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Top 15 Thriller Movies of 21st Century

15. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

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It is a science fiction action thriller film starring Tom Cruise. When aliens from far space called "Mimics" attacked on Earth and destroyed it almost completely. A special operation was planned to destroy them. Major William Cage who was a part of the operation realized soon that whenever he dies he come back to the beginning of the day. Major then met Dr. Carter who told him that he killed an alpha due to which he got the ability to reset time. Major then went on to the final mission to kill their leader Omega. Major now didn't have power to reset time because of the filtration of blood which took place in an incident after he killed an alpha. Will he able to save the world ?? Can he kill their leader ?? Find out yourselves !!!

14. 300 (2006)

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300 is an epic based on the world famous spartan war. Only 300 men of Sparta took part in the war. Highly outnumbered by the Persian army these brave men fought for 3 days continuously preventing the them to invade their land. The men led by Spartan King Leonidas decided to block the narrow passage with the help of his highly trained, deadly warriors who are ready to sacrifice themselves for their family. Along with 300 Spartans 700 Thespians, and 400 Thebans fought for their honor and glory though they are well aware of their fate. This film shows the motivation by the people to protect their land and proved that anything can be done if you have faith in yourself.

13. V For Vendetta (2005)

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It is a political thriller with some action film based on the cruelty of a communist government in Britain lead by Adam Sutler. The film shows the power of a common man and what limits he can cross to save his country from the evil dictatorship. A freedom fighter was known as "V" who planned to overthrow it. V found a woman in whom he saw the rage to fulfill his dream of a free country. Soon Evey started to discover about V and found the same feeling in her too. Along with V , Evey also became a prime suspect of the blast which occurred previously.

12. Inception (2010)

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Dominic Cobb as Leonardo DiCaprio is a spy who can extract any kind of information by entering into one's mind. He is actually an American fugitive who is wanted for the murder of his own wife. Cobb tried inception first with his wife by which she couldn't tell the difference between reality and the dream. So she decided to kill herself so she could return to the real world but instead she committed suicide in the real world for which Cobb has been wanted for. Cobb met a businessman who wanted to have inception on another business tycoon to become the best in the world.The businessman offered Cobb to return to his children living in America. Cobb could do anything to return to his family. He picked up a team and started on to his impossible and thrilling mission.

11. Gladiator (2000)

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Emperor Marcus Aurelius decided to make Maximus a Roman General as his successor. Raged by his decision the son Commodus killed the emperor and announced himself as the Emperor of the Roman Empire. Commodus announced the death sentence for Maximus and his family. Maximus could't save his family which raged anger in him to outsource Commodus. Struggling as a slave, after been into many fights as a slave, he managed to take part in Roman games. Maximus gained a lot of fame in the games as a warrior by losing not a single combat. Maximus found an opportunity to kill Commodus and openly challenged him in the arena. Commodus was slithered by his own knife and Maximus again brought peace in Roman Empire with his great deeds.

10. Source Code (2011)

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Source code science fiction thriller film starring Jake Gyllenhaal is based on time travel paradox in which he tries to diffuse a bomb which was placed by the bomber in the train he was travelling. He was stuck in an loop of single frame of time in which he dies and born on the same time frame repetitively but has only 8 minutes to diffuse the bomb with that advantage. Later it was known that all this was a task or a test which was assign to him to know the bomber of the train blast which happened on that day. The mission was taken by him on his own will. Now would he be able to do it on time without any mistake that is up to you to find out..!

9. Get Out (2017)

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Get Out is an American horror-thriller film gained recognition for its satirical themes. Chris and Rose decided to go to Rose's parents home at upstate for a short outing. Rose's parents made some rational comments for their interracial relationship and Chris noticed some strange behavior of their black maid too. Chris was a bit terrified with that house but managed with the support of his girlfriend. The film then turns into some very dark humor with a series of more sinister events which Chris would have never thought of. Chris then tries to "Get Out" of that very place as soon as possible.

8. Mystic River (2003)

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Mystic river is a crime-mystery thriller drama based on a murder of an ex-gangster's daughter with whom people are still afraid in their area. The gang was known as "Savage Brothers". The drama starts on a street where three best friends were playing hockey and one of them was Dave. Dave was manipulated by a criminal and was molested by the man. After many years all three were on their different paths but Dave was still terrified by its past which got him involved him in the murder. Police suspected on Katie's boyfriend Ray and later the murder was known to be committed by someone to whom the suspicion can never occur on someone's mind. Watch and find out :)

7. The Prestige (2006)

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The Prestige is a thriller directed by Christopher Nolan based on a novel. The film's plot is on two magicians who struggled in their own way and became rivals in the professional carrier and pity each other. Earlier they used to work together as one but due the death of one's wife he blamed it on the other. From then they both try to destroy each other with their hatred that ultimately lead to many consequences in the lives of both the people leading to death of one of them.

6. Shutter Island (2010)

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Shutter Island is an American psychological thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Teddy Daniels who is shown as a US marshal detective who will investigate a psychiatric facility on an island for a missing patient. While interviewing a patient wrote on a notepad "RUN" to Daniels.From here the story starts getting a bit intense. In an obsession to solve the case Daniels broke off to search the restricted areas of the island. And in the lighthouse Daniels unveils some dark truth of himself which he wasn't ready to believe in !!

5. Minority Report (2002)

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Minority Report is a Tom Cruise film,him playing a role of the Chief of a law enforcing team named as "PreCrime".The timeline of the film is of 2054 AD,an era where crime rate is negligible and can be prevented by seeing it beforehand by the help of three powerful brains of mutated teens named as "Pre-Cogs" who can see the future in some pieces where the crime is committed.One day, most powerful Pre-Cog of the three "Agatha" predicted John Anderton aka Tom Cruise to be the murderer of a person who was allegedly known as a kidnapper of his son Sean who went missing many years ago. John in a hope to prove himself not guilty kidnaps Agatha and the story unfolds with a dark truth and events which included the department itself.

4. Gone Girl (2014)

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Gone Girl is a psychological thriller based on a novel. It stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike and the two just fits right into their roles. On the fifth anniversary of the couple Nick came to home to find his wife Amy who was known for her inspirational novel "Amazing Amy". Suspicion slowly arose against Nick about the kidnap which made him under spotlight of the police.He then started receiving clues from her wife and tried to tell about it to the people.What will Amy is gonna do to save herself ?? Through what extent she could go to save herself ?? Watch and find out !!!!

3. Donnie Darko (2001)

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Donnie Darko is Jake Gyllenhaal's greatest movie of his young career.The movie has shown Donnie as a person with mental problem.The movie has a crazy plot and starts with an airplane's engine dropping on Donnie's bedroom in which he wasn't there. In Donnie's dream he regularly see a man with in a bunny disguise which started to make him think that any of the false things he would do will destroy the world. All he has to do is to save world in 28 days. As the date comes close by the bunny "Frank" make Donnie do many acts of vandalism. All of the events lead to a mind blowing devastating end.

2. Predestination (2014)

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Predestination is a science fiction thriller film starring Ethan Hawke,Sarah Snook and Noah Taylor. It is one of the best ever made in its own way.This film is based on paradox ; a time travelling agent tries to disarm a bomb which was placed by a person known as "Fizzel Bomber" with which he burns his face.To save the future of himself agent has to protect its past in which his chase of the bomber who was agent's old rival turns into a series of events which includes love , fate and identity with mind blowing twists.

1. Identity (2003)

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Identity is a psychological crime thriller starring John Cusack . Malcolm River was sentenced to death for conducting several murders held at a desolate Nevada motel. In motel several strangers become acquainted with each other because of the murders happening at that rainy night. The people in motel started to consider murder as some supernatural events. Parallel to this Malcolm diary revealed that he suffers from an extreme case of dissociative identity disorder , having eleven different personalities. Later the story unfolds some mind bending events that will give you goosebumps while watching it.

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Vidit Bansal (author) from India on January 11, 2020:

Hey watch out my first movie list . Check it out and let me know your review in the comment :)