Must watch Thriller movies

All movies are great in their own way, but let’s be real: thrillers are the best. It’s because they have the best elements of every genre. A little bit of fear, without diving into horror. All the speed of action, but with more plot. And dashes of drama and comedy without having to fully commit to either. It requires your full attention because it’s everything, wrapped into one.

Thriller movies are reserved for the most fearless of movie fanatics. Rather than the blood and gore of many horror films, thrillers are full of conflict, unexpected twists and tensions that have you on the edge of your seats. Better yet, the anxiety, terror and uncertainty inflicted on a viewer by thrillers can force them to question themselves, their close ones and even their own reality.

We have rounded up some of the best thriller movies that we think you might enjoy.

Zodiac

Zodiac is everything a thriller could be. It’s a harrowing catalogue of the killer’s murders. It’s an insightful drama about obsession. It’s a detail-oriented history of a riveting investigation. And in the end, although the film never comes out and says they solved the puzzle, it leads to an absolutely terrifying sequence as one of our heroes finds themselves closer than ever to a resolution. Intelligent and absolutely enthralling, Zodiac isn’t just one of the best thrillers of the century so far. It’s one of the best movies of the century so far.

Parasite

A movie so excellent, the Academy got over its widespread xenophobia to sing its praise! Although it functions perfectly well as a completely unhinged mystery — with a number of truly unexpected twists! — Parasite is also a poignant semi-Marxist commentary on the difficulties of escaping poverty and the class resentment increasingly fomenting in the underground. Director Bong Joon-ho had made a series of absurdly amazing movies before mainstream critics realized his genius, including some great sci-fi movies, but Parasite is his best work yet.

Mulholland Drive

Director David Lynch transformed a failed TV pilot into one of the most celebrated films of the century with Mulholland Drive, a feverish saga of isolation and bitterness in the Hollywood Hills. The director’s signature ‘dream-logic’ keeps Mulholland Drive perpetually open to interpretation, and the film’s many fans still debate which parts were a dream, or if any of them were. Whether it’s all a paranoid fantasy of a rueful scorned lover, a literal dreamscape in which all of Hollywood inexplicably lives, or something even more sinister, all we know for sure is that Lynch keeps us in his wicked grasp.

Gone Girl

In David Fincher’s pointed and vicious adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) discovers that his wife – Amy (Rosamund Pike), the inspiration of a beloved series of children’s books – has vanished, leaving behind evidence of foul play and, to Nick’s surprise, evidence that he did it. The first half of Gone Girl is an engine of suspense, as different revelations emerge about Nick and Amy’s marriage, as Nick makes seemingly innocent but highly suspicious decisions, and as the multimedia firestorm consumes him and everyone he knows. But needless to say, there’s more to this story, and Gone Girl leads to drastic story twists and dramatic recontextualizations of everything we’ve seen before.

The Girl on the Train

Emily Blunt is mesmerizing as Rachel Watson, a struggling alcoholic reeling after the loss of her job and marriage. Instead of trying to move on, she rides in and out of Manhattan on a commuter train and spends her time obsessing over her ex-husband, Tom (Justin Theroux), and his new wife, Anna (Rebecca Ferguson). After Anna and Tom’s nanny, Megan (Haley Bennett) disappears, all eyes turn to Rachel because she was spotted in the vicinity. The problem is Rachel can’t remember anything.

Flightplan

With a mind-bending plot, this movie is a trip from start to finish. Jodie Foster stars in the psychological film about a woman who boards an international plane with her young daughter, and then the girl mysteriously vanishes while they’re still in the air. That’s mysterious enough, but there’s also no evidence of her daughter on the flight plan. Is Foster’s character losing her mind? Or did something terrible happen?

Searching

John Cho plays a single father whose teenaged daughter goes missing in Searching, and like any halfway decent father he spends all his time trying to find her. But this is the 21st century, and the search begins online, where his investigation turns up totally unexpected revelations about what his daughter has been doing, who she’s been talking to, how many friends she has (or rather, doesn’t), and why she’s got a bank account full of money. The story of Searching would be compelling on its own, but director Aneesh Chaganty also chooses to convey the entire narrative on his protagonist’s computers and smartphones, highlighting just how much we all live on the internet and just how many secrets can be mined from exploring social media, photographs, and contacts of the people we love, and the people we thought we knew.

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