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The Best Supsense/Thriller Flicks

post #1 of 43
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I'm talking about those films that have numerous plot twists and turns that keep you guessing and then at the end the puzzle gets pieced together in such a way that you want to go re-watch the film and understand what happened. What would be your top 3?

Mine would be

1. The Fugitive

2. Bourne Identity

3. Saw
post #2 of 43
I wouldn't put any of those in my top ten. The Fugitive would make my top 20 though.

DEAD AGAIN was an astonishing film first time around. The audience I saw it with was like me and knew nothing about the film. It was a hell of a ride with fantastic twists and turns.
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Hostel
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Se7en
Jacob's Ladder
The Blaire Witch Project
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The Usual Suspects
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Usual Suspects
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You beat me!
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Silence of the Lambs
post #9 of 43
a few seconds

The Shawshank Redemption
post #10 of 43
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Originally Posted by SiriuslyCold View Post

a few seconds

The Shawshank Redemption

That was a thiller? Just because King wrote it doesn't quallify it. It's a great movie, but I think that was drama.
post #11 of 43
I'll dig into the archives a bit here:

Edit: Whoops, I didn't see the "top 3" qualifier...anyway

The House on 92nd Street
Dial "M" For Murder
The Birds
Rear Window
Vertigo
No Way Out
The Maltese Falcon
The House on Telegraph Hill
The Manchurian Candidate (the original)
Stir of Echos
Sleeping with the Enemy
The Legend of Hell House
Misery
Jaws
The Exorcist
The Omen (the original)
Raising Cain
Arlington Road
The Other
Cape Fear (either version)
The Ring
post #12 of 43
I'll go with a lot of what is on NetworkTV's list.

And as long as the inevitable Mr. Hitchcock has entered the building, I'll add:

Psycho (imitated in concept so often, we sometimes forget the standard against which an entire genre was compared for decades...and probably still should be)

Strangers On A Train (a study in how it's done)

The Man Who Knew Too Much - 1956 (even if everything is in service to the Albert Hall scene, the payoff here is terrific)
post #13 of 43
Older Donald Sutherland "Eye of the needle"
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Rear Window
post #15 of 43
I'm talking about those films that have numerous plot twists and turns that keep you guessing and then at the end the puzzle gets pieced together in such a way that you want to go re-watch the film and understand what happened. What would be your top 3?

Seems to me this is a rather specialized definition of The Best Suspense/Thriller Flicks, but here goes:

The Big Sleep the old one
The Usual Suspects
The Third Man

I'll do another because The Usual Suspects is such a no-brainer:
Charade
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LA Confidential
post #17 of 43
I always have to nominate The Spanish Prisoner. It's a mind game all the way through. ANd for that matter, The Game is one of those. It was mentioned recently so I just happen to be thinking about it. Devil in a Blue Dress is a good one also.
post #18 of 43
What about The Departed? And another vote for JAWS. Doesn't get much more suspenseful than that!
post #19 of 43
Some great flicks already mentioned, I'll add The Killers with Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner, perhaps my favourite noir film.

For a newer suspense/thriller film, I'd add Shallow Grave, with Ewan McGregor and Christopher Eccleston.

post #20 of 43
I can't even begin to list the good ones...
post #21 of 43
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What about The Departed? And another vote for JAWS. Doesn't get much more suspenseful than that!

I think Jaws was more of an action flick. There was only suspense in the parts when somebody was in the water and you were waitng for the shark, but I think everyone knew who dun it after the first 5 minutes
post #22 of 43
JAWS was a horror/thriller flick for that era.
post #23 of 43
Although it wasn't a super great movie, Phone Booth kept me intrigued. Not a bad thriller.
post #24 of 43
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Originally Posted by hitchfan View Post

I'll go with a lot of what is on NetworkTV's list.

And as long as the inevitable Mr. Hitchcock has entered the building, I'll add:

Psycho (imitated in concept so often, we sometimes forget the standard against which an entire genre was compared for decades...and probably still should be)

Strangers On A Train (a study in how it's done)

The Man Who Knew Too Much - 1956 (even if everything is in service to the Albert Hall scene, the payoff here is terrific)

Dang, I can't believe I forgot Psycho. Strangers on a Train and The Man Who Knew Too Much I can forgive myself for because I don't own copies of them (and, as a result, couldn't refresh my memory by browsing the shelves), but to forget Psycho is like forgetting Airplane! in a list of best comedies.
post #25 of 43
Not sure whether this qualifies because it is foreign movie (Argentina) but it fits the description perfectly -

The Nine Queens
post #26 of 43
To throw in a few different ones

Spoorloos (The original "The Vanishing" from the Netherlands)

The Hitcher (the original)

Lost Highway
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Running Scared
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Running Scared

You're kidding, I hope....
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Sleuth
Zero Effect
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Jagged Edge
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