Best Thriller Movies of 2011

1.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

6.3
7.8/10

This English-language adaptation of the Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson follows a disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, as he investigates the disappearance of a weary patriarch's niece from 40 years ago. He is aided by the pierced, tattooed, punk computer hacker named Lisbeth Salander. As they work together in the investigation, Blomkvist and Salander uncover immense corruption beyond anything they have ever imagined.

Starring: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgård, Steven Berkoff
Directed by: David Fincher
Release date: 2011-12-14
2.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

6.3
7.6/10

Scientist Will Rodman is determined to find a cure for Alzheimer's, the disease which has slowly consumed his father. Will feels certain he is close to a breakthrough and tests his latest serum on apes, noticing dramatic increases in intelligence and brain activity in the primate subjects – especially Caesar, his pet chimpanzee.

Starring: James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox
Directed by: Rupert Wyatt
Release date: 2011-08-03
3.

Fast Five

6.2
7.3/10

Former cop Brian O'Conner partners with ex-con Dom Toretto on the opposite side of the law. Since Brian and Mia Toretto broke Dom out of custody, they've blown across many borders to elude authorities. Now backed into a corner in Rio de Janeiro, they must pull one last job in order to gain their freedom.

Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris
Directed by: Justin Lin
Release date: 2011-04-20
4.

We Need to Talk About Kevin

6.2
7.5/10

After her son Kevin commits a horrific act, troubled mother Eva reflects on her complicated relationship with her disturbed son as he grew from a toddler into a teenager.

Starring: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, Jasper Newell, Rock Duer
Directed by: Lynne Ramsay
Release date: 2011-09-28
5.

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

6.2
7.4/10

Ethan Hunt and his team are racing against time to track down a dangerous terrorist named Hendricks, who has gained access to Russian nuclear launch codes and is planning a strike on the United States. An attempt to stop him ends in an explosion causing severe destruction to the Kremlin and the IMF to be implicated in the bombing, forcing the President to disavow them. No longer being aided by the government, Ethan and his team chase Hendricks around the globe, although they might still be too late to stop a disaster.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Michael Nyqvist
Directed by: Brad Bird
Release date: 2011-12-07
6.

Source Code

6.0
7.5/10

Decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens wakes up in the body of an unknown man, discovering he's involved in a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. He learns he's part of a top-secret experimental program that enables him to experience the final 8 minutes of another person's life. Colter re-lives the train incident over and over again, gathering more clues each time.

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Russell Peters, Michael Arden
Directed by: Duncan Jones
Release date: 2011-03-30
7.

Limitless

5.9
7.4/10

A paranoia-fueled action thriller about an unsuccessful writer whose life is transformed by a top-secret "smart drug" that allows him to use 100% of his brain and become a perfect version of himself. His enhanced abilities soon attract shadowy forces that threaten his new life in this darkly comic and provocative film.

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish, Andrew Howard, Anna Friel
Directed by: Neil Burger
Release date: 2011-03-08
8.

Super 8

5.8
7.0/10

In 1979 Ohio, several youngsters are making a zombie movie with a Super-8 camera. In the midst of filming, the friends witness a horrifying train derailment and are lucky to escape with their lives. They soon discover that the catastrophe was no accident, as a series of unexplained events and disappearances soon follows. Deputy Jackson Lamb, the father of one of the kids, searches for the terrifying truth behind the crash.

Starring: Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, Riley Griffiths, Kyle Chandler, Ryan Lee
Directed by: J.J. Abrams
Release date: 2011-06-08
9.

The Adjustment Bureau

5.7
7.1/10

A man glimpses the future Fate has planned for him – and chooses to fight for his own destiny. Battling the powerful Adjustment Bureau across, under and through the streets of New York, he risks his destined greatness to be with the only woman he's ever loved.

Starring: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, John Slattery, Anthony Mackie, Terence Stamp
Directed by: George Nolfi
Release date: 2011-03-03
10.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

5.7
7.1/10

In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet mole within his former colleagues at the heart of MI6.

Starring: John Hurt, Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke, Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth
Directed by: Tomas Alfredson
Release date: 2011-09-16
11.

Unknown

5.5
6.9/10

An American biologist attending a conference in Berlin awakens from a coma after a car accident, only to discover that someone has taken his identity and that no one, not even his wife, believes him. With the help of an illegal immigrant and a former Stazi agent, he sets out to prove who he is and find out why people are trying to kill him.

Starring: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aidan Quinn, Bruno Ganz
Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra
Release date: 2011-02-16
12.

Hanna

5.5
6.8/10

A 16-year-old girl raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe. Tracked by a ruthless operatives, she faces startling revelations about her existence and questions about her humanity.

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Vicky Krieps, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hollander
Directed by: Joe Wright
Release date: 2011-04-07
13.

You're Next

5.4
6.6/10

When the Davison family comes under attack during their wedding anniversary getaway, the gang of mysterious killers soon learns that one of their victims harbors a secret talent for fighting back.

Starring: Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg
Directed by: Adam Wingard
Release date: 2011-09-10
14.

Contagion

5.4
6.6/10

As an epidemic of a lethal airborne virus - that kills within days - rapidly grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself.

Starring: Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Release date: 2011-09-08
15.

Take Shelter

5.3
7.4/10

Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.

Starring: Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Katy Mixon, Shea Whigham, Ray McKinnon
Directed by: Jeff Nichols
Release date: 2011-09-30
16.

Colombiana

5.3
6.4/10

Zoe Saldana plays a young woman who, after witnessing her parents’ murder as a child in Bogota, grows up to be a stone-cold assassin. She works for her uncle as a hitman by day, but her personal time is spent engaging in vigilante murders that she hopes will lead her to her ultimate target: the mobster responsible for her parents' death.

Starring: Zoe Saldana, Cliff Curtis, Callum Blue, Michael Vartan, Lennie James
Directed by: Olivier Megaton
Release date: 2011-07-27
17.

A Dangerous Method

5.2
6.4/10

Seduced by the challenge of an impossible case, the driven Dr. Carl Jung takes the unbalanced yet beautiful Sabina Spielrein as his patient. Jung’s weapon is the method of his master, the renowned Sigmund Freud. Both men fall under Sabina’s spell.

Starring: Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Sarah Gadon, Vincent Cassel
Directed by: David Cronenberg
Release date: 2011-09-30
18.

The Guard

5.2
7.3/10

Two policemen must join forces to take on an international drug- smuggling gang - one, an unorthodox Irish policeman and the other, a straitlaced FBI agent. Sergeant Gerry Boyle is an eccentric small-town cop with a confrontational and crass personality and a subversive sense of humor. A longtime policeman in County Galway, Boyle is a maverick with his own moral code. He has seen enough of the world to know there isn't much to it and has had plenty of time to think about it. When a fellow police officer disappears and Boyle's small town becomes key to a large drug trafficking investigation, he is forced to at least feign interest when dealing with the humorless FBI agent Wendell Everett assigned to the case.

Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Liam Cunningham, Mark Strong, Katarina ÄŒas
Directed by: John Michael McDonagh
Release date: 2011-07-07
19.

Kill the Irishman

5.1
7.1/10

Over the summer of 1976, thirty-six bombs detonate in the heart of Cleveland while a turf war raged between Irish mobster Danny Greene and the Italian mafia. Based on a true story, Kill the Irishman chronicles Greene's heroic rise from a tough Cleveland neighborhood to become an enforcer in the local mob.

Starring: Ray Stevenson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken, Linda Cardellini
Directed by: Jonathan Hensleigh
Release date: 2011-03-10
20.

Margin Call

5.1
7.1/10

A thriller that revolves around the key people at an investment bank over a 24-hour period during the early stages of the financial crisis.

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Ashley Williams
Directed by: J. C. Chandor
Release date: 2011-09-28

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