It is said that a movie can change your outlook on life. From discomfort to excitement, suspense or thriller movies give the movie lovers a mixed bag of feelings. But one thing is for sure, thrillers are bound to attack you with such possibilities that might leave you amazed. Interestingly, there have been some of the best Hollywood suspense movies that are known for their twisted story line.
Apparently, in thriller movies, the audience witnesses the story of the protagonist surface through different levels of intensity that tends to heighten the suspense and fear. Eventually, the cliffhanger finale becomes the cherry on the top. The audiences keep predicting the eventual consequences and thus stay engrossed in the film. We have compiled a list of the best of Hollywood thriller films for your next movie date:
1. Se7en (1995)
The splendid film about two detectives who desperately hunt for a serial killer who justifies his crimes as forgiveness for the world’s ignorance of the Seven Deadly Sins. Director David Fincher has used every trick available for the cinematic experience of the audience to keep them glued to their seats. The powerful yet haunting conclusion makes it one of the most iconic movies of all time.
2. Psycho (1960)
Based on the 1950 novel of the same name, ‘Psycho’ is one of the most celebrated suspense thrillers directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The movie tells the encounters between the manager of an isolated motel and a woman who stays there for a night and what follows after makes psycho a cinematic marvel. This movie sets the precedent for modern thriller and horror in so many ways. It was the very first movie to show the functioning of a flush on the silver screen.
3. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
‘The Silence of the Lambs’ is one of the rarest Hollywood suspense movies which was able to win 5 Oscars including best picture, actor, actress and director. Yet another novel adaptation, the movie tells the story of an FBI trainee who seeks the help of a brilliant but demented cannibalistic killer with the motive to catch another serial killer on the loose. Phenomenal direction and splendid background music makes this movie a must watch for every movie lover.
4. Rear Window (1954)
Another masterpiece by Alfred Hitchcock, ‘Rear Window’ tells the story of a man confined to a wheelchair because of a leg injury who watches his neighbors via binoculars. And one night he sees something that creates the bubble of suspense for the audience. This colorful film has undoubtedly made its place as one of the best Hollywood thriller movies.
5. The Unusual Suspects (1995)
Kevin Spacey’s Oscar-winning performance in the ‘Unusual Suspects’ makes this Hollywood thriller a compelling watch for every movie lover. Following a truck hijack in New York, five con men are brought together for questioning. As none of them are proven guilty, they plan a revenge operation against the police. However, this plan takes an unexpected turn that keeps the audience asking for more.
6. Vertigo (1958)
A true blue Hollywood suspense movie, ‘Vertigo’ is a classic Hitchcock craftsmanship. This cult classic has gathered the prominence in the world cinema and is considered as one of the best film ever made. The story of a man with the fear of heights gets disturbed after his fiance jumps to her death. Soon he finds her to be alive, but she claims to be someone else. What happens afterward is something that will keep you intrigued till the very end.
7. Rope (1948)
This Hollywood thriller is one of the boldest moves by Alfred Hitchcock. This entire movie is shot in just two rooms and the storytelling will keep you intrigued throughout. ‘Rope’ is intellectually inducing piece of art that tells the story of a perfect crime. Two criminals strangle decide to test whether their friends are able to figure out their crime after which things take the wrong turn.
8. Double Indemnity (1944)
A story told in flashback mode, Double Indemnity is an authentic thriller that has everything in the form of love, deceit, and murder. A devious woman uses a clause in the insurance agreement to plan her husband’s staged accident to get the insurance money with the help of an accomplice. It is considered one of the best noir movies directed by Billy Wilder.
9. Gone Girl (2014)
When a husband files a missing report of his missing wife, the media suspects that he killed his wife. Directed by David Fincher, ‘Gone Girl’ is sheer brilliance. We must warn you! This psychological thriller is not for the weak-hearted. The gripping and deceitful tale of a missing wife and the husband’s struggle to prove his innocence will keep you engrossed till the last minute.
10. The Prestige (2006)
Christopher Nolan weaved magic with ‘The Prestige’ in 2006 when he delivered a complex and dramatic story of two magician friends. These friends compete with each other while sabotaging other’s performance on the stage to prove who the best magician. This movie takes you on a journey that finds the truth behind magic.
11. Memento (2000)
‘Memento’ is a unique way of storytelling by Christopher Nolan in which a man keeps forgetting his recent memories due to an accident. He needs to kill the men responsible for his wife’s death and his current state. And the only clues are tattoos on his body. The use of black and white sequences is the essence of the film. Guess we now know which Bollywood movie is based on ‘Memento!’
12. Shutter Island (2010)
All hell breaks loose at an asylum on ‘Shutter Island’ when they find that one of their most dangerous patients have escaped from the premises and is hiding in the building. Two US Marshals are sent to investigate the incident and they find everyone to be a suspect. The finale will keep you biting your nails in anticipation for this Martin Scorsese neo-noir.
13. Zodiac (2007)
Another David Fincher movie on the list, ‘Zodiac’ is a splendid storytelling thriller investigative journalism. A cartoonist by profession gets obsessed with the infamous zodiac killer and uses his puzzle-solving techniques to reveal the identity of the killer.
14. Mulholland Drive (2001)
You might have to watch this movie multiple times, but Mulholland Drive will give the same thrilling experience like when you watched it for the first time. There are numerous interpretations of this movie for the audience to decipher. David Lynch will make you witness Los Angeles like never before in this Hollywood suspense/thriller. From the brilliant plot to a praiseworthy performance of the cast, this movie will make your jaw drop in the climax.
15. Dial M for Murder (1954)
Alfred Hitchcock transforms a classic stage play into a perfect crime. The deceitful plan of a husband to kill his cheating wife in order to get her money takes an unexpected turn when the wife kills her assassin. What happens next will make your mind boggle with suspense.
16. LA Confidential (1997)
Set in the corrupt backdrop of Los Angeles, this noir tells the tale of three cops who investigate a murder case in their own different styles. This film about police corruption and Hollywood sleaze has all the ingredients of a perfect suspense movie. ‘LA Confidential’ takes on a mysterious journey, while the cops try to find the truth.
17. The Illusionist (2006)
A tale of magic and romance, ‘The Illusionist’ is full of suspense and mystifying scenes. A renowned Illusionist uses his magic to protect his lady love. Directed by Neil Burger, this is one of the must-watch Hollywood suspense movies.
18. Prisoners (2013)
Unexpectedly, this modern day suspense thriller gets along the lines of a classic thriller movie perfectly. With a fear for the worse, a father takes matters in his hand after his daughter goes missing and police are incapable to find her. With marvelous background score and captivating direction, ‘Prisoners’ had to be on the list.
19. Strangers On A Train (1951)
What happens when two strangers meet on a train and decide to solve each other’s problems? Well, this movie will tell you that. Hitchcock’s yet another classic thriller about a charming psychopath and a tennis player who take the help of ‘murder’ to solve each other’s problems. ‘Strangers On A Train’ film is Hitchcock’s idea of a perfect crime.
20. No Country for Old Men (2007)
An adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel, this Hollywood thriller takes place in West Texas in the 1980s. This Oscar-winning western crime thriller tells the story of a man who finds a massive amount of cash and is then hunted by the hitman who’s hired to get it back. The simple yet powerful atmosphere and extraordinary theme makes the movie a must watch.
21. The Sixth Sense (1999)
The stunning plot twist of ‘The Sixth Sense’ adds value to the story of an eight-year-old boy who sees dead people. The sheer brilliance of the script and direction by M. Night Shyamalan in this American supernatural thriller will astonish you.
22. North by Northwest (1959)
Another masterpiece by the famous Hitchcock, this action thriller features one of the most famous scenes in the cinematic history – the plane chase in the open field. This Hollywood suspense movie is one of the biggest successes in the history. Do you want a proof? Look out for the climax of the film on top of the Mount Rushmore!
23. The Shining (1980)
The Shining is the masterpiece of Stanley Kubrick, one of the most celebrated filmmakers in cinema. Thoroughly analyzed that will appeal to our most prolific creative minds, The Shining is the story of a couple and their psychic son who takes the job as a caretaker in an isolated hotel. This psychological horror thriller will captivate you with some of the most epic scenes.