Five Best Thrillers Movie Fans Must See

A thriller is a movie where viewers vicariously teeter at the brink of death and somehow get shoved back into the land of the living. Roller coasters and bungee jumping are comparable thrills unless one is a movie lover. Then nothing beats the goosebumps and neck hair raised from a good suspense thriller. However, thrillers have been made since the silent movie days. Here is a list of the best thrillers of all time as judged by Blogher.com.

Five: The Usual Suspects (1995)

There is nothing so suspenseful in literature like a “whodunnit.” The Usual Suspects successfully captures the essence of a “whodunnit” without getting silly. Directed by Bryan Singer, the film had a small budget of $6 million, garnered not only great reviews but two Academy Awards for Best Writing (Original Screenplay) and Best Supporting Actor in an eyebrow-raising performance by Kevin Spacey. The movie also won two BAFTAs (the UK’s equivalent of the Oscars) for Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography.

Four: The Sixth Sense (1999)

The film that made “I see dead people” an international catchphrase, M. Knight Shyamalan’s weird little story set in modern-day Philadelphia is considered by many to be Shyamalan’s best film to date. This also has a twist ending — but one that makes many movie lovers want to see the movie again in order to find the clues planted about the final surprise. The film starred a consistently perplexed Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment. Shyamalan also plays a small role in the film. It’s estimated that The Sixth Sense made about $672 million.

Three: The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

There are some films that transcend the screen and become interwoven into the human unconscious. Such is The Silence of the Lambs so in just the name “Hannibal Lecter” can conjure up whole novels full of horror and gourmet cooking set to a soft classical soundtrack. Based on the bestselling novel by Thomas Harris, The Silence of the Lambs jolly well swept almost every award imaginable on the planet and made Anthony Hopkins a household name and helped him get a long-deserved knighthood.

Two: Se7en (1995)

Horrifying not only for viewers but for Spell Checks around the world, this blockbuster was directed by David Fincher made has arguably the most gruesome on-screen violence of the five films on the list.

One: Psycho (1960)

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Features a shower. That’s all really anyone needs to know.