Thriller is one of the most favorite genres of movies. With a complicated script that totally messes with your mind, thriller movies always give us a sense of rush to solve the mystery that’s going on-screen. Hollywood has its fair share of some of the greatest thrillers of all time. We still gasp while watching some of those movies. Even after watching it so many times, it still manages to blows our mind with its twists and turns. So, here’s a list of movies that we think are one of the best Hollywood thrillers of all time.
1. THE SIXTH SENSE
The story of the movie The Sixth Sense is about a boy named Cole Sear played by Haley Joel Osment and a child psychologist named Malcolm Crowe played Bruce Willis. The boy is somehow capable to see and talk to the spirits of the dead. And Bruce Willis character tries to help him. Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, this movie released in the year of1999 and became one of the best movies of that year. It became the 2nd highest grossing movie of that year and one of the greatest supernatural thrillers ever made. The highly praised movie earned many nominations including six Academy Awards nomination. If you haven’t watched this movie yet, you should totally give it a chance.
The 1995 crime thriller Se7en was most praised for its clever ending. Directed by David Fincher this movie starred some of the best actors of the industry including Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman. The movie is about the story of Pitt’s character David Mills who is a detective, trying to catch a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as a motif in his murders, with the help of William Somerset, Morgan Freeman’s character. Se7en was the 7th highest grossing movie that year. This movie is a must watch if you love movies with a darker and brutal theme.
3. REAR WINDOW
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly, Rear Window is a mystery thriller that released in 1954. It is based on a 1942 short story called It Had To Be Murder by Cornell Woolrich. Considers as one of the best movies ever made this movie is recognized as Hitchcock’s best work. This movie is about a guy named Jefferies, a professional photographer who after breaking his legs gets confined to a wheelchair in his apartment. He obsessively starts to observe his neighbor through the window and witness some unexpected criminal activity.
The 1960 psychological thriller has become a classic and often recognized in the category of the greatest films ever made. Another movie directed by the amazingly talented Alfred Hitchcock this movie stars Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, and John Gavin. Based on the 1959 novel by Robert Bloch of the same title, this movie revolves around an encounter and the following thrilling events. The movie was later selected by the National Film Registry for preservation.
5. THE SILENCE OF THE LAMB
The Silence of The Lamb is based on the 1988 novel with the same title by Thomas Harris. Directed by Jonathan Demme this1991 psychological thriller was a massive hit that year financially and critically. Starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, Ted Levine, and Anthony Heald, this movie was the fifth highest grossing movie of that year worldwide. The film is about a young FBI trainee, who seeks the advice of an imprisoned psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer to track down another serial killer, known as Buffalo Bill, who skins his female victim’s corpses. The movie won many awards that year including 5 Oscars.
Directed by Roman Polanski, Chinatown is a mystery thriller. Starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway this movie is inspired by the California water wars. The movie has multiple layers to it. Released in 1974 this movie earned 11 Oscar nominations and won in the category of Best Original Screenplay. This Movie is about a woman, who hires a detective, named Jake, to spy on her husband. But things started to go south when the husband Mr. Mulwray passes away. It is one of the most engaging thrillers that will keep you on the edge of the seat.
7.THE USUAL SUSPECT
Directed and by Bryan Singer and written by Christopher McQuarrie, The Usual Suspect is a mystery thriller from 1995. The movie stars Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, and Kevin Spacey. The movie received great reviews from the critics and the audience. Writer McQuarrie earned an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and Spacey won the Academy Award in the category of Best Supporting. America’s Writers Guild even ranked the film as the 35th greatest screenplay of all time. The story focuses on five criminals who meet during a routine police line-up. And they plan to pull off a dangerous robbery of three million dollars.
Another classic of Alfred Hitchcock is a 1958 thriller Vertigo. Based on the novel D’entre Les Morts from 1954 by Boileau-Narcejac the movie received mixed reviews at first but now it is considered as one of the most defining projects of Hitchcock’s career. This film also features on the list of greatest movies ever made. The story of this movie is about a Detective named Scottie who suffers from acrophobia is hired to investigate the activities of an old friend’s wife. AS Scottie grew dangerously obsessed with her she commits suicide.
9. SHUTTER ISLAND
Released in 2010, Shutter Island is a psychological thriller directed by Martin Scorsese. Based on the 2003 novel of the same name by von Dennis Lehane’s, this movie stars actors including Leonardo De Caprio, Mark Ruffalo, and Ben Kingsley. The story is about two US marshals Teddy Daniels and Chuck Aule and when they were sent to an asylum on a remote island to investigate the disappearance of a patient, but Teddy uncovers an unexpected and shocking truth about the place. Shutter Island was chosen by the National Board of Review.
Made in the direction of Christopher Nolan, Momento is considered as one of the best movies of the 21st century. The script of this movie was inspired by a pitch by Jonathan Nolan. Later Jonathan wrote the story Memento Mori from that concept. With great on-screen performances by Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Joe Pantoliano, Momento was well received by the critics and the masses. The story of Leonard Shelby who is an insurance investigator suffers from anterograde amnesia and uses the notes and tattoos that he had made to hunt for the man, he thinks killed his wife, which is the last thing he remembers, will make you gasp.