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The Best Five Suspense Thriller Movies

Updated on October 30, 2012

Thriller Genre

Thriller is a movie genre that brings us suspense and excitement, playing with our minds using suprise, terror, anxiety etc. Thrillers objective is to keep it's viewers on the edge of their seats during the whole movie. These type of movies were always my favorite because of the high adrenalin rush that comes with a good thriller.

Thriller movies as a genre have it's subgenres, such as mystery thrillers, psychological thrillers, action thrillers, political thrillers etc. But the suspense is the reason why are the thriller movies the most exciting movies of all. A good thriller movie will always keep the suspense until the end, and no matter how hard u try you will never be able to guess the end.

However, now days it's hard to find a good thriller like those in Hitchkock's era. Alfred Hitchock was and will probably stay as the best thriller movie maker of all time. I' ve tried to write about mine favorites trillers that are newer, but I couldin't make a mistake and not to put one of his movies on my list.

So I'll recommend these five movies: "The Game", "Identity", "Usual Suspects", "Fight Club" and "Psycho"

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The Game

The Game is a psychological thriller made in 1997, directed by David Finch, starring Michael Douglas and Sean Penn.

In almost every movie that Douglas acts, he is a millionaire, so why would this one be any different. He plays Nicholas Van Orton who is an investment banker. Although he has everything, his life is pretty much planed, and it's all about work. Also, there is one more thing that haunts him... His father committed suicide at the age 48, and Nicholas is just about to be 48, and that scares the hell out of him. His brother Conrad ( Sean Penn) gives him a birthday card (voucher) for a game in Consumer Recreation Services (CRS). Although Nicholas is a bit sceptic about the whole thing, after talking to a few rich friends, that had very good experience with the CRS, he decides to go.

In CRS's headquters Nicholas is going through some serious health tests, complaining all the time but he finished it. However CRS informed him that he wasn't the game material, he forgets about the hole thing, but the game has began.

Nicholas' life starts to fall apart. His money is gone, no one believes him. So he asks himself a question is this really just a game, or something more...

The Game Trailer



Identity is also a psychological thriller movie with some horror parts. It came out in 2003, directed by James Mangold, starring John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, Alfred Molina...

The movie starts with Malcolm Rivers who is responsible for several murders that took place in a motel, and he awaits execution. However, Dr. Mallick (Alfred Molina) has some new evidence that may clear the whole murdering situation, and why did Malcolm Rivers killed all those people.

In the next scene a group of strangers find themselves in the same motel due the horrible storm. They can't move, so they decide to stay in that motel. One of those people is a convict, who is escorted to prison by a cop. Some time later, someone starts to kill them, one by one, and everyone suspects each other.

Although they thought that they don't know each other, they find out that their lives are very much connected in some way.

Identity Trailer


The Usual Suspects

A 1995. thriller movie, directed by Bryan Singer, staring Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio del Toro, Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Pollak... Very well received by critics and won two academy awards, for best supporting actor and the best screenplay.

At the beginning we see a man named Keyser Soze on the ship who shots in Keaton (Byrne), before the ship explodes. The next day two agents, Kujan and Baer are leading the investigation, desperate to find out, what happened on that boat. Only two guys survived, one is Roger "Verbal" Kint, and the other is a Hungarian criminal Arkosh Kovash. All that agents know is the name Keyser Soze, the devil himself, a criminal mastermind, who has never been seen, no one has ever worked for him, but he's there. You may work for him, and not to know. However, Arkosh is badly injured and in the hospital only saying Soze's name, the only witness is Verbal Kint. So he starts to tell the story, how him and the rest of his crew were hired by Kayser Soze to rob that ship.

So the agents have to focus themselves on a criminal mind that not exict based only on the story of their witness Verbal Klint.

The Usual Suspects Trailer


Fight Club

Fight Club is a thriller movie based on the novel written by Chuck Palahniuk. It came out in 1999, directed by David Fincher, staring Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter.

This movie begins with the narrator (Edward Norton) who works at the traveling automobile company. He suffers from insomnia. Narrator lives his life by the book, home, work, buying suff from magazines. His whole life is planned ahead, and he is very unhappy. Like I said he can't sleep. The only thing that helps him is to go on various types of group supports, cancer, tbc, viruses and other deadly diseases. This group meetings are helping him to sleep and to feel better about himself. In one of those meetings he met Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter) who does the same as him. Visits these meeting although she is perfectly healthy.

The narrator's life is changed up side down, when he meet Tyler Durden in a plane, handsome, good lucking guy, how sells soaps. After that narrator's apartment went on fire, and he called Tyler, and arranged a meeting in a bar. After leaving the bar these two got in a fight, just because their never fought before. To them it was fun, and they continued to do so often. However, many people saw what they are doing and join them.

That was the begging of the Fight Club. Narrator moved in with Tyler in one old ruined house, out of town. Although the first rule of Fight Club was not to talk about Fight Club, their membership highly increased, and they were ready to start doing some serious stuff, not just fight. They were prepared to start the anarchy. The narrator changed his mind, and wanted to stop it. But is it too late?

Fight Club Trailer


A 1960. master piece by Alfred Hitchcock, staring Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Janet Leigh...

In order to help her boyfriend Sam Loomis (Gavin), Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) stole 40000 dollars from one client in her company, and run away with her car. Due the storm she stops at the Bates Motel, owned by Norman Bates (Perkins). He said that he lives with his mother in the house, near the motel. Norman was attracted by Marion, and he invited her to supper. However, she overheard an argument between Norman and his mother, and later suggested to Norman that he should put his mother in the institution. Although he agreed with her, he was angry.

Later that night, Marion goes to take a shower, and during her shower, a man comes in and kill her with a knife. Norman finds the corpse, and assumes that his mother committed that murder, he gets rid of the car, corpse and clues.

After that, Marion's sister has hired a private detective in order to find her sister. The same detective that was hired to find Marion and the money. So the clues lead them to Bates motel, with Norman's mother on a killing rampage.

Psycho Trailer

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    • jainismus profile image

      Mahaveer Sanglikar 

      5 years ago from Pune, India

      Great list, I have watched just one of these movies, would like to watch rest of them when time allows.

    • diplorging profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Serbia

      I know what you mean about the top lists. I've tried to write about some newer thrillers, of course, Hitchock's list is unbeatable, I mean, Birds, Rear Window, Psycho, Dial M for Murder, no one can beat that :D

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      Russ Moran - The Write Stuff 

      6 years ago from Long Island, New York

      I love top five and top ten etc lists, and yours is a contribution to the genre. May I add "The Birds" by Alfred Hitchcock?


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