The Parallax View is a masterpiece, and is quite unsettling.
three days of the condor is pretty good. if they’d left out the sappy love story it would rival parallax view. and then there’s the conversation, better then both of them. also frankenheimer’s manchurian candidate
network, jfk, the lives of others, day of the jackal, all the president’s men, orson welles’ the trial…
I second Parallax.
Rosemary’s Baby is a prime example.
then maybe also repulsion and the tenant? paranoia anyway…
I liked Bug very much as well.
Guess I will have to keep seconding until I come up with my own
The Last Laugh always cracks me up.Treasure of the Sierra MadreThe TrialThe ConversationFight ClubEternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindA Scanner DarklyA Serious Man There’s something very Jewish about conspiracy and paranoiaShutter Island Not a great film, but a great script imo
The Manchurian Candidate
I agree with your comments about A Serious Man and Shutter Island. Spot-on.
We could throw in
Lives of Others
Requiem for a Dream
LA Confidential, Blade Runner, minority report, not sure u want to venture into noir territory. lot of paranoia and conspiracies there
Executive Action, a film I just don’t hear a lot about.
Seven Days in May
And I would include Twilight’s last gleaming, all three of these with Burt Lancaster.
3 days of the condor, parralax view and manchurian candidate are 3 of my favorite movies
3 Days of the Condor and The Parallax View are the ne plus ultra of the “paranoid thriller” genre, no doubt about it.
It wouldn’t hurt to see some examples by the inventor of this kind of picture, so I strongly
recommend SABOTEUR, NORTH BY NORTHWEST and FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT.
Fritz Lang’s MINISTRY OF FEAR is a sterling thriller as well.
All of Frankenheimer’s films from the 1960s in the genre are brilliant, but I would add SECONDS to what has been mentioned already.
A truly bizarre, rather trashy treat is WINTER KILLS (1979, William Richert), which falls somewhere between The Parallax View and The Manchurian Candidate in terms of perverse dark humor.
Also, the magnificent MURDER BY DECREE pits Sherlock Holmes against a royal conspiracy and Jack the Ripper.
Sounds silly, but it is quite well mounted and convincing, as thrillers go.
Fassbinder’s World on a Wire comes to mind first.
Here’s a more comical one from S.Korea
Save the Green Planet
The tin foil hat wearing character is great.
Have yet to see The Parallax View, it was recommended to me at least about a year ago. Love the genre of paranoia, particularly ’70s American films.
Yeah I like the Paralllax View, it has amazing montage of stills.
On YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNMi8fXi5Os
This right here (along with science fiction) is probably my most favorite film genre. I swear, I am fucking addicted to them.
My Top 5:
THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR
THE DAY OF THE JACKAL
ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN
The Best Of The Rest:
THE PARALLAX VIEW, THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN ABOVE SUSPICION, SEVEN DAYS OF MAY, THE CHINA SYNDROME, MINISTRY OF FEAR, THE LIVES OF OTHERS, THE DOMINO PRINCIPLE, THE ASSASSINATION BUREAU, THE CONSTANT GARDENER, ARMY OF SHADOWS
How could we forget
2001: a space odyssey
What are you doing, Dave?
It’s cool to see that a lot of these movies have fans. If we’re bringing Kubrick into this, I’d nominate Eyes Wide Shut
Sticking with the 70 stuff, I have to suggest Peter Hyams’ Mars landing hoax thriller Capricorn One
Rivette’s Paris Belongs to Us