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

The Fugitive

The Fugitive movie thriller

The Fugitive is a chase & escape thriller starring seasoned actors Tommy Lee Jones & Harrison Ford. A man is wrongly convicted for murdering his wife. Now he must prove his innocence while not being caught.

Directed by Andrew Davis, this film was a critical & commercial success. Jones also won an Oscar for his role as the best supporting actor.

Wanted

Wanted 2008 film

Wanted combines fast action with suspenseful elements beautifully. When versatile actors James McAvoy & Angelina Jolie come under the wing of Morgan Freeman, all in badass roles, the movie becomes a sure watch for action lovers.

A bored office worker finds his calling as a master assassin when he is taken under the wing of a clan of assassins with an agenda. Lots of gunfights & explosions in this Timur Bekmambetov direction makes Wanted a highly entertaining action-thriller.

MindHunters

Mind Hunters movie suspense murder thriller

MindHunters is a good one time watch by Renny Harlin. In this 2004 crime thriller, a number of interesting characters with unique skill sets are put together as trainees in a psychological profiling program of the FBI.

And they must use their skills to survive as well as figure out the killer that is in their midst. Featuring an ensemble cast including Jonny Lee Miller, LL Cool J, Patricia Velásquez, Christian Slater and Val Kilmer, Mind Hunters is a good watch when you are in the mood for some thrilling action.

Angels & Demons

Angels & Demons hollywood thriller

Based on a Dan Brown novel, Angels & Demons is the 2nd installment and a sequel to Ron Howard’s earlier film, ‘Da Vinci Code’.

In this mystery thriller, Tom Hanks reprises his role as a Harvard symbologist, who intends to solve a murder and prevent a grand terrorist act. This 2009 film was considered a hit, however, it was not nearly as popular as its predecessor.

Phone Booth

Phone Booth mystery thriller movie

In this 2002 thriller directed by Joel Schumacher, Colin Farrel plays the role of a young publisher who is put in harm’s way by a mysterious sniper.

He is stuck in a phone booth, answering and fulfilling tasks for the extortionist, which puts his life in absolute peril. The movie stars other talented actors such as Forest Whitaker, Katie Holmes, and Kiefer Sutherland.

Primal Fear

Primal Fear edward norton suspense film

Primal Fear tells the story of an attorney defending his altar boy client, who is accused of murdering an influential Archbishop.

Though all the actors such as Richard Gere, Laura Linney, John Mahoney have performed beautifully in the film, the real show stealer here is then young actor Edward Norton, who captivates the audience through his innocent charm. This Gregory Hoblit direction was a sizable hit in 1996.

Secret Window

Secret Window johnny Depp suspense movie

Based on the short novel by Stephen King, Secret Window is a 2004 psychological thriller directed by David Koepp and starring Johny Depp.

It tells the story of a writer who is hounded by a mysterious man who accuses him of plagiarism. The movie was a modest success and a good watch for Depp fans.

The Illusionist 

The Illusionist thriller drama

Directed by Neil Burger, The Illusionist is the tale of magic and romance. In 1889 Vienna, A magician played by Edward Norton, uses his skills to secure his lady-love who is far above his social standings.

Jessica Biel plays the role of the Duchess in this film. The Illusionist was a critical & commercial success and full of suspenseful & light romantic moments.

American Psycho

American Psycho thriller

Mary Harron directs the gripping black comedy-thriller, American Psycho. A wealthy urban professional hides his murderous fantasies from the rest of the world, while losing himself more & more into his acts. This film shows the consequences of a highly competitive corporate culture in a creative way.

Also starring Jared Leto & Willem Dafoe, Bale’s performance has especially been lauded in American Psycho.