List of best thriller movies of all time from the various realms of genres. These are the movies that will make you thrill, Match Point, Cube, Drive...
10. Match Point
Match Point (2005) is a thriller movie directed by Woody Allen, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Scarlett Johansson.
The story follows Chris, a former tennis player, searching for a job as an instructor. He meets Tom Hewett, a wealthy young man whose sister Chloe falls in love with Chris. But Chris has his eye on Tom’s fiancee Nola.
The film deals with themes of morality, greed, and the roles of trust, and sacrifice.
- Initial release: October 26, 2005 (France)
- Director: Woody Allen
- Starring: Brian Cox, Matthew Goode, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer
- Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Penelope Wilton
- Music: Matchpoint Soundtracks
- Budget 15 million USD
- Box Office 85.3 million
Drive (2011) is an action drama movie directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. It is based on James Sallis’s 2005 novel of the same title. Starring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan.
The story follows the unnamed stunt driver who works as a getaway driver a well. He is getting attracted by his neighbor, Irene. When her criminal husband, Standard, is released from prison, the two men take part in a heist that endangers the lives of everyone involved.
- Initial release: August 13, 2011 (United Kingdom)
- Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
- Based on: Drive by James Sallis
- Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina
- Hendricks, Oscar Isaac
- Music by: Cliff Martinez
- Featured song: A Real Hero
- Budget 15 million USD
- Box Office 81.4 million USD
8. A Quiet Place
A Quiet Place (2018) is a horror thriller movie directed by and starring John Krasinski and Emily Blunt.
The story follows a father and a mother who struggle to survive and raise their children in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by blind monsters with a penetrating sense of hearing.
- Initial release: April 2018 (South Korea)
- Director: John Krasinski
- Story by: Bryan Woods, Scott Beck
- Starring: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski
- Music by: Marco Beltrami
- Budget 17–21 million
- Box Office 341 million USD
Cube (1997) the best Canadian independent science-fiction thriller movie, directed by Vincenzo Natali. Starring Nicole de Boer and Nicky Guadagni.
A group of strangers awakens to find themselves placed in a giant red cube. Each one of them is different types of people and have different skill. They must work together to escape an endless cube of deadly traps.
- Initial release: July 11, 1998 (Netherlands)
- Director: Vincenzo Natali
- Film series: Cube (1997); Cube 2: Hypercube (2002); Cube Zero (2004)
- Starring: Nicole de Boer, Nicky Guadagni, David Hewlett, Andrew Miller,
- Julian Richings, Wayne Robson
- Music by: Mark Korven
- Budget 365,000 CAD
- Box Office 9 million USD
6. American Psycho
American Psycho (2000) is the best black comedy thriller movie directed by Mary Harron, based on Bret Easton Ellis’s 1991 novel of the same title. It Starring Christian Bale and Jared Leto
The story takes place in 1987, New York City, an elegant, young successful businessman, Patrick Bateman, who lives a second life as a gruesome serial killer by night.
- Initial release: October 26, 2005 (France)
- Directors: Mary Harron, Morgan J. Freeman
- Based on: American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
- Starring: Christian Bale, Bret Easton Ellis, Jared Leto
- Music by: John Cale
- Budget 7 million USD
- Box Office 34.3 million USD
5. Eyes Wide Shut
Eyes Wide Shut (1999) is an erotic mystery psychological thriller movie directed by Stanley Kubrick as his last work. Based on the 1926 novel Traumnovelle (Dream Story) by Arthur Schnitzler. Starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.
The story follows the sexual adventure of Dr. Bill Harford, who is shocked when his wife, Alice, reveals that she had contemplated having an affair a year earlier. Things get tense even more when Bill finds himself in a massive masked orgy of an unnamed secret society.
- Initial release: July 16, 1999 (USA)
- Director: Stanley Kubrick
- Based on: Traumnovelle by Arthur Schnitzler
- Starring: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Sydney Pollack, Marie Richardson
- Music by: Jocelyn Pook
- Budget 65 million USD
- Box Office 162.1 million USD
4. House of 9
House of 9 (2004) is a psychological thriller movie directed by Steven R. Monroe and starring Dennis Hopper and Kelly Brook.
The story follows Nine strangers who find themselves locked inside a house. A mysterious voice called The Watcher tells them that they are to play a game: the last person alive can leave the house with the million-dollar reward.
- Initial release: June 19, 2005 (USA)
- Director: Steven R. Monroe
- Starring: Dennis Hopper, Kelly Brook, Hippolyte Girardot, Susie Amy
- Music by: Mark Ryder, Charles Olins
- Budget 6 million USD
3. Nocturnal Animals
Nocturnal Animals (2016) is a psychological thriller film directed by Tom Ford, it is based on the 1993 novel Tony and Susan by Austin Wright. Starring Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal.
The story follows an art gallery owner, Susan, as she reads the new novel written by her first husband and begins to see the parallels between the book and their former relationship.
- Initial release: October 14, 2016 (United Kingdom)
- Director: Tom Ford
- Based on: Tony and Susan by Austin Wright
- Starring: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-
- Johnson, Isla Fisher, Armie Hammer, Laura Linney, Andrea Riseborough
- Music by: Abel Korzeniowski
- Budget 22.5 million USD
- Box Office 32.4 million USD
Prisoners (2013) is a thriller movie directed by Denis Villeneuve from a screenplay written by Aaron Guzikowski. Starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal.
The story follows the case of the abduction of two young girls in Pennsylvania. After police arrest a suspect with a five-year-old IQ and release him. But the father of one of the daughters takes matters into his own hands.
- Initial release: September 18, 2013 (Belgrade)
- Director: Denis Villeneuve
- Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello
- Music by: Jóhann Jóhannsson
- Budget 46 million USD
- Box Office 122.1 million
Hannibal (2001) is a horror thriller movie directed by Ridley Scott, adapted from the 1999 novel by Thomas Harris. In the sequel to the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs, starring Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore
The story follows ten years after The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal follows Starling’s attempts to apprehend Lecter before his surviving victim, Mason Verger, captures him.
- Initial release: February 9, 2001 (Italy)
- Director: Ridley Scott
- Film series: Hannibal Lecter
- Based on: Hannibal by Thomas Harris
- Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, Ray Liotta, Giancarlo Giannini
- Music by: Hans Zimmer
- Budget 87 million USD
- Box Office 351.6 million USD