30 Day Movie Meme – Day 8

Day 8 – Favorite Thriller

I’ve always thought of a thriller as a movie (or book) with a plot twist, or a story that kept me on the edge of my seat as I watched (or turning pages as I read). Then I stumbled across this wiki article on the genre thriller, and discovered how much wider the definition truly is.

Included in the article is a quote from James Patterson:

…Thrillers provide such a rich literary feast. There are all kinds. The legal thriller, spy thriller, action-adventure thriller, medical thriller, police thriller, romantic thriller, historical thriller, political thriller, religious thriller, high-tech thriller, military thriller. The list goes on and on, with new variations constantly being invented. In fact, this openness to expansion is one of the genre’s most enduring characteristics. But what gives the variety of thrillers a common ground is the intensity of emotions they create, particularly those of apprehension and exhilaration, of excitement and breathlessness, all designed to generate that all-important thrill. By definition, if a thriller doesn’t thrill, it’s not doing its job.—James Patterson, June 2006, “Introduction,” Thriller[10]

Wow. Maybe my favorite genre in films isn’t drama, it’s thriller. HA! Anyhow, given this information, here’s a few (very few and in alphabetical order) of the thrillers that I watch over and over, and they never fail to thrill.

  • Absolute Power
  • Charade
  • Day of the Jackal (1971)
  • Deceived (with Goldie Hawn)
  • Dial M for Murder
  • Entrapment
  • Jack Ryan movies: Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, Sum of All Fears
  • Jennifer 8
  • Laura
  • Midnight Lace
  • North by Northwest
  • Notorious
  • Sneakers
  • Sorry, Wrong Number
  • Three Days of the Condor

Here’s to thrillers that keep me returning for more!


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