The thriller genre can include the following sub-genres, which may include elements from other genres:
Action thriller - This sub genre can have certain features such as a race against time, violence, fighting and an antagonist. The film would most probably have things such as guns, explosions and car races etc. One example of a movie based on this particular sub genre is, The Bourne Identity/Supremacy/Ultimatum.
In the movie, the antagonist is simon ross, and as explained above the movie contains fighting, guns and explosions.
These two shots are from the movie depicting the aspects found within this sub genre, the fighting and the guns
Crime thriller - Is a fusion of both crime films and thriller films, and it offers a mysterious view of a crime - successful or failed. This type of thriller usually focus on the criminal-characters. Central topics of these films include serial killers/murders, robberies, chases, shootouts, heists and double-crosses. E.g: A crime thriller that includes murder is the silence of the lambs.
In this movie, foster is in the pursuit of a serial killer nicknamed "Buffalo Bill", who skins his female victims' corpses.
This shot above is from the movie silence of the lambs. This shot shows a murder by the serial killer, " Buffalo Bill."
Political Thriller - This is where the hero/heroine must ensure the stability of the government that employs him/her.They usually involve various extra-legal plots, designed to give political power to someone, while his opponents try to stop him. They can involve national or international political scenarios. Political corruption, terrorism, and warfare are common. A movie which fits in with this type of sub genre is the Interpreter.
In this movie, U.N. interpreter Silvia Broome has overheard a death threat against an African head of state, spoken in a rare dialect few people other than Silvia can understand.
This shot above from the movie, The Interpreter. The man in the centre of the shot is the african head of state, Zuanie. This is the man to whom which the death threat is directed to.