Hollywood's Favorite Thrillers: 19 Movies That Will Terrify You
The spookier selections from THR's list of Hollywood's 100 favorite films
The Godfather, Citizen Kane and The Wizard of Oz all topped the list of Hollywood's 100 favorite films, but what about a few horror movies and thriller flicks to get you into the Halloween spirit?
Alfred Hitchcock was known as the master of suspense, inspiring many young directors and instilling a fear of birds and showers into his audiences, and his 1960 classic Psycho (No. 41) was one of a few Hitchcock movies to make the list.
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Even though its ghost and gore factor pales in comparison to that seen on modern cable shows (looking at you, American Horror Story), Psycho's resident creep, Norman Bates, was scary enough to inspire an A&E TV prequel.
Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange (No. 35) and The Shining (No. 39) both found their way onto the list, likely something to do with Malcolm McDowell's chilling internal monologues or Jack Nicholson's unforgettable performance ("Here's Johnny!"), respectively.
For more thrills, there's Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (No. 9), with HAL the sentient computer who takes over; The Silence of the Lambs (No. 22), featuring Anthony Hopkins' chilling turn as Hannibal Lector; Jaws (No. 24), which made moviegoers afraid to go into open waters; One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (No. 30), featuring another memorable performance by Nicholson; yet another Kubrick film, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb; and The Matrix (No. 44), the Wachowskis' own vision of a future with sentient computers.
Heath Ledger also brought the frights as the Joker in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight (No. 57).
Are aliens more of your thing? Try Ridley Scott's Alien (No. 42) or, for a more friendly take on the creatures, Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (No. 8) or Close Encounters of the Third Kind (No. 93).
Or perhaps dinosaurs are more your speed (Spielberg's Jurassic Park, No. 50).