10 Best Thriller Movies of 2019 (2022)

The thriller genre is probably one of the widest seen genre of film. Since the very beginning of films, the fantasy of engaging with murder and familiarizing oneself with a murderer has been commonplace. Although thrillers have since incorporated more than just threats to life, it still remains the primary preoccupation of many films. The long-standing tradition of some of the best films coming from the genre remains intact this year too. With high-profile filmmakers returning behind the director’s chair, we take a look at the list of best thriller movies of 2019.

10. Glass

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One of the most highly anticipated movies of the year, Shyamalan‘s concluding installment of the ‘Unbreakable’ series, ‘Glass’, brings together the three protagonists of the franchise, setting up a thrilling finale. David Dunn tries his best to keep up with vigilantism and avoiding law enforcement authorities but faces a new obstacle in the shape of the Beast, a physically superior entity, harboring 23 personalities within. The confrontation soon expands to the domain of the mysterious Elijah Prince, a wheelchair-bound criminal mastermind who has keys to all the dark secrets buried deep inside the two men.

The famous ‘Shyamalan twist’ is probably the most desirable and marketable feature of a mass-audience film. The twist became a trademark of his films and be rest assured, there’s a big one waiting for you here too. Bottom line:Shyamalan’s latest will not disappoint his most loyal fans but might be a tough pill to swallow for others.

9. A Good Woman is Hard To Find

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Abner Pastoll’s debut film is a gritty thriller set in Belfast and places a young widowed woman at the center of its web of crime, drugs, and personal grief. Sarah Bolger impresses with a fine performance as her namesake, who mothers two children, one of whom was with their father when he was murdered. When Tito, a low-life petty thief, steals a stash of drugs and unexpectedly enters Sarah’s house, things take a turn for the worse as the mystery over her husband’s death comes to a shocking resolution.

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While ‘A Good Woman is Hard to Find’ doesn’t offer a lot in terms of story and character development, it certainly exploits its titular dilemma and benefits from Pastoll’s stylish execution. With a runtime of 97 minutes, the film wastes no time in establishing the stakes and gradually, how high they are. Strong undertones of dry-pan typical British comedy make watching ‘A Good Woman is Hard to Find’ a wholesome cinematic experience.

8. Crawl

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There hasn’t a year that’s passed since we can remember save an attempt to put man and a deadly carnivore together in a breathless deathmatch. Last summer it was ‘Meg’, two scores ago it was ‘Jaws’. The results have been varying, if I may be so bold. 2019 brings us a fast-paced, action-packed, succinctly staged gory thriller about a father-daughter pair stuck in their old house flooded due to a hurricane, surrounded by hungry crocs. The two must use their wit and make their way out before the house completely submerges.

‘Crawl’ can certainly be labeled as predictable and formulaic. The third act for films of this nature hasn’t changed since their inception. But ‘Crawl’ accepts its fate with great courage and instead places a deeply meaningful lost relationship between its protagonists, which is backed by engaging performances from them. Some set pieces, though tread the line between plausibility and fiction dangerously, are remarkably pulled off and a pure joy to watch. ‘Crawl’ might only be a one time watch but definitely makes it worth your while.

7. Velvet Buzzsaw

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After ‘Nightcrawler’ came out back in 2014, audiences and critics alike would have expected something different than ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ when the two’s reunion was announced. The 2014 crime thriller about a money-thirsty psychopath going to inhuman lengths to satisfy his quench is regarded as one of the best films of the decade, while also housing Gyllenhaal’s career-best performance. ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’, on the other hand, sees Gyllenhaal play Morf, a renowned art critic, whose life turns upside down after his love interest, Josephina, steals a collection of paintings from an apartment in her building whose owner tragically dies, inking in his will the strict order to destroy his life’s work.

Although similarities in theme between the two films are well-founded, Gilroy lends enough distinction to completely separate them. ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ suffers from a lack of cohesion and consistency, struggling to bind its ace cast and intriguing characters together in its narration. More than anything, its biggest strength is its helmer’s ambition and commitment in bringing out a critical satirical overview of the world it mocks.

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6. Us

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This Jordan Peele statement about his movies is probably important information before you see his latest, ‘Us’: “Each one of my movies is going to be about one of these different social demons. The first one, being ‘Get Out,’ is about race and neglect and marginalization.”

Even if you do not wish to subscribe to a movie with this thematic structure, ‘Us’ is so richly layered in its exploration of racial and class relations and masterfully crafted, it has enough for everyone. With a bewildering, antagonizing premise, Peele constructs his complex world of duality with precision and aplomb, interweaving his ‘social demons’ within. On the day the world joins hands together to form a human chain, a dark shadow looms imminent. Lupita N’Yongo’s central act is bold and terrifying. She displays a spectrum of emotions during her performance, making sure you can’t see anything beyond her in a frame. Other supporting acts are performed well but it is Peele’s thematic idea that is the real protagonist.

The gripping horror aspect of the film benefits greatly owing to Peele’s vision and artistic excellence, while the social metaphor, that isn’t as readily available as ‘Get Out’, finds him gradually unraveling a delicate subject. Through the tethered and the untethered, Peele paints an authentic, hard-hitting contemporary picture of social inequities decimating American society. Latent sub-plots are delightfully used to make the most out of the resources at Peele’s disposal. Peele hits a home run with this refreshingly original and significant feature, not forgetting to mention a spectacular helicopter shot that would make Stanley Kubrick proud.

5. Ready or Not

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Imagine your first night together after your wedding. Sparks joy, right? Well, it won’t last long.Matt Bettinelli-Olpin’s crazy, funny, and highly impressive new film will ruin your daydreams and probably inspire you to remain a spinster. There are prominent shades of dark humor, thrills, and horror blended quite well for the overall effect. These recurring elements shape the overarching theme of the night: survival. While there are certainly more brides on white than Grace who’ve had to face the rough side of the world, she has the worst of it.

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A family ritual of welcoming a new member involves a deadly hunting game, where the members wield weapons and desperately look to leave their mark. The bride must find a way to turn the tables and survive until dawn. ‘Ready or Not’ has strong familial intonations at its heart. Although the absurdity that elopes it is distracting, the focus never shifts. It’s almost parodical representation of the callousness and high-handedness of the rich explodes into a richly vagrant story that sets itself apart with great oomph. Olpin’s newest is a breath-taking, nerve-wracking, and macabre classy experience that serves right its eponymous title.

4. High Life

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‘High Life’ seems like an outer space opera; harrowing, a theatrical spectacle, and an unsettling, orchestra like libretto that gradually consumes you. Claire Denis returns to screen with a highly complex and contemplative narrative about a lone surviving father (Pattinson) with his newborn baby. Amidst the macabre of dead bodies and decimation, Monte and Willow await their fate as the space ship nears a black hole. Much like her other films, Denis’ primary focus frames the relationship between father and daughter, stylishly capturing their intimacy and vulnerability on camera, while the story assumes secondary importance.

Denis’ oeuvre indicates her tendency to be highly metaphorical and latent in her expression of the story. There’s an element of personal touch, a part of her, that seems firmly integrated with her films. The trajectory of her narration, ‘High Life’ included, resists adherence to traditional cinema commonplace and instead parabolas in a fashion that is abstract. ‘High Life’ has come under the scanner for this very reason, with the majority of audiences openly bashing the film for being pretentious and impossibly comprehensible. But regular viewers of Denis’ filmography will reassure you that with her, there’s always more than what meets the eye.

‘High Life’ is an eclectic spectrum of emotions and gradually, but surely painfully, unravels the mysteries and macabre secrets it harbors inside while painting the cover with a delicate portrait of a father and daughter.

3. John Wick Chapter 3

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Simply put, the John Wick series is one of the most stylish, modern, and enthralling action franchise of this century. Over the three installments, the stunt sequences keep getting better, the visual aesthetics more nuanced, and the legend of Wick growing. Parabellum reconciles John’s fate with potentially one of the greatest escapades death has ever seen on-screen. Stuntman Chad Stahelski takes to the director’s seat and professionally facilitates the franchise’s tried and tested formula.

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After being declared excommunicado Wick’s hour, extended to him as a courtesy by Winston, sees him make his way through an ocean of assassins, eagerly looking on to get their hands on him. Against all odds, Wick, along with the vilified Winston, fights the High Table and their vicious army of savages. Halle Berry makes a useful cameo to add even more star power to the film. Reeves, for whom the series has been a godsend, shines as the tacit hitman, replicating more of what he’s been doing. His acting is nothing special, keeping a rockface through the runtime. But it is his presence that accounts for a spine-chilling experience.

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2. Midsommar

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Ari Aster is a filmmaker who polarizes people. Either you hate his movies or love them. Aster’s latest is pretty similar in tone, mood, and the ability to make you puke, to his debut, ‘Hereditary’. The film follows a group of Americans who are invited to their exotic European friend’s strange cult festival sugarcoated as once in a lifetime opportunity. Dani, who has just gone through a traumatic personal tragedy that saw her sister commit suicide and kill her parents, is invited to accompany her boyfriend Christian and his group of friends. The experience quickly replaces the group’s hopes to have a relaxing vacation to their worst nightmare.

There’s something about both ‘Hereditary’ and ‘Midsommar’ that is inexplicable. Aster seems to have a uniquemodus operandithat is inherently challenging for the masses, yet retains elements of ceremonial devices used in films for poetic expressionism. ‘Midsommar’s core layout mirrors Dani and Christian’s personal relationship and its deteriorating stages. Aster reaffirms the notion of this perspective when he described the movie as “Dani’s fairytale and but folk horror for everybody else” in an interview.

Just like Toni Collette in ‘Hereditary’, Aster saddles Florence Pugh with a similar burden of inhibiting her gravest fears and become emotionally vulnerable to the realities of the story which aren’t far distanced from those of life. Pugh triumphs with a resounding performance, that is at once maniacally joyous and affectingly grim. Pugh won’t win any awards but deserves all of them.

Without a definitive protagonist or antagonist, Aster’s attempt to leave the movie open to interpretation and heavily rely on the viewer’s personal experiences walks a tight rope between derivative and innovative rather well. ‘Midommar’s magic lies in its ability to astonish and catch you unaware with its voguish creator’s twisted sense of expression but might frustrate with its occasional cynicism. If you’re looking for anything normal, tread with caution.

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1. Joker

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Surprised? Don’t be! ‘Joker’ might be based on a comic-book character, but it is not a comic-book movies. In fact, in so many ways it is an anti-comic-book film. It has elements of suspense, neo-noir and of course, intense drama. Quite simply, ‘Joker’ is the modern-day ‘Taxi Driver’. I expect it to be remembered for a long, long time.

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FAQs

Which is the No 1 suspense thriller movies? ›

All Time Worldwide Box Office for Thriller/Suspense Movies
RankReleasedMovie
12019Joker
22006The Da Vinci Code
32014The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
42010Inception
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What is the best thriller of 2020? ›

Best-Reviewed Thrillers 2020
  • #1. Blow the Man Down. 98% #1. Critics Consensus: Clever, funny, and original, Blow the Man Down is a cinematic journey that's not to be missed. ...
  • #2. Nighthawk. 93% #2. ...
  • #3. Blood on Her Name. 96% #3. ...
  • #4. The Nest. 89% #4. ...
  • #5. Hunter Hunter. 94% #5. ...
  • #6. Alone. 90% #6. ...
  • #7. The Wild Goose Lake. 91% #7. ...
  • #8. Run. 89% #8.

What is the best suspense thriller? ›

Best Suspense/Thriller Movies Ever
  • The Sixth Sense (1999) PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller. ...
  • The Dark Knight Rises (2012) PG-13 | 164 min | Action, Drama. ...
  • Inception (2010) PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi. ...
  • Psycho (1960) ...
  • The Departed (2006) ...
  • Shutter Island (2010) ...
  • Se7en (1995) ...
  • The Usual Suspects (1995)

Which psychological thriller is best? ›

The best mind-blowing psychological thrillers to watch
  • Seven (1995) Film. ...
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Film. ...
  • Get Out (2017) Film. ...
  • Stranger by the Lake (2014) Film. ...
  • Open Your Eyes (1997) Film. ...
  • Fatal Attraction (1987) Film. ...
  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) Film. Thrillers. ...
  • Donnie Darko (2002) Film. Drama.
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Which is the No 1 thriller movie in the world? ›

All Time Worldwide Box Office for Thriller/Suspense Movies
RankReleasedMovie
12019Joker
22006The Da Vinci Code
32014The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
42010Inception
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What is a suspenseful movie? ›

Thriller film, also known as suspense film or suspense thriller, is a broad film genre that evokes excitement and suspense in the audience.

What is a suspenseful movie on Netflix? ›

The 34 Best, Most Suspenseful Thrillers on Netflix Right Now
  • The Hurt Locker (2009)
  • Under the Shadow (2016)
  • Cam (2018)
  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020)
  • Gerald's Game (2017)
  • Hush (2016)
  • His House (2020)
  • It Follows (2015)
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What is the most popular thriller? ›

The 10 Best Thriller Movies That Stand the Test of Time
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991) 85 % 8.6/10. r 119m. ...
  • Basic Instinct (1992) 41 % 7/10. ...
  • Memento (2000) 80 % 8.4/10. ...
  • Parasite (2019) 96 % 8.5/10. ...
  • Mulholland Drive (2001) 85 % 7.9/10. ...
  • Pan's Labyrinth (2006) 98 % 8.2/10. ...
  • Misery (1990) 75 % 7.8/10. ...
  • Drive (2011) 78 % 7.8/10.
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What is a dark psychological thriller? ›

Dark Psychological Thrillers are defined by their heightened sense of menace and dread.

Why do people love psychological thrillers? ›

Psychological thrillers explore their characters' innermost thoughts and motivations, allowing us to examine how their decisions propel the plot forward into the extremes of human ethics and morality. The genre prompts us to consider the darkness in others and ourselves.

Who gave the world hit thriller? ›

Thriller (song)
"Thriller"
LabelEpic CBS
Songwriter(s)Rod Temperton
Producer(s)Quincy Jones
Michael Jackson singles chronology
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What movies are considered thrillers? ›

Thriller is a genre of fiction, having numerous, often overlapping subgenres. Thrillers are characterized and defined by the moods they elicit, giving viewers heightened feelings of suspense, excitement, surprise, anticipation and anxiety. Successful examples of thrillers are the films of Alfred Hitchcock.

What makes a great thriller movie? ›

Suspense is key to the thriller genre definition

It gives the viewer a feeling of fascination and excitement mixed with apprehension, anticipation, and tension. Suspense is what keeps us wondering where the story will go. It's why people love Alfred Hitchcock movies. Suspense is the root of unpredictability.

Is a thriller movie scary? ›

A horror film wants to “horrify” audiences whereas a thriller film only seeks to “thrill.” With horror, the focus is on scaring people. They generally know there is a big evil present and the audience act as voyeurs to how these big evil haunts, destroys, or even kills the victims in an inevitable way.

What are popcorn thrillers? ›

Enter what I like to call “popcorn thrillers.” Binge-worthy as a bowl of popcorn and brimming with as much entertainment value as your favorite movie, a “popcorn thriller” is one of those irresistible, lighter suspense novels that make for the perfect escapist, one-sitting read.

Who did it thriller movies? ›

The 25 best whodunit films
  • 1 of 25. “Knives Out” (2019) Lionsgate. ...
  • 2 of 25. “Clue” (1985) Paramount. ...
  • 3 of 25. “The Long Goodbye” (1973) United Artists. ...
  • 4 of 25. “After the Thin Man” (1936) MGM. ...
  • 5 of 25. “Murder on the Orient Express” (1974) ...
  • 6 of 25. “Scream” (1996) ...
  • 7 of 25. “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” (1988) ...
  • 8 of 25. “Klute” (1971)
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What is horror suspense? ›

Suspense is a crucial ingredient in the making of horror and thriller films. The significance of suspense in horror films is to bring out the “twist or unexpected moment of realization that makes someone scream and one's heart race.

Is suspense and thriller the same? ›

Thriller is the push and pull between the protagonist and the villain. Suspense is about tension and what may happen.

What is a thriller drama? ›

Definition of thriller

: one that thrills especially : a work of fiction or drama designed to hold the interest by the use of a high degree of intrigue, adventure, or suspense.

Who writes the best suspense novels? ›

Here's your list of the top suspense authors that you'll want to explore if you love this genre.
  1. Gillian Flynn. Gillian Flynn is an American New York Times bestselling author. ...
  2. Agatha Christie. ...
  3. Daphne du Maurier. ...
  4. Harlan Coben. ...
  5. 5. Lee Child. ...
  6. Patricia Highsmith. ...
  7. Stephen King. ...
  8. Alex Michaelides.

Who is the best mystery writer today? ›

Who are the best mystery writers today? The best modern mystery writers include John Grisham, James Patterson, and Stephen King.

What makes a great thriller book? ›

The thriller genre often includes unexpected plot twists, a wicked bad guy, and page-turning tension. Any novel can generate excitement, suspense, interest, and exhilaration, but because these are the primary goals of the thriller genre, thriller writers have laser-focused expertise in keeping a reader interested.

Who dunnit films on Netflix? ›

10 Best mystery movies on Netflix now
  • The Guest, 2014.
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 2011. ...
  • The Blair Witch Project, 1999. ...
  • American Murder: The Family Next Door, 2020. ...
  • The Hateful Eight, 2015. ...
  • Piercing, 2018. ...
  • Lost Girls, 2020. ...
  • Sherlock Holmes, 2009. A string of brutal murders terrorizes London. ...
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How do I find a movie I can't remember? ›

You can look up an actor's Wikipedia or IMDb page to check their filmography, and you should find the movie you're looking for there. This also works even if you don't remember the name of the actor – as long as you know another movie they were in.

Is psychological thriller a horror? ›

Psychological = Thriller

Even when they are classified as “psychological horror” as in the case of movies such as Black Swan or Gerald's Game. Yes, there may be scares in these movies, but the most important part of the plot is the character's struggle to maintain mental stability.

Is thriller a movie? ›

All in all, Thriller is a fun horror film with a unique locational and casting paradigm we need to see more of in horror films. April 26, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Is oxygen a good movie? ›

Oxygen was a decent movie, not great. Melanie Laurent was amazing and so was the effects and the cinematography. Background music and the storytelling could have been a bit better if it had dug deep into the life of the main character.

Is Truth or Dare on Netflix? ›

Netflix doesn't currently have Truth or Dare in its online library at the time of writing.

Is split on Netflix? ›

Watch all you want.

What is the best psychological thriller on Hulu? ›

The Best Psychological Thriller Movies & Shows on Hulu
  • Deep Water.
  • Fear of Rain.
  • Every Breath You Take.
  • Shutter Island.
  • Run.
  • Interstellar.
  • Parasite.
  • Get Out.
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What are some good Netflix shows for learning about psychology? ›

Here's are some of their favourites:
  • Tell Me Who I Am. This is a recent psych film of truths of the past being found. ...
  • Military Wives. ...
  • Mindhunter. ...
  • Freud. ...
  • Girl Interrupted. ...
  • Hitler's Circle of Evil. ...
  • Fractured. ...
  • Predestination.
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What is Slow Burn on Netflix? ›

In this gritty pulp drama that marks screenwriter Wayne Beach's directorial debut, a district attorney (Ray Liotta) has aspirations of becoming mayor of his crime-ridden city but falls into a web of corruption that threatens to squelch his political career.

What movie is a psychological thriller? ›

Blue Velvet, Eraserhead, Lost Highway, and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me are all must-see films for enthusiasts of the psychological thriller genre, but his masterpiece may very well be Mulholland Drive.

What is the body horror? ›

Body horror or biological horror is a subgenre of horror that intentionally showcases grotesque or psychologically disturbing violations of the human body. These violations may manifest through aberrant sex, mutations, mutilation, zombification, gratuitous violence, disease, or unnatural movements of the body.

Why do people love horror movies? ›

One reason we consume horror is to experience stimulation. Exposure to terrifying acts, or even the anticipation of those acts, can stimulate us — both mentally and physically — in opposing ways: negatively (in the form of fear or anxiety) or positively (in the form of excitement or joy).

What is the difference between a thriller and a psychological thriller? ›

Thrillers are often centered around a crime, though that is not a prerequisite. A psychological thriller, as the name suggests, involves the complicated mental state of one or more of the characters, often the narrator or the antagonist.

What is a psychological horror movie? ›

Psychological horror is a subgenre of horror and psychological fiction with a particular focus on mental, emotional, and psychological states to frighten, disturb, or unsettle its audience.

What is the difference between a thriller and a horror movie? ›

Horror is the seemingly inevitable but predictable doom, where the climax of the movie is either getting away or stopping the evil, whereas thrillers are all about a tension-filled story that's not predictable.

What do you call a person who loves horror movies? ›

Phobophilia, which literally translates to "love of fear," from phobo meaning fear and philia meaning love, would fit in nicely. A person who loves the disturbing and horrifying, then, may be known as a phobophile.

Why we should watch thriller movies? ›

The twists and turns of the thriller keep our adrenaline flowing and activate a part of our brains that is normally not stimulated. This sets off chemicals that have us feeling euphoric, and the feeling can be very addictive.

Why do people read thrillers? ›

People often fly through reading thrillers because they compel the reader forward with their exciting plots. Additionally, thrillers provide a kind of catharsis, pulling us into a world similar to our own but enticingly different and disturbing.

Who gave the world hit thriller? ›

Thriller (song)
"Thriller"
LabelEpic CBS
Songwriter(s)Rod Temperton
Producer(s)Quincy Jones
Michael Jackson singles chronology
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Is thriller a horror? ›

When it comes to thriller vs. horror, a thriller builds toward a scream, but horror is all about the background moan. While it may also build to a climax, the aesthetic is critical here. The goal of horror is to evoke existential terror, disgust, or revulsion.

What makes a great thriller movie? ›

Suspense is key to the thriller genre definition

It gives the viewer a feeling of fascination and excitement mixed with apprehension, anticipation, and tension. Suspense is what keeps us wondering where the story will go. It's why people love Alfred Hitchcock movies. Suspense is the root of unpredictability.

Who writes the best suspense novels? ›

Here's your list of the top suspense authors that you'll want to explore if you love this genre.
  1. Gillian Flynn. Gillian Flynn is an American New York Times bestselling author. ...
  2. Agatha Christie. ...
  3. Daphne du Maurier. ...
  4. Harlan Coben. ...
  5. 5. Lee Child. ...
  6. Patricia Highsmith. ...
  7. Stephen King. ...
  8. Alex Michaelides.

Who is the best mystery writer today? ›

Who are the best mystery writers today? The best modern mystery writers include John Grisham, James Patterson, and Stephen King.

What is the most popular thriller? ›

The 10 Best Thriller Movies That Stand the Test of Time
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991) 85 % 8.6/10. r 119m. ...
  • Basic Instinct (1992) 41 % 7/10. ...
  • Memento (2000) 80 % 8.4/10. ...
  • Parasite (2019) 96 % 8.5/10. ...
  • Mulholland Drive (2001) 85 % 7.9/10. ...
  • Pan's Labyrinth (2006) 98 % 8.2/10. ...
  • Misery (1990) 75 % 7.8/10. ...
  • Drive (2011) 78 % 7.8/10.
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What is considered the best mystery movie of all time? ›

Top 20 Greatest Mystery Movies of All Time (The Ultimate List)
  • Shutter Island (2010) ...
  • M (1931) ...
  • Repulsion (1965) ...
  • L.A. Confidential (1997) ...
  • Memento (2000) R | 113 min | Mystery, Thriller. ...
  • Se7en (1995) R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery. ...
  • Mystic River (2003) R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery. ...
  • The Usual Suspects (1995)

What is a dark thriller? ›

Thrillers are dark, engrossing, and suspenseful plot-driven stories. They very seldom include comedic elements.

Why are thrillers so popular? ›

The twists and turns of the thriller keep our adrenaline flowing and activate a part of our brains that is normally not stimulated. This sets off chemicals that have us feeling euphoric, and the feeling can be very addictive.

Which is scarier thriller or horror? ›

4 Thriller: Psychologically Compelling

In fact, it's precisely because such characters are so charismatic and compelling that thriller is very often scarier, and more real, than horror.

What is another word for thriller? ›

In this page you can discover 15 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for thriller, like: gripping, whodunit, sci-fi, comedy-drama, actioner, rom-com, ghost-story, comedy, whodunnit, love story and black-comedy.

What was the first suspense thriller film ever released? ›

One of the earliest thriller films was Harold Lloyd's comedy Safety Last! (1923), with a character performing a daredevil stunt on the side of a skyscraper.

Are suspense and thriller the same? ›

Thriller is the push and pull between the protagonist and the villain. Suspense is about tension and what may happen.

What are the five main elements of a thriller? ›

You're going to need an unforgettable villain, for starters.
  • Element 1: A Diabolical Villain. ...
  • Element 2: A Flawed, But Likable, Protagonist. ...
  • Element 3: Raising the Stakes. ...
  • Element 4: A Ticking Clock. ...
  • Element 5: A Shocking Twist (Beware of Spoilers!)
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