10 thrillers with the best value for money
It’s pretty impressive when a thriller has a high worth to review. The genre’s biggest draw is the suspense and the tension, so when audiences want to revisit a thriller even if they know the surprises, that’s a real testament to its quality.
Thrillers like Fargo draw viewers in with its unique blend of gory violence and quirky humor. Others like Memento asks to be revisited because of its complex and inventive plots. Whatever the reason for their continued popularity, fans are drawn to these thrillers time and time again.
ten Out of Sight (1998)
Based on the novel by famous writer Elmore Leonard, Out of sight is a crime thriller. The film stars George Clooney as a bank robber who escapes from prison and plans his next big score while being hunted down by an American Marshal (Jennifer Lopez).
There are few movies that are as effortlessly cool as Out of sight and it’s a captivating world to be sucked into. Clooney and Lopez are excellent at their roles and are surrounded by a cast of memorable supporting characters who add humor and intrigue to this brilliant caper.
9 The Untouchables (1987)
Brian De Palma is a master of suspense and brings this skill to the world of gangster movies with The Untouchables. The film stars Robert De Niro as the real-life gangster Al Capone while Kevin Costner plays Eliot Ness, the government agent seeking to bring him down.
Much of the fun of the film is its ensemble with Sean Connery stealing the show in his Oscar-winning supporting role. It also features some amazing and sweaty footage like the infamous train station scene which is thrilling to watch over and over again.
8 Double indemnity (1944)
While some modern audiences struggle to give older films a chance, the 1944s Double indemnity is a film noir masterpiece that holds up decades later. The film follows a plot between an insurance salesman and a wealthy married woman to kill her husband and cash out his life insurance.
Legendary filmmaker Billy Wilder showed off both his writing and directorial skills with this gripping detective story. It grabs the audience’s attention early on, and the sequence in which the seemingly perfect murder becomes quite flawed is filled with unbearable tension.
7 Drive (2011)
Nicolas Winding Refn took a very simple crime story and turned it into a stylized ride with Drive. Ryan Gosling stars as a reserved stuntman who moonlights as an escape driver for criminals. After falling in love with his married neighbor, he is embroiled in a violent ploy when her husband returns from prison.
The story may sound like something that has been told countless times, but the unique styling and incredible soundtrack add a beautifully unexpected quality to the film. It becomes a dreamlike odyssey mingled with extreme violence.
6 Fargo (1996)
It seems the Coen brothers are bouncing back and forth between wacky comedies and violent thrillers throughout their filmography. However, Fargo is a film that seems to fit perfectly between the two genres. It tells the story of a kidnapping and a ransom that escalates into a bloody mess.
The theme of ordinary people getting involved in deadly situations is a trend among these filmmakers and Fargo explore it as efficiently as possible. It also features the Coen’s greatest hero character with Marge Gunderson who is a ray of sunshine in this dark world.
5 Missing Girl (2014)
David Fincher’s thrillers like Se7en maybe too awful to want to come back to it regularly, but there’s something so fascinating about Missing girl. The story is immediately involved as an unhappy husband becomes the prime suspect in his wife’s disappearance and it gets more and more fun as the mystery gets crazier.
Ben Affleck gives one of his best performances while Rosamund Pike is captivating as the missing titular wife. The film also goes beyond being a great mystery and examines the fascination of celebrities and the media with crimes like this.
4 Heat (1995)
Acting legends Al Pacino and Robert De Niro teamed up onscreen for the first time in this gripping and grounded heist film. Heat stars Pacino as a devoted detective who seeks to take down a team of professional thieves led by De Niro.
The film directed by Michael Mann is a dark and grainy exploration of the world of crime with interesting characters and complex ideas. It’s just as captivating in its quieter moments, like the infamous dinner scene, as it is in its moments of action, like the explosive street shootout.
3 Remembrance (2000)
Christopher Nolan has taken to Hollywood’s radar with this incredibly unique mystery thriller. Memento stars Guy Pearce as a man with short-term memory loss who tries to find and kill the man who murdered his wife.
Along with the clever idea of a protagonist who can’t remember when it happened five minutes earlier, the film also offers an ambitious structure. It is told backwards, starting at the end of the story and revealing all the way back to the beginning. Fans will want to watch it again and again to see how the puzzle fits together.
2 Get Out (2017)
Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get out was one of the most exciting films in recent memory. The paranoid thriller takes an interesting premise and explores big ideas with it while delivering a very entertaining film.
Daniel Kaluuya plays the role of a young man invited to meet the parents of his white girlfriend only for their weekend in order to turn to the weird. Even once audiences get to know the big reveal, it’s so much fun to watch the movie again and see all the smart seeds Peele planted along the way.
1 Jaws (1975)
Steven Spielberg established himself as one of the great filmmakers of his generation with the revolutionary blockbuster Jaws. The movie about a killer shark stalking an idyllic beach community on an island turned a monster flick into a cinematic masterpiece.
There was a lot of discussion about the effectiveness of hiding the shark from the public for most of the film. But with the fears and thrills that continue today, Jaws is also a fun adventure film with some really great characters to give audiences an emotional connection. It is a storytelling technique for which Spielberg became famous.
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