16 Best Thriller Movies of 2000s

Don’t you love when a film keeps you guessing till the end? But we all know how hard it is to find a really good thriller film. We have already covered the best thriller movies of all time (read it here) and this decade (read it here). Today, we are going to list down the best thriller movies of 2000s.


16. Identity (2003)


There’s a reason why ‘Identity’ despite being thrashed by critics stands today as one of the cult classics. Yes, it is a flawed film, but in its flaws also lies its beauty. It is a story of ten strangers who find themselves stranded at a desolate Nevada motel during a nasty rain-storm and become acquainted with each other when they realize that they’re being killed off one by one. The film plays not just with the minds of its characters but also its viewers .. till the last scene.


15. The Machinist (2004)

Best known for Christian Bale’s staggering performance, ‘The Machinist’ is a solid psychological thriller with elements of suspense and horror blended with remarkable brilliance. The film follows an insomniac who begins to experience strange things at work and home. He sees a mysterious man who no one else seems to know of and his mental trouble causes an accident in which his co-worker loses one arm. The film is brilliantly layered and pulls you into its world with its atmospheric power as you begin to  work things out before a nerve-racking climax comes to hit you. One of the underrated brain teasing movies.


14. Saw (2004)

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The plot of ‘Saw’ seems simple at first as we follow Dr. Lawrence Gordon and Adam, the photographer chained in a claustrophobic bathroom with a dead body lying between them. The mini recorder that would feature in all the sequels tells Gordon to kill Adam and tells Adam to escape the bathroom. Though the sequels received the ‘torture porn’ tag for its violence and depravity, the first film introduces us to the world of mechanical traps and the sheer brutality of what would follow when the two people realize that the chains cannot be cut, instead they need to saw off their feet. Made on a very meagre budget, it was very original for its time and fans of the franchise will still feel a chill down their spine remembering the last scene of the film. The iconic ‘game over’ and Charlie Clouser’s series defining score make it a very satisfying watch for first timers.


13. Insomnia (2002)

A Christopher Nolan film is a Christopher Nolan film. That means, it promises a lot of great things into an even greater result. This result, you can effortlessly find it in “Insomnia”, a film about murder, guilt and a whole lot of sleep deprivation. Robert DeNiro plays a homicide detective who is sent to a small Alaskan town in order to uncover the murder of a teenage girl. However things go wrong when encountering the suspect in a blind confrontation, in the midst of a thick mass of fog. This town, where the sun never sets, is a strange, strange place where suspense floats through the air and only ceases to exist once the screen goes dark and we sigh of relief.


12. Minority Report (2002)

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Perhaps not among Steven Spielberg’s greatest works but ‘Minority Report’ is still a solid piece of enthralling sci-fi. Set in a dystopian future where a technology makes it possible for cops to track down criminals even before they commit their crimes. John Anderton is wrongly accused of such a crime and the film is about his attempt at proving his innocence. Masterfully directed by Spielberg, the film is replete with breathtaking visuals and some awe-inspiring sequences. It’s one hell of a fun ride but also manages to be thought provoking and emotionally engaging.


11. Gone Baby Gone (2007)

When four-year-old Amanda McCready is kidnapped from her home and the police make little headway in solving the case, the girl’s aunt Beatrice McCready hires two private detectives Patrick Kenzie (Casey Affleck) and Angie Gennaro (Michelle Monaghan). When they are about to solve their case, they are faced with a moral dilemma that could tear them apart. Based on the book by Dennis Lehane, “Gone Baby Gone” marks the directorial debut of Ben Affleck. It’s one of those rare movies in which the less you know about the story, the richer the experience. It has a disturbing and emotional layered story that slowly unfolds with a moral dilemma at its core.

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