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Best Suspenseful Movies

  • The Hurt Locker

    The Hurt Locker (R, 2009)

    Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes
    Based on the personal wartime experiences of journalist Mark Boal (who adapted his experiences with ... read morea bomb squad into a fact-based, yet fictional story), director Kathryn Bigelow's Iraq War-set action thriller The Hurt Locker presents the conflict in the Middle East from the perspective of those who witnessed the fighting firsthand -- the soldiers. As an elite Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team tactfully navigates the streets of present-day Iraq, they face the constant threat of death from incoming bombs and sharp-shooting snipers. In Baghdad, roadside bombs are a common danger. The Army is working to make the city a safer place for Americans and Iraqis, so when it comes to dismantling IEDs (improvised explosive devices) the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) crew is always on their game. But protecting the public isn't easy when there's no room for error, and every second spent dismantling a bomb is another second spent flirting with death. Now, as three fearless bomb technicians take on the most dangerous job in Baghdad, it's only a matter of time before one of them gets sent to "the hurt locker." Jeremy Renner, Guy Pearce, and Ralph Fiennes star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • spitfiremk51
      spitfiremk51: . It was more action packed then I expected with this type of movie, and was very suspenseful at times. I don't know why this movie is called on of the most unrealisic modern war mov
      Reviewed 6 months days ago
    • adultbieber
      adultbieber: . No running, and jumping and shooting and blowing or any of that. These slow, precise, suspenseful battles. How did they manage to get it so realistic?

      Well, it certainly helped director
      Reviewed 17 months days ago
    • fb100000765432898
      fb100000765432898: This is nowhere near suspenseful, this is no good acting nor good directing or anything at all! Nowhere near to a thrille
      Reviewed 17 months days ago
  • Knowing

    Knowing (PG-13, 2009)

    Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Chandler Canterbury, Ben Mendelsohn, Lara Robinson
    A time capsule containing a cryptic message about the coming apocalypse sends a concerned father on ... read morea race to prevent the horrific events from unfolding as predicted in this sci-fi thriller directed by Alex Proyas (Dark City) and starring Nicolas Cage. 1958: As the dedication ceremony for a newly constructed elementary school gets under way, a time capsule containing student drawings of the future is buried on the grounds and scheduled to be unearthed on the school's 50th anniversary. Instead of submitting a drawing, however, one little girl scribbles a series of seemingly random numbers on her paper before it is buried. Fifty years later, the time capsule is unearthed for a new generation of students to examine. Young Caleb Koestler (Chandler Canterbury) is one of those students. The mysterious sequence of numbers falling into his possession, Caleb takes the paper to his father, Professor John Koestler (Cage), for examination. Studying the numbers, Professor Koestler soon discovers that they aren't random at all, but an encoded message containing the precise dates, death tolls, and coordinates of every major disaster since the time capsule was buried. Not only that, but the document also indicates that there will be three more such events, the last of which indicates a doomsday scenario that appears directly tied to Professor Koestler and Caleb. His desperate plea to authorities falling on deaf ears, Professor Koestler realizes that his only hope for preventing more lives from being lost is to take personal action. Though the author of the prophecies is no longer living, Professor Koestler is eventually able to track down her daughter Diana Wayland (Rose Byrne), and granddaughter Abby, who reluctantly agree to aid in the investigation. As the final date on the list draws near, Professor Koestler enters into a frantic race against time to prevent destruction on a global scale, in the process realizing that in order to save millions of lives, he may have to make the ultimate sacrifice. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
  • Law Abiding Citizen

    Law Abiding Citizen (R, 2009)

    Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler, Colm Meaney, Bruce McGill, Leslie Bibb
    Jamie Foxx stars as an assistant DA who finds himself at the mercy of a spiteful vigilante (Gerard B... read moreutler) hell-bent on avenging the death of his wife and daughter, whose murderers are set free due to legal loopholes. F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job) directs from a script by Frank Darabont and Kurt Wimmer. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
    • fb561096390
      fb561096390: . What you get is a suspenseful cat and mouse ride that does not let up on the accelerator at any time.

      The story of th
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • fb1635010306
      fb1635010306: Much better than I expected after hearing the critics. Suspenseful - I didn't know who I was pulli
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • mikium
      mikium: An incredibly suspenseful movie with an interesting premise. I'd give it 5 stars if Jamie Foxx wasn't in it!
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
  • Unstoppable

    Unstoppable (PG-13, 2010)

    Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson, Ethan Suplee, Kevin Dunn
    In this action thriller from director Tony Scott, rookie train operator Will (Chris Pine) and grizzl... read moreed veteran engineer Frank (Denzel Washington) learn that a runaway locomotive carrying carloads of dangerous chemicals is headed for Will's small Pennsylvania hometown, where his wife and child live. In order to save the day, they must figure out how to catch up to the rogue engine, and stop it before harm comes to the town. Standing in their way is Galvin (Kevin Dunn), the head of the company who is more interested in saving the stock price than lives. On the plus side, the duo have competent corporate employee Connie (Rosario Dawson) on the radio, talking them through their various attempts to corral and then stop the potentially lethal locomotive. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
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      fb679299446: Suspenseful, stylish and entertaining, Unstoppable is a great finale crowning Tony Scott's last mem
      Reviewed 7 months days ago
    • fb100000563655366
      fb100000563655366: . Highly entertaining and suspenseful, Unstoppable is worth the money to watch.
      Reviewed 14 months days ago
    • fb100000227028472
      fb100000227028472: . Based in true events, which is why I wanted to see it, made it so suspenseful.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • Rear Window

    Rear Window (PG, 1954)

    James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter, Raymond Burr
    Laid up with a broken leg, photojournalist L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart) is confined to his tiny, sw... read moreeltering courtyard apartment. To pass the time between visits from his nurse (Thelma Ritter) and his fashion model girlfriend Lisa (Grace Kelly), the binocular-wielding Jeffries stares through the rear window of his apartment at the goings-on in the other apartments around his courtyard. As he watches his neighbors, he assigns them such roles and character names as "Miss Torso" (Georgine Darcy), a professional dancer with a healthy social life or "Miss Lonelyhearts" (Judith Evelyn), a middle-aged woman who entertains nonexistent gentlemen callers. Of particular interest is seemingly mild-mannered travelling salesman Lars Thorwald (Raymond Burr), who is saddled with a nagging, invalid wife. One afternoon, Thorwald pulls down his window shade, and his wife's incessant bray comes to a sudden halt. Out of boredom, Jeffries casually concocts a scenario in which Thorwald has murdered his wife and disposed of the body in gruesome fashion. Trouble is, Jeffries' musings just might happen to be the truth. One of Alfred Hitchcock's very best efforts, Rear Window is a crackling suspense film that also ranks with Michael Powell's Peeping Tom (1960) as one of the movies' most trenchant dissections of voyeurism. As in most Hitchcock films, the protagonist is a seemingly ordinary man who gets himself in trouble for his secret desires. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
    • fb1065588385
      fb1065588385: Solid film suspenseful thankful for the chance to watch some of these classic movies
      Reviewed 5 months days ago
    • fb665633038
      fb665633038: Not my favorite Hitchcock film but was suspenseful enough to keep me interested.
      Reviewed 12 months days ago
    • donaltheirishvlogger
      donaltheirishvlogger: One of the most clever suspenseful films of all times that touches your heart and your fears.
      Reviewed 8 months days ago