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98 Best Thrillers of All Time Ranked by Looper

Updated on May 11, 2022
"Thrillers are some of the hardest films to pin down: Their versatility is at once a strength and a bit of a conundrum. This genre has been known to encompass many others, from the legal and political to the psychological and historical. At their core, thrillers create a sense of anxiety, excitement, or urgency that engages us as much as it unnerves us. Sometimes this is done with action sequences, or by exposing a world of crime or espionage. Other times, thrills are orchestrated more subtly: The tension arises within one's own psyche, or manifests in the relationships between characters. Whatever it is that creates that apprehension, however, it's unmistakable to true thrill-seekers — and it's a core part of these 98 films in one way or another." - looper.com
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from looper.com · made by SteveAzo
avg. score: 33 of 98 (33%)
required scores: 1, 15, 26, 36, 49 

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Chinatown (1974)
Chinatown (1974)
2
Parasite (2019)
Parasite (2019)
3
The Conformist (1970)
The Conformist (1970)
4
L.A. Confidential (1997)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
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5
Rebecca (1940)
Rebecca (1940)
6
The Usual Suspects (1995)
The Usual Suspects (1995)
7
Good Time (2017)
Good Time (2017)
8
The Handmaiden (2016)
The Handmaiden (2016)
9
No Country for Old Men (2007)
No Country for Old Men (2007)
10
Get Out (2017)
Get Out (2017)
11
Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Nocturnal Animals (2016)
12
There Will Be Blood (2007)
There Will Be Blood (2007)
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13
Rear Window (1954)
Rear Window (1954)
14
Uncut Gems (2019)
Uncut Gems (2019)
15
Fargo (1996)
Fargo (1996)
16
The Departed (2006)
The Departed (2006)
17
I Care a Lot (2020)
I Care a Lot (2020)
18
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
19
Mystic River (2003)
Mystic River (2003)
20
Taxi Driver (1976)
Taxi Driver (1976)
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21
Gone Girl (2014)
Gone Girl (2014)
22
North by Northwest (1959)
North by Northwest (1959)
23
Drive (2011)
Drive (2011)
24
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
25
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
26
Vertigo (1958)
Vertigo (1958)
27
The Lighthouse (2019)
The Lighthouse (2019)
28
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
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29
The Devil All the Time (2020)
The Devil All the Time (2020)
30
Gaslight (1944)
Gaslight (1944)
31
Nightcrawler (2014)
Nightcrawler (2014)
32
Burning (2018)
Burning (2018)
33
The Untouchables (1987)
The Untouchables (1987)
34
Blue Velvet (1986)
Blue Velvet (1986)
35
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
36
Donnie Darko (2001)
Donnie Darko (2001)
37
The Prestige (2006)
The Prestige (2006)
38
Klute (1971)
Klute (1971)
39
Enemy (2014)
Enemy (2014)
40
The Conversation (1974)
The Conversation (1974)
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