Non US Best Thrillers

by franck-bronte | created - 07 Aug 2011 | updated - 06 Sep 2011 | Public

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1. Celda 211 (2009)

113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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The story of two men on different sides of a prison riot -- the inmate leading the rebellion and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal.

Director: Daniel Monzón | Stars: Luis Tosar, Alberto Ammann, Antonio Resines, Manuel Morón

Votes: 55,744

Spain

2. A-i-deul... (2011)

132 min | Crime, Thriller

7.2
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The film is based on a true case from the early 1990s that is known among Koreans as the "disappearance of the frog children." In 1991, five elementary school students told their parents ... See full summary »

Director: Kyu-maan Lee | Stars: Yong-woo Park, Seung-ryong Ryu, Dong-il Sung, Ji-ru Sung

Votes: 1,651

South Korea (aka Children)

3. Fuk sau che chi sei (2010)

90 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.8
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Kit is a young man hunted by the police after a series of murders. A mystery unravels and out comes a story about revenge.

Director: Ching-Po Wong | Stars: Juno Mak, Sora Aoi, Tony Liu, Siu-Ho Chin

Votes: 1,366

China (aka Revenge: A Love Story)

Freakin die hard scene there ^^. Graphic, art direction, music and sound design are aweome. Collector!

4. Just Another Love Story (2007)

Not Rated | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.2
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69 Metascore

Life in the suburbs as a father of two has worn down Jonas. When a victim of a car crash mistakes him for her boyfriend Sebastian, things take a very dramatic turn as the line between truth and deception is erased.

Director: Ole Bornedal | Stars: Anders W. Berthelsen, Rebecka Hemse, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Charlotte Fich

Votes: 4,226 | Gross: $0.05M

Denmark

5. Secuestrados (2010)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

6.4
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49 Metascore

Three hooded Eastern-European criminals burst into a home in a Madrid gated community, holding the family hostage in its own home, and forcing the father to empty his credit cards.

Director: Miguel Ángel Vivas | Stars: Fernando Cayo, Manuela Vellés, Ana Wagener, Guillermo Barrientos

Votes: 6,301

Spain

6. Memories of Murder (2003)

Not Rated | 132 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.1
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82 Metascore

In a small Korean province in 1986, three detectives struggle with the case of multiple young women being found raped and murdered by an unknown culprit.

Director: Joon-ho Bong | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sang-kyung Kim, Roe-ha Kim, Jae-ho Song

Votes: 84,512 | Gross: $0.01M

South Korea (aka Memories of Murder)

7. The Man from Nowhere (2010)

R | 119 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.8
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A quiet pawnshop keeper with a violent past takes on a drug-and-organ trafficking ring in hope of saving the child who is his only friend.

Director: Jeong-beom Lee | Stars: Bin Won, Sae-ron Kim, Tae-hoon Kim, Hee-won Kim

Votes: 50,310 | Gross: $0.01M

South Korea (aka The Man from Nowhere)

8. Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1974 (2009 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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A rookie Yorkshire journalist sets out to solve the case of a child murderer.

Director: Julian Jarrold | Stars: Andrew Garfield, David Morrissey, John Henshaw, Anthony Flanagan

Votes: 10,079

UK

9. Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1980 (2009 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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A team of investigators attempt to stop a serial killer known as the Yorkshire Ripper from claiming his next victim, but uncover something far more terrifying.

Director: James Marsh | Stars: Warren Clarke, Paddy Considine, James Fox, David Calder

Votes: 7,283 | Gross: $0.15M

UK

10. Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1983 (2009 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.3
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77 Metascore

Plagued by guilt, a corrupt police official attempts to solve the case of a missing schoolgirl after seeing connections between her disappearance and a rash of prior abductions.

Director: Anand Tucker | Stars: David Morrissey, Lisa Howard, Chris Walker, Shaun Dooley

Votes: 6,227

UK

11. Tsumetai nettaigyo (2010)

Not Rated | 146 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.1
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66 Metascore

When Syamoto's teenage daughter is caught stealing, a generous middle-aged man helps resolve the situation. The man and his wife offer to have Syamoto's troublesome daughter work at their ... See full summary »

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Denden, Asuka Kurosawa, Megumi Kagurazaka

Votes: 8,755

Japan (aka Cold Fish)

12. Kokuhaku (2010)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Thriller

7.8
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A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter's death.

Director: Tetsuya Nakashima | Stars: Takako Matsu, Yoshino Kimura, Masaki Okada, Yukito Nishii

Votes: 29,791

Japan (aka Confessions)

13. Sin Nombre (2009)

R | 96 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

7.6
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77 Metascore

A Honduran young girl and a Mexican gangster are united in a journey across the American border.

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga | Stars: Paulina Gaitan, Marco Antonio Aguirre, Leonardo Alonso, Karla Cecilia Alvarado

Votes: 28,046 | Gross: $2.53M

Mexico

14. Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010)

Not Rated | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.1
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71 Metascore

After a prison riot, former-Captain Nascimento, now a high ranking security officer in Rio de Janeiro, is swept into a bloody political dispute that involves government officials and paramilitary groups.

Director: José Padilha | Stars: Wagner Moura, Irandhir Santos, André Ramiro, Milhem Cortaz

Votes: 71,830 | Gross: $0.10M

Brazil

15. Hwanghae (2010)

R | 136 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.4
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70 Metascore

A taxi driver goes on the run after an attempt to carry out a hit on a professor goes terribly awry.

Director: Hong-jin Na | Stars: Jung-woo Ha, Yun-seok Kim, Sung-ha Jo, Man-sik Jeong

Votes: 14,360

South Korea (aka The Yellow Sea)

16. Snabba cash (2010)

R | 124 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.7
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75 Metascore

When JW becomes a drug runner in order to maintain his double life, his fate becomes tied to two other men: Jorge, a fugitive on the run from both the Serbian mafia and the police, and mafia enforcer Mrado, who is on the hunt for Jorge.

Director: Daniel Espinosa | Stars: Joel Kinnaman, Matias Varela, Dragomir Mrsic, Lisa Henni

Votes: 14,828 | Gross: $0.19M

Sweden (aka Snabba Cash)

17. Jar City (2006)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.0
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75 Metascore

A murder opens up a bleak trail of long buried secrets and small town corruption for a worn out police detective and his squad.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur | Stars: Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Ólafía Hrönn Jónsdóttir

Votes: 4,562

Iceland (aka Jar City)

18. In a Better World (2010)

R | 119 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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65 Metascore

The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait.

Director: Susanne Bier | Stars: Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Markus Rygaard, Wil Johnson

Votes: 35,093 | Gross: $1.01M

Denmark

19. Brødre (2004)

R | 117 min | Drama, War

7.6
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76 Metascore

Two brothers must negotiate changing roles and shifting family dynamics when one is sent to war in Afghanistan.

Director: Susanne Bier | Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Connie Nielsen, Sarah Juel Werner

Votes: 10,047 | Gross: $0.38M

Denmark (aka Brothers)

20. Kim Bok-nam salinsageonui jeonmal (2010)

Not Rated | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.3
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A woman subject to mental, physical, and sexual abuse on a remote island seeks a way out.

Director: Cheol-soo Jang | Stars: Yeong-hie Seo, Seong-won Ji, Min-ho Hwang, Min Je

Votes: 10,466

South Korea (aka Bedevilled)

21. I Saw the Devil (2010)

Not Rated | 142 min | Action, Drama, Horror

7.8
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67 Metascore

A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Byung-hun Lee, Min-sik Choi, Joon-hyeok Lee, In-seo Kim

Votes: 84,647 | Gross: $0.13M

South Korea

22. Point Blank (2010)

R | 81 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.8
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75 Metascore

Samuel, a male nurse, saves the life of a thief whose henchmen take Samuel's wife hostage and force him to spring their boss.

Director: Fred Cavayé | Stars: Gilles Lellouche, Roschdy Zem, Gérard Lanvin, Elena Anaya

Votes: 12,246 | Gross: $0.71M

France

23. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

R | 152 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.8
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76 Metascore

A journalist is aided by a young female hacker in his search for the killer of a woman who has been dead for forty years.

Director: Niels Arden Oplev | Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Ewa Fröling, Lena Endre

Votes: 188,312 | Gross: $10.10M

Sweden

24. The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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66 Metascore

As computer hacker Lisbeth and journalist Mikael investigate a sex-trafficking ring, Lisbeth is accused of three murders, causing her to go on the run while Mikael works to clear her name.

Director: Daniel Alfredson | Stars: Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Lena Endre, Peter Andersson

Votes: 80,352 | Gross: $9.08M

Sweden

25. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2009)

R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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60 Metascore

Lisbeth is recovering in a hospital and awaiting trial for three murders when she is released. Mikael must prove her innocence, but Lisbeth must be willing to share the details of her sordid experiences with the court.

Director: Daniel Alfredson | Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Annika Hallin

Votes: 58,587 | Gross: $5.19M

Sweden

26. Let the Right One In (2008)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

7.9
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82 Metascore

Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.

Director: Tomas Alfredson | Stars: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Henrik Dahl

Votes: 186,608 | Gross: $2.12M

Sweden

27. Kynodontas (2009)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Thriller

7.3
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73 Metascore

Three teenagers live isolated, without leaving their house, because their over-protective parents say they can only leave when their dogtooth falls out.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Christos Stergioglou, Michele Valley, Angeliki Papoulia, Hristos Passalis

Votes: 57,678 | Gross: $0.11M

Greece

28. Yôgisha X no kenshin (2008)

128 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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It's another battle of the wits for the brilliant but eccentric physicist, Yukawa, and detective, Kaoru.

Director: Hiroshi Nishitani | Stars: Masaharu Fukuyama, Ko Shibasaki, Kazuki Kitamura, Yasuko Matsuyuki

Votes: 2,158

Japan (aka Suspect X)

29. Tête de turc (2010)

87 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.0
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Several lives are changed after a teenager from a rough suburb throws a Molotov cocktail on a car, sending the doctor who was in it in a coma.

Director: Pascal Elbé | Stars: Roschdy Zem, Pascal Elbé, Ronit Elkabetz, Samir Makhlouf

Votes: 380

France

30. The Veteran (2011)

R | 98 min | Action, Thriller

5.9
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A soldier returning from the war in Afghanistan uncovers a conspiracy involving the intelligence services and a gang of drug dealers.

Director: Matthew Hope | Stars: Toby Kebbell, Adi Bielski, Tony Curran, Ashley Thomas

Votes: 6,597

UK

31. Animal Kingdom (2010)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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83 Metascore

A seventeen year-old navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him.

Director: David Michôd | Stars: James Frecheville, Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton, Bryce Lindemann

Votes: 49,307 | Gross: $1.04M

Australia

32. Naboer (2005)

Unrated | 75 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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John has just been left by his girlfriend Ingrid. That day he allows himself to be seduced into a mystical and scary world, where it is impossible to separate truth from the lies

Director: Pål Sletaune | Stars: Kristoffer Joner, Cecilie A. Mosli, Julia Schacht, Anna Bache-Wiig

Votes: 7,880

Norway (aka Next Door)