Definition of “Thriller” - thriller is a film that provide thrills and keeps the audience cliff-hanging at the "edge of their seats" as the plot builds towards a climax. The tension usually arises when the character(s) is placed in a menacing situation, a mystery, or a trap from which escaping seems impossible. Life is threatened, usually because the principal character is unsuspectingly or unknowingly involved in a dangerous or potentially deadly situation.
Conventions of a traditional thriller –
Thrillers mostly take place in ordinary suburbs/cities
The heroes in most thrillers are frequently ordinary citizens unaccustomed to danger
In a thriller, the hero must thwart the plans of an enemy rather than uncover a crime that has already happened
Thrillers also occur on a much grander scale: the crimes that must be prevented are serial or mass murder, terrorism, assassination, or the overthrow of governments
a thriller climaxes when the hero finally defeats the villain, saving his own life and often the lives of others. In thrillers influenced by film noir and tragedy, the compromised hero is often killed in the process.
CONSPIRACY THRILLER – Awake, Marathon Man, JFK.
CRIME THRILLER – The Score, Oceans 11, Entrapment.
DISASTER THRILLER - Deep Impact, Twister, 2012.
EROTIC THRILLER – Lust, Caution, Dressed To Kill.
LEGAL THRILLER – The Client, A Time To Kill, The Juror.
MEDICAL THRILLER – The Hot Zone, Anatomy, Pathology.
MYSTERY THRILLER – The Number 23, Shutter Island, Vertigo.
POLITICAL THRILLER – Rendition, Topaz, The Ghost Writer.
PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER – Psycho, Panic Room, Funny Games.
RAPE & REVENGE THRILLER– Baise-moi, A Cruel Picture, Irreversible.
RELIGIOUS THRILLER – The Ninth Gate, Angel Heart, The Da Vinci Code.
SUPERNATURAL THRILLER – Signs, The Others, In Dreams.
TECHNO THRILLER – The Matrix, Jurassic Park, Terminator.
Also, other combinations are used such as Horror Thriller, Spy Thriller and Action/Adventure Thriller.