The element of dread when blended well with unbelievable and mindboggling situations has always proved to bring forth the finest story, captivating the minds of its audience for all the years to come by. Furthermore, refine performance and twist in the story polishes the plot to an extent that it becomes a subject of discussion among the movie critics and viewers, alike. Thus mentioned here are the top suspense movies that have griped the worldwide audience like a vice, without leaving any clue for what the end would be like.
Top Ten Suspense-Thriller Movies
Note the names that have made their way to the list of top ten suspense movies ever made.
1. The Silence of the Lambs
Bringing together the elements of transgression and terror, The Silence of the Lambs is an American thriller that leads the record of top suspense movies. Adapted from Thomas Harris’ novel with the same title, the film centres on a psychopath called Dr. Hannibal Lecter and a young intelligent FBI trainee – Clarice Starling. It was directed by Jonathan Demme with Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins carrying out the major roles. The movie has as well won five Academy Awards including Best Picture.
2. The Usual Suspects
Not allowing the viewers to have a hint of what the end will be like, The Usual Suspects, released in 1995 is in fact the best suspense movie of all time. The greatest twist comes by when the main player convinces the world to believe in the absence of his existence. The movie took away the Academy awards for Best writing (original screenplay) and Best Supporting Actor.
3. The Sixth Sense
A small boy with the ability to see and speak to the departed souls, The Sixth Sense creates the perfect atmosphere of anticipation and fanaticism for its audience. Besides, Bruce Willis plays out an extraordinary character, fuelling the complete suspense of the supernatural thriller. The movie was released in 1999 and was a part of six nominated Academy Awards. Furthermore, it has earned $26.6 million in its initial weekend and continued to be in top position for five consecutive weeks.
Brimming with the emotions of a criminal, the Seven was released in 1995 to narrate the homicidal deeds of a psychologically challenged wrong doer and the extent to which his tarnished mind can go for. Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt taking charge of the lead roles, this American thriller was directed by David Fincher and written by Andrew Kevin Walker. Receiving wide spread positive remarks; Seven grossed $327 million internationally. It was awarded with two MTV Movie Awards.
To maintain the spark of presentiment in its watcher, the Memento opens up with two different sequences of scenes only to meet at the end to form one complete story. The technique was much appreciated by movie critics and has rated it as one among the best suspense movies. Moreover, its director and writer – Christopher Nolan has also been credited for offering the movie with the most complex story line. Memento was released on 20th October, 2000 and 16th March 2001 in the United Kingdom and the United States, respectively.
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock and offering Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, John Gavin and Vera Miles play out the vital roles; the Psycho is a 1960 suspense movie that has maintained its position among the top 10 suspense movies of all time. In fact it has remained to be the best movie by Hitchcock where incidents unfold to conclude the tragic loss of a secretary while spending her night at a mortal. It won one Edgar Allan Poe Awards along with a Golden Globe Awards.
7. Fight Club
Based on Chuck Palahniuk’s novel with a similar name, the Fight Club is a dark comic drama involving the two great names of Hollywood – Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter and Brad Pitt. Though, the movie could not gain much attention, as soon as it was released, later on it proved to be a great hit, establishing it as a cult movie. Released on 15th October, 1999; it was a directed by David Fincher.
Occupying the eighth position among the best suspense movies, the Chinatown garnered plentiful of positive reception as it twisted the story with homicidal scenes committed by the one who was set to expose an adulterer. It was even recognised by the National Film Registry, United States to be culturally, aesthetically and historically significant. Made public in 1974, it was nominated for eleven Academy Awards and winning away four Golden Globe Awards. Chinatown was the work of Roman Polanski.
Though the 2010 released Inception is a science fiction film, it none the less falls amid the best suspense thriller movies. With a large cast of popular actors including Leonardo DiCaprio, it has all the elements of anticipation tied well to sum up as an exclusive plot. It was not only applauded by movie critics for its originality but also swept home four Academy Awards, three British Academy Film Awards, the 2011 Hugo Award and the 2011 Bradbury Award.
The record of top ten suspense movies will be incomplete without mentioning the 2004 release – Saw. It is a breath-taking movie where the viewer is filled with expectations and helplessness after seeing the torturous situations of its protagonists. Based on a story by Leigh Whannell and James Wan, the film is a brilliant piece of unfolding letting violence to take extreme points. It was honoured with various accolades and later on came up with several series.