How well, you can handle the best thriller movies as they play with your nerves. If you have an obsession with plot twists and growing tensions, it is a game to you. Take a look at the top-rated thriller films of all time that have come up with the highest thrills for movie lovers.
1994 | France | 8.5/10 (IMDb) | 95% (Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score)
The French film Leon, directed and written by Luc Besson, was released in English. In the film, a professional strange hitman keeps taking care of a 12-year-old orphan girl. The girl, in turn, continues to learn the hitman’s strategies. The Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman starts her journey in the film industry by playing this girl.
Moreover, the film stars Gary Oldman and Jean Reno. It won the Czech Lion and Golden Reel Awards as Best Foreign-Language Film and Best Sound Editing (Foreign-Feature) respectively. Portman got Awards Circuit Community Awards for best actress to play the lead character.
2010 | USA-UK | 8.8/10 (IMDb) | 91% (Rotten Tomatoes audience score)
This sci-Fi film is one of the best creations of the illusionist filmmaker Christopher Nolan. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio who extracts corporate secrets by manipulating his clients in their subconscious level. Things get personal as he gets the new assignment.
The movie also stars Marion Cotillard, Ken Watanabe, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Cillian Murphy. This film, produced by Nolan and his wife Emma Thomas, won four Oscars including Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing.
2019 | South Korea | 8.6/10 (IMDb) | 90% (Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score)
The talented filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho directed this black humor film. This original story was written by the director himself and Han Jin-won. It is all about how a poor family cons a wealthy family through getting employed in their house.
Song Kang-ho, Cho Yeo-Jeong, Lee Sun-Kyun, Park So-dam, Choi Woo-Shik, Lee Jung-Eun and Jang Hye-jin played the main characters in the film. This is the first South Korean film that received Oscar. It also got the Palme d'Or of Cannes for Best Picture.
2009 | Argentina | 8.2/10 (IMDb) | 93% (Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score)
The main concept of this crime drama, made by Juan Jose Campanella, came from the novel titled "The Question in Their Eyes" by Eduardo Sacheri. This Spanish and Argentine production film featured a nonlinear narrative that depicts a long-lost romance between a judiciary employee and his superior while investigating the 25 years old unresolved homicidal case.
The film, starring Ricardo Darin and Soledad Villamil, won the 82nd Oscar Award as Best Foreign Language Film. This was the second time that an Argentine movie won an Oscar.
2003 | Hong Kong | 8/10 (IMDb) | 95% (Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score)
This action thriller, co-directed by Alan Mak and Andrew Lau, was the 1st version of its trilogy. The screenplay was written by Mak himself and Felix Chong. This movie stars Tony Leung, Anthony Wong, Andy Lau, and Eric Tsang. The film story advances with an undercover cop working for Triad while another cop tries to take down Triad.
The film got Golden Horse Awards and Golden Bauhinia Awards as Best Picture and Hong Kong Film Awards as Best Film in 2003. The remake of this film, ‘The Departed’, directed by Martin Scorsese, won Oscar in 2007 for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.
2010 | Japan | 7.7/10 (IMDb) | 88% (Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score)
The story of this psychological thriller film originates from the first mystery novel named Confessions (2008) by Kanae Minato. This story centered on the horrible way in which a mother avenges the death of her daughter. Takako Matsu played the lead role under the direction of Tetsuya Nakashima.
This blockbuster film won the Japan Academy Prize Blue Ribbon Awards as Best Picture and Hong Kong Film Awards as Best Asian Film in 2011.
2016 | Iran | 7.8/10 (IMDb) | 84% (Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score)
This film was made by an amazing story-telling filmmaker Asghar Farhadi. In the film, the story circulates around a married couple who did a stage performance in the play ‘Death of a Salesman (1949)’ by Arthur Miller. One day, a stranger attacks the wife at home and the husband tries to identify him. The couple begins to surprise as soon as the assaulter's identity was disclosed.
This suspense drama, starring Shahab Hosseini and Taraneh Alidoosti, won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year. In Cannes Film Festival (2016), Hosseini and Farhadi won the Best Actor and Best Screenplay awards respectively.
2011 | Norway | 7.5/10 (IMDb) | 85% (RottenTomatoes)
This non-stop action movie was directed by Morten Tyldum and screenplay by Lars Gudmestad and Ulf Ryberg. The original story came from Jo Nesbo's novel (2008) with the same name. The film follows a man making a big step to steal a precious painting for getting a better opportunity in his career. The film stars Aksel Hennie, Synnve Macody Lund, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
The film got several nominations, including a BAFTA Award and four Amanda Awards. It won Empire Award for Best Thriller, Saturn Awards for Best International Film in 2013.
2014 | Germany | 7.5/10 (IMDb) | 74% (Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score)
This hacking centric movie, directed by Baran Bo Odar, was independently made in German. Odar himself and Jantje Friese wrote the screenplay. The film story depicts a German cybercriminal group going viral worldwide.
The film premiered in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the Toronto International Film Festival 2014. It won Bambi Awards as Film - National, Bavarian Film Awards for Best Direction, German Camera Award for Best Cinematography. This techno-thriller movie got Film Award in Gold for Best Editing, Best Production Design, and Best Sound in German Film Awards 2015.
2011 | Spain | 7.6/10 (IMDb) | 84% (Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score)
Thierry Jonquet wrote a crime thriller novel Mygale (1984) whose English name was Tarantula. The film ‘Skin I Live In’ was based on this novel. Both the screenplay and direction were carried out by Pedro Almodovar. In this film, the story follows a plastic surgeon getting obsessed by his own-created woman out of an in-frangible synthetic skin. Antonio Banderas played the surgeon here. Moreover, the film stars Elena Anaya, Jan Cornet, and Marisa Paredes.
The movie was first demonstrated in competition at the Cannes Film Festival 2011. It won the 65th BAFTA Awards for Best Film Not in the English Language.
Over the years, these greatest suspense thriller films have enriched the thriller film genre across the world. The psychological screenplays may leave you in a dilemma. Once inside, it becomes difficult to find a way out. But the funny thing is, if you manage to somehow get out in the middle, you will regret not seeing the end.