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".

Vengeance (2009)

Director: Johnnie To
Starring: Anthony Wong, Simon Yam, Johnny Hallyday, Sylvie Testud, Lam Ka Tung, Lam Suet

French chef Costello (Johnny Hallyday) arrives in Macau to see his daughter (Sylvie Testud), whose husband and kids have been killed by mob hitmen. A... Read more

Venus in Furs (1969)

Director: Jesus Franco
Starring: James Darren, Klaus Kinski, Barbara McNair, Dennis Price, Maria Rohm, Margaret L...

Of all the twisted hits from cult director Jess Franco ("Vampyros Lesbos"), fans and critics alike call this his masterpiece! James Darren is a trauma... Read more

Veronica Mars (2014)

Director: Rob Thomas
Starring: Francis Capra, Tina Majorino, Enrico Colantoni, Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, J...

On the eve of graduating law school, Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) has put Neptune and her amateur sleuthing days behind her. While interviewing at hig... Read more

Vertical Limit (2000)

Director: Martin Campbell
Starring: Chris O'Donnell, Bill Paxton, Robin Tunney, Scott Glenn, Temuera Morrison, Nicho...

Spectacular scenery (filmed at Mt Cook National Park) and action highlight this tense adventure saga starring Chris O'Donnell and Robin Tunney as estr... Read more

Victor and the Secret of Crocodile Mansion (2012)

Director: Cyrill Boss, Philipp Stennert
Starring: Kristo Ferkic, Joanna Ferkic, Vijessna Ferkic, Gudrun Ritter, Waldemar Kobus, Uw...

A.k.a. "Das Haus der Krokodile". When the parents of little Victor leave for a business trip, he goes for an exploratory walk through the big, old man... Read more

Victoria (2015)

Director: Sebastian Schipper
Starring: Frederick Lau, Laia Costa, Franz Rogowski, Burak Yigit, Max Mauff

An after-midnight flirtation on the streets of Berlin gets thrillingly side-tracked by another chase entirely. Filmed in a single real-time take, its... Read more

Villain (2020)

Starring: Craig Fairbrass, Robert Glenister

Eddie Franks is a former criminal who attempts to help his family by reconnecting with his daughter and clearing his brother's debt. Despite his effor... Read more

Vinyan (2008)

Director: Fabrice Du Welz
Starring: Emmanuelle Beart, Josse De Pauw, Rufus Sewell, Julie Dreyfus

In Phuket Island, Thailand, the architect Paul Bellmer and his wife Jeanne lost their son Joshua in a tsunami six months ago. Jeanne is disturbed and... Read more

Violet and Daisy (2011)

Director: Geoffrey Fletcher
Starring: James Gandolfini, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Danny Trejo, Alexis Bledel, Tatiana Ma...

Two teenage assassins accept what they think will be a quick-and-easy job, until an unexpected target throws them off their plan. Read more

Visitors (2003)

Director: Richard Franklin
Starring: Radha Mitchell, Susannah York, Ray Barrett, Dominic Purcell, Tottie Goldsmith

After spending six months at sea by herself, a young woman (Radha Mitchell) begins to witness a procession of horrific apparitions boarding her sloop.... Read more