23+ Best Hollywood Mystery & Suspense Thriller Movies of All Time

Hollywood thrillers are immensely popular around the world. It’s because they often are brilliant in their plot, direction & casting.

Every year many thrillers are produced with fresh, original plots which absolutely boggle the viewer’s mind. There are also many film adaptations of novels, books, short stories & plays of thriller genre which are widely accepted around the world.

Though the thriller genre has many sub-genres such as crime thriller, psychological thriller, action thrillers etc, all of them intend to keep the audiences at the edge of their seats, through the building of suspense, surprise, anticipation, and anxiety.

Legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock had dominated the thriller genre with several masterpieces all through the 90’s.

Hollywood has given us many other gems also which find their place whenever the best thriller movies are discussed. Today we are listing some of them below.

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Best Hollywood Suspense Thriller Movies

Seven

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The 1995 thriller Seven almost set a benchmark for crime based thrillers after it’s advent. It is directed by the thriller specialist Director David Fincher, and starring Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman & Kavin Spacey.

Two detectives of opposite working styles try to apprehend a mysterious serial killer who chooses his victims according to the seven deadly sins. With a gripping plot, powerhouse actors and a twisted ending, Seven leaves the audience in absolute awe.

The Usual Suspects
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Another Kevin Spacey starrer, The Usual Suspects features other acting delights such as Benicio del Toro, Stephen Baldwin & Gabriel Byrne to name a few.

A movie which brought critical acclaim to the now famous director Bryan Singer, the Usual Suspects is the story where five criminals met by chance and plan a grand heist together.

A simple plot piled up with layers of twists makes this movie a great choice for repeat viewings. Kevin Spacey bagged an Oscar for the best supporting actor in this film.

Memento

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Christopher Nolan will forever be known as one of the greatest directors of all time.  The kind of complicated yet brilliant stories he comes up with can be exemplified by the 2000 thriller Memento.

Guy Pearce & Carrie-Anne Moss in lead roles, this is a story about a man suffering from anterograde amnesia, or short term memory loss if you will. He uses a complex system of Polaroid photos & tattoos on his body to search for his wife’s killer.

This movie has a nonlinear narration and unfolding twists throughout, which makes it a recommended one for multiple viewings. Memento is also considered to be one of the most accurate depictions of anterograde amnesia in the history of movies.

Shutter Island

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Shutter Island is a 2010 suspense thriller Drama Film by legendary director Martin Scorsese, and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo & Ben Kingsley in lead roles.

It’s about a U.S. Marshal, who along with his partner investigates a psychiatric facility on Shutter Island for one of the missing patients. And in the process, he uncovers shocking truths about the place, the people, as well as himself.

Fight Club

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Another Brad Pitt starrer in a David Fincher direction, Fight Club, the 1999 thriller-drama also co-stars Edward Norton.

Based on the 1996 novel, this film is about an unhappy white-collar employee forming a fighting based community along with an energetic, youthful & mysterious man.

Fight Club is a critically acclaimed film, with equal numbers of likers and dislikers. Nonetheless, it has achieved cult status as a guy-movie and still a favorite one when thrillers are discussed.

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The Sixth Sense

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The Sixth Sense is the story of a troubled nine years old who thinks he can see Ghosts and a depressed child psychiatrist who comes forward to help him.

This M. Night Shyamalan film stars Bruce Willis & Haley Joel Osment in lead roles. Every scene in this film is full of suspense & a variety of expressions, taking the audiences to an absolute emotional ride.

Very rarely a movie touches the audience’s heart as this one, where the viewer feels the plight of all the characters. The Sixth Sense was nominated for six Oscars, with Haley Joel Osment’s performance being the most talked about.

Zodiac

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Taking an infamous real crime story of Northern California, Zodiac is one more highly successful mystery thriller from the arsenal of David Fincher. It is Film about a serial killer who called himself the zodiac killer.

Clues, ciphers, and more clues is what this film is all about. Containing an ensemble cast which includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo & Robert Downey Jr., Zodiac has been reviewed very positively.