When watching a film, if you're biting your nails, breathing fast and widening your eyes, it's safe to say that it must be a rather thrilling and gripping film you're experiencing. Some find thrills and intensity in a football match, others in a game of poker, then there's those who find those same thrills and adrenaline when watching film.
In no order, here are 10 seriously intense films that will definitely leave you on the edge of your seat. Let me know in the comments about your most intense movie watching experiences!
1. Buried - Ryan Reynold's may be Deadpool but one of his best performances is the unlucky Paul Conroy, a man who wakes up in a coffin buried deep underground. With only a lighter, phone and a few other little bits on his side, he must uncover the reason for his incarceration and try to survive. This is a ridiculously claustrophobic film with very little room for air, the finale itself is one of the most tense climaxes I've sat through.
2. Unstoppable - Once this film starts it never stops! Chris Pine and Denzel Washington race against the clock to stop a freight train barreling out of control towards densely populated areas. Tony Scott sends the camera on a frantic journey keeping the tension riveting and the pace flying. One scene sees an attempt to slow the train down with another train, only for the help to derail and explode. There are many moments where danger becomes apparent, making for a thrilling adventure.
3. Aliens - James Cameron's masterpiece sequel finds iconic action heroine Ellen Ripley confronting the Xenomorph's once again, but on a much larger scale. The most nail biting moment for me is watching the radar on the soldiers guns bleep more frequently as the threat gets closer. The tension ramps up throughout the movie right up to the explosive finale as the whole base explodes, with Ripley and Newt narrowly avoiding death.
4. A Lonely Place To Die - This film shows what happens when rock climbing and hiking goes wrong. Melissa George delivers yet another fantastic performance as she sells the terror and panic when she and her group of adventurers fall a victim to ruthless killers. Drowning, cliffhanging, claustrophobia, gun fire and boulders are the death traps and the intensity levels ramp up as the characters try to escape.
5. Locke - Who would've thought that a film set entirely in a car with one man could be so exciting? Tom Hardy gives a powerhouse performance as Ivan Locke, a construction site worker who has the most intense drive of his life as his family and work life collide in a spectacular manner. Hardy channels all the grief and angst, whilst the supporting cast, who are only heard over the phone, build up the story and cave in on Locke himself.
6. Black Swan - One of my favourite films, Darren Aronofsky consistently drops bombshell after bombshell in this intoxicating masterpiece. Natalie Portman is Nina Sayers, a fragile and sweet dancer who wins the role of the swan queen. Her relationship with her unhinged mother is terrifying, the creepy visions Nina suffers add a twisted edge to the story and the finale is one of the most shocking and climactic ends ever, as Nina becomes consumed and all the truth explodes.
7. Rope - Hitchcock has made some tense films, but this, in my opinion, is the one to top all others. Two men believe that they have pulled off the perfect murder, but one of them is nervous and unsure, leading to some close call moments as you think they are going to get caught. Superbly acted, incredibly crafted with its unbroken camera takes and a lot of suspicion, this is one to watch for a nail biting time.
8. Contagion - Steven Soderbergh effortlessly balances a whole host of characters who must survive whilst attempt to understand the nature of an outbreak. An all star cast succumbs to a deadly virus and no one is safe. The best thing about this movie is that you think the main characters are going to be free of illness but this film is merciless, and it makes the narrative so much more realistic.
9. Gravity - This list wouldn't be complete without Alfonso Cuaron's gripping sci-fi thriller in which astronaut Ryan Stone is left drifting in space, determined to get back to Earth. Steven Price's dark and atmosphere score amplifies the dangers that hit the poor astronaut, and Bullock's incredible performance enlivens the panic throughout. One scene in particular sees the space debris take out another space station, sending Stone and her shuttle spinning round and round!
10. No Escape- Translates what a panic attack feels like onto the big screen, the events that unfold are so breakneck and tense you’ll need a breather by the time it’s. Jack and Annie Dwyer, the main protagonists, at one point have to jump from roof to roof, and then throw their kids over to one another and catch them to get to safety. The characters constantly find themselves in peril or at the blade of an insurgent, this is definitely one to watch if you're looking for a thrill ride.