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The Best Conspiracy Thrillers Of All-Time

“What are the best Conspiracy Thriller Movies Of All-time?” We looked at 208 of the top Conspiracy thrillers, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 23 films, all appearing on 3 or more “Best Conspiracy Thriller” movie lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 175+ movies, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



Top 23 Conspiracy Thriller Movies



23 .) Conspiracy Theory (1997) directed by Richard Donner

 Conspiracy Theory (1997)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fandango
  • IMDB 2
  • The Cinemaholic

A man obsessed with conspiracy theories becomes a target after one of his theories turns out to be true. Unfortunately, in order to save himself, he has to figure out which theory it is.



22 .) Edge of Darkness (1985) directed by Martin Campbell

 Edge of Darkness (1985)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • The Guardian

Yorkshire detective Ronald Craven is haunted by the murder of his daughter and begins his own investigation into her death.



21 .) Marathon Man (1976) directed by John Schlesinger

 Marathon Man (1976)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cinema Jam
  • Crime Reads
  • IFC

A graduate student and obsessive runner in New York is drawn into a mysterious plot involving his brother, a member of the secretive Division.



20 .) Michael Clayton (2007) directed by Tony Gilroy

 Michael Clayton (2007)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Games For Girlsss
  • IMDB 2
  • The Cinemaholic

A law firm brings in its ‘fixer’ to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multi-billion dollar class action suit.



19 .) No Way Out (1987) directed by Roger Donaldson

 No Way Out (1987)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Den Of Geek
  • IFC
  • IMDB

Navy Lt. Tom Farrell meets a young woman, Susan Atwell , and they share a passionate fling. Farrell then finds out that his superior, Defense Secretary David Brice, is also romantically involved with Atwell. When the young woman turns up dead, Farrell is put in charge of the murder investigation. He begins to uncover shocking clues about the case, but when details of his encounter with Susan surface, he becomes a suspect as well.



18 .) The Day of the Jackal (1973) directed by Fred Zinnemann

 The Day of the Jackal (1973)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Crime Reads
  • IMDB
  • Quora

An international assassin known as ‘The Jackal’ is employed by disgruntled French generals to kill President Charles de Gaulle, with a dedicated gendarme on the assassin’s trail.



17 .) The Ghost Writer (2010) directed by Roman Polanski

 The Ghost Writer (2010)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cinema Jam
  • Den Of Geek
  • IMDB 2

A writer stumbles upon a long-hidden secret when he agrees to help former British Prime Minister Adam Lang complete his memoirs on a remote island after the politician’s assistant drowns in a mysterious accident. In director Roman Polanski’s tense drama, the author realizes that his discovery threatens some very powerful people who will do anything to ensure that certain episodes from Lang’s past remain buried.



16 .) The Insider (1999) directed by Michael Mann

 The Insider (1999)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Games For Girlsss
  • IMDB
  • The Cinemaholic

Tells the true story of a 60 Minutes television series exposé of the tobacco industry, as seen through the eyes of a real tobacco executive, Jeffrey Wigand.



15 .) The X Files directed by Rob Bowman

 The X Files

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fandango
  • IMDB 2
  • The Guardian

Mulder and Scully, now taken off the FBI’s X Files cases, must find a way to fight the shadowy elements of the government to find out the truth about a conspiracy that might mean the alien colonization of Earth.



14 .) Blow Out (1981) directed by Brian De Palma

 Blow Out (1981)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cinema Jam
  • IFC
  • IMDB
  • Slate

Jack Terry is a master sound recordist who works on grade-B horror movies. Late one evening, he is recording sounds for use in his movies when he hears something unexpected through his sound equipment and records it. Curiosity gets the better of him when the media become involved, and he begins to unravel the pieces of a nefarious conspiracy. As he struggles to survive against his shadowy enemies and expose the truth, he does not know whom he can trust.



13 .) Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) directed by Anthony Russo

 Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cinema Jam
  • Fandango
  • IFC
  • IMDB

After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Steve Rogers, aka Captain America is living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.



12 .) Seven Days In May (1964) directed by John Frankenheimer

 Seven Days In May (1964)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Den Of Geek
  • Fandango
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • Thought Co.

A U.S. Army general alerts the president of a planned military coup against him.



11 .) The Bourne Identity directed by Doug Liman

 The Bourne Identity

Lists It Appears On:

  • Crime Reads
  • IFC
  • IMDB 2
  • Slate

Wounded to the brink of death and suffering from amnesia, Jason Bourne is rescued at sea by a fisherman. With nothing to go on but a Swiss bank account number, he starts to reconstruct his life, but finds that many people he encounters want him dead. However, Bourne realizes that he has the combat and mental skills of a world-class spy—but who does he work for?



10 .) The Net directed by Irwin Winkler

 The Net

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Relatively Interesting

Angela Bennett is a freelance software engineer who lives in a world of computer technology. When a cyber friend asks Bennett to debug a new game, she inadvertently becomes involved in a conspiracy that will soon turn her life upside down. While on vacation in Mexico, her purse is stolen. She soon finds that people and events may not be what they seem as she becomes the target of an assassination. Her vacation is ruined. She gets a new passport at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico but it has the wrong name, Ruth Marx. When she returns to the U.S. to sort things out, she discovers that Ruth Marx has an unsavory past and a lengthy police record. To make matters worse, another person has assumed her real identity …



9 .) Valkyrie (2008) directed by Bryan Singer

 Valkyrie (2008)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Games For Girlsss
  • IMDB
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • The Cinemaholic

Wounded in Africa during World War II, Nazi Col. Claus von Stauffenberg returns to his native Germany and joins the Resistance in a daring plan to create a shadow government and assassinate Adolf Hitler. When events unfold so that he becomes a central player, he finds himself tasked with both leading the coup and personally killing the Führer.



8 .) JFK (1991) directed by Oliver Stone

 JFK (1991)

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • Fandango
  • Games For Girlsss
  • IMDB
  • The Cinemaholic

New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there’s more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.



7 .) They Live (1988) directed by John Carpenter

 They Live (1988)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cinema Jam
  • Games For Girlsss
  • IMDB
  • Slate
  • The Cinemaholic

Nada, a wanderer without meaning in his life, discovers a pair of sunglasses capable of showing the world the way it truly is. As he walks the streets of Los Angeles, Nada notices that both the media and the government are comprised of subliminal messages meant to keep the population subdued, and that most of the social elite are skull-faced aliens bent on world domination. With this shocking discovery, Nada fights to free humanity from the mind-controlling aliens.



6 .) Enemy of the State (1998) directed by Tony Scott

 Enemy of the State (1998)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fandango
  • Games For Girlsss
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Relatively Interesting
  • The Cinemaholic

Hotshot Washington lawyer, Robert Dean becomes a victim of high-tech identity theft when a hacker slips an incriminating video into his pocket. Soon, a rogue National Security agent sets out to recover the tape – and destroy Dean.



5 .) The Manchurian Candidate (1962) directed by Jonathan Demme

 The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fandango
  • Games For Girlsss
  • IMDB
  • Slate
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • The Cinemaholic
  • Thought Co.

Near the end of the Korean War, a platoon of U.S. soldiers is captured by communists and brainwashed. Following the war, the platoon is returned home, and Sergeant Raymond Shaw is lauded as a hero by the rest of his platoon. However, the platoon commander, Captain Bennett Marco, finds himself plagued by strange nightmares and soon races to uncover a terrible plot.



4 .) The Conversation (1974) directed by Francis Ford Coppola

 The Conversation (1974)

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • Cinema Jam
  • EW
  • IFC
  • io9
  • Slate
  • The Cinemaholic
  • Thought Co.

Surveillance expert Harry Caul is hired by a mysterious client’s brusque aide to tail a young couple. Tracking the pair through San Francisco’s Union Square, Caul and his associate Stan manage to record a cryptic conversation between them. Tormented by memories of a previous case that ended badly, Caul becomes obsessed with the resulting tape, trying to determine if the couple are in danger.



3 .) All the President’s Men (1976) directed by Alan J. Pakula

 All the President's Men (1976)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Crime Reads
  • EW
  • Fandango
  • Games For Girlsss
  • IFC
  • IMDB
  • io9
  • Slate
  • The Cinemaholic
  • Thought Co.

In the run-up to the 1972 elections, Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward covers what seems to be a minor break-in at the Democratic Party National headquarters. He is surprised to find top lawyers already on the defense case, and the discovery of names and addresses of Republican fund organizers on the accused further arouses his suspicions. The editor of the Post is prepared to run with the story and assigns Woodward and Carl Bernstein to it. They find the trail leading higher and higher in the Republican Party, and eventually into the White House itself.



2 .) Three Days of the Condor (1975) directed by Sydney Pollack

 Three Days of the Condor (1975)

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • Cinema Jam
  • EW
  • Fandango
  • Games For Girlsss
  • IFC
  • IMDB
  • io9
  • The Cinemaholic
  • Thought Co.

A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust.



1 .) The Parallax View (1974) directed by Alan J. Pakula

 The Parallax View (1974)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cinema Jam
  • Den Of Geek
  • EW
  • Fandango
  • Games For Girlsss
  • IFC
  • IMDB
  • io9
  • Slate
  • The Cinemaholic
  • Thought Co.

An ambitious reporter, investigating a senator’s assassination, realizes witnesses to the shooting are systematically dying and discovers a multi-million dollar corporation which serves as a front for the recruitment of political assassins.




The 175+ Additional Best Conspiracy Thriller Movies Of All-Time



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2416 BlocksRichard DonnerIMDB
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25Air Force OneWolfgang PetersenIMDB
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26Arlington RoadMark PellingtonIMDB
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27Capricorn One’ (1978)Peter HyamsIMDB
Fandango
28Chain ReactionAndrew DavisIMDB
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29Cop LandJames MangoldIMDB
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30Cutter’s Way (1981) io9
Cinema Jam
31EraserChuck RussellIMDB
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32Eyes Wide Shut (1999)Stanley KubrickIMDB
Cinema Jam
33Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) BFI
Taste Of Cinema
34Jacob’s Ladder (1990)Adrian LyneIMDB 2
Cinema Jam
35Max PayneJohn MooreIMDB
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36Mercury RisingHarold BeckerIMDB
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37Minority ReportSteven SpielbergIFC
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38Mulholland DriveDavid LynchIMDB
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39OldboySpike LeeIMDB
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40Rendition (2007)Gavin HoodIMDB
Den Of Geek
41ShooterAntoine FuquaIMDB
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42Shutter Island (2010)Martin ScorseseIMDB
Cinema Jam
43Side Effects (2013)Steven SoderberghIMDB
Cinema Jam
44SpartanDavid MametIMDB
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45The Andromeda Strain (1971) 
Crime Reads
Thought Co.
46The China Syndrome (1979) 
Thought Co.
Quora
47The Da Vinci CodeRon HowardIMDB
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48The FirmSydney PollackIMDB
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49The General’s DaughterSimon WestIMDB
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50The InternationalTom TykwerIMDB
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51The LosersSylvain WhiteIMDB
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52The Pelican BriefAlan J. PakulaIMDB
Relatively Interesting
53The Quiet AmericanPhillip NoyceIMDB
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54Total Recall (1990)Paul VerhoevenIMDB 2
Cinema Jam
55Training DayAntoine FuquaIMDB
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56V for VendettaJames McTeigueIMDB
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57Winter Kills (1979) 
Den Of Geek
io9
58Z (1969) BFI
Den Of Geek
592 GunsBaltasar KormákurIMDB
60A Tale of Two SistersJee-woon KimIMDB
61A Very British Coup (1988) 
The Guardian
62A Walk Among the TombstonesScott FrankIMDB 2
63Absolute PowerClint EastwoodIMDB
64Angels & DemonsRon HowardIMDB 2
65AnthropoidSean EllisIMDB
66Black Sunday 
Crime Reads
67Blowup BFI
68Breach (2007) 
Den Of Geek
69BreakdownJonathan MostowIMDB 2
70Broken ArrowJohn WooIMDB 2
71Broken CityAllen HughesIMDB
72Bug (2006) 
Cinema Jam
73ChangelingClint EastwoodIMDB
74ChinatownRoman PolanskiIMDB
75Clear and Present DangerPhillip NoyceIMDB
76Conspiracy (2001) 
Taste Of Cinema
77Conspiracy Principle (1997) 
Games For Girlsss
78Da Vinci Code 
Relatively Interesting
79Dark BlueRon SheltonIMDB 2
80Dark CityAlex ProyasIMDB 2
81Death of a PresidentGabriel RangeIMDB
82Defence of the Realm BFI
83Deterrence (1999) 
Den Of Geek
84Eagle EyeD.J. CarusoIMDB 2
85EdisonDavid J. BurkeIMDB
86ElysiumNeill BlomkampIMDB 2
87End GameAndy ChengIMDB
88Executive Action (1973) io9
89Fail Safe (1964) 
Den Of Geek
90Fleabag 
Crime Reads
91FlightplanRobert SchwentkeIMDB
92FranticRoman PolanskiIMDB 2
93Fulltime KillerJohnnie ToIMDB
94GET OUT (2017) Slate
95GoldenEyeMartin CampbellIMDB 2
96Gone Baby GoneBen AffleckIMDB
97Good Guys Wear Black (1978) io9
98Gorky Park (1983) 
Den Of Geek
99Hard RainMikael SalomonIMDB 2
100HitmanXavier GensIMDB 2
101Illustrious Corpses/Cadaveri Eccellenti (1976) 
Den Of Geek
102In the Line of FireWolfgang PetersenIMDB
103Inside ManSpike LeeIMDB
104Jack Ryan: Shadow RecruitKenneth BranaghIMDB
105KafkaSteven SoderberghIMDB
106Kiss of the DragonChris NahonIMDB
107L.A. ConfidentialCurtis HansonIMDB 2
108Les Diaboliques (1955) 
Cinema Jam
109LockoutJames MatherIMDB 2
110LucyLuc BessonIMDB 2
111Madras CafeShoojit SircarIMDB
112Malcolm XSpike LeeIMDB
113Man on FireTony ScottIMDB 2
114Ministry of Fear (1944) 
Cinema Jam
115MissingCosta-GavrasIMDB
116Murder at 1600Dwight H. LittleIMDB 2
117Non-StopJaume Collet-SerraIMDB 2
118On Deadly GroundSteven SeagalIMDB 2
119OutbreakWolfgang PetersenIMDB
120Patriot GamesPhillip NoyceIMDB
121PaycheckJohn WooIMDB 2
122PiDarren AronofskyIMDB
123Red EyeWes CravenIMDB 2
124Rubicon (2010) 
The Guardian
125Safe HouseDaniel EspinosaIMDB 2
126SaltPhillip NoyceIMDB 2
127Seeking JusticeRoger DonaldsonIMDB
128SerpicoSidney LumetIMDB
129Shadow Dancer (2012) 
Den Of Geek
130Sicario (2015) 
Cinema Jam
131Six Days Of the Condor 
Crime Reads
132Snake EyesBrian De PalmaIMDB 2
133SneakersPhil Alden RobinsonIMDB
134Spy GameTony ScottIMDB 2
135Standard Operating Procedure BFI
136Star Trek: Into DarknessJ.J. AbramsIMDB
137State of Play (2003) 
The Guardian
138Steal This MovieRobert GreenwaldIMDB
139Strange DaysKathryn BigelowIMDB
140SwordfishDominic SenaIMDB 2
141SyrianaStephen GaghanIMDB
142TakenPierre MorelIMDB 2
143Tango & CashAndrey KonchalovskiyIMDB 2
144Telefon (1977) io9
145Tell TaleMichael CuestaIMDB
146The 39 Steps (1935) 
Cinema Jam
147The Amateur (1981) 
Den Of Geek
148The Anderson Tapes; 1971 
Thought Co.
149The Anderson Tapes” (1974) Quora
150The Art of WarChristian DuguayIMDB 2
151The BodyguardMick JacksonIMDB
152The Bourne LegacyTony GilroyIMDB 2
153The Bourne UltimatumPaul GreengrassIMDB
154The Boys from BrazilFranklin J. SchaffnerIMDB
155The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) 
Cinema Jam
156The ConspiracyChristopher MacBrideIMDB
157The Constant GardenerFernando MeirellesIMDB
158The Count of Monte CristoKevin ReynoldsIMDB
159The Crimson RiversMathieu KassovitzIMDB 2
160The Debt/Ha-Hov (2007) 
Den Of Geek
161The Devil’s Double (2011) 
Den Of Geek
162The Dialog (1974) 
Games For Girlsss
163The Domino Principle (1977) io9
164The Eternal Jew (1940) 
Taste Of Cinema
165The ForgottenJoseph RubenIMDB
166The FugitiveAndrew DavisIMDB 2
167The GameDavid FincherIMDB 2
168The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s NestDaniel AlfredsonIMDB
169The Girl Who Played with FireDaniel AlfredsonIMDB
170The Good ShepherdRobert De NiroIMDB
171The HoleNick HammIMDB
172The IllusionistNeil BurgerIMDB
173The InvasionOliver HirschbiegelIMDB 2
174The IslandMichael BayIMDB 2
175The Last Boy ScoutTony ScottIMDB 2
176The Laughing Policeman” (1973) Quora
177The Life of David GaleAlan ParkerIMDB
178The Lives of OthersFlorian Henckel von DonnersmarckIMDB
179The Long Kiss GoodnightRenny HarlinIMDB 2
180The Mothman PropheciesMark PellingtonIMDB
181The NegotiatorF. Gary GrayIMDB
182The Ninth GateRoman PolanskiIMDB 2
183The November ManRoger DonaldsonIMDB 2
184The Osterman WeekendSam PeckinpahIMDB
185The Package (1989) 
Den Of Geek
186The PeacemakerMimi LederIMDB 2
187The Philadelphia ExperimentStewart RaffillIMDB
188The Prisoner (1967 – 1968) 
The Guardian
189The Recruit (2003) 
Den Of Geek
190The Shooter/Skytten (2013) 
Den Of Geek
191The Siege (1998) 
Den Of Geek
192The Sixth SenseM. Night ShyamalanIMDB
193The SkullsRob CohenIMDB
194The Stepford Wives 
Relatively Interesting
195The Testament of Dr. Mabuse BFI
196The Wave/Die Welle (2008) 
Den Of Geek
197The Whistleblower (2010) 
Den Of Geek
198The YardsJames GrayIMDB
199Traitor (2008) 
Den Of Geek
200Twilight’s Last Gleaming (1977) 
Den Of Geek
201U.S. MarshalsStuart BairdIMDB 2
202UnknownJaume Collet-SerraIMDB 2
203Unthinkable (2010) 
Den Of Geek
204Vantage PointPete TravisIMDB
205Veronica GuerinJoel SchumacherIMDB
206Wag the Dog’ (1997) Fandango
207WedlockLewis TeagueIMDB
208White House DownRoland EmmerichIMDB



18 Best Conspiracy Thriller Film Sources/Lists



Source Article
BFI How we learned to start worrying and love conspiracy movies
Cinema Jam The Top 20 Paranoid Conspiracy Films of All Time
Crime Reads The Best of 1970s Conspiracy Thrillers
Den Of Geek 25 Underrated Political Thrillers
EW All The Presidents Men and 3 more of the best conspiracy movies ever
Fandango 12 Great Government Conspiracies on Film
Games For Girlsss Best Conspiracy Movies
IFC 10 Paranoid Conspiracy Thrillers Worth Investigating – IFC
IMDB Best Conspiracy Movies
IMDB 2 Best Conspiracy Thrillers
io9 10 Most Essential 1970s Conspiracy Thrillers
Quora What are some of the best conspiracy thriller movies in the 70s
Relatively Interesting The Top 5 Conspiracy Movies – Relatively Interesting
Slate Slate’s Conspiracy Thrillers Movie Club
Taste Of Cinema 20 Great Conspiracy Movies That Are Worth Your Time « Taste of
The Cinemaholic 12 Best Conspiracy Movies of All Time
The Guardian Six to watch: conspiracy thrillers
Thought Co. Paranoid Thrillers

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