We all love watching Hollywood thriller movies. Movies that make us sit on the edge of our seats, but why do we spend money to watch something that makes us feel that way? Is it because the action, suspense and drama, which thrillers are based upon, cannot be turned away from or is it because one can experience danger without actually being in danger. Whatever be the reason, good Hollywood thriller movies will always excite us, because the unknown aspect of these movies is quite exciting!
Often these Hollywood thriller movies have a complex storyline, which one has to follow with concentration, it is these kinds of Hollywood Thriller movies that keep us, as viewers, guessing until the end. So, in case you are looking for good Hollywood thriller movies, here’s a list of movies that you will definitely enjoy!
10 Hollywood Thriller Movies You Must Watch:
1. REAR WINDOW: 1954
Alfred Hitchcock is often referred to as “the master of suspense”. He pioneered many elements of the suspense and psychological thriller genre, and an example of this is seen in his, 1954 production, Rear Window. The story is a professional photographer, Jeff (played by James Stewart), who is stuck in his apartment, recuperating from a broken leg. As he cannot go out of his apartment, he begins to feel dull, this leads him to spy on his neighbours and comes across a shocking revelation. As per reviews, “Hitchcock’s suspense classic is far more relevant and spiffier, than ever to a new century of peeping toms”
Movie Rating: 8.5/10.
2. PSYCHO: 1960
This is a personal favourite, it digs deep into the mystique of the Hitchcock movie that shook the world. The movie is based on the disturbed Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), whose dark old house and the adjoining motel is not a safe place to be in. This is clearly portrayed through the ill-fated heroine Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), who was victimized in the now popularly known as the “Shower Scene”.
Marion Crane steals money from her employer and flees from Arizona ending up at Bates Motel in California. It is her sudden disappearance that leads to the heroine’s boyfriend and sister looking for her. This search brings out the real, mentally disturbed character of Norman Bates, who not only has killed Marion but also had his mother’s corpse hidden in his basement for months. The movie is based on a book with the same name, written by Robert Bloch, which was in turn based on the notorious serial killer, Ed Gein.
Movie Rating: 8.5/10.
3. CHARADE: 1963
Charade is a romantic/thriller movie directed by Stanley Donen. The story is about a recently turned widow Reggie (Audrey Hepburn), who is harassed by three men, who were involved with her husband in some illegal business. She then meets a charming American stranger Peter Joshua (Cary Grant), from whom she seeks help. However, Peter soon confesses to her that he is in fact, the brother of one of the accomplices in the crime. So the question that remains is will she be able to trust him? The film is notable for its screenplay and the way the plot unfolds, in fact, it is often referred to as “the best Hitchcock movie, that Hitchcock never made”.
Movie Rating: 8/10.
4. CHINATOWN: 1974
Roman Polanski has given some really fine movie to Hollywood. As a Polish director, writer, and actor, he is considered as one of the few truly international filmmakers. Chinatown begins with a woman identifying herself as Evelyn Mulwray (Faye Dunaway), who hires a private detective, J.J. Gittes (Jack Nicholson) to spy on her husband, Hollis Mulwray, who is the chief engineer of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Gittes follows him and shoots photographs of him with a woman, which is printed on the front page of the newspaper. No sooner, Gittes is confronted with yet another lady in his office, who informs him that she is the real Evelyn Mulwray. He further finds himself caught in a web of deceits soon after the death of Mr. Mulwray and makes a shocking revelation.
Movie Rating: 8.2/10
5. THE SHINING: 1980
Another personal favourite, the shining is a psychological thriller film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. It is based on the novel written by Stephen King (1977), by the same name. Initially, the contemporary response from the critics was mixed, but now it is widely referred to as a masterpiece of modern horror.
The movie is about a man who is a writer and a former teacher, Jack Torrence (Jack Nicholson), takes up a task of a caretaker at the Overlook Hotel, which is isolated during the winter, in the Colorado mountains.He takes his wife and son along. The hotel has a disturbing past, and Danny (the son), sees some disturbing images of the hotel’s past with the help of his telepathic gift which is called “the shining”. Jack slowly slips into insanity as a result of cabin fever and the advice given by the Hotel’s ghosts. The only thing that can save Danny and his mother is The Shining.
Movie Rating: 8.4/10
6. THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS: 1991
The silence of the lambs is a horror-thriller movie directed by Jonathan Demme. The movie grossed $272.7 million worldwide against its $19 million budget. The film is considered culturally and historically significant and is preserved in the National Film Registry. In the movie, Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster), an FBI agent, seeks help from Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a psychopathic serial killer, and former psychiatric professor, in order to get hold of another serial killer. The Serial Killer takes the life of females for their skin and goes by the name “Buffalo Bill”. The movie became the Third film in Academy history to win “big five Academy Awards” for producing, directing, acting and screenwriting. This movie is a definitely a must watch.
Movie Rating: 8.6/10.
7. THE OTHERS: 2001
The others are Spanish-American gothic horror with elements of psychological thrills. This was the fir English Language film to receive the best film award at the Spanish Film Festival, without a single word of Spanish spoken in it. The story is about Grace (Nicole Kidman), who moves into a new house with her two children, who are photosynthesis, that is, they have to be kept away from the light of the day. Soon a series of unexplainable events occur, Grace starts believing that her house is haunted and begins to investigate. But the truth that is revealed, is one which none of us could have guessed.
Movie Rating: 7.6/10.
8. ORPHAN: 2009
Orphan is psychological thriller film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and is an American, you’llCanadian, German and French Co-production. Just as the posters You’ll never guess her secret”, the film is about a couple Kate (Vera Farmiga) and John Coleman (Peter Sarsgaard), who is trying to cope up with the stillbirth of their third child. The loss, affects Kate the most, who is also trying to recover from alcoholism. They decide to adopt a 9-year old girl, Esther, from the local orphanage. While Kate and John’s deaf-mute daughter embraces Esther, their elder son is not so welcoming. They soon find out that she has a troubled and mysterious past, and is not what she pretends to be.
Movie Rating: 7/10.
9. SHUTTER ISLAND: 2010
Many of you might have heard or even seen this movie. The Shutter Island is a Neo-noir psychological thriller, directed by Martin Scorsese. The film received favourable reviews and grossed over $294 million at the box office. Leonardo DiCaprio plays the role of a U.S Marshal, Edward Teddy Daniels. He is sent to investigate the disappearance of a patient in a psychiatric facility on Shutter Island. But what he uncovers is a shocking discovery of the place and its actual truth. As per reviews, “the acting is solid and directing is inspired.”
Movie Rating: 8.1/10
10. GONE GIRL: 2014
Gone Girl is another psychological thriller, directed by David Fincher. It is written by Gillian Flynn, based on her 2012 novel of the same name. The movie was received well and was a commercial success, grossing $369 million. Rosamund Pike was particularly praised for her acting. So, It might as well be a personal favourite of a few of you. The story is about the disappearance of Amy, the wife of writing teacher, Nick Dunne.
So, On returning home, Nick finds that his wife is missing. Her disappearance receives press coverage, as she was the inspiration for her parents’ popular Amazing Amy children’s book. As a walkthrough is conducted in the house, poorly concealed evidence of a struggle is found. The forensic report suggests remnants of cleaned blood stains, leading to the conclusion that she was murdered. Suspicions arise that Nick is responsible not only because of apathetic behaviour but also the fact that Nick and Amy’s marriage had disintegrated. But is that the only truth? So, Watch the movie to find out.
Movie Rating: 8.1/10.
Hence, These 10 Hollywood Thriller Movies are a must watch.
So, do try watching these Hollywood Thriller movies, I’m sure it will not disappoint you. Let me know what you think of them and also comment below what is your favourite thriller movie!