History of Thriller Films

  • The Lodger

    The Lodger
    Alfred Hitchcock's silent film 'The Lodger' was the first of its kind and helped to shape the modern day thriller genre.
  • M

    M was a german drama-thriller directed by Fritz Lang, it was Lang's first sound film and became a classic.
  • Gaslight

    Directed by George Cukor, Gaslight was a psychological thriller that featured a scheming husband plotting to make his innocent young wife go insane, in order to acquire her inheritance.
  • The Spiral Staircase

    The Spiral Staircase
    The Spiral Staircase was a psychological thriller film directed by Robert Siodmak, based on Ethel Lina White's novel Some Must Watch.
  • Strangers on a train

    Strangers on a train
    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, Strangers on a train is about two train passengers: tennis pro Guy and Bruno who staged a battle of wits and traded murders with each other.`
  • Touch of Evil

    Touch of Evil
    Touch of Evil is a American crime thriller film, written, directed by, and co-starring Orson Welles. The screenplay was loosely based on the novel Badge of Evil by Whit Masterson. Touch of Evil is one of the last examples of film noir in the genre's classic era.
  • Psycho

    Psycho initially received mixed reviews, but outstanding box office returns prompted a re-review which was overwhelmingly positive and led to four Academy Award nominations. Psycho is now considered one of Hitchcock's best films and is highly praised as a work of cinematic art by international critics. The film is often categorized by multiple sources as a drama, horror, mystery and thriller film.
  • Frenzy

    Frenzy is a 1972 British thriller film produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and is the penultimate feature film of his extensive career. Frenzy was iconic for being a violent and explicit and recieved an R rating.
  • Dead Calm

    Dead Calm
    Directed by Phillip Noyce, this psychological thriller had elements of obsession and trapped protagonists who must find a way to escape the clutches of the villain - these devices influenced a number of thrillers in the following years, the early 90's.
  • The Silence of the Lambs

    The Silence of the Lambs
    The Silence of the Lambs was a sleeper hit that gradually gained widespread success. Roger Ebert specifically mentioned the "terrifying qualities" of Hannibal Lecter,and has since recognized the film as a "horror masterpiece", alongside such classics as Nosferatu, Psycho, and Halloween. Directed by Jonathon Demme, he film blends elements of crime and horror genres.
  • Memento

    Memento is a 2000 American psychological thriller film written and directed by Christopher Nolan and was met with near universal critical acclaim.