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8 Suspense Thrillers You Shouldn’t Miss

There are films primarily shifting focus within their characters’ unhinged state of mind, some thrillers are more concerned with showing altered, imbalanced emotional states than they are outright violence, though many contain striking uses of it.

We have shortlisted 8 Hollywood thrillers which are considered as the best in the genre. Checkout:

The Usual Suspects

A massacre and fire occur in a ship and during the interrogation of one of the survivors, he tells what made him and his partners in crime carry out such a merciless deed. He later reveals that the mission was planned and monitored by his boss who had a history of killing his own wife and daughter as he wanted to free his mind from all weaknesses.

Se7en

The movie tells the story of 7 mysterious killings and each killing is based on the seven sins mentioned in The Holy Bible. The film, blending a well put together combination of dark visual style, intense plot development, and polished acting, remains tight and focused throughout, from beginning to end, never straying outwards into unimportant issues, or resorting to typical Hollywood clichés.

Rear Window

The movie tells the story of a photographer who is confined to a wheelchair due to an accident and he regularly looks at his neighborhood and surroundings through the rear window of his apartment via a binocular. One day, something really unexpected happens and Hitchcock makes the audience to travel through a world of thrills and mystery.

Zodiac

When a cartoonist by profession finds himself obsessively thinking about the zodiac killer, he uses his puzzle-solving abilities to get closer to revealing the identity of the killer. Zodiac is another Fincher movie on the list. This movie is all about the progression of the plot. With a serial killer out there hunting people and challenging the police with his puzzles, you’ll be as invested in the riddles as the characters themselves.

North by Northwest

The movie tells the story of a normal man mistaken for his identity by an unknown organization and they are trying to steal government secrets contained in a microfilm. This film has it all: suspense, glamour, humor, and images that capture the imagination and remain etched in memory. The legendary crop-dusting sequence alone is a master class in the art of pure cinema. Like the rest of the film, it’s brilliantly conceived and brilliantly executed. All the elements come together to produce the finest form of entertainment.

Silence of the Lambs

The movie tells the story of an FBI agent Clarice Starling, who seeks the help of an imprisoned former psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter to find out a serial killer of the nickname ‘Buffalo Bill’. A must watch a movie for its thrilling nature and top notch performance by Anthony Hopkins.

Psycho

The movie is based on Robert Bloch’s 1959 novel of the same name. The movie tells the story of the strong and out of the world bond of possessiveness between a mother and a son. The movie has a unique story line, unusual characters, imagination-provoking motives, and manages to conduct its rare structure like no other film. A seminal classic of horror by Alfred Hitchcock, with some of the most memorable iconic scenes in the history of Cinema.

Vertigo

Vertigo is particularly distinctive, both as a complex story filled with suspense, and as a fascinating study in psychological tension. As the name suggests, the movie tells the story of a former police detective Scottie, who is suffering from vertigo and acrophobia. Due to these two reasons, he is forced to retire from his job early. He is hired by one of his friends as a private investigator for a personal purpose and what happens next forms the crux of the movie. The key element to why Vertigo works so well in the end is because of the actors. It’s practically impossible to think of anyone other than James Stewart, who embodied the everyman, and for that reason is so convincing in testing our sympathies. It’s all in the minimalistic ways he does it, with the slightest crinkle in the forehead or the movement in the eyes doing evoking more emotion than most actors do screaming and crying.

Prisoners

The Face fuzzed with a dark beard more intimidating than Wolverine’s, Hugh Jackman is a feral presence in the flick ~ a savage force untamed by his own faith in the all-forgiving divine. This modern thriller gets the tone of a thriller movie absolutely spot on. There’s an undercurrent of tension and the fear for the worse that keeps the plot going. Brilliant performances and a great background score makes this one of the better movies to have come out in the recent past.

The Machinist

An industrial worker Trevor Reznik who hasn’t slept in a year begins to doubt his own sanity. Worse still, he keeps delving further into paranoia and starts blaming his actions on a mysterious figure Ivan. If you’re still wondering whether to watch this one or not, watch it for Christian Bale’s brilliant performance.

Cinema is mirror to life! It depicts human life on silver screen just the way it is, in a way that people can relate to. What’s certain about all of the films in the list is that they are essential to the genre; these are thrillers in the very best vein, looking to twist and turn and invert your brain matter until it resembles that of whoever is unfortunate enough to be on screen at the time.

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