Mystery movie focuses on the efforts of the detective, private investigator or amateur sleuth to solve the mysterious circumstances of a crime by means of clues, investigation, and clever deduction. The successful mystery film adheres to one of two story types, known as Open and Closed. The Closed (or whodunit) mystery conceals the identity of the perpetrator until late in the story, adding an element of suspense during the apprehension of the suspect, as the audience is never quite sure who it is. The Open mystery, in contrast, reveals the identity of the perpetrator at the top of the story, showcasing the "perfect crime" which the audience then watches the protagonist unravel, usually at the very end of the story, akin to the unveiling scenes in the Closed style. Watch best mystery movies of all time!
#1 12 Angry Men 1957
Life is in their hands. Death is on their minds
Director: Sidney Lumet. Cast: Martin Balsam, John Fiedler, Lee J. Cobb, E.G. Marshall, Jack Klugman, Edward Binns, Jack Warden, Henry Fonda, Joseph Sweeney, Ed Begley, George Voskovec, Robert Webber, Rudy Bond, James Kelly, Billy Nelson.
Overview: 12 Angry Men is the 1957 film debut for director Sidney Lumet. An interpretion from a Broadway show, this film is about 12 jurors who must decide whether an 18-year-old is guilty of killing his father.
Genres: Drama, Mystery. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 36m. Rated: G.
#2 Fight Club 1999
How much can you know about yourself if you've never been in a fight?
Director: David Fincher. Cast: Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter, Meat Loaf, Zach Grenier, Richmond Arquette, David Andrews, Rachel Singer, Holt McCallany, Eion Bailey, Jared Leto, Peter Iacangelo.
Overview: A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the way and ignites an out-of-control spiral toward oblivion.
Genres: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller. Countries: Germany, United States of America. Runtime: 2h 18m. Rated: R.
#3 Rear Window 1954
Directors: Alfred Hitchcock, Herbert Coleman. Cast: Grace Kelly, James Stewart, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter, Raymond Burr, Judith Evelyn, Ross Bagdasarian, Georgine Darcy, Sara Berner, Frank Cady, Jesslyn Fax, Rand Harper, Irene Winston, Havis Davenport.
Overview: Jefferies has had his leg in a cast for weeks and has nothing to do but watch his neighbors from his window. His voyeurism leads him to think that he’s witnessed a murder. Together with his girlfriend Lisa and his nurse Stella they try to solve the mystery and possibly a murder.
Genres: Suspense, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 52m. Rated: PG.
#4 Psycho 1960
Check in. Relax. Take a shower.
Directors: Alfred Hitchcock, Hilton A. Green. Cast: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Janet Leigh, Martin Balsam, John McIntire, Simon Oakland, Frank Albertson, Patricia Hitchcock, Vaughn Taylor, Lurene Tuttle, Mort Mills, John Anderson.
Overview: Psycho is one of the most famous masterpieces from Hitchcock and for it’s time was unparalleled in it’s horror effect. A chilling score sets the pace for an introverted killer and a mystery thriller case of multiple dimensions. The credits for the film directed by Saul Bass were revolutionary for their time.
Genres: Drama, Horror, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 46m. Rated: R.
#5 The Usual Suspects 1995
Five Criminals . One Line Up . No Coincidence.
Director: Bryan Singer. Cast: Kevin Spacey, Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio Del Toro, Kevin Pollak, Chazz Palminteri, Pete Postlethwaite, Giancarlo Esposito, Suzy Amis, Dan Hedaya, Christine Estabrook, Clark Gregg, Louis Lombardi, Paul Bartel, Peter Greene.
Overview: A boat has been destroyed, criminals are dead, and the key to this mystery lies with the only survivor and his twisted, convoluted story beginning with five career crooks in a seemingly random police lineup.
Genres: Crime, Mystery, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 46m. Rated: R.
#6 Se7en 1995
Seven deadly sins. Seven ways to die.
Director: David Fincher. Cast: Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, R. Lee Ermey, Andrew Kevin Walker, Kevin Spacey, Daniel Zacapa, John Cassini, Hawthorne James, Richard Roundtree, John C. McGinley.
Overview: Two homicide detectives are on a desperate hunt for a serial killer whose crimes are based on the "seven deadly sins" in this dark and haunting film that takes viewers from the tortured remains of one victim to the next. The seasoned Det. Sommerset researches each sin in an effort to get inside the killer's mind, while his novice partner, Mills, scoffs at his efforts to unravel the case.
Genres: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 7m. Rated: R.
#7 Memento 2001
Some memories are best forgotten.
Director: Christopher Nolan. Cast: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior, Russ Fega, Jorja Fox, Stephen Tobolowsky, Harriet Sansom Harris, Thomas Lennon, Callum Keith Rennie, Kimberly Campbell, Marianne Muellerleile, Larry Holden, Buzz Visconti.
Overview: Suffering short-term memory loss after a head injury, Leonard Shelby embarks on a grim quest to find the lowlife who murdered his wife in this gritty, complex thriller that packs more knots than a hangman's noose. To carry out his plan, Shelby snaps Polaroids of people and places, jotting down contextual notes on the backs of photos to aid in his search and jog his memory. He even tattoos his own body in a desperate bid to remember.
Genres: Crime, Drama, Suspense, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 53m. Rated: R.
#8 North by Northwest 1959
It's a deadly game of 'tag' and Cary Grant is 'it'...
Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Cast: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis, Philip Coolidge, Doreen Lang, Josephine Hutchinson, Leo G. Carroll, Philip Ober, Adam Williams, Edward Platt, Robert Ellenstein, Martin Landau, Les Tremayne, Patrick McVey.
Overview: An advertising man is mistaken for a spy, triggering a deadly cross-country chase.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 16m. Rated: G.
#9 Citizen Kane 1941
Director: Orson Welles. Cast: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Ray Collins, George Coulouris, Agnes Moorehead, Paul Stewart, Ruth Warrick, Erskine Sanford, William Alland, Everett Sloane, Fortunio Bonanova, Gus Schilling, Philip Van Zandt, Georgia Backus.
Overview: Newspaper magnate, Charles Foster Kane is taken from his mother as a boy and made the ward of a rich industrialist. As a result, every well-meaning, tyrannical or self-destructive move he makes for the rest of his life appears in some way to be a reaction to that deeply wounding event.
Genres: Mystery, Drama. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 59m.
#10 Vertigo 1958
Alfred Hitchcock engulfs you in a whirlpool of terror and tension
Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Cast: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore, Henry Jones, Raymond Bailey, Ellen Corby, Konstantin Shayne, Lee Patrick.
Overview: An ex-police officer is asked to follow an old friends wife who thinks she is being followed by ghosts. A classic Hitchcock about a man who’s afraid of heights and a woman he must unfortunately follow to great heights.
Genres: Crime, Drama, Film Noir, Mystery, Romance, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 9m. Rated: PG.
#11 The Shining 1980
The Horror is driving him crazy
Director: Stanley Kubrick. Cast: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson, Philip Stone, Joe Turkel, Anne Jackson.
Overview: The Shining is a Stanley Kubrick adaptation of Steven King’s horror novel of the same name. The film takes the viewer into a remote hotel where a Jack Torrance and his wife and son must live in for the winter. One of the scariest films of all times mixes up reality and makes isolation a psychological nightmare.
Genres: Drama, Horror, Thriller. Country: United Kingdom. Runtime: 2h 24m. Rated: R.
#12 To Kill a Mockingbird 1962
If you have read the novel, you will relive every treasured moment. . .If not, a deeply moving experience awaits you!
Director: Robert Mulligan. Cast: Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Phillip Alford, Robert Duvall, John Megna, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy, Ruth White, Brock Peters, Estelle Evans, Alice Ghostley, Paul Fix, Collin Wilcox Paxton, James Anderson, William Windom.
Overview: To Kill A Mockingbird is the film adaptation of the classic book by Harper Lee. The film tells the story of a child in a small American town in the 1930’s where color prejudice, racial hatred, and taking the law into your own hands were everyday events. Gregory Peck would receive an Oscar for his excellent portrayal of a single father named Atticus Finch.
Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 9m. Rated: NR.
#13 Satantango 1994
Director: Béla Tarr. Cast: Mihály Vig, Putyi Horváth, László feLugossy, Éva Almássy Albert, János Derzsi, Irén Szajki, Alfréd Járai, Miklós Székely B., Erzsébet Gaál, Erika Bók.
Overview: In a small dilapidated village in 1980s Hungary, life has come to a virtual standstill. The autumn rains have started. The villagers expect to receive a large cash payment that evening, and then plan to leave. Some want to abscond earlier with more than their fair share of the money. However they hear that the smooth talking Irimias, whom they thought had died, is coming back. They are apprehensive that he will take all their money in one of his grandiose schemes to keep the community going.
Genres: Drama, Foreign. Countries: Switzerland, Germany, Hungary. Runtime: 7h 30m.
#14 The Third Man 1949
Hunted by men...Sought by WOMEN!
Director: Carol Reed. Cast: Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Bernard Lee, Paul Hörbiger, Siegfried Breuer, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Hedwig Bleibtreu, Annie Rosar, Erich Ponto, Ernst Deutsch.
Overview: An American pulp writer arrives in post-WWII Vienna only to find that the friend who waited for him is killed under mysterious circumstances. The ensuing mystery entangles him in his friend's involvement in the black market, with the multinational police, and with his Czech girlfriend.
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Film Noir. Countries: Austria, United Kingdom. Runtime: 1h 44m. Rated: NR.
#15 The Departed 2006
Lies. Betrayal. Sacrifice. How far will you take it?
Director: Martin Scorsese. Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Matt Damon, Dick Hughes, Ray Winstone, Anthony Anderson, Alec Baldwin, David O'Hara, Vera Farmiga, Kevin Corrigan, James Badge Dale, Robert Wahlberg, Kristen Dalton, Thomas B. Duffy.
Overview: To take down South Boston's Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld, not realizing the syndicate has done likewise in Martin Scorsese's multiple Oscar-winning crime thriller. While an undercover cop curries favor with the mob kingpin, a career criminal rises through the police ranks. But both sides soon discover there's a mole among them.
Genres: Drama, Action, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 31m. Rated: R.
#16 Chinatown 1974
Director: Roman Polanski. Cast: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez, John Hillerman, Darrell Zwerling, Diane Ladd, Roy Jenson, Roman Polanski, Richard Bakalyan, Bruce Glover.
Overview: A private detective investigating an adultery case stumbles on to a scheme of murder that has something to do with water.
Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 11m. Rated: R.
#17 Rashomon 1950
The husband, the wife...or the bandit?
Director: Akira Kurosawa. Cast: Toshirō Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki, Kichijirô Ueda, Noriko Honma, Daisuke Katô.
Overview: In ancient Japan a crime take place as told from three different travelers who have experienced the crime: a man being killed and his wife being raped. Which if any of the stories is true? A Akira Kurosawa film about morals, truth, and communication.
Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery. Country: Japan. Runtime: 1h 28m. Rated: NR.
#18 Reservoir Dogs 1992
Every dog has his day.
Director: Quentin Tarantino. Cast: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, Edward Bunker, Quentin Tarantino, Randy Brooks, Kirk Baltz, Steven Wright, Rich Turner, David Steen, Tony Cosmo, Stevo Polyi.
Overview: A botched robbery indicates a police informant, and the pressure mounts in the aftermath at a warehouse. Crime begets violence as the survivors -- veteran Mr. White, newcomer Mr. Orange, psychopathic parolee Mr. Blonde, bickering weasel Mr. Pink and Nice Guy Eddie -- unravel.
Genres: Crime, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 39m. Rated: R.
#19 L.A. Confidential 1997
Everything is suspect... Everyone is for sale... And nothing is what it seems.
Director: Curtis Hanson. Cast: Kevin Spacey, Guy Pearce, Danny DeVito, James Cromwell, Kim Basinger, Russell Crowe, David Strathairn.
Overview: Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal L.A. police force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the shotgun slayings of the patrons at an all-night diner in this lush tribute to tough film noir crime films. Based on the multi-layered James Ellroy novel.
Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 18m. Rated: R.
#20 Witness for the Prosecution 1957
The most electrifying entertainment of our time!
Director: Billy Wilder. Cast: Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester, John Williams, Henry Daniell, Ian Wolfe, Torin Thatcher, Norma Varden, Una O'Connor, Francis Compton, Philip Tonge, Ruta Lee, Bess Flowers, Leoda Richards.
Overview: When Leonard Vole is arrested for the sensational murder of a rich, middle-aged widow, the famous Sir Wilfrid Robarts agrees to appear on his behalf. Sir Wilfrid, recovering from a near-fatal heart attack, is supposed to be on a diet of bland, civil suits—but the lure of the criminal courts is too much for him, especially when the case is so difficult.
Genres: Drama, Mystery, Crime. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 56m. Rated: NR.
#21 The Prestige 2006
Are You Watching Closely?
Director: Christopher Nolan. Cast: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, Andy Serkis, David Bowie, Piper Perabo, Rebecca Hall.
Overview: A mysterious story of two magicians whose intense rivalry leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy -- full of obsession, deceit and jealousy with dangerous and deadly consequences.
Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 10m. Rated: PG-13.
#22 The Green Mile 1999
Miracles do happen.
Director: Frank Darabont. Cast: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, Bonnie Hunt, David Morse, Michael Jeter, Graham Greene, Patricia Clarkson, Dabbs Greer, Gary Sinise, Doug Hutchison, Sam Rockwell, James Cromwell, Barry Pepper.
Overview: A supernatural tale set on death row in a Southern prison, where gentle giant John Coffey possesses the mysterious power to heal people's ailments. When the cellblock's head guard, Paul Edgecomb, recognizes Coffey's miraculous gift, he tries desperately to help stave off the condemned man's execution.
Genres: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 3h 8m. Rated: R.
#23 Rebecca 1940
The shadow of this woman darkened their love
Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Cast: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson, Nigel Bruce, Reginald Denny, Gladys Cooper, Florence Bates, Leo G. Carroll, Leonard Carey, Lumsden Hare, Edward Fielding, Forrester Harvey, Philip Winter, Alfred Hitchcock.
Overview: Rebecca is a 1940 psychological/dramatic thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock as his first American project. It stars Laurence Olivier as Maxim de Winter, Joan Fontaine as his second wife, and Judith Anderson as his late wife's housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers. The film is a gothic tale about the lingering memory of the title character, which still affects Maxim, his new bride, and Mrs. Danvers long after her death. The film won two Academy Awards, including Best Picture out of a total 11 nominations. Olivier, Fontaine and Anderson were all Oscar nominated for their respective roles. Since the introduction of awards for actors in supporting roles, this is the only film named Best Picture that won no other Academy Award for acting, directing or writing. It was the opening film at the 1st Berlin International Film Festival. With excellently played rolls and a story that never seems wrong this film is a true classic.
Genres: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Suspense, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 10m.
#24 Pan's Labyrinth 2006
What happens when make-believe believes it's real?
Director: Guillermo del Toro. Cast: Ivana Baquero, Maribel Verdú, Sergi López, Doug Jones, Ariadna Gil, Álex Angulo, Roger Casamajor.
Overview: Pans Labyrinth is the exquisitely produced fantasy film from Mexican director Guillermo del Toro who is actually famous for his works in science-fiction and horror. The film stars a little girl lost in a fantasy world. The film won three Academy Awards in 2007.
Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Foreign, Science Fiction. Countries: Spain, Mexico, United States of America. Runtime: 1h 59m. Rated: R.
#25 The Maltese Falcon 1941
A story as EXPLOSIVE as his BLAZING automatics!
Director: John Huston. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre, Barton MacLane, Lee Patrick, Sydney Greenstreet, Ward Bond, Jerome Cowan, Elisha Cook Jr., James Burke, Murray Alper, John Hamilton, William Hopper, Walter Huston.
Overview: Spade and Archer is the name of a San Francisco detective agency. That's for Sam Spade and Miles Archer. The two men are partners, but Sam doesn't like Miles much. A knockout, who goes by the name of Miss Wanderly, walks into their office; and by that night everything's changed. Miles is dead. And so is a man named Floyd Thursby. It seems Miss Wanderly is surrounded by dangerous men. There's Joel Cairo, who uses gardenia-scented calling cards. There's Kasper Gutman, with his enormous girth and feigned civility. Her only hope of protection comes from Sam, who is suspected by the police of one or the other murder. More murders are yet to come.
Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 40m.
#26 2001: A Space Odyssey 1968
The Ultimate Trip.
Director: Stanley Kubrick. Cast: Keir Dullea, Douglas Rain, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter, Leonard Rossiter, Margaret Tyzack, Robert Beatty, Sean Sullivan.
Overview: The highly respected and often cited milestone in Science Fiction cinema. Director Stanley Kubrick takes us into the future, into outer space and aboard a spacecraft that’s controlled by a seemingly trustworthy computer named HAL.
Genres: Drama, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller. Countries: United Kingdom, United States of America. Runtime: 2h 21m. Rated: G.
#27 Oldboy 2003
15 years of imprisonment... 5 days of vengeance.
Director: Chan-wook Park. Cast: Choi Min-sik, Ji-tae Yu, Dae-han Ji, Byeong-ok Kim, Tae-kyung Oh, Il-han Oo, Jin-seo Yun, Dal-su Oh, Hye-jeong Kang.
Overview: Oldboy is the revenge drama from Director Park Chan-wook. Based on a Manga comic it depicts the suffering path of a man who must deal with the never ending torment of having unknowingly made someone his enemy.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, Thriller. Countries: Korea, New Zealand. Runtime: 2h. Rated: R.
#28 Black Swan 2010
In the era of personal branding, the scariest possibility is that someone might be better at being you than you are.
Director: Darren Aronofsky. Cast: Natalie Portman, Christopher Gartin, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, Vincent Cassel, Ksenia Solo, Toby Hemingway, Barbara Hershey, Janet Montgomery, Kristina Anapau, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Deborah Offner, Adriene Couvillion, Shaun O'Hagan, Sebastian Stan.
Overview: Nina is a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her obsessive former ballerina mother Erica who exerts a suffocating control over her. When artistic director Thomas Leroy decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily, who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side - a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.
Genres: Drama, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 48m. Rated: R.
#29 Diabolique 1955
Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot. Cast: Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel, Jean Brochard, Pierre Larquey, Michel Serrault, Thérèse Dorny, Noël Roquevert, Yves-Marie Maurin, Georges Poujouly, Georges Chamarat, Jacques Varennes.
Overview: Les Diaboliques is a mystery thriller from French director Henri-Georges Clouzot about a triangle relationship that leads to murder.The wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress conspire to kill him, but after the murder is committed his body disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women.
Genres: Foreign, Horror, Thriller. Country: France. Runtime: 1h 47m.
#30 Strangers on a Train 1951
Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Cast: Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, Robert Walker, Leo G. Carroll, Patricia Hitchcock, Norma Varden, Marion Lorne, Jonathan Hale, Howard St. John, John Brown, Robert Gist, Kasey Rogers.
Overview: Strangers on a Train is a typical Hitchcock thriller with all the elements of a suspense film masterpiece: The innocent man is being chased for a crime he didn’t do.
Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 41m. Rated: PG.
#31 The Secret in Their Eyes 2009
Director: Juan José Campanella. Cast: Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago, Javier Godino, Guillermo Francella.
Overview: A man wants to solve a murder committed many years ago.
Genres: Crime, Drama, Foreign, Mystery, Romance. Countries: Argentina, Spain. Runtime: 2h 4m. Rated: R.
#32 The Big Sleep 1946
The picture they were born for!
Director: Howard Hawks. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers, Dorothy Malone, Lauren Bacall, Peggy Knudsen, Charles Waldron, Regis Toomey, Charles D. Brown, Elisha Cook Jr., Louis Jean Heydt.
Overview: Private Detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.
Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 56m.
#33 The Manchurian Candidate 1962
Director: John Frankenheimer. Cast: Frank Sinatra, Janet Leigh, Laurence Harvey, Angela Lansbury, Henry Silva, James Gregory, Leslie Parrish, John McGiver, Khigh Dhiegh, James Edwards, Douglas Henderson, Albert Paulsen.
Overview: The Manchurian Candidate is a political thriller from American director John Frankenheimer. An American soldier is brainwashed into being a killer for the communist Russians during the Korean War.
Genres: Drama, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 6m. Rated: PG-13.
#34 Fanny and Alexander 1983
Director: Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Bertil Guve, Pernilla Allwin, Allan Edwall, Ewa Fröling, Jan Malmsjö, Gunn Wållgren, Jarl Kulle, Erland Josephson.
Overview: A widowed actress and her children suffer hardships when she marries a conservative church leader.
Genres: Drama, Foreign. Countries: Germany, France, Sweden. Runtime: 3h 8m. Rated: R.
#35 The Sixth Sense 1999
I see dead people
Director: M. Night Shyamalan. Cast: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams, Mischa Barton, Donnie Wahlberg, Trevor Morgan, Greg Wood, Jeffrey Zubernis, Glenn Fitzgerald, Bruce Norris.
Overview: A psychological thriller about an eight year old boy named Cole Sear who believes he can see into the world of the dead. A child psychologist named Malcolm Crowe comes to Cole to help him deal with his problem, learning that he really can see ghosts of dead people.
Genres: Drama, Horror, Suspense, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 47m. Rated: PG-13.
#36 Donnie Darko 2001
You can never go too far.
Director: Richard Kelly. Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Patrick Swayze, Drew Barrymore, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Holmes Osborne, Daveigh Chase, Mary McDonnell, James Duval, Arthur Taxier, Mark Hoffman, Patience Cleveland, David St. James, Jazzie Mahannah, Jolene Purdy, Beth Grant.
Overview: A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident.
Genres: Drama, Thriller, Science Fiction, Mystery. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 53m. Rated: R.
#37 Le Samurai 1967
Director: Jean-Pierre Melville. Cast: Alain Delon, François Périer, Nathalie Delon, Cathy Rosier, Catherine Jourdan.
Overview: Hitman Jef Costello is a perfectionist who always carefully plans his murders and who never gets caught...
Genres: Drama, Action, Thriller, Crime, Foreign. Countries: France, Italy. Runtime: 1h 45m.
#38 Laura 1944
The story of a love that became the most fearful thing that ever happened to a woman!
Director: Otto Preminger. Cast: Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price, Judith Anderson, Dorothy Adams, Kathleen Howard.
Overview: A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he's investigating.
Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Suspense, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 28m.
#39 Incendies 2010
The search began at the opening of their mother's will.
Director: Denis Villeneuve. Cast: Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette, Rémy Girard.
Overview: A mother's last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to Middle East in search of their tangled roots. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad's acclaimed play, Incendies tells the powerful and moving tale of two young adults' voyage to the core of deep-rooted hatred, never-ending wars and enduring love.
Genres: Drama, Mystery, War. Countries: Canada, France. Runtime: 2h 10m. Rated: R.
#40 The Thing 1982
Director: John Carpenter. Cast: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, David Clennon, Keith David, Richard Dysart, Charles Hallahan, Peter Maloney, Richard Masur, Donald Moffat, Joel Polis, Thomas G. Waites.
Overview: Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills.
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller. Countries: Canada, United States of America. Runtime: 1h 49m. Rated: R.
#41 Anatomy of a Murder 1959
Director: Otto Preminger. Cast: James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Arthur O'Connell, Duke Ellington, Eve Arden, Kathryn Grant, George C. Scott, Orson Bean, Russ Brown.
Overview: Paul Biegler is a small town lawyer who until recently had been the local prosecutor and given a lack of clients, he spends a lot of time fishing. When a murder takes place in a trailer park on the outskirts of town, he is asked to defend Lt. Frederick Manion who admits to having killed Barney Quill, a local bar owner who allegedly raped his wife. He now claims temporary insanity. The case is both
Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 40m.
#42 Sleuth 1972
Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Cast: Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine, Alec Cawthorne, John Matthews, Eve Channing, Teddy Martin.
Overview: Sleuth is a thriller from director Joseph L. Mankiewicz starring Michael Caine and Laurence Olivier.
Genres: Foreign, Thriller. Country: United Kingdom. Runtime: 2h 18m.
#43 Memories of Murder 2003
Director: Joon-ho Bong. Cast: Kang-ho Song, Sang-kyung Kim, Roe-ha Kim, Jae-ho Song.
Overview: Based on the true story of the country's first known serial murders, which took place between 1986 and 1991 in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province, the movie begins with a series of raped and murdered women. Two bumbling, incompetent local detectives realizes a serial killer is on the loose and begins to chase after the murderer.
Genres: Crime, Drama, Foreign, Thriller. Country: Korea. Runtime: 2h 7m.
#44 Dial M For Murder 1954
Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Cast: Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings, John Williams, Anthony Dawson.
Overview: Inspector Hubbard has to explain an extremely tricky case of keeping Mrs. Margot Wendice from capital punishment. Hitchcock has created with this film an almost perfect Murder, and made Grace Kelly famous.
Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 44m. Rated: PG.
#45 Z 1969
Director: Constantin Costa-Gavras. Cast: Yves Montand, Irene Papas, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jacques Perrin, Charles Denner, Bernard Fresson, François Périer, Pierre Dux, Georges Géret, Magali Noël, Marcel Bozzuffi, Renato Salvatori, Jean Bouise, Julien Guiomar, Jean Dasté.
Overview: A pulse-pounding political thriller, Greek expatriate director Costa-Gavras’s Z was one of the cinematic sensations of the late sixties, and remains among the most vital dispatches from that hallowed era of filmmaking. This Academy Award winner—loosely based on the 1963 assassination of Greek left-wing activist Gregoris Lambrakis—stars Yves Montand as a prominent politician and doctor whose public murder amid a violent demonstration is covered up by military and government officials; Jean-Louis Trintignant is the tenacious magistrate who’s determined not to let them get away with it. Featuring kinetic, rhythmic editing, Raoul Coutard’s expressive vérité photography, and Mikis Theodorakis’s unforgettable, propulsive score, Z is a technically audacious and emotionally gripping masterpiece.
Genres: Foreign, Thriller. Countries: Algeria, France. Runtime: 2h 7m.
#46 Twelve Monkeys 1995
The future is history
Director: Terry Gilliam. Cast: Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Christopher Plummer, David Morse, Jon Seda, Frank Gorshin, Joseph Melito, Aaron Michael Lacey, Christopher Meloni, Joey Perillo, LisaGay Hamilton, Matt Ross, Annie Golden, Michael Chance.
Overview: In the year 2035, convict James Cole reluctantly volunteers to be sent back in time to discover the origin of a deadly virus that wiped out nearly all of the earth's population and forced the survivors into underground communities. But when Cole is mistakenly sent to 1990 instead of 1996, he's arrested and locked up in a mental hospital. There he meets psychiatrist Dr. Kathryn Railly, and patient Jeffrey Goines, the son of a famous virus expert, who may hold the key to the mysterious rogue group, the Army of the 12 Monkeys, thought to be responsible for unleashing the killer disease.
Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller, Mystery. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 9m.
#47 Gentlemen of Fortune 1971
Director: Aleksandr Seryj. Cast: Evgeni Leonov, Georgiy Vitsin, Savely Kramarov, Radner Muratov, Erast Garin, Natalya Fateeva, Roman Filippov, Oleg Vidov, Nikolay Olyalin, Lyubov Sokolova, Ruslan Akhmetov, Anatoli Papanov, Pavel Shpringfeld, Svetlana Starikova, Aleksey Vanin.
Overview: A kindergarten director Troshkin is a dead ringer for a criminal nicknamed "Docent" who stole the priceless...
Genres: Comedy, Crime, Drama. Country: Russia. Runtime: 1h 28m.
#48 The Exterminating Angel 1962
Director: Luis Buñuel. Cast: Silvia Pinal, Enrique Rambal, Claudio Brook, José Baviera, Augusto Benedico, Antonio Bravo, Jacqueline Andere, César del Campo, Rosa Elena Durgel, Lucy Gallardo.
Overview: The guests at an upper-class dinner party find themselves unable to leave.
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Foreign, Indie. Country: Mexico. Runtime: 1h 35m.
#49 Shadow of a Doubt 1943
Directors: Alfred Hitchcock, William Tummel. Cast: Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Macdonald Carey, Henry Travers, Patricia Collinge, Hume Cronyn, Wallace Ford, Edna May Wonacott, Charles Bates, Irving Bacon, Clarence Muse, Janet Shaw, Estelle Jewell.
Overview: A bored young woman, a teen living in Santa Rosa, California, Charlotte "Charlie" Newton (Wright), is frustrated because nothing seems to be happening in her life and that of her family. Then, she receives wonderful news: her uncle (for whom she was named), Charlie Oakley (Cotten), her mother's brother, is arriving for a visit. But Uncle Charlie may not be the man he seems to be.
Genres: Crime, Drama, Film Noir, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 48m. Rated: PG.
#50 Сталкер 1979
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky. Cast: Aleksandr Kaidanovsky, Alisa Frejndlikh, Anatoli Solonitsyn, Nikolai Grinko, Natasha Abramova.
Overview: Near a gray and unnamed city is the Zone, an alien place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers. Over his wife's numerous objections, a man rises in the dead of night: he's a stalker, one of a handful who have the mental gifts (and who risk imprisonment) to lead people into the Zone to the Room, a place where one's secret hopes come true.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller. Country: Russian Federation. Runtime: 2h 43m.
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