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The Best Thriller Movies of the 1990s

Updated April 29, 2020 10.0k votes 1.2k voters 79.4k views66 items

List RulesVote up your favorite suspense films that were released in the 1990s

The best ‘90s thriller movies are a diverse collection of crime, suspense, sex, betrayal, violence, and insanity. Do we have your attention, yet? Fans of the suspense film genre will tell you that the 1990s gave us some of the greatest thrillers ever. The best '90s thriller movies that will stay with you long after the credits have rolled.


What are the greatest ‘90s thriller movies? We cannot begin our conversation of ‘90s thrillers without paying respects to Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino released some of his most popular and iconic pictures in the 1990s. Known for their intricate and non-chronological plots, as well as their graphic violence, films like
Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs took audiences on unpredictable and often terrifying journeys through L.A.’s seedy underbelly. In addition, there are also some great psychological thrillers on this list. Films like The Sixth Sense, an iconic picture featuring one of the most legendary twists in cinema history, will make you question everything.


Other top ‘90s thriller movies on this list include
The Silence of the Lambs and The Usual Suspects. We wish we could give you more details about one of the most popular thrillers of the '90s, starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, but unfortunately, the first rule of Fight Club is that you do not talk about Fight Club. Vote up the best '90s thrillers, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section!
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    The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of the 1990s
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    The Usual Suspects

    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro

    Released1994

    Directed byBryan Singer

    The Usual Suspects is a 1995 German-American neo-noir crime thriller film directed by Bryan... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Misery is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of the 1990s
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    Misery

    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates

    Released1990

    Directed byRob Reiner

    Misery is a 1990 American psychological thriller film based on Stephen King's 1987 novel of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of the 1990s
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    The Sixth Sense

    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton

    Released1999

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

    The Sixth Sense is a 1999 American supernatural thriller film written and directed by M. Night... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of the 1990s
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    Jurassic Park

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Seven is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of the 1990s
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    Seven

    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released1995

    Directed byDavid Fincher

    Seven is a 1995 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher. The film stars... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of the 1990s
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    The Fugitive

    Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford

    Released1993

    Directed byAndrew Davis

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    Falling Down is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of the 1990s
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    Falling Down

    Robert Duvall, Michael Douglas

    Released1993

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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    The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of the 1990s
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    The Silence of the Lambs

    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1991

    Directed byJonathan Demme

    The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American thriller film that blends elements of the crime... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Heat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of the 1990s
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    Heat

    Natalie Portman, Al Pacino

    Released1995

    Directed byMichael Mann

    Heat is a 1995 American crime thriller film written, produced and directed by Michael Mann,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Hunt for Red October is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of the 1990s
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    The Hunt for Red October

    Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery

    Released1990

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

    The Hunt for Red October is a 1990 American submarine spy-thriller film directed by John... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of the 1990s
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    12 Monkeys

    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis

    Released1995

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

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    Cape Fear is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of the 1990s
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    Cape Fear

    Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte

    Released1991

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Cape Fear is a 1991 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Speed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of the 1990s
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    Speed

    Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves

    Released1994

    Directed byJan de Bont

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    Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of the 1990s
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    Fight Club

    Brad Pitt, Jared Leto

    Released1999

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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    Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of the 1990s
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    Pulp Fiction

    John Travolta, Bruce Willis

    Released1994

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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    A Time to Kill is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of the 1990s
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    A Time to Kill

    Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey

    Released1996

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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    Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of the 1990s
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    Reservoir Dogs

    Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi

    Released1992

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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    Primal Fear is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of the 1990s
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    Primal Fear

    Edward Norton, Richard Gere

    Released1996

    Directed byGregory Hoblit

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    True Romance is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of the 1990s
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    True Romance

    Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer

    Released1993

    Directed byTony Scott

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    True Lies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of the 1990s
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    True Lies

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku

    Released1994

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    The Rock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of the 1990s
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    The Rock

    Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery

    Released1996

    Directed byMichael Bay

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    Enemy of the State is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of the 1990s
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    Enemy of the State

    Will Smith, Jack Black

    Released1998

    Directed byTony Scott

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    Point Break is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of the 1990s
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    Point Break

    Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey

    Released1991

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

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    Con Air is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of the 1990s
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    Con Air

    Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich

    Released1997

    Directed bySimon West

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    Total Recall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of the 1990s
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    Total Recall

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone

    Released1990

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

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