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Best Thriller/Suspense Movies - Top 30 (with trailers)
Being that I've seen nearly every thriller/mystery/suspense movie ever made, I thought I'd compile a top 30 list of my all time favorite psychological movies in no particular order. These are movies that keep you guessing till the end, have a superb twist, or are just really engaging.
Because I love a good thriller I don't often watch movies twice, but I've seen a few on this list more than once. If you like a lot of these movies and haven't seen the others, check them out next time you're looking for a good movie.
I've tried to find the best quality movie trailers, and only included the main cast in the description - I think the trailer can give you an idea of whether you'll like the movie.
- Taken (2008)
- Shutter Island (2010)
- Limitless (2011)
- The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011)
- Blood Diamond (2006)
- Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
- The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
- Inside Man (2006)
- Man on Fire (2004)
- Fight Club (1999)
- Se7en (1995)
- Twelve Monkeys (1995)
- Source Code (2011)
- The Usual Suspects (1995)
- Inception (2010)
- Deja Vu (2006)
- The Prestige (2006)
- The Jacket (2005)
- The Next Three Days (2010)
- Minority Report (2002)
- The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
- The Butterfly Effect (2004)
- The Skeleton Key (2005)
- The Game (1997)
- The Sixth Sense (1999)
- Constantine (2005)
- The Devil's Advocate (1997)
- Hanna (2011)
- Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
- Black Swan (2010)
Honorable Mentions: Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Secret Window, The Forgotten, Memento, Reservoir Dogs, the Matrix movies. Again, they maybe not all be specifically classified as Thrillers, but they all have a good mystery, concept, or twisted plot.
Cast: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen.
Shutter Island (2010)
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Michelle Williams and Mark Ruffalo.
Shutter Island Trailer
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Cast: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara and Christopher Plummer.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Trailer
Blood Diamond (2006)
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou and Jennifer Connelly.
Blood Diamond Trailer
Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Cast: Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx and Leslie Bibb.
Law Abiding Citizen Trailer
The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
Cast: Denzel Washington, Live Schreiber and Meryl Streep.
The Manchurian Candidate Trailer
Inside Man (2006)
Cast: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster.
Insisde Man Trailer
Man on Fire (2004)
Cast: Denzel Washington, Christopher Walken and Dakota Fanning.
Man on Fire Trailer
Fight Club (1999)
Cast: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Boham Carter.
Fight Club Trailer
Cast: Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt and Kevin Spacey.
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Cast: Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe and Brad Pitt.
Twelve Monkeys Trailer
Source Code (2011)
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan and Vera Farmiga.
Source Code Trailer
The Usual Suspects (1995)
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Benicio Del Toro, Kevin Pollak, Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Baldwin, Chazz Palminteri.
The Usual Suspects Trailer
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ellen Page
Deja Vu (2006)
Cast: Denzel Washington, Val Kilmer, Paula Patton and Jim Caviezel.
Deja Vu Trailer
The Prestige (2006)
Cast: Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman and Scarlett Johansson
The Prestige Trailer
The Jacket (2005)
Cast: Adrien Brody, Keira Knightley and Daniel Craig.
The Jacket Trailer
The Next Three Days (2010)
Cast: Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde, and Liam Neeson.
The Next Three Days Trailer
Minority Report (2002)
Cast: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton.
Minority Report Trailer
The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
Cast: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt and Michael Kelly.
The Adjustment Bureau Trailer
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Cast: Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart and Melora Walters.
(This is a good movie with many copy cats created since. I would not recommend Butterfly Effect 2 and/or 3, however.)
The Butterfly Effect Trailer
The Skeleton Key (2005)
Cast: Kate Hudson, Gena Rowlands, John Hurt, Peter Sarsgaard.
(This movie didn't get great reviews, but it scared the bejeezuz out of me at the time, I thought it was well worth the watch!)
The Skeleton Key Trailer
The Game (1997)
Cast: Michael Douglas, Deborah Kara Unger and Sean Penn.
The Game Trailer
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Cast: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment and Toni Collette.
The Sixth Sense Trailer
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Tilda Swinton, and Djimon Hounsou.
The Devil's Advocate (1997)
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino and Charlize Theron.
The Devil's Advoate Trailer
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana.
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
Cast: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil and Sergi López.
Pan's Labyrinth Trailer
Black Swan (2010)
Cast: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassel