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Best Thriller Films of all Time

Updated on March 7, 2017

Fast Paced Thrillers

Pulp Fiction is a gangster film starring Bruce Willis, Samuel Jackson and John Travolta. It is rated R for extreme language and violence.
Pulp Fiction is a gangster film starring Bruce Willis, Samuel Jackson and John Travolta. It is rated R for extreme language and violence. | Source
The Bone Collector stars Angelina Jolie and Denzel Washington. A lunatic man kills people in viscous ways and takes a bone from each victim.
The Bone Collector stars Angelina Jolie and Denzel Washington. A lunatic man kills people in viscous ways and takes a bone from each victim.
Kathy Bates stars in the Stephen King film called Misery. And by all accounts she causes misery throughout the film on a writer played by James Caan.
Kathy Bates stars in the Stephen King film called Misery. And by all accounts she causes misery throughout the film on a writer played by James Caan. | Source
Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman are the detectives in the thriller film called Seven. The killer commits mrders using the seven deadly sins.
Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman are the detectives in the thriller film called Seven. The killer commits mrders using the seven deadly sins. | Source
Nicolas Cage is out for revenge after seeing men on film killing an innocent woman in the movie called 8MM.
Nicolas Cage is out for revenge after seeing men on film killing an innocent woman in the movie called 8MM. | Source
Tommy Lee Jones plays a U.S. Marshall and Harrison Ford plays as a Doctor who was falsely accused of murdering his wife.
Tommy Lee Jones plays a U.S. Marshall and Harrison Ford plays as a Doctor who was falsely accused of murdering his wife. | Source

Films for Thrill Seekers

1. Seven: Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman play two detectives who have to solve a crime where the killer uses the seven deadly sins as a plan to commit his murders. In all honesty, the ending to this film is as deep as you will ever see. The crime scenes are very nasty and full of blood and gore. Pitt and Freeman make an excellent detective team with Freeman playing the experienced veteran detective and Pitt being the newcomer to the force. All Pitt wanted to do was to have the respect of the force and be recognized a great detective. The psychology in this movie is really crazy.

2. Pulp Fiction: John Travolta and Sam Jackson play as hit men in this film also starring, Bruce Willis. The film has flash backs and flash forwards throughout and it never stops with the twists, turns and murders. This film shows the street life as it really is and it was directed by Quinton Tarantino. The film is rated R as it should be because, there is a lot of blood shed and murder in this movie.Travolta is supposed to keep his wife company for the night. That's when all the drama starts.

3. 8MM: Nicholas Cage sees a film about someone getting killed and he takes revenge on everybody. In the end, after weeks of searching the streets he finally found the 8mm underworld. This one is drawn out and slow in the early going but, when Cage starts picking apart those freaks from the video tape, justice is served. One of the most brutal and unique endings I have ever witnessed in a movie.

4. The Bone Collector: Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie star as cops in this film about a psycho who takes part of his victims' bones as he leaves them to die. Denzel is a homicide detective who is bed ridden but, he has the latest in technology and can help the cops in the field. There is a serial killer he must enlist the help of a rookie cop to catch a serial killer. The killer is a sick freak who actually knows Denzel personally in the film but, Denzel does not know who the killer is. Angelina Jolie and Denzel Washington works very close together and she has to able to trust him when she is out in the field.

5. The Fugitive: Harrison Ford plays a doctor was falsely accused of killing his wife. Tommy Lee Jones is the U.S. Marshal trying to catch him and bring him to justice but, the doctor is hard to catch and he is somewhat a survivalist. He stays on the run trying to prove his innocence.The film shows how hard life is for someone on the run from the law.

6. Phone Booth: Colin Farrell plays as a man being held captive in a phone booth by a lunatic sharpshooter. Forrest Whitaker plays as an F.B.I. Agent and Kiefer Sutherland plays the bad guy in this film that makes Stu Shepard (Farrell) rethink his whole life in one day and make a shocking decision in the end. If Farrell steps out of the phone booth at all, he will be shot instantly by a sharp shooter.

7. Inside Man: Spike Lee directed this crime movie with Denzel Washington and Jodie Foster in the star roles. A bank heist is happening but, something far deeper is really happening. Racism and corruption are at the heart of this jaw dropper. This movie will keep you on the edge of your seat.

8. Misery: Stephen King wrote this story starring a crazy fan, played by Kathy Bates, who is insane over a famous novel writer played by James Caan. He wrecks in the woods only to be nursed to health by a crazy fan but, then she flips out on him. As the story gets deep it's sink or swim if the novelist wants to escape the human torture that is now his life.

9. Along Came a Spider: Morgan Freeman is about to retire from the force but, he is drawn back in by the kidnapping of a Senator's daughter, played by Mika Boorem. He will stop at nothing to bring the killer to justice, dead or alive.

10. Speed: This fast paced thrill ride features Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock and Dennis Hopper. A bomb is on a city bus traveling full of people through the city. One problem is that if the Train's speed goes below 50 miles per hour then the bomb will explode. This is a very exciting movie.

Inside Man

Denzel Washington plays the lead role in this intense thriller. Denzel is a negotiator for the police department and he has to try and free hostages being held in a bank robbery.
Denzel Washington plays the lead role in this intense thriller. Denzel is a negotiator for the police department and he has to try and free hostages being held in a bank robbery. | Source

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Pulp Fiction Was Different To Say The Least

Pulp Fiction was a very unique film. It jumped backwards and forwards constantly and kept the audience guessing. I must admit that I thought he would sleep with his bosses wife.

© 2012 Buster Johnson

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    • mathira profile image

      mathira 4 years ago from chennai

      I loved Speed and it was thrilling till the end.

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      This is quite the list of different types of thrillers. There are at least 3 on here that I haven't seen yet, so thanks for the recommendations!

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