Here is the list of the best thriller movies of the 90s which gave edge-of-the- seat excitement and kept your eyes glued to the screen. Years on, these Hollywood thrillers still continued to be most-watched for their novel treatment and strong scripts.
Basic Instinct – A police detective in charge of investigating a brutal homicide of a rock-star finds a suspect in a beautiful novelist. Much against his liking, he falls into a torrid relationship with the very woman he is investigating, the eerie thing being that the novelist’s book has the story-line that is remarkably similar to the turn of events in their lives. The movie directed by Paul Verhoeven released on March 20, 1992, and starred Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas in lead roles. Made with a budget of $49 million, it collected revenues in excess of $352 million.
Face/Off – To uncover a sinister plot of a ruthless terrorist, an FBI agent undergoes a face transplant to look like him, after he has the terrorist arrested. But the cunning terrorist escapes and turns the game over by assuming the face of the FBI agent. Directed by John Woo, this master thriller was made on a lavish scale and became a cult film. Made with a budget of $80 million, it earned $245 million in revenue. The movie starred John Travolta and Nicholas Cage, both giving memorable performances.
Sleeping with Enemy – This movie released on February 8 1991, is a psychological thriller which deals with an abused wife who escapes from her maniac, obsessive husband to start a new life. She falls for a good-hearted college drama teacher. Just when things seem to get better for her, the past catches up with her. The film starred Julia Roberts, Kevin Anderson and Patrick Bergin (in the role of the possessive husband). Made with a budget of just $19 million, it earned $174 in box-office revenue. The movie spawned many remakes especially in Bollywood(Hindi cinema) with three movies on the same theme releasing in the same year – Daraar, Agnisakshi and Yaarana (1995-1996)
The Sixth Sense – The story deals with a boy who talks to spirits with the help of a disillusioned child psychologist. This directed by Manoj Night Shyamalan, released on August 2, 1999 was made with a budget of $40 million and earned $672 million as box-office revenue. The movie stars Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment.
Malice – A happily married couple are in for surprise when the wife is operated about a by a doctor of dubious intentions. The movie released on October 1, 1993 and starred Nicole Kidman, Bill Pullman and Alec Baldwin in lead roles.
Misery – Released in 1990, this movie was about a famous novelist Paul Sheldon, who is rescued by his biggest fan, during a snow-storm. But the fan places a condition on the writer, he has to write a novel according to his whim and fancies, if he has to stay alive. The movie was directed by Rob Reiner and starred James Caan, Kathy Bates and Richard Farnsworth.
Unlawful Entry – A couple enlists the help of a cop, following a break-in to their house. Little does the couple know that the cop is maniacally obsessed with the wife, This Jonathan-Kaplan movie released June 26, 1992and starred Madeline Stowe, Kurt Russell and Ray Liotta.
True Lies– This comedy-thriller is about a secret agent who is on the pursuit of a terrorist while battling the demons of his own personal life, suspecting his wife of having an extramarital affair with a car salesman. The movie released in 1994 was directed by James Cameron and starred Arnold Schwarznegger, and Jamie Lee Curtis.
Wild Things – This movie full of twists and turns, especially in the last 30 minutes starts with a high school guidance counselor who is charged with rape by two female students. As the plot thickens, we find that there is something deeper lying in the psyche of each character. The movie released in 1998s starred Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell and Theresa Russell; and was directed by John McNaughton.
Primal Fear – An altar boy is charged with killing the priest but the truth lurks deeper than the obvious. Based on the book of the same name by William Diehl, this Gregory Hoblit starred Richard Gere, Edward Norton and Stanley Anderson. The movie released in April 3 1996 with a budget of $30 million, made more than $102 million in box office glory.