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Best Thriller/Suspense Movies - Top 30 (with trailers)

Updated on April 11, 2012

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.

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.


Taken (2008)

Cast: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen.

Taken Trailer

Shutter Island (2010)

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Michelle Williams and Mark Ruffalo.

Shutter Island Trailer

Limitless (2011)

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish.

Limitless Trailer

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

Se7en (1995)

Cast: Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt and Kevin Spacey.

Se7en Trailer

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

Inception (2010)

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ellen Page

Inception Trailer

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

Constantine (2005)

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Tilda Swinton, and Djimon Hounsou.

Constantine Trailer

The Devil's Advocate (1997)

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino and Charlize Theron.

The Devil's Advoate Trailer

Hanna (2011)

Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana.

Hanna Trailer

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

Black Swan Trailer


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