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Cape Fear
(1991) (R)

Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte) is a former Atlanta public defender who moves with his wife and daughter to a small town for a new start. Max Cady (Robert De Niro) a tattooed, cigar-smoking client Sam defended in the past for the rape of a sixteen year old girl. Back then, Cady was illiterate and could not read a report Sam hid from him and the court that could have gotten him acquitted. Now a well-read, recently-released Cady is coming back for revenge. Jessica Lange.

Best Thriller Movies Martin Scorsese 1991  Cape Fear, Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Juliette Lewis, Joe Don Baker, Gregory Peck, Martin Balsam

Captain Phillips
(2013) (PG-13)

Based on the events that took place on 2009 on the cargo ship Maersk Alabama. Captain Phillips goes on another job as the captain of a ship that will near Somalia. But this will be no ordinary job for Captain Phillips. Not this time. As pirates are nearing the ship with the intention of boarding and taking over the ship and the cargo, Captain Phillips must use all his skills to avoid being boarded by the desperate pirates. Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed, Mahat M. Ali, Michael Chernus, Catherine Keener.

Best Thriller Movies, 2013 Captain Phillips, Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed, Mahat M. Ali, Michael Chernus, Catherine Keener

Children of Men
(2006) (R)

In 2027, the world is full of violence and chaos. Humans have lost their ability to reproduce and the youngest citizen has just died at 18. A government bureaucrat (Clive Owen) has just been kidnap by his ex wife (Julianne Moore) who needs his help in protecting the future of the world. Michael Caine and Danny Huston.

List of Good Thriller Movies 2006 Children of Men, Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Caine, Danny Huston

(2012) (PG-13)

Three best friends make the discovery of a lifetime. Soon, the exhibit powers that defy the laws of physics. While they learn to handle their newfound gifts, they also are tempted and begin to use them for self interest. Now, their youth takes the better of them and the dark side begins to take over. Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell and Michael B. Jordan.

List of Best Thriller Movies 2012 Chronicle, Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly

(2004) (R)

Cab driver Max, picks up a man that offers him $600 to drive him all night. Not knowing what he was getting into, he reluctantly agrees. Once the purpose of the man is clear, he must find a way to save his life and that of another. Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Good Thriller Movies to Watch 2004 Collateral, Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo, Peter Berg

(2011) (PG-13)

After witnessing the murder of her parents when she was nine years old by a cruel assassin, Cataleya (Zoe Saldana) grows up with revenge in her heart. Now an adult, Cataleya works for her uncle as a hitwoman by day but on her time she seeks the mobster responsible for the death of her parents.

Good Thriller Movies to Watch Best Thriller Movies 2011 Colombiana, Zoe Saldana, Michael Vartan, Callum Blue, Jordi Mollà

(1978) (PG)

This terrifying thriller follows Dr. Susan Wheeler (Geneviève Bujold) who is devastated when her healthy and young best friend is pronounced brain dead after minor surgery at her hospital. When she starts to investigate, what she finds puts her own life in danger! Michael Douglas, Rip Torn. Richard Widmark, and Tom Selleck.

Best Thriller Movies 1978 Coma, Michael Douglas, Rip Torn, Geneviève Bujold, Elizabeth Ashley, Richard Doyle, Tom Selleck

(1985) (R)

The retired leather of a black ops group is forced out of retirement when his daughter is kidnap by a group who wants him to restore an exiled dictator by killing the current president. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rae Dawn Chong, Dan Hedaya, Vernon Wells, Alyssa Milano, James Olson.

Best Thriller Movies, 1985 Commando, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rae Dawn Chong, Dan Hedaya, Vernon Wells, Alyssa Milano, James Olson

Conan The Barbarian
(2011) (R)

Conan (Jason Momoa) sets out to avenge the deaths of his father and the destruction of his small village Hyboria at the hand of an evil Cimmerian warrior and ventures into a dangerous world full of monsters, thieves, pirates and powerful witches. Rose McGowan and Ron Perlman.

Best Thriller Movies List, 2011 Action Thriller Conan The Barbarian, Jason Momoa, Ron Perlman, Rose McGowan, Stephen Lang, Rachel Nichols

(1997) (PG)

This fascinating thriller follows Dr. Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster) a scientist obsessed with listening to outer space for an intelligent signal. When she hears a signal being broadcast, the race begins to interpret the broadcast. Now politicians, religious leaders, and scientists get involve and Dr. Arroway’s risks loosing her project. What is the message being sent from outer space? Matthew McConaughey, David Morse, Tom Skerritt, and Larry King.

Best Thriller Movies of all time, 1997 Contact,  Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerritt, Jena Malone, David Morse, Tom Skerritt, Larry King

(2011) (PG-13)

This disaster thriller follows the dangerous spread of a lethal airborne virus capable of killing within a few days. Scientist try to find a treatment protocol or vaccine before the deadly virus ends humankind. Matt Damon, , Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne, and Jude Law.

Best Thriller Movies to Watch 2011 Contagion, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard, Laurence Fishburne, John Hawkes

(2012) (R)

Chris, an ex-smuggler, is forced back into the business when his brother-in-law gets in trouble with his dangerous boss. But things don’t go as planned and now Chris has to figure out how to get out alive. Mark Wahlberg, Giovanni Ribisi and Kate Beckinsale.

Best Thriller Movies List 2012 Thriller Contraband, Mark Wahlberg, Giovanni Ribisi, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster, Lukas Haas

Cowboys & Aliens
(2011) (PG-13)

In 1873, in a wild west town called Absolution, a stranger (Daniel Craig) drops in with no memory and a strange shackle on his wrist. Colonel Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford) doesn’t take well to strangers in his town, but this stranger is their only hope against the upcoming alien invasion. Olivia Wilde.

Best Thriller Movies to Watch 2011 Cowboys and Aliens, Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Abigail Spencer, Buck Taylor, Sam Rockwell, Keith Carradine

(1997) (R)

Six strangers with varying personality types, awake to find themselves in a cube that’s part of an endless maze full of deadly traps. With no food, no water, and no escape in sight, they must work together to find the outer shelf before it’s too late.

Best Thriller Movies to 1997 Cube, Nicole de Boer, Maurice Dean Wint, David Hewlett

Das Boot
(1981) (R)

In WWII, German U-Boat's mission is to destroy British ships. They are heavily engaged in the Atlantic when they begin to take heavy damage. In the face of terror, the soldiers try to maintain professionalism while questioning their government ideology. Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann.

Best Action Thriller Movies of All Time Wolfgang Petersen 1981 Das Boot Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann

Demolition Man
(1993) (R)

In the 90s police officer John Spartan finally catches the illusive criminal Simon Phoenix but when he is found as an accessory to a crime he and Phoenix are both sent to a cryogenics prison. In the year 2032, the future is peaceful and orderly and Phoenix is awaken to face a hearing and manages to escape. The future police only hope to capture Phoenix is Spartan who is having a hard time adjusting to the future. Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock and Benjamin Bratt.

Best Action Thriller Movies to Watch 1993 Demolition Man Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock Benjamin Bratt

Die Hard
(1988) (R)

New York City Detective John McClane (Bruce Willis) has just arrived in Los Angeles to reconcile with his estranged wife. But minutes after he arrives at her office, a group of terrorists, led by Hans Gruber is holding everyone in the entire building hostage. With no way of anyone getting in or out of the building, it's up to McClane to single-handedly rescue the hostages and take down the terrorists!

Best Action Thriller Movies to Watch 1988 Die Hard, Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Alan Rickman

Die Hard 2
(1990) (R)

A group of terrorists are planning to help a drug lord escape. They have taken over an airport and tower control. The airplanes waiting to land are circling above and running out of fuel. Officer McClane is off duty but he realizes there is no time to loose and he must to take back control of the airport before there is a disaster. Bruce Willis, William Atherton, Bonnie Bedelia and Reginald VelJohnson.

Best Thriller Movies to Watch 1990 Die Hard 2 Bruce Willis, William Atherton, Bonnie Bedelia Reginald VelJohnson

Die Hard: With a Vengeance
(1995) (R)

A criminal has just blown off a department store and is threatening to blow off another bomb unless John McClane, who has been suspended from the department, deciphers his puzzles all over the city. McClane is now in a race against time before the terrorist's bomb goes off. Bruce Willis, Jeremy Irons, Samuel L. Jackson.

Best Thriller Movies to Watch 1995 Die Hard With A Vengeance Bruce Willis, Jeremy Irons, Samuel L. Jackson

District 9
(2009) (R)

In 1982, an alien mothership appeared over Johannesburg, South Africa. Twenty-eight years later, the initial welcome by the human population has faded and the aliens are forced, by global business conglomerate Multi-National United, to live in slum-like containment zones where they are forced to labor. When a government agent is exposed to their biotechnology, he now must rely on the help of the aliens to survive!

Best Thriller Movies to Watch 2009 District 9, Sharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope

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