While there are certain characteristics that define all thrillers, the large category be subdivided into several small groups called sub genres. In which every sub-genre has their own distinctive characteristics.
Some examples of sub thrillers include;-
Action Thrillers- are characterized by fast-paced, hero-centered narratives full of action and excitement. They often have elements of mystery and crime films, but these elements take a back seat to the action.
example- Die Hard (1988)
example- Air Force One (1997)
Crime Thriller- often focus on criminals dealing with a successful or failed crime and the suspenseful results. Common themes include robberies, murders, and double crosses.
example- Sin City (2005)
example- Ocean's 11 (2001)
Disater Thriller- often deal with some sort of disaster, either natural or man-made. Along with sometimes showing the disaster itself, these films concentrate on the chaotic events surrounding the disaster, including survival strategies and the effects on the characters and their loved ones.
example- Final Destnation (2000)
example- Cloverfield (2008)
Pyschological Thrillers- the ones that mess with your head. In these types of thrillers the suspense is character-driven rather than action-driven. Characters play deceptive games and try to destroy one another. Sometimes the conflict exists within one character's mind.
example- When a stranger calls (1979)
example- The sixth sense (1999)
Supernatural Thrillers- these are very similar to horror films, but are often not as violent. The character (could be the hero or the villain) has some sort of supernatural power that must be called upon. Supernatural thrillers often find the protagonists either battling an evil paranormal force or placed in a situation controlled by an other-worldly force beyond their comprehension.
example- Carrie (1976)
example- Shutter island (2010)