The Conversation
25 The Conversation
1974
113 minutes
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
The Conversation is a Francis Ford Coppola thriller from 1974 about a professional surveillance man who is hired to record the conversations between two workers. Yet it looks like he’s gotten into more than he’s getting paid for as information about a murder may have been recorded.
Francis Ford Coppola
Gene Hackman , John Cazale , Frederic Forrest , Cindy Williams , Harrison Ford
Basic Instinct
24 Basic Instinct
1992
127 minutes
Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Romance
Basic Instinct is an erotic thriller from 1992 about a sex-crazed murderer and a police officer who’s getting a little too personal with one of the suspects in a murder. As tensions boil Sharon Stone, who plays the main suspect and an author, gives a powerful and sleek performance of a woman who knows her looks can get her off the hook and help her write and finish her book.
Paul Verhoeven
Michael Douglas , Sharon Stone , George Dzundza , Jeanne Tripplehorn , Denis Arndt
The 39 Steps
23 The 39 Steps
1935
87 minutes
Action, Mystery, Thriller, Foreign
The 39 Steps is one of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpieces. A romantic thriller that revolves around a Canadian tourist visiting London who gets caught in the middle of a murder plot that has police and the secret service after him. A classic Hitchcock of romance mixed with adventure and picturesque scenes.
Alfred Hitchcock
Robert Donat , Madeleine Carroll , Lucie Mannheim , Godfrey Tearle , Helen Haye
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The Conformist
22 The Conformist
1970
107 minutes
Drama, Foreign
Bertolucci's famous 1970’s drama, based on the 1951 novel “The Conformist” by Alberto Moravia. About a sexually repressed man in 1930s Italy, who is consumed by an irresistible need to fit in with society. This leads him to embrace fascism as Mussolini rises to power. As his allegiance to the regime takes over his life, he agrees to assassinate his old teacher. The film is a case study in the psychology of fascism, and according to the political philosopher Takis Fotopoulos 'The Conformist' (as well as 'Rhinoceros' by Ionesco) is 'a beautiful portrait of this psychological need to conform and be 'normal' at the social level, in general, and the political level, in particular.' The film has been very influential for other filmmakers, and is widely praised as a visual masterpiece.
Bernardo Bertolucci
Jean-Louis Trintignant , Stefania Sandrelli , Gastone Moschin , Dominique Sanda , Enzo Tarascio
Charade
21 Charade
1963
113 minutes
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Romance
Romance and suspense in Paris, as a woman is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Who can she trust?
Stanley Donen
Cary Grant , Audrey Hepburn , Walter Matthau , James Coburn , George Kennedy
Rashomon
20 Rashomon
1950
88 minutes
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Foreign
In ancient Japan a crime take place as told from three different travelers who have experienced the crime: a man being killed and his wife being raped. Which if any of the stories is true? A Akira Kurosawa film about morals, truth, and communication.
Akira Kurosawa
Toshirô Mifune , Machiko Kyô , Masayuki Mori , Takashi Shimura , Minoru Chiaki
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Strangers on a Train
19 Strangers on a Train
1951
101 minutes
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Film Noir
A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder...a theory that he plans to implement.
Alfred Hitchcock
Farley Granger , Ruth Roman , Robert Walker , Leo G. Carroll , Patricia Hitchcock
Fight Club
18 Fight Club
1999
139 minutes
Action, Drama, Thriller
A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground 'fight clubs' forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the way and ignites an out-of-control spiral toward oblivion.
David Fincher
Edward Norton , Brad Pitt , Helena Bonham Carter , Meat Loaf , Zach Grenier
Notorious
17 Notorious
1946
102 minutes
Action, Thriller, Romance
Released shortly after the war, this classic Hitchcock film illustrates the battle between German Nazis and American spies and the trafficking of drugs.
Alfred Hitchcock
Cary Grant , Ingrid Bergman , Claude Rains , Louis Calhern , Leopoldine Konstantin
The Third Man
16 The Third Man
1949
104 minutes
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Foreign, Film Noir
An American pulp writer arrives in post-WWII Vienna only to find that the friend who waited for him is killed under mysterious circumstances. The ensuing mystery entangles him in his friend's involvement in the black market, with the multinational police, and with his Czech girlfriend.
Carol Reed
Joseph Cotten , Alida Valli , Orson Welles , Trevor Howard , Bernard Lee
Blue Velvet
15 Blue Velvet
1986
120 minutes
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Indie
Blue Velvet is a thriller from David Lynch that depicts the contrariness of two worlds that Jeffery is a part of - and torn apart from. The film is very ambivalent in the style that Lynch fans have come to love.
David Lynch
Isabella Rossellini , Kyle MacLachlan , Dennis Hopper , Laura Dern , Hope Lange
Touch of Evil
14 Touch of Evil
1958
108 minutes
Crime, Drama, Thriller, Film Noir
Stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in Mexican border town.
Orson Welles
Charlton Heston , Janet Leigh , Orson Welles , Joseph Calleia , Akim Tamiroff
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Dial M For Murder
13 Dial M For Murder
1954
104 minutes
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to have his wife murdered after discovering she is having an affair, and assumes she will soon leave him for the other man anyway. When things go wrong, he improvises a new plan - to frame her for murder instead.
Alfred Hitchcock
Ray Milland , Grace Kelly , Robert Cummings , John Williams , Anthony Dawson
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Double Indemnity
12 Double Indemnity
1944
107 minutes
Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Film Noir
Unsuspecting Mr. Dietrichson becomes increasingly accident prone after his icily calculating wife encourages him to sign a double indemnity policy proposed by a smooth-talking insurance agent. Against a backdrop of distinctly California settings, the partners in crime plan the perfect murder to collect the insurance. Perfect until a claims manager gets a familiar feeling of foul play and pursues the matter relentlessly. Tension soars as the would-be lovers find themselves plotting against each other. Based on an actual case, this malevolent thriller was expertly directed by Billy Wilder and received nomination for six Academy Awards including
Billy Wilder
Fred MacMurray , Barbara Stanwyck , Edward G. Robinson , Porter Hall , Richard Gaines
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Memento
11 Memento
2000
113 minutes
Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Suffering short-term memory loss after a head injury, Leonard Shelby embarks on a grim quest to find the lowlife who murdered his wife in this gritty, complex thriller that packs more knots than a hangman's noose. To carry out his plan, Shelby snaps Polaroids of people and places, jotting down contextual notes on the backs of photos to aid in his search and jog his memory. He even tattoos his own body in a desperate bid to remember.
Christopher Nolan
Guy Pearce , Carrie-Anne Moss , Joe Pantoliano , Mark Boone Junior , Russ Fega
The Sixth Sense
10 The Sixth Sense
1999
107 minutes
Drama, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
A psychological thriller about an eight year old boy named Cole Sear who believes he can see into the world of the dead. A child psychologist named Malcolm Crowe comes to Cole to help him deal with his problem, learning that he really can see ghosts of dead people.
M. Night Shyamalan
Bruce Willis , Haley Joel Osment , Toni Collette , Olivia Williams , Mischa Barton
Vertigo
9 Vertigo
1958
129 minutes
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Romance, Film Noir
An ex-police officer is asked to follow an old friends wife who thinks she is being followed by ghosts. A classic Hitchcock about a man who’s afraid of heights and a woman he must unfortunately follow to great heights.
Alfred Hitchcock
James Stewart , Kim Novak , Barbara Bel Geddes , Tom Helmore , Henry Jones
Se7en
8 Se7en
1995
127 minutes
Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Two homicide detectives are on a desperate hunt for a serial killer whose crimes are based on the 'seven deadly sins' in this dark and haunting film that takes viewers from the tortured remains of one victim to the next. The seasoned Det. Sommerset researches each sin in an effort to get inside the killer's mind, while his novice partner, Mills, scoffs at his efforts to unravel the case.
David Fincher
Brad Pitt , Morgan Freeman , Gwyneth Paltrow , R. Lee Ermey , Andrew Kevin Walker
The Night of the Hunter
7 The Night of the Hunter
1955
93 minutes
Drama, Suspense, Thriller, Film Noir
A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.
Charles Laughton
Robert Mitchum , Shelley Winters , Lillian Gish , James Gleason , Evelyn Varden
The Manchurian Candidate
6 The Manchurian Candidate
1962
126 minutes
Drama, Thriller
The Manchurian Candidate is a political thriller from American director John Frankenheimer. An American soldier is brainwashed into being a killer for the communist Russians during the Korean War.
John Frankenheimer
Frank Sinatra , Janet Leigh , Laurence Harvey , Angela Lansbury , Henry Silva
The Silence of the Lambs
5 The Silence of the Lambs
1991
118 minutes
Crime, Drama, Suspense, Thriller
FBI trainee Clarice Starling ventures into a maximum-security asylum to pick the diseased brain of Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist turned homicidal cannibal. Starling needs clues to help her capture a serial killer. Unfortunately, her Faustian relationship with Lecter soon leads to his escape, and now two deranged killers are on the loose.
Jonathan Demme
Jodie Foster , Anthony Hopkins , Anthony Heald , Scott Glenn , Ted Levine
Psycho
4 Psycho
1960
109 minutes
Drama, Horror, Thriller
When larcenous real estate clerk Marion Crane goes on the lam with a wad of cash and hopes of starting a new life, she ends up at the notorious Bates Motel, where manager Norman Bates cares for his housebound mother. The place seems quirky, but fine… until Marion decides to take a shower.
Alfred Hitchcock
Anthony Perkins , Vera Miles , John Gavin , Janet Leigh , Martin Balsam
Rear Window
3 Rear Window
1954
114 minutes
Suspense, Thriller
Jefferies has had his leg in a cast for weeks and has nothing to do but watch his neighbors from his window. His voyeurism leads him to think that he’s witnessed a murder. Together with his girlfriend Lisa and his nurse Stella they try to solve the mystery and possibly a murder.
Alfred Hitchcock
Grace Kelly , James Stewart , Wendell Corey , Thelma Ritter , Raymond Burr
Chinatown
2 Chinatown
1974
130 minutes
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A private detective investigating an adultery case stumbles on to a scheme of murder that has something to do with water.
Roman Polanski
Jack Nicholson , Faye Dunaway , John Huston , Perry Lopez , John Hillerman
North by Northwest
1 North by Northwest
1959
136 minutes
Action, Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
An advertising man is mistaken for a spy, triggering a deadly cross-country chase.
Alfred Hitchcock
Cary Grant , Eva Marie Saint , James Mason , Jessie Royce Landis , Philip Coolidge

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