- Conspiracy thriller: this is when the hero/heroine in the movie confronts a large, powerful group of enemies whose true extent only he/she recognizes.
- Crime thriller: Crime thrillers usually emphasise action over psychological aspects. Central topics of these films include serial killers/murders, robberies, chases and shootouts. Some examples of crime thrillers a good example of a crime thriller would be : Seven.
- Disaster thriller: Is when a natural disaster occurs, it may be an earthquake or a flood. Something that could potentially harm the characters within the movie.
- Legal thriller: In which the lawyer-heroes/heroines confront enemies outside, as well as inside, the courtroom and are in danger of losing not only their cases but their lives. The Runaway Jury by John Grisham
- Medical thriller: In which the hero/heroine are medical doctors/personnel working to solve an expanding medical problem. A lot of soap operas use this sub - genre, i.e Casualty
- Mystery thriller: Suspense films where characters attempt solving, or involved in, a mystery.
- Psychological thriller: In which (until the often violent resolution) the conflict between the main characters is mental and emotional, rather than physical. Psycho is an amazing example of this.
- Supernatural thriller: In which the film brings in an otherworldly element mixed with tension, suspense and plot twists. Sometimes the hero and/or villain has some psychic ability. A good example is,;Lady in the Water,
I think that the sub-genre that inspires me the most at the moment is Crime thriller just because it takes the viewer on an emotional ride by making them feel scared and anxious at the same time.