Best Suspense Movies In Hollywood

We all like to experience thrill and suspense in our lives. It doesn’t matter what genre or what kind of cast it has, suspense movies are always a treat to watch. The constant twists and turns along the plot leave you questioning every single move. But, let’s be real, with so many movies released already, you must keep a check on what movies are worth a watch and which ones aren’t.

It doesn’t matter whether you are trying to watch a movie about the advent of a murder crime or even something to do without the outbreak of Ebola, options are pretty diverse here.

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Best Suspense Movies Of All Time You Should Watch

To help you pick out your favourite binge-watch worthy movies for the weekend, we have sorted out a list for you.

1. Uncut Gems (2019)

  • Genre: Crime/Dark Comedy
  • IMDb Rating: 7.4/10
  • Available Platforms: Netflix, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, Msn, Fandango


  • Adam Sandler
  • Julia Fox
  • Kevin Garnett
  • Idina Menzel
  • Lakeith Stanfield
  • The Weeknd
  • Eric Bogosian

Overview: Starting the list off with a recent release of 2019. Starring Adam Sandler and Julia Fox in the leads, the movie is everything that you wouldn’t expect in a suspense-thriller piece. 

The movie stars the life of a jeweller who involves himself in a high-stake bet that could result in a downfall of a lifetime. Apart from acquiring the final win, he has to find ways to deflect the consequences and manage his family, his own life, and his business.

Adam Sandler, like usual, shines out in his character of Howard Ratner. The movie was directed by Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie. Currently, this movie is streaming on Netflix & Amazon Prime.


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2. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

  • Genre: Crime/Drama
  • IMDb Rating: 8/10
  • Available Platforms: Amazon Prime, Vudu, HBO Max, iTunes, Youtube


  • Al Pacino
  • John Cazale
  • Chris Sarandon
  • Charles Durning
  • Penelope Allen
  • James Broderick
  • Carol Kane

Overview: How often do you watch a “heist without a heist movie”? Not really, right? The plot of the movie starts with a normal bank robbery that soon turns into a hostage fiasco. The movie is more than just a robbery and heist movie. 

The plot starts with Sonny Wortzik planning on robbing a bank to gather money for his partner’s gender affirmation surgery. But, on the day of the robbery, their third man runs off. The movie unfolds with a plot that keeps you on the edge throughout. Pacino, like always, shines out amongst the others. The movie was directed by Sidney Lumet and released in 1975. 


3. Memento (2000)

  • Genre: Thriller/Mystery
  • IMDb Rating: 8.4/10
  • Available Platforms: Netflix, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Kanopy, Tubi TV


  • Guy Pearce
  • Carrie A. Moss
  • Joe Pantoliano
  • Stephen Tobolowsky
  • Harriet Sansom Harris
  • Mark Boone Jr.
  • Jorja Fox

Overview: For a movie that has garnered so much popularity, we had to put it on the list. The movie starts with the character of Leonard Shelby, an insurance investigator who suffers from retrograde amnesia and the last thing he remembers is his wife being killed.

With little memory, he makes use of notes and tattoos to hunt down the man he assumes is the murderer of his wife. But, with the plot opening up in folds, you don’t even realise how the climax leaves you with your mouth wide open. The movie is directed by Christopher Nolan and was released in 2000. This movie is streaming on Netflix & Amazon prime online.


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4. Drive (2011)

  • Genre: Action/Crime
  • IMDb Rating: 7.8/10
  • Available Platforms: Netflix, Amazon Prime, Youtube, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, Msn


  • Ryan Gosling
  • Carey Mulligan
  • Christina Hendricks
  • Oscar Isaac
  • Albert Brooks
  • Bryan Cranston
  • Ron Perlman

Overview: Released in 2011, Drive is a movie starring Ryan Gosling that leaves you not wanting to leave the movie from the start till the end. Gosling plays the role of a stuntman and getaway driver who falls in love with a girl named Irene, who is in turn, married to a criminal. 

Desperate to save her and bring her out of a bad relationship, he decides to go above and beyond the realms of law. One of the bathroom killing scenes in this movie is rated the best you could witness. The movie is directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and was released in 2011.


5. Burning (2018)

  • Genre: Mystery/Drama
  • IMDb Rating: 7.5/10
  • Available Platforms: Netflix, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Kanopy, Vudu, Google Play


  • Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying
  • Eisaya Hosuwan
  • Charnol Santinatornkul
  • Moon Sung-Keun
  • Teeradon Supapunpinyo
  • Bok-gi Min
  • Thaneth Warakulnukroh

Overview: Even though this is a Korean language movie, it has been released in English for you to watch. What starts as an innocent movie on the foreground unfolds as each scene passes on. 

The plot of the movie starts with a writer who goes to the airport to receive one of his high school friends. But, things start to seem amiss when he finds her with another side project that invokes a lot of questions. 

If you haven’t watched the movie, you must watch it without any kind of spoilers. The movie is directed by Nattawut Poonpiriya and was released in 2018.


6. The Sixth Sense (1999)

  • Genre: Thriller/Drama
  • IMDb Rating: 8.1/10
  • Available Platforms: Netflix, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, Youtube, Sho


  • Haley Joel Osment
  • Bruce Willis
  • Mischa Barton
  • Trevor Morgan
  • Toni Collette
  • Donnie Wahlberg
  • Olivia Williams

Overview: Released in 1999, The Sixth Sense is an American psychological thriller movie that leaves you questioning everything from the start till the end. 

The movie narrates the story of Malcolm Crowe, a child psychologist who is working with a young boy. He soon realises that the boy is acting like a portal between the former and several unhappy spirits. The plot is not your typical straightforward story but something that requires you to watch it from the start till the end to get the gist of it. The movie is directed by M. Night Shyamalan.


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7. Inception (2010)

  • Genre: Action/Sci-fi
  • IMDb Rating: 8.8/10
  • Available Platforms: Netflix, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, Vox, Youtube


  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Joseph Gordon
  • Ken Watanabe
  • Marion Cotillard
  • Ellen Page
  • Tom Hardy
  • Cillian Murphy

Overview: Now, don’t get us wrong. This movie is not for everyone. The plot is a bit off the record but each twist and turn leaves you questioning your thoughts about the plot. Till the very end, you will not be sure whether it has ended or not.

The plot of the movie starts with Cobb who enters people’s dreams to steal information. Knowing that Saito approached Cobb to wipe his criminal records clean but in return, he wants inception conducted on his sick competitor’s son. The movie is directed by Christopher Nolan and was released in 2010. This movie is streaming on Amazon Prime and Netflix Online.


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8. Psycho (1960)

  • Genre: Horror/Thriller
  • IMDb Rating: 8.5/10
  • Available Platforms: Netflix, Amazon Prime, MX Player, Now TV, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play


  • Anthony Perkins
  • Janet Leigh
  • John McIntire
  • Simon Oakland
  • Vera Miles
  • John Gavin
  • Martin Balsam

Overview: Even though the movie was released in 1960, Psycho packs in modern elements of an American psychological suspense movie that you wouldn’t want to miss out on. 

The plot of the movie starts with Marion who disappears after stealing money from her employer. After a day of her not returning home, her lover and sister try to find her and trace down her presence in the infamous Bates Motel. It is there that they meet Norman Bates. This movie was directed by Alfred Hitchcock.


9. The Departed (2006)

  • Genre: Thriller/Crime
  • IMDb Rating: 8.5/10
  • Available Platforms: Netflix, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, Msn, Now TV


  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Matt Damon
  • Alec Baldwin
  • Ray Winstone
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Mark Wahlberg
  • Vera Farmiga

Overview: Another suspense thriller worse mentioning in this list is The Departed. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, this movie packs in a lot of twists and turns with elements of the crime and police infiltration.

The plot of the movie narrates the story of an undercover agent and spy who are consistently counter-attacking each other to prevent them from getting exposed. In the meantime, both are working to infiltrate an Irish gang based out of Boston.

The movie is directed by Martin Scorsese and was released in 2006. Given how riveting the plot of the movie is, it has even received a nomination for the Best Picture under the Academy Awards.


10. Shutter Island (2010)

  • Genre: Thriller/Mystery
  • IMDb Rating: 8.2/10
  • Available Platforms: Netflix, Amazon Prime, Youtube, Vudu, Google Play, Fandango


  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Mark Ruffalo
  • Ben Kingsley
  • Michelle Williams
  • Max von Sydow
  • Patricia Clarkson
  • Jackie Earle Haley

Overview: If you want a true mind twister to watch during the weekend, Shutter Island is your answer. The movie not just has a mind-blowing star cast, it is even better with the plot of the movie.

It starts with the character of Teddy Daniels and Chuck Aule, two US marshals who are sent to stay in an asylum on a remote island to investigate the disappearance of a patient. But, as the movie unravels and weird things start unravelling, Teddy is faced with a truth about the place and about himself that leaves him questioning everything. The movie is directed by Martin Scorsese and was released in 2010.


11. Se7en (1995)

  • Genre: Crime/Mystery
  • IMDb Rating: 8.6/10
  • Available Platforms: Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hungama, DirecTV, iTunes, Google Play


  • Brad Pitt
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Kevin Spacey
  • Leland Orser
  • Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Andrew Kevin Walker
  • John C. McGinley

Overview: If you have heard of the seven deadly sins or know what they entail, you will love this movie. The constant backdrop of the raining city in the movie leaves you questioning things from the start to the end, especially when it comes to the climax of the movie.

The movie starts with a serial killer who consistently murders people according to the seven deadly sins. To get hold of the serial killer, two investigators, one new to the city and another about to retire, are appointed to find the killer before things get worse. The movie is directed by David Fincher and was released in 1995.


12. The Usual Suspects (1995)

  • Genre: Thriller/Crime
  • IMDb Rating: 8.5/10
  • Available Platforms: Netflix, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, Msn, Now TV


  • Kevin Spacey
  • Benicio del Toro
  • Stephen Baldwin
  • Gabriel Byrne
  • Chazz Palminteri
  • Kevin Pollak
  • Giancarlo Esposito

Overview: This is not your typical suspense movie and you are left wondering about the same till the end. The movie is a cross between a crime and suspense thriller with a riveting plot from the start till the end.

The plot of the movie starts with five criminals who meet during a police line-up. While they are kept in custody, things take a complete U-turn when they are released and they plan together to pull off a heist that involves an emerald worth three million dollars. The movie is directed by Bryan Singer and was released in 1995.


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13. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

  • Genre: Thriller/Horror
  • IMDb Rating: 8.6/10
  • Available Platforms: Netflix, Amazon Prime, Stan, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, Msn


  • Jodie Foster
  • Anthony Hopkins
  • Ted Levine
  • Scott Glenn
  • Anthony Heald
  • Kasi Lemmons
  • Diane Baker

Overview: No one would think that someone from authority would seek the help of a killer, right? Well, that is what makes this movie. 

The plot of the movie narrates the story of Clarice Starling, an FBI agent who reaches out to Hannibal Lecter, a psychopathic serial killer and a former psychiatrist to trace the path of a serial killer on the loose, claiming the lives of female victims. The movie is filled with raw crime scenes that will keep you on the edge of the seat. The starting of the movie is a little boring but it gets with time. The movie is directed by Jonathan Demme and was released in 1991.


14. The Green Mile (1999)

  • Genre: Crime/Drama
  • IMDb Rating: 8.6/10
  • Available Platforms: Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hungama, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play


  • Michael Clark Duncan
  • Tom Hanks
  • David Morse
  • Barry Pepper
  • Jeffrey DeMunn
  • Sam Rockwell
  • James Cromwell

Overview: This is one of those movies that packs in every element of sacrifice, a mystery that unfolds as you go. Even with the movie released back in the 90s, the plot doesn’t have any cliché turns that you wouldn’t want to watch.

The movie starts with the character of Paul Edgecomb, the head guard of the prison. He is faced with an inmate, John Coffey, a black man who is charged with the rape and murder of two girls. But, Edgecomb’s life takes a complete U-turn when he discovers that Coffey has a special gift. The movie is directed by Frank Darabont and was released in 1999.


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15. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • IMDb Rating: 8.3/10
  • Available Platforms: Netflix, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, Msn, Now TV


  • Quentin Tarantino
  • Michael Madsen 
  • Tim Roth
  • Eddie Bunker
  • Lawrence Bender
  • Steve Buscemi
  • Harvey Keitel

Overview: This 1992 movie is a suspense movie with plots involving criminal introspection. The plot of the movie involves six criminals who are hired specifically for stealing diamonds but are unaware of each other’s original identity. When they get into the heist to steal the valuables, they find themselves being ambushed by the police. This leads them to believe that one out of the six is undercover police that they aren’t aware of.

The movie is directed by Quentin Tarantino and was released in 1992. Tarantino has managed to amaze his audience and this movie is no different. The piquing tension towards the end leaves you questioning who could be the rotten potato out of the lot.


16. L.A Confidential (1997)

  • Genre: Crime/Thriller
  • IMDb Rating: 8.2/10
  • Available Platforms: Netflix, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, Msn


  • Guy Pearce
  • Kim Basinger
  • Russell Crowe
  • Kevin Spacey
  • David Strathairn
  • Ron Rifkin
  • James Cromwell

Overview: Yet another suspense-filled detective crime movie that is worth a watch includes this one released in 1997. Directed by Curtis Hanson, the movie stars Guy Pearce and Kim Basinger in the lead roles.

As for the plot of the movie, it involves three LAPD detectives who are appointed to investigate multiple homicides. While they work to find and unearth the truth behind the issues and find the possible murderers and suspects, they come to know of the loophole in their very own department. The movie even backed an Academy Award nomination for the Best Actress in a Supporting Role. 


17. Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

  • Genre: Crime/Comedy
  • IMDb Rating: 8.2/10
  • Available Platforms: Netflix, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play, Msn, iTunes, Now TV


  • Jason Statham
  • Vinnie Jones
  • Nick Moran
  • Jason Flemyng
  • Dexter Fletcher
  • Steven Mackintosh
  • P. H. Moriarty

Overview: This is one of those crime-thriller movies that has everything in one. From drug peddlers to friendships and hard-core gangsters, this consists of everything that you’d possibly look for in a movie.

The plot of the movie starts with Eddy who persuades his three friends to pool in some money for a local mobster, Hatchet Harry. While Eddy didn’t think that he’d lose, he does and ends up being threatened by Harry to pay back the due amount of 500,000 pounds within a week. The movie is directed by Guy Ritchie and was released in 1998.


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FAQs Regarding the Best Suspense Movies Online

1. Where To Find Suspense movies to watch online?

You can find any kind of suspense movie to watch on OTT platforms like Netflix & Amazon Prime. Bother of these platforms have plenty of the best Suspense movies available from thriller, mystery, drama, and action genres to watch in 2020.

2. How to find Suspense movies to watch on Netflix?

Netflix has a suspense movie category as Psychological Thrillers. you can watch some best suspense thriller movies on Netflix. To find and watch Suspense movies on Netflix, follow these steps:

  • Download the Netflix app from the app store and create/login to your account.
  • After login, search for “Suspense Movies” in the search bar.
  • The app will show you plenty of Suspense movies to watch online.
  • Click on the desired movie to stream it online now.

3. What are some of the best Suspense Movies?

The Internet has a wide range of suspense movies from old classic to the latest ones to watch online or download from platforms like Netflix, Prime and Youtube. Some of the best suspense movies online are:

  • The Sixth Sense (1999)
  • Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
  • L.A Confidential (1997)
  • Reservoir Dogs (1992)
  • Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

4. Is it Possible to download suspense movies online?

Yes, it is possible to download a suspense movie on the internet. To download suspense movies on platforms like Netflix, follow these steps:

  • Login your Netflix account and search for suspense movies.
  • Click on the particular movie and use the “Download” option to download the movie within the app in Normal/Medium or High Quality.

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Wrapping It Up

If you are into suspense thriller movies, these are some of the best pieces that you wouldn’t regret watching. From the consistently edgy plots to the anticlimactic climaxes, these pack in every last bit of thrill that you possibly need in your lives. We have listed out a variety of movies, some including criminals and some including psychological thrillers that will leave you questioning your thoughts by the end.

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