10 modern thrillers that will be remembered as classics
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It's hard to lump the thriller genre into a single definition. Thriller is part of a broad category that includes many different subgenres. Whether it's a thriller or a psychological thriller, or even a comedy thriller, it's an absolutely appealing genre for any viewer who craves the darkness and mystery in the world of cinema. However, across many different subgenres, thrillers do have some consistently strong themes, such as suspense, distraction, plot twists, betrayal, and of course suspense.
In a world of classic films that defined the thriller genre, such as Alien or Cape Fear, the modern take on the thriller is impressive. Over the past decade or so, there has been a surplus of suspense films, both good and bad, and some are classics in themselves. Narrowing it down, here are the thrillers, in order of release, that are going to become classics.
Denis Villeneuve presents every parent's worst fears in the form of Caleb Dover's (Hugh Jackman) story. Minutes turn into hours, and fear creeps in when his 6-year-old daughter Anna and her young friend Joy go missing. The only clue was found in a battered RV that had once been parked on their street. Detective Rocky (Jake Gyllenhaal), who is in charge of the investigation, stopped the driver Alex Jones, but had to let him go due to lack of evidence.
A distraught Dover believes he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands, as the police pursue numerous leads and the pressure mounts knowing his child's life is at stake. But how far will this father go to protect his family?
Nightcrawler is set in the seedy hinterland of modern Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a determined young man in need of employment. He entered the fast-paced world of Los Angeles crime journalism. Lou enters the competitive, deadly world of Nightcrawler, where every siren sounds means a potential payday for the film crew and victims are exchanged for dollars and cents. These freelance film crews film car crashes, fires, murders and other mayhem.
Lew blurs the line between bystander and participant, becoming the focus of his own narrative with the help of Renee Russo's Nina, a seasoned ex-participant A hot-blooded movement in local TV news.
'The Gift' (2015)
Is the past really the past? The lives of young married couple Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robin (Rebecca Hall) are going according to plan until a chance encounter with a friend from Simon's high school throws everything into horrific chaos. At first, Simon doesn't remember Godot (Joel Edgerton), but after a series of impromptu meetings and puzzling gifts come into question, a terrible secret from his past is revealed more than 20 years later.
When she discovers the horrific truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, Robin begins to wonder: what do we know about the people closest to us?
'10 Cloverfield Lane' (2016)
Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is involved in a car accident with two men named Howard (John Goodman) and Emmet (John Gallagher Jr.) Waking up together in a secret bunker. She accepted a pair of crutches provided by Howard, which allowed her to maintain mobility despite the damage to her leg in the car accident. Howard advises her to "get these done" before leaving the bunker.
She is told that there has been an alien attack and the environment has been polluted. Michelle must decide whether it is preferable Howard and Emmett's motives are quickly called into question.
'The Girl on the Train' (2016)
Rachel (Emily Blunt) commutes daily by train in New York, which always passes by her former home. The home she shared with her now ex-husband, and the home he now shares with his new family. She begins to observe Megan (Hayley Bennett) and Scott Shipwell (Luke Evans), a couple who live several houses down, as she works through her pain.
In her imagination, she imagined them living a lovely, happy life. One day, as a train passes by, she witnesses a shocking event that enrages her. She woke up the next morning with news of Megan Shipwell's disappearance.
'The Killing of a Sacred Deer' (2017)
After his father's sudden death on the operating table, a bond develops between 16-year-old Martin (Barry Keohan) and his father's surgeon, Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell). And compassionate friendship. Although Martin's sincere intentions are immediately overshadowed by a hazy but unsettling feeling, the orphan will soon win the approval of Dr. Steven's ideal family with expensive gifts and dinner invitations.
Then, unexpectedly, the happy family was greeted with Severe punishment. At the end of the day, only an unthinkable and intolerable choice that requires sheer sacrifice can purify the soul, because the sin of one individual burdens the entire family. But one must confess the sin in order to have catharsis.
The Kim family was so affected by poverty that they smelled bad, thus hatching an ambitious con to take over a wealthy family. First, the poor son takes over as the rich daughter's tutor, and then his sister becomes the rich son's art therapist. Neither has credentials or experience. Their parents also threw themselves into the work of well-to-do families.
However, the deceitful family may meet their counterpart in the form of Parkes' butler, who actually comes with their house. The next question is how far the Kim family will go in this scam to impersonate Parks. Academy Award-winning Parasite tackles themes of greed, lust, and class inequality.
'Uncut Gems' (2019)
Adam Sandler stars in this gritty crime thriller about a fast-talking New York City jeweler slowly buried in debt. Howard Ratner (Sandler), a once-prosperous New York jeweler now deeply in debt from gambling Drug addiction, which also destroyed his family and business.
Always on the lookout for the next big bet, Howard believed he had made a fortune when he came across a rare uncut Ethiopian opal that had a well-known bidder who was very interested. Howard had to understand that as he got closer to finally winning the jackpot, he couldn't always avoid the consequences of his actions.
'Don't Worry Darling' (2022)
Olivia Wilde's Don't Worry Darling, a recent hit in 2022, transports viewers into the world of Project Victory. Alice Chambers (Florence Pugh) is the perfect housewife and her husband Jack Chambers (Harry Styles) in a small town financed by Jack's company in the 1950s. Alice leads a beautiful but repetitive life, carefree and loving from her husband.
However, when strange events in the town begin to haunt her, Alice is plagued by psychological hallucinations that cause her to reconsider her safety in the world. Is everything really as it seems?
The Menu (2022)
The Menu, a refreshingly original story in the world of thrillers, is one of the new 2022 film highlights. The Menu tells the story of a young couple, Margot and Tyler, who travel to A remote island, attend expensive, edgy dinners served by eccentric chef Slovik (Ralph Fiennes) and his henchmen-like service team.
When Margot begins dinner, she is skeptical of the suspense and potential snobbery of the night, and she learns that the chef has added some surprisingly horrible additions to the dinner's ingredients.