Here's A List Of The 21 Best Thriller Movies Of All Time

Here's A List Of The 21 Best Thriller Movies Of All Time

Everyone loves good suspense from time to time, but there are certain movies that manage to leave a mark so strong that it's hard to shake off.

Any well-made thriller movie is capable of changing the perspective of life. Some thrillers will make you feel aware all the time and then there are others that will surround you with possibilities that you have never guessed before. Over the years, Hollywood has managed to produce a good number of thrillers and we have compiled a list for you to go on a binge watch. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the list. 

1. Se7en


The story of the movie revolves around a serial killer on the loose and he can only be stopped by two detectives who always fall one step short of the murderer. This movie is said to have one of the most iconic endings of all time, se7en has made a separate name for itself. The intriguing story of murder revolving around seven deadly sins takes a grim turn as everyone close to the detectives are also exposed to danger. This movie is a must watch for any cinema lover.

2. Psycho


This movie by Alfred Hitchcock is one of the most celebrated movies of all time. Known for having one of the most twisted endings of cinema history ever. Watching this one will surely have you reaching for the lights. 

3. The Silence of The Lambs


The story of the movie revolves around an FBI agent enlisting the help of a cannibalistic serial killer in order to capture another serial killer. Phenomenal performances and beautiful background score makes this one of the finest movies of the last 30 years.

4.The Usual Suspects


The plot of the movie revolves around five criminals who are brought together for a routine police line-up. These criminals had planned a heist at the end of the day and it's up to the police to stop this heist. Kevin Spacey plays the role of his life in this movie and without a doubt, it is one of the most well-made thrillers of all time, which makes it a definitive watch for all the cinephiles. 

5. Rear Window


The plot of the movie revolves around a photographer who starts spying on his neighbors, but he comes across something that changes his life forever. This movie is actually so well made that you can feel the tension in the air. 

6. Rope


This movie is about two criminals who decide to test whether their acquaintances are able to figure out their crime. But things don't go according to their plans and soon enough takes a turn for the worst. The entire movie is shot in two rooms and the close quarter conversation in the movie build the tension in the minds of the viewers.

7. Vertigo


The plot of the story revolves around Detective Scottie who suffers from Agoraphobia. He is hired to investigate the strange activities of an old friend's wife. Many consider this to be Hitchcock's best movie, Vertigo is a treat for any cinephile. This will manage to keep you hooked from the very beginning and as it progresses, you won't be able to think about anything else but what is to come.

8. Shutter Island


It is a story about two US Marshalls who are sent to an asylum on a remote island to investigate the disappearance of a patient. Di Caprio gives one of the best performances of his life in this movie and the reveal, in the end, is sure to catch you off guard. 

9. Fight Club


This movie tells the story of an ordinary employee who meets a soap salesman and they develop a complicated bond after deciding to fight each other. This movie is regarded as one of the most graphical novel adaptations of all time. Tyler Durden as a character is still relevant and if you haven't seen the movie, stop everything you're doing and go watch this movie.

10. Mulholland Drive


This movie tells the story of Rita, who loses her memory after a car crash. She meets Betty and the duo decide to find out Rita's true identity. 

11. The Prestige


This gem by Christopher Nolan tells the story of two magicians who were once friends, now competing against each other to prove that they are smarter than the other one. In this movie, Nolan creates magic through a complex story with emotions, passion, and drama. 

12. Gone Girl


This movie tells the story of Amy Dunne who goes missing. Media takes up on this story and focuses on the possibility of Nick, her husband, murdering Amy. This movie by David Fincher is one of the best movies to have come out in the last few years. Both Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike deliver amazing performances that will definitely catch you off guard.

13. Zodiac


The plot of the movie revolves around a cartoonist who finds himself obsessively thinking about the zodiac killer. Another gem by Fincher, this movie is all about the progression of the plot. With a serial killer out there hunting people and challenging the police with his puzzles, you will find yourself being as invested as the characters themselves. 

14. Prisoners


This modern tale of thriller gets the point of the movie across and does a brilliant job while doing so.  It's underlying tension and the fear for the worst that keeps the plot going. Apart from that, brilliant performances and background score make this one of the better movies to have come out in the recent past.

15. Cape Fear


This movie tells the story of a convicted rapist who starts stalking the family of his lawyer after coming out of jail because he still blames the lawyer for him getting caught. This movie is so good that it gives you that eerie predatory feeling and the knowledge of a convicted rapist is eerie enough to rattle even the bravest people. 

16. The Game


This movie tells the story of a banker who receives a very strange birthday gift from his brother, but when he actually uses the gift, he falls in trouble. No wonder this is a David Fincher movie as he always gets his thriller right. 

17. LA Confidential


This movie tells the story of three cops who have different agendas to investigate a murder case with links to corruption in the police force. In this game of cat and mouse, the truth gets lost and then found.

18. Memento


One of the best thriller/mystery movies of all time, the plot of the movie revolves around a guy who decides to avenge the death of his wife even when there are massive odds standing in his way.

19. Strangers on a Train


As the title suggests, this movie tells the story of two strangers who meet on a train and decide to solve each other's problems by performing the "perfect crime". One more gem by Alfred Hitchcock and this movie is so good that you will start wondering whether this is a good idea to actually execute in real life as well.

20. Night of the Hunter


How far are you actually willing to go in order to earn money in a quick manner or an easy way? This movie reflects on the time it came out with religious preachers and evangelists fooling people into giving them money and this thriller will keep you hooked to it as you would want to know yourself about the hidden loot. 

21. 8MM


This movie saw Nicholas Cage giving an amazing performance. It is also regarded as one of his best movies where he plays the role of a detective. The mystery around the snuff films, especially the ones bordering around child pornography plays on the minds of the viewers as well.

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