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30 Best Suspense/Thriller Movies of All Time

Rushali is a Tourism and Hospitality Management graduate. Takes interest in criminal psychology.

1. Donnie Darko

After surviving a freak accident, Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) begins to explore what it means to be alive, and in short order to be in love, he uncovers secrets of the universe that give him a tempting power to alter time and destiny.


2.The Strangers

A couple decide to spend a night at a countryside cabin, things get dangerous as a group of three strangers begin a cat and mouse play. A perfect home invasion flick.



A couple on the verge of divorce decide to stay at a motel for the night after their car breaks down. An edge-of-the-seat thriller that keeps your heart beating at a faster pace with every passing minute.


4.Shutter Island

Need I say more? Receiving favorable response from critics, the film grossed over $294 Million at the box office. The story revolves around two US Marshals travelling to Ashecliffe Hospital in Boston harbor to investigate the disappearance of patient Rachel, who was imprisoned for drowning her three children.


5.You're Next

The Davison family's lively reunion turns into a bloody mayhem when a gang of mysterious killers wearing animal masks begin to slaughter them off one by one. The final twist is bound to leave you open mouthed.



Stranded at a desolate Nevada motel during a nasty rain-storm, ten strangers become acquainted with each other when they realize that they're being killed off one by one. Again the final twist here will kill the child in you.



Starring John Cusack and Morgan Freeman in pivotal roles, this movie will take you on a trippy ride, right from the beginning to the end.



The concept is simple - Cobb dreams a dream inside a dream which is inside a dream....... Watch this to get a lifetime of mindf**k for free.



A loop of events.Period. This is the closest to Inception you'll ever find.


10.Woman In Black

The hot Daniel Radcliffe in a horror thriller. A revengeful ghost, who doesn't spare anyone in her way. The ending will sure make you sad.

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11.The Silence of the Lambs

FBI agent Clarice Starling seeks help of a diabolic cannibal, Dr Hannibal Hecter, to help her catch a serial killer murdering women across the mid-west.


12.Panic Room

A single mom and her daughter move into a new house. The next day, they have intruders, wanting something from the room they've hidden in, the Panic Room.



A French-Romanian home invasion thriller that will give you goosebumps.


14.High Tension

Alex and her friend Maria travel back to the country to meet their family only to be stalked and brutally attacked by a psychotic truck driver.


15.The Midnight Meat Train

Your worst horrors will come true in this gore horror thriller. Watch it at your own risk.


16.The Last House on the Left

After kidnapping and brutally assaulting two young women, a gang unknowingly finds refuge at a vacation home belonging to the parents of one of the victims: a mother and father who devise an increasingly gruesome series of revenge tactics.


17.Eden Lake

Refusing to let anything spoil their romantic weekend break, a young couple confront a gang of loutish youths with terrifyingly brutal consequences.


18.Eye In The Sky

This slow thriller will have your attention till the end. Col. Katherine Powell, a military officer in command of an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, sees her mission escalate when a girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute over the implications of modern warfare.


19.Zero Dark Thirty

This can't, not have your excitement hiked. Who in the world doesn't hate Usama Bin Laden? This movie shows the processes that were involved in the most thrilling operation of killing the head of all terrorists, in Abottabad, Pakistan.


20.The Guest

This movie starring Dan Stevens will sure never allow you to trust a GUEST!



A diabolical serial killer is staging grisly murders, choosing victims representing the seven deadly sins. Somerset, a homicide specialist, one week from retirement, teams up with Mills and sees the case to its almost unspeakably horrible conclusion.



A neo-noir psychological thriller by Christopher Nolan and that, that exactly, right there is the reason this movie is a must watch.


23.Grand Piano

A renowned pianist goes through the most difficult performance of his life when he's threatened to be shot dead if he gets one note wrong.



No, not Disney frozen. This movie is about three skiers stranded on a chairlift during a chilly night and how they escape......OR NOT



Ryan Reynolds in a box underground is all you get to see in this mind blowing thriller. Yet worth a watch.



Friends returning after a party enter an ATM for money late at night only to encounter a psycho who wont allow them outside again. A fast paced "extremely thrilling" thriller!



A desperate father can go to any extent to find out about the disappearance of his daughter and her friends.



One after the other, they do get a little boring. But nothing can match the horrifying deaths in these movies.


29.See No Evil (1&2)

Kane has gone an extra mile to prove that he has come from hell. The movie displays gore similar to SAW series.


30.The Collection & The Collector

The best you'll get when searching for "movies similar to SAW" . Home Invasion + Unique Death Traps + Blood = Collection and Collector. Stars Josh Stewart in both the parts.


© 2017 Rushali Prasad


Rushali Prasad (author) from Muscat,Oman on May 14, 2020:

Glad you liked it.

Niks from India on May 04, 2020:

Wow, a great hub. I enjoyed reading it as I m a fan of horror and suspense films. I have jotted these films down and added them to my wish list. Hoping to watch them one by one.

Jacqueline G Rozell on February 03, 2020:

Just don't like movies where the evil wins.

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