There’s nothing greater than a well written, well directed thriller. You must have the right actors to draw an audience in and scare the crap out of them, and if they don’t hate the villain by the time the movie’s over, then there’s something wrong. I love the suspense and not knowing what’s about to happen. Check out my top ranked thriller movies.
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Mikael and Lisbeth are hired by a wealthy businessman to uncover the truth about what happened to his great niece who disappeared forty years ago. With Mikael being an investigator, and Lisbeth’s computer hacking skills, they go down a dark and dangerous path to find the truth and are stunned when the facts are revealed.
- The Talented Mr. Ripley
Tom Ripley is hired by a rich man to travel to Italy and talk the man’s son, Dickie, into returning to the U.S. Upon meeting Dickie and his friends, Tom becomes infatuated with Dickie’s lifestyle and desperately wants to be him. After a while, Tom is asked to leave, and he and Dickie get into a heated argument where things take a deadly turn. Tom tries to cover his tracks in every way, including murdering those who get too close.
- Rear Window
After Jeff breaks his leg, he becomes confined to his apartment and spends a lot of his time peering out of his window at his neighbors. One night, he hears a woman scream followed by strange activity from the woman’s husband. This behavior convinces Jeff that his neighbor must have killed his wife. He informs the police and his girlfriend of what’s going on and things get scarier and creepier from there.
- Kiss the Girls
When his niece is kidnapped, Detective Alex Cross investigates her disappearance and learns through the police department that a number of young women have vanished from the area. After an intern is kidnapped and somehow escapes, she tries to help the police find the kidnappers. This movie is very intense, and the twist at the end is mind blowing. I was in the edge of my seat the entire time.
Paul Sheldon, an awesome novelist, gets caught in a blizzard and loses control of his car. When he wakes, he finds that he is in the company of a nurse who has brought him to her house. With his legs and shoulder broken, he realizes very quickly that this nurse, who happens to be his number one fan, is deranged and has a demented past. When she demands that he re-writes his latest novel to her liking, he obliges with fear that she’ll kill him. He tries several times to escape and eventually outsmarts her and kills her. Just thinking about this movie makes my ankles hurt.
- The Silence of the Lambs
FBI trainee Clarice is assigned to interview Hannibal Lecter, an incarcerated cannibalistic serial killer. Her goal is to get his insight on an at-large serial killer who is skinning his victims. She goes through a maze of lies and dead ends and demands that Hannibal tell her the truth. She finally finds the killer and his kidnapped victim just in time, but unfortunately Hannibal escapes prison and disappears.