Nida Faraz Describes Some Extraordinary Thriller Films
Thrillers are rated to represent the best of all worlds and quality cinematic thrillers make people remain at the edge of their seats. With a little mystery, some taut action sequences, and the occasional romantic encounter and the movies remain popular for a long. There are still plenty of top thrillers out there that veer into action movie territory, sparing the slow burn for a nonstop barrage of fights, explosions, and death-defying showdowns. Big-budget action sequences or not, most thrillers tend to emphasize the human element. As a result, viewers are more inclined to care about the characters and invest in the story. Not only that but because thrillers often weave a more intricate narrative, the best ones reveal additional layers of meaning and detail with every viewing, making them compulsively watchable over and over again.
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
The movie was directed by Sidney Lume. As much a comedy and a drama as it is a thriller, 1975’s “Dog Day Afternoon” is based on the true story of a man who robs a bank to pay for his partner’s sex reassignment surgery operation. What follows is a media circus for the ages. Al Pacino stars in the lead role and bears a striking resemblance to his real-life counterpart.
In this complete mind-meld of a film, director Ingmar Bergman tells the story of a young nurse and her patient, who has unexpectedly stopped speaking. The two relocated to a remote cottage where the lines between the two begin to blur to the point where the nurse has trouble distinguishing herself from her patient. Often thought to be Bergman’s masterpiece, the film touched on almost every controversial subject out there, from abortion and family relationships to sexuality and even vampire mythology.
The Great Escape (1963)
This John Sturges-directed film ventured out by putting actor Steve McQueen in a POW escape movie is virtually guaranteeing one of the best thrillers of all time. That movie was “The Great Escape,” and it features McQueen leading a group of allies out of a German internment camp. Charles Bronson stars as the chief tunneler, drawing upon his previous experience as a coal miner for the role.
The Duke of Burgundy (2014)
“The Duke of Burgundy” directed by Peter Strickland is a British drama about two female lovers who play games of sexual dominance and subservience with each other. The two characters are students of lepidopterology, which is the study of moths and butterflies. The title of the film refers to a specific species.
The director of the film is Ari Aster that revolves around the saying that no one can outrun their past but never was it so true as in “Hereditary,” the story of the death of a matriarch, whose daughter and grandchildren begin to uncover a series of frightening secrets about their ancestry. Starring Toni Collette, the film was made on a $10 million budget and brought in more than $80 million worldwide.
The Wicker Man (1973)
A British police sergeant pays a call to the island of Summerisle, searching for a missing girl. When he arrives on the island, he discovers that its residents have forsaken Christianity to practice a form of Celtic paganism. The film was based on the David Pinner novel, ‘Ritual’, and was remade in 2006 starring Nicolas Cage. TW