Top 99 Thrillers Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Thrillers Quotes from famous people such as Natsuo Kirino, Brad Thor, Katie Aselton, Adrian Dunbar, Lana Parrilla, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

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One of my books, ‘Rain Falling on My Face,’ earned me the 39th Edogawa Ranpo prize. It’s a very prestigious literary prize in Japan, mostly for mysteries and thrillers.
Natsuo Kirino
Well, my books – I think one of the hallmarks of my thrillers is that they’re based in reality.
Brad Thor
I think there are certain tenets set in place for all different types on genres. For thrillers, women usually die first. I can’t say exactly why, and it’s kind of a bummer… But I also can’t explain why the wallflower girl in the romantic comedy always gets the guy in the end. That’s just the way those movies go.
Katie Aselton
I do like the dark, gritty psychological thrillers, but sometimes we need a little respite from that.
Adrian Dunbar
I love horror, I love scary movies, I love thrillers. If things creep you out and spook you? I love it.
Lana Parrilla
Mysteries and thrillers are not the same things, though they are literary siblings. Roughly put, I would say the distinction is that mysteries emphasize motive and psychology whereas thrillers rely more heavily on action and plot.
Jon Meacham
Many people, I’ve noticed by informally polling friends, are prone to distinguishing a beach read by genre. Some people thought all thrillers are beach reads; others thought all romances are. Some people thought only mass market paperbacks are eligible for beach read standards.
Michelle Dean
I’ve always really liked murder mysteries and thrillers, and great to be able to be actually part of one.
Georgina Campbell
Thrillers are an enormous amount of fun for filmmakers.
John McTiernan
I’d have liked to have leant against walls in thrillers.
Celia Johnson
We grew up on Scorsese and Coppola and ’70s crime thrillers.
Joe Russo
After about the age of 13, I was a romance addict. Still am, though I read just about every other genre as well. The only thing I really shy away from is political thrillers.
Kristan Higgins
In love stories you have to establish the mood and then you can go on. Writing thrillers are difficult because every scene needs a twist. May be comedy is even more difficult but I have no experience of it.
Sriram Raghavan
I’d like to make character-based dramas. I end up writing thrillers a lot – these psychological character-based things with weird people doing horrible things to each other – coming to a theatre near you!
Joseph Mazzello
Look realistically at espionage thrillers again. They’re not only alive, readers are excited about them.
Gayle Lynds
I like comedies, I like thrillers, I like love stories. Everything is beautiful; it depends if the film is good, who cares? Everything is interesting.
Monica Bellucci
I find psychological thrillers interesting both dramatically and visually.
Brad Anderson
There’s an explosion of Indian fiction of all kinds, from military thrillers to chicklit. I think that’s exciting.
Hari Kunzru
I like psychological thrillers but when it’s demonic, there’s no uplifting message.
Jen Lilley
As a filmmaker, I don’t want to limit myself to one kind of movie. After ‘Headhunters,’ I went to Hollywood and read a lot of scripts: lots of action thrillers and heist movies, and superhero films.
Morten Tyldum
Thrillers are my favorite. I like stuff that keeps you on the edge of your seat or maybe makes you jump.
Corey Feldman
The audience simply don’t find a heroine picking a fight with 10 guys as convincing as a hero. So the industry always sticks to psychological thrillers and ghost movies for heroine-oriented projects and this can sustain only for a short time.
I write crime novels and thrillers – I’m a big fan of cops. You can never forget that they run towards what everyone else runs away from.
Marcus Sakey
I don’t get a chance to be funny with the thrillers. I like to be funny, and I think I am really funny. So with ‘Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life’, it was fun to let loose.
James Patterson
You can’t do psychological thrillers. There’s no audience. I’ve heard this. I’ve heard this from studios.
Eriq La Salle
Thanks to the success of Henning Mankell and Peter Hoeg, there wasn’t the same stigma attached to writing genre thrillers in Scandinavia as there was in many other cultures. Quite the opposite, in fact.
Jo Nesbo
I dream big, baby. I want to do thrillers, I want to do smart David Lynch-type mysteries.
Gina Rodriguez
My first seven novels were contemporary spiritual novels, my next nine had strong elements of fantasy, and now I’m writing thrillers, more as a choice to spread my wings than anything. Writers, like good wine, should mature with age.
Ted Dekker
I always wanted to write psychological thrillers.
Lisa Jewell
I grew up reading thrillers. Honestly, I was always drawn to the very detailed ones like Patricia Cornwell. I love details.
Karin Slaughter
My favorite types of movies to watch as a viewer are thrillers – I really have a soft spot for them, I love them. Especially psychological thrillers.
Alex Karpovsky
Thrillers have been traditionally very masculine books;

Thrillers have been traditionally very masculine books; the women characters often rather decorative.
Ken Follett
Why has Scandinavia been producing such good thrillers? Maybe because their filmmakers can’t afford millions for CGI and must rely on cheaper elements like, you know, stories and characters.
Roger Ebert
If you’re going to write thrillers, you have to make a decision if you are going to be realistic or go off and over.
Karin Slaughter
My favorite types of movies definitely aren’t thrillers, but at the same time you can’t deny the genius of Hitchcock’s films.
Aaron Yoo
All the pictures I do are contemporary. I’ve sort of discovered I haven’t really been into science fiction or period pictures. And so, in that vein, psychological thrillers play a big part.
Michael Douglas
The most satisfying thrillers send ordinary people into battle against the forces of evil – otherwise known as greed, ego, rage, fear and laziness – and bring them out bloodied but whole.
M. J. Rose
I drew influence from Mike Leigh, Ruben Ostlund, a lot of Scandinavian filmmakers, Lukas Moodysson. I also drew influence from horror films and thrillers, which is something I would never think to do earlier in my career.
Lulu Wang
Instead of writing thrillers to pay for my train bills, I was actually now going to medical school in order to have something to write about.
Michael Crichton
Mass market paperback thrillers are a dime a dozen. The trick is to find something that actually sticks to the ribs.
Michelle Dean
I’ve read one too many thrillers that had really horrible technology in them.
Daniel Suarez
Truly I never thought of myself as writing legal thrillers, and I still don’t think I do. I write stories about women.
Lisa Scottoline
The preparation for building a series of thrillers based on a single character is kind of like the preparation for becoming a parent: The best part is the idea – wink, wink.
Harlan Coben
I love writing thrillers.
Jed Mercurio
On a deeper level, I think many stories – especially thrillers – can be a journey to the heart of darkness.
Terry Hayes
Vera Caspary wrote thrillers – but not like any other author of her time, male or female. Her specialty was a specific type that she pioneered – the psycho thriller.
M. J. Rose
For me, a good thriller must teach me something about the real world. Thrillers like ‘Coma,’ ‘The Hunt for Red October’ and ‘The Firm’ all captivated me by providing glimpses into realms about which I knew very little – medical science, submarine technology and the law.
Dan Brown
Horror movies have never been my thing. I love psychological thrillers like ‘The Exorcist’, ‘The Shining’, even though they scare the living daylights out of me.
Emmanuelle Vaugier
Before I did any action movies, I did a couple of thrillers. That’s hung around for me.
John McTiernan
After I tasted success with erotic thrillers, a time came when I was being offered only films belonging to that genre. The industry loves repeating a success formula, and the audience had formed a certain image of mine in their minds.
Emraan Hashmi
All summer, I read fiction because you must read for the pleasure and beauty of it, and not only for research. I don’t read thrillers, romance or mystery, and I don’t read self-help books because I don’t believe in shortcuts and loopholes.
Isabel Allende
When I was a kid, I was into psychological thrillers. When I was 12, my favorite movie was ‘Thirteen.’ I just really liked movies that showed an extreme range in acting. That’s what made me want to become an actress.
Leven Rambin
I have 20 or 30 books completely plotted out in my mind – mysteries, thrillers, horror, romance, science fiction. You name it.
Christopher Paolini
Women who write thrillers are called ‘dark.’ Male writers are called ‘powerful.’
Karin Slaughter
I’ve always been a huge fan of thrillers like David Fincher’s ‘Se7en.’ I am fascinated by the disturbing, dark underbelly of life. I find such films deeply engrossing. They delve deep into the human psyche, and that’s a place worth exploring.
Emraan Hashmi
Being black, Latino, or Asian is not a genre. Romantic comedies, thrillers, action – those are genres. I think there’s a lot of people who want to have the conversation. I don’t think people are afraid of it, I just think it’s the time to have that conversation. Race is not a genre.
Mara Brock Akil
When I was growing up, my idea of a writer was someone like Sven Hassel, that mysterious Danish author who wrote thrillers about men clambering over walls and getting tangled in barbed wire.
Andrew O’Hagan
I think, primarily, we love spy thrillers, and I think, instinctively, we love the tension that those thrillers can bring.
Alistair Petrie
Thrillers are like life, more like life than you are.
Graham Greene
For escape, I love popcorn thrillers that you can read in a weekend, like ‘Sharp Objects’ and ‘The Woman in Cabin 10.’
Krysten Ritter
As a viewer, I really want to watch author-backed stories, and there is something amazing about thrillers, the way it captivates your imagination.
Anushka Sharma
I love reading. I’m very much into history, novels, biographies and I have a wide range of thrillers.
Bruno Tonioli
I read Freud because I find him an excellent writer...

I read Freud because I find him an excellent writer… a writer of police thrillers that can be followed with great passion.
Italo Calvino
I love thrillers, and I always have.
Kenneth Branagh
The type of movies that give me the heebie jeebies are thrillers, because anything that’s playing with your thoughts and mind, that’s scary. But one thing that they never do in horror movies that I always do is I pray. You never see them pray in horror movies.
Keke Palmer
Mysteries include so many things: the noir novel, espionage novel, private eye novels, thrillers, police procedurals. But the pure detective story is where there’s a detective and a criminal who’s committed a murder and leaves clues for the detective and the careful reader to find.
Otto Penzler
I think I’ll stick with psychological thrillers.
Sara Shepard
Since my romance novels had all been thrillers as well, it wasn’t such a leap for me to move into the straight thriller genre. The most difficult part, I think, was being accepted as a thriller writer. Once you’ve written romance, unfortunately, critics will never stop calling you a ‘former romance author.’
Tess Gerritsen
Thrillers excite me as an actor and I have always wanted to be a part of one.
Koel Mallick
Monsters don’t scare me at all; I think creepy is scarier than gore. I tend to read more thrillers and mysteries than horror, though. I like a good whodunnit. If I want scary, I tend to reach for a movie. I think it’s a great medium for horror.
Sarah Pinborough
The best movies now are called ‘thrillers.’ Because if you use the word ‘horror,’ people’s associations are straight-to-video crap.
Eli Roth
The older I get, the more I love psychological thrillers.
Lisa Jewell
If you write thrillers or mysteries or horror fiction or quote-unquote speculative fiction, men might read you, and the ‘Times’ might notice you.
Jennifer Weiner
I don’t read thrillers, romance or mystery, and I don’t read self-help books because I don’t believe in shortcuts and loopholes.
Isabel Allende
In 1996, when my first novel, ‘Masquerade,’ was published, I knew international thrillers – or spy novels, if you prefer – had been the domain of male authors for decades.
Gayle Lynds
I came to Hollywood and felt myself an outsider, and I was sent all these action thrillers and superhero scripts.
Morten Tyldum
I read a lot fewer thrillers than I think people assume I do.
Chelsea Cain
I love adult thrillers and murder mysteries and everything like that.
Lana Condor
It’s always been the genres that fascinated me. I think great action movies and great thrillers are transformative.
Aisha Tyler
A lot of locked-room mysteries take time for you to pay attention and see the setup. They aren’t thrillers, and they don’t move along. The modern mystery story is really faster-paced, and I think modern readers tend to prefer seeing something happening on every other page.
Otto Penzler
My intent is not to inflame Muslims but to entertain readers of great thrillers. At the end of the day, I want people to see a good protagonist struggle against serious odds and do so with courage and honor and integrity.
Brad Thor
When I made ‘Chocolate,’ no one had made suspense thrillers for a long time.
Vivek Agnihotri
I’d read a lot of thrillers about politicians and presidents, but never one where you flip the stereotypes and make good people bad and bad people good.
David Baldacci
I am partial to thrillers but if somebody gives me a script like ‘King’s Speech’ to do, I would love to do it too.
Sriram Raghavan
Pete Moffat writes crime conspiracy thrillers so beautifully. He goes places other people wouldn’t; he is fearless.
Alistair Petrie
In India, we don’t read thrillers; we read authors.
Ravi Subramanian
If you go to my Netflix, the sections that they recommend are ‘Thrillers with a Strong Female Lead,’ ‘Comedies With a Strong Female Lead.’
Max Minghella
Whether I’ll get the chance to write fiction, I don’t know. I could do political conspiracy thrillers, couldn’t I? With an investigative journalist as the heroine.
Heather Brooke
After Bound, we were offered a lot of lesbian thrillers.
Lilly Wachowski
I like thrillers a lot. There’s a lot of discipline connected to them. You can’t be as freewheeling as you are with character pieces.
Sydney Pollack
It’s interesting how thrillers reflect the times we live in.
Peter Hitchens
I’m really into kind of a ‘Sixth Sense’ type of movie – mysteries, thrillers a little bit.
Shaun Livingston
I have done all kinds of roles – comedy, action, romance, and thrillers. Just name the genre, and I’ve done it.
Bobby Deol
Among the best of Hitchcock's own psychological thrille

Among the best of Hitchcock’s own psychological thrillers is ‘Spellbound,’ whose story unusually wrapped the subject of psychoanalysis around a murder mystery.
Susie Dent
I think what you call ‘metropolitan America’ – as in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles – I think there’s more awareness of the atypical, while in more traditional Britain, there’s the kitchen-sink dramas and thrillers. It’s more formulaic.
Irvine Welsh
My music is rather abstract and maybe even strange-sounding for some people, so maybe that’s why it’s been used in so many horror movies and thrillers.
Krzysztof Penderecki
I love cop shows and crime books and thrillers, and before I die I’m gonna play a cop.
Amy Sedaris
I like a lot of documentaries, I like political movies and political thrillers. But I also like a good action movie. I like a pretty wide range.
John Legend
I read a lot of thrillers because they’re easy reading and I’m not a great flier. They take my head out of it. I like the fast pace and that you can’t put them down.
Georgina Chapman