What Are the Most Heart-Stopping Thrillers?

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When you're captivated by a film and you feel like your heart is going to jump out of your chest, you know a master of suspense has hold of you. The best suspense on film is generated by a deft mix of plot, setting, music, and fear or excitement of the unknown and unseen.

Quentin Tarantino gets ample and deserved credit for many things, but his expert, if infrequent, use of subtlety is often overlooked. Although suspense is crucial to unforgettable scenes in every one of Taratino's films, genius scenes in 'Inglorious Basterds' make your blood pressure soar to unseen heights. The opening scene between Col. Landa and Perrier LaPadite that features Landa inquiring of missing Jews in a relaxed, but devastatingly foreboding manner is an unfathomable mixture of wicked mirth and pure dread.