35 best thrillers you can’t put down

35 best thrillers you can't put down

35 best thrillers you can’t put down

July 2, 2022

Likbez Kino

Cult directors and talented debutants will make you fidget nervously in your chair until the very credits.
Photo by Stas Lavrenyuk

Stas Lavrenyuk

35 best thrillers you can't put down


Lifehacker has collected iconic films from several generations of directors: from Alfred Hitchcock to Alex Garland. All of them received high marks from viewers and critics and firmly settled in numerous tops. Most of the paintings were nominated for prestigious awards.

1. Joker


  • USA, Canada, 2019.
  • Thriller, drama, crime.
  • Duration: 122 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.9.

Shy Arthur Fleck suffers from uncontrollable fits of laughter, moonlights as a clown and dreams of becoming a stand-up comedian. But it is increasingly difficult for him to contact with others, and problems in life accumulate. As a result, the hero begins to lose touch with reality and turns into the Joker.

2 Fight Club

Fight Club

  • Thriller, drama.
  • USA, Germany, 1999.
  • Duration: 131 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.8.
Shot from the movie “Fight Club”

The hero spends his time on an unloved job and can’t even get enough sleep. But everything changes after a meeting with a soap merchant named Tyler Durden. He convinces the man that the main and only goal of life is self-destruction. Then friends open “Fight Club” – a secret place where anyone can come to fight.

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3. Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs

  • Thriller, detective.
  • USA, 1990.
  • Duration: 114 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.6.
Shot from the film “Silence of the Lambs”

FBI agent Clarissa Starling tries to catch a maniac who flays the skin of his victims. Only the brilliant Hannibal Lecter, a murderer and cannibal in prison, can help her in her search.

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4. Seven


  • Thriller, drama, detective.
  • USA, 1995
  • Duration: 127 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.6.

A neo-noir thriller from David Fincher about two detective partners – the elderly William Somerset, already retired, and the young David Mills. Together they search for a maniac who chooses his victims based on biblical sins.

5. Window to the courtyard

rear window

  • USA, 1954.
  • Detective thriller.
  • Duration: 112 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.5.

The film of the legendary Alfred Hitchcock is dedicated to a photographer who was literally locked at home after breaking his leg. Out of boredom, he watches the neighbors from the window. And gradually it begins to seem to him that a murder has occurred in the apartment opposite.

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6. Psycho


  • Thriller, detective, horror.
  • USA, 1960.
  • Duration: 109 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.5.
Frame from the movie “Psycho”

One of Alfred Hitchcock’s most famous films. Mary Crane, dissatisfied with her lover, runs off with a large sum of money. Along the way, she decides to take a break at a motel run by a pleasant young man, Norman Bates. But she does not even suspect what this night will turn out for her.

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7. Suspicious faces

The Usual Suspects

  • Thriller, drama, detective.
  • USA, Germany, 1995.
  • Duration: 106 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.6.
Frame from the film “The Suspicious Persons”

One of the best pictures of Bryan Singer. Dozens of people were injured in an explosion on a ship carrying cocaine. The police are trying to find out the cause of the incident and interrogate the only surviving witness – a cripple nicknamed Chatterbox. And he talks about a large-scale conspiracy, at the center of which is the elusive mafia boss.

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8. Prestige

The Prestige

  • Thriller, drama, fantasy.
  • USA, UK, 2006.
  • Duration: 125 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.5.
Shot from the film “The Prestige”

In the center of the plot of the painting by Christopher Nolan are illusionists Alfred Borden and Robert Angier. Once they were friends, but competition and a love triangle turned them into bitter enemies. And now each of them is ready not only to disrupt the opponent’s performance, but also to endanger the lives of his loved ones.

9. Renegades

The Departed

  • Thriller, drama, crime.
  • USA, Hong Kong, 2006.
  • Duration: 151 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.5.
Shot from the movie “The Departed”

Martin Scorsese’s remake of the Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs tells the story of two police academy graduates. One of them was sent to law enforcement by the mafia to leak data. The other is specially arrested in order to become his own in the gang and inform the police.

10. Remember


  • Thriller, detective, drama.
  • USA, 2000
  • Duration: 113 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.5.

Leonard Shelby is looking for his wife’s killer. The search is complicated by a rare form of amnesia: Leonard remembers everything that happened before the murder, but is unable to say what happened 15 minutes ago.

11. Oldboy


  • Thriller, detective.
  • South Korea, 2003
  • Duration: 120 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.4.
Shot from the movie “Oldboy”

Businessman Oh Dae-soo is kidnapped by unknown people and placed in a private prison. For 15 years he lives in solitary confinement and learns about the events in the world only through TV. After an unexpected release, the only goal of the hero becomes revenge.

12. Dizziness


  • Thriller, melodrama, detective.
  • USA, 1958.
  • Duration: 128 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.3.
Shot from the film “Vertigo”

After the death of his partner Scotty Ferguson, he was out of work due to prolonged depression and a pathological fear of heights. He leaves the profession, but an old acquaintance hires a hero to follow his wife. Scotty saves a woman from committing suicide and realizes that he has fallen in love with her.

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13. Taxi driver

Taxi driver

  • Thriller,…






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