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".

The Untouchables ( Blu-ray ) (1987)

Director: Brian De Palma
Starring: Sean Connery, Kevin Costner, Charles Martin Smith, Andy Garcia, Robert De Niro

Federal agent Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) vows to bring down Prohibition-era mob warlord Al Capone (Robert De Niro) with the help of a Chicago cop (Sea... Read more

The Usual Suspects (1995)

Director: Bryan Singer
Starring: Suzy Amis, Stephen Baldwin, Pete Postlethwaite, Kevin Spacey, Kevin Pollak, Gian...

Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio del Toro, Kevin Pollak and Kevin Spacey star in this inventive, engrossing crime story as a bunch of guys brou... Read more

The Usual Suspects (Blu-Ray) (1995)

Director: Bryan Singer
Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Chazz Palminteri, Gabriel Byrne, Giancarlo Esposito, Kevin Pol...

"The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist," says con man Kint (Kevin Spacey), drawing a comparison to the mos... Read more

The Vanishing (1993)

Director: George Sluizer
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Kiefer Sutherland, Nancy Travis, Sandra Bullock

This Americanization of the 1988 Dutch classic is full of imbalances as the plot is spelt out leaving nothing to the imagination. However, the films t... Read more

The Village (2004)

Director: M Night Shyamalan
Starring: Adrien Brody, Brendan Gleeson, William Hurt, Joaquin Phoenix, Sigourney Weaver,...

This mindbending M. Night Shyamalan thriller chronicles life in a 19th-century Pennsylvania community surrounded by woods inhabited by deadly creature... Read more

The Visit (2015)

Director: M Night Shyamalan
Starring: Peter McRobbie, Kathryn Hahn, Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan

When Becca and Tyler are sent to their grandparents' secluded Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong stay, they quickly discover something is not right with... Read more

The Waiting Place (2001)

Director: Cristobal Araus Lobos
Starring: Dave Perrett, Dane Giraud, Vadim Ledogorov, Michelle Langstone

The unsetting story of two escaped convicts who hold up in a desolate psychiatric hospital while they await their ride to freedom. With nothing left t... Read more

The Walker (2007)

Director: Paul Schrader
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lauren Bacall, Ned Beatty, Moritz Bleibtr...

Woody Harrelson is Carter Page, a popular and overtly gay socialite who mingles with the wives of America's most powerful men. When his good friend Ly... Read more

The Wall (2017)

Director: Doug Liman
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena

U.S. soldiers Allan "Ize" Isaac and Shane Matthews answer a distress call in the desert of postwar Iraq. Suddenly, gunshots erupt, leaving Shane badly... Read more

The Warriors (1979)

Director: Walter Hill
Starring: Michael Beck, James Remar, Deborah Van Valkenburgh

A battle of gigantic proportions is looming in the neon underground of New York City. The armies of the night number 100,000; they outnumber the polic... Read more