Sleuth (1972) RT 96% / Audience 90%

DVD release: Jan 1998

A mystery novelist devises an insurance scam with his wife’s lover – but things aren’t exactly as they seem.  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Mystery • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Michael Caine  •  Alec Cawthorne  •  John Matthews

Poltergeist (1982)

Steve Freeling lives with his wife, Diane, and their three children, Dana, Robbie, and Carol Anne, in Southern California where he sells houses for the company that built the ...  (more)

GENRES: Horror
DIRECTION:  Tobe Hooper
CAST:  Craig T. Nelson  •  JoBeth Williams  •  Beatrice Straight  •  Dominique Dunne

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) RT 94% / Audience 83%

DVD release: Oct 1998

In the early 1900s, Miranda attends a girls boarding school in Australia. One Valentine's Day, the school's typically strict headmistress treats the girls to a picnic field ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Mystery • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Vivean Gray  •  Helen Morse  •  Kirsty Child  •  Jacki Weaver

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

DVD release: Feb 2000

A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.  (more)

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

Charade (1963) RT 92% / Audience 92%

DVD release: Oct 1997

After Regina Lampert falls for the dashing Peter Joshua on a skiing holiday in the French Alps, she discovers upon her return to Paris that her husband has been murdered. Soon ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Mystery • Romance • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Stanley Donen
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Audrey Hepburn  •  Walter Matthau  •  James Coburn

Ginger Snaps (2000) RT 89% / Audience 78%

DVD release: Oct 2001

The story of two outcast sisters, Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) and Brigitte (Emily Perkins), in the mindless suburban town of Bailey Downs. On the night of Ginger's first ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Horror
DIRECTION:  John Fawcett
CAST:  Katharine Isabelle  •  Kris Lemche  •  Mimi Rogers  •  Jesse Moss

Grease (1978) RT 77% / Audience 87%

DVD release: Sep 2002

Australian good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to ...  (more)

GENRES: Romance
DIRECTION:  Randal Kleiser
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Olivia Newton-John  •  Stockard Channing  •  Jeff Conaway

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

Psycho (1960) RT 96% / Audience 94%

DVD release: Mar 2001

When larcenous real estate clerk Marion Crane goes on the lam with a wad of cash and hopes of starting a new life, she ends up at the notorious Bates Motel, where manager ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Horror • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Anthony Perkins  •  Vera Miles  •  John Gavin  •  Janet Leigh

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




Coma (1978)

A young woman doctor discovers something sinister going on in her hospital. Relatively healthy patients are having 'complications' during simple operations and ending up in ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Mystery • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Michael Crichton
CAST:  Geneviève Bujold  •  Michael Douglas  •  Elizabeth Ashley  •  Richard Widmark

Pandorum (2009) RT 28% / Audience 48%

DVD release: Jan 2010

Two crew members wake up on an abandoned spacecraft with no idea who they are, how long they've been asleep, or what their mission is. The two soon discover they're actually ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Horror • Mystery • Science Fiction • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Christian Alvart
CAST:  Ben Foster  •  Dennis Quaid  •  Cam Gigandet  •  Antje Traue

Insomnia (2002) RT 92% / Audience 76%

DVD release: Oct 2002

Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Mystery • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Hilary Swank  •  Al Pacino  •  Robin Williams  •  Maura Tierney

The Guest (2014) RT 90% / Audience 69%

DVD release: Jan 2015

A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Mystery • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Adam Wingard
CAST:  Dan Stevens  •  Maika Monroe  •  Sheila Kelley  •  Ethan Embry

The Sting (1973) RT 93% / Audience 95%

DVD release: Sep 2005

Set in the 1930s this intricate caper deals with an ambitious small-time crook and a veteran con man who seek revenge on a vicious crime lord who murdered one of their gang.  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Crime • Drama
DIRECTION:  George Roy Hill
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Robert Redford  •  Robert Shaw  •  Charles Durning

The Fugitive (1993) RT 96% / Audience 89%

DVD release: Nov 1998

Wrongfully accused of murdering his wife, Richard Kimble escapes from the law in an attempt to find her killer and clear his name. Pursuing him is a team of U.S. marshals led ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Adventure • Crime • Mystery • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Andrew Davis
CAST:  Harrison Ford  •  Tommy Lee Jones  •  Sela Ward  •  Julianne Moore

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

DVD release: Dec 1998

A new, technologically-superior Soviet sub, the Red October, is heading for the U.S. coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius. The American government thinks Ramius is ...  (more)

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

Fargo (1996)

Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a ...  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Joel Coen
CAST:  William H. Macy  •  Frances McDormand  •  Steve Buscemi  •  Peter Stormare

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

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

DVD release: Aug 2000

Advertising man Roger Thornhill is mistaken for a spy, triggering a deadly cross-country chase.  (more)

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