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17 Thrillers You Won’t Be Able to Stop Watching

Iconic directors and talented debutants will make you fidget in your chair until the credits.

We have collected iconic films from several generations of directors: from Alfred Hitchcock to Alex Garland. All of them received high marks from viewers and critics and firmly settled in numerous tops. Most of the movies were nominated for prestigious awards.

1. Joker

  • USA, Canada, 2019.
  • Thriller, drama, crime.
  • Duration: 122 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.9.

Shy Arthur Fleck suffers from uncontrollable fits of laughter, works as a clown, and dreams of becoming a stand-up comedian. But it is increasingly difficult for him to talk to others, and problems in life are accumulating. As a result, the character begins to lose touch with reality and turns into the Joker.

2. Fight Club

  • Thriller, drama.
  • USA, Germany, 1999.
  • Duration: 131 minutes
  • IMDb: 8.8.

The hero spends his time on an unloved job and can’t even get enough sleep. But everything changes after meeting with a soapmaker named Tyler Durden. He convinces the hero that the main and only goal of life is self-destruction. Then friends open “Fight Club” — a secret place where anyone can come to fight.

3. The Silence of the Lambs

  • Thriller, detective.
  • USA, 1990.
  • Duration: 114 minutes
  • IMDb: 8.6.

FBI agent Clarissa Starling tries to catch a maniac ripping the skin off his victims. Only the genius Hannibal Lecter, a killer and cannibal in prison, is able to help her in her search.

4. Se7en

  • Thriller, drama, detective.
  • USA, 1995.
  • Duration: 127 minutes
  • IMDb: 8.6.

A neo-noir thriller by David Fincher is about two fellow detectives — retired William Somerset and young David Mills. Together they seek out a maniac who chooses his victims based on biblical sins.

5. Rear Window

  • USA, 1954.
  • Detective, thriller.
  • Duration: 112 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.5.

The film by the legendary Alfred Hitchcock is dedicated to a photographer who was locked at home after a broken leg. Out of boredom, he watches the neighbors from the window. And gradually it begins to seem to him that there was a murder in the apartment.

6. Psycho

  • Thriller, detective, horror.
  • USA, 1960.
  • Duration: 109 minutes
  • IMDb: 8.5.

One of the most famous films by Alfred Hitchcock. Mary Crane, unhappy with her lover, escapes with a large sum of money. Along the way, she decides to rest at a motel run by a nice young man, Norman Bates. But she doesn’t even know what this night will turn out to be for her.

7. The Usual Suspects

  • Thriller, drama, detective.
  • USA, Germany, 1995.
  • Duration: 106 minutes
  • IMDb: 8.6.

One of the best pictures by Brian Singer. The explosion on a ship carrying cocaine injured several dozen people. The police are trying to find out the cause of the incident and interrogate the only surviving witness — a cripple nicknamed Chatterbox. And he talks about a large-scale conspiracy, in the center of which is the elusive mafia boss.

8. The Prestige

  • Thriller, drama, fantasy.
  • USA, UK, 2006.
  • Duration: 125 minutes
  • IMDb: 8.5.

In the center of the plot of the movie by Christopher Nolan, the illusionists Alfred Borden and Robert Engier. They were once friends, but competition and a love triangle have turned them into bitter enemies. And now each of them is ready not only to disrupt the opponent’s performance, but also to endanger the lives of his loved ones.

9. The Departed

  • Thriller, drama, crime.
  • USA, Hong Kong, 2006.
  • Duration: 151 minutes
  • IMDb: 8.5.

Martin Scorsese’s remake of the Hong Kong film “Infernal Affairs” follows two police academy graduates. One of them was sent to law enforcement agencies by the mafia to leak data. Another is arrested in order to become one of the gang members and inform the police.

10. Memento

  • Thriller, detective, drama.
  • USA, 2000.
  • Duration: 113 minutes
  • IMDb: 8.5.

Leonard Shelby is looking for his wife’s killer. The search is complicated by a rare form of amnesia: Leonard remembers everything that happened before the murder, but is unable to say what happened 15 minutes ago.

11. Oldeuboi

  • Thriller, detective.
  • South Korea, 2003.
  • Duration: 120 minutes
  • IMDb: 8.4.

The businessman Oh Dae-Su is kidnapped by unknown persons and placed in a private prison. For 15 years he has been living in solitary confinement and only learns about world events through television. After the unexpected release of freedom, the hero’s only goal is revenge.

12. Vertigo

  • Thriller, melodrama, detective.
  • USA, 1958.
  • Duration: 128 minutes
  • IMDb: 8.3.

After the death of his partner, Scotty Ferguson was out of work due to prolonged depression and pathological fear of heights. He leaves the profession, but an old acquaintance hires a character to follow his wife. Scotty saves a woman from suicide and realizes that he has fallen in love with her.

13. Taxi Driver

  • Thriller, drama.
  • USA, 1976.
  • Duration: 114 minutes
  • IMDb: 8.3.

The great Robert De Niro plays former Marine Travis Bickle. He suffers from chronic insomnia and therefore works as a night taxi driver. He meets many people and is constantly faced with filth and cruelty. And then Binkle buys weapons and decides to clear the city of crime himself.

14. The Sixth Sense

  • USA, 1999.
  • Thriller, drama, detective.
  • Duration: 107 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.1.

Child psychiatrist Malcolm Crowe meets an unusual boy, Cole, who sees the ghosts of people who have not realized their death. Everyone thinks that the child is just hallucinations, but Crowe understands: this is really a way to connect with the other world.

15. No Country for Old Men

  • Thriller, drama, crime.
  • USA, 2007.
  • Duration: 122 minutes
  • IMDb: 8.1.

In the darkest film of the Coen brothers, the simple guy Llewelyn Moss discovers a truck full of corpses and heroin. And besides that, there is also a bag with two million dollars. The hero decides to keep the money for himself, not even suspecting that he is already being tracked down by the assassin Anton Chigurh.

16. Shutter Island

  • USA, 2010.
  • Psychological thriller, detective.
  • Duration: 138 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.1.

Bailiffs are sent to a psychiatric hospital on a closed island. They have to figure out the circumstances of the patient’s disappearance, but it seems that the hospital staff themselves are trying to hide the evidence. On top of that, a hurricane hits the island that cuts off the heroes from the rest of the world.