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 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

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

Director: Anton Corbijn
Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Willem Dafoe, Rachel McAdams

It is a bitter sweet time to be a film lover as new films from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman continue to hit the screen. The latest of them is Anton... Read more

A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square (1979)

Director: Ralph Thomas
Starring: Richard Jordan, David Niven, Oliver Tobias, Elke Sommer, Gloria Grahame, Hugh Gr...

A.k.a. "The Big Scam". In this British caper film David Niven does his suave 'n' blase bit as a criminal mastermind planning a giant bank heist. Richa... Read more

A Perfect Getaway (2009)

Director: David Twohy
Starring: Steve Zahn, Timothy Olyphant, Milla Jovovich, Kiele Sanchez, Marley Shelton

Newly-weds Cydney (Milla Jovovich) and Cliff (Steve Zahn) are spending their honeymoon hiking in Hawaii. When they meet up with Nick (Timothy Olyphant... Read more

A Perfect Murder (1998)

Director: Andrew Davis
Starring: Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, David Suchet, Viggo Mortensen

A psychological cat and mouse game involving a going-broke commodities trader (Michael Douglas), his rich unfaithful wife (Gwyneth Paltrow) and hippie... Read more

A Prayer For The Dying (1987)

Director: Mike Hodges
Starring: Mickey Rourke, Bob Hoskins, Alan Bates, Sammi Davis

Mickey Rourke, Alan Bates, Bob Hoskins and Liam Neeson bring star power to this thriller about a priest who accidentally witnesses an IRA hit, carried... Read more

A Scanner Darkly (2006)

Director: Richard Linklater
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr, Woody Harrelson, Winona Ryder, Rory Cochrane

Director Richard Linklater returns to the animation style of his earlier 'Waking Life' for this adaptation of Philip K. Dick's novel. In the not-too-... Read more