By M. W. Byrne

32 Best Thrillers In Movie History

A horror film should leave you frightened. A thriller should do more, leaving you wondering and uneasy, as much titillated as terrified. These 32 films are the masterworks in the genre.

Primal Fear

Richard Gere is a famous dirtbag attorney looking for cash and glory when he meets Edward Norton, a killer with a pair of personalities that might make him an innocent stooge in a bloody game of sex and God.

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Split

More fractured personalites are on display as 23 of 24 personalities living inside a man who has kidnapped a trio of girls. Now they need to get out before the dreaded #24 arrives.

2

The Game

An odd little tale told by director David Fincher, it’s impossible to tell if waking up in a shallow Mexican grave is all part of the game, or if something more sinister is afoot. Either way, it’ll change your life.

3

Jaws

The movie that made people afraid to go into the water, for as terrifying as it is, really it’s a film about being scared of a pair of notes played on a cello and a broken mechanical shark that Spielberg hates.

4

Fargo

The film that spawned one of the most engaging television series ever made, Fargo is about some terrible criminals, some people in over their head, and a pregnant cop who’s busy unraveling the sideshow.

5

Touch of Evil

It’s hard to say what is stranger about Touch of Evil: The fact it is about corrupt police in America who will happily destroy the life of an honest cop, or the fact that we’re supposed to believe that Charlton Heston is Mexican.

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The Silence of the Lambs

Many consider this to be Anthony Hopkin’s crowning achievement as he dons the mantle of serial murderer Dr. Hannibal Lecter, playing games as he helps green agent Clarice Starling solve a case, while serving his own ends.

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