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".

A Few Days in September (2006)

Director: Santiago Amigorena
Starring: Juliette Binoche, John Turturro, Sara Forestier, Tom Riley, Nick Nolte

An international tale of intrigue with more than a hint of satire has Juliette Binoche as a French agent on the trail of a missing CIA operative with... Read more

A Field in England (2013)

Director: Ben Wheatley
Starring: Reece Shearsmith, Julian Barratt, Michael Smiley, Peter Ferdinando, Richard Glov...

Fleeing from a battle in the English Civil War, a small group of deserters are captured by a mysterious alchemist and forced to aid him in his search... Read more

A Film With Me In It (2008)

Director: Ian Fitzgibbon
Starring: Dylan Moran, Mark Doherty, Amy Huberman, Keith Allen

Out-of-work actor Mark is having a rubbish day, but just when he thought things couldn't get any worse, people start dying in his apartment. As one fa... Read more

A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

Director: John Moore
Starring: Bruce Willis, Cole Hauser, Sebastian Koch, Rasha Bukvic, Jai Courtney

Bruce Willis reprises his role as Detective John McClane in the fifth instalment of the enduring action franchise. This time around, McClane travels t... Read more

A Good Marriage (2014)

Director: Peter Askin
Starring: Joan Allen, Anthony LaPaglia, Cara Buono, Kristen Connolly, Stephen Lang

As a sadistic serial killer is spreading fear across the Northeast, taunting the police as his victims pile up, Darcy Anderson (Joan Allen) and her hu... Read more

A Hijacking (2012)

Director: Tobias Lindholm
Starring: Soren Malling, Pilou Asbaek, Dar Salim, Roland Moller, Gary Skjoldmose Porter

The cargo ship MV Rozen is heading for harbour when it is hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. Amongst the men on board are the ship's cook... Read more

A History of Violence (2005)

Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Ed Harris, William Hurt, Maria Bello, Ashton Holmes, Stephen Mc...

Adapted from a graphic novel, Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) is a quiet man living a quiet life in Indiana. A quiet shattered when a pair of fugitives wa... Read more

A History of Violence ( Blu-ray ) (2005)

Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Ed Harris, Maria Bello, Viggo Mortensen, William Hurt, Stephen McHattie, Ashton...

Adapted from a graphic novel, Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) is a quiet man living a quiet life in Indiana. A quiet shattered when a pair of fugitives wa... Read more

A Kiss Before Dying (1991)

Director: James Dearden
Starring: Matt Dillon, Diane Ladd, Max von Sydow, Sean Young, James Russo

In this gripping remake of the 1956 thriller, Matt Dillon plays a psychotic yuppie who kills his girlfriend and then marries her twin sister (Sean You... Read more

A Little Trip to Heaven (2005)

Director: Baltasar Kormakur
Starring: Forest Whitaker, Julia Stiles, Jeremy Renner, Peter Coyote, Anne Reid, Philip Ja...

Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur's English-language debut is a black humour-tinged noir that stars Forest Whitaker as an insurance investigator lo... Read more