Movies in the Thriller genre

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10 Cloverfield Lane

When J.J. Abrams released Cloverfield in 2008, it arrived cloaked in secrecy. Now, some eight years later, the film’s so-called “blood relative” (Abrams’ term, not mine), comes with a similar marketing strategy. Going-in, viewers are unlikely...

12 Strong

12 Strong represents a recent war as depicted on screen in an old-fashioned way. Back in the 1950s and 1960s, war movies followed an established template that pitted the “good guys” (often Americans) against the “bad guys.” Such fi...

Run Time: 2:10
U.S. Release Date: 2018-01-19
MPAA Rating: "R" (War Violence, Profanity)
Genre: War/Thriller
Director: Nicolai Fuglsig
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Pena, ...
127 Hours

Danny Boyle doesn't believe in doing the same thing twice. After the rousing success of the romantic fantasy Slumdog Millionaire, he has switched not only gears but continents to tell the true story of Aron Ralston in 127 Hours, an "action film wit...

Run Time: 1:34
U.S. Release Date: 2010-11-05
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Sexual Content)
Genre: THRILLER
Director: Danny Boyle
Cast: James Franco
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Benghazi. Few words have become more politicized in the last decade than this one, the Libyan city where, on September 11, 2012, two U.S. diplomatic compounds were sacked and four men (including Ambassador Chris Stevens) killed. It became a political...

Run Time: 2:24
U.S. Release Date: 2016-01-15
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Action/Thriller
Director: Michael Bay
Cast: John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, Pablo Schreiber, ...
16 Blocks

When I think of director Richard Donner, my mind gravitates toward titles like Superman and Lethal Weapon - high points in the filmmaker's career. Recently, however, Donner's output has been less impressive, and includes the bloated excess of Assa...

Run Time: 1:35
U.S. Release Date: 2006-03-03
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: ACTION/THRILLER
Director: Richard Donner
Cast: Bruce Willis, Mos Def, David Morse
2 Guns

Fast pacing and a high energy level can cover a lot of sins, and nowhere is that more evident that in 2 Guns. The storyline contains some ridiculous elements and the climax is more like a coalescence of chaos than a legitimate conclusion, but it so...

Run Time: 1:49
U.S. Release Date: 2013-08-02
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: THRILLER
Director: Baltasar Kormakur
Cast: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, ...
21

21 is a perfect example of how something that's "based" on a true story can nevertheless exist mainly in the realm of fiction. While it's true that the source material for the movie, Ben Mezrich's Bringing Down the House relates events that actuall...

Run Time: 2:03
U.S. Release Date: 2008-03-28
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Situations)
Genre: THRILLER
Director: Robert Luketic
Cast: Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, ...
211

211 (the name refers to the police code for a robbery) is a frustrating crime thriller that incorporates too many plot threads into the overall narrative at the expense of character identification, suspense, and emotional heft. Despite a high ...

Run Time: 1:27
U.S. Release Date: 2018-06-08
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Thriller
Director: York Alec Shackleton
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Dwayne Cameron, Sophie Skelton, ...
28 Weeks Later

Another week, another disappointing summer sequel. So it goes… In actuality, the screenplay for 28 Weeks Later isn't all that bad. Sure, it's repetitious and much of it has been regurgitated from 2003's 28 Days Later, but it contains some in...

Run Time: 1:39
U.S. Release Date: 2007-05-11
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Situations)
Genre: HORROR/THRILLER
Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Cast: Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne, Catherine McCormack, ...
3 Days to Kill

How did 3 Days to Kill, which doesn’t have the worst imaginable premise, turn out this bad? The problem starts with the screenplay, co-credited to Adi Hasak and over-the-top action aficionado Luc Besson. Still, although the more serious aspects...

Run Time: 1:53
U.S. Release Date: 2014-02-21
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Sexual Content, Profanity)
Genre: THRILLER/COMEDY
Director: McG
Cast: Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld, Amber Heard, ...