TOP 10 Best Thriller Movies of All time
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If you need to put some suspense into your day, you’ve come to the right place. Thriller movies are that special type of film we all secretly love – whether you’re watching from the edge of your seat or peeking through your fingers.
If you love films that have you hooked till the very last second, then watch your way through this list we’ve put together. Scroll down for 10 of the best thriller movies of all time!
Bong Joon-ho had already made a name for himself, with films like Memories of Murder, The Host, and Snowpiercer. With Parasite, he exploded into the mainstream like never before, telling a timeless tale of the poor mingling with the rich, with timely and deadly consequences.
While it does feature black comedy, Parasite very often gets serious, especially as the poor Kim family further involves itself in the lives of the rich Parks. And as secrets emerge, the tension rises to an unbearable degree by the time of the film’s final act. All of this helped make it the first non-English film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.
9. Get Out
The idea of Jordan Peele, the other half of comedic duo Key & Peele, directing a horror thriller film about racism may have taken some by surprise. But with Get Out, he proved just how effective that concept can be when given the right amount of care and execution.
Daniel Kaluuya plays Chris, an African-American man dating a Caucasian woman who seems harmless enough. She invites him to meet her parents, at which point he starts to suspect something is amiss. Events spiral out of control in the final act, leading to one of the most poignant critiques of contemporary issues around race. A thriller with a message — a rare and refreshing piece of entertainment, Studiobinder noted.
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Starring Ryan Gosling as stunt driver for movie productions and robbers alike, his character falls in love with young mother Irene (Carey Mulligan) whose husband Standard (Oscar Isaac) soon causes trouble for the motorman.
Involving one of the most bloody bathroom killing scenes we’ve ever seen on screen, this is a film with a soundtrack just as good as its cast, plot and cinematography.
7. North by Northwest
In Hitchcock's "North by Northwest," a case of mistaken identity sends a New York ad executive down a dangerous path as he struggles to survive while being hunted by international spies. Featuring a brilliant score by Bernard Herrmann along with some of old Hollywood's most memorable set pieces, the film infused the thriller genre with ideas still being utilized today.
Cary Grant at the peak of his game – wearing one of cinema's greatest suits, no less – joins Hitchcock at the peak of his in this classic crime caper. A New York ad executive is mistaken for a government agent and pursued across the country by a (real) spy, as Grant's ineffable charm and Hitchcock's flair for producing an iconic action sequence (the crop duster scene is one of the most influential in movie history) culminate in a thriller many have copied but few have equalled, Esquire noted.
6. The Night of the Hunter
Robert Mitchum's besuited sinister minister Harry Powell is one of cinema's most unsettling villains, a black widower who drifts around West Virginia marrying for money and then killing his wives. He gets wind of a $10,000 bank robbery haul, but the man who stole it won't tell him where it is. When he dies, the only people who know are the dead man's children. So, he sets about wooing their mum and earning the good opinion of the town while winding up to strike again and find that money.
Director Charles Laughton once described Powell as "a diabolical shit," and Mitchum's ability to flip between the placid, godly, charming preacher and the hell-bent, brimstone-spewing misogynist who would happily murder some kids for a few quid is mesmerising. The Night of the Hunter is about all the good stuff – sin, redemption, desire and greed – and beautifully shot by Laughton to nod at German Expressionism and the silent film era. It doesn't look or feel much like many other films from the era, and it's ended up feeling timelessness.
5. Dark Water
When are thrillers even more thrilling? When they're based on real-life events... Dark Waters is based on the true story - and a fascinating NYT article- about a lawyer's determination to bring DuPont (who make pots, pans and a lot of other household equipment), to justice in this gripping Erin Brockovich-esque film.
Shining a light on the devastating effects on a community in West Virginia after the company dumped chemicals into the grounds and water, it's a story so shocking that you won't believe you haven't heard of it up until now, Elle described.
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Many of Hitchcock’s films pit a man against forces beyond his control, and Vertigo is no different. It’s just that in this case, it’s his own mind which entraps him. James Stewart’s traumatised detective, John ‘Scottie’ Ferguson, must track a friend’s wife who is in danger – but then she vanishes, leaving him chasing shadows and questioning his sanity.
The action winds and loops back on itself, each twist shifting the ground beneath the audience just as the disorientating camerawork shows Scottie’s terror and psychosis. In 2012 it was named the greatest film of all time in Sight and Sound’s critics’ poll – it’s The Master’s masterpiece.
3. The Revenant
The acting, combined with the location, combined with the soundtrack of consistent, building drumming that essentially runs through the entirety of this film means that you literally feel your heart is beating in time with the film. Suspense is an understatement when it comes to this 2015 film which saw Leonardo Dicaprio finally win a Best Actor Oscar.
2. Rear Window
Taking the #1 spot is Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window," the story of a wheelchair-bound photographer who's convinced his neighbor is a murderer. The movie explores themes of doubt and paranoia with impeccable precision and remains a cornerstone of the thriller genre. Meanwhile, some of the film's events were inspired by real-life murder cases.
Alfred Hitchcock brings this lockdown story to life as photojournalist L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart) is forced to stay at home with a broken leg and takes to using binoculars to watch the goings on in the surroundings of his apartment. However, his imaginings that neighbour Lars Thorwald (Raymond Burr) has murdered his nagging wife might just turn out to be true. Full of suspense and drama, this film teaches us all to stay vigilant but be aware that voyeurism isn’t always a harmless bit of fun.
|As one of the top thrillers of all time, Psycho has broken the most barriers and had the most impact on both cinema and pop culture at large. One of director Alfred Hitchcock’s biggest hits, the film stars Janet Leigh as a woman on the run, who decides to stay at the Bates Motel for the night. What transpires is a series of events that lead to a truly horrifying revelation.|
While the film is an engaging thriller on its own, its impact cannot be understated. Decades after its initial release, Psycho continues to terrify and shock audiences the world over, with a legendary performance by Anthony Perkins and an iconic musical score by Bernard Herrmann.
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