A really good thriller is hard to find, easy to miss, and impossible to forget. This selection is compiled of unforgettable movies. We made a volatile mix of Hollywood, European, and Asian cinematography for those who think that they’ve seen everything.
Bright Side responsibly declares that this article doesn’t have “regular” thrillers; they all were checked personally by our team and each of them has its own unique twist. Some have more drama and less action while others are the other way around. Some of them might seem too provocative, violent, or even heart-wrenching but we assure you that any movie from this list will break any stereotypes.
A controversial yet quite good noir thriller kicks off our list. Really great-looking waitress Annie works at a gloomy and desolate terminal station, but she’s only cute on the outside. In fact, she’s a daring woman who is leading a dangerous double life with 2 outlaws. For some viewers, the movie might seem cliché, cruel, or repetitive at some moments. But we can’t ignore the marvelous actors’ performance, an atmospheric neon style, and a plot with a curious twist.
Mystical movies rarely surprise people lately, except in the case of Spanish thrillers. Looking for a safe place to hide from a tyrant husband, a mother of 4 children moved to another country and settled down in a haunted mansion. After the mother’s sudden death, the eldest son, Jack, takes precedence over the family. Being underage, he has to circumvent the law to become a guardian for his siblings and the owner of the house. Things were going fine until their maniac father showed up. The psychological thriller with a touch of mystical horror will overwhelm a viewer with its unexpected ending!
Ghost Stories, 2017
Although this movie is meant to be a horror film, it will actually make you think more than it may scare you. However, there are times when you literally jump out of your seat from fear. Professor Goodman is a big skeptic who doesn’t believe in supernatural things. He reveals mediums’ and psychics’ tricks. But one day, he meets 3 people who allegedly faced a supernatural phenomenon. It’s a good movie in the best tradition of the British cinematography with unexpected plot twists and a pretty great ending. You’ll need time to snap out of it.
The Hidden Face (La cara oculta), 2011
One day, Adrián comes back home to a note that says his beloved left him and asked not to look for her. Devastated, he goes to a bar where he met a waitress, Fabiana. They feel a mutual attraction toward each other and the woman soon moves in with Adrián. But she doesn’t have a chance to feel the quiet happiness of life because some mysterious and scary things start happening inside their house. The unique feature of the film is a simple yet genius idea with a non-trivial ending.
Get Out, 2017
You’ll hardly find anyone who hasn’t heard about this Academy Award-winning movie by Jordan Peele. If you didn’t watch it because you don’t like horror movies, you need to fix this right now. A young African American man visits his girlfriend’s parents who hide an uncanny secret. The social subtext is pretty obvious and the plot might seem quite familiar. But this movie has a unique charm that was enhanced by the soundtrack, unexpected jokes, and a shocking finale. This movie is definitely worth watching even if it scares you with tiny details that are usually not scary at all.
The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi), 2016
This Korean movie balances on the edge of a drama and an action-packed thriller. You don’t have to be an Asian cinematography enthusiast to appreciate The Handmaiden. There’s drama, comedy, passion, hate, pain, and pleasure. A con man called Count wants to make the rich Lady Hideko marry him. She lives in seclusion in a majestic mansion with her uncle. He plans to confirm that she’s crazy and take control over her wealth. To get closer to his “victim,” Count hires his friend Sook-Hee to serve as the lady’s handmaiden. Very soon, a simple story becomes so twisted and complicated that it’s not clear who’s the real puppeteer in this group.
Eliza Graves, 2014
A movie based on a short story by Edgar Allan Poe has an intriguing and unusual plot. Young handsome doctor Edward Newgate came to a secluded Stonehearst Asylum from London. He notices the unusual behavior of the director and the staff: it looks like they’re not of sound mind. Horrible cries that come from the basement arouse even more questions. The unbelievable ending makes you want to grab a cup of tea and watch it over and over again.
The Orphanage (El Orfanato), 2007
This Spanish movie will pierce the hearts of those who love thrillers. Laura was once a resident of the orphanage where she spent a very happy childhood. Now a grown woman, she moves to the abandoned orphanage with her family to restore it and open it to new orphans. Her son Simón completely changes after they move in; he begins to see cruel images and becomes interested in playing dangerous games. The sad, touching, and plot-twisting movie will leave a long-lasting mark in your memory.
10 Cloverfield Lane, 2016
When Michelle wakes up after a car accident, she finds herself chained to a radiator in someone’s basement. Soon she sees a man who claims that he saved her from certain death because the planet was subject to either chemical or nuclear attack. Howard says that it’s too dangerous to go outside and his bunker is the only safe place. Of course, Michelle doesn’t believe him and thinks he’s a maniac, but very soon, she finds out that he might be right. The unique feature of the horror-thriller is an intriguing plot twist that will keep you in suspense from the beginning to the very end.
The Girl on the Train, 2016
Every day, Rachel see a seemingly perfect couple from the train. But everything changes when she sees an announcement in the newspaper about the woman going missing. Rachel gets caught up in a complicated story because she was the only one who noticed something important from the train. This movie is a rare example when both critics and the audience couldn’t give a certain review. Some people think it’s a pretty ordinary thriller while others call it genius. But this gloomy and sad movie will definitely leave a lasting impression on anyone.
The Purge, 2013
This one is quite controversial and movie enthusiasts will find a couple of unkind words to say about it. But the plot is so original that it definitely makes the whole thing worth watching. The world of the future has neither crimes nor wars thanks to only one night a year when people can do whatever they want and not be punished for anything. It’s a bit of a cliche, but it’s also very intense and has an interesting subtext that you catch onto after some time.
A wonderful British fairytale for adults that will make your blood freeze. Moll (age 27) lives on a secluded island with her strict parents. The atmosphere of misunderstanding feels suffocating for her but one day, her life changes thanks to a new feeling of love. However, her man is under suspicion for the serial murders that recently happened on the island. Moll has to choose between her love and trust for Pascal and strict social rules. Some might consider this movie too romantic but some may even consider that a good thing.
The Place, 2017
This film is cruel and merciful at the same time; it makes multiple surgical strikes on our way of thinking and has an intense spiral plot with new details appearing every minute. A man is sitting in a coffee house with a thick notebook on the table. People approach him to get what they want and he makes their dreams come true. There’s one condition: to fulfill any wish, you have to complete a task, the bigger your dream, the more complicated and dangerous the tasks are. No murders, visual effects, expensive settings — just a great idea, a thoroughly-written plot, and amazing conversations.
This movie just came out on September 14, 2018 in the US. We’re really intrigued by the story which is based on a legend. Lizzie Borden’s name has long become a household name thanks to the complicated story of her parents’ murder. During the well-known high-profile trial, the woman was acquitted and set free despite the undeniable evidence proving her guilty. The movie will definitely be cruel, intense, and provocative and that’s exactly what we need, right?
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