While violence is shunned and should not be used at all costs in real life, violence is often used in the fictional world as a tool to deliver certain messages, a device to push the plot, or even just for pure entertainment at times.
Violence effectively creates suspense and tension in a movie and at times, gives the audience a strange sense of satisfaction. Different theories exist as to why people are attracted to violent movies, but what we know is that human race has been entertained by violence for all of history—Colosseum, certain sports, etc.
Excessive violence, especially just for pure entertainment, can lead to criticisms and raise concerns about the risks and effects of violence on media. But that’s another discussion for another day.
Maimovie ranked the top 10 extremely violent and suspenseful movies of all times. What do you think? Are they too much? Or did they not bother you at all?
The following list was based on Maimovie on April 18, 2022, under the “extremely violent” and “suspenseful” Keytalks. Check out the Maimovie app or website to discover more movies and shows.
1995, 2h 7m
Two homicide detectives are on a desperate hunt for a serial killer whose crimes are based on the “seven deadly sins” in this dark and haunting film that takes viewers from the tortured remains of one victim to the next. The seasoned Det. Sommerset researches each sin in an effort to get inside the killer’s mind, while his novice partner, Mills, scoffs at his efforts to unravel the case.
2006, 2h 31m
To take down South Boston’s Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld, not realizing the syndicate has done likewise. While an undercover cop curries favor with the mob kingpin, a career criminal rises through the police ranks. But both sides soon discover there’s a mole among them.
2005, 2h 44m
During the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, eleven Israeli athletes are taken hostage and murdered by a Palestinian terrorist group known as Black September. In retaliation, the Israeli government recruits a group of Mossad agents to track down and execute those responsible for the attack.
2009, 2h 32m
Swedish thriller based on Stieg Larsson’s novel about a male journalist and a young female hacker. In the opening of the movie, Mikael Blomkvist, a middle-aged publisher for the magazine Millennium, loses a libel case brought by corrupt Swedish industrialist Hans-Erik Wennerström. Nevertheless, he is hired by Henrik Vanger in order to solve a cold case, the disappearance of Vanger’s niece
2015, 2h 2m
An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by a government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico.
2007, 2h 2m
Llewelyn Moss stumbles upon dead bodies, $2 million and a hoard of heroin in a Texas desert, but methodical killer Anton Chigurh comes looking for it, with local sheriff Ed Tom Bell hot on his trail. The roles of prey and predator blur as the violent pursuit of money and justice collide.
2005, 1h 36m
An average family is thrust into the spotlight after the father commits a seemingly self-defense murder at his diner.
2007, 1h 40m
A Russian teenager, living in London, dies during childbirth but leaves clues to a midwife in her journal, that could tie her child to a rape involving a violent Russian mob family.
2011, 1h 40m
Driver is a skilled Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver for criminals. Though he projects an icy exterior, lately he’s been warming up to a pretty neighbor named Irene and her young son, Benicio. When Irene’s husband gets out of jail, he enlists Driver’s help in a million-dollar heist. The job goes horribly wrong, and Driver must risk his life to protect Irene and Benicio from the vengeful masterminds behind the robbery.
2009, 2h 33m
In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as “The Basterds” are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds, lead by Lt. Aldo Raine soon cross paths with a French-Jewish teenage girl who runs a movie theater in Paris which is targeted by the soldiers.