Best conspiracy thrillers of All Time

List by coilwave Last updated August 15, 2017

My take on the best conspiracy thrillers ever made, ranked in no particular order.


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Taken (2008)

Action Thriller Crime
They took his daughter. He'll take their lives.

While vacationing with a friend in Paris, an American girl is kidnapped by a gang of human traffickers intent on selling her into forced prostitution. Working against the clock, her ex-spy father must pull out all the stops to save her. But with his best years possibly behind him, the job may be more than he can handle.

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Vote count 3,744 Vote avg 72 Release date 2008-02-18

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Cop Land (1997)

Action Crime Drama
No One Is Above The Law.

Freddy Heflin is the sheriff of a place everyone calls “Cop Land” — a small and seemingly peaceful town populated by the big city police officers he’s long admired. Yet something ugly is taking place behind the town’s peaceful facade. And when Freddy uncovers a massive, deadly conspiracy among these local residents, he is forced to take action and make a dangerous choice between protecting his idols and upholding the law.

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Vote count 313 Vote avg 66 Release date 1997-08-15

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The X Files (1998)

Mystery Science Fiction Thriller
Fight the Future!

Blackwood, Texas: After falling through a hole in the ground, a young boy is infected by the alien Black Oil. One week later, in Dallas, a federal building is bombed by terrorists, killing five people, including the Blackwood boy. Mulder and Scully, now part of an FBI anti-terrorism unit, learn that the boy as well as three other victims were dead even before the bombing, cause of death: an alien virus. In the Texas desert, the agents find an agricultural complex that may hold the key to unlocking the government conspiracy surrounding the extraterrestrials and their lethal virus which Mulder and Scully must fight the government in a conspiracy and find the truth about an alien colonization of Earth.

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Vote count 410 Vote avg 66 Release date 1998-06-19

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Unknown (2011)

Action Mystery Thriller
Take Back Your Life

An American biologist attending a conference in Berlin awakens from a coma after a car accident, only to discover that someone has taken his identity and that no one, not even his wife, believes him. With the help of an illegal immigrant and a former Stazi agent, he sets out to prove who he is and find out why people are trying to kill him.

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Vote count 1,061 Vote avg 64 Release date 2011-02-16

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Frantic (1988)

Thriller Action Crime
They've taken his wife. Now he's taking action.

Ford plays an American doctor whose wife suddenly vanishes in Paris. To find her, he navigates a puzzling web of language, locale, laissez-faire cops, triplicate-form filling bureaucrats and a defiant, mysterious waif who knows more than she tells.

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Vote count 181 Vote avg 66 Release date 1988-02-16

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Non-Stop (2014)

Action Thriller Mystery
The hijacking was just the beginning.

Bill Marks is a burned-out veteran of the Air Marshals service. He views the assignment not as a life-saving duty, but as a desk job in the sky. However, today's flight will be no routine trip. Shortly into the transatlantic journey from New York to London, he receives a series of mysterious text messages ordering him to have the government transfer $150 million into a secret account, or a passenger will die every 20 minutes.

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Vote count 1,988 Vote avg 68 Release date 2014-01-26

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The Ghost Writer (2010)

Thriller Mystery
Read between the lies.

A writer stumbles upon a long-hidden secret when he agrees to help former British Prime Minister Adam Lang complete his memoirs on a remote island after the politician's assistant drowns in a mysterious accident. In director Roman Polanski's tense drama, the author realizes that his discovery threatens some very powerful people who will do anything to ensure that certain episodes from Lang's past remain buried.

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Vote count 544 Vote avg 67 Release date 2010-02-12

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A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

Crime Drama Mystery
Some people are afraid of all the wrong things

Private investigator Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife.

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Vote count 1,006 Vote avg 62 Release date 2014-09-18

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The Ninth Gate (1999)

Horror Mystery Thriller
Every book has a life of its own.

An all-expenses-paid international search for a rare copy of the book, 'The Nine Gates of the Shadow Kingdom' brings an unscrupulous book dealer deep into a world of murder, double-dealing and satanic worship.

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Vote count 613 Vote avg 64 Release date 1999-08-24

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The Fugitive (1993)

Adventure Action Thriller
A murdered wife. A one-armed man. An obsessed detective. The chase begins.

Dr. Richard Kimble, unjustly accused of murdering his wife, must find the real killer while being the target of a nationwide manhunt.

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Vote count 1,025 Vote avg 72 Release date 1993-08-06

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U.S. Marshals (1998)

Thriller Crime Action
The cop who won't stop is back. But this time he's chasing down a lot more than a fugitive.

U.S. Marshal Sam Gerard is accompanying a plane load of convicts from Chicago to New York. The plane crashes spectacularly, and Mark Sheridan escapes. But when Diplomatic Security Agent John Royce is assigned to help Gerard recapture Sheridan, it becomes clear that Sheridan is more than just another murderer.

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Vote count 320 Vote avg 62 Release date 1998-03-05

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The Firm (1993)

Drama Mystery Thriller
Power can be murder to resist.

Mitch McDeere is a young man with a promising future in Law. About to sit his Bar exam, he is approached by 'The Firm' and made an offer he doesn't refuse. Seduced by the money and gifts showered on him, he is totally oblivious to the more sinister side of his company. Then, two Associates are murdered. The FBI contact him, asking him for information and suddenly his life is ruined. He has a choice - work with the FBI, or stay with the Firm. Either way he will lose his life as he knows it. Mitch figures the only way out is to follow his own plan...

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Vote count 401 Vote avg 66 Release date 1993-06-30

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Murder at 1600 (1997)

Action Drama Mystery
This address changes all the rules.

A secretary is found dead in a White House bathroom during an international crisis, and Detective Harlan Regis is in charge of the investigation. Despite resistance from the Secret Service, Regis partners with agent Nina Chance. As political tensions rise, they learn that the crime could be part of an elaborate cover-up. Framed as traitors, the pair, plus Regis' partner, break into the White House in order to expose the true culprit.

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Vote count 104 Vote avg 58 Release date 1997-04-18

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Enemy of the State (1998)

Action Drama Thriller
It's not paranoia if they're really after you

Hotshot Washington lawyer, Robert Dean becomes a victim of high-tech identity theft when a hacker slips an incriminating video into his pocket. Soon, a rogue National Security agent sets out to recover the tape – and destroy Dean.

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Vote count 1,069 Vote avg 67 Release date 1998-11-20

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Michael Clayton (2007)

Drama Mystery Crime
The truth can be adjusted

A law firm brings in its 'fixer' to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multi-billion dollar class action suit.

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Vote count 416 Vote avg 66 Release date 2007-09-28

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The Art of War (2000)

Action Adventure Thriller
Who is your foe?

When ruthless terrorists threaten to bring down the United Nations, they frame the one man they believe can stop them: an international security expert named Shaw. Now he must run from his own allies and become a solitary force for good, as he tries to stop what could become World War III.

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Vote count 112 Vote avg 56 Release date 2000-08-23

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Man on Fire (2004)

Action Drama Thriller
Creasy's art is death, and he is about to paint his masterpiece.

Jaded ex-CIA operative John Creasy reluctantly accepts a job as the bodyguard for a 10-year-old girl in Mexico City. They clash at first, but eventually bond, and when she's kidnapped he's consumed by fury and will stop at nothing to save her life.

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Vote count 1,326 Vote avg 73 Release date 2004-04-23

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Shooter (2007)

Action Drama Mystery
Yesterday was about honor. Today is about justice.

A marksman living in exile is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the president. Ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt, he goes on the run to track the real killer and find out who exactly set him up, and why.

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Vote count 1,228 Vote avg 69 Release date 2007-03-22

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Elysium (2013)

Science Fiction Action Drama
He can save us all.

In the year 2159, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a hard line government official, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (Matt Damon) is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that, if successful, will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.

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Vote count 2,915 Vote avg 65 Release date 2013-08-07

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Max Payne (2008)

Action
When a Man Has Lost Everything. He Only has Revenge

Coming together to solve a series of murders in New York City are a DEA agent whose family was slain as part of a conspiracy and an assassin out to avenge her sister's death. The duo will be hunted by the police, the mob, and a ruthless corporation.

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Vote count 508 Vote avg 52 Release date 2008-10-16

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L.A. Confidential (1997)

Crime Drama Mystery
Everything is suspect... Everyone is for sale... And nothing is what it seems.

Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal L.A. police force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the shotgun slayings of the patrons at an all-night diner.

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Vote count 1,082 Vote avg 76 Release date 1997-09-19

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Hitman (2007)

Action Crime Drama
Assassin 47

The best-selling videogame, Hitman, roars to life with both barrels blazing in this hardcore action-thriller starring Timothy Olyphant. A genetically engineered assassin with deadly aim, known only as "Agent 47" eliminates strategic targets for a top-secret organization. But when he's double-crossed, the hunter becomes the prey as 47 finds himself in a life-or-death game of international intrigue.

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Vote count 808 Vote avg 59 Release date 2007-11-21

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Dark Blue (2002)

Action Crime Drama
1992, L.A is at boiling point. One cop's turning up the heat

Set during the Rodney King riots, a robbery homicide investigation triggers a series of events that will cause a corrupt LAPD officer to question his tactics.

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Vote count 68 Vote avg 65 Release date 2002-12-14

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Angels & Demons (2009)

Thriller Mystery
The holiest event of our time. Perfect for their return.

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon investigates a mysterious symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. He discovers evidence of the unimaginable, the rebirth of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati, the most powerful underground organization ever to walk the earth.

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Vote count 1,687 Vote avg 64 Release date 2009-05-13

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The Bourne Identity (2002)

Action Drama Mystery
He was the perfect weapon until he became the target.

Wounded to the brink of death and suffering from amnesia, Jason Bourne is rescued at sea by a fisherman. With nothing to go on but a Swiss bank account number, he starts to reconstruct his life, but finds that many people he encounters want him dead. However, Bourne realizes that he has the combat and mental skills of a world-class spy – but who does he work for?

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Vote count 3,131 Vote avg 72 Release date 2002-06-14

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Conspiracy Theory (1997)

Action Drama Mystery
What if your most paranoid nightmares had just come true?

A man obsessed with conspiracy theories becomes a target after one of his theories turns out to be true. Unfortunately, in order to save himself, he has to figure out which theory it is.

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Vote count 362 Vote avg 65 Release date 1997-08-07

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Dark City (1998)

Mystery Science Fiction
A world where the night never ends.

A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun and run by beings with telekinetic powers who seek the souls of humans.

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Vote count 722 Vote avg 72 Release date 1998-02-27

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Eagle Eye (2008)

Mystery Thriller Action
Don't walk. Run.

Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf) and Rachel Holloman (Michelle Monaghan) are two strangers whose lives are suddenly thrown into turmoil by a mysterious woman they have never met. Threatening their lives and family, the unseen caller uses everyday technology to control their actions and push them into increasing danger. As events escalate, Jerry and Rachel become the country's most-wanted fugitives and must figure out what is happening to them.

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Vote count 859 Vote avg 62 Release date 2008-09-25

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The Da Vinci Code (2006)

Thriller Mystery
So Dark The Con Of Man

When the curator of the Louvre is found murdered in the famed museum's hallowed halls, Harvard professor, Robert Langdon and cryptographer, Sophie Neve must untangle a deadly web of deceit involving the works of Leonardo da Vinci.

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Vote count 2,126 Vote avg 64 Release date 2006-05-17

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The Game (1997)

Drama Thriller Mystery
What do you get for the man who has everything?

In honor of his birthday, San Francisco banker Nicholas Van Orton, a financial genius and a coldhearted loner, receives an unusual present from his younger brother, Conrad -- a gift certificate to play a unique kind of game. In nearly a nanosecond, Nicholas finds himself consumed by a dangerous set of ever-changing rules, unable to distinguish where the charade ends and reality begins.

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Vote count 1,211 Vote avg 74 Release date 1997-09-12

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The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)

Action Crime Drama
What's forgotten is not always gone.

Samantha Caine, suburban homemaker, is the ideal mom to her 8 year old daughter Caitlin. She lives in Honesdale, PA, has a job teaching school and makes the best Rice Krispie treats in town. But when she receives a bump on her head, she begins to remember small parts of her previous life as a lethal, top-secret agent

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Vote count 268 Vote avg 65 Release date 1996-10-11

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16 Blocks (2006)

Action Adventure Crime
For a New York cop and his witness, the distance between life and death just got very short.

An aging cop is assigned the ordinary task of escorting a fast-talking witness from police custody to a courthouse, but they find themselves running the gauntlet as other forces try to prevent them from getting there.

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Vote count 564 Vote avg 62 Release date 2006-03-01

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Eraser (1996)

Action Drama Mystery
He will erase your past to protect your future.

U.S. Marshall John Kruger erases the identities of people enrolled in the Witness Protection Program. His current assignment is to protect Lee Cullen, who's uncovered evidence that the weapons manufacturer she works for has been selling to terrorist groups. When Kruger discovers that there's a corrupt agent within the program, he must guard his own life while trying to protect Lee's.

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Vote count 459 Vote avg 56 Release date 1996-06-21

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Salt (2010)

Action Thriller Crime
Who is Salt?

As a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt swore an oath to duty, honor and country. Her loyalty will be tested when a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. Salt goes on the run, using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative to elude capture. Salt's efforts to prove her innocence only serve to cast doubt on her motives, as the hunt to uncover the truth behind her identity continues and the question remains: "Who is Salt?"

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Vote count 1,787 Vote avg 62 Release date 2010-07-21

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Red Eye (2005)

Horror Thriller
Fear takes flight.

After attending the funeral of her grandmother in Dallas, the Lux Atlantic Hotel manager Lisa is waiting for a flight to Miami. Due to the bad weather and consequent flight delay, she meets in the airport bar Jack Rippner, who is also in the waiting list. They sit together in the plane, and Jack reveals that he wants Lisa to change the room in Lux of an important American politician to facilitate a terrorist attempt against him. Otherwise, Lisa's father will be killed by a hit man. Lisa has to decide what to do with the menacing man at her side.

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Vote count 379 Vote avg 61 Release date 2005-08-04

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Jacob's Ladder (1990)

Drama Mystery Horror
The most frightening thing about Jacob Singer's nightmare is that he isn't dreaming.

A traumatized Vietnam war veteran finds out that his post-war life isn't what he believes it to be when he's attacked by horned creatures in the subway and his dead son comes to visit him...

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Vote count 294 Vote avg 72 Release date 1990-11-02

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Mercury Rising (1998)

Action Crime Drama
Someone knows too much.

Simon is a nine-year-old autistic boy who has cracked the government's new "unbreakable" code. This skill renders the new billion-dollar secret code vulnerable, especially if enemies of the United States should learn of Simon's abilities and capture him. Program chief Nick Kudrow orders the "security threat" eliminated, but Kudrow hasn't counted on renegade FBI agent Art Jeffries (Bruce Willis).

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Vote count 300 Vote avg 59 Release date 1998-04-02

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The Last Boy Scout (1991)

Adventure Action Comedy
Everyone had counted them out. But they're about to get back in the game.

When the girl that detective Joe Hallenback is protecting gets murdered, the boyfriend of the murdered girl (ex-football player Jimmy Dix) attempts to investigate and solve the case. What they discover is that there is deep seated corruption going on between a crooked politician and the owner of a pro football team.

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Vote count 421 Vote avg 65 Release date 1991-12-11

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Snake Eyes (1998)

Crime Mystery
Believe everything except your eyes.

All bets are off when corrupt homicide cop Rick Santoro witnesses a murder during a boxing match. It's up to him and lifelong friend and naval intelligence agent Kevin Dunne to uncover the conspiracy behind the killing. At every turn, Santoro makes increasingly shocking discoveries that even he can't turn a blind eye to.

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Vote count 265 Vote avg 57 Release date 1998-08-07

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On Deadly Ground (1994)

Action Thriller
His Battle To Save The Alaskan Wilderness And Protect Its People Can Only Be Won...

Forrest Taft is an environmental agent who works for the Aegis Oil Company in Alaska. Aegis Oil's corrupt CEO, Michael Jennings, is the kind of person who doesn't care whether or not oil spills into the ocean or onto the land, just as long as it's making money for him.

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Vote count 86 Vote avg 45 Release date 1994-02-18

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Minority Report (2002)

Action Thriller Science Fiction
The system is perfect until it comes after you.

John Anderton is a top 'Precrime' cop in the late-21st century, when technology can predict crimes before they're committed. But Anderton becomes the quarry when another investigator targets him for a murder charge.

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Vote count 2,124 Vote avg 70 Release date 2002-06-20

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Tango & Cash (1989)

Action Adventure Comedy
Two of L.A.'s top rival cops are going to have to work together... Even if it kills them.

Ray Tango and Gabriel Cash are narcotics detectives who, while both being extremely successful, can't stand each other. Crime Lord Yves Perret, furious at the loss of income that Tango and Cash have caused him, frames the two for murder. Caught with the murder weapon on the scene of the crime, the two have no alibi. Thrown into prison with most of the criminals they helped convict, it appears that they are going to have to trust each other if they are to clear their names and catch the evil Perret.

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Vote count 380 Vote avg 60 Release date 1989-12-22

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Total Recall (1990)

Action Adventure Science Fiction
They stole his mind, now he wants it back.

Construction worker Douglas Quaid discovers a memory chip in his brain during a virtual-reality trip. He also finds that his past has been invented to conceal a plot of planetary domination. Soon, he's off to Mars to find out who he is and who planted the chip.

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Vote count 1,423 Vote avg 70 Release date 1990-06-01

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Mulholland Drive (2001)

Thriller Drama Mystery
An actress longing to be a star. A woman searching for herself. Both worlds will collide...on Mulholland Drive

After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesic, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.

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Vote count 1,131 Vote avg 75 Release date 2001-05-16

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Training Day (2001)

Action Crime Drama
The only thing more dangerous than the line being crossed, is the cop who will cross it.

On his first day on the job as a narcotics officer, a rookie cop works with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears.

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Vote count 1,384 Vote avg 72 Release date 2001-10-05

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V for Vendetta (2005)

Action Thriller Fantasy
People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.

In a world in which Great Britain has become a fascist state, a masked vigilante known only as 'V' conducts guerrilla warfare against the oppressive British government. When 'V' rescues a young woman from the secret police, he finds in her an ally with whom he can continue his fight to free the people of Britain.

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Vote count 3,515 Vote avg 76 Release date 2005-12-11

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The November Man (2014)

Crime Action Thriller
A Spy is Never Out of the Game

An ex- CIA operative is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect.

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Vote count 584 Vote avg 60 Release date 2014-08-27

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Safe House (2012)

Action Thriller Crime
No one is safe

The most dangerous renegade from the CIA comes back onto the grid after a decade on the run. When the South African safe house he's remanded to is attacked by mercenaries, a rookie operative) escapes with him. Now, the unlikely allies must stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them dead.

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Vote count 1,197 Vote avg 63 Release date 2012-02-09

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The Quiet American (2002)

Drama Action Thriller

A stylish political thriller where love and war collide in Southeast Asia. Set in early 1950s Vietnam, a young American becomes entangled in a dangerous love triangle when he falls for the beautiful mistress of a British journalist. As war is waged around them, these three only sink deeper into a world of drugs, passion, and betrayal where nothing is as it seems.

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Vote count 73 Vote avg 63 Release date 2002-11-22

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Breakdown (1997)

Drama Action Thriller
It could happen to you.

When his SUV breaks down on a remote Southwestern road, Jeff Taylor lets his wife, Amy, hitch a ride with a trucker to get help. When she doesn't return, Jeff fixes his SUV and tracks down the trucker -- who tells the police he's never seen Amy. Johnathan Mostow's tense thriller then follows Jeff's desperate search for his wife, which eventually uncovers a small town's murderous secret.

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Vote count 161 Vote avg 67 Release date 1997-05-02

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john 3 months ago

The 30% of the movies I have seen in this list are pretty epic, will have to watch the rest!

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