Highest-Rated Movies about 'Tense', Sort by Popularity


The Wailing (2016), Detour (1945), Rapt (2009), One Day in September (1999), Le Doulos (1961), Sweet Sixteen (2002), The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains (1987), The War Room (1993) ... Let's take a look at the ranked list of the best Tense movies.


The Wailing (2016)

Suspicion leads to hysteria when rural villagers link a series of brutal murders to the arrival of a mysterious stranger (Kunimura Jun).

villager, stranger, murderer, serial killer, suspenseful, thrilling, tense

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Detour (1945)

A down-and-out piano player becomes involved with a mysterious woman and two murders as he hitchhikes west.

pianist, singer, driver, femme fatale, girlfriend, brooding, dark

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Rapt (2009)

Philandering industrialist Stanislas Graff (Yvan Attal) is kidnapped, with his ransom set at 50 million euros. After his finger is chopped off to prove the abductors' seriousness, his wife, Francoise (Anne Consigny), meets with the board of directors to discuss how to raise the money quickly -- but evidence of Stanislas' adultery and gambling make the company reluctant to pay. As rumors spread that Stanislas staged the kidnapping to take care of his debts, public sentiment turns against him.

industrialist, wife, kidnapper, mistress, police officer, executive, tense

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One Day in September (1999)

Filmmaker Kevin MacDonald documents terrorism against Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Narrated by Michael Douglas.

athlete, police officer, terrorist, tense, chilling, frightening, munich

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Le Doulos (1961)

A former convict (Serge Reggiani) suspects his best friend (Jean-Paul Belmondo), a burglar with police contacts, of being a stool pigeon.

friend, jewel thief, informant, ex-convict, gangster, superintendent, suspenseful

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Sweet Sixteen (2002)

A Glasgow youth (Martin Compston) turns to drug dealing to provide financial security for himself, his sister (Annmarie Fulton) and his imprisoned mother.

teen boy, stepfather, mother, grandfather, prisoner, drug dealer, tense

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The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains (1987)

Jobless and desperate, World War I veteran Robert Eliot Burns (Val Kilmer) is arrested for theft and sentenced to work on a prison chain gang. Eager to get away from brutal Warden Hardy (Charles Durning), Burns busts out of jail. Suddenly free, he woos foxy stranger Emily Del Pino Pacheco (Sonia Braga). Soon, though, the romance sours, and, without cover from Emily, Burns is left with nowhere to hide. To his dismay, he might just find himself making a return journey to Hardy's chain gang.

criminal, prisoner, prison guard, warden, cellmate, beautiful woman, rousing

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The War Room (1993)

Given unprecedented access, documentary filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker Chris Hegedus follow part of the 1992 Clinton campaign for president. During the New Hampshire primary, the campaign hits some stumbling blocks, chief among them the Gennifer Flowers scandal, but nevertheless manages to pull out a second-place finish. From there, strategists George Stephanopoulos and James Carville repair to national campaign headquarters in Little Rock to monitor the remaining duration of the campaign.

candidate, strategist, mistress, politician, tense, confident, charming

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The Uninvited (1944)

A British brother (Ray Milland) and sister (Ruth Hussey) move to a coastal mansion haunted by two ghosts.

composer, sister, commander, nurse, daughter, ghost, eerie

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The Shadow of Violence (2019)

A former boxer cares for his autistic son while working as an enforcer for a family of drug dealers in rural Ireland.

crime boss, enforcer, father, boxer, brooding, disheartening, dark

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Hard-Boiled (1992)

A police officer and an undercover colleague embark on a blood-splattered quest to crush a gun smuggling ring.

detective, undercover cop, mobster, smuggler, crew member, hit man, suspenseful

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Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)

A quiet Connecticut vacation home is the backdrop for domestic decline. Sensitive son Edmund (Dean Stockwell) returns home from spending time at sea to a family in a state of collapse. His father (Ralph Richardson) is an alcoholic miser. His mother, Mary (Katharine Hepburn), is addicted to morphine. His brother, Jamie (Jason Robards), is aggressive and unstable. As Edmund and his brother clash over how to help their mother, she becomes increasingly concerned about Edmund's worsening health.

mother, father, brother, son, maid, dark, brooding

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The Delivered (2019)

Living a life of Puritan stricture with her family in 1657, a woman's world is shaken to its core by the unexpected arrival of a young couple closely pursued by a ruthless sheriff and his deputy.

family, couple, sheriff, puritan, abusive husband, bleak, brooding

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Rogue (2013)

An undercover detective is tormented by the possibility that her actions contributed to a tragedy.

journalist, guide, ex-husband, photographer, teen girl, father, frightening

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Page Eight (2011)

Johnny (Bill Nighy), a long-serving member of MI5, finds a mysterious file after his mentor (Michael Gambon) dies.

spy, officer, best friend, boss, suspenseful, cheeky, charming

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Marat/Sade (1967)

The Marquis de Sade (Patrick Magee) directs the patients of Charenton mental hospital in a play about the life of Jean-Paul Marat (Ian Richardson).

crazy person, writer, mental patient, director, marquis de sade, disturbing, emotional

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Went the Day Well? (1942)

Residents of an English village unwittingly welcome Nazi soldiers who intend to take over their town.

villager, german, german officer, german soldier, thrilling, tense, suspenseful

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Diane (2018)

A woman fills her days helping others and desperately attempting to bond with her drug-addicted son. But as those around her begin to drift away in the last quarter of her life, she is left to reckon with past choices and long-dormant memories.

woman, son, drug addict, volunteer, sick person, uneasy, tense

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Last Breath (2018)

Stranded at the bottom of the North Sea with only five minutes of oxygen remaining and no chance of rescue, a diver struggles to survive.

diver, historian, archivist, engaging, gripping, intense, tense

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Of Gods and Men (2010)

An order of Trappist monks whose members include Christian (Lambert Wilson) and Luc (Michael Lonsdale) live among the Muslim population in a quiet corner of Algeria. As the country is plunged into civil war in the mid-1990s, the men of God must decide whether to stay among the impoverished residents who have been their neighbors, or flee the encroaching fundamentalist terrorists. The situation that unfolds, based on actual events, has tragic consequences.

monk, doctor, terrorist, muslim, catholic, powerful, tense

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12 Angry Men (1997)

One (Jack Lemmon) of 12 jurors holds out in the case of a boy (George C. Scott) from the slums who is accused of killing his father.

juror, judge, latino, priest, inspiring, tense, uneasy

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Maze (2017)

Inspired by the true events of the 1983 breakout of 38 Irish Republican prisoners from the Maze prison in Northern Ireland.

prisoner, freedom fighter, terrorist, ira agent, fascinating, gripping, tense

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My Rembrandt (2019)

Rembrandt, the grandmaster of intimacy rocks the art world; 350 years after his death, many people, even entire nations are obsessed with his paintings. Aristocrats cherish, experts rule, art dealers investigate, collectors hunt, museums battle. The epic documentary MY REMBRANDT dives deep into the art world of Old Masters, exploring the motives of its elite.

art collector, art critic, art dealer, curator, benefactor, confident, engaging

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End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock (2021)

Indigenous women unite to stop the oil pipeline that threatens their land, water, and very existence.

construction worker, woman, protester, tense, moving, shocking, protest

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)

A good London doctor (John Barrymore) develops a potion to prove a theory, tests it on himself, and turns evil.

scientist, friend, dancer, colleague, mr. hyde, dr. jekyll, dark

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Cal (1984)

A young IRA recruit (John Lynch) has an affair with the widow (Helen Mirren) of a slain Ulster policeman.

catholic, ira agent, husband, protestant, police officer, father, rousing

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A Quiet Place Part II (2021)

Following the events at home, the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realize the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats lurking beyond the sand path.

mother, survivor, monster, father, deaf child, tense, bleak

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La familia (2017)

Twelve-year-old Pedro roams the streets with his friends in a working-class district of Caracas. After Pedro seriously injures another boy in a rough game, his father decides they must flee and hide.

teen boy, father, friend, stranger, tense, emotional, moving

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Act of Violence (1949)

A crippled World War II veteran (Robert Ryan) stalks a contractor (Van Heflin) whose prison-camp betrayal caused a massacre.

veteran, prisoner of war, wife, girlfriend, prostitute, hit man, gritty

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The Dark Knight (2008)

When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, Batman must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.

villain, superhero, criminal, gangster, batman, district attorney, dark

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