Thrillers are a genre full of surprises and suspense. The best thriller movies offer some of the most intense and entertaining movie experiences out there, so much so that they’ve become part of the collective cinematic language.
With the overwhelming amount of top thriller movies being released every year, it can be hard to choose what to watch once you finally get some time.
Luckily for you, we’ve put together a list of the 100 best thrillers of all time to watch in Canada. Some are relatively modern films, others have been around for decades; some you may well have seen, others are probably best experienced fresh from the cinema.
North By Northwest (1959)
Roger O Thornhill is a New York advertising executive who is mistaken for George Kaplan, an employee of the United Nations. Thornhill is then hunted across the country by spies from the organization Latith Airlines whose leader, Phillip Vandamm, thinks Kaplan may be part of a plot to thwart his organization’s sinister plan.
If Thornhill wants to survive, he must keep his wits about him. With plot twists abound, and nothing is ever quite as it seems in this thrilling tale of espionage, this is one of the best thriller movies Hollywood has to offer.
This chilling and taut psychological tale is about the uncontrollable nature of criminal desire and the predatory impulses that lurk in the dark side of human nature. M follows a child murderer and a relentless police officer who closes in on him with dogged determination.
The thriller flick has lost none of its intense power to astound even 91 years after its release. Today, this silent masterpiece from the Golden Age of German cinema holds a position on Time magazine’s list of the best thrillers of all time.
Chinatown begins with Jake Gittes, a detective for hire who is fed up with his current work, getting an offer to expose a husband for cheating. Caught between a conniving wife, career-minded cops, and a couple of beating heart murderers, this private investigator has his hands full.
Watch Jake dig out the truth by picking apart a dark mystery full of twists & turns in this classic thriller that is not exactly what it seems to be at first.
The Third Man (1949)
The Third Man follows Holly Martins, an ex-soldier and writer who is visiting Vienna and finding it hard to adjust to the never-ending cold and oppressive atmosphere.
In addition to the grief of losing his closest friend and associate, Harry Lime, he has to deal with his new acquaintance Anton. He also has to come face-to-face with the secretive and strangest aspects of Harry’s circle of friends.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Of all the criminal enterprises portrayed in movies or on TV, few are as complicated or compelling as the jewel heist from Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. It takes a lot of manpower to pull off a heist like this one: six guys start out, and at least two end up dead.
And it takes real trust to watch your buddies die for an op. Turns out these guys were strangers to each other, brought together only for this job. And the fact that the whole thing turns into a bloodbath is probably due to something completely unreasonable – like maybe one of the guys is actually a cop.
Touch of Evil (1958)
The movie follows a rampaging police detective with a license to do whatever it takes to bring criminals to justice, even if that involves planting evidence or framing an innocent man. When a bomb destroys the car carrying newlyweds Mike Vargas and Susie, Hank Quinlan, a 330-pound sheriff, is blamed for the crime.
This sparks a chain of events that threatens to unravel the life he’s worked so hard to build in America. Caught between two nations and two women, his job becomes a matter of life or death in this shadowy tale of corruption, betrayal, and revenge.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Mikael Blomkvist is a famed investigative journalist who was recently sued for libel by a wealthy industrialist. Henrik Vanger hires him to write his family’s history and promises full access to his records. Mikael develops an interest in the disappearance of one of Vanger’s missing nieces and is certain a Vanger had something to do with it.
Mikael has to decide whether or not this is a job worth taking when an investigator Lisbeth Salander – a woman he describes as one of the most brilliant computer hackers in the world, contacts him about the case. Will they ever find out the truth?
The Garritys have no place to go. No way out. The time has come for John, Alison, and their son Nathan to endure a terrifying and brutal global catastrophe, unlike anything humankind has ever experienced.
Now, regardless of age or nationality, humanity will unite in the face of a cataclysmic event that’ll force people to react with bravery and heroism… or with fear and panic — as they desperately and fearfully fight each other for their lives.
Joint Security Area (2000)
Joint Security Area tells the story of a tense and drawn-out incident among soldiers at the North/South Korean border/DMZ. This extremely high-strung situation is explored when a North Korean sniper kills two Northern soldiers and wounds another, apparently without provocation.
A neutral team is selected to investigate further – made up of a North Korean, a South Korean, an American, and two Swiss officers – but things are not what they seem.
Meera and her husband Henry moved to a small town because of its quiet nature, in which they expect to develop a beautiful life. However, not long after settling down, Meera is targeted by an intruder during a devastating home invasion directly at her doorstep.
Shaken by the horror she narrowly escaped, she is even more rattled by what she discovers about those around her when she begins an investigation into who could have done this to her.
The Little Things (2021)
Deacon’s unresolved and equally violent past echoes in the present when a new victim is discovered, his face horrifically disfigured by stab wounds and antlers. But there’s no trace of physical evidence, and the victim won’t survive to tell his story.
The hunt for the merciless one-witness killer intensifies when six more bodies are discovered — with victims found in every quadrant of Los Angeles County. Deacon soon realizes that only hard evidence will convict the predator, but his search for answers leads to a dark place where nothing is what it seems, even those closest to him.
The Voyeurs (2021)
When Pippa and Thomas find that their new home window offers a view into the apartment across the street, they are initially delighted, but they start to notice things they don’t like.
The Voyeurs explores how even seemingly well-adjusted individuals may end up as stalkers or become obsessive in their pursuit of something, or someone they believe is out of their reach. Will Pippa’s voyeuristic obsession ruin any chance of happiness for Pippa and Thomas?
Jenn, a bored young woman, looking for a change in her life, embarks on a road to self-acceptance after meeting Dr. Collin Meade, her new hypnotherapist. This seemingly innocent journey turns out to be deadly when Jenn finds that she has signed up to be hypnotized at out-of-the-ordinary times and places.
As a result, she gets suspicious about what Dr. Meade’s intentions might be. Will Jenn ever get to have control over her life again?
Things Heard & Seen (2021)
Catherine falls in love with a man who inspires her to change her life for the better. She moves from Manhattan to a small town in the Hudson Valley. Her new home has a rich history, which Catherine quickly realizes is at odds with her feelings of peace and tranquillity.
Struggling to escape the darkness of her past, Catherine discovers that her new home had previously been occupied by an artist who shared many of her own obsessions.
The Guilty (2021)
Demoted to a desk job after accidentally shooting a child and facing a wrongful death lawsuit, police officer Joe is tormented by the memory of his actions. When a panicked 911 call from a kidnapped woman comes in, he springs into action only to discover that the situation is far more complicated than it first appeared.
The Father (2020)
The Father is about a sick octogenarian in London who is slowly losing his sight, memory, and mental faculties as he approaches death.
Up until now, he has refused to accept any kind of help from his daughter Anne or the caregivers, but when she announces that she is moving, he starts to lose his grip on reality. Will Anthony be able to tell the difference between what is real and what is not?
The Power Of The Dog (2021)
Phil Burbank is a pre-Civil War era rancher who uses his position to bully others and benefit himself. No one can question his authority because he has so much power over those around him.
With the arrival of his polar opposite brother and his family, Phil finds the balance in his life, shifting away from stability and terrorizing his sensitive nephew.
The film is a bone-chilling depiction of an internal fight stemming from one man’s bitterness toward another man who is stepping into the role he feels is rightfully his.
The Beguiled (2017)
In the chaos of the Civil War, a girls’ seminary becomes drastically out of control when they discover a wounded, abandoned Northern corporal soldier called John McBurney on their doorstep.
In the beginning, six single girls are drawn toward him and attempt to flirt, but a bad situation becomes even worse as the soldier turns out to be less than honorable… and much more dangerous. These innocent girls will now have to make the ultimate sacrifice and battle their own natural impulses or face the consequences.
I See You (2019)
When a boy goes missing in the small town of Dover, Iowa, and Greg Harper is assigned to investigate, the undercurrent of fear and mistrust amongst citizens hints at a darker series of events that has plagued the town for decades.
As Harper digs deeper into the case, he starts to experience supernatural occurrences linked back to the missing boy’s family and realizes that all is not as it appears in this sinister, cold-hearted community.
Red Dragon (2002)
Retired FBI agent, Will Graham, has been emotionally scarred by the horrific events of his career and that of Dr. Hannibal ‘The Cannibal’ Lecter, a diabolical killer with the IQ of a genius who used his knowledge to outwit the FBI. Trapped in a nightmare from which there is no escape, Graham retreats.
However, Graham’s demons eventually catch up to him, and he is forced to assist the FBI forensic psychiatrist in hunting down yet another serial killer who trades in human bones.
Mulholland Drive (2001)
A woman looking for love. A woman who has lost her identity. The City of Angels and its dark underbelly. The mysterious blue box. These are the components of David Lynch’s critically-acclaimed Mulholland Drive, a stylish film noir about aspiring actresses, amnesia, and a phantom director.
This is a love story, a psychological thriller, and a dark comedy that blends fact and, perhaps more importantly, fiction. The film is also a meditation on Hollywood, dreams, illusion – and the human need to create stories.
Buried starts with an American truck driver named Paul Conroy waking up and realizing that he has been buried alive in a coffin by a group of Iraqis.
His only hope for survival is contacting the outside world, but how are you supposed to do that when you’re buried deep in the ground? With a lighter and a dying cell phone, Paul spends his last possible hours not knowing whether or not he will make it through and trying to convince the outside world to help him.
The Gift (2015)
After receiving an unusual gift from Gordo, an old classmate who Simon hasn’t seen since high school, Simon and Robyn’s life become more and more bizarre as they meet two other couples face-to-face whose marriages are also affected by Gordo’s “gifts.”
What transpired between Simon and Gordo all those years ago that would cause such strange behavior? How well do we really know someone once upon a time..is it enough to trust them now?
The Woman In The Window (2021)
Anna lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, and their teenage son.
The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.
Chloe has a suspicious feeling toward her mother when she finds out that her real name is Sarah Winehouse, not Diane Sherman. She becomes curious about her mother’s identity and what has been kept from her entire life.
Now, Chloe is on the run to find out the truth, but along the way, she’ll soon discover there are some things she’s better off not knowing.
In this suspenseful thriller, a young woman’s friendship with an eccentric French piano teacher takes a sinister turn when she discovers that nothing in Greta’s life is what it seems. Frances is a free-spirited, innocent young girl trying to make it on her own in New York City.
Having recently lost her mother, Frances quickly grows closer to widowed Greta, a canny and haunted piano teacher who’s taken a special interest in Frances. As the two become fast friends, Frances discovers that her new acquaintance harbors many secrets – and her true intentions could prove deadly.
The Revenant (2015)
Inspired by true events, The Revenant is a taut, gritty, and action-filled frontier film that is now considered one of the best thriller movies of all time. A frontiersman is left for dead after being mauled by a bear, but after he survives against all odds, he embarks on a harrowing adventure to exact revenge on the men who left him behind.
Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu incorporates some fantastic sequences that highlight the perils of a man forced to survive in the isolated wilderness with only his bare hands against elements, both as brutal as they are unpredictable.
Panic Room (2002)
When Meg Altman and her daughter Sarah move to a new home, they discover a hidden room that soon proves to be the only place of safety when three men break into their house.
By keeping themselves protected on all sides, they hope to avoid detection and outlast their invaders while figuring out how to get help. Are Meg and Sarah really safe in the panic room, or are they doomed?
A woman wakes up in a cramped cryogenic pod with no memory of who she is or how she got there. She has no idea what year it is, and she doesn’t know why her senses feel heightened, and her vision seems sharper. The clock is ticking, and the oxygen levels are dropping.
She can’t remember anything, but she’s determined to find a way out with the help of the AI before all the oxygen in the pod runs out. There is absolutely no time to waste in this fast-paced, adventurous, action-packed story.
Four resilient widows who have nothing in common except the debt their deceased husbands left behind plan to pull off a heist that should bring in enough cash to allow them to live comfortably for the rest of their lives.
But when things go unexpectedly awry, the women find themselves in the crosshairs of the Russian mob, the Chicago PD, and the FBI and must forge a new path to escape and survive.
Slender Man (2018)
Slender Man follows four friends – Wren, Hallie, Chloe, and Katie – who inadvertently cause an internet-based mythical creature called ‘The Slenderman” to be unleashed into their small town in Massachusetts. The four girls begin experiencing supernatural phenomena that make them believe they are being haunted by the creature.
When one of them goes missing, they have no choice but to band together and discover the horrifying truth behind the Slender Man’s haunting presence.
A spaceship blast off to Mars carrying a highly-trained hand-picked crew of three astronauts. Sometimes after taking off, the crew discovers an accidental stowaway aboard the craft. At first, this seems like a good thing—a fourth passenger means the mission would be successful.
Or would it? Because after some consideration, logic sets in, and the crew realizes that one of the passengers must be killed for the rest to survive. The group faces the daunting question: who chooses life and who dies?
Dark Waters (2019)
Bold, dramatic, and timely, Dark Waters is a classic legal thriller with an environmental twist. A skilled attorney at a prestigious law firm finds himself unexpectedly in an underdog position when he represents an environmentalist group in a lawsuit against one of the world’s largest chemical companies.
The case takes on a life of its own when the defendant, for whom he once worked, uncovers evidence that implicates him in horrific crimes.
The Girl On The Train (2016)
Rachel is a young woman caught between an abusive past and a bleak future. She is haunted by tragic memories of her husband Tom, who abused and deceived her. Rachel sees him with his new wife on the train when she goes to work to support her alcoholic addiction.
One morning, she witnesses a girl entering Megan’s house while on her way to work, but when she gets off the train to intervene, she wakes up in the woods the next morning with no memory of what exactly happened the night before.
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Maya is a young CIA agent thrust into the center of one of the most vital missions in US history: the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
Following in the footsteps of some of her legendary predecessors, Maya tracks a violent al Qaeda operative. She soon finds that there is no clear line between right and wrong as she navigates the murky and complex world of counterterrorism.
Blood Diamond (2006)
A nameless, reserved, and juvenile loner works as an unlicensed cab driver in Los Angeles by night and fixes muscle cars by day. After having a chance encounter with his neighbor Irene who lives with her son, he strikes up a romantic relationship with her.
His relationship with Irene and Benicio solidifies further when he finds out that the boy’s biological father is in prison. Tensions worsen between the two as they learn more of each other’s pasts, particularly when Irene’s husband Standard is released from prison earlier than expected.
Uncut Gems (2019)
Uncut Gems follows Howard Ratner, a charismatic New York City jeweler who makes his living playing the field and is always on the lookout for the next big score. Recently in debt, he’s given one last chance to make it big by placing a huge bet on a gemstone that will set him up for life.
But when the deal goes south, he is left with nothing and his life on the line. Now that he has made a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime, Howard must carry out the riskiest operation of his life, all the while trying to keep his family, business, and invasive rivals in check.
Robert Graysmith, a cartoonist at the San Francisco Chronicle, is obsessed with cracking the case of the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who slays victims in the San Francisco Bay Area from the late 1960s to 1990s.
As more and more clues emerge, Graysmith follows the killer’s fiendish trail by cross-referencing crime scene photos, police notes, and victim testimonies to painfully piece together his profile.
Following a string of horrific murders that proves to be a true challenge for both detective and his reporter friend Paul Avery alike, Graysmith finally finds himself zeroing in on the most critical evidence yet: a pair of chilling handwritten letters from the killer himself.
Rebecca is one of the top thriller movies of 2020 in which love finds its means and its enemies. When a young woman meets the dashing and handsome Maxim de Winter in Monte Carlo, she is caught up in a whirlwind romance and soon ends up marrying him.
Once they get to his magnificent family estate on the windy English coast, she is forever caught in the shadow of his first wife, Rebecca, whose legacy comes to life and grows ever darkly over Manderley.
Wild Things (1998)
Wild Things is a classic suspense thriller from the 90s, which tells us the story of a group of seedy individuals who live in the shadows of lies, deceit, sex, and murder.
Well-known lawyer Ken Bowden is defending high school counselor Sam Lombardo, who was extremely well-liked by the community so far but has now been accused of raping Kelly, the daughter of wealthy businesswoman Sandra Van Ryan.
After Suzie Toller, a troubled teen from the wrong side of the town, claims that Sam raped her, as well he comes to believe that the two may be part of a conspiracy and becomes desperate in his search for the truth. With a never-ending series of plot twists, this is one of the best thriller movies ever.
The Stranger (1946)
Charles Rankin is an elderly and pious former Nazi who has successfully reinvented his identity as an American and a Protestant minister. In reality, he was once known as Franz Kindler, a top-ranking SS official involved in the mass murder of Jews at Auschwitz and other concentration camps during World War II.
He does not want to be discovered by Wilson, an American War Crimes Commission officer who knows that he had access to Nazi funds after World War II; and is ready to kill anyone he feels may threaten his new identity.
Wilson tries to get close to the truth, but Kindler has sown so much confusion that even his own mistress cannot lead Wilson to him. Once Wilson finds out about Kindler’s fascination with antique clocks, Kindler can feel his past closing in on him.
The Long Good Friday (1980)
In the long tradition of gangster movies, The Long Good Friday follows one man’s battle to protect his empire from a rival who is determined to take it from him. Harold Shand is the de facto Scouser mob boss of 1980s London, and on the eve of peace talks with an American crime syndicate, he finds himself under siege.
As the film unfolds, mysterious death threats, bombs, and a murder attempt on his mother Barbara are inflicted upon Harold.
Unbeknownst to Shand at first, an American hitman has been hired by a new crime corporation headed by the enigmatic IRA arms dealer known as The Bishop to assassinate Shand before he completes his deal with the Americans.
Infernal Affairs (2002)
Infiltrate two worlds. Betray the one you belong to – no matter the cost. In this timeless classic, Cop Chan Wing Yan is sent undercover as a Triad member to find the mole in the police force. At the same time, Lau Kin Ming, a young gangster, is sent to the police academy to become an undercover cop.
Then both discover that their confidential informants are neither as loyal nor valuable as they thought, as betrayal and deception are traded on both sides. As the two agents race for cover, their relationship deteriorates further, becoming one of hatred and revenge.
Loaded with action, intrigue, and remarkable performances, Infernal Affairs has successfully exposed the underbelly of corruption in Hong Kong’s cop and the criminal world.
One of the most powerful and controversial films of the year, Fear uses a Hitchcockian sense of suspense to grip you by the heart and squeeze you like a vice. At its heart, it’s the story of a young girl whose life is destroyed by abuse, betrayal, and a world that can’t see past her looks.
Like most teenage girls, Nicole likes to have fun, so when she goes to a party with her best friend and meets handsome and well-mannered David, she doesn’t see the harm in getting into a relationship with him. However, as time passes, Nicole and her loving family end up becoming victims of David’s unhealthy obsessive and violent tendencies.
House At The End Of The Street (2012)
Relocating from a big city to a small town, newly divorced Sarah and her daughter Elissa find the house of their dreams in a secluded wooded area. But when surprising and inexplicable events begin to occur, Sarah and Elissa discover the town is shrouded in a chilling secret.
Four years earlier, in the house next door, a daughter murdered her parents in their beds and mysteriously disappeared – leaving only a brother, Ryan, as the sole survivor.
Elissa ignores all the warnings she receives about Ryan and begins to date him – but the closer they get, the more she realizes that he is not what he seems to be.
The Invitation (2015)
The Invitation follows Will, a man who used to be happy with his ex-wife Eden but the two of them were driven apart after a tragedy. When Eden reappears two years after she vanished following their son’s death, Will is worried.
What has Eden been through? Why did she disappear? Why is she now back? To get an answer to these questions, Will decided to attend the dinner party being held by his ex-wife Eden and her new husband David in his old Hollywood home.
Before long, the party becomes a nightmarish experience for Will as he begins to question the motivations behind Eden’s return and those of her new friends.
The Platform (2019)
A man wakes up in a claustrophobic room known as The Hole without knowing how he has got there. He finds his cellmates and asks them to come with him, but they ignore him, which leads to more panic. He manages by himself to go up to the surface but finds a place even more terrifying.
He realizes that he is in a vertical jail where food is sent down through The Platform, and those at the top get to eat to their heart’s content while the ones at the bottom starve.
Days and nights pass, and Goreng will have to fight for his survival in a place where the lack of food is driving people crazy. Can he resist and keep his sanity?
American Psycho (2000)
Patrick Bateman has a lot going for him: he’s good-looking, well educated, intelligent, and has a job on Wall Street that allows him to indulge his fondness for fine restaurants, expensive clothes, and manicures. He works out religiously and goes to the right clubs.
Everything about Patrick screams status and success. His colleagues would kill for his life, but unbeknownst to them, Patrick actually does kill for this life.
Disgusted by everything and everyone that doesn’t match his standards, Patrick goes on killing sprees every night to rid himself of these feelings. He knows there is something wrong with him, yet he can’t seem to stop.
Bird Box (2018)
In this heart-pounding adventure movie, Sandra Bullock stars as Malorie–a mother of two special needs kids who must protect them and flee their home after a mysterious force decimates the population.
But there is one problem: their eyesight is their worst enemy because if they end up making eye contact with whatever is out there, they will be driven to suicide like the rest of the world.
As Malorie hurtles through the woods, she must navigate treacherous labyrinths filled with dangerous creatures to reach the only remaining human settlement. This is one of the best thriller movies of the decade and one that will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time.
Winter’s Bone (2010)
Ree Dolly is an Ozark Mountain girl with a mission. She’s on her father’s trail, a small-time Missouri meth dealer wanted for murder. Her quest leads her deep into the woods of the Ozarks, to a ramshackle family compound where she learns certain ugly truths about herself and her kin.
Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Nocturnal Animals tells a story within a story. One follows Susan Morrow, a happily married woman Hutton; he is a successful businessman who often travels due to his job. Susan receives a manuscript from her first husband, Edward Sheffield, and as she reads it, she reminisces about their marriage and relationship.
She realizes that her current life is not as fulfilling as it had once been. The second part of the film follows the content of Edward’s novel Nocturnal Animals. Edward’s novel remains a movie within a movie, although several elements in his novel correlate with Susan’s real life.
The Departed (2006)
The Departed follows Martin Scorsese’s hallowed tradition of gangster films with a twist on the classic Mafioso narrative. When Irish mob boss Frank Costello believes that his outfit has a mole somewhere along its line of command, he calls upon Colin Sullivan, a savvy young undercover cop, to recruit Billy Costigan, a criminal with no allegiance whatsoever as an informer.
Costello promises Sullivan full protection in the matter while hoping it’s Costigan that he ends up identifying. However, Sullivan finds himself empathizing with his target while both are looking to uncover their respective rat; meanwhile, Billy uses the infiltration to get closer to an organized crime outfit trying to place him within its inner sanctum.
A young woman named Mother lives peacefully in a country home with her much older poet husband. One night a mysterious couple, Man and Woman, arrive in the dead of winter. They say they knew the young woman in a past life and have nowhere else to go.
The mother’s husband invites them to stay for a while, disturbing her sense of peace and igniting her creativity. As word spreads about the poet’s new work, more people arrive and take up residence in their homes.
At first, the interlopers are simply annoying, but their presence becomes more menacing as their numbers grow and strange events occur. Will Mother be able to stop their advance before it is too late?
You Were Never Really Here (2017)
Dark, gritty, and nightmarish. This is a noir thriller that gives you flashbacks of Fight Club. You Were Never Really Here follows Joe, a traumatized veteran who works as a hitman/bodyguard and tries to find missing teenage girls. He also has to battle violent fantasies and nightmares that he tries to forget.
Joe has just started to look for a missing girl, Nina, but she isn’t the only one he’s looking for. Her father opposes the senator, and when Joe begins to turn up evidence of a sex trafficking ring, some very rich and powerful people get involved in order to silence him.
Argo is the gripping story of a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans from a hostage situation in Tehran in 1979. It has been ingeniously telling here through the creation of a fictitious film project looking to shoot in Iran.
With only a few days to pull off the scheme, the CIA man in charge will rely heavily on his wits and Hollywood know-how to rescue those trapped Americans and get out of hostile territory alive.
Fatal Attraction (1987)
Dan Gallagher is a successful and conceited lawyer living in New York with his beautiful wife Beth and young daughter Ellen. One weekend, when his family is out of town, he has a sexual encounter with Alex Forrest, a seductive book editor he meets through his business.
While Dan thinks of the event as a one-time fling, Alex thinks otherwise and will not leave him alone afterward. When he becomes worried that she might harm him and his family, Dan seeks help from a detective. A thrilling ride unfolds in the movie as Alex becomes increasingly dangerous and violent.
Ex Machina (2014)
What would you do if you had the opportunity to meet an A.I. so advanced that it was indistinguishable from humans? A new world of possibilities has been opened up to humans, which could change how we live on a fundamental level.
Caleb is a talented programmer who works for one of the largest software companies in the world. When he wins the opportunity to visit the CEO Nathan’s retreat in the mountains, he is ecstatic.
However, when he gets there, he discovers that he has to be a part of an experiment with Ava – the world’s first artificial intelligence robot girl. Will Caleb’s curiosity about Ava develop into something more?
The critically-acclaimed Parasite is an in-depth study of class warfare, greed, and the social hierarchies in Korea. There comes a time when being poor no longer means sipping on noodle water and sleeping in homeless shelters. It is much more sinister than that: poverty drives you to create parasitic relationships.
In Parasite, Ki-woo and his family perpetrate this newfound form of class warfare as they take advantage of a wealthy family that attempts to help them. In this twisted sense of justice, the Park family will ultimately have to pay for the help they freely offer.
Maddie is a young deaf and mute writer who has retreated to her family’s remote country home to live a solitary existence. Her only friend in the neighborhood is a woman named Sarah.
When a masked man appears at her door, her sense of safety and security dissolves, replaced by fear for her life as he torments her throughout the movie. How will Maddie survive the night when she is all alone and cannot even scream for help?
Gerald’s Game (2017)
The critically-acclaimed Gerald’s Game is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Stephen King. What happens when you take handcuffs, a bedroom, and one bad idea? You get a horror movie that will leave you unsettled.
To save their failing marriage and rekindle their love, Jessie and her husband Gerald make their way to their secluded lakeside home. When a kinky sex game goes horribly wrong, Jessie is left handcuffed to the bed by her husband in the isolated cabin and has to take extreme measures to survive.
King masterfully unfolds this story both mentally and physically, so it will unsettle you in more ways than one.
It’s 1975, and the summer heat is rising fast in the small beach village of Amity Island. But, out of nowhere, this idyllic seaside holiday town is rocked when a young boy goes missing while he and his parents are swimming on the Fourth of July.
However, this gruesome event is just a taste of what’s to come when an enormous great white shark begins its vicious attack on unsuspecting swimmers and bathers, putting the whole town on high alert.
Sheriff Martin Brody calls in veteran fisherman-hunter Quint to help investigate the brutal attacks – but can they stop whatever force is driving the huge aquatic predator to attack humans?
Basic Instinct (1992)
In an erotic and stylish thriller manner, Basic Instinct offers a gripping story of murder, deception, and deviant sexual behavior that weaves between past and present.
Catherine Tramell, a woman with whom everyone seems to be infatuated and from an affluent family, may or may not have had an affair with Johnny Boz during a rock tour before being brutally murdered.
All SFPD detective Nick Curran cares about is catching the killer before he strikes again. But will his attraction to Catherine draw his vulnerabilities out and affect the case?
Shutter Island (2010)
When U.S. marshal Teddy Daniels is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a patient from Shutter Island, he feels like he’s been brought there as part of a twisted plot.
Could he have been deliberately brought to the island? The hospital refuses him access to records that would break the case wide open, and as a hurricane cuts off communication with the mainland, increasingly dangerous “escapes” multiply.
How can you trust your partner, your memory, or even your own sanity? Welcome to Shutter Island – where nothing is as it seems.
Prisoners is a crime thriller that examines the effects of traumatic events on a family and a small community. It tells the story of Keller Dover, whose young daughter and her friend go missing under mysterious circumstances, a case that is initially investigated as an abduction but evolves into something much darker and more disturbing.
When Keller takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads, the pressure mounts in this intense drama with shocking surprises.
Black Swan (2010)
Black Swan is the story of the rivalry between two dancers vying to play the same role, a part that requires a dancer to play both a seductive but innocent ‘white swan’ and a sensual and menacing ‘black swan. ‘ Nina moves from a small town in Ohio to New York City to become a professional ballet dancer.
Soon after arrival, she is told she will have to audition for an important role on Broadway. As time passes and her life begins to change, Nina becomes more obsessive about ballet, and the studio becomes ever more important in her life.
At first, this makes her mother happy, but soon Erica realizes that the ballet studio is taking over her daughter’s life, and it starts to become a problem for her.
Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
In this 1991 film adaptation of the Thomas Harris novel, “The Silence of the Lambs,” the young and sensitive F.B.I. cadet Clarice Starling has been assigned to assist in the manhunt for a sadistic serial killer nicknamed “Buffalo Bill,” who is known for skinning his victims alive.
Hoping to understand how the killer’s mind works, Starling visits imprisoned psychiatrist-turned-mass-murderer Dr. Hannibal Lecter, who had once treated Buffalo Bill. He teaches Clarice how to think … like a killer. This psychological horror is one of the best thriller movies of all time.
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Director Dan Gilroy’s second feature is a throwback to 1970s cinema, with a gritty neo-noir feel and dynamic camerawork. Lou Bloom is a petty thief who stumbles into the night crawling scene, which involves freelance TV news crews filming accidents for cash.
Equipped with an ambitious new girlfriend who is also his coworker, an expensive camera, and a devil-may-care attitude, Lou swoops in for the kill — literally — and becomes an overnight sensation. Cole Hauser co-stars as an aggressive rival who wears his lack of morality-like armor.
With its uncompromising look at the savagery of money-making in modern-day Los Angeles, this still-relevant crime drama will leave audiences spellbound.
The Machinist (2004)
Every night, Trevor Reznik stares at his ceiling – and every night, the intrusive red neon numbers on his alarm clock taunt him with another night he hasn’t slept. Trevor has insomnia and hasn’t slept in a year. Every morning, he returns to the factory where an abusive foreman belittles him, and the gray-suited drones around him ignore him.
He starts to have hallucinations and becomes paranoid, thinking that everyone around him is out to get him. He doesn’t want to seek any medical help and believes there are sinister forces out to get him. Is Trevor going to completely lose his sanity?
Gone Girl (2014)
Gone Girl is a smart, devastating thriller that serves plot twist after plot twist and leaves viewers on the edge of their seats the entire time. When Nick Dunne’s beautiful wife, Amy, goes missing on the day of their fifth anniversary, both the police and the public initially assume that Nick is responsible.
Nick’s portrait of a blissful union emerges as a complicated tapestry of lies and half-truths. The deeper he digs to uncover the truth about his marriage, the more he unearths about himself.
Inside Man (2006)
Inside Man’s story follows a new approach to the genre of bank heist movies because of its intricate plot, which allows for a variety of conflicts.
The protagonist is an African-American ex-marine police detective who must convince the primary antagonist, an Afro-Caribbean criminal, to bargain for the lives of hostages held in the bank by their leader. A third major character that makes Inside Man unique is Madeline White, a hostage negotiator.
There is also a subplot involving the poor police detective Keith Frazier, who relates to Dalton Russell personally because they share common traits. Throughout the movie, there are flashbacks of Dalton and Mr. Case’s past together.
It allows us to catch glimpses into what motivates each character and aids in increasing our insight into their decisions.
Rear Window (1954)
The Rear Window is one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most beloved films and one of the best thriller movies of all time. Masterfully shot with a tense and intimate feeling, the film is wonderfully paced, making it accessible to any viewer.
The film follows a delusional, voyeuristic photographer who used to be successful but lost his leg due to an accident and is now confined to the walls of his apartment with his girlfriend. Bored by their everyday lives, the two of them use the rear window of their living room to spy on their neighbors going about their daily lives.
But when a frightening murder takes place across the courtyard from Jeff’s apartment, they must come to grips with their own voyeuristic and potentially dangerous behavior.
The seasoned, cultured but jaded detective John Somerset and the bright but impulsive and somewhat green young Detective David Mills are hot on the trail of a sadistic serial killer murdering citizens and pinning notes on them that attribute their death to one of the seven deadly sins.
As the body count rises, Detective Mills must figure out exactly what kind of evil he is pursuing before it is too late for him.
Leonard Shelby might be called a bit crazy. After his wife was stabbed to death, he suffered a head injury and lost his short-term memory. Instead of going to the police, he sets out to find her killer, creating a bizarre trail of notes on Polaroids to remind himself of what needs to be done.
This film follows him on his mission, talking about the murderer over the phone with his pal Teddy and writing down things on bits of paper that are supposed to make sense when put together.
Vertigo follows Scottie Ferguson, a retired detective living in San Francisco who has acrophobia or an extreme fear of heights.
His psychological disability makes it difficult for him to adjust to normal life, so he reluctantly returns to his occupation when Gavin Elster hires him to investigate the strange and nearly impossible behavior of Elster’s wife, Madeleine.
She seems to have developed a phobia of living after falling down a flight of stairs on their honeymoon. As the intrigued friend begins to follow Madeleine’s every move, more and more, a dangerous attraction weaving around
obsession begins to form in his heart as he finds himself falling for her and fighting feelings of terror. Who is she? How far will he go to save her? And why does the heart want what it can’t have?
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Tom Ripley is a young man with an eye for the finer things in life. He wants to live like a king, but his modest job as a toilet cleaner does not allow him to do that. When he follows the rich playboy Dickie Greenleaf, a Princeton alumnus, all the way to Italy, he gets carried away by his desire to live like him.
After Tom makes friends with Dickie, he pretends that he is also Dickie in order to have everything he could have never had—”a house by the sea” and “a woman for every season.” Can his charm and intelligence rescue him from the dark path he chose that ultimately led to murder and deceit?
The film tells the story of a professional safecracker who a crime overlord hires to knock off several major jewelry heists. The broker thinks that Frank can’t be identified or turned in to the police because he is so good at his chosen profession.
However, this particular criminal genius has forgotten that there are two basic ingredients necessary for a successful operation: proper planning and not underestimating one’s adversary. As expected, the gangster proves to be quite vulnerable in these areas.
Run Lola Run (1998)
In the next 20 minutes, Lola should have 100,000 Deutschmarks if she wants to survive. The money has been lost by her boyfriend, Manni, on a subway train that belongs to a very bad guy.
And so begins an extraordinary tale of money, chance and conflict as she runs first to the bank, then to the apartment of her friend Alex, and finally back home again to find Manni.
All three journeys Lola might take have their own outcome: one with happiness, another with despair, and a third that leads back to square one.
A mysterious figure lurking in the dark corners and an escalating series of gaslight dimmings plague Paula Alquist, a wealthy girl who inherits her murdered aunt’s old home.
Her husband and Mr. Brian Cameron, who was secretly in love with his aunt, do their best to help track down the source. But the maniac continues to make himself known through irregular gaslight dimmings and the disappearance of pictures of men and women.
When her friends begin to suspect that Paula herself might be the culprit, she must fight to prove them wrong before losing her mind and life.
Wake In Fright (1971)
After a bad gambling debt, John Grant, a teacher, is on his way to visit his girlfriend in Sydney. On the way, he decides to stop at Yabba, a remote mining town, and resorts there for the night before heading off to the airport. But, his plans go south as he is caught between the unruly characters that populate the town.
Wake in Fright tells the story of the Australian outback where life is cheap, and violence lurks around every corner. Making matters worse for the panic-stricken teacher is an extreme measure that must be decided upon by himself and two other men: Hitting the road or staying in hell. A true classic!
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Featuring such classic characters as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig, it’s the story of a cartoon character named Roger Rabbit who exists alongside real humans. Some of the best moments in history come from when the real world and animated reality collide.
This can either lead to chaos or a real magical moment where anything is possible. In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, we follow a rabbit named Roger who works with cartoons at Toontown, owned by Marvin Acme. When Marvin’s owner gets brutally murdered, all fingers point to Roger.
Unluckily for him, the only person who can help him prove his innocence is someone who hates him and other Toons. Will Roger Rabbit be able to prove his innocence, or will he go down for something he never did? Or did he?
Diabolique (Les Diaboliques) (1955)
Christina is married to Michel, a tyrannical bully high-school principal who has been torturing her for more than eight years.
She is forced to live in the same house as her husband’s mistress Nicole, a teacher at the school. Deciding that enough is enough, the two women plan to kill Michel and come up with the perfect murder plan.
But when things go awry, the two killers are forced to wonder if this is it for them.
Border (Gräns) (2018)
Border (Gräns) is a Scandinavian-made thriller that follows a middle-class young woman, Tina, a Customs officer who shares a special and extraordinary sense of smell with her dog.
Having sniffed out guilt and fear on almost anyone who was hiding something, she is challenged for the first time when she goes near Vore, a suspicious foreigner. Tina can sense Vore is hiding something, and it has nothing to do with the items in his suitcase.
She feels a strange attraction toward him and discovers his real identity. She discovers that she too belongs to another world and has a unique character that makes her unlike other people living on Earth.
Frank Bullitt is the best detective in the San Francisco Police Department. He is tasked to protect a prominent witness who will testify against a powerful mob boss, Johnny Ross. When Ross has his men kill the witness, Frank goes out on his own to find him and bring him to justice.
Alicia Huberman learns that her father, a Nazi spy in the United States whom she believed had died in prison, was actually killed at the government’s request. She is put to work on a mission of her own: to find out if a German scientist living in South America is trying to re-establish his country’s foothold.
Her assignment gets complicated when she falls in love with an American agent.
The Fugitive (1993)
After successful surgeon Kimble’s wife is murdered in her home, the police find him and accuse him of the crime. Kimble is then tried, convicted, and sentenced to death, but his car crashes on the way to prison. He escapes and begins a quest to prove his innocence.
The innocent doctor must avoid lawyers and police officers as he tries to track down the one-armed man who killed his wife.
Bridge of Spies (2015)
The Cold War takes a gripping turn in this riveting tale. As the world stands on the brink of nuclear war, two prisoners in separate cells – one American, one Russian – face off against an escalating conflict between their countries.
And their only connection is James Donovan, an insurance lawyer called in to defend captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel.
Blood Simple (1984)
Disgraced cop Loren Visser accepts a job from bar owner Julian Marty to kill Marty’s wife, Abby, and the man she is having an affair with, Ray.
The ensuing drama pulls in a female private detective who witnessed Visser’s sketchy proposition, nightclub singer/prostitute J.K., and Ray’s loyal love of Abby. What unfolds is a twisted web of mysterious connections and murder, as Marty discovers that he isn’t all-knowing as he had once thought.
Peeping Tom (1960)
London is shaken when photographs of a series of women are found – brutally murdered, their faces drained of all color, their throats slit. All evidence points to Mark Lewis, but could his strange obsessions with fear and film really turn him into England’s most calculating killer?
The Vast of Night (2020)
One night in New Mexico, in the late 1950s, two radio hosts receive a strange transmission. And then the call is disconnected. But an organization is listening to the frequency . . . and the malevolent extraterrestrial abomination won’t stop calling.
The government rushes to send a team of Army scientists to track down the source of the signal, but in a remote desert town, they uncover something far more monstrous than they could have ever imagined.
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
10 Cloverfield Lane follows a young woman who, after a car accident, wakes up in an underground bunker to the sound of an opened can of food.
She finds two men there and is surprised when the men tell her she has been in an accident and that she must stay in the bunker with them. But what really happened? And why? She doesn’t know, but she’s about to find out.
The Guilty (Den Skyldige) (2018)
Asger Holm, a Copenhagen police officer, is working as a night watchman in a parking lot. He gets a disturbing call from a kidnapped woman for help. But when the call suddenly ends, he realizes that this was only the beginning of his nightmare.
Jurassic Park (1993)
When John Hammond learns that his company’s assets are being frozen, he invites a group of investors to enjoy the fully functional dinosaur theme park he has been building on an island just off Costa Rica.
Then, to save money, he decides not to hire a team of experts to run the park’s critical systems and issues all personnel with dart guns and tells them to let the dinosaurs loose if there should be a problem.
It’s not long before the dinosaurs escape onto the mainland and begin hunting humans on the mainland and in boats! This timeless classic is one of the best thriller movies of all time.
Don’t Look Now (1973)
This eerie, resonant thriller follows a grief-stricken couple who’ve recently lost their young daughter in an accidental drowning. They travel to Venice, where they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom claims to see the spirit of the Baxters’ daughter everywhere.
Still, they are skeptical until they as well begin seeing the child in unexpected places. The movie is deeply, deeply unsettling, which is what makes it extraordinary.
From Russia With Love (1964)
James Bond 007 discovers a Russian decoding machine at a shoe factory in Istanbul known as “Lektor.” Bond is sent on an undercover mission in hopes of retrieving it before evil agent Rosa Klebb, who knows all of the tricks of the trade and even possesses a shoe with a poison-tipped blade.
An exhausted and frantic David Kim is reeling from his teenage daughter Margot’s mysterious disappearance, unfolding over a tense 37-hour period in this riveting drama. It poses the question: how far will you go to save the people you love?
Blow The Man Down (2020)
Mary Beth and Priscilla Connolly have recently returned home to Maine after years spent living in the big city. They thought they had left their troubles behind, but when they make a gruesome run-in with a dangerous man, the sisters must go deep into the criminal underbelly of their hometown to conceal their crime.
This is one of the best thriller movies that promises twists and turns around every corner.
FBI agent Kate Macer is recruited for a shadowy, elite, multi-agency task force whose goal is to take down a Mexican drug cartel operating on American soil. Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past, will the team ultimately prove successful in its efforts?
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
Broad-shouldered private eye Mike Hammer pounds away at the case outside a Hollywood burger joint, in his vintage car, and in an apartment across the hall from his secretary’s digs.
He knows something big has happened when he receives news that Christina, the beautiful hitchhiker he gave a ride to, has been killed – and he’s about to find out why.
In this taut psychological thriller, three teenage girls have been kidnapped by a disturbed man with 24 distinct personalities. As he imprisons them in a cellar and pledges to do unspeakable things to them, each of his personas starts to take over, and both captives and captors must try to escape the nightmare.
So, there you have it – the best thriller movies the Internet has to offer at the moment. Full of conflict, unexpected twists, and tensions, these thriller flicks are guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat in a darkened cinema for at least two hours.