A great genre of film that often doesn’t get its due are movies about conspiracy theories, often called paranoid thrillers. These are movies where the protagonist, often a journalist, uncovers an evil plot by a government or corporation and struggles to bring the truth to light as he or she is hunted mercilessly by the people who want to stop them from revealing their transgressions. Sometimes, these paranoid thrillers are based on real events, such as the movie Erin Brockovich about a woman who blows the whistle on a company poisoning a town’s drinking water, and the upcoming film Spotlight about sexual abuse committed and covered up by the Catholic church. But most times, these movies are pure escapist fun—albeit with a good measure of intensity thrown in. So here is a list of 11 of the best paranoid thriller movies.
11. Flashpoint (1984)
Two U.S. border patrol agents discover a jeep long buried in the desert along the U.S.-Mexico border. Inside the jeep is a skeleton, along with a high powered rifle and a bag containing $800,000 cash. Who is the skeleton and what was the man doing with the rifle and bag of money? So begins the mystery surrounding the plot of Flashpoint, a 1984 film starring actors Kris Kristofferson and Treat Williams. The border patrol agents become intrigued with the mystery and dig deeper and deeper in search of answers, despite the warnings of their bosses to back off and let federal agents handle the investigation. But the more the two border patrol agents uncover, the more complex the conspiracy behind the skeleton in the jeep. Hint: It involves a political assassination. Flashpoint is a solid thriller that has been largely overlooked. A strong script and good acting make this an engrossing movie that is worth a look. It was also the first movie made by Home Box Office, aka HBO.http://www.movpins.com/dHQwMDg3MjY4/flashpoint-(1984)/still-18716928 Source: Movpins.com