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 Simple Plan (1998)

Director: Sam Raimi
Starring: Bridget Fonda, Billy Bob Thornton, Bill Paxton

Captivated by the lure of sudden wealth, the quiet rural lives of two brothers erupt into conflicts of greed, paranoia and distrust when over 4 millio... Read more

A Touch of Sin (2013)

Director: Zhangke Jia
Starring: Zhao Tao, Wang Baoqiang, Wu Jiang, Lanshan Luo, Li Meng

Four independent stories set in modern China about random acts of violence. The film was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival... Read more

A View to a Kill (1985)

Director: John Glen
Starring: Roger Moore, Tanya Roberts, Christopher Walken, Grace Jones, Patrick Macnee

Has 007 (Roger Moore) finally met his match in lean, mean female assassin May Day (Grace Jones)? Set in California's Silicon Valley, where Christopher... Read more

A View to a Kill ( Blu-ray ) (1985)

Director: John Glen
Starring: Christopher Walken, Grace Jones, Patrick Macnee, Roger Moore, Tanya Roberts

Has 007 (Roger Moore) finally met his match in lean, mean female assassin May Day (Grace Jones)? Set in California's Silicon Valley, where Christopher... Read more

A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

Director: Scott Frank
Starring: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, David Harbour, Boyd Holbrook

Liam Neeson stars in this action-thriller based on Lawrence Block's bestselling series of mystery novels. Neeson plays Matt Scudder, an ex-cop turned... Read more

A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop (2009)

Director: Zhang Yimou
Starring: Sun Honglei, Zhao Benshan, Dahong Ni, Xiao Shen-Yang, Yan Ni

It looks like a perfect plan: the affair will come to a cruel but satisfying end when a Chinese noodle shop owner plots to execute his unfaithful wife... Read more

A World Without Thieves (2004)

Director: Feng Xiaogang
Starring: Andy Lau, Rene Liu, Ge You, Baoqiang Wang, Bingbing Li

Bo (Andy Lau) and Li (Rene Liu) play a pair of expert grifters who have just amassed a large wad of cash, prompting Li to say she wants out of the biz... Read more

Aap Kaa Surroor (2007)

Director: Prasant Chadha
Starring: Hannsikka Motwani, Himesh Reshammiya, Mallika Sherawat, Darshan Jariwala

While Indian rock star HR (Himesh Reshammiya) is on tour in Germany he is riding high on a wave of success and even finds true love, when he is unexpe... Read more

Absolute Power (1996)

Director: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Scott Glenn, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Judy Davis,...

About a career thief and ex-con (Clint Eastwood) who says a woman's death was caused by the President of the United States. Ed Harris and Gene Hackman... Read more

Accident (2009)

Director: Pou-Soi Cheang
Starring: Louis Koo, Richie Ren, Shui-Fan Fung, Michelle Ye, Lam Suet

The Brain (Louis Koo) is a professional assassin whose modus operandi is staging elaborate accidents to conceal his crimes. With his small, loyal team... Read more