Picks and Pans Review: Nicolas Cage My All-Time Favorite Thrillers
updated 03/30/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 03/30/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT
THE EXORCIST 1973 Truly terrifying, largely because of extraordinarily realistic performances by Jason Miller and Ellen Burstyn. The sound work is extraordinary.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 1925 The phantom's face is arguably the most terrifying image on film, but Lon Chaney somehow still makes him sympathetic.
THE SHINING 1980 Superb [Stanley] Kubrick-ian enigmatic filmmaking—plus a knockdown, drag-out über Jack Nicholson. It doesn't get any better then this.
THE TENANT 1976 Roman Polanski directs himself in cinema's ultimate paranoid performance and one of its most suspenseful films. Great supporting actors.
RINGU 1998 Truly disturbing, abstract, dream-logic filmmaking. There's nothing else like it. [Director] Hideo Nakata is an original voice in modern film.