What are your favourite thriller movies?

#1
I have a penchant for David Fincher's work, apart from his effort at the Alien franchise, which blew chunks. Se7en and Fight Club have to be amongst the top five films ever made, let alone in the thriller genre.

I also love The Usual Suspects, by Bryan Singer - made before he became a corporate whore making the X-Men dreck. It is a film that to this day, puzzles me. I have read the Google, Wikipedia and Yahoo Answers ds solutions but too much is still shady for me to take anything for granted.

A while ago I would have rated Night Shymalan's The Sixth Sense, but he has done way too many movies with the same kind of twisty plot and has spoilt it somewhat.

The floor is open for comments and recommendations, if any.

Tam
 

Pararegtom

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#3
Cape Fear (1962)The Original with Robert Mitchum and Polly Bergan.

Great film.
 
#7
Silent Partner an old 70s movie with Elliott Gould Christopher Plumber as a baddie
 
#9
DarkNinja said:
Silent Partner an old 70s movie with Elliott Gould Christopher Plumber as a baddie
Agreed, underrated classic.

I'd also add Wild Things the original and not any of the three crap straight to video/DVD sequels.

Sure it was hyped witht eh threesome scene with Denise Richards and Neve Campbell. Aside from that the actual plot twists keep you guessign until literally the last scene on just who is conning who.
 
#10
Night of the hunter
Ronin.
Hunt for red october.....many more.
 
#11
Some good recommendations there, particularly the original version of Cape Fear, with Bob Mitchum and Gregory Peck.
I watched the Nick Nolte/Robert De Niro effort with a tad more critical of an eye after seeing that one.

Ronin was a good effort but the way De Niro butchered the pronunciation of "Hereford" added a note of (unintended) comedy to a film with a lot of gunplay, double crossings and moody looks, and made me giggle unashamedly.

Oldboy is brilliant. Never seen one guy do so much damage to a whole crowd of other guys with one hammer and a severe case of having a doing.

I have to give a shout out to the original Robert Shaw version of "The Taking of Pelham 123" - and will admit to never wanting to see the remake.

I am not sure The Hunt for Red October is really a thriller, more of a recruitment advert for the USN Submarine service, but it was really cool to watch Sir Sean not even try to do a Baltic accent.

Tam
 
#12
Asterix in Britain

Seriously though:-

The Fourth Protocol - Low budget, Good story, it didn't really keep you guessing but the story was told well. I did like Michael Caine's "skinhead-bashing" scene.

Also, Firefox - I could still quite happilly watch that now. - "You must think in Russian"!
 
#13
Krazy_Ivan said:
The Fourth Protocol - Low budget, Good story, it didn't really keep you guessing but the story was told well. I did like Michael Caine's "skinhead-bashing" scene.
"Who signed for this van?" :D

Firefox is good but it could be great if Clint hadn't overdone being bewioldered by the espionage activities. Saved by the english thesps though.
"Don't say anything. You'd only insult me."
 

the_boy_syrup

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#14
Juggernaut - Richard Harris defusing a bomb on a cruise ship

Must confess the older the film the beter the plot

The new stuff has so many "homage's" to old stuff half the time you can see the twist coming a mile away
 
#15
From what I recall, Juggernaut was "loosely" based on a true story. I can't recall if it was SBS or SAS who did a parachute drop on a liner, but I remember seeing photies of the event in a book about Them a while ago.

Tam
 
#16
TamH70 said:
From what I recall, Juggernaut was "loosely" based on a true story. I can't recall if it was SBS or SAS who did a parachute drop on a liner, but I remember seeing photies of the event in a book about Them a while ago.

Tam
It was both. 1 x SAS and 2 x SBS. Plus an unlucky captain from the Royal Army Ordnance Corps who was not parachute trained but was given a 'crash course' en route to the QE2 while on board a Hercules.

The bomb threat turned out to be a hoax.
 
#17
Crash course? Was that the best choice of words for a virgin parachute drop? (Can hardly type any more for wetting myself laughing)

Thanks for the info Ancient_Mariner. I only hope the guys had a damned good jolly after the bomb threat had been deemed a hoax.

Tam
 

maguire

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#19
brettarider said:
The departed...enough said
the original, 'Infernal Affairs' is well worth a look. 'Heat' is a tour de force in plot and direction... just a shame Michael Mann had to go and blot his copybook with 'Collateral' afterwards.

as for 'Oldboy', I didnt get on with that at all... plot was nonsensical IMHO.
 
#20
Infernal Affairs rocked. I saw the dvd version with the alternative ending in the extras, but I wasn't really sure which I preferred. I only ever saw the prequel, which showed the younger lives of the boss gangster and head plod shown in "Infernal Affairs", not the sequel. Thing is, prequel came after and this always confuses me.

My fave HK thriller movies are "Hard Boiled" and "The Killer". John Woo at his best IMHO. Utterly balletic gunfights, moody glances and doves flying every sodding where.

"Heat" was good, if not great, De Niro and Pacino shared way too little screen time though. To be honest, I preferred "Collateral" - it was very interesting to see Tom Cruise well out of his usual nice-guy comfort zone as one of the most chilling hitmen this side of a Tory cabinet.

I think Oldboy is supposed to make more sense if you watch the entire "Vengeance" trilogy which it is part of, but since I haven't seen the other two movies, I couldn't really comment further.

Tam
 

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