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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".

You Only Live Twice ( Blu-ray ) (1967)

6.9/10
Director: Lewis Gilbert
Starring: Akiko Wakabayashi, Donald Pleasence, Sean Connery

The talented novelist Roald Dahl adapted the Ian Fleming original in this expansive and colourful James Bond entry. Sean Connery is the British spy wo... Read more

You Were Never Really Here (2017)

6.8/10
Director: Lynne Ramsay
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alex Manette, John Doman

When a teenage girl goes missing, a jaded, brutal enforcer attempts a rescue mission. He uncovers corruption and abuse of power along his way. Read more

You Were Never Really Here (Blu-Ray) (2017)

6.8/10
Director: Lynne Ramsay
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alex Manette, John Doman

When a teenage girl goes missing, a jaded, brutal enforcer attempts a rescue mission. He uncovers corruption and abuse of power along his way. Read more

You're Next (2011)

6.5/10
Director: Adam Wingard
Starring: Barbara Crampton, AJ Bowen, Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, Joe Swan...

Aubrey and Paul Davison decide to celebrate their wedding anniversary by inviting their four children and their significant others to a family reunion... Read more

Youth Without Youth (2007)

6.3/10
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Tim Roth, Alexandra Maria Lara, Bruno Ganz, Andre Hennicke, Marcel Iures

At 70, Professor Dominic (Tim Roth) is contemplating suicide; his wife is dead, and he can't seem to complete his life's work on the origin of languag... Read more

Z (1969)

8.2/10
Director: Constantin Costa-Gavras
Starring: Yves Montand, Irene Papas, Jean-Louis Trintignant

A pulse-pounding political thriller, Greek expatriate director Costa-Gavras's "Z" was one of the cinematic sensations of the late sixties, and remains... Read more

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

7.4/10
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke

Controversial military thriller from director Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker") about the mission by American special operations forces to capture o... Read more

Zero Dark Thirty ( Blu-ray ) (2012)

7.4/10
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke

Controversial military thriller from director Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker") about the mission by American special operations forces to capture o... Read more

Zero Effect (1997)

7/10
Director: Jake Kasdan
Starring: Kim Dickens, Ryan O'Neal, Bill Pullman, Ben Stiller, Angela Featherstone

Bill Pullman is an eccentric and reclusive master detective hired by wealthy Ryan O'Neal to find a lost key to a safety deposit box that holds evidenc... Read more

Zodiac (2007)

7.7/10
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards, Robert Downey Jr, Brian Cox, Joh...

In the late 1960s, Northern California was gripped by fear as a serial killer haunted the nighttime streets of San Francisco. To this day, the identi... Read more