TimeOut's 100 Best Thriller Films of All Time

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Alfred Hitchcock perfected the thriller movie with a string of classics that remain unmatched. But from today’s perspective, there’s more to them than ice blondes and wrong-men scenarios. Every decade gets the thrillers it deserves, from post-World War II film noir and Nixon-era conspiracies to even the tawdry (but loveable) ’80s erotic thrillers. We had a hard time choosing our favourites, but after much interrogation under a naked light bulb, we did it.

List created in June 2018

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    North by Northwest

    1959, in 26 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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    Chinatown

    1974, in 28 top lists Check
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    The Third Man

    1949, in 33 top lists Check
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    Reservoir Dogs

    1992, in 24 top lists Check
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    Touch of Evil

    1958, in 28 top lists Check
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    The Silence of the Lambs

    1991, in 32 top lists Check
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    The 39 Steps

    1935, in 15 top lists Check
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    The Maltese Falcon

    1941, in 26 top lists Check
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    Les diaboliques

    1955 — a.k.a. Diabolique, in 19 top lists Check
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    Double Indemnity

    1944, in 32 top lists Check
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    Zodiac

    2007, in 10 top lists Check
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    Kiss Me Deadly

    1955, in 19 top lists Check
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    The Fugitive

    1993, in 7 top lists Check
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    Vertigo

    1958, in 42 top lists Check
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    Mulholland Dr.

    2001 — a.k.a. Mulholland Drive, in 26 top lists Check
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    Taxi Driver

    1976, in 32 top lists Check
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    Se7en

    1995, in 23 top lists Check
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    The Manchurian Candidate

    1962, in 14 top lists Check
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    L.A. Confidential

    1997, in 23 top lists Check
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    The Conversation

    1974, in 21 top lists Check
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    The Killing

    1956, in 13 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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    The Big Sleep

    1946, in 20 top lists Check
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    Blue Velvet

    1986, in 24 top lists Check
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    Rear Window

    1954, in 29 top lists Check
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    Dog Day Afternoon

    1975, in 19 top lists Check
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    Dr. No

    1962, in 5 top lists Check
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    Blowup

    1966 — a.k.a. Blow-Up, in 18 top lists Check
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    Le salaire de la peur

    1953 — a.k.a. The Wages of Fear, in 24 top lists Check
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    Oldeuboi

    2003 — a.k.a. Oldboy, in 28 top lists Check
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    The Usual Suspects

    1995, in 21 top lists Check
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    Spoorloos

    1988 — a.k.a. The Vanishing, in 10 top lists Check
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    Notorious

    1946, in 22 top lists Check
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    The Night of the Hunter

    1955, in 30 top lists Check
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    The Long Goodbye

    1973, in 12 top lists Check
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    Heat

    1995, in 17 top lists Check
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    Point Blank

    1967, in 13 top lists Check
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    Profondo rosso

    1975 — a.k.a. Deep Red, in 5 top lists Check
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    Ascenseur pour l'échafaud

    1958 — a.k.a. Elevator to the Gallows, in 9 top lists Check
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    Shadow of a Doubt

    1943, in 11 top lists Check
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    Blood Simple

    1984, in 8 top lists Check
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    The Grifters

    1990, in 6 top lists Check
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    Nóz w wodzie

    1962 — a.k.a. Knife in the Water, in 13 top lists Check
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    The French Connection

    1971, in 19 top lists Check
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    Blow Out

    1981, in 5 top lists Check
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    Le samouraï

    1967 — a.k.a. Le Samouraï, in 18 top lists Check
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    One False Move

    1992, in 6 top lists Check
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    Zero Dark Thirty

    2012, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Lady from Shanghai

    1947, in 9 top lists Check
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