- Union Bridge (England/Scotland, 1820), the longest span (137 m) from 1820 to 1826. The oldest in the world still in use today.
- Roebling's Delaware Aqueduct (USA, 1847), the oldest wire suspension bridge still in service in the United States.
- John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge (USA, 1866), then the longest wire suspension bridge in the world at 1,057 feet (322 m) main span.
- Brooklyn Bridge (USA, 1883), the first steel-wire suspension bridge.
- Bear Mountain Bridge (USA, 1924), the longest suspension span (497 m) from 1924 to 1926. The first suspension bridge to have a concrete deck. The construction methods pioneered in building it would make possible several much larger projects to follow.
- Ben Franklin Bridge (Philadelphia, PA, USA, 1926), replaced Bear Mountain Bridge as the longest span at 1,750 feet between the towers. Includes an active subway line and never-used trolley stations on the span.
- San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge (USA, 1936). This was once the longest steel high-level bridge in the world (704 m). The eastern portion (a cantilever bridge) has been replaced with a self-anchored suspension bridge which is the longest of its type in the world. It is also the world's widest bridge.
- Golden Gate Bridge (USA, 1937), the longest suspension bridge from 1937 to 1964. It was also the world's tallest bridge from 1937 to 1993.
- Mackinac Bridge (USA, 1957), the longest suspension bridge between anchorages in the Western hemisphere.
- Si Du River Bridge (China, 2009), the highest bridge in the world, with its deck around 500 meters above the surface of the river.
- Rod El Farag Bridge (Cairo, Egypt, 2019), a modern Egyptian steel wire-cables based suspension bridge crossing the river Nile, which was completed in 2019 and holds the Guinness World Record for the widest suspension bridge in the world with a width of 67.3 meters, and with a span of 540 meters.