Top 5 Most Suspenseful Movies (Anyway, That’s All I Got)

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In honor of the release of A Quiet Place, the ATAIG crew got together to count down their top 5 most suspenseful movies. Suspenseful movies are a very broad, personal, and subjective topic, so our lists ended up being very diverse and indicative of our own sensibilities. There are plenty of obvious choices, but there are also plenty of surprising revelations along the way…

Question for you: What are your favorite suspenseful movies? Also, what tends to get under your skin when it comes to suspense in general?

Comment below or email us at ataigpodcast[at]gmail[dot]com with any and all of your feedback.

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Anthony’s List:

5. The Game

4. The Poseidon Adventure

3. Wind River

2. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

1. The Hateful Eight


Jason’s List:

5. Creep/Creep 2

4. Antichrist/Melancholia

3. The Invitation

2. The Vanishing

1. The Witch


Sam’s List:

5. Le Cercle Rouge

4. Prisoners

3. The Conversation

2. The Thing

1. The Wages of Fear​


44 thoughts on “Top 5 Most Suspenseful Movies (Anyway, That’s All I Got)

  1. I almost had a panic attack watching Wind River. Great pick!

    • Haha I can see why you had such a visceral reaction. It’s a pretty harrowing story.

  2. I was gonna say The Thing! But also my best edge of the seat film is probably No Country for Old Men, the unofficial sequel to the also suspenseful Children of Men.

    • Aw man how did we all forget about Children of Men? The tracking shots in that movie are magnificent.

  3. The best suspenseful story I have both watched on stage and screen, and also listened to the audio book, was the woman in black. That had hairs standing on the back of my neck, but at the same time I was still gripped with the story.

    The thing that really windes me up about them though are things like Dawn of the Dead (original) by Romero.
    Man enters room, kills a zombie, another zombie appears, he has to reload, and in that moment he forgets how to do it… most frustrating thing to watch! For me anyway.

    • That seems to be one of those cliches that never gets old; it’s a good way to instantly create tension in a stressful situation. I never saw The Woman in Black, but your recommendation might have convinced me to give it a shot.

  4. I have two. The final sequences in Whiplash and Rear Window. I almost rolled out of my station when I heard Sam mention Rear Window on the show.

    • Haha I appreciate how devoted you are to your role as a train; you really bring a lot of good background noise to our show! Those final sequences are fantastic; I recall a collective sigh of tension in the theater when Whiplash came out.

  5. Funny Anthony brought Hateful Eight up as his number one. As soon as I saw this episode I thought about Inglorious Basterds.

    • SIDE NOTE: a Tarantino episode would make me explode.

      • Oh, we’ll definitely get to that sooner or later…

  6. Silence of the Lambs, Argo, Requiem for a Dream, The Descent, and The Game.

    • I’m glad there were still plenty of choices to offer; I’m surprised Jason didn’t mention Requiem for a Dream.

  7. Great episode PodPeople! Speaking of PodPeople, the ending of the Donald Sutherland remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers was pretty suspenseful. Also, how about this for a topic for an upcoming show: Top 5 movies you did not want to end when you were first watching them. Two of mine are Get Shorty and Pulp Fiction, coincidentally both Travolta movies.

  8. The Poseidon Adventure is my all time favorite movie. I have watched this movie over and over many times. I have enjoyed it thoughly.

  9. These are awesome movie which i stored in personal drive to watch them again and again.

  10. I just reach at this post and watch all the information about movie and i recently store in personal laptop to watch again in short !!! awesome stuff

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