Suspense is the most important ingredient of any good thriller movie. The best suspense thriller movies are those which are able to chain you to the screen for every minute of it. Sometimes, those are the greatest twist ending movies that leave the most intense feelings inside us. What are your favorite thrillers? Do you like political thrillers? And what about mysterious thrillers? Or spy thrillers, erotic thrillers, action thrillers, psychological thrillers, action thrillers… There are subgenres for everyone! In the following list, 10 of the greatest suspense thriller movies can be found. Will you agree with our list or would your own list be totally different?
10. Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
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Murder on the Orient Express is probably the most famous case of the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. Based on a novel by Agatha Christie, this movie is filled with drama and suspense. Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Sean Connery and others play a concert when the train is stopped in a deep snow and Hercule Poirot must solve a murder that happened on the train one night before. Among suspense thriller movies, this is kind of a benchmark.
9. The Fugitive (1993)
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Dr. Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford) is a prominent Chicago surgeon whose life was full of success and appreciation of his work. Until a day he is accused of the murder of his own wife. When the prison bus crashed, Kimble took his chance and escaped. The race with time and the special police hunters led by Tommy Lee Jones began. This thriller is simply perfect, full of drama and suspense from the first to the last minute.
8. Cape Fear (1991)
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Fourteen years ago, corporate attorney Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte) made a mistake, he hid an important document from his client, a rapist (Robert de Niro), that could have him acquited. When he comes from the prison, he wants to make Bowden´s life a hell.
7. Witness (1985)
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And it is Harrison Ford again on our list of the best suspense thriller movies. Ford plays a tough detective protecting a young boy who is an important witness to a murder. As the boy lives in an Amish community, an interesting stage is prepared. It should be no surprise that Ford was able to protect a boy and have a romance with his mother (Kelly McGillis) at the same time.
6. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
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An example of the subgenre of a political thriller with some elements of science fiction. Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Janet Leigh play a game which firmly holds your attention for the whole movie. The Manchurian Candidate became an eternal classics and in 2004, the remake with Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber and Meryl Streep was released. Another of suspense thriller movies that sealed its place in a movie hall of fame.
5. Mystic River (2003)
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Directed by Clint Eastwood, Mystic River was one of the main events of film industry back in 2003. Both Sean Penn and Tim Robbins grabbed Oscars for their roles in this little gem. If last minute suspense thriller movies are your cup of tea, this is the movie for you. Another interesting fact is that Clint Eastwood was an author of the score.
4. Se7en (1995)
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This mysterious, criminal thriller won´t allow you to turn away from the screen. Two detectives, young and flamboyant Brad Pitt with older and wise police veteran Morgan Freeman, hunt deviant murderer who picks up his victims based on seven mortal sins. Among heavy scoring in the category of mysterious thriller, it is also considered being one of the greatest twist ending movies.
3. Vertigo (1958)
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No list of suspense thriller movies can be completed without the work of Alfred Hitchcock. The story of a former police officer (played by James Stewart) with fear of heights is considered to be one of the most important movies of the 20th century. Creators have used a special camera trick.
2. Silence of the Lambs (1991)
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What to say about Anthony Hopkins´most iconic role? Hannibal Lecter became a popular culture symbol and his battle with a young FBI agent played by Jodie Foster will be forever known as one of the best suspense thriller movies ever. As usual, sequels to this gem did not get any close to the original Silence of the Lambs.
1. Sixth Sense
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OK, there is no other movie with such a WOW-effect at the end. At the absolute top of the chart of the greatest twist ending movies, Sixth Sense by M. Night Shyamalan and with Bruce Willis is something you should definitely not to miss. The only problem with this movie is the practical impossibility of its repeated watching.
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