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Thrillers are often hybrids with other genres - there are action-thrillers, western-thrillers, film-noir thrillers, even romantic comedy-thrillers. Another closely-related genre is the horror film genre. Thriller and suspense films are virtually synonymous and interchangeable categorizations. They are types of films known to promote intense excitement, suspense, a high level of anticipation, ultra-heightened expectation, uncertainty, anxiety, and nerve-wracking tension. The acclaimed Master of Suspense is Alfred Hitchcock. Spy films may be considered a type of thriller/suspense film.

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    The Dark Knight

    2008, in 23 top lists Check
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    Inception

    2010, in 17 top lists Check
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    The Silence of the Lambs

    1991, in 32 top lists Check
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    Se7en

    1995, in 23 top lists Check
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    Léon

    1994 — a.k.a. Léon: The Professional, in 21 top lists Check
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    The Departed

    2006, in 16 top lists Check
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    The Prestige

    2006, in 13 top lists Check
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    Psycho

    1960, in 37 top lists Check
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    The Usual Suspects

    1995, in 21 top lists Check
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    Rear Window

    1954, in 29 top lists Check
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    Suna no onna

    1964 — a.k.a. Woman in the Dunes, in 18 top lists Check
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    Tengoku to jigoku

    1963 — a.k.a. High and Low, in 14 top lists Check
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    Le trou

    1960 — a.k.a. Le Trou, in 13 top lists Check
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    The Dark Knight Rises

    2012, in 9 top lists Check
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    Memento

    2000, in 24 top lists Check
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    Aliens

    1986, in 20 top lists Check
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    Oldeuboi

    2003 — a.k.a. Oldboy, in 28 top lists Check
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    Das Leben der Anderen

    2006 — a.k.a. The Lives of Others, in 17 top lists Check
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    Witness for the Prosecution

    1957, in 9 top lists Check
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    Reservoir Dogs

    1992, in 24 top lists Check
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    Vertigo

    1958, in 42 top lists Check
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    North by Northwest

    1959, in 26 top lists Check
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    Das Boot

    1981, in 15 top lists Check
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    Jodaeiye Nader az Simin

    2011 — a.k.a. A Separation, in 13 top lists Check
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    M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder

    1931 — a.k.a. M, in 34 top lists Check
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    Double Indemnity

    1944, in 32 top lists Check
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    Eskiya

    1996 — a.k.a. The Bandit, in 5 top lists Check
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    Z

    1969, in 17 top lists Check
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    Room

    2015, in 6 top lists Check
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    Heat

    1995, in 17 top lists Check
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    V for Vendetta

    2005, in 9 top lists Check
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    Die Hard

    1988, in 16 top lists Check
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    L.A. Confidential

    1997, in 23 top lists Check
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    The Great Escape

    1963, in 14 top lists Check
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    Chinatown

    1974, in 28 top lists Check
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    El secreto de sus ojos

    2009 — a.k.a. The Secret in Their Eyes, in 9 top lists Check
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    Dial M for Murder

    1954, in 8 top lists Check
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    Yôjinbô

    1961 — a.k.a. Yojimbo, in 20 top lists Check
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    Sholay

    1975 — a.k.a. Embers, in 14 top lists Check
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    Du rififi chez les hommes

    1955 — a.k.a. Rififi, in 17 top lists Check
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    Gone Girl

    2014, in 7 top lists Check
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    Kill Bill: Vol. 1

    2003, in 16 top lists Check
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    Mad Max: Fury Road

    2015, in 17 top lists Check
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    Jurassic Park

    1993, in 23 top lists Check
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    Shutter Island

    2010, in 7 top lists Check
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    Prisoners

    2013, in 6 top lists Check
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    Blade Runner

    1982, in 31 top lists Check
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    The Sixth Sense

    1999, in 19 top lists Check
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    Logan

    2017, in 8 top lists Check
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    No Country for Old Men

    2007, in 22 top lists Check
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