20 Best Bollywood Suspense Thriller Movies keep You Glued to Screen

Criminal (1995)

Criminal 1995 nagarjuna hindi film

Criminal is a 1995 psychological thriller film starring Annikeni Nagarjuna, Ramya Krishnan, Manisha Koirala in the lead roles. Directed by Mahesh Bhatt, the film follows the life of a doctor couple who are happily living their married life.

However, things go south when the wife is murdered and the husband is the prime suspect. Now, the husband is convicted and sentenced to death, but an accident on his transport to prison helps him escape from police. He must find the real killer and unravel a mystery that even he is unaware of.

Te3n (2016)Te3n Amitabh and nawazuddin Siddiqui 2016 film

Te3n is one of the recent releases on our list. The film stars a pool of talent in the likes of Amitabh Bachchan, Vidya Balan, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead roles.

Directed by Ribhu Dasgupta, the film is about a Grandfather who is looking for answers behind his granddaughter mysterious death when a kidnapping goes wrong. He needs justice for his granddaughter and doesn’t give up even after 8 years of the incident, while lead officer investigating the crime has already quit his job to find peace for his remorse.

Now, a similar incident with the same modus operandi comes into light and the grandfather and the ex-cop join hands to catch the killer and bring him to justice once and for all.

Drishyam (2015)Ajay Devgn Filmy keeda in Drishyam

Drishyam is a Hindi remake of the Malayalam film of the same title directed by Nishikant Kamat. The film stars Ajay Devgn in the lead role, alongside Shriya Saran and Tabu as supporting cast.

The film is not entirely a suspense drama for the audience, however, some mystery elements in the film that unravels one by one throughout the film make it interesting and thrilling to watch.

The film follows the life of a happy family living harmoniously in small town Pondolem, Goa. Their life is disturbed when something terrible happens on a rainy night and the family has to stick together to survive the aftermath.

Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007)Bhool Bhulaiyaa Hindi remake of Marichitudu

Another remake of a hit Malayalam film, Bhool Bhulaiyaa is a suspense-horror film starring Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Paresh Rawal, Amisha Patel, Mohan Joshi, Asrani, Rajpal Yadav, and many others in interesting roles.

The film revolves around a ghost mystery that is linked with an ancient Odissi dancer hailing from Bengal named Manjulika. Now, Aditya, a psychiatrist from New York is called in to solve the mysterious ghost haunting and eventually a lot of mysteries and information about the past gets revealed one by one.

Whether he is successful in sustaining peace within the house or not, forms the rest of the story.

Talaash: The Answer Lies Within (2012)Talaash the answer lies within

Well, not one of the best films of Aamir Khan, Talaash: The Answer Lies Within did attract some eyeballs at the time of its release. The film follows the life of a Police Inspector Surjan Shekhawat, played by Aamir Khan, who is guilt-ridden and recovering from the loss of the death of his 8-year old son. He tries to distract himself by immersing himself on a case of a mysterious car accident involving well-known Actor Armaan Kapoor. However, the mystery deepens when Rosie, played by Kareena Kapoor, enters the scene and guides Shekhawat onto a larger conspiracy. Watch the film to know what happens next!

Rahasya (2015)Rahasya 2015 murder mystery thriller

Based on the famous Aarushi Murder Case, Rahasya tries to dramatize the real events in a fictional way from the perspective of the filmmaker.

Directed by Manish Gupta; the film stars Kay Kay Menon, Tisca Chopra, Ashish Vidyarthi, Mita Vashisht, and Ashwini Kalsekar. The film tries to uncover the mystery behind the famous 2008 Noida Double Murder case and tries to give a version of the unfortunate event.

The Stoneman Murders (2009)The Stoneman Murders mystries

The Stoneman Murder is another film on our list based on real-life events. Directed by Manish Gupta; the film follows the investigation of the real-life events of the Stoneman serial killings of the 1980s.

The film stars Kay Kay Menon and Arbaaz Khan in the lead roles as cops in the movie, who are trying to uncover the mystery behind the serial killings.

Table No. 21 (2013)
Table No 21

Table No. 21 is a 2013 psychological drama directed by Aditya Datt. The film is basically about a live game show called Table No.21. However, there’s much more to the game that slowly unravels as the story moves further.

The film stars Paresh Rawal, Rajeev Khandelwal, and Tena Desai in the lead roles. Rajeev Khandelwal and Tena Desai play a couple, who participate in the game, whereas Paresh Rawal is the organizer of the live reality game show.

As the game starts getting ugly, the couple realizes that they are in some deep shit and eventually are surprised and shocked as the truth is revealed.

Gumnaam (1965)

Gumnaam Murder Mystery

When it comes to suspense films, the first movie that comes to my mind is the 1965 film Gumnaam.

This suspense thriller film is directed by Raja Nawathe and stars Manoj Kumar, Nanda, Pran, Helen, and Mehmood in interesting roles. The film is about a group of seven people who are stranded on an Island when their plane suffers a malfunction resulting in it to an emergency landing.

While on the island, things start getting ugly after a mysterious girl is seen roaming around singing the title song of the film, “Gumnaam Hai Koi” and the people on the island is getting killed one by one. Elaborating the story further won’t do any justice. Watch it once to know what happens next and I guarantee that you wouldn’t regret it.

Wo Kaun Thi? (1964)

woh Kaun thi 1964 film

Wo Kaun Thi? is a black-and-white psychological thriller film featuring Manoj Kumar and Sadhana in the lead roles.

Directed by Raj Khosla, the film follows the life of Dr. Anand, played by Manoj Kumar, who sees or encounters a girl very often in mysterious ways leading him to believe her to be a ghost. However, things turn spookier when his new bride turns out to be the same girl and he starts going nuts over the mystery or the connection between his wife and the unknown girl. However, everyone is shocked, when the truth is finally revealed and the film has a happy ending.

Teesri Manzil (1966)

Teesri Manzil Murder Mystery

Another great classic suspense movie is Teesri Manzil directed by Vijay Anand. The film stars Shammi Kapoor and Asha Parekh in the lead roles, alongside Laxmi Chhaya, Premnath, Prem Chopra, Iftekhar, Helen, K.N. Singh, and Salim Khan as supporting cast.

The film is about a murder that involves a young woman jumping from the 3rd floor of a hotel building. The rest of the film reveals some unusual facts that point to many different suspects. You must watch the film to uncover the face of the real culprit as it will be shocking to find out, who the killer is.

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  1. Ravi budhwar

    I Think Talaash is the best suspense film in the Indian cinema ever according to me because the end is totally surprising but others are also good.But Talaash is mine first pick among all.

  2. vijay srinivas

    How have u forgotten ittefaq and yeh raaste hai pyar ke (1963) film?

  3. Amol Sareen

    hi. there was a telefilm on DD in 90s where a kid wanted to celebrate his bday after attending a bday party of his friend. Do you remember and can you help me find its link on youtube?