Top 80 Thriller Films

From deep psychological thrillers to gruesome crimes and paranoia there are 80 thriller films which I consider are the best and watchable in today's times.
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1.
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A former prisoner of war is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy. (126 mins.)
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2.
Vantage Point (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The attempted assassination of the American President is told and re-told from several different perspectives. (90 mins.)
Director: Pete Travis
 
3.
Disturbia (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A teen living under house arrest becomes convinced his neighbor is a serial killer. (105 mins.)
Director: D.J. Caruso
 
4.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims. (118 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
 
5.
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
 
6.
Basic Instinct (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A violent, suspended police detective investigates a brutal murder, in which a manipulative and seductive woman could be involved. (127 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
 
7.
Psycho (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. (109 mins.)
 
8.
Cape Fear (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A convicted rapist, released from prison after serving a fourteen-year sentence, stalks the family of the lawyer who originally defended him. (128 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
9.
Panic Room (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A divorced woman and her diabetic daughter take refuge in their newly-purchased house's safe room, when three men break-in, searching for a missing fortune. (112 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
10.
Three Days of the Condor (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust. (117 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
11.
In the Line of Fire (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan couldn't save Kennedy, but he's determined not to let a clever assassin take out this president. (128 mins.)
 
12.
Collateral (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles. (120 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
 
13.
Red Eye (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A woman is kidnapped by a stranger on a routine flight. Threatened by the potential murder of her father, she is pulled into a plot to assist her captor in offing a politician. (85 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
 
14.
Training Day (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
On his first day on the job as a Los Angeles narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes on a 24-hour training course with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears. (122 mins.)
Director: Antoine Fuqua
 
15.
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.)
 
16.
JFK (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A New Orleans DA discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story. (189 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
17.
The Pelican Brief (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A law student uncovers a conspiracy, putting herself and others in danger. (141 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
 
18.
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
 
19.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker. (158 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
20.
Dead Calm (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
After a tragedy, John Ingram and his wife Rae spend some time isolated at sea when they come across a stranger who has abandoned a sinking ship. (96 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
 
21.
The Da Vinci Code (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A murder inside the Louvre and clues in Da Vinci paintings lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years -- which could shake the foundations of Christianity. (149 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
22.
Red Dragon (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A retired FBI agent with psychological gifts is assigned to help track down "The Tooth Fairy", a mysterious serial killer; aiding him is imprisoned criminal genius Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter. (124 mins.)
Director: Brett Ratner
 
23.
The Conversation (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple he is spying on will be murdered. (113 mins.)
 
24.
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
 
25.
Breakdown (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A man searches for his missing wife after his car breaks down in the middle of the desert. (93 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Mostow
 
26.
Marathon Man (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A graduate history student is unwittingly caught in the middle of an international conspiracy involving stolen diamonds, an exiled Nazi war criminal, and a rogue government agent. (125 mins.)
 
27.
Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A young woman fakes her own death in an attempt to escape her nightmarish marriage, but discovers it is impossible to elude her controlling husband. (99 mins.)
Director: Joseph Ruben
 
28.
Frenzy (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A serial murderer is strangling women with a necktie. The London police have a suspect, but he is the wrong man. (116 mins.)
 
29.
Klute (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A small-town detective searching for a missing man has only one lead: a connection with a New York prostitute. (114 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
 
30.
The Bone Collector (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A quadriplegic ex-homicide detective and his female partner try to track down a serial killer who is terrorizing New York City. (118 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
 
31.
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
 
32.
Unlawful Entry (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
After a break-in at their house, a couple gets help from one of the cops that answered their call. He helps them install the security system... (117 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Kaplan
 
33.
A Perfect Murder (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic Dial M for Murder. (107 mins.)
Director: Andrew Davis
 
34.
Derailed (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
When two married business executives having an affair are blackmailed by a violent criminal, the two must turn the tables on him to save their families. (108 mins.)
 
35.
Double Jeopardy (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A woman framed for her husband's murder suspects he is still alive; as she has already been tried for the crime, she can't be re-prosecuted if she finds and kills him. (105 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
 
36.
Fracture (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An attorney, intent on climbing the career ladder toward success, finds an unlikely opponent in a manipulative criminal he is trying to prosecute. (113 mins.)
Director: Gregory Hoblit
 
37.
The Usual Suspects (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which begin when five criminals meet at a seemingly random police lineup. (106 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
 
38.
Identity (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Stranded at a desolate Nevada motel during a nasty rain-storm, ten strangers become acquainted with each other when they realize that they're being killed off one by one. (90 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
 
39.
Jagged Edge (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
San Francisco heiress Page Forrester is brutally murdered in her remote beach house. Her husband Jack... (108 mins.)
 
40.
Dressed to Kill (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A mysterious blonde woman kills one of a psychiatrist's patients, and then goes after the high-class call girl who witnessed the murder. (105 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
41.
Presumed Innocent (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
When the female deputy prosecutor R.K. Sabich had an affair with is murdered, he is chosen to lead the investigation. However, when he digs too deeply, he finds himself framed for the murder. (127 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
 
42.
The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Mick Haller is a defense lawyer who works out of his Lincoln. When a wealthy Realtor is accused of assaulting a prostitute... (118 mins.)
Director: Brad Furman
 
43.
Sea of Love (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A detective investigating a series of murders becomes involved with a woman who may be the culprit. (113 mins.)
Director: Harold Becker
 
44.
Nick of Time (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An unimpressive, every-day man is forced into a situation where he is told to kill a politician to save his kidnapped daughter. (90 mins.)
Director: John Badham
 
45.
The Sentinel (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A Secret Service agent is framed as the mole in an assassination attempt on the President. He must clear his name and foil another assassination attempt while on the run from a Secret Service Protective Intelligence Division agent. (108 mins.)
Director: Clark Johnson
 
46.
The Constant Gardener (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A widower is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife's murder, big business, and corporate corruption. (129 mins.)
 
47.
Kiss the Girls (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Police hunting for a serial killer are helped when a victim manages to escape for the first time. (115 mins.)
Director: Gary Fleder
 
48.
Taking Lives (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
An FBI profiler is called in by French Canadian police to catch a serial killer who takes on the identity of each new victim. (103 mins.)
Director: D.J. Caruso
 
49.
Insomnia (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen. (118 mins.)
 
50.
The Day of the Jackal (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A professional assassin codenamed "Jackal" plots to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France. (143 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
 
51.
Wild Things (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A police detective uncovers a conspiracy behind a case involving a high-school guidance counselor when accusations of rape are made against him by two female students. (108 mins.)
Director: John McNaughton
 
52.
Unknown (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A man awakens from a coma, only to discover that someone has taken on his identity and that no one, (not even his wife), believes him. With the help of a young woman, he sets out to prove who he is. (113 mins.)
 
53.
Pacific Heights (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A couple works hard to renovate their dream house and become landlords to pay for it. Unfortunately one of their tenants has plans of his own. (102 mins.)
 
54.
Primal Fear (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep. (129 mins.)
Director: Gregory Hoblit
 
55.
Domestic Disturbance (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A divorced father discovers that his 12-year-old son's new stepfather is not what he made himself out to be. (89 mins.)
Director: Harold Becker
 
56.
Out of Time (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A Florida police chief must solve a vicious double homicide before he himself falls under suspicion. (105 mins.)
Director: Carl Franklin
 
57.
The Parallax View (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An ambitious reporter gets in way-over-his-head trouble while investigating a senator's assassination which leads to a vast conspiracy involving a multinational corporation behind every event in the worlds headlines. (102 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
 
58.
Joy Ride (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Three young people on a road trip from Colorado to New Jersey talk to a trucker on their CB radio, then must escape when he turns out to be a psychotic killer. (97 mins.)
Director: John Dahl
 
59.
Absolute Power (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A career thief witnesses a horrific crime involving the U.S. President. (121 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
60.
Arlington Road (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man begins to suspect his neighbors are not what they appear to be and their secrets could be deadly. (117 mins.)
Director: Mark Pellington
 
61.
Snake Eyes (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A shady police detective finds himself in the middle of a murder conspiracy at an important boxing match in an Atlantic City casino. (98 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
62.
Along Came a Spider (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A congressman's daughter under Secret Service protection is kidnapped from a private school by an insider who calls Det. Alex Cross, sucking him into the case even though he's recovering from the loss of his partner. (104 mins.)
Director: Lee Tamahori
 
63.
Blue Velvet (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child. (120 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
64.
Blink (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Emma is a blind violinist who finally gets the opportunity to see. Meanwhile, a string of bizarre rapes and murders has taken place. All of the victims have had transplants within the last month. A coincidence, or is Emma next? (106 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
 
65.
The Recruit (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A brilliant young CIA trainee is asked by his mentor to help find a mole in the Agency. (115 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
 
66.
Body Double (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A young actor's obsession with spying on a beautiful woman who lives nearby leads to a baffling series of events with drastic consequences. (114 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
67.
Copycat (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
An agoraphobic psychologist and a female detective must work together to take down a serial killer who copies serial killers from the past. (123 mins.)
Director: Jon Amiel
 
68.
Man on a Ledge (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
As a police psychologist works to talk down an ex-con who is threatening to jump from a Manhattan hotel rooftop, the biggest diamond heist ever committed is in motion. (102 mins.)
Director: Asger Leth
 
69.
Diabolique (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
The wife and mistress of the sadistic dean of an exclusive prep school conspire to murder him. (107 mins.)
 
70.
Fear (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
When Nicole met David; handsome, charming, affectionate, he was everything. It seemed perfect, but soon she sees that David has a darker side. And his adoration turns to obsession, their dream into a nightmare, and her love into fear. (97 mins.)
Director: James Foley
 
71.
Twisted (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Jessica, whose father killed her mother and committed suicide, is a police officer. While investigating a murder, she finds herself in the center of her own investigation, when her former lovers start being murdered. (97 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
 
72.
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
 
73.
Internal Affairs (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Keen young Raymond Avila joins the Internal Affairs Department of the Los Angeles police. He and partner... (115 mins.)
Director: Mike Figgis
 
74.
Blow Out (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A movie sound recordist accidentally records the evidence that proves that a car accident was actually murder and consequently finds himself in danger. (107 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
75.
Murder by Numbers (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Two gifted high school students execute a "perfect" murder - then become engaged in an intellectual contest with a seasoned homicide detective. (115 mins.)
 
76.
Lakeview Terrace (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A LAPD officer will stop at nothing to force out the interracial couple who just moved in next door. (110 mins.)
Director: Neil LaBute
 
77.
The Call (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
When a veteran 911 operator takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl who has just been abducted, she realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl's life. (94 mins.)
Director: Brad Anderson
 
78.
Sliver (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Carly Norris is a book editor living in New York City who moves into the Sliver apartment building. In the apartment building... (107 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
 
79.
The Collector (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A man kidnaps a woman and holds her hostage just for the pleasure of having her there. (119 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
80.
Runaway Jury (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A juror on the inside and a woman on the outside manipulate a court trial involving a major gun manufacturer. (127 mins.)
Director: Gary Fleder
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