Top 20 Thriller Movies That You Must Watch 

People experience excitement if they are delighted, scared, or nervous. It is an emotional state that different things can cause. 

People get excited for different reasons such as when they have been waiting for something for a long time or when they are about to do something special. Excitement is a very strong emotion that can cause people to feel euphoric and elated.

A thriller movie can make people feel excited because the movie has suspense and tension which causes the viewer to be on the edge of their seat wondering what will happen next.

Even if the idea of thriller films is not new and has been around for a long time, it has changed over time. 

The idea of thriller films stems from the notion that folks want to be amused. Thriller movies are designed to make you feel on edge, scared, and anxious about the next scene.

We have compiled a list of the best US thrillers from the past few decades and ranked them according to their box office success, IMDB ratings, critical acclaim, and fan reviews.

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 thriller film adapted from the novel of the same name by Thomas Harris.

Jonathan Demme directed the film, which starred Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and Scott Glenn. The Silence of the Lambs is indeed a psychological thriller with horror components.

The story follows FBI trainee Clarice Starling’s efforts to track down Buffalo Bill, a serial killer who skins his female victims’ corpses to create a “woman suit” for himself.

Clarice attempts to find Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist who has been jailed for cannibalism and may be able to provide insight into Buffalo Bill’s psyche.

The novel was written in 1988 and won the 1989 Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel as well as being named one of Time magazine’s top ten novels in 1991.

Seven (1995)

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David Fincher’s 1995 thriller Seven has been written and directed by Andrew Kevin Walker. Critics praised the performances of Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman in the screenplay.

The film was nominated for and won various awards including three Oscars at the 68th Academy Awards, where it was nominated for Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

It has been argued that Seven’s main theme is the “evils of society”. However, writer Andrew Kevin Walker said that he focused on “individual evil” rather than societal evils.

Psycho (1960)

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Psycho (1960) is a movie that has been around for over 50 years, and it still has the power to shock, disgust, and frighten people.

The movie revolves around Norman Bates, a man who lives in a motel with his mother. He is shy, withdrawn, and at times socially awkward. He was traumatized at the age of six when he saw his mother commit suicide in the bathtub.

Bates’s life changes when he meets Marion Crane, who steals $40,000 from her employer to run away with her boyfriend.

When Marion gets to the motel, she finds out that Bates is not aware of what happened to her and she decides to stay there for one night before leaving town.

The next morning she wakes up and realizes that Norman had killed her while she was sleeping because he thought she was an intruder trying to rob him of all his money.

Rear Window (1954)

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Alfred Hitchcock guided the 1954 thriller film Rear Window. The movie tells the story of L.B. Jeffries, played by James Stewart, who is confined to a wheelchair with broken legs.

He spends his spare time looking out his apartment window at his neighbors and then becomes reassured that one of them has committed this crime.

Rear Window was filmed in black and white in the 2:35:1 aspect ratio and featured James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter, and Raymond Burr.

Jaws (1975)

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Steven Spielberg’s 1975 blockbuster Jaws is a film that has had a significant impact on the horror genre.

The film follows the story of three men who are trying to hunt and kill a great white shark that has been terrorizing the fictional seaside resort of Amity Island.

Jaws is an iconic movie that captures the fear of natural predators, as well as the fear of being trapped in an isolated location with no way out.

It is also one of the first films to use extensive underwater filming, and it was also one of Spielberg’s early films where he was able to demonstrate his mastery of suspenseful storytelling.

Vertigo (1958)

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Vertigo (1958) is a classic Hitchcock thriller about a man who becomes obsessed with a woman he has never met.

Vertigo (1958) is directed by Alfred Hitchcock and stars James Stewart, Kim Novak, and Barbara Bel Geddes. The film tells the story of a retired detective who develops an obsession with a woman he has never met.

This film is one of the best films ever made in Hollywood history because it is not only well-written but also well-directed by Hitchcock.

The plot of the movie is unique in that it deals with the idea that we are not always in control of our destiny and that fate can be cruel at times. It also tackles issues like love, obsession, and deceitful relationships.

the Shining (1980 )

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Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, based on Stephen King’s 1977 novel, is a horror film that has been praised for its visual and sound design.

The Shining was directed by Stanley Kubrick and released in 1980. This film is based on the 1977 novel of the same name by Stephen King.

The Shining is a horror film that has been praised for its visual and sound design. It follows Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), a writer who takes a caretaker job at an isolated hotel to be able to give his family some stability after dealing with personal issues such as alcoholism.

The hotel becomes snowy during the winter, so Jack’s wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and their son Danny (Danny Lloyd) are trapped with him there for months until it thaws out again.

However, Danny has “the shining,” which means he can see things before they happen, and he warns them about what will happen if they stay there.

Saboteur (1942 )

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Saboteur is a 1942 American spy thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

The film is based on the novel Saboteur by British author Victor Canning, which was published in 1941. It stars Robert Cummings and Priscilla Lane.

The screenplay was written by Peter Viertel, based on an earlier draft by John Steinbeck under the pseudonym ‘Robert Sergel.’ Hitchcock was given a year to produce the film from April 1941 to April 1942.

Saboteur tells the story of Barry Kane (Robert Cummings), an American factory worker who travels to San Francisco after his father is killed in a mysterious bombing at his workplace.

Barry becomes a suspect after he is seen leaving work with another man shortly before the explosion and he is later arrested at gunpoint during a police raid on an art museum where he has been living with fellow artist Ann Morton (Priscilla Lane).

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946 )

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It’s A Wonderful Life is a Christmas movie that is as popular today as it was when it was first released in 1946.

The movie tells the story of George Bailey, a man who has given up his dreams to help others.

But on Christmas Eve, he learns how much people have appreciated his selfless acts and how much better off the world would have been had he never been born.

North by Northwest ( 1959 )

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North by Northwest is a classic thriller that Alfred Hitchcock directed. The film stars Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, and James Mason.

The movie is a classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller. The story of the film revolves around an advertising executive Roger Thornhill who is mistaken for a government agent by spies and has to run for his life.

The theme of the movie is that there are not many things more dangerous than ignorance. The movie also highlights how even a person who seems to be living in his world can become entangled in some serious trouble with the wrong people.

The Black Phone (2019)

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The Black Phone is a movie based on the book by Daniel Suarez. It’s set in a world where privacy is illegal, and security is guaranteed.

The movie is an action thriller movie that will be released in 2019. The Black Phone is based on the novel of the same name, which Daniel Suarez wrote.

This movie will be set in a world where privacy has been outlawed, and security has been guaranteed, with cameras everywhere and every person monitored 24/7.

The screenplay was based on the novel of the same name by Blake Crouch. The film was released in theatres in the United States on December 22, 2017.

Emily The Criminal

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The movie is about a girl who has to go to prison for a crime she didn’t commit. The movie starts with Emily’s life before she goes to prison.

She has a really good life, and her family loves her very much. Emily starts getting into trouble when she meets this boy, who is also in her school and he convinces her to do bad things with him.

When Emily’s dad finds out what she’s been doing, he sends her off to boarding school where things start going downhill for her. 

She gets bullied by the other kids because of what she did in the past, and it gets worse when they find out that she was falsely accused of committing this crime because of this boy that convinced her to do it with him.

bullet Train

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Bullet Train is a Japanese anime science fiction thriller film. It is based on the original story by Kazuto Okada and directed by Masayuki Ochiai.

The film tells the story of a group of terrorists who hijack a high-speed bullet train to rob the passengers.

The movie starts with a scene in which a woman is seen walking to her car in a parking lot when she is suddenly approached by two men who try to abduct her.

She fights back and shoots one of them in the leg before running away. The other man grabs his gun but gets shot by an unknown person and dies on the spot.

The Innocent

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When you watch a horror movie, what do you expect? Blood, tears, screams, and jumpscares. The Innocents is no exception to this.

The movie starts with the protagonist, Harry, at a party with his friends. He is in love with the girl he’s been seeing for a while now, and she doesn’t know about it yet.

Harry’s friends are all drunk, and they make him drink too many shots of vodka until he blacks out.

Harry wakes up in an empty house and wanders around looking for his girlfriend. He finds her in a bedroom with another guy, but before he can confront them, she disappears through the window.

The guy tells him that they were only kissing, but Harry knows better than that because he saw them both naked on the bed together before he blacked out.

Harry follows her outside to find her talking to two people who are not there when she turns around to ask him something but when she does one of them.

13 lives

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The movie Thirteen Lives is a dramatic thriller that has been directed by David R. Ellis and written by Daniel Farrands. It is based on the true story of the thirteen people who survived the sinking of the Titanic.

The movie is about an American passenger ship, Titanic, which sank in 1912 after hitting an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean.

The film was released on April 6, 2016, and stars Jennifer Lawrence as Rose DeWitt Bukater and Chris Hemsworth as James Cameron.


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Nope is a movie about an awkward teen named Mackenzie who has a problem with social norms.

She is told to go to a party, but she doesn’t want to, so she decides not to go. Mackenzie’s friends pressure her into going, but she makes up excuses like her parents are coming over or that the party will be too crowded and she can’t get in.

The movie ends with Mackenzie going through all the steps of getting ready for the party, only to turn around then and drive away when she sees all of the cars parked outside.

Nope was released on December 7th, 2018, and has received mixed reviews from critics. It currently has a rating of 57% on Rotten Tomatoes which is an average score given by critics and audiences alike.

The film was written by Amy Fox and directed by Ben Hopkins. The film stars Alycia Debnam-Carey as Mackenzie, Sasha Pieterse.

The Batman

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The Batman movie is a 2018 American superhero film directed by Matt Reeves and written by Reeves and Ben Affleck.

The story follows Bruce Wayne, who is Batman as he protects Gotham City from the criminal underworld, including his archnemesis, Joker.

The film stars Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman. It also stars Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, J. K. Simmons as Commissioner James Gordon, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Joe Manganiello as Slade Wilson/Deathstroke, and Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg with voice acting from Michael Cera and Jenny Slate.

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