#1 Posted by RedCream (694 posts) -

Duders can you recommend me a movie? Movies with great pacing that would keep me hooked from start to finish. Examples of movies that I like are: Requiem for A Dream, the Dark Knight, Almost Famous, Inside Man and Primal among others. I don't mind awfully long or old movies as long as they keep things interesting throughout. Thanks in advance.

#2 Edited by TinoXtreme (300 posts) -

If you have an interest in westerns, I would suggest The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, A Fist Full of Dollars, and For a Few Dollars More.

Been on a western trip lately so that's what came up. It doesn't ever get boring to me, and the tension in some of the scenes are awesome. Especially the final showdowns at the end of the movies.

#3 Posted by LastNinja (281 posts) -

Dark City. Running Scared.

#4 Posted by BulletproofMonk (2732 posts) -

Die Hard.

#5 Posted by NlGHTCRAWLER (1210 posts) -

13 ghosts

#6 Edited by TheDudeOfGaming (6078 posts) -

Pulp Fiction? 12 Monkeys? I have no idea what pacing is, just like immersion.

#7 Posted by InternetCrab (1504 posts) -

If you like comedies: Borat.

Action: Die Hard, V for Vendetta, The Avengers

Those are the ones that I came up with. Those have great pacing and will keep you glued to your sofa.

#8 Edited by Yummylee (22574 posts) -

It's a pretty broad question... pacing can mean a lot of things to different people depending on the genre. I guess as far as action thrillers go, Taken is pretty damn tight. Also Trick r' Treat for horror movies.

House of The Devil is also the bloody master of building the perfect pacing for an old-school horror movie.

#9 Posted by Apparatus_Unearth (3245 posts) -

Pulp Fiction has some pretty good pacing, it's about two and a half hours but it always keeps me engaged in it.

#10 Posted by Walker_after_dark (84 posts) -
Vertigo, Rear Window, The Lady Vanishes.
#11 Posted by Scooper (7881 posts) -


#12 Posted by Deranged (1859 posts) -

Inglorious Bastards, X-Men: First Class, True Lies, Terminator 1 & 2.

#13 Posted by dropabombonit (1492 posts) -

The Matrix, watched it a couple of nights ago and it's still amazing

#14 Posted by joshthebear (2700 posts) -

Reservoir Dogs, Blow Out, Top Gun

#15 Posted by EVO (3941 posts) -


#16 Posted by Castiel (2742 posts) -

I wrote a long list of movies, with descriptions and all, instead of the usual namedropping, but then it got lost and I don't want to write it again. :(

#17 Posted by Dany (7887 posts) -

A Seperation is an Iranian film of a man wrongly accused of crime and is mostly a family drama but let me tell you, the pacing in this 3 hour film is phenomenal. The movie just speeds by, so damn intense, exciting and just amazing.

#18 Edited by believer258 (12206 posts) -

Fast or slow pacing?

Alien is a great example of slow, Aliens is much faster (though still not that fast).

#19 Posted by PenguinDust (12639 posts) -

These are some of my favorite movies made relatively recently. They move at a good pace and kept me entertained from start to finish.

The Bank Job (2008) [Trailer]

Legend of the Shadowless Sword (2005) [Trailer]

Shinobi Heart Under Blade (2005) [Trailer]

Chocolate (2008) [Trailer]

Hanna (2011) [Trailer]

Unstoppable (2010) [Trailer]

The Hurt Locker (2009) [Trailer]

#20 Posted by cid798 (250 posts) -

Night Watch and Day Watch but make sure to get the full versions

#21 Posted by teh_destroyer (3574 posts) -

Michael Clayton, Up in the Air, and The American all have different and a fantastic pace to them. Or it just might be I am a sucker for George Clooney movies............

#22 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18954 posts) -

You already have way too many suggestions from people who didn't even care to add a description or a reason, so I doubt you want more.

#23 Posted by mdslac (33 posts) -

I loved Valhalla Rising, but no one else did. Not sure if it is particularly well "paced"

#24 Posted by Shaunage (733 posts) -

@Dany: A Separation is nowhere near 3 hours long. It's a couple of minutes over 2. It's also the best movie released last year.

#25 Posted by mikey87144 (1807 posts) -

@Scooper said:


#26 Posted by MrJorOwe (282 posts) -

The Usual Suspects

#27 Posted by matthias2437 (985 posts) -

There Will be Blood

#28 Posted by Brazooka (15 posts) -

Try Children of Men. Very good.

#29 Posted by CaLe (4056 posts) -

The Rock.

#30 Posted by Whampire (58 posts) -

@Brazooka: Agreed.

Also hit up Drive if you like a slooow burn.

If you're into horror movies that move with patience, look into Ti West. His films House of the Devil and The Innkeepers are two of my faves.

#31 Posted by RedCream (694 posts) -

Okay, thanks for the input guys. I already watched some of the movies mentioned. I would try out the ones that I haven't watched yet.

#32 Posted by Digiwth (152 posts) -

The Elephant Man is a master class in how to pace a film.

#33 Posted by Little_Socrates (5715 posts) -

I believe Rear Window and Alien to be the all-time lords of pacing, but I also haven't seen Vertigo.

Fantastic Mr. Fox is an excellently paced movie as well.

#34 Posted by EvilKatarn (465 posts) -

American Psycho.

Watched it three times in a week and it was highly enjoyable each time through.

#35 Posted by Morrow (1823 posts) -


Memento, if you haven't seen it yet. It's also a movie by director Christopher Nolan, like The Dark Knight that you mentioned.

#36 Posted by liquiddragon (274 posts) -

check out Run Lola Run

#37 Edited by Jrinswand (1711 posts) -

The Princess Bride.
Edit: Also, to whoever said Valhalla Rising: FUCKING LOL! The pacing in that movie is sloooooow. That movie's definitely a slow burn. For Nicholas Winding Refn, both Bronson and Drive are much livelier movies.

#38 Posted by Stete (748 posts) -

The 2003 remake of Dawn of the Dead is just a masterwork of great pacing so you should definitely check that out.

#39 Posted by RedCream (694 posts) -

#40 Posted by Godlyawesomeguy (6403 posts) -

@EvilKatarn said:

American Psycho.

This guy has the right idea.

#41 Posted by Morrow (1823 posts) -


What about LA Confidential?

#42 Posted by hoossy (939 posts) -

The Dark Knight had good pacing?

#43 Posted by GunstarRed (5478 posts) -

I thought the David Fincher version of Girl with the dragon tattoo had great pacing. I found it really interesting for the entire 2 1/2 hours. I have no idea about the other version, but that film was great. It kinda goes nuts towards the end.

#44 Posted by Regal (434 posts) -

@hoossy said:

The Dark Knight had good pacing?

The Dark Knight was the only flick that occurred to me when I saw the title. I thought about it right after I left the cinema. What is it that makes the film 'move' the way it did, with just the right pacing that it never loses you. Not sure I could name another film that had quite that effect.

#45 Posted by Hashbrowns (663 posts) -

I usually judge pacing by whether or not I feel there is a good place to STOP watching a movie. The fewer times I think "yeah, here's a good spot to stop" the better the pacing.

I'm somehow always surprised how hard it is to stop watching Jaws. I remember when it first came out on DVD, and I thought I'd just check out the first couple of scenes to see how good the transfer was, and I just ended up watching the whole thing.

Another similar but less celebrated Spielberg film with great pacing was Duel.

#46 Posted by Fallen189 (5052 posts) -

Hitchcock movies

#47 Posted by Baconbot (115 posts) -

I don't know if it is great pacing but I loved how Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy was paced out. It felt like a much longer film.

#48 Posted by mdslac (33 posts) -

@Jrinswand said:

The Princess Bride. Edit: Also, to whoever said Valhalla Rising: FUCKING LOL! The pacing in that movie is sloooooow. That movie's definitely a slow burn. For Nicholas Winding Refn, both Bronson and Drive are much livelier movies.

Yeah, but Vikings > pacing.