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Who Can You Trust?

Trust few and fear all in a collection of films packed with paranoia and conspiracy.

BFI's Thriller season also explores erotic thrillers, racial politics, espionage, the British thriller tradition, fake news, queer characters and femmes fatales.

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Detroit
Detroit
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Detroit

Drama2017143 minsDirector: Kathryn Bigelow

John Boyega excels as the security guard caught up in a violent conflagration during the riots of 1967, in Kathryn Bigelow's blistering thriller.

Lust, Caution
Lust, Caution
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Lust, Caution

Drama2007158 minsDirector: Ang Lee

Esteemed Taiwanese director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Life of Pi) returned to Asia once more for this startlingly erotic tale of espionage and obsession.

Elle
Elle
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Elle

Drama2015131 minsDirector: Paul Verhoeven

Isabelle Huppert gives an unforgettable performance in Paul Verhoeven’s provocative thriller about one woman’s response to a violent attack.

Hounds of Love
Hounds of Love
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Hounds of Love

Horror2016108 minsDirector: Ben Young

A young woman tries to escape her sadistic kidnappers, in this bold and brutal Australian thriller.

B&B
B&B
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B&B

Thriller201787 minsDirector: Joe Ahearne

In this deliciously entertaining thriller, a gay couple return to a B&B to bait its Christian owner, only to run into trouble when an altogether more imposing guest arrives.

Brighton Rock
Brighton Rock
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Brighton Rock

Thriller194893 minsDirector: John Boulting

Richard Attenborough’s unforgettably sinister turn as ‘Pinkie’ pervades this classic adaptation of the Graham Greene novel.

The Wages of Fear
The Wages of Fear
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The Wages of Fear

Crime1953153 minsDirector: Henri-Georges Clouzot

Henri-Georges Clouzot's classic, nail-biting suspense thriller follows four desperate men as they transport a volatile cargo of nitro-glycerine to a massive oil well fire.

The Lives of Others
The Lives of Others
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The Lives of Others

Drama2006138 minsDirector: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

The winner of Best Foreign Language Film at the 2007 Academy Awards is a rich and intriguing political mystery.

Touch of Evil
Touch of Evil
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Touch of Evil

Film noir1958111 minsDirector: Orson Welles

Orson Welles’ final Hollywood film and the last great Film Noir, a sweat-drenched Mexican border saga with one of cinema’s most celebrated openings.

Funny Games U.S.
Funny Games U.S.
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Funny Games U.S.

Horror2007107 minsDirector: Michael Haneke

Michael Haneke’s English-language remake of his earlier, Austrian film is both a shocking home-invasion thriller and a potent commentary on cinematic violence.

The Villainess
The Villainess
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The Villainess

Thriller2017124 minsDirector: Jung Byung-gil

Jung Byung-gil's superb, hyper-kinetic action thriller follows a female assassin who takes a new identity but finds her past life inescapable.

Green Room
Green Room
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Green Room

Thriller201595 minsDirector: Jeremy Saulnier

A punk band becomes besieged in the backstage hideaway of a hideous neo-Nazi club, in this gloriously tense shocker from the director of Blue Ruin.

The Game
The Game
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The Game

Crime1997129 minsDirector: David Fincher

David Fincher's disorienting thriller posits Michael Douglas' complacent yuppie in the midst of an elaborate game that may or may not be staged.

American Psycho
American Psycho
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American Psycho

Drama2000102 minsDirector: Mary Harron

Christian Bale slays his competition in this chilling satire set in ‘80s Wall Street.

Pi
Pi
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Pi

Science Fiction199784 minsDirector: Darren Aronofsky

Darren Aronofsky’s magisterial monochrome mystery concerns a mathematician whose discovery of a powerful number leads to the dark side.

Locke
Locke
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Locke

Drama201385 minsDirector: Steven Knight

Tom Hardy commands the screen as the only star of Steven Knight’s bold, mesmeric drama, which is set entirely in car and unfolds in real time.

The Handmaiden
The Handmaiden
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The Handmaiden

Period drama2016146 minsDirector: Park Chan-wook

Park Chan-wook (Old Boy, Stoker) channels Sarah Waters’ novel Fingersmith, to create a sumptuous twisty psychological thriller full of erotic intrigue.

The Age of Shadows
The Age of Shadows
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The Age of Shadows

Action and Adventure2016140 minsDirector: Kim Jee-woon

Kim Jee-woon’s stunning, seductive and serpentine action thriller set during Japan’s occupation of Korea.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Thriller2011127 minsDirector: Tomas Alfredson

Gary Oldman leads an all-star cast, including Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy, in this acclaimed adaptation of John Le Carré's esteemed spy novel.

A Most Wanted Man
A Most Wanted Man
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A Most Wanted Man

Thriller2014122 minsDirector: Anton Corbijn

In one of his final roles, Philip Seymour Hoffman excels as a German spy attempting to recruit Islamic informants, in Anton Corbijn’s sophisticated John le Carré adaptation.

Dare I Weep Dare I Mourn
Dare I Weep Dare I Mourn
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Dare I Weep Dare I Mourn

196649 minsDirector: Ted Kotcheff

James Mason plays a middle-aged businessman in this East-West Berlin thriller, based on a story by John Le Carre.

Hard Candy
Hard Candy
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Hard Candy

2005100 minsDirector: David Slade

Ellen Page became an indie sensation as the teenage vigilante trying to trap a predatory older man, in David Slade's smart psychological thriller.

Hanna
Hanna
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Hanna

Thriller2011111 minsDirector: Joe Wright

Joe Wright's electric tale of a female assassin (Saoirse Ronan) trying to escape her destiny rocks to a propulsive Chemical Brothers soundtrack.

The New Girlfriend
The New Girlfriend
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The New Girlfriend

Melodrama2014108 minsDirector: François Ozon

Ruth Rendell provides the source novel for this delicious tale of deception and identity, from the master of mischievous melodrama, François Ozon.

Double Indemnity
Double Indemnity
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Double Indemnity

Crime1944108 minsDirector: Billy Wilder

Barbara Stanwyck is the housewife who dupes an insurance salesman into a devious murder plot, in this giant of American cinema - the archetypal Film Noir.

Phantom Lady
Phantom Lady
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Phantom Lady

Film noir194487 minsDirector: Robert Siodmak

Robert Siodmak’s first Hollywood noir about an innocent man sentenced to death when the woman who can verify his alibi mysteriously vanishes.

The Killers
The Killers
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The Killers

Crime1946102 minsDirector: Robert Siodmak

Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner star in Robert Siodmak’s gritty and muscular film noir, adapted from Hemingway’s short story.

Zero Dark Thirty
Zero Dark Thirty
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Zero Dark Thirty

Action and Adventure2012157 minsDirector: Kathryn Bigelow

Kathryn Bigelow's masterful, meticulous account of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden is a thrilling account of contemporary history.

United 93
United 93
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United 93

Drama2006111 minsDirector: Paul Greengrass

Paul Greengrass' thrilling, chilling and deeply moving real-time drama about the heroes who derailed the terrorists' plans for the fourth jet on 9/11.

The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
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The Hurt Locker

War2008131 minsDirector: Kathryn Bigelow

Kathryn Bigelow won the Best Director Academy Award in 2010 for this visceral, thrilling story of an American maverick bomb disarmer in Iraq.

'71
'71
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'71

Thriller201499 minsDirector: Yann Demange

A young British squaddie is caught behind enemy lines in bomb-torn Belfast, in Yann Demange’s riveting suspense thriller.

Harry Brown
Harry Brown
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Harry Brown

Crime2009103 minsDirector: Daniel Barber

Michael Caine’s storming return to an action role finds him as a retired marine confronting local hoodlums on his housing estate.

Kill List
Kill List
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Kill List

Crime201192 minsDirector: Ben Wheatley

Ben Wheatley’s ultra-violent second feature, invoking both The Wicker Man and Apocalypse Now.

Disorder
Disorder
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Disorder

Thriller201598 minsDirector: Alice Winocour

A broken soldier guards a tycoon's family in this involving thriller with hints of Taxi Driver, starring Matthias Schoenaerts and Diane Kuger.

A Prophet (Un prophète)
A Prophet (Un prophète)
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A Prophet (Un prophète)

Crime2009156 minsDirector: Jacques Audiard

Jacques Audiard’s award-winning prison drama chronicles the rites of passage and eventual rise to power of a young French Arab. Tough, taut, truthful

Dheepan
Dheepan
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Dheepan

Drama2015115 minsDirector: Jacques Audiard

Jacques Audiard’s soul-stirring Palme d’Or winner tells of a veteran Tamil Tiger guerrilla who finds fresh violence in his new life in Paris.

Nightcrawler
Nightcrawler
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Nightcrawler

Crime2014118 minsDirector: Dan Gilroy

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a crime journalist scouring the streets of after-dark LA in a stylish thriller that examines the morals of mass media.

Arlington Road
Arlington Road
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Arlington Road

Crime1998118 minsDirector: Mark Pellington

Jeff Bridges suspects his neighbour of being a terrorist in this twitchy, paranoid thriller.

Eye in the Sky
Eye in the Sky
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Eye in the Sky

Thriller2016102 minsDirector: Gavin Hood

Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman (in his last role) play the military commanders caught in the ethical crosshairs of drone warfare, in Gavin Hood’s gripping military thriller.

Triple 9
Triple 9
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Triple 9

Crime2015115 minsDirector: John Hillcoat

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Kate Winslet and Woody Harrelson make up the heavyweight cast for John Hillcoat’s (The Proposition) stunning heist thriller.

Sicario
Sicario
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Sicario

Crime2015121 minsDirector: Denis Villeneuve

Emily Blunt plays the FBI agent enlisted for a special operation against Mexican cartels, in this pulsatingly tense thriller from Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Prisoners).

Cape Fear
Cape Fear
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Cape Fear

Legal and Courtroom drama1991128 minsDirector: Martin Scorsese

Scorsese’s remake of J Lee Thompson’s 1962 thriller stars Robert De Niro as a psychotic rapist out to avenge the lawyer he blames for his conviction (Nick Nolte).

The Bourne Identity
The Bourne Identity
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The Bourne Identity

Crime2002118 minsDirector: Doug Liman

The spy thriller that overturned the genre stars Matt Damon as the amnesiac searching for his true identity.

The Bourne Supremacy
The Bourne Supremacy
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The Bourne Supremacy

Crime2004108 minsDirector: Paul Greengrass

Britain’s Paul Greengrass takes the helms for the spy sequel, shaping the series with his penchant for documentary-style realism.

The Bourne Ultimatum
The Bourne Ultimatum
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The Bourne Ultimatum

Thriller2007115 minsDirector: Paul Greengrass

Director Paul Greengrass returns for the third Bourne film, famed for its incredibly tense opening sequence in London Waterloo station.

Jackie Brown
Jackie Brown
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Jackie Brown

Crime1997154 minsDirector: Quentin Tarantino

Tarantino's third film is arguably his most serious and studied; a soulful crime saga with Pam Grier as the flight attendant in the midst of a money-laundering scam.

Kill Bill Vol. 1
Kill Bill  Vol. 1
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Kill Bill Vol. 1

Martial arts2003111 minsDirector: Quentin Tarantino

The first instalment of Tarantino's epic, blood-soaked opus sees Uma Thurman's betrayed bride set out for revenge against her former assassination crew.

Kill Bill Vol. 2
Kill Bill Vol. 2
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Kill Bill Vol. 2

Action and Adventure2004137 minsDirector: Quentin Tarantino

The conclusion of Tarantino's kung fu epic follows the Bride's (Uma Thurman) fateful encounter with her former fiance (David Carradine).

The Man Between
The Man Between
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The Man Between

Drama1953102 minsDirector: Carol Reed

Carol Reed follows Odd Man Out and The Third Man with this thriller starring James Mason and Claire Bloom set in post-war Berlin.

Mine Own Executioner
Mine Own Executioner
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Mine Own Executioner

Drama1948109 minsDirector: Anthony Kimmins

Burgess Meredith stars in this powerful psychological drama, as a psychiatrist struggling with his own inner demons who's enlisted to treat a traumatised WWII veteran.

The Glass Cage
The Glass Cage
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The Glass Cage

Thriller195459 minsDirector: Montgomery Tully

Like a 1950s David Blaine, The Great Sepolio starves in a glass tomb while a murderer is on the loose.

Vertigo
Vertigo
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Vertigo

Thriller1958128 minsDirector: Alfred Hitchcock

Hitchcock’s timeless thriller about a former detective with a fear of heights who is hired to follow a woman who seems possessed by the past.

Rear Window
Rear Window
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Rear Window

Thriller1954112 minsDirector: Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock’s masterly thriller stars James Stewart as an invalided photographer who spots something fishy outside his rear window.

The Birds
The Birds
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The Birds

Horror1963119 minsDirector: Alfred Hitchcock

Birds inexplicably turn against man and begin attacking the small community of Bodega Bay, in Alfred Hitchcock’s suspense classic.

Saboteur
Saboteur
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Saboteur

War1942109 minsDirector: Alfred Hitchcock

A factory worker is framed for sabotage and forced on the run in Hitchcock’s fast-moving thriller, with its famous finale atop the Statue of Liberty.

Shadow of a Doubt
Shadow of a Doubt
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Shadow of a Doubt

Drama1943108 minsDirector: Alfred Hitchcock

Hitchcock’s personal favourite from his own films is a brilliantly suspenseful drama about a teenage girl whose uncle may be a murderer.

Torn Curtain
Torn Curtain
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Torn Curtain

1966128 minsDirector: Alfred Hitchcock

Paul Newman stars in Hitchcock’s spy thriller, as a scientist who pretends to defect to East Germany in order to steal a secret formula.

Psycho
Psycho
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Psycho

Horror1960109 minsDirector: Alfred Hitchcock

Blood! Blood! Hitchcock’s masterpiece was his most successful film; a sensation in its time that continues to terrify.

78/52
78/52
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78/52

Documentary201792 minsDirector: Alexandre O. Philippe

This superb, in-depth documentary devotes 90 minutes to analysing one of cinema’s most famous sequences – the shower scene in Psycho.

Rope
Rope
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Rope

Crime194881 minsDirector: Alfred Hitchcock

Hitchcock’s stage adaptation about two murderers who hide a body during a dinner party is famously constructed from 10 unbroken ten-minute takes.

The Wave
The Wave
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The Wave

Disaster2015105 minsDirector: Roar Uthaug

Seismic rumblings in the Norwegian fjords threaten to start a chain reaction that will destroy the local area. Can it be stopped in time?

Deepwater Horizon
Deepwater Horizon
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Deepwater Horizon

Action and Adventure2016107 minsDirector: Peter Berg

Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell and John Malkovich bring to life the devastating oil-rig disaster in this intelligent and incendiary eco-thriller.

Patriots Day
Patriots Day
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Patriots Day

Thriller2016133 minsDirector: Peter Berg

A nerve-shreddingly intense, multi-stranded account of the Boston marathon bombings of 2013 and the race-against-time to find the perpetrators.

Swimming Pool
Swimming Pool
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Swimming Pool

Drama2002102 minsDirector: François Ozon

A crime novelist seeks peace but gets a dangerous muse in this twisted bilingual thriller from François Ozon.

The Skin I Live In
The Skin I Live In
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The Skin I Live In

Drama2011120 minsDirector: Pedro Almodóvar

Pedro Almodóvar's excursion into hysterical horror is a perverse and unsettling drama about a disturbed surgeon who keeps a woman hostage.

Phoenix
Phoenix
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Phoenix

Drama201498 minsDirector: Christian Petzold

Nina Hoss is superb as concentration camp survivor who assumes a new identity, in Christian Petzold’s intricate post-WWII thriller.

Tom at the Farm
Tom at the Farm
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Tom at the Farm

Drama2013103 minsDirector: Xavier Dolan-Tadros

Dark psychosexual thriller from prodigious Canadian director Xavier Dolan, following a young man who finds himself embroiled in a dangerous game of deception.

Stranger by the Lake
Stranger by the Lake
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Stranger by the Lake

Drama2013100 minsDirector: Alain Guiraudie

A young man witnesses a violent crime at a gay cruising ground and becomes obsessed with the killer in Alain Guiraudie’s acclaimed mystery-thriller.

Eastern Boys
Eastern Boys
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Eastern Boys

Drama2012124 minsDirector: Robin Campillo

A gay pick-up turns into a dangerous game of betrayal and violence in this slyly subversive and compelling thriller.

The Ghoul
The Ghoul
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The Ghoul

Thriller201682 minsDirector: Gareth Tunley

A British indie crime film of great style and ingenuity, executive produced by Ben Wheatley and starring Tom Meeten and Alice Lowe.

Remainder
Remainder
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Remainder

Drama2015103 minsDirector: Omer Fast

Omer Fast’s gripping puzzle-box thriller about an amnesiac reconstructing his elusive past.

Heartless
Heartless
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Heartless

Horror2009114 minsDirector: Philip Ridley

Philip Ridley’s stunning comeback film charts a lonely photographer’s battles with demons amid a haunting East London.

The Small World of Sammy Lee
The Small World of Sammy Lee
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The Small World of Sammy Lee

Drama1962107 minsDirector: Ken Hughes

Seedy Soho strip-club compere Sammy (Anthony Newley) races to escape the heavies who hunt him in this gritty, engrossing 1960s London thriller.

The Green Cockatoo
The Green Cockatoo
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The Green Cockatoo

Action and Adventure194064 minsDirector: William Cameron Menzies

From an original scenario by Graham Greene, this is a neat crime thriller about a girl (René Ray) who witnesses a murder, becomes a suspect herself, and gets mixed up with a sleazy Soho gangster (John Mills).

Poison Pen
Poison Pen
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Poison Pen

Drama193979 minsDirector: Paul L. Stein

The rural idyll of a small English village is torn apart by slanderous letters

Hyena
Hyena
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Hyena

Crime2014112 minsDirector: Gerard Johnson

In this stylish, dark crime thriller, a policeman’s complex web of underworld relationships is threatened by an internal affairs investigator.

Parker
Parker
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Parker

Crime198497 minsDirector: Jim Goddard

Thrilling crime drama about a businessman who survives a kidnapping and seeks out those who captured him.

Play Misty for Me
Play Misty for Me
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Play Misty for Me

Drama1971102 minsDirector: Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood's directorial debut is tautly wound psycho-thriller about a DJ tormented by an obsessive fan.

The October Man
The October Man
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The October Man

Drama194795 minsDirector: Roy Ward Baker

Roy Ward Baker directs John Mills and Joan Greenwood in this mystery noir about an amnesiac implicated in the murder of a young woman.

Kill Me
Kill Me
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Kill Me

196546 minsDirector: Marc Miller

A man tries to arrange his own murder in a tense episode from the Blackmail series

The Long Dark Hall
The Long Dark Hall
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The Long Dark Hall

Crime195188 minsDirector: Anthony Bushell

This British noir delivers a disquieting story of obsession and manipulation, with Rex Harrison as a man accused of murdering his mistress.

The Blue Lamp
The Blue Lamp
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The Blue Lamp

Police drama194985 minsDirector: Basil Dearden

Dirk Bogarde stars as a loose-cannon crook with Dixon of Dock Green (Jack Warner) on his tail, in the classic Ealing policier.

The Riverside Murder
The Riverside Murder
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The Riverside Murder

Thriller193565 minsDirector: Albert Parker

Ingeniously plotted and twisting whodunit that leaves Alastair Sim baffled as to the identity of the killer.

Temptation Harbour
Temptation Harbour
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Temptation Harbour

Crime1947102 minsDirector: Lance Comfort

Dark thriller based on a novel by Georges Simenon

Mask of Dust
Mask of Dust
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Mask of Dust

Drama195479 minsDirector: Terence Fisher

Rev up your engines for high-octane thrills and spills with this oil-spattered motor racing drama from Hammer Films

Hidden City
Hidden City
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Hidden City

Thriller1987108 minsDirector: Stephen Poliakoff

Charles Dance stars in Stephen Poliakoff’s debut feature film about a writer whose research uncovers a conspiracy of hidden artefacts.

Hummingbird
Hummingbird
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Hummingbird

Thriller2012100 minsDirector: Steve Knight

An alcoholic ex-special forces soldier (Jason Statham), down on his luck, assumes another man’s identity and pursues redemption.

Catch Me Daddy
Catch Me Daddy
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Catch Me Daddy

Thriller2013112 minsDirector: Daniel Wolfe

A young couple whose relationship has divided a community are forced on the run through the streets and moors of nocturnal Yorkshire.

Champagne Rose Is Dead
Champagne Rose Is Dead
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Champagne Rose Is Dead

Thriller196888 minsDirector: Calvin Floyd

This far-out late 60s international espionage sci-fi oddity will exhilarate all connoisseurs of strange cinema

Get Out
Get Out
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Get Out

Horror2017104 minsDirector: Jordan Peele

Satirical horror and astute social commentary combine in Jordan Peele’s seat-gripping suspense thriller, starring Daniel Kaaluuya.

The Day of the Jackal
The Day of the Jackal
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The Day of the Jackal

Police drama1973142 minsDirector: Fred Zinnemann

The race is on to find ‘the Jackal’ before he undertakes a momentous political assassination, in this compelling adaptation of Frederick Forsyth’s bestseller.

The Crying Game
The Crying Game
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The Crying Game

Drama1992112 minsDirector: Neil Jordan

Neil Jordan's acclaimed 1992 drama-mystery tells the story of Fergus (Stephen Rea), who looks after the lover (Jaye Davidson) of a British soldier he once knew. But what is Dil hiding?

Torment
Torment
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Torment

Drama195068 minsDirector: John Guillermin

A mad mystery novelist decides to murder his long-suffering secretary in this macabre British B Picture from distinguished director John Guillermin.

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