20 Crime Thrillers that Brought us Unique Crimes and Tense Situations
Siddarth Srinivas -
Crime thrillers are a go-to genre for many, as they expose the undercurrents across different jobs and tough scenarios which rise up the adrenaline. However, looking beyond the usual guns and knives, there are a lot of films which have focused on different and unseen crime spaces, tackling them with tension all through. Here is a list of twenty such films which are available on OTT platforms.
The Safdie Brothers upped their standards with this ingeniously scripted and narrated crime drama that focused on one man’s rise and fall through the world of jewellery and betting. Adam Sandler delivered his career-best performance in a role that had him talking at the speed of rap. The climax sequence is a knockout.
Director Yorgos Lanthimos’ slow-burn thriller takes a look into the world of doctors, a troubled family and how a black past can come back and haunt you in the worst ways. The simmering tension prevails throughout the film, ending in a way you’d never expect. It’s also special in how the film tackles the whole subject without the ‘why’ factor.
Halle Berry does a very good job in this speedy thriller that takes off superbly and keeps you very engaged in the first hour. With the proceedings mostly limited to a call centre, it shows how a person tackles a kidnapping case and solves it. On similar lines, the Danish film The Guilty is also worth a watch.
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Ben Affleck acted and directed in this smashing thriller that showcases how a man plans and executes a rescue mission from Iran. Affleck is simply superb as the acting Hollywood producer, who is actually an exfiltration specialist bringing the group out of the country but not before loads of drama that ensues.
With great performances, Wall Street takes you into the world of stockbroking and stirs in a spectacular tale of two individuals with opposing morals. There’s a lot of styles, argument, greed games and much more in this well-written and well-performed drama-thriller.
Morgan Freeman hands over a fabulous performance as Alex Cross in this racy and intense thriller that deals with a detective and a kidnapper. The movie is filled with interesting scenarios that would definitely develop your interest.
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Dan Gilroy’s peculiar thriller is about a petty thief who climbs his way up the ladder by adopting risky measures to capture crimes in society. The fly-on-the-wall narration that the film has is superb, along with a strong media angle and a top performance from Jake Gyllenhall.
Clint Eastwood is known for his amazing filmography as a director, but for a change, he only came in as an actor to this intriguing prison break thriller helmed by Don Siegel. Though it does take the audience for granted in some parts, the film works as a good thriller on the whole.
Looking back at heist thrillers, Widows is one of them to have a really cool plot and interesting episodes throughout the film. It follows a group of widows who come together to plot a robbery after their husbands get killed in a police shootout.
Martin Scorsese’s award-winning crime thriller puts an undercover agent and a spy opposite each other, as they infiltrate an Irish gang and unleash chaos all round. With spellbinding performances from Matt Damon and Leonardo Dicaprio, The Departed is a must-watch.
Director Oliver Stone once again, and he brings to light the infamous story of Edward Snowden, a man who left his job at the National Security Agency in order to reveal some jaw-dropping details to the outside world. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a perfect fit in this tale of government secrets and digital communication.
Any list of thrillers is bound to include at least one film of David Fincher, and here’s Gone Girl, an unmissable film that puts the spotlight on a muddled relationship between a man and his wife. The breathlessness in the film is terrific, thanks to Gillian Flynn’s extraordinary screenplay adapted from her own novel.
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Steven Spielberg’s terrorist thriller has a lot of spine-chilling moments but still stands as an underrated one amidst fans of mainstream cinema today. Shocking pieces of history bring this slow yet dramatic film together.
Scarlett Johansson has a ball playing a girl caught between science and drugs in this fast-paced thriller from French filmmaker Luc Besson. Morgan Freeman is here as well, in a good role.
Samara Weaving sets the show ablaze in this rip-roaring thriller that plays the game of death. Loads of fun and blood all the way.
A really cool plot for a thriller, which follows a successful man who turns into a stalker. A bit slow, but pays off with some thrilling moments in the end.
Liam Neeson and Jaume Collet-Serra have done four movies together, but one of their best collaborations came to the fore in the form of Non-Stop, a riveting in-flight thriller that has some solid twists.
Nicolas Winding Refn’s films have a style of their own, and why not start his filmography with his coolest and most popular film till date, Drive. Ryan Gosling plays a stuntman/getaway driver who gets pulled into the world of gangsters.
Many heist films may come and go, but nothing comes close to how exhilarating and gripping The Italian Job is. An excellent cast, splendid characters and a lot of fun.
Another memorable thriller from David Fincher, following two detectives who chase a ruthless serial killer. The film is known for how suspenseful it is, along with a big bang through the climax twist.
So which one are you going to watch first? Let us know in the comments!