Best Thriller Movies of 2012

1.

The Dark Knight Rises

7.2

Following the death of District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman assumes responsibility for Dent's crimes to protect the late attorney's reputation and is subsequently hunted by the Gotham City Police Department. Eight years later, Batman encounters the mysterious Selina Kyle and the villainous Bane, a new terrorist leader who overwhelms Gotham's finest. The Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.

Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Release date: 2012-07-16
2.

Skyfall

6.6

When Bond's latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked forcing M to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Gareth Mallory, the new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee. With MI6 now compromised from both inside and out, M is left with one ally she can trust: Bond. 007 takes to the shadows - aided only by field agent, Eve - following a trail to the mysterious Silva, whose lethal and hidden motives have yet to reveal themselves.

Starring: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris
Directed by: Sam Mendes
Release date: 2012-10-25
3.

Argo

6.2

As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.

Starring: Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Scoot McNairy
Directed by: Ben Affleck
Release date: 2012-10-11
4.

End of Watch

6.1

Two young officers are marked for death after confiscating a small cache of money and firearms from the members of a notorious cartel during a routine traffic stop.

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, Natalie Martinez, Anna Kendrick, David Harbour
Directed by: David Ayer
Release date: 2012-09-20
5.

Zero Dark Thirty

5.9

A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011.

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Mark Strong, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt
Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow
Release date: 2012-12-19
6.

Looper

5.8

In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past where a looper, a hired gun, like Joe is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good until the day the mob decides to close the loop, sending back Joe's future self for assassination.

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Noah Segan
Directed by: Rian Johnson
Release date: 2012-09-26
7.

Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia

5.7

Sherlock must confiscate something of importance from a mysterious woman named Irene Adler.

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Lara Pulver, Rupert Graves, Una Stubbs
Directed by: Paul McGuigan
Release date: 2012-01-01
8.

Chronicle

5.7

Three high school students make an incredible discovery, leading to their developing uncanny powers beyond their understanding. As they learn to control their abilities and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of control, and their darker sides begin to take over.

Starring: Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly, Anna Wood
Directed by: Josh Trank
Release date: 2012-02-01
9.

Jack Reacher

5.6

When a gunman takes five lives with six shots, all evidence points to the suspect in custody. On interrogation, the suspect offers up a single note: "Get Jack Reacher!" So begins an extraordinary chase for the truth, pitting Jack Reacher against an unexpected enemy, with a skill for violence and a secret to keep.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, Werner Herzog
Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie
Release date: 2012-12-20
10.

Sinister

5.6

Found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity.

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, Vincent D'Onofrio, James Ransone, Fred Dalton Thompson
Directed by: Scott Derrickson
Release date: 2012-03-29
11.

Safe House

5.6

A dangerous CIA renegade resurfaces after a decade on the run. When the safe house he's remanded to is attacked by mercenaries, a rookie operative escapes with him. Now, the unlikely allies must stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them dead.

Starring: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga, Joel Kinnaman, Brendan Gleeson
Directed by: Daniel Espinosa
Release date: 2012-02-09
12.

The Cabin in the Woods

5.5

Five college friends spend the weekend at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods.

Starring: Kristen Connolly, Fran Kranz, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Richard Jenkins
Directed by: Drew Goddard
Release date: 2012-04-12
13.

The Grey

5.5

An oil drilling team struggles to survive after a plane crash strands them in the wilds of Alaska. Hunting them is a pack of wolves that sees them as intruders.

Starring: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo, Dallas Roberts, Joe Anderson
Directed by: Joe Carnahan
Release date: 2012-01-26
14.

The Expendables 2

5.4

Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, Jet Li
Directed by: Simon West
Release date: 2012-08-08
15.

The Bourne Legacy

5.4

New CIA operative, Aaron Cross experiences life-or-death stakes that have been triggered by the previous actions of Jason Bourne.

Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Scott Glenn, Stacy Keach
Directed by: Tony Gilroy
Release date: 2012-08-08
16.

Disconnect

5.3

Disconnect interweaves multiple storylines about people searching for human connection in today’s wired world. Through poignant turns that are both harrowing and touching, the stories intersect with surprising twists that expose a shocking reality into our daily use of technology that mediates and defines our relationships and ultimately our lives.

Starring: Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist
Directed by: Henry Alex Rubin
Release date: 2012-09-11
17.

Justice League: Doom

5.3

An adaptation of Mark Waid's "Tower of Babel" story from the JLA comic. Vandal Savage steals confidential files Batman has compiled on the members of the Justice League, and learns all their weaknesses.

Starring: Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly, Susan Eisenberg, Nathan Fillion, Michael Rosenbaum
Directed by: Lauren Montgomery
Release date: 2012-02-28
18.

Man on a Ledge

5.3

An ex-cop turned con threatens to jump to his death from a Manhattan hotel rooftop. The NYPD dispatch a female police psychologist to talk him down. However, unbeknownst to the police on the scene, the suicide attempt is a cover for the biggest diamond heist ever pulled.

Starring: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Edward Burns
Directed by: Asger Leth
Release date: 2012-01-13
19.

Taken 2

5.3

In Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills and his wife are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter.

Starring: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Rade Serbedzija, Luke Grimes
Directed by: Olivier Megaton
Release date: 2012-09-27
20.

Savages

5.3

Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.

Starring: Blake Lively, Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Benicio del Toro, Salma Hayek
Directed by: Oliver Stone
Release date: 2012-07-06

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