadly (1955)

 

Kiss me deadly (1955)

 

Entity Detail
Title Kiss Me Deadly
Year 1955
Watch time 106 min
Directors Robert Aldrich
Cast Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart, Juano Hernandez
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore ---
Writers Mickey Spillane
Music By Frank De Vol
Cinematography By Ernest Laszlo
Costume By Howard Bristol

 

The American film noir bent many conventions to make a category for themselves by being unique.

 

A partly detective story which is also a sci-fi thriller and also with horror elements.

 

When private detective Mike Hammer gives stops for a hitchhiker Christina, who is later murdered.

 

Mike decides to investigate her murder on very strange terms that he felt with her.

 

As he delves into the details of her death the genre gets expanded into some very interesting and unexpected turns.

 

Despite its initial critical disapproval, the film is widely regarded for its new approach and for being one of the most influential films of all time.

 

 

59. Taxi Driver

 

Taxi Driver

 

Martin Scorsese the brand name would speak for the movie and we wouldn’t need to write anything more.

 

Taxi driver is about a veteran cut out of everything normal and as he tries to make use of his insomnia by being a taxi driver, he further indulges in activities that drive him out of his senses.

 

Travis is all alone in one big city with his very dark thoughts as his only companion and as it goes forward we see the psychosis behind this alienation.

 

 

58. The Manchurian candidate

 

The Manchurian candidate

 

Entity Detail
Title The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Year 1962
Watch time 126 min
Directors John Frankenheimer
Cast Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 7.9
Metascore 94
Writers Richard Condon
Music By David Amram
Cinematography By Lionel Lindon
Costume By Philip M. Jefferies

 

The neo-noir psychological political thriller film is about the cold war and the sleeper agents and one phenomenal female villain that makes it all worthwhile.

 

Set in the 1950s when a Korean war veteran returns home and is hailed as a hero for saving the men in his platoon.

 

Some of the men later have a reoccurring dream of the platoon being brainwashed and the hero actually being a killer.

 

Angela Lansbury plays his mother and is also a very convincing villain who is the real hero for the future villains.

 

Is Shaw really a puppet of his Communist-Marxist operators? For that, you would have to watch the movie.

 

There is a conclusion that will put you all on the edge of your seats.

 

 

57. Dark waters

 

Dark waters

 

Entity Detail
Title Dark Waters
Year 2019
Watch time 126 min
Directors Todd Haynes
Cast Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Bill Pullman
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 73
Writers Nathaniel Rich
Music By Marcelo Zarvos
Cinematography By Edward Lachman
Costume By Hannah Beachler

 

Legal thrillers are rare and that makes them the more interesting. A movie for everyone and a movie about something that is everywhere.

 

DuPont uses a chemical that is in everything that everyone should be alert of. As disturbing as it is this is something you all must watch.

 

The protagonist is fighting against a major company that is contaminating the area around and hence causing major after-effects.

 

In a journey of very hard struggles, this journey is something you all must watch and research on the reality behind this scary theory.

 

 

56. The Handmaiden

 

The Handmaiden

 

The South Korean erotic psychological thriller is an artistic wonder in every sense. Park Chan-Wook is regarded among the greats that cinematic history has ever had and you will not be disappointed with this perfection of art as well.

 

A lush vision of Japan-occupied Korea in the 1930s and about two women who share a very tender, passionate romance.

 

The count is another spectacular performer. The film runs back and forth in time and its beauty just glides through all the perceptions it portrays.

 

About the subtle growth into a very cleverly executed thriller, that ending and the events leading to it made a statement that the viewers won’t easily forget.

 

 

55. House at the end of the street

 

House at the end of the street

 

Entity Detail
Title House at the End of the Street
Year 2012
Watch time 101 min
Directors Mark Tonderai
Cast Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue, Max Thieriot, Gil Bellows
Box Office $31.61M
IMDb Rating 5.6
Metascore 31
Writers David Loucka
Music By Theo Green
Cinematography By Miroslaw Baszak
Costume By Garren Dunbar

 

A suspense thriller with enough suspense’s that you would not have guessed. Newly divorced medical doctor Sarah Cassidy and her 17-year-old daughter move into a new neighborhood.

 

They are disturbed as, on the same lane, there is a house where both the parents were murdered by their daughter and their only son lives there alone.

 

As with much detest Sarah's daughter comes in contact with Ryan, the sole survivor of the strange house, the mother-daughter rift comes into action.

 

Now Ryan seems to be a very sweet kid but what if Ryan has more secrets than what they are actually seeing.

 

And that we are walking into a danger no one could warn us from.

 

 

54. American Psycho

 

American Psycho

 

Entity Detail
Title American Psycho
Year 2000
Watch time 101 min
Directors Mary Harron
Cast Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, Bill Sage
Box Office $15.07M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 64
Writers Bret Easton Ellis
Music By John Cale
Cinematography By Andrzej Sekula
Costume By Gideon Ponte

 

We all are living in a fantasy world, a journey that requires validation from everyone around us.

 

It’s about the yuppie culture and they are right, everyone looks the same and are confused for each other.

 

And likely Bateman also suffers from the same need as the acceptance of his murders.

 

In between a desire to fit and the despair to stand out, the movie is an overwhelming cinematic experience.

 

 

53. The invitation

 

The invitation

 

Entity Detail
Title The Invitation
Year 2015
Watch time 100 min
Directors Karyn Kusama
Cast Logan Marshall-Green, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Michiel Huisman, Tammy Blanchard
Box Office $0.23M
IMDb Rating 6.6
Metascore 74
Writers Phil Hay
Music By Theodore Shapiro
Cinematography By Bobby Shore
Costume By Almitra Corey

 

An invitation back to his ex-wife’s house changes everything for Will. Eden his wife is actually struggling after the death of their son.

 

As they have all moved on but there is something very strange of the household that grips him from the very beginning of the movie.

 

The background score does a fantastic job of building up a tension that grows throughout the movie.

 

The strange cults and rituals inhibit all around the world and when you are put into the middle of utter chaos caused by it what can you do.

 

 

52. Mother!

 

Mother!

 

Entity Detail
Title Mother!
Year 2017
Watch time 121 min
Directors Darren Aronofsky
Cast Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer
Box Office $17.80M
IMDb Rating 6.6
Metascore 75
Writers Darren Aronofsky
Music By Matthew Libatique
Cinematography By Andrew Weisblum
Costume By Isabelle Guay

 

A horrifying, insane, gross story that will definitely gain a lot of haters. But for those who are in for an experiment, this can hit differently.

 

A disturbing story about a mother and some valid biblical allegories that will haunt you.

 

Not much to say but assure that if you are in for something different then you are at the right place.

 

 

51. Bird Box

 

Bird Box

 

Entity Detail
Title Bird Box
Year 2018
Watch time 124 min
Directors Susanne Bier
Cast Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich, Sarah Paulson
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 6.6
Metascore 51
Writers Eric Heisserer
Music By Trent Reznor
Cinematography By Salvatore Totino
Costume By Jan Roelfs

 

Here is a post-apocalyptic movie that will instill some very strange questions in its viewers but nonetheless there are some interesting factors in it.

 

Malorie Hayes advises the two young children going down the boat not to remove their blindfolds or else they will die and why would that be?

 

Five years before as mass suicides spread in Europe and the ones who look at the entities also end up killing themselves. There is no explanation for this phenomenon.

 

Pregnant Malorie runs and what happens to her is the main plot journey. Some movies never give up the real ending and that is the mystery part that is interesting to it.

 

 

50. Thief

 

Thief

 

Entity Detail
Title Thief
Year 1981
Watch time 123 min
Directors Michael Mann
Cast James Caan, Tuesday Weld, Willie Nelson, Jim Belushi
Box Office $11.49M
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore 78
Writers Frank Hohimer
Music By Tangerine Dream
Cinematography By Donald E. Thorin
Costume By Mel Bourne

 

A film noir classic that stood the test of time. James Cann does a great job at being the anti-hero you will sympathize with.

 

A film that is more than just about the heists and tough guys, there are also very significant relationships shown in the movie.

 

Michael Manns attention to detail and characterization has also made some remarkable statements in the movie.

 

 

49. The Untouchables (1987)

 

The Untouchables (1987)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Untouchables
Year 1987
Watch time 119 min
Directors Brian De Palma
Cast Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro, Charles Martin Smith
Box Office $76.27M
IMDb Rating 7.9
Metascore 79
Writers David Mamet
Music By Ennio Morricone
Cinematography By Stephen H. Burum
Costume By William A. Elliott

 

Set in 1930, during Prohibition also known as the golden age of the American Mafia, the movie shows the difficulty faced by the law enforcement in capturing Al Capone.

 

Kevin Costner and Elliot Ness do a great job at their given tasks. The movie is the story of Ness and his men, dubbed `Untouchable' because they couldn't be bought, though they’ve always been in the very wrong places.

 

Said from the perspective of the law here is a story of the very little things that took great effort that the common man often takes for granted.

 

Ennio Morricone's Oscar-nominated score is one of the finest the cinema has ever experienced. The Untouchables till date remains among the top best gangster movies.

 

 

48. Black Swan

 

Black Swan

 

Entity Detail
Title Black Swan
Year 2010
Watch time 108 min
Directors Darren Aronofsky
Cast Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder
Box Office $106.95M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 79
Writers Mark Heyman
Music By Clint Mansell
Cinematography By Matthew Libatique
Costume By Thérèse DePrez

 

As the swan gracefully dances into her darkness, the applause is something we all are in favor of.

 

Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman make a terrific contrast between good and evil.

 

As Portman is pushed really hard into playing the lead in the ballet swan lake drives her into the insanity that perfects her art.

 

Aronofsky captures everything beautifully in the frame, his movement of the camera is almost as fluent and beautiful as the very dancers on the screen.

 

This beautiful creation is well renowned for the true art that is depicted in its cinema.

 

 

47. Deep Red (1975)

 

Deep Red (1975)

 

Also known as The Hatchet Murders is a 1975 Italian Giallo horror film. The story is about a man who had witnessed a brutal murder and is in search of the murderer as more dangerous things happen around him.

 

Argento’s way of storytelling has that effect on the viewers that they don’t get over it.

 

Suspiria and Deep Red remain two of his masterpieces. Very unreal and growing into the viewers as it flows as it has some very interesting suspense in stock, clues to which that you might only find if you are such a keen observer.

 

 

46. Point Blank

 

Point Blank

 

Entity Detail
Title Point Blank (2019)
Year 2019
Watch time 86 min
Directors Joe Lynch
Cast Frank Grillo, Stuart F. Wilson, Buster Reeves, Christian Cooke
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 5.7
Metascore 37
Writers Fred Cavayé
Music By Mitch Lee
Cinematography By Juan Miguel Azpiroz
Costume By Jim Warren

 

A solid quality Netflix movie that you could watch if you have some time at hand.

 

When Abe Guevara is caught in a shootout and faces some serious injuries and is admitted to a hospital.

 

Paul Booker, an everyman ER nurse, is assigned to oversee Abe's recovery. When Paul’s pregnant wife becomes a target of the gangsters to make things done according to their wishes, Paul has to uncover some hidden skills to make things work in favor of everyone.

 

 

45. The Vanishing (1988)

 

The Vanishing (1988)

 

As Rex’s girlfriend Saskia goes missing, three years into the missing, he is still in search of her.

 

What would have really happened to his beloved a question that haunts him, takes him to the strange dream that eventually he shares with Saskia.

 

As not knowing what happened haunts him, knowing what happened is going to haunt every single one who is going to watch this.

 

It builds on slowly and then when it hits hard you become terrified and for the claustrophobic people out there this might not be your cup of tea.

 

 

44. LA confidential

 

LA confidential

 

Entity Detail
Title L.A. Confidential
Year 1997
Watch time 138 min
Directors Curtis Hanson
Cast Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger
Box Office $64.62M
IMDb Rating 8.2
Metascore 90
Writers James Ellroy
Music By Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography By Dante Spinotti
Costume By Jeannine Oppewall

 

The movie in whole represents three policemen who are supposed to work together but have their own unique style to execute justice.

 

And then a massacre happens at a coffee shop and these men are about to discover things that call for each of their uniqueness and by a variety of people also involved with it.

 

This film cleverly deals with issues of racism, social justice, and ethics in a non-discriminatory manner and shows a part of LA very different from the Hollywood angle.

 

With some very interesting twists and turns Bud White, Ed Exley, Lynn Bracken, and Lana Turner make it a worthy experience.

 

 

43. The Conversation

 

The Conversation

 

Harry Caul is an observer and, in that case, a very good one also with a neurotic obsession to control everything around him.

 

Harry is a surveillance expert and doesn’t indulge in any of his clients’ personal matters.

 

And as once harry gets involved in one very strange, dangerous matter we get an idea into what Harry might be dragging himself into.

 

As harry starts investigating the danger his client might inflict, we get involved as well.

 

At a cost to take on his responsibility for violating his own principles, what happens sometimes is not in your control.

 

 

42. Uncut gems

 

Uncut gems

 

Entity Detail
Title Uncut Gems
Year 2019
Watch time 135 min
Directors Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
Cast Adam Sandler, Julia Fox, Idina Menzel, Mesfin Lamengo
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore 91
Writers Ronald Bronstein
Music By Daniel Lopatin
Cinematography By Darius Khondji
Costume By Sam Lisenco

 

When an American Jewish jeweler and a gambling addict Howard Ratner has to get back an expensive black opal that he purchased to pay off his debts.

 

Adam Sandler indeed did do a great job as he crumbles in front of us through his own devised plans.

 

As Howard runs in between his goons and the opal to finally get himself out of his issues, we are on the edge of our seats as nothing is really predictable here.

 

An ending that none of us would have expected as well, and then that happens a lot in this genre.

 

 

41. Fear (1996)

 

Fear (1996)

 

Entity Detail
Title Fear (1996)
Year 1996
Watch time 97 min
Directors James Foley
Cast Mark Wahlberg, Reese Witherspoon, William Petersen, Amy Brenneman
Box Office $20.75M
IMDb Rating 6.2
Metascore 51
Writers Christopher Crowe
Music By Carter Burwell
Cinematography By Thomas Kloss
Costume By Dominique Fauquet-Lemaitre

 

Fear is not a classic thriller but wait don’t skip this yet. There is something very remarkable hidden here.

 

Mark Wahlberg and Reese Witherspoon have some credible teenage romance to show on the screen. William Peterson also plays a convincing father of the teenager who is overprotective of his daughter.

 

But this is not just about love as there is something very strange brewing inside this story.

 

As the obsessive love leads to fatal attractions the movie builds on a tension that ends on a very satisfying climax as well.

 

 

40. The Girl on the Train

 

The Girl on the Train

 

Entity Detail
Title The Girl on the Train
Year 2016
Watch time 112 min
Directors Tate Taylor
Cast Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux
Box Office $75.40M
IMDb Rating 6.5
Metascore 48
Writers Erin Cressida Wilson
Music By Danny Elfman
Cinematography By Charlotte Bruus Christensen
Costume By Kevin Thompson

 

The girl on the train is Rachel but the story doesn’t belong to Rachel alone and that’s how life is.

 

A selfish person’s desires have inadvertently killed hopes and aspirations for many. Something we have all seen happening in real life.

 

Emily Blunt stars as Rachel, an alcoholic who travels by train every day. Though not as great as the book, the movie also has a story that can catch your attention and that you will enjoy.

 

Karma has a strange way of hitting back and this movie has got that one right.

 

 

39. You were never really here

 

You were never really here

 

Entity Detail
Title You Were Never Really Here
Year 2017
Watch time 89 min
Directors Lynne Ramsay
Cast Joaquin Phoenix, Judith Roberts, Ekaterina Samsonov, John Doman
Box Office $2.52M
IMDb Rating 6.8
Metascore 84
Writers Lynne Ramsay
Music By Jonny Greenwood
Cinematography By Thomas Townend
Costume By Tim Grimes

 

Joe (Joaquin Phoenix) is on a mission to save a senator’s 13-year-old daughter trapped in a brothel.

 

Two abused and tortured souls from very different situations meet and they connect. As Joe becomes closer to helping Ekaterina Samsonov’s character, he realizes there is more to this story than what he had known.

 

The film moves at a slow pace and eventually, it grows on you.

 

 

38. Hush

 

Hush

 

Entity Detail
Title Hush
Year 2016
Watch time 82 min
Directors Mike Flanagan
Cast John Gallagher Jr., Kate Siegel, Michael Trucco, Samantha Sloyan
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 6.6
Metascore 67
Writers Mike Flanagan
Music By The Newton Brothers
Cinematography By James Kniest
Costume By Elizabeth Boller

 

Maddie Young, a deaf horror author who moves to the woods after the success of her novel.

 

But little did she know what the woods had in store for her. As a masked killer with a crossbow haunts Maddie, taking her disability as an advantage, can she survive is a question that flashes every now and then.

 

The perspective changes every now and then with the audience being sucked into this ominous atmosphere.

 

The movie did portray a lot of cliches but honestly speaking the movie is also petrifying.

 

 

37. Argo

 

Argo

 

Entity Detail
Title Argo
Year 2012
Watch time 120 min
Directors Ben Affleck
Cast Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin
Box Office $136.03M
IMDb Rating 7.7
Metascore 86
Writers Chris Terrio
Music By Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography By Rodrigo Prieto
Costume By Sharon Seymour

 

The American historical drama-thriller is based on the 1979 Iranian hostage situation where 6Americans were left in Tehran and then a group on the pretext of being a film crew for the movie ’ Argo’ goes to rescue them.

 

The movie is loosely based on the ‘Canadian caper’ and has all the facts wrong but as a fiction part and for the great action sequences Ben Affleck has made a good movie.

 

 

36. Gerald’s Game

 

Gerald’s Game

 

Entity Detail
Title Gerald's Game
Year 2017
Watch time 103 min
Directors Mike Flanagan
Cast Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Chiara Aurelia, Carel Struycken
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 6.5
Metascore 77
Writers Mike Flanagan
Music By The Newton Brothers
Cinematography By Michael Fimognari
Costume By Patrick M. Sullivan Jr.

 

Stephen King has a way with his words but Gerald’s game for anyone who has only read the book will look like a very odd pick for a movie.

 

But putting all those expectations aside, in the movie that revolves more than half around a heroine trapped in her bed, the director has done a tremendous job in portraying it with the maximum perfection level.

 

Isolation, immobilization, the growing dread, and a dark past combined with a twist that none of us saw into being real Gerald’s game is a game-changer for one versatile attempt.

 

 

35. Dead Man’s Shoes

 

Dead Man’s Shoes

 

This is a straight-end revenge story but if you are not in for some dark devastating emotions then you are in the wrong place.

 

There is a small town in Northern England filled with small-time drug dealers and one day when a green parka-wearing figure enters their life nothing no longer remains the same. 

 

"God will forgive them and let them into heaven, I can't let that happen" Richard (an astonishing portrayal by Paddy Considine) has come back to do something for someone and that makes one hell of a journey for the viewers.

 

A powerful, emotional, and depressing tale that you couldn’t easily take of your mind.

 

 

34. Internal affairs

 

Internal affairs

 

Entity Detail
Title Internal Affairs
Year 1990
Watch time 115 min
Directors Mike Figgis
Cast Richard Gere, Andy Garcia, Nancy Travis, Laurie Metcalf
Box Office $27.73M
IMDb Rating 6.5
Metascore 63
Writers Henry Bean
Music By Brian Banks Mike Figgis Anthony Marinelli
Cinematography By John A. Alonzo
Costume By Waldemar Kalinowski

 

Raymond Avilla an honest internal affairs agent is on a mission to investigate Dennis Peck, a corrupt officer.

 

As Avilla stumbles upon this sociopath’s life that is a virtual world of corruption and richness on one side and of a doting father on the other, we get to see one of the most dangerous darkest characters in the history of cinema.

 

There is a fight scene between Avila and Peck which is gripping. As this slow poison grows on its audience you get to see one great entertaining thriller.

 

 

33. The talented Mr. Ripley

 

The talented Mr Ripley

 

Entity Detail
Title The Talented Mr. Ripley
Year 1999
Watch time 139 min
Directors Anthony Minghella
Cast Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett
Box Office $81.30M
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore 76
Writers Patricia Highsmith
Music By Gabriel Yared
Cinematography By John Seale
Costume By Roy Walker

 

An adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's 1955 novel of the same name previously had two versions made.

 

This movie was a commercial and critical success and also received five Academy nominations. Matt Damon instantly brings Mr. Ripley to life and works wonders with this character.

 

He deceives a rich man into believing that he was his son’s classmate and hence finds a way to his deceitful luxurious life by playing the relationship between the man and his arrogant son Dickie.

 

As from one lie to another Ripley builds a life that he has to cover his tracks as he moves forwards and that is a thrilling suspense-filled script.

 

The movie never really ends even after the end, there is a strange kick you get from this thriller that you take with you even much after it ends.

 

 

32. Spotlight

 

Spotlight

 

Entity Detail
Title Spotlight
Year 2015
Watch time 129 min
Directors Tom McCarthy
Cast Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber
Box Office $45.06M
IMDb Rating 8.1
Metascore 93
Writers Josh Singer
Music By Howard Shore
Cinematography By Masanobu Takayanagi
Costume By Stephen H. Carter

 

The movie received an Academy Award for the best picture along with the best screenplay and also several nominations and we wouldn’t expect any less either.

 

The film follows an investigative news team investigating a series of child sex abuse in the Boston area by Roman Catholic priests.

 

It is based on the real Spotlight team series of stories that won the Pulitzer for public service.

 

Shocking, relevant, and true when the weak and vulnerable are traumatized by their own hopes and beliefs there is nothing or nowhere, they could go for help.

 

The movie pushes all the right buttons from the very beginning and is regarded as one of the greatest realistic portrayal films.

 

 

31. Run Lola Run

 

Run Lola Run

 

Lola receives a phone call from her longtime boyfriend Manni who owes a mobster 100,000 Dutch marks which he has to pay back immediately.

 

Lola desperate to find a solution and to prevent Manni from robbing a grocery store now has to run and find an answer in 20 minutes.

 

And now we get three very similar very different stories that will predict what is about to happen.

 

Animation, cinema verité, quirky characters, situations and dialogue, and a pace that you will find really hard to keep up with.

 

You don’t get a conclusion until the very end. Lola just kept on running to give the viewers one of the finest, engaging, and absorbing experiences.

 

 

30. Prisoners

 

Prisoners

 

Entity Detail
Title Prisoners
Year 2013
Watch time 153 min
Directors Denis Villeneuve
Cast Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo
Box Office $61.00M
IMDb Rating 8.1
Metascore 70
Writers Aaron Guzikowski
Music By Jóhann Jóhannsson
Cinematography By Roger Deakins
Costume By Patrice Vermette

 

Hugh Jackman and Jack Gyllenhaal gave some high-end performance’s throughout the movie. When two young girls go missing one who is Jackman’s daughter, Gyllenhaal is assigned as the detective.

 

The mentally handicapped Alex Jones (Dano) is one of the prime suspects as he was found near the crime scene.

 

Keller takes the case into his own hands. The film is detailed, precise, and almost engaging throughout.

 

The dilemma between morals and ethics when a loved one of yours is at stake is beautifully depicted in the movie.

 

And the faint whistle blows are going to give some of the viewers a nightmare.

 

 

29. Nocturnal Animals

 

Nocturnal Animals

 

Entity Detail
Title Nocturnal Animals
Year 2016
Watch time 116 min
Directors Tom Ford
Cast Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Box Office $10.64M
IMDb Rating 7.5
Metascore 67
Writers Tom Ford
Music By Abel Korzeniowski
Cinematography By Seamus McGarvey
Costume By Shane Valentino

 

Sometimes your past will catch up on very strange terms when you least expect it.

 

The very decisions which we take for good can sometimes come back later in life and hurt us really bad.

 

You can hate or sympathize with Susan but the film moves forward through Susan’s perspective.

 

Married into wealth and when her marriage starts falling apart her previous marriage catches up and we get a glimpse of “nocturnal animals”.

 

Nocturnal Animals, a book written by her ex-husband whom she cruelly abandoned and for what reasons, that the movie will tell.

 

One classic story weaved through its complexities to show an everywhere problem that you all would enjoy.

 

Not exactly a thriller but there is a thrill element that slowly builds on it.

 

 

28. Winters Bone

 

Winters Bone

 

Entity Detail
Title Winter's Bone
Year 2010
Watch time 100 min
Directors Debra Granik
Cast Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Garret Dillahunt, Isaiah Stone
Box Office $6.53M
IMDb Rating 7.2
Metascore 90
Writers Debra Granik
Music By Dickon Hinchliffe
Cinematography By Michael McDonough
Costume By Mark White

 

Winter’s bone is about a 17-year-old girl's dilemma in a frantic journey to find her meth addict father who is on bail and is missing in order to save her house.

 

With a house under collateral for the bond, a mentally blank mother, siblings dependent on her, and a father missing, Ree Dolly definitely has it as hard as it comes.

 

Wading through threats, dangers, and lies she finally finds pieces to the puzzle that may or may not help her.

 

Jennifer Lawrence gave such a convincing performance as Ree Dolly that was widely commented on.

 

A harsh reality right in front that speaks in volumes.

 

 

27. The Platform

 

The Platform

 

The Spanish social science fiction horror film is the real-life society that breathes and survives on its class distinctions.

 

At the Vertical Self-Management Center" aka "The Pit", food is served through a platform that travels up and down.

 

Those on the lower levels can only eat what is left from the ones on the top after they eat.

 

A journey through the class history of society that once, you start understanding this movie it provokes thoughts that can be fatal to your own reality.

 

 

26. Rebecca (1940)

 

Rebecca

 

Entity Detail
Title Rebecca
Year 1940
Watch time 130 min
Directors Alfred Hitchcock
Cast Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson
Box Office $4.36M
IMDb Rating 8.1
Metascore 86
Writers Daphne Du Maurier
Music By Franz Waxman
Cinematography By George Barnes
Costume By Irene

 

The 1940 American romantic psychological thriller was Hitchcock’s first American project. There is suspense, mystery, and a brooding atmosphere that you would enjoy.

 

Laurence Olivier stars as the widower Maxim de Winter and Joan Fontaine as his second wife.

 

A gothic thriller with such cinematographic brilliance much ahead of its time. As Maxim's first wife Rebecca haunts their present and his second wife tried hard to get over this.

 

The housekeeper Mrs. Denvers also plays a very significant role. And on a second note, we would totally recommend this version and not the 2020 version.

 

A great attempt and result from the golden age of Hollywood and that is totally the Hitchcockian master craft.

 

 

25. Oxygen

 

Oxygen

 

Entity Detail
Title Oxygen
Year 1999
Watch time 92 min
Directors Richard Shepard
Cast Maura Tierney, Adrien Brody, James Naughton, Laila Robins
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 6.1
Metascore ---
Writers Richard Shepard
Music By Rolfe Kent
Cinematography By Sarah Cawley
Costume By Laura Roberts

 

Set inside a cryogenic chamber with no memories but frequent visits to the past and future we get one perfect sci-fi thriller.

 

Melanie Laurent was outstanding as she leads the story no one gets bored. As she wakes up in a crypto pod as an amnesiac with the help of AI MILO, this woman is in search of her real identity.

 

And we are not any less familiar with viruses, end of the world and hence there can be some very personal emotions attached to this movie.

 

Alexandre Aja has made a statement with effective camera techniques, great script, and fine execution.

 

While not claiming to be the greatest work of the time, the movie definitely has some gripping elements in it.

 

 

24. Panic Room (2002)

 

Panic Room (2002)

 

Entity Detail
Title Panic Room
Year 2002
Watch time 112 min
Directors David Fincher
Cast Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart, Forest Whitaker, Dwight Yoakam
Box Office $96.40M
IMDb Rating 6.8
Metascore 65
Writers David Koepp
Music By Howard Shore
Cinematography By Conrad W. Hall
Costume By Arthur Max

 

There are so many interesting options to invade a house, or mostly mansions but when you particularly want to invade a very secluded space, sometimes you might face the very rarest of obstacles.

 

David Fincher’s fifth feature film, following Fight Club (1999) made another benchmark to the very limited resources and maximum output movie genres.

 

Jodie Foster replaced Nicole Kidman, Jared Leto and Dwight Yoakam had some exceptional contributions to make as well.

 

When a middle-aged New Yorker moves into an EXTREMELY spacious brownstone with her diabetic teenage daughter.

 

Inside the very safe panic room of the house, there is an interesting crime about to erupt.

 

And sadly, they are to be a part of it.

 

 

23. Greta

 

Greta

 

Entity Detail
Title Greta
Year 2018
Watch time 98 min
Directors Neil Jordan
Cast Isabelle Huppert, Chloë Grace Moretz, Maika Monroe, Jane Perry
Box Office $10.52M
IMDb Rating 6
Metascore 54
Writers Ray Wright
Music By Javier Navarrete
Cinematography By Seamus McGarvey
Costume By John Neligan

 

The eccentric stalker manipulates young women by playing the victim card or more or less her old age card.

 

Frances McCullen a young waitress lives with her roommate Erica. Frances is still staggering over her mother’s death a year prior and that is when a mysterious handbag belonging to Greta Hideg appears on the subway that she returns and develops a friendship with the lady who is said to be living a lonely life.

 

And this journey is not only about a new friend that Frances made but something intense on the way as she realizes she has delved deep into the trap of a stalker who is also a psychopath.

 

The movie wasn’t well received and a majority of the reviews quoted how Greta struggled to stay afloat among everything it tried to portray.

 

 

22. The Woman in the window (2021)

 

The Woman in the window (2021)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Woman in the Window (2021)
Year 2021
Watch time 100 min
Directors Joe Wright
Cast Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie, Fred Hechinger
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 5.7
Metascore 41
Writers Tracy Letts
Music By Danny Elfman
Cinematography By Bruno Delbonnel
Costume By Rena DeAngelo

 

An adaptation of the well-received book, well it didn’t go that bad and is good enough for one freaky Friday watch.

 

Anna Fox lives alone in Manhattan after separating from her husband Edward who lives far from her daughter Olivia but they maintain good contact.

 

Now the interesting part Anna is agoraphobic and hence watches everyone around her from a second storey window.

 

Anna also takes a lot of medications and drinks alcohol regularly. As Anna lives her life, the Russell family moves into the neighborhood.

 

Jane Russell, Alastair, and their teenage son Edward bring a dynamic to Anna's life that unhinges her reality perceptions.

 

As deaths, more truths, and mysteries are brought forth Anna’s life becomes complicated so do the viewers and you are in for a ride you might like.

 

 

21. I See You (2019)

 

I See You (2019)

 

Right, when you think you have got it all right this movie will right snap you out of your fantasy as all your intuitions will have gone wrong.

 

A green pocket knife connects several abductions in an area. Greg Harper is made the lead detective on the case.

 

At Greg’s house, as Jackie harper tries to set her relationship priorities right, several unusual things also start happening in the house.

 

There are a lot of twists in this movie that will surprise you. The movie happens in phases as from horror to action to thriller, you are kept on the edge of your seats throughout, and a climax that you wouldn’t have expected as well.

 

 

20. Red Dragon (2002)

 

Red Dragon (2002)

 

Entity Detail
Title Red Dragon
Year 2002
Watch time 124 min
Directors Brett Ratner
Cast Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Harvey Keitel
Box Office $93.15M
IMDb Rating 7.2
Metascore 60
Writers Thomas Harris
Music By Danny Elfman
Cinematography By Dante Spinotti
Costume By Kristi Zea

 

Hannibal Lecter, now at least some of you would feel that cold creeping in. Prequel to the much-acclaimed Silence of the Lambs.

 

FBI agent Will Graham visits forensic psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter for a consultation regarding a killer who takes away edible parts of his victims.

 

As Graham is closer to the truth, he is unaware of the danger he is dragging himself into.

 

As Lecter is arrested and Graham moves out of the state another strange villain is about to make his debut.

 

Years Later another villain named Tooth fairy shook’s the city and Graham is sought to investigate.

 

As Graham is convinced to take Hannibal Lecter’s help he has decided to go visit his old demons.

 

A very convincing and better-made version of the Madhunter is one fine thriller movie that you should not miss.

 

 

19. Mulholland Drive

 

Mulholland Drive

 

The psychological thriller Mulholland Drive is going to drive your mind out of its very familiar bounds.

 

The 2001 surrealist neo-noir mystery film does not have any conventional one-line formula to define what it portrays.

 

The movie happens halfway in the real world and for the rest, you are trapped in somebody’s imaginary world witnessing her crazy distortions, her wish-fulfillment, regrets, obsessions, and fears.

 

Diane Selwyn, an aspiring actress moves to La and meets Camilla whom she falls in love with.

 

But when her plans go astray and her love becomes unfulfilled Diane takes some very unfortunate steps.

 

And then we get a glimpse of the real-life purgatory at the heart of a very important mystery.

 

We agree that this may not be the ideal cup for everyone but then we also would state that this movie deserves a chance to be viewed because of the splendid acting, excellent casting, some very good portrayal of LA, Hollywood, and a great direction.

 

 

18. Buried

 

Buried

 

Entity Detail
Title Buried
Year 2010
Watch time 95 min
Directors Rodrigo Cortés
Cast Ryan Reynolds, José Luis García Pérez, Robert Paterson, Stephen Tobolowsky
Box Office $1.03M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 65
Writers Chris Sparling
Music By Víctor Reyes
Cinematography By Eduard Grau
Costume By Sandra Gutierrez

 

For all claustrophobic people out there here is a treat you wouldn’t want to watch.

 

And when put out that statement you are to be sure that we really mean it.

 

As real as they show it with one heck of an ending that hits right where it hurts.

 

Paul Conroy, an American civilian in Iraq wakes up to find his life turned upside down or more likely flat below the earth’s surface.

 

He has woken up to a nightmare as he finds himself buried inside a wooden coffin with only a Zippo lighter, a pen, and a BlackBerry phone at hand.

 

Now to survive this deadly ordeal within his captors and his home country we are taken through a traumatic journey.

 

Ryan Reynolds, Chris Sparling, and some arduous work have definitely gone behind making this thrilling experience.

 

And what not that ending will most probably end a lot of good hopes for the brittle souls watching this.

 

 

17. The Gift

 

The Gift

 

Entity Detail
Title The Gift
Year 2000
Watch time 111 min
Directors Sam Raimi
Cast Cate Blanchett, Katie Holmes, Keanu Reeves, Giovanni Ribisi
Box Office $12.01M
IMDb Rating 6.7
Metascore 62
Writers Billy Bob Thornton
Music By Christopher Young
Cinematography By Jamie Anderson
Costume By Neil Spisak

 

Joel Edgerton’s feature directorial debut psychological thriller is a slow-burn thriller that has some mature work gone into making it a brilliant work of art.

 

While the marketing team failed in showing the true essence of the movie, once you watch it you realize what you might have missed on. "See, you're done with the past, but the past is not done with you." And that’s what the whole movie is about.

 

Young married couple Simon and Robyn have just moved into their spacious new housing and Simon also finds great success at his job as well.

 

And when Robyn finally settles her anxiety and they adjust to this new way of living they meet Gordon who is an old classmate of Simons.

 

As a blast from the past hits hard, Gordon nicknamed Gordo starts visiting them often bearing gifts, and then as things start to fall apart there is one ultimate gift that turns the tables.

 

A walk through the sins of the past that is meant to haunt you for life here is an epic to one of that kind.

 

A thrilling horror house with the most daunting cinematography and very much appreciable acting skills and a feeling of dread that grows on you is one good thriller you shouldn’t miss.

 

 

16. Run (2020)

 

Run (2020)

 

Entity Detail
Title Run (2020)
Year 2020
Watch time 90 min
Directors Aneesh Chaganty
Cast Sarah Paulson, Kiera Allen, Sara Sohn, Pat Healy
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 6.7
Metascore 67
Writers Aneesh Chaganty
Music By Torin Borrowdale
Cinematography By Hillary Spera
Costume By Jean-Andre Carriere

 

Two equally competing female leads and a nail-biting story that is going to set standards for thrillers from now.

 

Sarah Paulson has become so good at portraying insane characters that you begin to totally have expectations for the genre.

 

Kiera Alle, the wheelchair-bound Chloe also does an exceptional job. The movie begins at a hospital and as you move through the movie you realize it is also where the real story actually began.

 

Diane Sherman gives birth prematurely to a daughter. As we see the incubator surrounded by hospital staff, the board reads the definitions of arrhythmia, hemochromatosis, asthma, diabetes, and paralysis.

 

17 years later we have the present-day Chloe, wheelchair-bound but with a doting mother and with high inspiration to move to college.

 

What else would Chloe need? And what would be Chloe missing? As Chloe digs deeper into her past she may not be who she is.

 

And what did really happen?. Run Chloe echoes!! Run is a simple story that can be predictable, a lot of times but we assure you this is not as bad as the critics made it sound.

 

If you are into the genre, you will definitely enjoy this one.

 

 

15. Split

 

Split

 

From the much renowned and highly expected of M. Night Shyamalan another cinematic brilliance. Split is all about a man suffering from dissociative identity disorder (DID), as he kidnaps three young girls, imprisons them.

 

We get a glimpse into the different identities of Kevin Wendell Crumb and that is not a pretty scene.

 

James McAvoy is a brilliant actor, when ‘Barry’, ‘Patricia’, ‘Dennis’ and even the’ beast’ appear we find nothing resembling each other in these portrayals.

 

This movie has everything to take it to the next level horror, action, thriller, gore and there is that looming sense of sympathy that would also surprise you.

 

Those familiar with DID would definitely find some superficial elements to the portrayal but nonetheless, the movie succeeds in transferring the thriller elements and excitement is worth watching for.

 

 

14. Silence of the Lambs

 

Silence of the Lambs

 

Entity Detail
Title The Silence of the Lambs
Year 1991
Watch time 118 min
Directors Jonathan Demme
Cast Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons
Box Office $130.74M
IMDb Rating 8.6
Metascore 85
Writers Thomas Harris
Music By Howard Shore
Cinematography By Tak Fujimoto
Costume By Kristi Zea

 

The 1991 psychological horror-thriller till date is regarded for being a masterpiece in depicting its craft.

 

It became the fifth highest-grossing film worldwide in 1991. It became the final film to win Academy Award in all five major categories Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

 

Dr. Hannibal has a lasting impact on the audience with his less than 20 minutes appearance, that you never really forget him.

 

When young FBI agent Clarice Starling ( Jodie Foster) is asked to interview Anthony Hopkins to help find another serial killer Buffalo Bill we get a masterpiece that sends chills down your spine.

 

There isn’t a movie we would recommend any less in the genre. If you haven’t yet watched this masterpiece there is a charming, charismatic scary story that you are greatly missing out on.

 

 

13. Lady Vengeance

 

Lady Vengeance

 

Another South Korean thriller, carved like a perfect sculpture with vengeance dripping all over it.

 

When a beautiful woman is imprisoned for almost thirteen years for murdering a young boy and is finally released from prison for her good behavior.

 

Upon release, she embarks on a journey in redemption to all her sins or what is the real sin.

 

Kits brutal, violent, silent, and the revenge is served really cold. As she realizes more children were the victim of the same person, the weight of the revenge is hard.

 

The art makes you forget and also sympathize as you go through this exclusive wonder of art.

 

 

12. Parasite (2019)

 

Parasite (2019)

 

The 2019 South Korean black comedy thriller film in spite of its four academy awards became the first non-English language film to win the Academy Award for the best picture. "It's easy to be nice when you're rich," the mother in this film (Jang Hye-jin) at one point observes.

 

And that is the moral story of the movie. The modern society and its layers, this movie is about the crooked ladders that you have to take in order to finally reach the sunshine on the other end but, sometimes the crooked ladder is a long journey unlike what you would expect it to be.

 

A story very different from what we have been seeing for a long time, Bong Joon-ho is a master at giving very subtle references and metaphors that will hit you differently in the long run.

 

 

11. Basic Instinct (1992)

 

Basic Instinct (1992)

 

Entity Detail
Title Basic Instinct
Year 1992
Watch time 127 min
Directors Paul Verhoeven
Cast Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn
Box Office $117.73M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 41
Writers Joe Eszterhas
Music By Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography By Jan de Bont
Costume By Terence Marsh

 

An erotic thriller that made a lot of controversies didn’t please all of its critics, and also had some very unconventional approaches is the combination that made Basic instinct a very rare piece of art.

 

And for this movie, if you are about to watch it we would recommend the director's uncut version.

 

This is a chess game played very well by writer Catherine Tremmel and detective Nick and some very unresolved questions that will definitely entertain any soul into the genre.

 

While we won’t be spilling many details about the movie, if you are a fan of the genre don’t miss out on this.

 

 

10. Memento (2000)

 

Memento (2000)

 

Entity Detail
Title Memento
Year 2000
Watch time 113 min
Directors Christopher Nolan
Cast Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior
Box Office $25.54M
IMDb Rating 8.4
Metascore 80
Writers Christopher Nolan
Music By David Julyan
Cinematography By Wally Pfister
Costume By Patti Podesta

 

Based on a pitch by Jonathan Nolan who wrote a story ‘Memento Mori’. The movie revolves around Leonard Shelby played by Guy Pierce who as a result of an injury, has anterograde amnesia and also short-term memory loss.

 

A man in search of the people behind the brutal killing of his wife and the reason behind his handicap by using an intricate system of tattoos and polaroids to keep track of himself.

 

The movie is shown in two color codes one in black and white and the other in color and though you keep on guessing what might happen next you only get a clear picture once they both meet at the very end of the movie.

 

With a unique story and a unique way of portraying it, Memento lives as one of the most popular movies in the neo-noir psychological thriller genre.

 

 

9. Reservoir dogs

 

Reservoir dogs

 

Entity Detail
Title Reservoir Dogs
Year 1992
Watch time 99 min
Directors Quentin Tarantino
Cast Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn
Box Office $2.83M
IMDb Rating 8.3
Metascore 79
Writers Quentin Tarantino
Music By Andrzej Sekula
Cinematography By Sally Menke
Costume By Sandy Reynolds-Wasco

 

"Are you gonna bark all day..." Mr. Blonde makes it all very believable. The debut of director and writer Quentin Tarantino is an extremely violent movie that mainly centers around a diamond heist.

 

The actors have done such a good job that the scary villains they are is only that you will see as you watch the movie.

 

Six strangers including Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi, Eddie Bunker, Tarantino himself, and Tim Roth are recruited by a crime boss named Joe Cabot, (Lawrence Tierney) and his son Eddie.

 

As none of them are to reveal details to each other and as the heist goes wrong things become complicated.

 

Is there a mole in the tribe? And there is more than just this. An unpredictable, thrilling storyline that you shouldn’t miss.

 

 

8. Zodiac

 

Zodiac

 

Entity Detail
Title Zodiac
Year 2007
Watch time 157 min
Directors David Fincher
Cast Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards
Box Office $33.08M
IMDb Rating 7.7
Metascore 78
Writers James Vanderbilt
Music By David Shire
Cinematography By Harris Savides
Costume By Donald Graham Burt

 

Based on the real-life story of the Zodiac killer who terrorized the San Francisco Bay Area during the late 1960s and early 1970s taunting police with letters, bloodstained clothing, and ciphers mailed to newspapers which still remains as the top unresolved mysteries.

 

This movie has none of the traditional formulas that the serial killer thrillers build upon but we assure you that this one is going to put you on the edge of your seats.

 

As the killer takes a backseat this movie is mostly about the investigation that went behind this dangerous ordeal.

 

Jake Gyllenhaal plays Robert Graysmith a cartoonist who fortunately or unfortunately finds evidence for the police to put them back on the trail regarding the zodiac killer.

 

Robert Downey Jr. also plays a very significant and convincing character in the movie. The movie is engaging, exciting, scary, and also at times really creepy and that makes a really memorable experience.

 

 

7. Vertigo

 

Vertigo

 

Entity Detail
Title Vertigo
Year 1958
Watch time 128 min
Directors Alfred Hitchcock
Cast James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore
Box Office $3.20M
IMDb Rating 8.3
Metascore 100
Writers Alec Coppel
Music By Bernard Herrmann
Cinematography By Robert Burks
Costume By Henry Bumstead Hal Pereira

 

The Alfred Hitchcock brilliance from the film noir psychological thriller genre is an unpredictable and stylish classic which most of you would have already heard about.

 

The San Francisco detective John "Scottie" Ferguson retires due to fear of heights and vertigo.

 

As Scottie is called on to investigate his friend’s wife’s condition who is supposedly possessed by a dead girl’s demon.

 

And to highlight Scottie’s condition there is the use of Dolly’s zoom one of the most impressive camera techniques ever used.

 

Bernard Hinderman's score becomes another wonderful experience to be noted.

 

 

6. Se7en

 

Se7en

 

Entity Detail
Title Se7en
Year 1995
Watch time 127 min
Directors David Fincher
Cast Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, Andrew Kevin Walker
Box Office $100.13M
IMDb Rating 8.6
Metascore 65
Writers Andrew Kevin Walker
Music By Howard Shore
Cinematography By Darius Khondji
Costume By Arthur Max

 

Assembling some very good cast including Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey is one of the inventive and exciting films of the time.

 

The story is about a mad chase for a serial killer who, inspired by Dante Alighieri's seven deadly sins from "The Divine Comedy", and sets out to preach on them by targeting victims.

 

As good and evil takes the center stage, the audience finds themselves predicting nothing as there is so much suspense carefully entwined into this web that you are always well behind what is about to happen.

 

With a climax that is totally against the norms that will shake you and surprise you, this is one of the everlasting gems in the history of thriller films.

 

 

5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

 

Entity Detail
Title The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Year 2011
Watch time 158 min
Directors David Fincher
Cast Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgård
Box Office $102.52M
IMDb Rating 7.8
Metascore 71
Writers Steven Zaillian
Music By Trent Reznor Atticus Ross
Cinematography By Jeff Cronenweth
Costume By Donald Graham Burt

 

David Fincher’s adaptation of Larsson’s best-seller received much critical acclaim that its Spanish sibling though both has some unique merits.

 

And as with all of Fincher’s creations, we have another beautiful in-all-sense movie. The score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross is perfect, eerie, and unsettling.

 

Daniel Craig plays Mikael Blomkvist who is investigating the missing of Harriet Vanger, niece to Swedish millionaire Henrik Vanger and as he digs deeper through this family tree of very strange rich people Lisbeth assists him as well.

 

A strange relationship that builds within very indifferent circumstances. Almost living up to the expectations of the book this one will remain special for the fans.

 

 

4. Gone girl

 

Gone girl

 

Entity Detail
Title Gone Girl
Year 2014
Watch time 149 min
Directors David Fincher
Cast Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry
Box Office $167.77M
IMDb Rating 8.1
Metascore 79
Writers Gillian Flynn
Music By Trent Reznor Atticus Ross
Cinematography By Jeff Cronenweth
Costume By Donald Graham Burt

 

As the wife goes missing with nothing but a lot of subtle clues lying around, the husband becomes the major suspect.

 

And from then as the movie moves forward it becomes unsettling and disturbing. Of every kind of horror and thriller that you have seen far, we assure you that this one has nothing similar to any of it.

 

A thriller about a psychopath that can totally haunt your questions about people and what they really are.

 

 

3. Shutter Island

 

Shutter Island

 

Entity Detail
Title Shutter Island
Year 2010
Watch time 138 min
Directors Martin Scorsese
Cast Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley
Box Office $128.01M
IMDb Rating 8.2
Metascore 63
Writers Laeta Kalogridis
Music By Robert Richardson
Cinematography By Thelma Schoonmaker
Costume By Max Biscoe Robert Guerra

 

The line "would you rather die as a good man or live as a monster" made a huge impact on cinematic history and also became widely quoted.

 

And this is another movie that we would recommend for a second time watch because it is only then you would grasp all the minute details.

 

Teddy Daniels, A U. S. federal marshal sent to the island with his partner Chuck Aule to search for the disappearance of a patient.

 

DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo make it work in a way everyone would envy the end results.

 

Ben Kingsley (Dr. Cawley) and Michelle Williams (Dolores, Teddy's wife) also brought some interesting dynamics to the story.

 

And for the real twist don’t get sucked into the obvious twist and let us see if you would understand that classic undermined tale.

 

 

2. The Departed

 

The Departed

 

Entity Detail
Title The Departed
Year 2006
Watch time 151 min
Directors Martin Scorsese
Cast Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg
Box Office $132.38M
IMDb Rating 8.5
Metascore 85
Writers William Monahan
Music By Howard Shore
Cinematography By Michael Ballhaus
Costume By Kristi Zea

 

Even though the movie was a remake of the Hong Kong flick 'Internal Affairs', the Martin Scorsese effect is highly visible throughout the masterpiece that this movie is.

 

The story begins by giving a basic idea of the premise and the main characters (Nicholson, DiCaprio, Damon).

 

When you're facing a loaded gun what's the difference?" and that speaks volumes for the movie.

 

In Boston, as one criminal gang infiltrates the police department so does the police in turn.

 

As who is who and who can be trusted becomes a major dilemma, Lies, betrayal, and sacrifice takes the center stage.

 

One of the most memorable movies of Scorsese that has a permanent place among the best ever made.

 

 

1. The usual suspects

 

The usual suspects

 

Entity Detail
Title The Usual Suspects
Year 1995
Watch time 106 min
Directors Bryan Singer
Cast Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Stephen Baldwin
Box Office $23.34M
IMDb Rating 8.5
Metascore 77
Writers Christopher McQuarrie
Music By John Ottman
Cinematography By Newton Thomas Sigel
Costume By Howard Cummings

 

That ending!! Yes, you are going to watch it again. The movie is about five felons brought in by the police, who all ended up working for the mysterious Keyzer Souza, a legend among the criminal fraternity.

 

Now even if we wanted to, the plot is too complicated to put into words and if we try most probably would end up giving up very significant details.

 

Kevin Spacey is brilliant throughout and that elevates the whole movie to a different level.

 

Director Bryan Singer is as we could say a complicated brilliant perfectionist who brought to life something that we are forever going to be grateful for.

 

The way this story is told makes any movie lover envious of the technique. There isn't another perfect twist at the end of a movie that had so much class to it.

 

Don't miss out on this very very clever thriller.