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

Gone Girl

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Gone Girl is a 2014 psychological thriller directed by David Fincher and starring Ben Affleck & Rosamund Pike as a married couple.

This is a gripping & devious tale of the sudden disappearance of the wife and the struggle of the accused husband to prove his innocence. This was a critical & commercial success and is the highest grossing film by Fincher so far.

The Prestige

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Christopher Nolan created magic again in 2006 with The Prestige. With immensely talented yet eye candy performers such as Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Hall & Scarlett Johansson, this film depicts the fierce competition between two rival magicians and how far they go in order to create the perfect magic trick.

The prestige is originally based on an award-winning novel of the same name, and also features veteran actor Michael Caine in a significant role.

The Departed

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When you take Hollywood’s top actors, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg & Jack Nicholson under one roof, that roof could only belong to a directorial marvel such as Martin Scorsese.

The Departed is a story set in Boston where the Boston police, as well as the Boston Mafia, put a mole inside the other’s house. And the two moles must figure out the other’s identity before their own cover is blown. A huge success and winner of multiple awards, The Departed won four Oscars including the best picture & the best director.

Psycho

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Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho set the precedent for modern horrors, psychological thrillers & slasher movies in so many ways.

Based on the 1959 novel of the same name, Psycho tells about the encounter between the manager of a secluded motel and a woman who stays there for a night. The aftermath of all that is to follow marks Psycho forever as one of the greatest works by Hitchcock.

The Silence of the Lambs

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The Silence of The Lambs is one of the rare films in the suspense-thriller-horror genre which was able to bag 5 Oscars including best picture, actor, actress & director. Yet another novel adaptation, it is directed by Jonathan Demme and stars Jodie Foster & Anthony Hopkins.

It is about the attempts of a young FBI trainee to pry open the mind of a demented & brilliant cannibalistic killer in order to catch another serial killer who’s on the loose.

Taken

Taken Hollywood suspense thriller film

Liam Neeson is a natural when it comes to playing the savior, the hero, the father figure. Combine that with pump action sequences and the heightened anticipation-anxieties of a suspense thriller, you get Taken.

Directed by Pierre Morel, Taken is considered a turning point in Neeson’s career redefining him as an action star.

A Few Good Men

A Few Good Men Hollywood suspense drama film

This 1992 courtroom drama film contains a lot of suspense for the thriller genre fan. The story revolves around the trial of two US Marshalls charged with murder of their fellow marine, while the lawyers on both sides deliver a solid fight to win their cases.

Packed with solid character portrayal by fine actors such as Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise & Demi Moore, this Rob Reiner direction is a must watch.

Deja Vu

Deja Vu suspense film

If there is another actor who is good at playing the savior, it’s definitely Denzel Washington. He plays the role of an ATF agent who travels back in time to prevent a terrorist attack as well as to save the girl he loves.

This Tony Scott direction was not a huge hit in Hollywood but it’s still a decent watch for Denzel Washington fans.

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