What Are the Best Thrillers of All Time? Our Top 5

Juliet D'cruz

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Did you know that watching a thriller film actually creates a neurochemical rush in your brain? Watching or reading a suspenseful story is a form of micro-dosing yourself with the same neurotransmitters that would be activated in a real dangerous situation. 

This contained rush is what makes people love thrillers so much. Do you want to know what the best thrillers of all time are?

This guide will discuss some of the top films of the genre. Keep reading to learn more. 

  1. Split

One of the best psychological thrillers has got to be the 2016 movie Split. This film tells the story of Kevin who’s kidnapped three young women and is keeping them captive.

James McAvoy plays Kevin, a man who’s been diagnosed with multiple personality disorder and lives with 23 different personalities. As the story progresses the women come to know many of these personalities, hoping to find one that can help them escape. 

  1. Parasite

One of the best thrillers streaming on Hulu is the 2019 film Parasite. This South Korean film took the world by storm becoming the first foreign-language film to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards in 2020. 

The story follows the Kim family, a poor family who scheme their way into the wealthy Park family and become members of their staff. This film takes many unexpected turns along the way while exploring themes like greed, poverty, and servitude. 

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  1. Kill Bill 

Some great movies fall under multiple genres, 2003’s Kill Bill is one of them. This filmed can be labeled a thriller, assassin movie, a martial arts film, and a grindhouse action movie all at the same time. 

In this Quentin Tarantino-directed film, Uma Thurman plays The Bride. The Bride is on a mission to kill her husband and his assassin team for trying to kill her and her unborn baby. 

  1. Widows 

Next on our list of best action thrillers is the 2018 film Widows. Directed by Steve McQueen this film is lead by Viola Davis, Carrie Coon, Elizabeth Debicki, and Michelle Rodriguez. It also includes performances by Daniel Kaluuya, Robert Duvall, and Liam Neeson in supporting roles. 

Widows, as the title suggests, is about four women who lose their husbands. When they find out the men were in the process of stealing a fortune of $5 million from a mob boss, they decide to work together to finish the heist. 

  1. North by Northwest

Another one of the best thrillers in cinematic history is the Hitchcock classic, North by Northwest. This 1959 spy thriller stars Cary Grant, James Mason, and Eva Marie Saint. 

In a story of mistaken identity, an innocent man is followed across the country by a mysterious government agency trying to block government secrets from being revealed. 

Check Out This List of the Best Thrillers of All Time

Do you want to watch some of the best thrillers of all time are? This list explores some of the best in this genre including Tarantino’s Kill Bill and the 2020 Oscar winner Parasite

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