Nothing beats watching a carefully written, thought-provoking thriller or suspense-filled movie at any time of the day. A plot that captivates and gets you on the edge of your seat, guessing what would happen next is the epitome of a good movie. So many movie studios, writers, producers, and directors have attempted to make successful movies, but many have not been able to actualize that dream. For the very few that have been able to create very thrilling movies, they have held the cinemas spellbound, and are reaping huge rewards for their ingenuity. Below is a list of the top 10 best thriller and suspense movies that you need to watch today if you are yet to do so.
Top 10 Must-Watch Best Thriller And Suspense Movies
1. The Dark Knight (2008)
When the tranquil peace of the city of Gotham is disturbed by a psychotic and murderous villain known simply as “The Joker,” the city once again needs a hero to defend and save them from their present-day terror. The “Joker” had murdered the Police Chief and was threatening to murder the city’s mayor as well. He had killed a few of the most feared crime bosses in the city and took over their families; so he seemed unstoppable, and his reign of terror seemed unending. The city’s hooded hero “Batman” had to come out of hiding and attempt to save his beloved city from the siege of the evil “Joker.” Will Batman succeed against the very clever and ruthless villain, “The Joker”?
The movie was directed by Christopher Nolan and is the most successful of the Batman franchise to date. It grossed over $1 billion at the Box Office and had a production budget of $185 million.
Some of the famed cast includes Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne – Batman), Heath Ledger (The “Joker”), Gary Oldman (James Gordon), Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox), Aaron Eckhart (Harvey Dent), and other stellar cast members.
2. The Da Vinci Code (2006)
A mysterious murder in the Grand Gallery by an Albino monk, Silas, has Police Chief Bezu Fache, summoning renowned American Professor and top symbologist, Robert Langdon, to help unravel the mystery behind the death of the curator. Will Robert Langdon and the niece of the deceased curator, Sophie Nevue, be able to unravel the mysteries surrounding the murder, or will their revelations put them in harm’s way? This is one of the best thriller and suspense movies for the age.
Some of the cast includes Tom Hanks (Robert Langdon), Audrey Tautou (Sophie Nevue), Jean Reno (Police captain Bezu Fache), and a host of others. The movie grossed $758 million at the Box Office, against a budget of $125 million.
3. Angels and Demons (2009)
A series of cleverly orchestrated and unfortunate incidences – theft of one of the anti-matter canisters from CERN’s top secret research facility, death of Pope Pius XVI, kidnapping of four “Preferettis” (favored candidates to become the next Pope), and the threat by a secret group (the Illuminati) to blow up the Vatican and kill the four kidnapped Bishops; has the Vatican Police requiring the expertise of American Professor of Symbology, Robert Langdon, once again to unravel the identity and plan of the Illuminati. Will Langdon be able to foil the plans of the Illuminati, or will he be outsmarted once again?
The cast of this movie includes Tom Hanks (Robert Langdon), Ayelet Zurer (Dr. Vittoria Vetra), Ewan McGregor (Father Patrick McKenna), Nikolaj Kaas (the Assassin), and a host of others. The budget for the movie was $ 150 million, and it grossed $ 486 million at the Box Office.
4. The Devil’s Advocate (1997)
Kevin Lomax, a brilliant defense lawyer from Florida has never lost a case and will do anything never to lose one. His successes in court got him noticed by a big law firm in New York City, and they offer him a very big salary and the life anyone can only dream of. Will Kevin’s successes get to him, or will the real reason for his success in court be revealed? This is a must watch for anyone that loves an intriguing and suspense-filled movie.
Some of the cast members of this movie include Keanu Reeves (Kevin Lomax), Al Pacino (John Milton, “devil”), Charlize Theron (Mary-Ann Lomax), and a host of others. The budget for this movie directed by Taylor Hackford was $57 million, however, it grossed $153 million at the Box Office.
5. Phone Booth (2002)
A mystery man and sniper calls a public phone booth used every day by Stu Shepard – a pretentious publicist living a high roller life, and makes it clear he was going to shoot him, if he doesn’t come clean about his pretentious lifestyle; but with the condition that his confession must be made public in. Things get serious quickly for Stu, and he realizes the sniper means what he’s saying. How did Stu escape this ordeal without losing his life in the process? A must watch!
The movie cast includes Collin Farrell (Stu Sheppard), Keifer Sutherland (mysterious sniper), Forest Whitaker (Police Captain Ed Ramsey), Radha Mitchell (Kelly Sheppard), Katie Holmes (Pam Mc Fadden) and others. The movie was directed by Joel Schumacher and grossed $98 million from the Box Office with a budget of $13 million.
6. The Hateful Eight (2015)
John “The Hangman” Ruth, simply wants to get his prisoner, Daisy, to Redrock to collect his bounty and watch her hang; but a chasing blizzard, and two suspicious stranded strangers along his way raise his curiosity. John and his traveling carriage are forced to make a stopover at Minnie’s haberdashery, where they are shacked up with four more suspicious stranded travelers. Will John Ruth survive the cold blizzard, and a carefully orchestrated plot to save his prisoner and deny him his bounty?
Some of the cast in this 2015 thriller includes Samuel L. Jackson (Major Marquis Warren), Walton Goggins (Chris Mannix – Sheriff of Redrock), Kurt Russell (John Ruth), Jennifer Jason (Daisy Domergue), Channing Tatum (Jody Domergeu), and others. The movie grossed $156 million at the Box Office from a budget of $55 million and was directed by Quentin Tarantino.
7. Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
Danny Ocean plans an audacious heist to rob three different heavily secured casinos on the same day and against all odds. He solicits the loyalty and help of his trusted friends, and a few deep pockets to bankroll his heist. Will Danny succeed this time around, or will the long arm of the law finally catch up with him? This, no doubt is among the best thriller and suspense movies you must watch.
The movie was directed by Steven Soderbergh and it grossed $451 million at the Box Office with a budget of $85 million. Some of the cast includes George Clooney (Danny Ocean), Brad Pitt (Rusty Ryan), Julia Roberts (Tess), etc.
8. The Bone Collector (1999)
A series of kidnappings and murders lead the NYPD to turn to a retired quadriplegic forensic expert, Lincoln Rhymes, to help them solve the crimes, based on clues left behind by the killer. Lincoln enlists the “fresh perspectives” of a rookie police officer, Amelia, who discovered one of the corpses of the mysterious killer. Will they stop the killer, or will they become victims of the clever and clinically brutal killer themselves?
The cast of this movie includes Denzel Washington (Lincoln Rhymes), Angelina Jolie (Amelia), Queen Latifah (Nurse Thelma), Leland Orser (Richard Thompson). The director of the movie is Phillip Noyce and it grossed $152 million at the Box Office from a production budget of $48 million.
9. Furious 7 (2015)
This movie is a sequel to the equally enthralling movie, Fast and Furious 6. Deckard Shaw, the big bad older brother of Owen Shaw (the criminal mastermind taken down by Dominic Toretto and his crew in Fast and Furious 6) vows vengeance against Toretto and his crew who are oblivious to the revenge mission. When Deckard kills Han, a member of Toretto’s crew in Tokyo, injures Luke Hobbs in a fight and detonates a bomb in Toretto’s home, his threat cannot be taken lightly any longer. Dominic Toretto rallies his family together once again to confront the threat of Deckard Shaw, and keep the family safe; but will he succeed?
The star-studded cast of the movie includes Vin Diesel (Dominic Toretto), Paul Walker (Brian O’ Connor), Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Luke Hobbs), Tyrese Gibson (Roman Pearce), Djimon Hounsou (Mose Jakande), Jason Statham (Deckard Shaw), Gal Gadot (Gisele), and a host of others.
The movie was directed by James Wan and grossed over $1.5 billion at the Box Office from a budget of $190 million.
10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows II (2011)
Lord Voldemort, the very powerful evil wizard is hell-bent on destroying his arch enemy, Harry Porter. Voldemort, the leader of the Death Eaters, casts the killing curse on Harry, and as a result, a part of the spirit of Lord Voldemort lives in Harry – killing him from within. Will Harry Porter, with the help of his friends and teachers at Hogwarts, survive Voldemort’s carefully orchestrated plan to kill him?
This is undoubtedly the most successful of the Harry Potter series; it clearly beat the records set at the Box Office by its predecessor – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows I. While it is primarily of the fantasy genre, it also passes as one of the best thriller and suspense movies to watch.
The movie’s cast includes Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore), and so many others.
This movie grossed over $1.34 billion at the Box Office and had a production budget of $ 250 million – which it shared with its prequel. The movie won 34 awards and received 52 other nominations.