Top Thriller Movies

Looking for some of the best thrillers of all time? Read on for a list of good thrillers below.
Entertainism Staff
Everyone loves a thriller. The suspense, the fast pace and the cliffhanger at the end, where the moviegoer is guessing an outcome, sitting on the edge of the seat - all of this gives a high. A cinematic high which involves the patrons hitting their forehead, shaking their heads and staring into space, regretting - "Why did I not see that coming?!"

People love a good thriller because it is a sort of a fictional amusement ride. These movies exploit the same elements of the human nature as amusement rides - fear, anxiety, surprise, tension and excitement. And if the movie is really good, the patron feels satisfied at the amount of buzz it creates inside the head, because the movie actually compels him/her to think. To think "what would have happened if", "what if it could have gone the other way", "what if....".

A good thriller comes with the elements of a good plot, the element of surprise throughout the movie, a buildup of tension till the end, and a plot twist that makes the cinema goer scream in agony. The genre was popularised by Alfred Hitchcock, who is seen as a pioneer of thrillers. His movies like Psycho, Strangers on a Train, and North by the Northwest included signature scenes and styles which are still used by the directors today. Keeping these things in mind, we have made a list of good thriller movies. They are presented below.

Top Thrillers of All Time:
  • Pulp Fiction (1994)
  • Fight Club (1999)
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  • The Professional (1994)
  • Psycho (1960)
  • North by Northwest (1959)
  • Metropolis (1927)
  • Diabolique (1955)
  • The Lives of the Others (2006)
  • Rebecca (1940)
  • Sin City (2005)
  • Strangers on a Train (1951)
  • Taxi Driver (1976)
  • The Dark Knight (2008)
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
  • L.A. Confidential (1997)
  • Memento (2000)
  • Se7en (1995)
  • Aliens (1986)
  • The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
  • Oldboy (2003)
  • Reservoir Dogs (1992)
  • The Shining (1980)
  • The Usual Suspects (1995)
  • The Third Man (1949)
  • Vertigo (1958)
  • The Prestige (2006)
  • The Wages of Fear (1953)
  • Touch of Evil (1958)
  • Yojimbo (1961)
  • Alien (1979)
  • Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
  • The Big Sleep (1946)
  • The Great Escape (1963)
  • Jaws (1975)
  • 28 Days Later (2002)
  • The Others (2001)
  • No Country for Old Men (2007)
  • The Bourne Series (2002-07)
  • Basic Instinct (1992)
  • Rear Window (1954)
  • Hard Candy (2006)
  • Deep Red (1975)
  • The Conversation (1974)
  • The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
  • Jagged Edge (1985)
  • Insomnia (2002)
  • Pacific Heights (1990)
  • The Lady Vanishes (1938)
  • Touch of Evil (1958)
  • Peeping Tom (1960)
  • Blow Out (1981)
  • Straw Dogs (1971)
  • The Stepfather (1987)
  • Funny Games (1997)
  • Phone Booth (2003
  • Vertigo (1958)
  • When a Stranger Calls (1979)
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
  • Unbreakable (2000)
  • Transsiberian (2008)
  • The Signal (2007)
  • Mulholland Drive (2001)
  • The Wages of Fear (1953)
  • Kontroll (2003)
  • Marathon Man (1976)
  • Secret Window (2004)
  • M (1931)
  • Play Misty for Me (1971)
  • Dial M for Murder (1954)
  • The Tenant (1976)
  • Don't Look Now (1973)
  • The Vanishing (1988)
  • 2LDK (2002)
  • The Game (1997)
  • Jacob's Ladder (1990)
  • Manhunter (1986)
  • The Machinist (2004)
  • House of Games (1987)
  • Breakdown (1997)
  • Frailty (2001)
  • The Dead Zone (1983)
  • Shutter Island (2010)
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
  • The Sixth Sense (1999)
  • The Departed (2006)
  • The Third Man (1949)
  • Zodiac (2007)
  • Valkyrie (2008)
  • Fargo (1996)
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
  • The Insider (1999)
  • Chinatown (1974)
  • Double Indemnity (1944)
  • The Cabin In the Woods (2012)
These movies are a must watch for all cinema enthusiasts, because each movie stakes its claim in exciting and thrilling the audience in no small measure. So go ahead and rent a few DVDs to experience the thrill of a lifetime.