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".

12 Monkeys (L'Armée des 12 singes) (1997)

Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring: Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt, Christopher Plummer, Madeleine Stowe

James Cole, a convict, decides to volunteer for a mission, wherein he has to travel back in time to learn about the main reason behind the outbreak of... Read more

12 Rounds (2009)

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)

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

13 Sins (2014)

Director: Daniel Stamm
Starring: Pruitt Taylor Vince, Ron Perlman, Tom Bower, Mark Webber, Rutina Wesley

A desperate, debt-ridden salesman agrees to perform an increasingly hideous set of tasks in order to win millions of dollars. Read more

13 Tzameti (2005)

Director: Gela Babluani
Starring: Georges Babluani, Pascal Bongard, Aurelien Recoing

A compelling, tense noir-thriller about 22-year-old Sebastien (Georges Babluani) who learns that his neighbour will be receiving a package promising... Read more

13: Game of Death (2005)

Director: Chukiat Sakveerakul, Stewart St John
Starring: Krissada Terrence, Achita Wuthinounsurasit, Sarunyoo Wongkrachang, Nattapong Aru...

Pusit is deep in debt, he's just lost his job, his girlfriend and his car, so when a mysterious cell phone caller offers him $100 million to feature i... Read more

1408 (2007)

Director: Mikael Hafstrom
Starring: John Cusack, Samuel L Jackson, Mary McCormack, Tony Shalhoub, Jasmine Jessica An...

John Cusack gives a riveting performance as Mike Enslin, cynical author of 'occult travel guides' in this stand-out horror. Though successful as a wri... Read more

15 Minutes (2001)

Director: John Herzfeld
Starring: Edward Burns, Robert De Niro, Kelsey Grammer, Avery Brooks

When two Eastern European criminals decide that the fastest way to fame and fortune in the U.S. is infamy, they embark on a vicious, headline-grabbing... Read more

16 Blocks (2006)

Director: Richard Donner
Starring: Mos Def, Bruce Willis, David Morse, Jenna Stern, Casey Sander, Cylk Cozart

New York detective Jack Mosley (Bruce Willis), is a badge-carrying bum whose love for the bottle has reduced him to a has-been on the police force. On... Read more

2 Days In The Valley (1996)

Director: John Herzfeld
Starring: Danny Aiello, James Spader, Eric Stoltz, Jeff Daniels, Teri Hatcher, Glenne Head...

A ruthlessly inventive and often extremely funny crime thriller involving a murder for hire, a betrayed crook, his slick partner, a dogged cop and a d... Read more