The BEST SUSPENSE, INTRIGUE and MYSTERY movies in history

There are few genres that are capable of keeping us glued to the screen like Mystery Movies suspense or thrillers. In Vandal Random we have prepared a varied and very complete list, visiting classics, modern films, and recent releases, all of them made in a top that will allow you to discover first-hand a film genre full of masterpieces, jewels and films to claim. Make yourself comfortable in your favorite armchair or sofa, turn on the television, the projector or your computer and enjoy.

What is ‘ suspense ‘? A lesson from the teacher

The acclaimed and famous film director Alfred Hitchcock , defined it perfectly in an interview with François Truffaut collected in one of the books that we most recommend since Vandal Random, Cinema According to Hitchcock:

The difference between suspense and surprise is very Imagine that we are talking, and there is a bomb under this table and our conversation becomes very bland, nothing special happens and suddenly: boom, explosion. The bomb is under the table and the public knows it, probably because they have seen that the character, in this case, let’s say an anarchist, put it.

The audience knows that the bomb will go off at one and they know it’s a quarter to one, because there’s a clock on the set; the same nondescript conversation suddenly becomes very interesting because the audience participates in the scene.”

In the second case, we have offered fifteen minutes of suspense,” he concluded. These sensations and differences in the cinematographic language, curdle a genre by itself, offering us the possibility of enjoying aesthetic and structural resources that will make us stay glued to the armchair for the duration of the film.

For this reason, we have selected the 20 best suspense and mystery films, a selection that is full of classic and current films and that we have prepared at Vandal Random for the occasion.

Searching (2018)

Aneesh Chaganty, responsible for special films and documentaries such as Google Glass: Seeds and the recent Mama loves you, signed in 2018 as one of the most notable suspense or intrigue films of recent times. Searching tells us the story of the disappearance of David Kim’s 16-year-old daughter, opening a police investigation for her subsequent search.

However, given the lack of appetite of the police department, and the lack of real clues, Kim decides to start diving into her daughter’s secrets by turning. With a brave approach, this portrait of the times we live in manages to offer the viewer a powerful story without great technical boasting -it is independent cinema- and with the eyes of John Cho himself, who stars in the film.

A Quiet Place (2018)

John Krasinski made his big debut with his first film behind the camera as a director. Following a story by Bryan Woods and Scott Beck, the famous television actor surrounded himself with a good cast and built a story of intrigue and terror with a large dose of originality.

Oblivious to civilization after the arrival of creatures that listen to the slightest noise and hunt their prey by sound, they survive by growing their own plants and communicating with other neighbors in the area through fire.

Mixing visual and narrative tension with a very clever use of sound, A quiet place presents a formula that engages as much as it manages to arouse anxiety in the viewer.

Mystic River (2003)

Few words can define what this modern drama and absolute reference within the cinematographic intrigue means or is supposed. Directed by Clint Eastwood, and based on the novel by Dennis Lehane, Mystic River delves into a deep-rooted tragedy that forever marks the childhood of the characters played by Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon in the film.

By sad twists of fate, a painful event brings them together again, awakening with it new and old fears, doubts and resentments. We’ll be honest: Eastwood’s story gets bigger at times as the minute hand progresses, presenting us with an exquisite refinement in its narration thanks to the superb script signed by Brian Helgeland.

Awarded with 2 Oscars and 2 Golden Globes (best actor for Penn and best-supporting actor for Robbins), a film that should be presented as a perfect example of what cinema can give of itself.

Don’t breathe (2016)

How can you turn an intriguing movie around? Well, adding a bit of terror. In 2016, Fede Álvarez, who had already directed the remake of Infernal Possession and several episodes of Dusk Till Dawn, teamed up with his friend Sam Raimi and the production company Sony, to present us with the story of a group of young thieves who decide to rob a blind man ( Stephen Lang).

Avaluable monetary amount that, in theory, is hidden within the walls of your house. However, what seemed like a perfect plan and easy money turns out to be a terrible mistake that they will pay for.

Night of Wolves (2018)

Netflix has been producing great movies and ideas for several years that manage to nurture its increasingly varied and distinctive catalog. Counting on Jeremy Saulnier -director of, among others, Green Room, Blue Ruin and several episodes of True Detective in its third season- as a great architect and a novel like William Giraldi’s as a base, they gave the green light to Noche de Lobos.

Afilm who uses nature as a setting for his narrative of intrigue. It tells us about the particular adventure and trip to Alaska of Rusell Core ( Jeffrey Wright ).

Awolf expert who must help a mother hunt down the animals that took her young son. Without revealing more, we must warn that it is a very intense, suffocating film that turns reality into something desperately brutal, mixing ideas, concepts and cinematographic tricks to offer us a completely new film.

Diamonds in the Rough (2019)

Sometimes, even if it is few compared to the volume of movies or series that it produces and creates, Netflix hits the nail on the head. And we are referring to exponents such as Rome.

The Irishman or Stories of a Marriage, authentic jewels that reach the viewer and mark a before and after in the genre in which they take hold and are framed. Rough Diamonds, signed by Ben and Joshua Safdie, tells us the truculent and troubled story of a daring, foul-mouthed and cocky New York jeweler. In his eagerness to get ahead, even if it costs him his life, he will seek to risk everything with the idea of ​​surviving in a complex environment full.

Starring an excellent Adam Sandler, in Diamonds in the rough , each sequence manages to dazzle the viewer more, who will end up surrendered and completely surrendered to the pirouettes. An atypical psychological thriller that is well worth paying for a Netflix subscription.

Zodiac (2007)

David Fincher is one of the best directors in history. Without palliatives. Based on the books by Robert Graysmith, in 2007 a wonderful and complex thriller took place about the figure of the ‘zodiac killer, a serial killer.

A fan of media attention, this criminal sent notes and clues to the police and the media, a fact that leads two detectives in the film to organize their particular search. With casting in which actors such as Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr. or Mark Ruffalo -among many others- stand out, ZodiacIt’s more than just an intrigue movie with crimes everywhere.

It reinvents the genre on its own thanks to an intelligent narration that dislodges the viewer at the first change, and that manages to make us feel part.

Backstabs (2019)

Okay. Many hate Rian Johnson for allegedly killing Star Wars. But the director of Looper and is a great filmmaker and director, as well as a clever screenwriter. Featuring Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas, Chris Evans and Jamie Lee Curtis -among many others.

It presents us with a mystery story in the style of Agatha Christie’s narratives and architectures but adding a more modern and fun format, establishing new twists and elements on the bookshelf and helping to build its own universe of suspects and charismatic characters around the alleged murder of mystery novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) that leads to the development of the film..

The Final Trick (2006)

A good story of intrigue or mystery should completely deceive us at the first opportunity, do it again in the middle of its narration and take us by the hand towards an ending that we are not able to discern at first but that makes sense.

The final trick gives us the harsh and bloody rivalry between two magicians who, obsessed with performing the best tricks, end up being swallowed up by their own ambition.

Directed by Christopher Nolan , The PrestigeIt is a well-rounded adaptation of an excellent novel by Christopher Priest that had triumphed among readers, but that, beyond presenting it faithfully, manages to take it to his field by counting again on his usual Christian Bale and Michael Caine , but adding the participation of actors and actresses of the stature.

No Country for Old Men (2007)

We love Cormac McCarthy. The writer is the author of some of the best novels of recent times, such as The Road or Son of God. In No Country for Old Men we are told of a gruesome event that occurred in 1980 , on the Texas border, near the Rio Grande.

There, Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) , a veteran hunter, discovers some men riddled with bullets. What would be a normal event, given the area, becomes something bigger and more complex when he comes across a shipment of heroin and two million dollars.

With a stellar cast led by the aforementioned Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, and Woody Harrelson, the Oscar-winning No Country for Old Men mixes the intrigue of the thriller genre with touches of serial killers, dramas and road movies.

The Name of the Rose (1986)

Umberto Eco ‘s novel was classified, for years, as inadaptable due to its theme. Until the Frenchman Jean-Jaques Annaud arrived and decided to pack it up and launch it on screens around the world.

The film tells us the story of Fray Guillermo de Baskerville (Sean Connery), an old-fashioned Franciscan monk and faithful follower of the Inquisition, as well as his young and inseparable disciple, Adso de Melk ( Christian Slater ), two characters who will try solve a mysterious murder in a distant abbey.

Full of puzzles, iconic sequences and the occasional superb moment , Annaud manages to adapt the best seller with almost millimeter perfection. of Eco, and although the theological elements and the formal discussion of the novel are eliminated, the suspense pages, the mysteries and the enigmas that plague everything are emphasized.

Shutter Island (2010)

Martin Scorsese decided to adapt Dennis Lehane’s novel with Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo or Emily Mortirmer , narrating the investigations of two judicial agents in 1954 on a remote island in Boston Harbor. Trying to find out what happened in that psychiatric center , they will soon meet dark interests embodied by the sinister director of the hospital.

Although it could be considered somewhat tricky and excessive, the atmosphere that impregnates the film to its history and narrative works like few others. With a twisted staging, and provocative in its ending, Shutter Island is a solid, paranoid and highly entertaining film.

The Others (2001)

In 2001 , many were amazed to see Alejandro Amenábar ‘s dazzling mastery as director and screenwriter. The success of The Others, a film that featured Nicole Kidman as the main attraction, introduced the Spanish director internationally.

The film tells us about the strange events seen in a huge mansion on the Island of Jersey in 1945 , just after the end of World War II, in which life goes on despite the fact that Grece’s husband (Nicole Kidman) does not return from The struggle.

Wrapped in fog and gloom, avoiding any contact with light, as children suffer from a strange disease that prevents them from directly receiving daylight, a dark and gloomy story unfolds that will keep us completely attached to the film until its end.

Forget comparisons with a well-known American film: The Others is a highly recommended, very solid film that received national and international recognition.

Argo (2012)

Ben Affleck gave everything for everything in 2012. With a script by Chris Terrio based on a real event that occurred in 1979 at the United States embassy in Tehran (Iran) , it tells us how the diplomatic staff based there try to defend themselves of the followers of Ayatollah Khomeini seeking refuge in the house of the Canadian ambassador.

Delving into the bowels of the CIA , we will see how the American and Canadian governments cooperate to organize a rescue operation for the country without the Iranian authorities suspecting it.

How do they do that? Inventing the shooting of a science fiction film in Iran. We are talking about a thriller very effective, intelligent and direct, which adds certain touches of comedy and that brings a new dimension to the already known talent of Affleck in the direction.

The Lighthouse (2019)

Yes, we agree. It is a very special movie. Halfway between terror, mystery and psychological drama, Robert Eggers ‘ film tells us what happened on a remote and strange islandof New England in the 1890s.

There, the lighthouse keeper Thomas Wake (Willem Dafoe) and his assistant Ephraim Winslow (Robert Pattinson) will have to live together for at least four weeks while they wait for the relief that will send them back to the mainland.

However, differences, frictions and strange conflicts will soon appear that will shed light on the circumstances surrounding the island. Suffocating and evocative in its telluric idea, The Lighthouse is a true masterpiece, a cinematographic lesson in which reality overlaps with imagination and in which it will be difficult to discern what is happening at all times.

The Wave (2008)

Todd Strasser decided to show how totalitarian regimes are capable of penetrating the minds of human beings with great ease with a novel that became a success in Germany and was based on an experiment carried out in 1967 in California on the same topic. In 2008 we were presented with its film adaptation by Dennis Gansel, and with great success, it was found to be another hit.

The film manages to trap the viewer with an unparalleled suspense narrative, showing us along the way a lucid political allegory that well describes the times. Soon, what seemed like an innocuous test based on discipline and community, will lead to a dangerous and twisted experiment that will turn the students into true fanatics.

Prisoners (2013)

If David Fincher handles the elements of a thriller like nobody else , Denis Villeneuve lags behind. Prisoners or Prisoners tells us about the dramatic descent into hell of Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman), a security-obsessed prep.

However, one day he will have to face the worst of his nightmares: Anna, his six-year-old daughter, has disappeared with her friend. Soon you will see how the panic is dominating him, terrifying him and making him commit one of the worst acts imaginable in order to discover the truth.

The Canadian filmmaker impregnates with his narrative formula and his own vision of the world, dark and overwhelming. With some big Jake Gyllenhaal and Jackman, the film is full of good moments, brutal situations, complex characters and very uncomfortable moments. A huge film.

The Forest (2004)

An M. Night Shyamalan movie? Yes. More poetic than usual, the filmmaker’s realization takes us to a story set in a distant and small rural town in Pennsylvania completely frightened by strange beings that live in the forest and do not let them cross their limits. Following a series of rules, these creatures shape the behavior of the community until something happens.

Strange and attractive, and with the usual twists that characterize the director’s filmography, we are talking about a timeless jewel that was battered by the ignorance of viewers and that includes actors and actresses such as Joaquín Phoenix, Bryce Dallas Howard, William Hurt or Adrian Brody. in some of their best and respective roles. Special mention to the soundtrack by James Newton Howard and the photography by Roger Deakins.

The Dilemma (1999)

The Dilemma is one of the great intrigue and drama films of the last twenty years. Based on a real event in which a scientist and manager of a large tobacco company discover the substances that are added to cigarettes to make smokers addicted, Michael Mann surrounded himself with actors such as Al Pacino.

Russell Crowe and Christopher Plummer for raise a complex judicial drama in which different parties, the media, political authorities, and citizens, try to discover the truth that is hidden behind one of the most lucrative businesses in the world. A masterpiece based on the Vanity Fair article The Man Who Knew Too Much, emerged in the late 1990s.

Parasites (2019)

Bong Joon-ho’s Oscar -winning Parasite is an intrigue film with hints of twisted comedy , very much in the style of other pieces in its director’s filmography. Serving as a social metaphor and reflection of a global reality , although specifically focused on South Korea, it allows us to enjoy a narration that will keep us on edge during its generous 132 minutes.

Telling us the story of two families, one of humble workers from a poor neighborhood and one of a high society family , Parasites is a fine film capable of showing us the best of filmmakers of the past -Bong Joon-ho is a scholar of cinema- under a new armor and proposal.

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

An absolute classic. We are talking about one of the greatest films in the history of recent cinema, a true masterpiece that will keep us trapped from minute one, and that tells the story of Clarice Starling , a young FBI trainee expert in psychopathic behavior who is they commission the mission to closely follow Dr. Hannibal Lecter.

A serial killer confined in a high-security psychiatric hospital. There he will have to use his intelligence to hunt down Buffalo Bill, a murderer who is killing women by ripping off part of their skin. Based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Harris and starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins.

Lost (2014)

Another of David Fincher’s gems. Based on the book by Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl tells us a story from several points of view capable of leaving us with a twisted ass at the first change.

Who is right? Who lies? In this film, on the day of their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) announces to the authorities that his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) has mysteriously disappeared without a trace. But soon, the case will take a turn.

The police and media pressure makes the portrait of domestic happiness that Nick announced begin to falter, leaving certain ends in the air that begin to point him out as the main suspect

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