Here are The Top 10 Best Thriller Movies of All Time You Must Watch

Thriller movies are what get our brains working as we crack our heads trying to figure out the suspense and the killer and the cause. Sometimes the story is twisted, and sometimes the characters are all the opposite of what we expect, but the outcome of the movie has us all gasping at the end of finding out the real concept. Here is a list of the best thriller movies of all time compiled for you.

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1.    Psycho (1960)

  • IMDB Rating: 5/10
  • Movie Length: 109 minutes
  • Director: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Actors: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin
  • Gross revenue: $32 million

First on my list of Thriller movies is an old but amazing one ‘Psycho’, the story does justice to the title until the end.

Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) is a secretary who runs away with $40,000 that belongs to the office in which she works in hopes to start a new life with her boyfriend, Sam. But everything comes on hold when she stops at a motel called The Bates Motel where the owner a young man is dominated by his mother.

2.    The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

  • IMDB Rating: 6/10
  • Movie Length: 118 minutes
  • Director: Jonathan Demme
  • Actors: Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster, Lawrence Bonney, Kasi Lemmons
  • Gross revenue: $130.7 million

Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) is a new FBI agent assigned to a case of a killer who skins his victims. For this case she is working together with a former psychiatrist turned cannibal killer Dr Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins). Can Dr Hannibal be trusted after his past of being a serial killer himself and will they catch the murderer before it’s too late?

3.    Cape Fear (1991)

  • IMDB Rating: 3/10
  • Movie Length: 128 minutes
  • Director: Martin Scorsese
  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange
  • Gross revenue: $103.2 million

Max Cady (Robert De Niro) was a rapist who was sent to jail 14 years ago due to the mistake of his lawyer Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte) who hid a document that could’ve helped in his release. But now, Max is out of jail, and his only mission is to take revenge on Sam.

4.    Se7en (1995)

  • IMDB Rating: 6/10
  • Movie Length: 127 minutes
  • Director: Davis Fincher
  • Actors: Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Andrew Kevin Walker
  • Gross revenue: $100.13 million

John Doe (Kevin Spacey) is a serial killer who is punishing people for the seven deadly sins beginning with Gluttony. Both Detective Somerset (Morgan Freeman) and Mills (Brad Pitt) are in desperate search of John and trying to guess his next move. Both Somerset and Mills research on the seven sins to predict and save the future victim before John finds does.

5.    The Sixth Sense (1999)

  • IMDB Rating: 1/10
  • Movie Length: 107 minutes
  • Director: M Night Shyamalan
  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams
  • Gross revenue: $293.5 million

A Child psychologist named Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) has an encounter with one of his ex-patients and the night ends with a loud gunshot. Malcolm then takes the case of a young boy Cole (Haley Joel Osment) who can see ghosts. Though Malcolm’s wife dislikes him spending so much of his time with the boy and leaving her alone, Cole’s only hope is Malcolm who is determined to help out the little boy. The Sixth sense is a must watch Thriller movie and probably the one with the best suspense ever.

6.    Memento (2000)

  • IMDB Rating: 5/10
  • Movie Length: 113 minutes
  • Director: Christopher Nolan
  • Actors: Guy Pearce, Carrie- Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior
  • Gross revenue: $25.5 million

Leonard (Guy Pearce) is a former insurance investigator who is dealing with memory loss problems, and the last thing that Leonard remembers is the murder of his wife. His only goal is to find the murderer but his memory problems keep getting in the way of that. Will Leonard find the man who killed his wife or will the memory loss issue get the better of him this time?

7.    The Others (2001)

  • IMDB Rating: 6/10
  • Movie Length: 104 minutes
  • Director: Alejandro Amenabar
  • Actors: Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Fionnula Flanagan, Alakina Mann
  • Gross revenue: $96.5 million

The Second World War has ended, and Grace (Nicole Kidman) is waiting for her husband to return home to Jersey. She lives in the mansion with her two children who have a disease where any contact with the sun burns or hurts their body. But as days pass and there is no news from her husband, Grace realises that her home is being haunted, but there is a twist to the plot. The film fits into the thriller movie genre as the ending is both shocking and unpredictable.

8.    Inception (2010)

  • IMDB Rating: 8/10
  • Movie Length: 148 minutes
  • Director: Christopher Nolan
  • Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon- Levitt, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe
  • Gross revenue: $292.5 million

Dominic Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) has spent his whole life as a spy stealing and extracting secrets by entering people’s mind. Cobb wants to return to his children whom he misses but has no means to until a man approaches him and gives him a job that is very dangerous but if done right could give him a chance to back to his children.

Christopher Nolan is a director with a creative vision and has created some of Hollywood’s best movies. His thriller movie Inception is also a venture where he doesn’t disappoint his audience.

9.    Shutter Island (2010)

  • IMDB Rating: 1/10
  • Movie Length: 138 minutes
  • Director: Martin Scorsese
  • Actors: Emily Mortimer, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley
  • Gross revenue: $128.01 million

Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio), a US Marshall is sent to Shutter Island Hospital to investigate the escape of a mentally ill patient. As he starts his investigation, he begins to feel that he being here was somehow a plot made by the doctors. Teddy starts to get leads even though the doctors prevent him from seeing any records or information about the patient only to end up being exposed to a very horrific secret. This film is another one of Leonardo’s take on Thriller movie which has very unexpected twist.


10.  The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

  • IMDB Rating: 4/10
  • Movie Length: 164 minutes
  • Director: Christopher Nolan
  • Actors: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman
  • Gross revenue: $448.1 million

Seven years after his interaction with Joker, Bruce (Christian Bale) AKA Batman is in hiding and does not wish to involve himself into any other affairs but is compelled to help the Cat woman (Anne Hathaway) save Gotham City once more from the evil plans of Bane (Tom Hardy). Many people including me would refer this thriller movie simply because Batman is awesome and we never get tired of the storylines.


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