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10 Best Thriller Movies of All Time You Must Watch

Thriller, Suspense, Plot Twists, Drama. These are all the genres that people admire the most and love to watch mostly. You might’ve seen many thriller movies though, not all of them would thrill you as much as the best ones. A Film geek always look for perfect seat edge thrillers movies that keep on the toes till the end. Those perfect thrillers will never get us bored & engage us with incredible plotline. However, if a thriller isn’t crafted perfectly, it doesn’t make people elevated and end up as a mediocre thriller. So, we’ve listed 10 best thriller movies of all time that have aborbsing story narration with iconic characters.

Especially, we have to talk about some ultimate climaxes that made us felt tense and engaged.


memento best thriller movie
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Memento was released in the year 2000. Still, it is one of the best thriller movies that perplex and baffles our minds with its’s non-linear narrative and engrossing screenplay. Initially, you don’t know what exactly is happening on the screen, then you’ll realize the magic of narration. Kudos to Christopher Nolan who made a new approach on filmmaking and introduced us to unconventional thriller. Even at the end, you will surely be astonished by how climax made an impact on the film. If you’re really looking for the perfect seat edge thriller. Here’s Memento.

IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

Cast: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, and more.

Plot: A person with short-term memory investigates his wife’s murderer.


parasite best thriller movie
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Parasite is the oscar winner of the best picture in 2019. It is not just a noir thriller also, a movie with a social commentary on class. Right from the beginning to the ending, i assure you will stick to the screen till the film ends. Parasite depicts the aspects of class & anti-capitalism that makes it thought-provoking to watch along. Boon Joon-ho, director of Parasite, also the winner of the best director, represents the story with amazing hidden metaphors and allegory. That’s why parasite is full of metaphors and one of the best noir thrillers of all time. Never miss this Korean thriller.

IMDb Rating: 8.6/10

Cast: Kang-ho Song, Sun-Kyun Lee, Yeo-Jeong Jo and more.

Plot: A poor family ( The Kims ) inhabits rich family’s ( The parks ) house with deception. But, their easy life in the house becomes a threat and faces a lot of risks.


seven best thriller movie
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Seven is a crime drama thriller that begins with slow drama and turns out to an extraordinary ending. You know David Fincher, who is well-known for fight club significantly made a huge impact on the crime drama genre with his nail-biting thriller. If you saw his films, he always brings some of the artistic color palettes to the screen with creative cinematography. It’s the same case with seven. You should definitely watch this film if you admire David Fincher’s work. With Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman’s brilliant performances, makes it one of the best thrillers that has a dark ending you’ll never expect coming.

IMDb Rating: 8.6/10

Cast: Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, and more.

Plot: Veteran and Rookie, two detectives tracks down the murders who uses seven deadly sins as his motive.


Shutter Island

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Shutter Island is one of the best thriller movies of all time. It’s so dark and gritty right from the beginning. The great thing about this film is the mystery that lurks around the lead. I’m quite sure your mind will be blown away after watching the climax. It is directed by legendary director, Martin Scorsese who has a separate fanbase for his classic films. Among them, Shutter island is a film that martin made concealing the biggest mystery that reveals in the ending. I think 99% of people can never predict what comes at the epilogue. Leonardo Dicaprio and Mark Ruffalo made excellent performances throughout the drama. Watch this film right now if you’re martin or Leonardo movie lover.

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo, and more..

Plot: In 1954, U.S Marshal and his partner track downs criminal who is escaped from the psychiatric hospital.


Old Boy

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OldBoy is one of the greatest korean films you should watch as a film fanatic. The film revolves around revenge, raw emotion, and violence with an ultimate cliffhanger. The storyline, screenplay, cinematography, and acting are the major assets of this film. Chan-wook Park, the director made this film by giving attention to every element. Watch this movie, if you love Korean dramas.

IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

Cast: Min-Sik Choi, Ji-Tae Yoo, Hye-Jeong Kang and more.

Plot:  Oh Dae-Su who is released after being imprisoned for 15 years finds his captor for vengeance.


Fight Club

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Fight Club was adapted from a book by Chuck Palahniuk. The film explores through interesting elements of consumerism, class warfare, male bonding, terrorism, and anarchy. It is also one of the greatest thrillers directed by David Fincher. The film is greatly acclaimed for its visual production, screenplay, theme, and performance made by Brad Pitt and Edward Norton.

IMDb Rating: 8.8/10

Cast: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf, and more.

Plot: An insomniac office worker and a soap salesmen form an underground fight club.

The Silence of the Lambs

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The Silence of the Lambs has to be the best horror-thriller movie you can’t afford to miss. This film has a separate fan base and many people like to consider it as a classic. The film received accolades for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay at the academy which makes you watch it eagerly. It gives you a nail-biting experience that put us on the edge of a seat with their stellar performances & screenplay. Watch this if you love horror-thriller films.

IMDb Rating: 8.6/10

Cast: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney and more.

Plot: A young F.B.I. agent must receive the advice of an imprisoned killer to catch another serial killer, who skins his women victims.

The Usual Suspects

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The Usual Suspects is regarded to be one of the greatest plot twist movies of all time. It’s hard to explain what the film is about. Yet, it holds you till the end and you’ll witness an unexpected plot twist. Even most people regard it as the best cinema endings of all time. The film has considerably commended for performances, narration, and direction.

IMDb Rating: 8.5/10

Cast: Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, and more.

Plot: Kint, the survivor of massacre tells interrogator complex events leading him to a horrific battle on a boat.

Black Swan

Black Swan best thriller movie
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Black Swan is one of the best noir thriller movies that you all have to watch. It’s a psychological dark thriller that may you put in a melancholy mood. Especially, it is very well appreciated for the open ending climax & amazing performance by natalie portman who won the best actress for this film. The film also received accolades for  Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Director. If you’re looking for dark thrillers. Watch this film right away.

IMDb Rating: 8.0/10

Cast: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, and more.

Plot: After winning the lead role in Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” performance, dedicated dancer struggles to preserve her mental stability.


The Prestige

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The Prestige is one of the greatest thrillers of all time from Christopher Nolan. Especially, the plot twists and narration are the major assets of this film. Especially, the major twist at the ending amazes the audience and ends with a staggering picture. It is directed by Christopher Nolan ( who plays with time ) gave us a worth watching film with extraordinary performances of huge Jackman and christian bale. The film is also considered to best under-rated film.

IMDb Rating: 8.5/10

Cast: Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, and more.

Plot: Two Rival Magicians outsmart each other by their performances after a dreadful incident.


Honorable Mentions:

  • The Departed
  • Prisoners
  • Zodiac
  • The Sixth Sense


Although, these are the best thrillers you can watch and enjoy. Let me know what’s your opinion and your favorite movie. You can drop down your suggestions if you would like to.

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1 year ago

I’ve heard so much about Black Swan – but didn’t know enough to watch it. Will definitely watch it now!