30 Best Thrillers...

The 30 Best Thrillers ever made - these may gear into "horror" sometimes, but these are my alltime 30 favourite thrillers - the ones which can always keep me glued to the screen. Enjoy!
No.1 = No.30
No.30 = No.1 (aka last on my list)
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1.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A boy who communicates with spirits that don't know they're dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist. (107 mins.)
“ The last film on my list, The Sixth Sense didn't quite do it for me. It was definitely chilling, but not right up my alley. Although, it has the makings of a brilliant thriller, I have films which I've enjoyed more. ” - kat-heart
 
2.
Cutting Class (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
A murderer is loose in a high school in this 'whodunit' movie. (91 mins.)
“ A film that resembles more of a horror, but I call it a thriller because of its sheer inability to scare, being made in the 80s. However, this was a brilliant effort, and is a guilty pleasure. ” - kat-heart
 
3.
Donnie Darko (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident. (113 mins.)
Director: Richard Kelly
“ A suspenseful thriller, Donnie Darko can be pretty disturbing at times. It definately leaves you questioning yourself, so I guess it works. ” - kat-heart
 
4.
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Evan Treborn suffers blackouts during significant events of his life. As he grows up, he finds a way to remember these lost memories and a supernatural way to alter his life by reading his journal. (113 mins.)
“ Confusing, heart-breaking, disturbing... This is what comes to mind when thinking about this film. But then again, which thriller doesn't make you think this? ” - kat-heart
 
5.
Gothika (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A repressed female psychiatrist wakes up as a patient in the asylum where she worked, with no memory of why she is there or what she has done. (98 mins.)
“ To be honest, I don't remember much about this film. I just remember watching it, and thinking its scary, and interesting. So, I guess I can call it a good thriller! ” - kat-heart
 
6.
The Hole (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Four teenagers at a British private school secretly uncover and explore the depths of a sealed underground hole created decades ago as a possible bomb shelter. (102 mins.)
Director: Nick Hamm
“ A pretty gnarly film. It made me sad after I watched it, and the suspense comes early in the film. Quite good! ” - kat-heart
 
7.
Edison (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Upon discovering a den of corrupt policemen, a fresh-faced journalist makes a shaky allies in a jaded reporter and investigator for a powerful district attorney. (99 mins.)
Director: David J. Burke
“ The drama was interesting, the plot was intelligent, and there was a number of unsuspecting deaths in the film. All in all, a good thriller! ” - kat-heart
 
8.
Phone Booth (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Stuart Shepard finds himself trapped in a phone booth, pinned down by an extortionist's sniper rifle. (81 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
“ Who can honestly say they wouldn't put this in their own "Best Thrillers" list? Its got its flaws, but it wouldn't be a film if it didn't. ” - kat-heart
 
9.
Snakes on a Plane (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
An FBI agent takes on a plane full of deadly and venomous snakes, deliberately released to kill a witness being flown from Honolulu to Los Angeles to testify against a mob boss. (105 mins.)
Director: David R. Ellis
“ Crammed with movie mistakes, most of which make up the legion of films, Snakes On A Plane at least does a terrific job at keeping you interested and surprised. ” - kat-heart
 
10.
The Reaping (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A former Christian missionary, who specializes in debunking religious phenomena, investigates a small town which seems to be suffering from the 10 biblical plagues. (99 mins.)
Director: Stephen Hopkins
“ Definately one of those horrors I was warning you about, The Reaping is definately horrific. The first time I watched it, it was in German, and I didn't find it that scary. But, when I watched it in English, I realised how freaky it really was. It turns out there's a lot more to dialogue than just words... ” - kat-heart
 
11.
S.W.A.T. (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
An imprisoned drug kingpin offers a huge cash reward to anyone that can break him out of police custody and only the LAPD's Special Weapons and Tactics team can prevent it. (117 mins.)
Director: Clark Johnson
“ This has been a favourite for a long time, and although it belongs to an Action list, I felt like it could add some umph to this list. Some terrific action sequences in this film, a lot of drama, and a whole lot of yay yay yay for the viewer! ” - kat-heart
 
12.
Don't Say a Word (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
When the daughter of a psychiatrist is kidnapped, he's horrified to discover that the abductors' demand is that he break through to a post traumatic stress disorder suffering young woman who knows a secret... (113 mins.)
Director: Gary Fleder
“ With the late Brittany Murphy, who does a terrific job in this film, Don't Say A Word shines with its glorious cast and script. Great thriller. ” - kat-heart
 
13.
The Stepfather (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Michael returns home from military school to find his mother happily in love and living with her new boyfriend. As the two men get to know each other, he becomes more and more suspicious of the man who is always there with a helpful hand. (101 mins.)
“ The 1987 version may be considered a better one, but the newer the version, the more believable it is for me, so I had to go with this one. Awesome, interesting, thrilling. ” - kat-heart
 
14.
Flight of the Phoenix (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Survivors of a plane crash in the Mongolian desert work together to build a new plane. (113 mins.)
Director: John Moore
“ It has its boring moments, which isn't very good for a thriller, but at least it makes up for it with the suspense later. ” - kat-heart
 
15.
Shattered (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A perfect family's dynamic is ruined by a kidnapper's brutally efficient plot. (95 mins.)
Director: Mike Barker
“ All I can say is...I wasn't expecting that. ” - kat-heart
 
16.
Premonition (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Depressed housewife learns her husband was killed in a car accident the day previously, awakens the next morning to find him alive and well at home, and then awakens the next day after to a world in which he is still dead. (96 mins.)
Director: Mennan Yapo
“ Sandra Bullock does a terrific job here. This thriller won't be forgotten after you watch it...trust me. ” - kat-heart
 
17.
Flightplan (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A bereaved woman and her daughter are flying home from Berlin to America. At 30,000 feet, the child vanishes, and nobody will admit she was ever on the plane. (98 mins.)
“ Perhaps taking a little something from the famous 1938 The Lady Vanishes, Flightplan does its best to introduce something a little newer and a little scarier to the audience. ” - kat-heart
 
18.
Deep Blue Sea (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Searching for a cure to Alzheimer's disease a group of scientists on an isolated research facility become the bait as a trio of intelligent sharks fight back. (105 mins.)
Director: Renny Harlin
“ If you were going to say it, or even think it, let me stop you. No, its not like Jaws, but its in its own world of shark terror. And I enjoyed watching this world. ” - kat-heart
 
19.
Enough (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
After running away fails, a terrified woman (Jennifer Lopez) empowers herself in order to battle her abusive husband (Billy Campbell). (115 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
“ When the abuse reaches its climax, Jennifer Lopez (playing wonderfully, might I add), decides to escape. And its the most thrilling escape I've seen. ” - kat-heart
 
20.
Death Race (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Ex-con Jensen Ames is forced by the warden of a notorious prison to compete in our post-industrial world's most popular sport: a car race in which inmates must brutalize and kill one another on the road to victory. (105 mins.)
“ Jason Statham, as always, provides a clear-cut action rememdy to those boring days. Sincerely pleasure-worthy, Death Race is cool. ” - kat-heart
 
21.
A Time to Kill (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A young lawyer defends a black man accused of murdering two men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, sparking a rebirth of the K.K.K. (149 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
“ It certainly was entertaining, thrilling and sad. Although, it had its happy moments. I loved every second of it. Just wait till Matthew McConaughey delivers his fantastic speech at the end...you'll be blown away. ” - kat-heart
 
22.
Se7en (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi. (127 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ Horrifying at times, creepy at others, and downright brilliantly thought up through the bulk of the film, don't give up on Se7en. It has all the great elements of a thriller, and the ending...well, lets just say, you wouldn't have expected it. ” - kat-heart
 
23.
Cellular (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A young man receives an emergency phone call on his cell phone from an older woman. The catch? The woman claims to have been kidnapped; and the kidnappers have targeted her husband and child next. (94 mins.)
Director: David R. Ellis
“ I'm not one to usually enjoy mainstream films and the characteristics they bring to a movie, but this film was spot-on, for me. It really lived up to its name, and wasn't at all disappointing. ” - kat-heart
 
24.
The Astronaut's Wife (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
After an explosion in space and subsequent two-minute radio-out period, two astronauts return home to their wives. Slightly it's revealed that they're not the same as they were. (109 mins.)
Director: Rand Ravich
“ I don't think I've ever seen Johnny Depp in such a role before - this is one of his very serious roles. This film has a lot of moments whereby it starts with eerie, psychotic music, only to end with the radio being switched on. It certainly has grasped full-on thriller etiquette. ” - kat-heart
 
25.
Shutter Island (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A U.S Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane. (138 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ One very confusing plot, one very talented actor, and one very criminally insane hospital. The result? A ludicrously entertaining, nail-biting thriller. ” - kat-heart
 
26.
Irresistible (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A wife and mother is consumed by the thought that her husband's co-worker is trying to win him away from her and their family. (103 mins.)
Director: Ann Turner
“ Susan Sarandon always brings a certain something to a film, and she certainly brought it within this one. Twisted endings? Chilling music? A crazy person? Yep, you guessed it. Its all entwined withing this heck of a good thriller. ” - kat-heart
 
27.
The Brave One (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A woman struggles to recover from a brutal attack by setting out on a mission for revenge. (122 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
“ Don't watch it when you want to have a good time. But then again, don't watch it when you're depressed, or you'll go into manic mode. However, do watch it when you're feeling for a film that will leave you gasping for more. ” - kat-heart
 
28.
Vertigo (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her. (128 mins.)
“ Well, can you expect anything less from the master of suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock? I think not. Super bad-ass film, don't underestimate it. ” - kat-heart
 
29.
The Birds (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people. (119 mins.)
“ Entertainment at its finest hour. The Birds actually made winged creatures impossible to feel safe around for quite some time, and after I had gotten over my silly fear, I realised how superb this film is. Go watch it. Really. Go. Now. ” - kat-heart
 
30.
Taken (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris. (93 mins.)
Director: Pierre Morel
“ A daughter going abroad despite safety fears from her ex-CIA father. What more can I say? This is the ultimate thriller. So, take it for a joyride. ” - kat-heart