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Top 50 best Thriller/Suspense movies of all time

In this top list we uncover the best Thriller/Suspense movies of all time. Already seen The Silence of the Lambs, The Sixth Sense and Psycho? Find out which of the other movies in this genre you absolutely must watch!

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  1. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

    The Silence of the Lambs

    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. Unfortunately, her Faustian relationship with Lecter soon leads to his escape, and now two deranged killers are on the loose.

    Directed by Jonathan Demme
  2. Psycho (1960)

    Psycho

    When larcenous real estate clerk Marion Crane goes on the lam with a wad of cash and hopes of starting a new life, she ends up at the notorious Bates Motel, where manager Norman Bates cares for his housebound mother. The place seems quirky, but fine… until Marion decides to take a shower.

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
  3. Oldboy (2003)

    Oldboy

    Oldboy is the revenge drama from Director Park Chan-wook. Based on a manga by Nobuaki Minegishi, it depicts the suffering path of a man who must deal with the never ending torment of having unknowingly made someone his enemy.

    Directed by Chan-wook Park
  4. North by Northwest (1959)

    North by Northwest

    Madison Avenue advertising man Roger Thornhill finds himself thrust into the world of spies when he is mistaken for a man by the name of George Kaplan. Foreign spy Philip Vandamm and his henchman Leonard try to eliminate him but when Thornhill tries to make sense of the case, he is framed for murder. Now on the run from the police, he manages to board the 20th Century Limited bound for Chicago where he meets a beautiful blond, Eve Kendall, who helps him to evade the authorities. His world is turned upside down yet again when he learns that Eve isn't the innocent bystander he thought she was. Not all is as it seems however, leading to a dramatic rescue and escape at the top of Mt. Rushmore.

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
  5. The Departed (2006)

    The Departed

    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 in Martin Scorsese's multiple Oscar-winning crime thriller. While an undercover cop curries favor with the mob kingpin, a career criminal rises through the police ranks. But both sides soon discover there's a mole among them.

    Directed by Martin Scorsese
  6. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

    Reservoir Dogs

    A botched robbery indicates a police informant, and the pressure mounts in the aftermath at a warehouse. Crime begets violence as the survivors -- veteran Mr. White, newcomer Mr. Orange, psychopathic parolee Mr. Blonde, bickering weasel Mr. Pink and Nice Guy Eddie -- unravel.

    Directed by Quentin Tarantino
  7. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)

    The Secret in Their Eyes

    A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.

    Directed by Juan José Campanella
  8. Fargo (1996)

    Fargo

    Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start dying. Enter Police Chief Marge, a coffee-drinking, parka-wearing - and extremely pregnant - investigator who'll stop at nothing to get her man. And if you think her small-time investigative skills will give the crooks a run for their ransom... you betcha!

    Directed by Joel Coen
  9. Gone Girl (2014)

    Gone Girl

    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.

    Directed by David Fincher
  10. The French Connection (1971)

    The French Connection

    A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.

    Directed by William Friedkin
  11. Shutter Island (2010)

    Shutter Island

    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 own troubling visions and by Dr. Cawley.

    Directed by Martin Scorsese
  12. Dial M for Murder (1954)

    Dial M for Murder

    An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to have his wife murdered after discovering she is having an affair, and assumes she will soon leave him for the other man anyway. When things go wrong, he improvises a new plan - to frame her for murder instead.

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
  13. Taken (2008)

    Taken

    While vacationing with a friend in Paris, an American girl is kidnapped by a gang of human traffickers intent on selling her into forced prostitution. Working against the clock, her ex-spy father must pull out all the stops to save her. But with his best years possibly behind him, the job may be more than he can handle.

    Directed by Pierre Morel
  14. The Game (1997)

    The Game

    In honor of his birthday, San Francisco banker Nicholas Van Orton, a financial genius and a coldhearted loner, receives an unusual present from his younger brother, Conrad -- a gift certificate to play a unique kind of game. In nary a nanosecond, Nicholas finds himself consumed by a dangerous set of ever-changing rules, unable to distinguish where the charade ends and reality begins.

    Directed by David Fincher
  15. Rebecca (1940)

    Rebecca

    A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife.

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
  16. The Prestige (2006)

    The Prestige

    A mysterious story of two magicians whose intense rivalry leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy -- full of obsession, deceit and jealousy with dangerous and deadly consequences.

    Directed by Christopher Nolan
  17. The Wages of Fear (1953)

    The Wages of Fear

    In the South American jungle, supplies of nitroglycerine are needed at a remote oil field. The oil company pays four men to deliver the supplies in two trucks. A tense rivalry develops between the two sets of drivers on the rough remote roads where the slightest jolt can result in death.

    Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot
  18. Amores perros (2000)

    Amores perros

    Three interconnected stories about the different strata of life in Mexico City all resolve with a fatal car accident. Octavio is trying to raise enough money to run away with his sister-in-law, and decides to enter his dog Cofi into the world of dogfighting. After a dogfight goes bad, Octavio flees in his car, running a red light and causing the accident. Daniel and Valeria's new-found bliss is prematurely ended when she loses her leg in the accident. El Chivo is a homeless man who cares for stray dogs and is there to witness the collision. Amores Perros is the first film in Iñárritu's "Death Trilogy".

    Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
  19. Captain Phillips (2013)

    Captain Phillips

    The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

    Directed by Paul Greengrass
  20. Nightcrawler (2014)

    Nightcrawler

    A driven young man (Gyllenhaal) stumbles upon the underground world of L.A. freelance crime journalism. 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.

    Directed by Dan Gilroy
  21. The Insider (1999)

    The Insider

    Tells the true story of a 60 Minutes television series exposé of the tobacco industry, as seen through the eyes of a real tobacco executive, Jeffrey Wigand

    Directed by Michael Mann
  22. Dirty Harry (1971)

    Dirty Harry

    When a madman dubbed the "Scorpio Killer" terrorizes San Francisco, hard-boiled cop Harry Callahan -- famous for his take-no-prisoners approach to law enforcement -- is tasked with hunting down the psychopath. Harry eventually collars Scorpio in the process of rescuing a kidnap victim, only to see him walk on technicalities. Now, the maverick detective is determined to nail the maniac himself.

    Directed by Don Siegel
  23. Deliverance (1972)

    Deliverance

    The Cahulawassee River valley in Northern Georgia is one of the last natural pristine areas of the state, which will soon change with the imminent building of a dam on the river, which in turn will flood much of the surrounding land. As such, four Atlanta city slickers - alpha male Lewis Medlock, generally even-keeled Ed Gentry, slightly condescending Bobby Trippe, and wide-eyed Drew Ballinger - decide to take a multi-day canoe trip on the river, which turns into a trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.

    Directed by John Boorman
  24. Blue Velvet (1986)

    Blue Velvet

    The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of criminals who have kidnapped her child.

    Directed by David Lynch
  25. Argo (2012)

    Argo

    As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.

    Directed by Ben Affleck
  26. Eastern Promises (2007)

    Eastern Promises

    A Russian teenager living in London who dies during childbirth leaves clues to a midwife in her journal that could tie her child to a rape involving a violent Russian mob family.

    Directed by David Cronenberg
  27. Collateral (2004)

    Collateral

    A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in LA. He must find a way to save both himself and one last victim.

    Directed by Michael Mann
  28. Mr. Brooks (2007)

    Mr. Brooks

    A psychological thriller about a man who is sometimes controlled by his murder-and-mayhem-loving alter ego.

    Directed by Bruce A. Evans
  29. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

    The Talented Mr. Ripley

    Tom Ripley is a charismatic sociopath who makes his way in mid-'50s New York as a rest room attendant and pianist. His skill however is in impersonating other people, forging handwriting and running second-rate scams. Unhappy with his own life, he kills and takes on the persona of somebody else.

    Directed by Anthony Minghella
  30. Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

    Murder on the Orient Express

    In 1935, when his train is stopped by deep snow, detective Hercule Poirot is called on to solve a murder that occurred in his car the night before.

    Directed by Sidney Lumet
  31. Nocturnal Animals (2016)

    Nocturnal Animals

    Susan Morrow receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband – a man she left 20 years earlier – asking for her opinion of his writing. As she reads, she is drawn into the fictional life of Tony Hastings, a mathematics professor whose family vacation turns violent.

    Directed by Tom Ford
  32. Elle (2016)

    Elle

    When Michelle, the CEO of a gaming software company, is attacked in her home by an unknown assailant, she refuses to let it alter her precisely ordered life. She manages crises involving family, all the while becoming engaged in a game of cat and mouse with her stalker.

    Directed by Paul Verhoeven
  33. Vertigo (1958)

    Vertigo

    A retired San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
  34. Memento (2000)

    Memento

    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 snaps Polaroids of people and places, jotting down contextual notes on the backs of photos to aid in his search and jog his memory. He even tattoos his own body in a desperate bid to remember.

    Directed by Christopher Nolan
  35. Rear Window (1954)

    Rear Window

    Professional photographer L.B. "Jeff" Jeffries breaks his leg while getting an action shot at an auto race. Confined to his New York apartment, he spends his time looking out of the rear window observing the neighbors. He begins to suspect that a man across the courtyard may have murdered his wife. Jeff enlists the help of his high society fashion-consultant girlfriend Lisa Freemont and his visiting nurse Stella to investigate.

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
  36. The Lives of Others (2006)

    The Lives of Others

    A tragic love story set in East Berlin with the backdrop of an undercover Stasi controlled culture. Stasi captain Wieler is ordered to follow author Dreyman and plunges deeper and deeper into his life until he reaches the threshold of doubting the system.

    Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
  37. Se7en (1995)

    Se7en

    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. Sommerset researches each sin in an effort to get inside the killer's mind, while his novice partner, Mills, scoffs at his efforts to unravel the case.

    Directed by David Fincher
  38. The Third Man (1949)

    The Third Man

    An American pulp writer arrives in post-WWII Vienna only to find that the friend who waited for him is killed under mysterious circumstances. The ensuing mystery entangles him in his friend's involvement in the black market, with the multinational police, and with his Czech girlfriend.

    Directed by Carol Reed
  39. Chinatown (1974)

    Chinatown

    Private eye Jake Gittes lives off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-World War II Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together.

    Directed by Roman Polanski
  40. Fight Club (1999)

    Fight Club

    A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the way and ignites an out-of-control spiral toward oblivion.

    Directed by David Fincher
  41. The Usual Suspects (1995)

    The Usual Suspects

    A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which begin when five criminals meet at a seemingly random police lineup.

    Directed by Bryan Singer
  42. Bridge of Spies (2015)

    Bridge of Spies

    An American lawyer is recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to help rescue a pilot detained in the Soviet Union.

    Directed by Steven Spielberg
  43. Touch of Evil (1958)

    Touch of Evil

    Stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in Mexican border town.

    Directed by Orson Welles
  44. Black Swan (2010)

    Black Swan

    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.

    Directed by Darren Aronofsky
  45. Diabolique (1955)

    Diabolique

    The cruel and abusive headmaster of a boarding school, Michel Delassalle (Paul Meurisse), becomes the target of a murder plot hatched by an unlikely duo -- his meek wife (Vera Clouzot) and the mistress he brazenly flaunts (Simone Signoret). The women, brought together by their mutual hatred for the man, pull off the crime but become increasingly unhinged by a series of odd occurrences after Delassalle's corpse mysteriously disappears.

    Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot
  46. L.A. Confidential (1997)

    L.A. Confidential

    Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal L.A. police force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the shotgun slayings of the patrons at an all-night diner in this lush tribute to tough film noir crime films. Based on the multi-layered James Ellroy novel.

    Directed by Curtis Hanson
  47. Double Indemnity (1944)

    Double Indemnity

    Unsuspecting Mr. Dietrichson becomes increasingly accident prone after his icily calculating wife encourages him to sign a double indemnity policy proposed by a smooth-talking insurance agent. Against a backdrop of distinctly California settings, the partners in crime plan the perfect murder to collect the insurance. Perfect until a claims manager gets a familiar feeling of foul play and pursues the matter relentlessly.

    Directed by Billy Wilder
  48. Heat (1995)

    Heat

    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 other even though they are aware their cat-and-mouse game may end in violence.

    Directed by Michael Mann
  49. The Sixth Sense (1999)

    The Sixth Sense

    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 of dead people.

    Directed by M. Night Shyamalan
  50. Blood Simple (1984)

    Blood Simple

    The owner of a seedy small-town Texas bar discovers that one of his employees is having an affair with his wife. A chaotic chain of misunderstandings, lies and mischief ensues after he devises a plot to have them murdered.

    Directed by Joel Coen

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