Following the movie's success, it was remade as a TV show starring Anthony Michael Hall The Breakfast Club that ran from 2002 to 2007.
In the wake of the Joseph McCarthy hearings, filmmakers knew they had just as much to fear from their own government as they did from some shady foreign power.
Better yet, the anxiety, terror and uncertainty inflicted on a viewer by thrillers can force them to question themselves, their close ones and even their own reality.
From Oscar-winning film Black Swan, which shows the dark side of perfectionism, themed around the competitive ballet industry, to 2021 erotic thriller The Voyeurs, which sees star as one half of a couple fixated on another's sex life, there's a range of plot lines to keep you hooked.
Those uneasy with gore may want to choose something else on this list.
The killer moment: We all know Walken can dance, but you haven't seen how weirdly electric and menacing he can be until you've seen his flapping bird.