Stuck in the middle of winter and looking for a way to entertain yourself on cold, stormy nights? Or maybe you just want something exciting to watch with your friends or family? No matter what the reason, if you’re looking for some thrill, there are plenty of thrilling movies to watch out there—and we’ve got 10 that are worth your time! Check out these 10 must-watch thriller movies that will keep you at the edge of your seat.
The Silence of the Lambs
Based on a book by Thomas Harris, and directed by Jonathan Demme, Silence of The Lambs stars Jodie Foster as FBI trainee Clarice Starling. In order to help solve a series of murders, she interviews incarcerated psychopath Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins). Even if it has been several years since you’ve seen it, The Silence of The Lambs is one film worth watching again. So effective was Anthony Hopkins’ portrayal of Dr. Lecter that he won Best Actor in 1992 for his performance. Prepare to be chilled!
If you’re into crime thrillers, Zodiac is a fantastic movie to watch. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr., it’s a gripping mystery about true-crime writer Paul Avery (Ruffalo) as he goes on a mission to try and identify The Zodiac Killer. While he’s attempting to track down who murdered these people with his identity cloaked in mystery, his personal life is just as discombobulated. His marriage is falling apart and his job seems to be going nowhere. Despite all of these distractions (and maybe because of them), Avery becomes obsessed with finding The Zodiac.
A classic crime thriller about two detectives who are on a desperate hunt for a serial killer. Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey star in David Fincher’s famous film. The movie follows detectives Somerset (Pitt) and Mills (Freeman) through seven murders based on the seven deadly sins—lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride. As they try to capture John Doe (Spacey), things start to get personal and we learn how obsessed Mills has become with finding him. The film features many twists and turns as we get deeper into John Doe’s mind—to our horror. This is definitely one you’ll want to watch with all of your lights turned on!
There are few things scarier than Jack Nicholson’s smiling face. His character in The Shining has murderous tendencies, can travel through time and his eyes see through walls—basically he’s a psycho killer with special powers. This movie has one of those oh-so enjoyable creepy elements: it shows an actual family staying overnight in a haunted hotel, waiting for Jack to do something crazy (which we know he will). It doesn’t disappoint.
This is a classic Alfred Hitchcock film starring Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh and Vera Miles. It’s about a young woman who steals $40,000 from her employer to help her boyfriend start his own business. After she arrives in town on his money, he breaks up with her and she decides to steal back some of what he gave her so she can make it on her own in Phoenix, Arizona. However, when she gets there she finds out that he has been killed and everyone thinks it was her. As she tries to find a way out of trouble, an old man begins stalking and killing people in strange ways because he believes his mother was murdered years ago by another guest at the hotel where Marion stayed.
In 2000, Mary Harron directed American Psycho, based on Bret Easton Ellis’s controversial 1991 novel. Though it was critically panned in its initial release, critics are now praising it as a new cult classic. In fact, Roger Ebert gave it three out of four stars when he reviewed it in 2000; he changed his mind and in 2010 awarded American Psycho four out of four stars (the site's highest ranking). The film tells the story of Patrick Bateman (played by Christian Bale), a wealthy yuppie working for an investment banking firm. He also has a penchant for serial murder. The film was considered controversial because it features frequent graphic violence and taboo sexuality. Fans praised its dark humor but many criticized its gory scenes as gratuitous or offensive to women.
The Butterfly Effect
Ashton Kutcher stars in a psychological drama based on a young man's ability to affect events from his past by changing small events from his current life. Though he realizes that each action leads to a huge change in his present, he struggles with trying to alter what happened in his past for better results. His character's suicide attempt after learning about a woman who he’s wanted since childhood leads him back in time to try and save her life and prevent an explosion which causes mass casualties, deaths, and damage. It’s still unclear if changing things is possible or even good; time changes many things no matter what you do. But watching somebody else try it out may be fun for audiences interested in drama or psychological thrillers.
Shutter Island is an amazing movie. There are many aspects to it that make it such a phenomenal film, but there's one particular thing about Shutter Island (and other similar thrillers) - we never really know what's real and what isn't. This element is just one reason why Shutter Island remains so intriguing. Here are 10 more: 10 Must-Watch Thriller Movies That Will Keep You At The Edge Of Your Seat
No Country for Old Men
An adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s 2005 novel, No Country for Old Men, is directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. The film follows a Vietnam veteran named Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) as he stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and three million dollars in cash. However, Moss soon finds himself being hunted down by his enemies. What starts off as an exciting turn for Moss soon turns into something much darker and sinister. Featuring stellar performances from both its cast and crew, No Country for Old Men was awarded four Oscars during its theatrical run—all well deserved.
If you’re in need of a new movie to watch, try one of these on for size. You can’t go wrong with any on our list, and each film is sure to get your blood pumping. Let us know if there are any movies we missed! We hope you enjoyed reading and watching as much as we enjoyed writing about them!
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