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Introduction

Thrillers are exciting, action-packed, and more often than not, almost completely unpredictable, so there’s quite a bit of common ground when it comes to what they share with dogs. Over the years, the masters of the genre have given us undeniably good titles like The Silence of the Lambs, Momento, Se7en, Shutter Island and Inception, each with their own idiosyncratic characters and better yet, identifiable personalities and names to go with them, leaving a plethora of great naming options for recent adoptees. And while we may not have caught them all, here’s a list of some of our best suggestions of all-thriller, no-filler dog names. 

Thriller Dog Names in Pop Culture

Thriller Dog Name Considerations

Since there are so many titles and characters to choose from, we suggest starting the naming process by selecting some of your favorite thriller films as well as making a list of your dog’s most unique character traits. That way, once you narrow down the lists of each, the chances will be good that something will pop out and match without having to dig too hard. 

There’re many ways you can go about finding a good match, such as using anecdotal evidence from your own life. For instance, if your dog happens to talk to themselves a lot or likes to fight or wrestle just for fun, then Durden, after Tyler Durden of Fight Club, would be a great match. If they always happen to wait for you outside the shower when you’re getting ready for the morning or evening, then Norman or Bates would be great selections. If they happen to be easily spooked or react to things that aren’t there, then Night or Sear would be great picks. If they tend to do a lot of barking or other noisemaking, Keyser and Verbal would be solid choices. 

Whatever avenue you choose to go down, don’t feel limited by what’s on our list. Find creative ways to identify commonalities between your dog and your favorite thriller characters or titles and get a thrill of your own when you finally find the perfect fit!

Male Thriller Dog Names

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Crowe
After Dr. Malcolm Crowe from The Sixth Sense
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Nolan
After Christopher Nolan, who has written and directed several excellent thrillers
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Cobb
After Cobb from Inception, one of the best new thrillers
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Arthur
From Inception, Jospeh Gordon-Levitt's charismatic character
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Sullivan
After Colin Sullivan from Scorsese's The Departed
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Somerset
Morgan Freeman's character in Se7ven
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Fenster
Benicio Del Toro's fast-talking mush-mouthed character from The Usual Suspects
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Hannibal
After Hannibal Lecter, one of the most well-known thriller villains
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Turkish
Jason Statham's character in Snatch
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Vincennes
After Jack Vincennes of L.A. Confidential
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Leonard
The protagonist of Memento, one of the best-told psychological thrillers
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Anton
After Anton Chigurh of No Country for Old Men
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Chigurh
After Anton Chigurh, brilliantly played by Javier Bardem
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Teddy
After Eddy Daniels, Leonardo DiCaprio's character in Shutter Island
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Venable
After Janet Venable, the prosecutor from Primal Fear
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Graysmith
After true crime author Robert Graysmith, who helped create a body of knowledge on the Zodiac Killer
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Thornhill
After Roger Thornhill, Cary Grant's character in North by Northwest
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Norman
After Norman Bates, the murderous proprietor of the Bates Motel
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Bates
After the Bates Motel in Psycho
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Durden
After the notorious figure Tyler Durden of Fight Club
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Jeffries
After Jeff Jeffries of Rear Window
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Fremont
After Lisa Fremont, Grace Kelly's character in Rear Window
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Bateman
After Patrick Bateman, the psychotic businessman from American Psycho
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Orton
After Nicholas Van Orton, the wealthy banker from The Game
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Aronofsky
After Darren Aronofsky, one of the greatest drama/thriller writer/directors in the modern era
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Forrest
After Alex Forrest from Fatal Attraction
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Reznik
After Travis Reznik, the protagonist of The Machinist
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Greenleaf
After Dickie Greenleaf, the spoiled jet-setter in The Talented Mr. Ripley
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Shooter
After John Shooter of Secret Window
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Hitchcock
After Alfred Hitchcock, one of the greatest thriller storytellers of all time
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Bickle
After Travis Bickle of Taxi Driver

Female Thriller Dog Names

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Night
After M. Night Shyamalan who has written several significant thrillers
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Sear
After Cole Sear of The Sixth Sense, who sees dead people
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Ariadne
Ellen Page's character from Inception
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Eames
Tom Hardy's character in Inception
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Mills
Brad Pitt's detective character in Se7en
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Verbal
After Verbal Kint, one of Kevin Spacey's The Usual Suspects characters
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Keyser
After Keyser Soze, the notorious villain of The Usual Suspects
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Starling
After Clarice Starling of The Silence of the Lambs
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Mickey
After Mickey O'Neil, Brad Pitt's speech-slurring English character in Snatch
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Coffey
After John Coffey, one of The Green Mile's protagonists
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Exley
After Ed Exley, Guy Pearce's character in L.A. Confidential
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Cawley
After Dr. Cawley, the Chief of Staff at Shutter Island
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Vallens
After Dorothy Vallens, the mysterious nightclub singer from Blue Velvet
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Beaumont
After Jeffrey Beaumont, the protagonist from Blue Velvet
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Gittes
After Private Detective Jake Gittes from Chinatown
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Fincher
After David Fincher, who has written and directed several brilliant thrillers
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Avery
After Paul Avery, an American journalist portrayed in the film Zodiac
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Mulholland
After psychological thriller Mulholland Dr.
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Marla
After Marla Singer of Fight Club
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Stella
After Stella from Rear Window
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Swan
After the film Black Swan
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Sayers
After Nina Sayers of Black Swan
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Ripley
After Tom Ripley of The Talented Mr. Ripley
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Rainey
After Mort Rainey, the protagonist of Secret Window
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Goldfarb
The plagued family of Requiem for a Dream
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Marion
After Marion Silver, played by Jennifer Connelly in Requiem for a Dream
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Ferguson
After Scottie Ferguson, the protagonist of Vertigo
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Madeleine
After Madeleine Elster, one of Kim Nowak's characters in Vertigo
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Vail
After Martin Vail of Primal Fear

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