1 Action Thriller - An action Thriller uses
physical action to create suspense within the
film, like a traditional Action Thriller film, this
sub-genre will often have continuous motion
and action including physical stunts, a chase,
fights, battles, and races. Often, these scenes
will contribute to the overall sense of danger
that the protagonist is facing.
1.1 Films in this sub genre
include - Die Hard, Kill Bill
Vol.1, and The Bourne
2 Crime Thriller - This sub genre incorporates the suspense aspects of
a Thriller with a crime film plot. The sub genre's plot usually centers
on a serial killer, murder, robbery, or manhunt. As opposed to
traditional crime films, the story-line focuses both around the
criminal and the protagonist. Crime Thrillers use both action and
psychological aspects to build tension and suspense.
2.1 Examples - The Usual Suspects, The Fugitive, and Jagged Edge.
3 Film-Noir - This is not simply a sub genre, but rather a team for a distinct, stylistic type of
crime-drama or Thriller that was popular throughout the 1940's and 1950's. Fiilm-Noir is
characterized by a black-and-white style with stark lighting effects. The main character is
usually a cynical hero, Film-Noir relies on a narrative voice and various flashbacks to explain the intricate plot.
3.1 Examples - Sunset Boulevard, The Maltese Falcon, and Sweet smell of success.
4 Psychological Thriller - in addition to the traits of a regular Thriller, a Psychological Thriller incorporates
elements of drama and mystery film. The suspense in this sub genre comes from the mind, rather than
from a psychical threat. The protagonist in Psychological Thrillers must rely on their mental resources to
solve the situation. Because of their nature, many Psychological Thrillers cross over into the Horror genre.
4.1 Examples - Memento, Rear Window, and Taxi Driver.
5 Science Fiction Thriller - These incorporate hypothetical, science-based themes into the plot of the film.
Traditionally, a Science Fiction film will incorporate heroes, villains, unexplored locations, fantastical quests, and
advanced technology. These elements can be used in a Science Fiction Thriller to create anticipation and
suspense. Often, this sub genre will explore the 'future-gone-bad' theme, including the plot that revolved around
alien invasions, dystopain scenarios, and super-diseases.
5.1 Examples include - Aliens, Inception, and District 9
6 Religious Thriller - These films incorporate religious themes, including religious questions,
ceremonies, and objects. Though some films can revolve around a specific church, many Religious
Thrillers include supernatural experiences not pertaining to a certain religion. Exorcisms, demon
possessions, and church cover-ups are typical themes of a Religious Thriller film.
6.1 Examples - The Devil's Advocate, The Ninth Gate, The Da Vinci Code.