Best Thriller Movies of 2010

1.

Shutter Island

6.8
8.1/10

World War II soldier-turned-U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels investigates the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane, but his efforts are compromised by his troubling visions and also by a mysterious doctor.

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Emily Mortimer, Michelle Williams
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 2010-02-14
2.

Black Swan

6.4
8.0/10

A journey through the psyche of a young ballerina whose starring role as the duplicitous swan queen turns out to be a part for which she becomes frighteningly perfect.

Starring: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder
Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
Release date: 2010-12-03
3.

127 Hours

6.0
7.6/10

The true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah.

Starring: James Franco, Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn, Clémence Poésy, Lizzy Caplan
Directed by: Danny Boyle
Release date: 2010-11-05
4.

The Next Three Days

5.9
7.4/10

A married couple's life is turned upside down when the wife is accused of a murder. Lara Brennan is arrested for murdering her boss with whom she had an argument. It seems she was seen leaving the scene of the crime and her fingerprints were on the murder weapon. Her husband, John would spend the next few years trying to get her released, but there's no evidence that negates the evidence against her. And when the strain of being separated from her family, especially her son, gets to her, John decides to break her out. So he does a lot of research to find a way.

Starring: Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, Brian Dennehy, RZA, Moran Atias
Directed by: Paul Haggis
Release date: 2010-11-18
5.

The Ghost Writer

5.7
7.2/10

A writer stumbles upon a long-hidden secret when he agrees to help former British Prime Minister Adam Lang complete his memoirs on a remote island after the politician's assistant drowns in a mysterious accident. In director Roman Polanski's tense drama, the author realizes that his discovery threatens some very powerful people who will do anything to ensure that certain episodes from Lang's past remain buried.

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall, Olivia Williams, Tom Wilkinson
Directed by: Roman Polanski
Release date: 2010-02-12
6.

RED

5.7
7.1/10

When his peaceful life is threatened by a high-tech assassin, former black-ops agent, Frank Moses reassembles his old team in a last ditch effort to survive and uncover his assailants.

Starring: Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, Karl Urban
Directed by: Robert Schwentke
Release date: 2010-10-13
7.

Insidious

5.7
6.9/10

A family discovers that dark spirits have invaded their home after their son inexplicably falls into an endless sleep. When they reach out to a professional for help, they learn things are a lot more personal than they thought.

Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye, Barbara Hershey
Directed by: James Wan
Release date: 2010-09-13
8.

Buried

5.6
7.0/10

Paul is a U.S. truck driver working in Iraq. After an attack by a group of Iraqis he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it's a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap.

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, José Luis García Pérez, Robert Paterson, Stephen Tobolowsky, Samantha Mathis
Directed by: Rodrigo Cortés
Release date: 2010-09-24
9.

Unstoppable

5.5
6.8/10

A runaway train, transporting deadly, toxic chemicals, is barreling down on Stanton, Pennsylvania, and proves to be unstoppable until a veteran engineer and young conductor risk their lives to try and stop it with a switch engine.

Starring: Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Dunn, Lew Temple
Directed by: Tony Scott
Release date: 2010-11-04
10.

Green Zone

5.5
6.8/10

During the U.S.-led occupation of Baghdad in 2003, Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller and his team of Army inspectors were dispatched to find weapons of mass destruction believed to be stockpiled in the Iraqi desert. Rocketing from one booby-trapped and treacherous site to the next, the men search for deadly chemical agents but stumble instead upon an elaborate cover-up that threatens to invert the purpose of their mission.

Starring: Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear, Brendan Gleeson, Amy Ryan, Jason Isaacs
Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Release date: 2010-03-11
11.

Undisputed III: Redemption

5.3
7.5/10

Russian inmate Boyka, now severely hobbled by the knee injury suffered at the end of Undisputed 2. No longer the feared prison fighter he was, he has declined so far that he is now good only for cleaning toilets. But when a new prison fight tournament begins - an international affair, matching the best fighters from prisons around the globe, enticing them with the promise of freedom for the winner - Boyka must reclaim his dignity and fight for his position in the tournament.

Starring: Scott Adkins, Mykel Shannon Jenkins, Mark Ivanir, Hristo Shopov, Marko Zaror
Directed by: Isaac Florentine
Release date: 2010-05-22
12.

The Expendables

5.3
6.5/10

Barney Ross leads a band of highly skilled mercenaries including knife enthusiast Lee Christmas, a martial arts expert, heavy weapons specialist, demolitionist, and a loose-cannon sniper. When the group is commissioned by the mysterious Mr. Church to assassinate the dictator of a small South American island, Barney and Lee visit the remote locale to scout out their opposition and discover the true nature of the conflict engulfing the city.

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Randy Couture
Directed by: Sylvester Stallone
Release date: 2010-08-03
13.

From Paris with Love

5.3
6.5/10

James Reese has a good job as an ambassador's aid in France, but his real passion is a side gig—working in a minor role in the CIA. He would love to be a full-fledged agent and can't believe his luck when he lands an assignment with Charlie Wax. Trigger-happy Charlie soon has James crying for his desk job, but when he learns that the same guys they're trying to catch are after him, James realises that Charlie may be his only hope of survival.

Starring: John Travolta, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Kasia Smutniak, Richard Durden, Bing Yin
Directed by: Pierre Morel
Release date: 2010-02-04
14.

Animal Kingdom

5.2
7.3/10

Following the death of his mother, J finds himself living with his estranged family, under the watchful eye of his doting grandmother, Smurf, mother to the Cody boys. J quickly comes to believe that he is a player in this world. But, as he soon discovers, this world is far larger and more menacing than he could ever imagine. J finds himself at the center of a cold-blooded revenge plot that turns the family upside down.

Starring: James Frecheville, Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Guy Pearce, Luke Ford
Directed by: David Michôd
Release date: 2010-06-03
15.

Predators

5.1
6.4/10

A mercenary reluctantly leads a motley crew of warriors who soon come to realize they've been captured and deposited on an alien planet by an unknown nemesis. With the exception of a peculiar physician, they are all cold-blooded killers, convicts, death squad members... hunters who have now become the hunted.

Starring: Adrien Brody, Alice Braga, Laurence Fishburne, Topher Grace, Danny Trejo
Directed by: Nimród Antal
Release date: 2010-07-03
16.

Unthinkable

5.0
7.1/10

A convert to Islam sends the U.S. government a tape showing him in three nondescript storage rooms, each of which may contain a nuclear bomb set to detonate in less than a week. Helen Brody, an FBI agent in L.A., is tasked with finding the bombs while a CIA "consultant", known as H, interrogates the suspect who has allowed himself to be caught. The suspect, whose wife and children have left him and disappeared, seems to know exactly what the interrogation will entail. Even as H ratchets up the pressure, using torture over Brody's objection, the suspect doesn't crack. Should H do the unthinkable, and will Brody acquiesce? Is any Constitutional principle worth possible loss of life?

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Michael Sheen, Stephen Root, Lora Kojovic
Directed by: Gregor Jordan
Release date: 2010-06-14
17.

Trust

4.9
6.9/10

A suburban family is torn apart when fourteen-year-old Annie meets her first boyfriend online. After months of communicating via online chat and phone, Annie discovers her friend is not who he originally claimed to be. Shocked into disbelief, her parents are shattered by their daughter's actions and struggle to support her as she comes to terms with what has happened to her once innocent life.

Starring: Clive Owen, Catherine Keener, Liana Liberato, Jason Clarke, Viola Davis
Directed by: David Schwimmer
Release date: 2010-09-10
18.

Fair Game

4.9
6.8/10

Wife and mother Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts) has a double life as a CIA operative, hiding her vocation from family and friends. Her husband, Joseph Wilson (Sean Penn), writes a controversial article in The New York Times, refuting stories about the sale of enriched uranium to Iraq, Then Valerie's secret work and identity is leaked to the press. With her cover blown and other people endangered, Valerie's career and personal life begin to unravel.

Starring: Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Ty Burrell, Brooke Smith, Bruce McGill
Directed by: Doug Liman
Release date: 2010-05-20
19.

Carlos

4.8
7.7/10

The story of Venezuelan revolutionary, Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, who founded a worldwide terrorist organization and raided the OPEC headquarters in 1975 before being caught by the French police.

Starring: Edgar Ramírez, Alexander Scheer, Fadi Abi Samra, Nora von Waldstätten, Talal Jurdi
Directed by: Olivier Assayas
Release date: 2010-05-19
20.

Paranormal Activity 2

4.7
5.7/10

Just as Dan and Kristi welcome a newborn baby into their home, a demonic presence begins terrorizing them, tearing apart their perfect world and turning it into an inescapable nightmare. Security cameras capture the torment, making every minute horrifyingly real.

Starring: Katie Featherston, David Bierend, Brian Boland, Molly Ephraim, Seth Ginsberg
Directed by: Tod Williams
Release date: 2010-10-20

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