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 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

A Lonely Place to Die (2011)

Director: Julian Gilbey
Starring: Alec Newman, Melissa George, Sean Harris, Karel Roden, Ed Speleers

A quintet of hikers rock-climbing in the Scottish Highlands is shocked when they chance upon a frightened, starving 8-year-old Serbian girl sequestere... Read more

A Lovely Way to Die (1968)

Director: David Lowell Rich
Starring: Kirk Douglas, Sylva Koscina, Eli Wallach

Kirk Douglas stars as Jim Schuyler, an ex New York cop who turned in his badge after roughing up a crook or two in the cause of justice. Schuyler is h... Read more

A Man Apart (2003)

Director: F Gary Gray
Starring: Vin Diesel, Larenz Tate, Timothy Olyphant, Geno Silva, Jacqueline Obradors

When they took his love...they took his life. Now, he's out to get it back. Vin Diesel ("XXX", "The Fast and the Furious") explodes as volatile DEA ag... Read more

A Million (2009)

Director: Cho Min-ho
Starring: Park Hee-soon, Lee Chun-hee, Jung Yu-mi, Park Hae-il, Shin Mina, Lee Min-ki

Eight contestants compete for one million US dollars in a survival reality TV show in Australia. The challengers must spend seven days in the Australi... Read more