The Best Suspense-Thriller Movies of all time [2020 Updated]

Here in this article, we present the best suspense-thrill movies of all time, which have always gripped our mind and have left us astonished.


At the initial, we all loved the lockdown periods, staying at home without any work to do. But as days passed, we eventually got bored, and indeed each of us is killing time either cooking, learning a new thing or seeing Netflix, Amazon Prime, or movies like usual, of course! Hence, to make this period more remarkable, in this article, we present you with the best suspense- thriller movies of all time that one must watch at least once.

All of us like suspense, rarely in real life but surely in reel-life movies. Although sometimes there are several twists in the film, which also makes our mind twist at the end when the mystery solves, we admittedly get Goosebumps on understanding!

These seven best movies listed below are surely going to excite you. Although these won’t be any horror genre-related film, because thriller always doesn’t mean something has to be horror in it! So, get ready for a suspense-thriller adventure marathon of movies.


The seven best suspense-thriller movies of all times

1. Seven

Released in 1995 and directed by David Fincher, starring the two famous legends, Brad Pitt & Morgan Freeman. Whenever we hear a detective movie, mystery and trill come in our mind, and indeed this old movie is one of the best options for the suspense genre.

The plot of the story:

 This movie revolves around the story of two detectives who try to track down a serial killer. The role of a serial killer was played by Kevin Spacey and did phenomenal acting.

Facts of this movie

  • This movie is considered the darkest & merciless film of all time.
  • Initially, Al Pacino was considered for the role which Morgan Freeman played.
  • Brad Pitt broke his arm while filming one of the scenes; due to this, the breaking of arm got into the script of the movie.


2. Memento

Directed by the famous Christopher Nolan in 2000, before the batman series, this director amazed everyone with this suspense movie named memento. The lead roles were played by Guy Pearce and Carrie- Anne Moss with a budget of 90 lakhs USD. 

Story of the movie:

 This movie revolves around a fine man who tries to find the killer of his wife, but lesser did he know, the truth changed it all and gave a new turn. The lead role here suffers from amnesia and uses notes & tattoos to find out the killer. This movie had a different way to search for the killer and truth that other films of that time didn’t focus on.

Facts of memento

  • The movie was shot in almost 25 days with 45 shots a day.
  • The lines of Sammy weren’t written; he went with the flow and acted according to the scene, which was tough.
  • Stephen Tobolowsky suffered from amnesia before he played the role; he mainly got the part as he encountered it and felt it.


3. Zodiac

Another fantastic movie by the famous suspense-thriller director David Fincher left us amazed. After the hit of se7ven, he came up with Zodiac in 2007 and starred Jake Gyllenhaal as the lead. 

The plot of the movie:

A cartoonist named Robert Graysmith suddenly starts to think much about a zodiac killer and decides to chase and find him with the help of the puzzle-solving abilities and thereby reveals the identity of the killer. This movie is based on actual events, and hence the thrill will also give you the authentic vibes!

Fun facts

  • The movie could have been considered as a Disney movie, but instead, the director took the reins in his hand and worked without involving the mouse house.
  • The director himself was grown up fearing the zodiac serial killer.
  • Most of the on-scene killing scenes the same as real-life killings of the zodiac killer.


4. The Manchurian Candidate

Although an old movie always calls over attention when we talk about suspense-thrill genre and is a must-watch. Directed in 1962 by John Frankenheimer, this was considered a satirical film that was way ahead in time.

The plot of the movie

This movie involves politics and thrill with suspense with Frank Sinatra as a platoon commander. This movie is still considered to signify a real motive and mindset of people. The story revolves around a political family who becomes an assassin in the communist conspiracy.

Some amazing facts

  • The movie was too political, and John F. Kennedy helped to make it.
  • This movie was a hit in the box office but also was released during the Cuban Missile Crisis in which America & USSR were close to a nuclear war.
  • This movie also had a book version, and in fact, Sinatra’s private plane made a cameo.


5. Gone Girl

The famous story, yet directed by David Fincher, is another hit. With several awards like Academy Awards and Oscar nominations, this movie is also a must to see. With leads of Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, this movie indeed is a hit. 

The plot of the movie:

This movie has several drastic twists where Amy goes missing on their fifth anniversary. With every possible step, Nick tries to find Amy back, and unlike other films that break into parts, this movie is bound together by Pike’s performance.

Facts about this movie

  • Many scenes of this movie took almost 30 takes.
  • The character of Amy is complicated.
  • The movie and the book have many differences.


6. You Were Never Really Here

Directed and written by Lynne Ramsay, this movie is psychology, action & thriller. The lead role is played by Joaquin Phoenix and has well acted in this movie like every other of his film.

The plot of the movie:

The lead is hired by a politician to find his daughter, who got into a human trafficking network. This movie is a real and reel mix of society these days. Joe also has flashbacks of his mother, who used to face domestic violence, which moved and motivated him to find that girl back.

Facts about the movie

  • This movie has been adapted from a short novel by Jonathan Ames.
  • The actions played in the movie are scary and thrilling.
  • Many sound effects will make one feel more thrilled.


7. North by Northwest

The suspense icon north by northwest is directed by Alfred Hitchcock and is an action thriller. This movie has some iconic scenes like the plane chasing in an open filed, which has to been seen by everyone.

The plot of the movie:

This movie is considered classic suspense and deals with the misidentification of an innocent man as an agent and is kidnapped. He later tries to find out the reason he is captured, which makes him solve many mysteries.

Facts of the movie

  • Bernard Herrmann was the key to this movie.
  • James Stewart wanted to play as the lead but couldn’t.
  • The part of this story was secretly shot without telling about it to anyone.



These movies are indeed one of a kind and will surely grip you with suspense and thrill. These movies are the best choice and have been a hit among people and should at least be watched once.  

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Ananya Dubey
Ananya Dubey
I am a creative writer who likes to spread information. With different hobbies like panting and singing, i like writing and expressing the most. I am currently working as a content writer and am always curious to learn something new.

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