Rear Window (1954) RT 100% / Audience 95%

DVD release: Mar 2001

Professional photographer L.B. "Jeff" Jeffries breaks his leg while getting an action shot at an auto race. Confined to his New York apartment, he spends his time looking out ...  (more)

GENRES: Mystery • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Grace Kelly  •  James Stewart  •  Wendell Corey  •  Thelma Ritter

Halloween (1978) RT 92% / Audience 89%

DVD release: Oct 1997

In John Carpenter's horror classic, a psychotic murderer, institutionalized since childhood for the murder of his sister, escapes and stalks a bookish teenage girl and her ...  (more)

GENRES: Horror • Thriller
DIRECTION:  John Carpenter
CAST:  Donald Pleasence  •  Jamie Lee Curtis  •  Nancy Kyes  •  P. J. Soles

A Beautiful Mind (2001) RT 75% / Audience 93%

DVD release: Jun 2002

At Princeton University, John Nash struggles to make a worthwhile contribution to serve as his legacy to the world of mathematics. He finally makes a revolutionary ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Russell Crowe  •  Ed Harris  •  Jennifer Connelly  •  Christopher Plummer

Focus (2015)

A veteran grifter takes a young, attractive woman under his wing, but things get complicated when they become romantically involved.  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Crime • Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Glenn Ficarra  •  John Requa
CAST:  Will Smith  •  Margot Robbie  •  Rodrigo Santoro  •  Robert Taylor

Vertigo (1958) RT 97% / Audience 93%

DVD release: Mar 1998

A retired San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama • Mystery • Romance • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Kim Novak  •  Barbara Bel Geddes  •  Tom Helmore

Some Like It Hot (1959) RT 96% / Audience 94%

DVD release: May 2001

Two musicians witness a mob hit and struggle to find a way out of the city before they are found by the gangsters. Their only opportunity is to join an all-girl band as they ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Crime • Romance
DIRECTION:  Billy Wilder
CAST:  Marilyn Monroe  •  Tony Curtis  •  Jack Lemmon  •  George Raft

Witness (1985) RT 92% / Audience 80%

DVD release: Jun 1999

A sheltered Amish child is the sole witness of a brutal murder in a restroom at a Philadelphia train station, and he must be protected. The assignment falls to a taciturn ...  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama • Romance • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Harrison Ford  •  Kelly McGillis  •  Josef Sommer  •  Lukas Haas

The Maltese Falcon (1941) RT 100% / Audience 91%

DVD release: Feb 2000

Spade and Archer is the name of a San Francisco detective agency. That's for Sam Spade and Miles Archer. The two men are partners, but Sam doesn't like Miles much. A knockout, ...  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Mary Astor  •  Gladys George  •  Peter Lorre

Misery (1990) RT 89% / Audience 89%

DVD release: Dec 1998

Novelist Paul Sheldon crashes his car on a snowy Colorado road. He is found by Annie Wilkes, the "number one fan" of Paul's heroine Misery Chastaine. Annie is also somewhat ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Rob Reiner
CAST:  James Caan  •  Kathy Bates  •  Richard Farnsworth  •  Frances Sternhagen

Alien 3 (1992)

After escaping with Newt and Hicks from the alien planet, Ripley crash lands on Fiorina 161, a prison planet and host to a correctional facility. Unfortunately, although Newt ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Horror • Science Fiction
DIRECTION:  David Fincher
CAST:  Sigourney Weaver  •  Charles S. Dutton  •  Charles Dance  •  Pete Postlethwaite




Take Shelter (2011) RT 92% / Audience 81%

DVD release: Feb 2012

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.  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Jeff Nichols
CAST:  Michael Shannon  •  Jessica Chastain  •  Katy Mixon  •  Shea Whigham

The Hunt for Red October (1990) RT 86% / Audience 89%

DVD release: Dec 1998

A new Soviet nuclear missile sub (a Boomer) heading out on her maiden voyage that is being tracked by a Los Angeles class American submarine suddenly goes silent and ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Adventure • Thriller
DIRECTION:  John McTiernan
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Alec Baldwin  •  Scott Glenn  •  Sam Neill

North by Northwest (1959) RT 100% / Audience 94%

DVD release: Aug 2000

Madison Avenue advertising man Roger Thornhill finds himself thrust into the world of spies when he is mistaken for a man by the name of George Kaplan. Foreign spy Philip ...  (more)

GENRES: Mystery • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Eva Marie Saint  •  James Mason  •  Jessie Royce Landis

Flight (2012)

Commercial airline pilot Whip Whitaker has a problem with drugs and alcohol, though so far he's managed to complete his flights safely. His luck runs out when a disastrous ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Robert Zemeckis
CAST:  Denzel Washington  •  Don Cheadle  •  Bruce Greenwood  •  Kelly Reilly

Road to Perdition (2002) RT 81% / Audience 86%

DVD release: Feb 2003

Mike Sullivan works as a hit man for crime boss John Rooney. Sullivan views Rooney as a father figure, however after his son is witness to a killing, Mike Sullivan finds ...  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Liam Aiken  •  Paul Newman

The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

A very rich and successful playboy amuses himself by stealing artwork, but may have met his match in a seductive detective.  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Crime • Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  John McTiernan
CAST:  Pierce Brosnan  •  Rene Russo  •  Denis Leary  •  Ben Gazzara

End of Watch (2012) RT 85% / Audience 86%

DVD release: Jan 2013

Shot documentary-style, this film follows the daily grind of two young police officers in LA who are partners and friends, and what happens when they meet criminal forces ...  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  David Ayer
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Michael Peña  •  Natalie Martinez  •  Anna Kendrick

The Ghost Writer (2010) RT 83% / Audience 70%

DVD release: Aug 2010

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 ...  (more)

GENRES: Mystery • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Roman Polanski
CAST:  Ewan McGregor  •  Pierce Brosnan  •  Jon Bernthal  •  Kim Cattrall

No Country for Old Men (2007) RT 93% / Audience 86%

DVD release: Apr 2009

Llewelyn Moss stumbles upon dead bodies, $2 million and a hoard of heroin in a Texas desert, but methodical killer Anton Chigurh comes looking for it, with local sheriff Ed ...  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Joel Coen  •  Ethan Coen
CAST:  Tommy Lee Jones  •  Javier Bardem  •  Josh Brolin  •  Woody Harrelson

The Wave (2008) RT 65% / Audience 80%

A school teacher discusses types of government with his class. His students find it too boring to repeatedly go over national socialism and believe that dictatorship cannot be ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Dennis Gansel
CAST:  Jürgen Vogel  •  Frederick Lau  •  Max Riemelt  •  Jennifer Ulrich