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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".

Woman of the Dunes (1964)

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara
Starring: Eiji Okuda, Kyoko Kishida, Koji Mitsui, Hiroko Ito

When teacher Junpei Niki misses his last bus home after a day out collecting insects on a remote stretch of coast, he is invited by a local villager t... Read more

World War Z (2013)

7/10
Director: Marc Forster
Starring: Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, James Badge Dale, Mireille Enos

Starring Brad Pitt and very loosely based on the best-selling and wildly popular novel, "World War Z" is a fast-paced, pulse-pounding epic which follo... Read more

World War Z ( Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D ) (2013)

7/10
Director: Marc Forster
Starring: Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, James Badge Dale, Mireille Enos

Starring Brad Pitt and very loosely based on the best-selling and wildly popular novel, "World War Z" is a fast-paced, pulse-pounding epic which follo... Read more

Wrecked (2010)

5.3/10
Director: Michael Greenspan
Starring: Adrien Brody, Caroline Dhavernas, Ryan Robbins

Oscar winner Adrien Brody stars as a man who wakes up trapped in a crashed car in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by two dead passengers, a pile of... Read more

X-Men: First Class (2011)

7.7/10
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Starring: Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, Rose Byrne, James McAvoy, January Jones, Michael Fass...

Set against the backdrop of the looming Cuban Missile Crisis, this thrilling prequel shows mutants Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr (Mi... Read more

xXx (2002)

5.9/10
Director: Rob Cohen
Starring: Vin Diesel, Asia Argento, Samuel L Jackson, Marton Csokas, Michael Roof

Vin Diesel cements his screen action hero status with this adrenaline-pumping spy adventure refueled for Generation Y audiences. In trouble with the l... Read more

xXx: Return of Xander Cage (Blu-ray) (2017)

5.2/10
Director: D J Caruso
Starring: Donnie Yen, Samuel L Jackson, Toni Collette, Vin Diesel, Tony Jaa, Nina Dobrev,...

After coming out of self-imposed exile, daredevil operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) must race against time to recover a sinister weapon known as Pand... Read more

Yakuza Deka 1: Secret Police (1970)

Director: Yukio Noda
Starring: Sonny Chiba, Tetsuro Tanpa

Sonny Chiba plays a hard-bitten undercover cop trying to win the confidence of two rival yakuza gangs in order to bust their illegal drugs operations.... Read more

Yakuza Deka 2: The Assassin (1970)

Director: Yukio Noda
Starring: Sonny Chiba, Ryohei Uchida, Fumio Watanabe, Osman Yusuf, Giant Baba

Sonny Chiba returns as undercover cop Hayata. This time he's after a marijuana syndicate, and he's going to have to go very undercover to net these g... Read more

Year of the Dragon (1985)

6.9/10
Director: Michael Cimino
Starring: Mickey Rourke, John Lone, Ariane

"This is not Brooklyn. This is not the Bronx. This is not even New York...this is Chinatown."...And all Hell's breaking loose, as police captain Micke... Read more