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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".

What Lies Beneath (2000)

6.6/10
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Harrison Ford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Diana Scarwid

This creepy suspenser stars Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford as a married couple who live in a large house near a Vermont lake. While Ford, a unive... Read more

What No One Knows (2008)

6.2/10
Director: Soren Kragh-Jacobsen
Starring: Anders W Berthelsen, Maria Bonnevie, Ghita Norby, Marie Louise Wille, Sarah Juel...

Engrossing political thriller about a middle-aged man, whose unhappy marriage and distant father-daughter relationship, are in sharp contrast to his d... Read more

When A Stranger Calls (1979)

6.5/10
Director: Fred Walton
Starring: Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Colleen Dewhurst

A crazed killer who was incarcerated seven years earlier when he murdered two children and terrorised their babysitter, escapes from his asylum with t... Read more

When Eight Bells Toll (1970)

6/10
Director: Etienne Perier
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Nathalie Delon, Robert Morley, Jack Hawkins

Alistair MacLean adapted the screenplay for 'When Eight Bells Toll' from his own novel. It stars Anthony Hopkins as a ruthless spy, moving about Scotl... Read more

Where Danger Lives / Tension (1950)

Director: John Farrow, John Berry
Starring: Richard Basehart, Faith Domergue, Robert Mitchum, Barry Sullivan, Audrey Trotter

This film noir double feature from the Warner Bros. classic collection includes 'Where Danger Lives' (1950), with Robert Mitchum playing a doctor who... Read more

Where the Truth Lies (2005)

6.5/10
Director: Atom Egoyan
Starring: Kevin Bacon, Colin Firth, Alison Lohman, David Hayman, Rachel Blanchard, Maury C...

In the mid 1950s, Lanny Morris (Kevin Bacon) and Vince Collins (Colin Firth) were a wildly popular comedy team who suddenly broke up, at the peak of t... Read more

White Boy Rick (2018)

6.5/10
Director: Yann Demange
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Richie Merritt, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brian Tyree Henry, Ro...

Rick Wershe is a single father who's struggling to raise two teenagers during the height of the crack epidemic in 1980s Detroit. Wershe sells guns ill... Read more

White Boy Rick (Blu-Ray) (2018)

6.5/10
Director: Yann Demange
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Richie Merritt, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brian Tyree Henry, Ro...

Rick Wershe is a single father who's struggling to raise two teenagers during the height of the crack epidemic in 1980s Detroit. Wershe sells guns ill... Read more

White Crane Chronicles ( aka Kung Fu Killer ) (2008)

Director: Philip Spink
Starring: Daryl Hannah, David Carradine, Cheng Pei-Pei, Osric Chau, Kay Tong Lim, Lim Yu-B...

China, 1929. As the Republic crumbles, only the legendary Wudang monks dare to defy the ruthless warlords trafficking in the opium trade. Among them i... Read more

White Lightning (1973)

6.4/10
Director: Joseph Sargent
Starring: Burt Reynolds, Jennifer Billingsley, Ned Beatty, Bo Hopkins, Matt Clark

Burt Reynolds is Gator McKlusky, a moonshine runner who wages war against corrupt police officials in this two-fisted, four-wheeling action extravagan... Read more