This past weekend Premium Rush , an action-packed film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a bike messenger in New York City, opened in movie theaters. The movie wasn’t thought provoking and certainly didn’t inspire introspection, but after spending ninety minutes watching chaotic bike chases through the busy streets and back alleys of NYC, I did leave the theater with phantom pains and an elevated heart rate. In 2001, the American Film Institute unveiled a list of the 100 Most Thrilling American Films . The list is a mix of silent and CGI, psychological thriller and high action. I’m not sure I agree with every movie on the list, but it is worth browsing. Did your favorite thriller make the list?
If you’re in the mood for a thriller this Labor Day weekend, watch an old favorite or browse the HCPL catalog and request a new movie today!
A Few Films on the AFI 100 Thrillers List: