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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".

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

Zodiac: Director's Cut ( Blu-ray ) (2007)

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

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 identit... Read more

Zodiac: Directors Cut (2007)

7.7/10
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Anthony Edwards, Brian Cox, Chloe Sevigny, Dermot Mulroney, Donal Logue, Elias K...

Zodiac tells the story of the manhunt for the Zodiac Killer, a serial killer who called himself the "Zodiac" and killed in and around the San Francisc... Read more

Zorro (1975)

6.6/10
Director: Duccio Tessari
Starring: Alain Delon, Stanley Baker, Ottavia Piccolo, Moustache

A newly arrived Governor finds his province under the control of the corrupt Colonel Huerta. To avoid assassination by Huerta, he pretends to pose no... Read more

Zulu (2013)

6.7/10
Director: Jerome Salle
Starring: Forest Whitaker, Orlando Bloom

Ali Neuman survived the violence that rocked Apartheid era South Africa when he was a child to become head of the homicide branch of the Cape Town pol... Read more

[ Rec ] (2007)

7.5/10
Director: Jaume Balaguero, Paco Plaza
Starring: Ferran Terraza, Manuela Velasco, David Vert

A barnstorming, cinema verite horror experience that pulls few punches, fears no genre taboo, and reaches for the throat. While filming segments for a... Read more

[ Rec ] 2 (2009)

6.5/10
Director: Jaume Balaguero, Paco Plaza
Starring: Jonathan Mellor, Manuela Velasco, Oscar Zafra, Ariel Casas

Picking up from where the previous movie finished, only a few minutes have passed since the authorities lost contact with the people trapped inside th... Read more

[ Rec ] 3: Genesis (2012)

5/10
Director: Paco Plaza
Starring: Leticia Dolera, Diego Martin, Ismael Martinez, Alex Monner

Koldo and Clara are about to celebrate the most important day of their lives: their wedding. Everything appears to be running smoothly and the bride a... Read more