Best Thriller Movies

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1. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

R | 139 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

76 Metascore

In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett

Votes: 166,566 | Gross: $81.30M

2. Ripley's Game (2002)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A dying family man in need of money is persuaded to assassinate a European crime boss.

Director: Liliana Cavani | Stars: John Malkovich, Dougray Scott, Lena Headey, Ray Winstone

Votes: 16,554

3. Side Effects (I) (2013)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

75 Metascore

A young woman's world unravels when a drug prescribed by her psychiatrist has unexpected side effects.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Votes: 171,800 | Gross: $32.17M

4. The Advocate (II) (2013)

89 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A grieving defense attorney gets caught in a twisted game of who-done-it when he takes on the case of a beautiful socialite who is accused of murder.

Director: Tamas Harangi | Stars: Sachin Mehta, Kristina Klebe, Steffinnie Phrommany, Michael Raynor

Votes: 158

5. Inside Man (2006)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

76 Metascore

A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 319,830 | Gross: $88.51M

6. Bad Influence (1990)

R | 99 min | Drama, Thriller

63 Metascore

A soft and hesitant young man is in danger when tries to break toxic relationships with a mysterious stranger claiming to be his friend.

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Rob Lowe, James Spader, Lisa Zane, Marcia Cross

Votes: 6,901 | Gross: $12.63M

7. Home Sweet Home (III) (2013)

R | 80 min | Horror, Thriller

A young married couple comes home from a date night to discover that they are imprisoned in their own house with a methodical killer inside.

Director: David Morlet | Stars: Meghan Heffern, Adam MacDonald, Shaun Benson, Marty Adams

Votes: 1,604

8. Cry Wolf (2005)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

39 Metascore

Eight unsuspecting high school seniors at a posh boarding school, who delight themselves on playing games of lies, come face-to-face with terror and learn that nobody believes a liar - even when they're telling the truth.

Director: Jeff Wadlow | Stars: Julian Morris, Lindy Booth, Jared Padalecki, Erica Yates

Votes: 25,278 | Gross: $10.05M

9. The Aggression Scale (2012)

R | 85 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Four heavily armed hitmen and two unusual teenagers go to war over $500,000 of stolen cash.

Director: Steven C. Miller | Stars: Ryan Hartwig, Fabianne Therese, Ray Wise, Dana Ashbrook

Votes: 3,067

10. Tormented (I) (2009)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Horror

A bullied teenager comes back from the dead to take revenge on his classmates.

Director: Jon Wright | Stars: Alex Pettyfer, April Pearson, Dimitri Leonidas, Calvin A. Dean

Votes: 5,903

11. You're Next (2011)

R | 95 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

66 Metascore

When the Davison family comes under attack during their wedding anniversary getaway, the gang of mysterious killers soon learns that one of the victims harbors a secret talent for fighting back.

Director: Adam Wingard | Stars: Sharni Vinson, Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Nicholas Tucci

Votes: 82,097 | Gross: $18.47M

12. One Hour Photo (2002)

R | 96 min | Drama, Thriller

64 Metascore

A mentally unstable photo developer targets a middle-class family after his obsession with them becomes more sick and disturbing than any of them could imagine.

Director: Mark Romanek | Stars: Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan, Dylan Smith

Votes: 109,811 | Gross: $31.60M

13. Extreme Measures (1996)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A young doctor confronts a famous colleague; when he learns about the true methods of his work.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Hugh Grant, Gene Hackman, Sarah Jessica Parker, David Morse

Votes: 16,278 | Gross: $17.31M

14. Minority Report (2002)

PG-13 | 145 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

80 Metascore

In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Max von Sydow

Votes: 479,792 | Gross: $132.07M

15. Hello Herman (2012)

TV-14 | 90 min | Drama

27 Metascore

A journalist interviews a sixteen year old boy, who is in police custody after he shot and killed 42 people at his high school.

Director: Michelle Danner | Stars: Norman Reedus, Garrett Backstrom, Martha Higareda, Rob Estes

Votes: 1,251

16. The Island (2005)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

50 Metascore

A man living in a futuristic sterile colony begins to question his circumscribed existence when his friend is chosen to go to the Island, the last uncontaminated place on earth.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Ewan McGregor, Djimon Hounsou, Steve Buscemi

Votes: 291,322 | Gross: $35.82M

17. Kill Theory (2009)

R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

Whilst celebrating a graduation at a secluded vacation home, a group of college students find themselves targeted by a sadistic killer who forces them to play a deadly game of killing one another in order to survive.

Director: Chris Moore | Stars: Don McManus, Ryanne Duzich, Teddy Dunn, Daniel Franzese

Votes: 6,653

18. A Thousand Cuts (2012)

Not Rated | 85 min | Thriller

A stranger with a haunted past shows up unannounced at the home of Hollywood's hottest horror director, and is determined to teach him what real horror is all about.

Director: Charles Evered | Stars: Michael O'Keefe, Olesya Rulin, James Van Patten, David Naughton

Votes: 767

19. Notes on a Scandal (2006)

R | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

A veteran high school teacher befriends a younger art teacher, who is having an affair with one of her 15-year-old students. However, her intentions with this new "friend" also go well beyond platonic friendship.

Director: Richard Eyre | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Andrew Simpson, Tom Georgeson

Votes: 72,061 | Gross: $17.51M

20. Nine Dead (2010)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Nine strangers are kidnapped and forced to figure out the connection they have to each other as one has to die every ten minutes.

Director: Chris Shadley | Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, William Lee Scott, John Terry, James C. Victor

Votes: 11,682

21. Wild Things (1998)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

52 Metascore

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.

Director: John McNaughton | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Neve Campbell, Matt Dillon, Denise Richards

Votes: 102,780 | Gross: $29.75M

22. The Call (II) (2013)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

51 Metascore

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.

Director: Brad Anderson | Stars: Halle Berry, Evie Thompson, Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut

Votes: 106,039 | Gross: $51.87M

23. Fear (1996)

R | 97 min | Drama, Thriller

51 Metascore

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.

Director: James Foley | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Reese Witherspoon, William Petersen, Amy Brenneman

Votes: 37,982 | Gross: $20.75M

24. Panic Button (2011)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Thriller

Jo, Max, Gwen and Dave win the competition.Then they head off on an all expenses paid trip to New York, courtesy of the social network. As they board the private jet, they are asked to ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Crow | Stars: Scarlett Alice Johnson, Jack Gordon, Michael Jibson, Elen Rhys

Votes: 6,488

25. While She Was Out (2008)

R | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

40 Metascore

A woman out late for Christmas Eve shopping is soon terrorized by a small gang of troublemakers, and she must fight for her life.

Director: Susan Montford | Stars: Kim Basinger, Lukas Haas, Craig Sheffer, Jamie Starr

Votes: 6,215

26. Eden Lake (2008)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

65 Metascore

Refusing to let anything spoil their romantic weekend break, a young couple confront a gang of loutish youths with terrifyingly brutal consequences.

Director: James Watkins | Stars: Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender, Tara Ellis, Jack O'Connell

Votes: 72,029 | Gross: $0.01M

27. The Godfather (1972)

R | 175 min | Crime, Drama

100 Metascore

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,487,806 | Gross: $134.97M

28. The Godfather: Part II (1974)

R | 202 min | Crime, Drama

90 Metascore

The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,036,229 | Gross: $57.30M

29. The Loft (2014)

R | 108 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

24 Metascore

Five married guys conspire to secretly share a penthouse loft in the city--a place where they can carry out hidden affairs and indulge in their deepest fantasies. But the fantasy becomes a nightmare when they discover the dead body of an unknown woman in the loft, and they realize one of the group must be involved.

Director: Erik Van Looy | Stars: Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet

Votes: 48,460 | Gross: $5.98M

30. Gone Girl (2014)

R | 149 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

79 Metascore

With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry

Votes: 787,373 | Gross: $167.77M

31. I Am Legend (2007)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

65 Metascore

Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure in this post-apocalyptic action thriller.

Director: Francis Lawrence | Stars: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan, Salli Richardson-Whitfield

Votes: 648,034 | Gross: $256.39M

32. Strangers on a Train (1951)

PG | 101 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

88 Metascore

A psychopath forces a tennis star to comply with his theory that two strangers can get away with murder.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman, Leo G. Carroll

Votes: 116,691 | Gross: $7.63M

33. 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

76 Metascore

After getting in a car accident, a woman is held in a shelter with two men, who claim the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack.

Director: Dan Trachtenberg | Stars: John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr., Douglas M. Griffin

Votes: 269,644 | Gross: $72.08M

34. Circle (II) (2015)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Held captive and faced with their imminent executions, fifty strangers are forced to choose the one person among them who deserves to live.

Directors: Aaron Hann, Mario Miscione | Stars: Allegra Masters, Aimee McKay, Ashley Key, Autumn Federici

Votes: 33,406

35. Time Lapse (2014)

Not Rated | 104 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

50 Metascore

Three friends discover a mysterious machine that takes pictures twenty-four hours into the future, and conspire to use it for personal gain, until disturbing and dangerous images begin to develop.

Director: Bradley King | Stars: Danielle Panabaker, Matt O'Leary, George Finn, John Rhys-Davies

Votes: 38,711

36. The Experiment (2010)

R | 96 min | Drama, Thriller

26 men are chosen to participate in the roles of guards and prisoners in a psychological study that ultimately spirals out of control.

Director: Paul Scheuring | Stars: Adrien Brody, Cam Gigandet, Forest Whitaker, Maggie Grace

Votes: 49,270

37. Enough (I) (2002)

PG-13 | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

25 Metascore

After running away fails, a terrified woman empowers herself in order to battle her abusive husband.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Billy Campbell, Tessa Allen, Juliette Lewis

Votes: 37,169 | Gross: $40.01M

38. Purple Noon (1960)

PG-13 | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Tom Ripley is a talented mimic, moocher, forger and all-around criminal improviser; but there's more to Tom Ripley than even he can guess.

Director: René Clément | Stars: Alain Delon, Maurice Ronet, Marie Laforêt, Erno Crisa

Votes: 12,427 | Gross: $0.62M



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