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Thrillers & Suspense

Thriller and Suspense Films promote intense excitement, suspense, a high level of anticipation, ultra-heightened expectation, uncertainty, anxiety, and nerve-wracking tension. A genuine thriller is a film that relentlessly pursues a single-minded goal, to provide thrills and keep the audience cliff-hanging on the 'edge of their seats' as the plot builds towards a climax. Plots of thrillers often involve characters which come into conflict with each other or with outside forces - the menace is sometimes abstract or shadowy. Below is a grand line-up of the best in contemporary Thrillers & Suspense made since 1965. Following a similar theme, with generally a darker look is the "Film Noir" feature, well worth checking out. The exploits of "James Bond 007" may also be accessed stage left. Right: Frances McDormand makes an arrest in the Coen Bros "Fargo".

'71 (2015)

8.4/10
Director: Yann Demange
Starring: Jack O'Connell, Adam Nagaitis, Paul Popplewell, Jack Lowden

Bomb-torn Belfast in 1971 must have been like nowhere else on Earth  more like a rubble-strewn circle of hell. This is the apocalyptic vision laid ou... Read more

.45 (2006)

5.7/10
Director: Gary Lennon
Starring: Milla Jovovich, Angus MacFadyen, Stephen Dorff, Aisha Tyler

Milla Jovovich stars as Kat, a beautiful bad girl with a passion for guns and danger. Stuck in a life of crime and controlled by her ruthless drug-dea... Read more

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

7.2/10
Director: Dan Trachtenberg
Starring: John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr.

A young woman wakes up after a terrible accident to find that she's locked in a cellar with a doomsday prepper, who insists that he saved her life and... Read more

10 Cloverfield Lane ( Blu-ray ) (2016)

7.2/10
Director: Dan Trachtenberg
Starring: John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr.

A young woman wakes up after a terrible accident to find that she's locked in a cellar with a doomsday prepper, who insists that he saved her life and... Read more

10 to Midnight (1983)

6.3/10
Director: J Lee Thompson
Starring: Charles Bronson, Lisa Eilbacher, Andrew Stevens, Geoffrey Lewis, Gene Davis

Charles Bronson stars as Leo Kessler, a cynical Los Angeles cop on the trail of Warren Stacey (Gene Davis), a homicidal maniac who turns rejection fro... Read more

100 Feet (2008)

5.5/10
Director: Eric Red
Starring: Famke Janssen, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Pare, Ed Westwick

Marnie (Famke Janssen) is in prison for the murder of her abusive husband, but is granted early release on the condition she remain under house arrest... Read more

10th and Wolf (2006)

Director: Robert Moresco
Starring: James Marsden, Val Kilmer, Giovanni Ribisi, Brad Renfro, Piper Perabo, Dennis Ho...

Directed by Robert Moresco and starring James Marsden as Philadelphia man, Tommy Santoro who, after returning from service in the Gulf War, finds hims... Read more

10x10 (2018)

4.9/10
Director: Suzi Ewing
Starring: Noel Clarke, Luke Evans, Kelly Reilly, Olivia Chenery, Benjamin Hoetjes

Lewis (Luke Evans) is an outwardly ordinary guy, but in reality he is hiding an obsession - revenge - against Cathy (Kelly Reilly). Lewis kidnaps Cath... Read more

12 Rounds (2009)

5.6/10
Director: Renny Harlin
Starring: John Cena, Steve Harris, Ashley Scott, Aidan Gillen

WWE star John Cena is Danny Fisher, a New Orleans cop who put away a big-time jewel thief; and now a year later, finds himself on the receiving end of... Read more

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2015)

7.3/10
Director: Michael Bay
Starring: Toby Stephens, John Krasinski, Max Martini, James Badge Dale, Pablo Schreiber

From director Michael Bay 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, is the gripping true story of six elite ex-military operations assigned to protec... Read more