The 10 best film thrillers keep the audience on the edge of their seats, anticipating what is going to happen next. Whether the movie is an action flick with the hero racing along to save the day or a horror movie where the victims try to survive, these movies keep your heart pounding from start to finish.

  1. “Psycho” – This Alfred Hitchcock movie invented the slasher horror genre and is one of the best film thrillers ever made. A lonely man runs a hotel and soon finds a girl on the run checking in. The girl never checks out and this thriller has one of the best twist endings in all cinema.

  2. “The French Connection”Gene Hackman stars as Popeye Doyle, one of the greatest characters in cinema in this, one of the best film thrillers. The movie was one of the first R-rated movies to win an Academy Award for Best Picture as Popeye battles illegal drug dealers in New York City.

  3. “The Shining” – This Stanley Kubrick adaptation of the Stephen King novel changes some of the nuances of the story but remains one of the best film thrillers in cinema history. Jack Nicholson stars as a man who brings his family to a vacant hotel as a caretaker, only to slowly be driven insane.

  4. “Raiders of the Lost Ark” – Steven Spielberg directs this action-adventure movie based on the old serials productions in one of the best film thrillers of all time Indiana Jones is an archeologist who must stop the Nazis from stealing the legendary Ark of the Covenant.

  5. “Lethal Weapon” – Before the buddy cop movies became a tired genre, this one became one of the best film thrillers of all time. Mel Gibson is a suicidal cop on the edge and Danny Glover is the tired, old veteran who is ready to retire. The movie ended up with three sequels.

  6. “Die Hard” – Bruce Willis changed how action stars look in one of the best film thrillers of all time. At Christmas, a terrorist takes a Christmas party hostage with the desire to steal bonds from a sage in the building. John McClane is in the building and sets out to stop the thieves and save his wife, who is one of the hostages.

  7. “The Wages of Fear” – One of the best film thrillers ever made, this French film tells the story of a group of down-on-their-luck truck drivers. While not a typical thriller, the movie has these me drive trucks filled with nitroglycerine over poor road conditions in one of the most breathless sequences ever filmed.

  8. “Jaws” – Steven Spielberg helped invent the summer blockbuster in this movie about a killer shark off the coast of a vacation town. The movie is a horror movie that remains one of the best film thrillers and helped make many people scared to go in the water after watching it.

  9. “The Fugitive” – Harrison Ford stars in this movie about a man who is falsely accused of killing his wife. Instead of going to prison, he escapes and sets out to find the man who really committed the crime. In one of the best film thrillers, an FBI agent is tracking him down while also questioning whether the man is guilty.

  10. “The Terminator” – Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron teamed up for the first time in this, one of the best film thrillers. Arnold stars as a Terminator sent back in time to kill the mother of a resistance leader before she gives birth to him.