The best thrillers on Netflix right now

Jenna Ortega in Miller's Girl.
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Netflix is a little light when it comes to new thrillers that have been added in the month of May. But the new arrivals are ones that may get people talking. They include Miller’s Girl, a thriller that features Wednesday star Jenna Ortega in a much more mature light, even though her character is still young. Mark Ruffalo’s 2019 legal thriller, Dark Waters, is also very deserving of a wider audience on Netflix.

The third addition in our roundup this month is Shot Caller, which is an old-school action thriller. And unlike some other streamers, Netflix still has all of last month’s thrillers, including Inside Man, Devil in a Blue Dress, and The Little Things. But if you want to see the rest of what it has to offer in terms of thrillers, just scroll down and read our picks for the best thrillers on Netflix right now.

We’ve also rounded up the best thrillers on Amazon Prime Video and the best thrillers on Hulu if Netflix doesn’t have what you’re looking for.

Miller's Girl (2024) [New]

Miller's Girl
Miller's Girl
  • Metacritic: 41%

  • IMDb: 5.2/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 93m

  • Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Drama

  • Stars: Martin Freeman, Jenna Ortega, Bashir Salahuddin

  • Directed by: Jade Halley Bartlett

The majority of the online discourse around Miller’s Girl centers on the large age gap between Martin Freeman and Wednesday’s Jenna Ortega, and the power imbalance of their respective characters, Jonathan Albert Miller and Cairo Sweet. And that’s kind of the point of the whole film.

Jonathan knows that Cairo is much too young for him, and so does she. Cairo is Jonathan’s student, and pursuing anything romantic with her would be career suicide. However, Cairo just can’t resist pushing Jonathan’s buttons to provoke a response. When Jonathan doesn’t give her the answer she hoped for, Cairo’s revenge may burn his entire life to ashes.

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Shot Caller (2017) [New]

Shot Caller
Shot Caller
  • Metacritic: 59%

  • IMDb: 7.3/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 121m

  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

  • Stars: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Omari Hardwick, Jon Bernthal

  • Directed by: Ric Roman Waugh

Former Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has multiple thrillers on Netflix, but Shot Caller is the best one. Coster-Waldau plays Jacob Harlan, an ordinary stockbroker who accidentally got one of his friends killed while driving under the influence. Even a plea deal means Jacob has to go to prison. In order to survive behind bars, Jacob allows himself to become a hardened killer even though it adds years to his sentence.

When Jacob is finally released, he attempts to keep his distance from his wife, Kate Harlan (Lake Bell), and their son. But when Jacob’s criminal associates demand that he continue to work for them outside of prison, he’ll have to take matters into his own hands to protect his family.

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Dark Waters (2019) [New]

Dark Waters
Dark Waters
  • Metacritic: 73%

  • IMDb: 7.6/10

  • Rated: PG-13

  • Duration: 127m

  • Genre: Drama, Thriller

  • Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins

  • Directed by: Todd Haynes

Dark Waters is a legal thriller with a cast to die for, including Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Bill Pullman, Victor Garber, and William Jackson Harper. It’s also based on the true story of Robert Bilott (Ruffalo), a lawyer who is hired by farmer Wilbur Tennant (Bill Camp) to discover why his animals are dying of unusual causes.

Bilott’s investigation leads back to DuPont, the chemical manufacturer that is also one of the largest employers in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Bilott realizes that DuPont is dumping unregulated chemicals that may be making the town sick. But proving that case in court is going to be difficult, and DuPont pushes back every step of the way.

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Inside Man (2006)

Inside Man
Inside Man
  • Metacritic: 76%

  • IMDb: 7.6/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 129m

  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

  • Stars: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster

  • Directed by: Spike Lee

Is it really possible to pull off a perfect bank robbery? Dalton Russell (Clive Owen) boasts that he has in the opening minutes of Spike Lee’s Inside Man, and it’s hard to dispute that claim. Dalton’s plan really is ingenious, and it even hides the identity of the robbers from the hostages trapped in the bank with them.

Detective Keith Frazier (Gladiator 2‘s Denzel Washington) doesn’t know what he’s walking into as he tries to negotiate with the robbers. Meanwhile, the bank’s owner, Arthur Case (Christopher Plummer), is so scared that the robbers will discover his secret that he sends his fixer, Madeleine White (Jodie Foster), to handle the situation at any cost.

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Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)

Devil in a Blue Dress
Devil in a Blue Dress
  • Metacritic: 88%

  • IMDb: 6.8/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 102m

  • Genre: Thriller, Crime, Mystery

  • Stars: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals

  • Directed by: Carl Franklin

Denzel Washington goes full noir in Devil in a Blue Dress, an underrated thriller from the 1990s. In 1948, Easy Rawlins (Washington) is feeling the financial heat and desperately needs any kind of job to save his home. Private investigator DeWitt Albright (Tom Sizemore) offers Easy a lifeline when he comes to him asking for help finding Daphne Monet (Jennifer Beals), a woman whose disappearance has already thrown Los Angeles’ mayoral race into turmoil.

Easy figures out pretty quickly why Albright hired him — because they’re not the only ones trying to catch up with Daphne. And whatever secrets Daphne is hiding, someone is willing to kill for them to protect themselves from the fallout.

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The Little Things (2021)

The Little Things
The Little Things
  • Metacritic: 54%

  • IMDb: 6.4/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 128m

  • Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller

  • Stars: Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, Jared Leto

  • Directed by: John Lee Hancock

The Little Things is a more modern Denzel Washington thriller, and he brings his usual intensity to the part of Joe “Deke” Deacon. Years ago, Deacon was a LAPD homicide detective who couldn’t break the case of a serial killer in Los Angeles. Deacon’s inability to let that go proved to be very costly both personally and professionally.

In the present, the killer apparently begins going after new victims. This time, Deacon meets Detective Jim Baxter (Rami Malek), a man whose drive to close this case may be as deep as Deacon’s. Former Joker Jared Leto co-stars as Albert Sparma, the man who Deacon and Baxter are convinced is behind the murders. Sparma even loves taunting them about whether he’s the killer, and there’s very little they can do within the contraists of the law to stop him from killing again. But their mutual urge to take the law in their hands may come back to haunt them both.

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Body Double (1984)

Body Double
Body Double
  • Metacritic: 69%

  • IMDb: 6.7/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 114m

  • Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller

  • Stars: Craig Wasson, Melanie Griffith, Gregg Henry

  • Directed by: Brian De Palma

Four decades ago, director Brian De Palma embraced his love of Alfred Hitchcock thrillers with Body Double, a film that harks back to the master of suspense himself. Craig Wasson stars as Jake Scully, a struggling actor who accepts a house-sitting job with an unexpected fringe benefit. At night, Jake can see a neighbor, Gloria Revelle (Deborah Shelton), dancing erotically in her own home.

Jake’s growing obsession with Gloria leads him to follow her and attempt to form a connection with her. And when Jake is too late to prevent another man from attacking Gloria, he may go completely over the edge.

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Your Lucky Day (2023)

Your Lucky Day
Your Lucky Day
  • Metacritic: 64%

  • IMDb: 5.8/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 89m

  • Genre: Crime, Thriller

  • Stars: Angus Cloud, Elliot Knight, Jessica Garza

  • Directed by: Dan Brown

It’s the American dream to get rich without really trying. But the thriller Your Lucky Day is going to make Sterling (Angus Cloud) work for it. After hearing someone discover that he’s got a winning lottery ticket worth millions, Sterling kills the owner of the ticket and a cop who was at the scene. The big problem is that there are witnesses to Sterling’s crime: Amir (Mousa Hussein Kraish), Abraham (Elliot Knight), and his girlfriend, Ana-Marlene (Jessica Garza).

Sterling offers the survivors a share of his winnings if they help him cover up his murders. Unfortunately, it was never going to be that simple, and the money on the line is simply too enticing. There’s going to be more blood spilled before this story is over, but who will emerge with the lucky ticket?

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Unthinkable (2010)

Unthinkable
Unthinkable
  • IMDb: 7.0/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 97m

  • Genre: Drama, Thriller

  • Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Michael Sheen

  • Directed by: Gregor Jordan

Unthinkable puts FBI Special Agent Helen Brody (Carrie-Anne Moss) in a very tough situation. A former Delta Force operator, Yusuf Atta Mohammed (Michael Sheen), has planted three nuclear devices around the country and is demanding that the U.S. completely pull out of the Middle East. Desperate times call for desperate measures, so H (Secret Invasion star Samuel L. Jackson) is summoned to employ some enhanced interrogation techniques on Yusuf.

H wastes no time moving right along to torture, which Yusuf anticipated. Although Brody is horrified by H’s actions, the clock is ticking to save lives and even H may not be brutal enough to make Yusuf break in time.

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Fear (1996)

Fear
Fear
  • Metacritic: 51%

  • IMDb: 6.2/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 97m

  • Genre: Thriller

  • Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Reese Witherspoon, William Petersen

  • Directed by: James Foley

Fear has been described as Fatal Attraction for teens, but David McCall (Mark Wahlberg) is a much bigger monster than Glenn Close’s character ever was. David’s an older boy who successfully woos a teenager, Nicole Walker (Reese Witherspoon), much to the anger of her father, Steven Walker (William Petersen), and his second wife, Laura Walker (Amy Brenneman).

David isn’t just obsessive over Nicole, he’s also dangerous and delusional. There’s nothing David won’t do to make Nicole his, including rape and murder. By the time Nicole realizes how much trouble she’s in, it’s already too late.

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Alone (2020)

Alone
Alone
  • Metacritic: 70%

  • IMDb: 6.2/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 98m

  • Genre: Thriller, Horror

  • Stars: Jules Willcox, Marc Menchaca, Anthony Heald

  • Directed by: John Hyams

Alone is an appropriate title for this movie, which follows Jessica (Jules Willcox), who is attempting to rebuild her life following the death of her husband. But before Jessica can start over, she’ll have to get past Sam (Marc Menchaca), a man whom she encounters multiple times while traveling through a remote area.

Jessica turns out to be right to be mistrustful of Sam, as he eventually drugs and kidnaps her. There’s no one coming to save Jessica, and if she wants to survive, she’ll have to either fight Sam or run for her life.

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Oldboy (2003)

Oldboy
Oldboy
  • Metacritic: 78%

  • IMDb: 8.4/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 120m

  • Genre: Drama, Thriller, Mystery, Action

  • Stars: Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae, Kang Hye-jung

  • Directed by: Park Chan-wook

There is an American remake of Oldboy by Spike Lee, but the South Korean original is the one that deserves all of the attention. Park Chan-wook directed and co-wrote this manga adaption, which follows the story of Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik), a businessman who is arrested for being drunk in public. But Dae-su’s problems really begin after being released by the cops when he is kidnapped and imprisoned in a sealed hotel room.

Dae-su soon learns that his wife has been murdered, and the police think he killed her. This also means that their four-year-old daughter will grow up without him. For the next 15 years, Dae-su remains trapped by his captors until he is mysteriously released. Now, Dae-su has to discover who did this to him and why. One of the best thrillers with a twist ever, Old Boy is just as shocking and enthralling as it was 20 years ago.

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Leave the World Behind (2023)

Leave the World Behind
Leave the World Behind
  • Metacritic: 70%

  • IMDb: 6.7/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 140m

  • Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Drama

  • Stars: Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, Ethan Hawke

  • Directed by: Sam Esmail

Amanda Sandford (Julia Roberts) and her husband, Clay (Ethan Hawke), just wanted to take a vacation in Leave the World Behind. But their kids, Rose (Farrah Mackenzie)and Archie (Charlie Evans) were the first to notice that their smartphones can’t connect to the internet.

The vacation continues uninterrupted until G.H. Scott (Mahershala Ali) and his daughter, Ruth (Myha’la), show up at the rental house and claim that it’s theirs. From there, things start to get super weird, and both families are left to question what happened to the rest of the world while they were in the woods and whether they can trust each other.

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The Killer (2023)

The Killer
The Killer
  • Metacritic: 73%

  • IMDb: 6.8/10

  • Rated: PG-13

  • Duration: 118m

  • Genre: Crime, Thriller

  • Stars: Michael Fassbender, Tilda Swinton, Charles Parnell

  • Directed by: David Fincher

Michael Fassbender’s unnamed assassin talks to the audience throughout The Killer, and he tells viewers all about his life except who he is. Perhaps he truly has no identity outside of meticulously planning and long stretches of waiting for his opportunity to kill. Yet before our eyes, the Killer botches a hit and kills the wrong person.

If the Killer thought he could slink away without consequences then he’s sadly mistaken. For his failure, the Killer’s lawyer, Hodges (Charles Parnell), has him marked for death. Two other assassins, The Expert (Tilda Swinton) and The Brute (Sala Baker), are sent to hunt down the Killer…if the Killer doesn’t hunt them down first.

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Locked In (2023)

Locked In
Locked In
  • IMDb: 5.1/10

  • Duration: 96m

  • Genre: Thriller

  • Stars: Famke Janssen, Rose Williams, Alex Hassell

  • Directed by: Nour Wazzi

Locked In apparently starts in the aftermath of an attempted murder, and only gets more twisted from there. Someone tried to kill Katherine (Famke Janssen), and they must have come pretty close to succeeding because she’s become trapped in her own body and left unable to move or properly communicate, with the exception of her eyes.

Suspicion immediately falls on Lina (Rose Williams), a young woman who is both Katherine’s adoptive daughter and her daughter-in-law. Nurse Mackenzie (Anna Friel) is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery, but she may be kicking the proverbial hornet’s nest by asking questions that shouldn’t be asked.

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Fair Play (2023)

Fair Play
Fair Play
  • Metacritic: 74%

  • IMDb: 6.8/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 113m

  • Genre: Drama, Thriller

  • Stars: Phoebe Dynevor, Alden Ehrenreich, Sebastian de Souza

  • Directed by: Chloe Domont

Netflix’s new thriller, Fair Play, follows a couple, Luke (Alden Ehrenreich) and Emily (Phoebe Dynevor), when their relationship is challenged by their mutual ambition. The pair keep their romance a secret from their co-workers at One Crest Capital. That only works for them until a promotion comes up, and Emily gets the job instead of Luke.

Although Luke initially takes the news well, he soon becomes obsessed with the idea that Emily’s success came at his own expense. This puts a lot of intense pressure on their relationship, especially when Emily discovers that Luke may be fired. And if Emily isn’t careful, she may lose more than just her romance.

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Reptile (2023)

Reptile
Reptile
  • Metacritic: 52%

  • IMDb: 6.9/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 136m

  • Genre: Thriller, Crime, Drama, Mystery

  • Stars: Benicio del Toro, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Silverstone

  • Directed by: Grant Singer

The brutal murder of Summer Elswick (Matilda Lutz) is the beginning of the mystery in Reptile, a thriller starring Benicio del Toro as Detective Tom Nichols (del Toro), the man in charge of the murder investigation. Summer’s body was found by her boyfriend, Will Grady (Justin Timberlake), but there are suspicious details that may draw suspicion to all of the men in Summer’s life.

Nichols is able to share some of the details with his wife, Judy (Alicia Silverstone), who acts as a sounding board for him. Regardless, the unfolding case forces Nichols to more closely examine his own life as well. However, he may not like what he finds.

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River Wild (2023)

River Wild
River Wild
  • IMDb: 5.4/10

  • Rated: PG-13

  • Duration: 92m

  • Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Adventure

  • Stars: Adam Brody, Leighton Meester, Taran Killam

  • Directed by: Ben Ketai

Nearly three decades ago, Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon headlined a white-water thriller called The River Wild. And while River Wild isn’t quite a remake, it’s not really a sequel either. Leighton Meester stars as Joey, a woman who has trust issues with her brother, Gray (Taran Killam). Much to Joey’s chagrin, Gary invites one of their childhood friends, Trevor (Adam Brody), on a white-water trip with two other people.

When one of their party is attacked, Joey realizes that the only option to save them is by braving the waters to get help. But there may be a killer among the group, and Joey isn’t sure who she can trust.

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The Mule (2018)

The Mule
The Mule
  • Metacritic: 58%

  • IMDb: 7.0/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 116m

  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

  • Stars: Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Laurence Fishburne

  • Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Chances are good that The Mule may be one of Clint Eastwood’s final films, and it doesn’t start out as a thriller. Eastwood’s character, Earl Stone, is facing financial ruin until he receives an unexpected offer to be a drug mule for a cartel. And for a while, Earl’s life is charmed. He’s got all of the money he could ever want, and he’s a legend among the cartel.

The arrival of Gustavo (Clifton Collins Jr.), the new head of the cartel, is a wake-up call for Earl and that’s where the film becomes a thriller. Suddenly, Earl realizes that taking the cartel’s money has left him in an impossible situation, especially since DEA Agent Colin Bates (Bradley Cooper) is closing in on him. Now, there are no easy ways out for Earl and he stands to lose everything that matters to him.

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Run Rabbit Run (2023)

Run Rabbit Run
Run Rabbit Run
  • Metacritic: 51%

  • IMDb: 5.1/10

  • Duration: 100m

  • Genre: Horror, Thriller

  • Stars: Sarah Snook, Greta Scacchi, Damon Herriman

  • Directed by: Daina Reid

Sarah Snook (Succession) headlines Run Rabbit Run, a thriller that takes some horrific turns. Sarah (Snook) is a single mother with a contentious relationship with her ex-husband, Peter (Damon Herriman). But Sarah’s real problem is with her daughter, Mia (Lily LaTorre). Inexplicably, Mia has taken on a new persona and declared that she is someone named Alice.

While Sarah doesn’t believe her daughter at first, the evidence mounts that Mia’s behavior somehow is tied to a dark episode in Sarah’s past. Something unnatural is happening with Mia, and Sarah may pay the price for keeping her secrets for so many years.

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God's Crooked Lines (2022)

God's Crooked Lines
God's Crooked Lines
  • IMDb: 7.0/10

  • Duration: 155m

  • Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller

  • Stars: Bárbara Lennie, Eduard Fernández, Loreto Mauleón

  • Directed by: Oriol Paulo

You might want to watch God’s Crooked Lines with subtitles, otherwise, you may miss some critical details in this Spanish thriller. Bárbara Lennie stars as Alice Gould, a woman who has herself institutionalized by her husband, Heliodoro (David Selvas), in the late ‘70s and she finds herself under the care of Doctor Teodoro Ruipérez (Federico Aguado). However, Alice has her own hidden agenda as she tries to solve a murder while feigning mental illness.

Some of the creeps that Alice encounters, including the Gnome (Luis Sacristán), the Elephant Man (Francisco Javier Pastor), and the twins Romulo and Remo (both played by Samuel Soler). The scary part is that the staff at the institute pick apart Alice’s story and raise questions about whether she is an investigator or if she is simply paranoid and delusional.

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Missing (2023)

Missing
Missing
  • Metacritic: 66%

  • IMDb: 7.1/10

  • Rated: PG-13

  • Duration: 111m

  • Genre: Thriller, Mystery

  • Stars: Storm Reid, Joaquim de Almeida, Ken Leung

  • Directed by: Nicholas D. Johnson, Will Merrick

Could you solve a mystery from the safety of your computer? That’s the challenge facing Grace Allen (Storm Reid) in Missing when her mother, Grace Allen (Nia Long), and her new boyfriend, Kevin (Ken Leung), disappear during their vacation to Columbia. While scrambling for answers, Grace finds evidence that Kevin may have hidden some suspicious details about his past.

With Grace stuck in the U.S., she has to turn to a man named Javier (Joaquim de Almeida) to act as her proxy in Columbia. But there’s only so much Grace can do before she has to head into danger herself.

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The Pale Blue Eye (2022)

The Pale Blue Eye
The Pale Blue Eye
  • Metacritic: 56%

  • IMDb: 6.6/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 130m

  • Genre: Crime

  • Stars: Christian Bale, Harry Melling, Lucy Boynton

  • Directed by: Scott Cooper

Given its extremely short stay in theaters in late 2022, you probably missed seeing The Pale Blue Eye when it was on the big screen. But the cast is too good for this movie to simply disappear among the other streaming thrillers. Christian Bale headlines the film as Augustus Landor, a former detective who has fallen on hard times following the death of his wife.

When Leroy Fry (Steven Maier), a cadet at West Point, is found ritualistically murdered, Landor is coaxed out of retirement to solve the mystery. But Landor can’t do it alone, which is why he turns to one of Fry’s classmates to act as his partner on the case: Cadet Edgar Allan Poe (Harry Melling).

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The Snowman (2017)

The Snowman
The Snowman
  • Metacritic: 23%

  • IMDb: 5.1/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 119m

  • Genre: Crime, Thriller

  • Stars: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg

  • Directed by: Tomas Alfredson

It’s very appropriate that Michael Fassbender’s character in The Snowman is a detective named Harry Hole, because his life is in a deep hole when the story opens. Harry has broken up with the woman he loves, Rakel Fauke (Charlotte Gainsbourg), while struggling with his sobriety. Unfortunately for Harry, a serial killer has already started sending him enigmatic messages.

Harry’s new partner, Katrine Bratt (Silo‘s Rebecca Ferguson), is convinced that the killer is somehow linked to a case that was once investigated by Gert Rafto (Val Kilmer), an alcoholic former detective who was very much like Harry himself. But as the mystery intensifies, Harry realizes that Katrine has a personal connection that fuels her obsession with the case.

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47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019)

47 Meters Down: Uncaged
47 Meters Down: Uncaged
  • Rated: PG-13

  • Duration: 90m

  • Genre: Horror, Drama, Adventure

  • Stars: Sophie Nélisse, Corinne Foxx, Brianne Tju

  • Directed by: Johannes Roberts

A sequel to 47 Meters Down (2017), 47 Meters Down: Uncaged brings a whole new cast of characters to the mix, but keeps the threat of shark bite death alive. When four teenagers dive down to the remains of a sunken Mayan city, what begins as a life-changing discovery quickly becomes a harrowing fight for survival when the group discovers that the ancient place is a magnet for man-eating sharks.

While not straying too far from classic “shark movie” tropes, Uncaged instead ups the ante in the shocks department, delivering plenty of bone-chilling sequences that will have us all thinking twice about taking a plunge into any body of water.

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All Quiet on the Western Front (2022)

All Quiet on the Western Front
All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 147m

  • Genre: War, Drama, Action

  • Stars: Felix Kammerer, Albrecht Schuch, Aaron Hilmer

  • Directed by: Edward Berger

All Quiet on the Western Front is a classic text that has received its fair share of cinematic attention with both the Oscar-winning 1930 Lewis Milestone adaptation and director Delbert Mann’s 1979 TV movie version. So does Edward Bergers’ 2022 Netflix reimagining have anything worthwhile to say? Yes, actually. The latest retelling stars Felix Kammerer as Paul Bäumer, a young German soldier who enters combat during the last days of World War I. With his hopes high and valor strong, Paul and his comrades are thrust into the terrors of trench warfare — a harsh wake-up call to the enlistees that the battlefield is a forever-unforgiving place. Brilliantly shot and packed with the kind of performances that rip your heart out, All Quiet on the Western Front is just as relevant now as it was almost a century ago.

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I Came By (2022)

I Came By
I Came By
  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 110m

  • Genre: Thriller

  • Stars: George MacKay, Percelle Ascott, Kelly Macdonald

  • Directed by: Babak Anvari

I Came By stars George MacKay as Toby Nealey, an underground graffiti artist operating in London, who targets the aristocratic estates of the city’s top movers and shakers. Infamously renowned for the spray-painted “I Came By” moniker that he leaves behind, Nealey’s vigilante artwork lands the youth in troubled waters when he targets a decorated judge (played by Hugh Bonneville) who has some less-than-philanthropic secrets lurking in his manor — mysteries that could threaten Toby’s own life and the lives of those he holds dear. If you’re looking for pure originality, you won’t find it with I Came By, but among the tropes and cookie-cutter templates, there are still plenty of devilish surprises to shock viewers, and Bonneville is simply top-shelf casting as the madman running the show.

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Circle (2015)

Circle
Circle
  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 87m

  • Genre: Science Fiction, Mystery, Drama, Thriller, Horror

  • Stars: Julie Benz, Carter Jenkins, Cesar Garcia

  • Directed by: Aaron Hann, Mario Miscione

In Circle, sci-fi dystopia takes center stage. The premise is fairly simple: a collective of 50 individuals is imprisoned in a mysterious compound, each stationed on a single platform. If they attempt to move from their location, a laser-beam of death instantly eradicates them. When it’s discovered that a random captive is executed every two minutes, the group figures out that a gesture-led voting system will allow them to select who among them will get the beam treatment. If you like your thriller flicks dark and disturbed, but filled with gripping plot points, give Circle a whir — you won’t be disappointed.

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The Good Nurse (2022)

The Good Nurse
The Good Nurse
  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 121m

  • Genre: Drama, Crime, Mystery

  • Stars: Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne, Noah Emmerich

  • Directed by: Tobias Lindholm

Adapted from the true-crime novel of the same name, The Good Nurse stars Jessica Chastain as Amy Loughren, a single mother and ICU nurse. When a series of untimely patient deaths start cropping up around the hospital, Amy begins to suspect that new hire Charles Cullen (Eddie Redmayne) is the man responsible. Both Chastain and Redmayne are the kind of talents we expect greatness from, and truly, both actors go out of their way to foster a sort of surreal pathos for their characters, especially the latter. It’s a solid thriller and a tragic and haunting reminder that we don’t have to dig into fiction to tell some of the most grueling stories imaginable.

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Lou (2022)

Lou
Lou
  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 107m

  • Genre: Action, Thriller, Drama

  • Stars: Allison Janney, Jurnee Smollett, Logan Marshall-Green

  • Directed by: Anna Foerster

If you’re in the mood for something a little more on the action-heavy side, director Anna Foerster’s Lou will likely satiate. It stars Allison Janney as the titular protagonist, a reclusive woman living on Orcas Island, Washington. When a wicked storm threatens the Pacific Northwest, a single mother named Hannah (Jurnee Smollet) begs Lou for help when her young daughter is kidnapped by a vicious ex-pat (Logan Marshall-Green). But as the two women set off on their rescue mission, Hannah soon learns that there’s far more to Lou than meets the eye. A grim gut-punch of an action-thriller, Lou is a big win for the genre.

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The Stranger (2022)

The Stranger
The Stranger
  • Metacritic: 74%

  • IMDb: 6.6/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 117m

  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

  • Stars: Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris, Jada Alberts

  • Directed by: Thomas M. Wright

Based on Kate Kyriacou’s non-fiction novel, The Sting: The Undercover Operation That Caught Daniel Morcombe’s Killer, writer-director Thomas Wright’s cinematic adaptation of the source text, The Stranger, stars Joel Edgerton as an undercover cop tasked with befriending a suspected murderer (Sean Harris), in hopes of electing a confession from the elusive man. But when the guise of friendship starts to falter, it’s only a matter of time before things start to boil over. With a similar plot to Apple TV+’s Black Bird series (which is also based on true events), The Stranger is a pulse-pounding thriller done right.

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Inheritance (2020)

Inheritance
Inheritance
  • Metacritic: 31%

  • IMDb: 5.5/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 110m

  • Genre: Thriller

  • Stars: Lily Collins, Simon Pegg, Connie Nielsen

  • Directed by: Vaughn Stein

When New York City business magnate Archer Monroe (Patrick Warburton) passes away, a healthy inheritance is gifted to his surviving family members — his wife (Connie Nielsen), his son (Chace Crawford), and his daughter, Lauren (Lily Collins). But when a posthumous video confession from her father leads Lauren to a secret underground bunker beneath the family estate, what she discovers in the unknown locale spells disaster for her and the rest of her family. Playing like a combination of many different types of thrillers, Inheritance may not win everyone over, but genre diehards will appreciate the film’s many twists and turns.

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A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

A Walk Among the Tombstones
A Walk Among the Tombstones
  • Metacritic: 57%

  • IMDb: 6.5/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 114m

  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

  • Stars: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, David Harbour

  • Directed by: Scott Frank

In A Walk Among the Tombstones, Liam Neeson stars as former FBI agent-turned-private detective Matt Scudder, a man-for-hire working the streets of NYC. When a drug kingpin (Dan Stevens) calls upon Scudder to track down the men who brutally murdered his wife, Matt’s investigation turns up a number of jaw-dropping discoveries that force the PI to constantly address and re-address his moral compass. A Walk Among the Tombstones plays a bit like a grim film noir, a narrative leaning that bolsters the strength of the film’s script and further sells the airtight chops of the many onscreen talents.

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Munich: The Edge of War (2022)

Munich: The Edge of War
Munich: The Edge of War
  • Metacritic: 53%

  • IMDb: 6.8/10

  • Rated: PG-13

  • Duration: 129m

  • Genre: Drama, History

  • Stars: George MacKay, Jannis Niewöhner, Sandra Hüller

  • Directed by: Christian Schwochow

Based on the 2017 Robert Harris novel Munich, Munich: The Edge of War stars Jeremy Irons, George MacKay, and Jannis Niewöhner, among other players. Directed by Christian Schwochow, the story follows Hugh Legat and Paul von Hartmann (MacKay and Niewöhner), a British civil servant and a German official tasked with traveling to Munich for an international conference of nations. But on the brink of WWII, the stakes are high for the European powers, with Hitler’s planned takeover of Czechoslovakia an imminent danger. Can negotiations be successfully made, or will the Nazi besiegement come to be? An eloquently stylized espionage thriller, Schwochow draws on the many strengths of his core cast to deliver an elevated historical spy picture, exploring and unpacking the art and risk of top-shelf subterfuge.

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The Platform (2019)

The Platform
The Platform
  • Metacritic: 73%

  • IMDb: 7/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 95m

  • Genre: Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller

  • Stars: Iván Massagué, Antonia San Juan, Zorion Eguileor

  • Directed by: Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia

Have you ever seen or heard of famed French-Canadian Denis Villeneuve’s short film Next Floor? If not, here’s a quick summary: A baroquely-costumed set of aristocrats gorge on a handsome feast, with their increasingly accrued weight plummeting them (and their table, chairs, and food) through the floor, where they resume said gorging. Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia’s The Platform plays with some of the same narrative bits, albeit in the form of a more realized social commentary.

The story follows the imprisoned residents of a Vertical Self-Management Center, a dystopian vessel that delivers food to its captives by way of an elevator system. In order of randomized hierarchy, those at the top get the most food, while those at the bottom get the scraps. Inevitably, this leads to an uprising of horrific proportions. The Platform is a satirical production that grapples with Darwinism in some bizarre and all-consuming ways. One thing is for sure: It’s a flick you don’t want to miss.

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Spiderhead (2022)

Spiderhead
Spiderhead
  • Metacritic: 54%

  • IMDb: 5.4/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 107m

  • Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller

  • Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller, Jurnee Smollett

  • Directed by: Joseph Kosinski

Spiderhead tears down all the bars, gates, and imposing walls of the traditional prison thriller. And it totally flips the sub-genre on its head with a bit of sci-fi thrown in for good measure. The film stars Chris Hemsworth as Steve Abnesti, the tech-warden-savant of a revolutionary new prison, one where inmates are fed mind-altering drugs for their respective sentences as opposed to literal time “behind bars.” But when two new inmates, Jeff (Miles Teller) and Lizzy (Jurnee Smollett), enter the facility, they form a unique bond that calls Abnesti’s experimental practices into question. Based on the George Saunders short story Escape from Spiderhead, the film adaptation aims for a high-brow blending of wit and adrenaline. While it doesn’t completely nail either, screen-stealing performances from its main ensemble, particularly Hemsworth, are enough to keep us here for the long haul.

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Interceptor (2022)

Interceptor
Interceptor
  • Metacritic: 54%

  • IMDb: 4.4/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 98m

  • Genre: Action, Thriller, Adventure

  • Stars: Elsa Pataky, Luke Bracey, Aaron Glenane

  • Directed by: Matthew Reilly

In director Matt Reilly’s Interceptor, Elsa Pataky stars as Captain JJ Collins, the spearhead of an isolated nuclear missile facility smack-dab in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. When the weapons hub falls under attack from enemy forces led by a former U.S. intelligence operative (Luke Bracey), Collins must use her military background and quick ingenuity to thwart the evildoers before they overrun the base. Interceptor is a decent example of a Netflix-backed action-thriller, driven by a kinetic pace that hits all the beats but misses here and there. A refreshing change of pace is seeing a woman in a role that would normally be helmed by Bruce Willis, and Pataky tackles her heroine character with muscle and grace.

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Operation Mincemeat (2022)

Operation Mincemeat
Operation Mincemeat
  • Metacritic: 65%

  • IMDb: 6.6/10

  • Rated: PG-13

  • Duration: 128m

  • Genre: War, History, Drama

  • Stars: Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald

  • Directed by: John Madden

Operation Mincemeat stars Colin Firth and Succession‘s Matthew Macfadyen as Ewen Montagu and Charles Cholmondeley, two British World War II intelligence officers who are tasked with protecting resistance troops that are planning an all-out siege of Sicily by July of that year. To do so, both men are inspired by the 1939 Trout Memo to send a corpse filled with misleading information and a false identity onto enemy shores. What follows is an act of wartime deception unlike any other. Based on Ben Macintyre’s historical text of the same name, Operation Mincemeat features powerhouse performances from both Firth and Macfadyen, and a plot full of memorable turns and nail-biting subterfuge.

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Triple Frontier (2019)

Triple Frontier
Triple Frontier
  • Metacritic: 61%

  • IMDb: 6.4/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 125m

  • Genre: Action, Thriller, Crime, Adventure

  • Stars: Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam

  • Directed by: J.C. Chandor

In Triple Frontier, an ensemble of recognizable talents are given the action-hero treatment for what amounts to a heist thriller that dares to say more about the genre, and succeeds. Our story follows a team of ex-Special Forces comrades as they band together to steal away the fortune of a South American drug lord. But as the group’s collective hubris threatens to deconstruct their mission, their adversaries gain ground, forcing the mercenaries to fight for their lives.

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Lost Bullet (2020)

Lost Bullet
Lost Bullet
  • Metacritic: 78%

  • IMDb: 6.3/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 92m

  • Genre: Action, Thriller, Crime

  • Stars: Alban Lenoir, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Rod Paradot

  • Directed by: Guillaume Pierret

Lost Bullet is exactly what the world needs right now: A taut action-thriller with adrenaline-fueled everything — cinematography, editing, score, etc. Starring Alban Lenoir as Lino, a talented mechanic, Lino is in over his head when charges for a crime he committed in a horrific past life catch up to him. To escape the clutches of the crooked cops that want him put away, Lino must journey once more into the world of underground ram-driving to find his true freedom. Loud, caustic, and a ton of fun, Lost Bullet does both the familiar and daring with the sub-genre it lives within.

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The Devil All the Time (2020)

The Devil All the Time
The Devil All the Time
  • Metacritic: 55%

  • IMDb: 7.1/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 138m

  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

  • Stars: Tom Holland, Bill Skarsgård, Riley Keough

  • Directed by: Antonio Campos

In writer-director Antonio Campos’ The Devil all the Time (an adaptation of the Donald Ray Pollack novel of the same name), the lives of several small-town post-World War II citizens are changed forever when the fervor of evangelical religion descends upon their rural community. Powered by an ensemble cast (Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland chief amongst the players), the source material may have been a bit too much to pull off for the creative team, but The Devil all the Time manages to serve up plenty of maniacal thrills, regardless of the bumpy nature of its narrative coherence.

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Windfall (2022)

Windfall
Windfall
  • Metacritic: 52%

  • IMDb: 5.7/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 92m

  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

  • Stars: Jason Segel, Lily Collins, Jesse Plemons

  • Directed by: Charlie McDowell

In Windfall, Jason Segel stars as an unnamed home invader. Breaking into the regal estate of a billionaire CEO, the man seeks to make off with whatever he can find, but his plans are thwarted when the owner of the home (Jesse Plemons) and his spouse (Lily Collins) arrive unexpectedly. As the robbery devolves into a hostage situation, the three home inhabitants are forced to contend with both their actions and intentions, all while some long-held secrets boil to the surface. A bare-bones thriller that really gets the job done, thanks in part to the strengths of its core cast, Windfall will have you glued to the edge of your couch for its entire 90 minutes.

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The Weekend Away (2022)

The Weekend Away
The Weekend Away
  • Metacritic: 51%

  • IMDb: 5.6/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 89m

  • Genre: Thriller, Mystery

  • Stars: Leighton Meester, Christina Wolfe, Ziad Bakri

  • Directed by: Kim Farrant

Based on the 2020 Sarah Alderson novel of the same name, The Weekend Away stars Leighton Meester as Beth, a woman who boards a flight to Croatia to spend time with her best friend, Kate (Christina Wolfe). It turns out that Kate’s marriage isn’t going so well, but after a night on the town, the women agree to make the most of their getaway. But when Beth wakes the next morning, Kate is nowhere to be found. As she begins looking for her lost friend, the plot continues to thicken for Beth as she realizes that their simple trip may have been more than the girl’s retreat it was made out to be.

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Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
  • Metacritic: 52%

  • IMDb: NaN/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 111m

  • Genre: Crime

  • Stars: Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Kaya Scodelario

  • Directed by: Joe Berlinger

An adaptation of the Elizabeth Kendall memoir The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted BundyExtremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile stars Zac Efron as the infamous serial killer and Lily Collins as his longtime girlfriend, Liz. As news of Bundy’s crimes start making headlines, the authorities descend on the murderer, putting him behind bars. At first, Liz is hesitant to believe that Ted could commit such horrific crimes, but as the evidence starts piling up, her steadfast belief in her partner starts to wane. Featuring great lead performances and a captivating story told from the perspective of someone who doesn’t want to believe their lover is a psychopath, Extremely Wicked is unnerving from start to finish.

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Fever Dream (2021)

Fever Dream
Fever Dream
  • Metacritic: 75%

  • IMDb: 5.4/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 93m

  • Genre: Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Horror

  • Stars: María Valverde, Guillermo Pfening, Dolores Fonzi

  • Directed by: Claudia Llosa

A hypnotic adaptation of the Samantha Schweblin novel of the same name, Fever Dream centers on the story of two young mothers that are brought together in psychologically mind-bending ways when their children fall victim to a mysterious poisoning. A commentary on some of Argentina’s environmental troubles, the film takes a bold visual approach, building an overbearingly eerie tone as the fates of several characters become unbreakably intertwined.

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Extraction (2020)

Extraction
Extraction
  • Metacritic: 56%

  • IMDb: 6.7/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 116m

  • Genre: Drama, Action, Thriller

  • Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Rudhraksh Jaiswal, Randeep Hooda

  • Directed by: Sam Hargrave

Retiring his superhero cape in favor of gritty militant threads, Extraction stars Thor alum Chris Hemsworth as Tyler Rake, a cunning Australian mercenary. Hired to rescue the kidnapped son of a Mumbai crime lord, Tyler’s descent into hostile territory quickly proves to be more than the black-ops soldier ever bargained for. Packed with electric action sequences and a strong performance from Hemsworth, Extraction is an octane-charged foray into the familiar amalgamation of the action-meets-thriller sub-genre.

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The Ice Road (2021)

The Ice Road
The Ice Road
  • Metacritic: 42%

  • IMDb: 5.6/10

  • Rated: PG-13

  • Duration: 108m

  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

  • Stars: Liam Neeson, Marcus Thomas, Laurence Fishburne

  • Directed by: Jonathan Hensleigh

The Ice Road stars thriller-stalwart Liam Neeson as Mike, a big-rig truck driver. When a crew of diamond miners is trapped inside their working quarters in the wake of a collapse, Mike must drive his eighteen-wheeler across the harsh Canadian tundras, over frozen waters and through a devastating storm, to rescue the miners. But as Mother Nature begins prevailing, Mike and his backup team are in for much more than they bargained for. Playing out much like a number of Liam Neeson’s cinematic escapades, The Ice Road doesn’t seek to reinvent the action-thriller but provides plenty of gravitas in the form of big dialogue, big effects, and big locations.

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Forgotten (2017)

Forgotten
Forgotten
  • IMDb: 7.4/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 108m

  • Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Drama, Horror, Crime

  • Stars: Kang Ha-neul, Kim Moo-yul, Moon Sung-keun

  • Directed by: Jang Hang-jun

Jin-seok (Kang Ha-neul) has just moved into a new house with his parents and older brother, and it’s quite the unusual place. While there’s seemingly nothing that is blatantly out of the ordinary, Jin-seok just doesn’t feel right under the new roof. This is further compounded when his brother is suddenly kidnapped, returning close to three weeks later. After his sibling’s reemergence, Jin-seok notices that his entire nuclear unit is acting funny. Then they hit him with the news: It’s not actually 1997, but 2017. What in tarnation is going on? A slick entry in the South Korean action-thriller canon, Forgotten is a visual feast set against a compelling and complex narrative.

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Coming Home in the Dark (2021)

Coming Home in the Dark
Coming Home in the Dark
  • Metacritic: 64%

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 93m

  • Genre: Thriller, Horror

  • Stars: Daniel Gillies, Erik Thomson, Miriama McDowell

  • Directed by: James Ashcroft

The feature debut of James Ashcroft, Coming Home in the Dark stars Daniel Gillies and Matthias Luafutu as Mandrake and Tubs, a pair of hellbent maniacs who attach themselves to the doomed Hoaganraad family, a nuclear unit of four hoping to enjoy a weekend away from it all. As the family gets to know Mandrake more, they soon realize that his surface-level charisma is but a thin wall that holds back a much more sinister plan, a scheme he has been planning for nearly two decades. Powered by a devilish lead performance from Daniel Gillies, Coming Home in the Dark will feel familiar to anyone who was watched movies like Funny Games, but it’s a welcome entry to the constantly rotating sub-genre of domestic invasion thrillers.

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Sentinelle (2021)

Sentinelle
Sentinelle
  • IMDb: 4.7/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 80m

  • Genre: Thriller, Action, Drama

  • Stars: Olga Kurylenko, Marilyn Lima, Michel Nabokoff

  • Directed by: Julien Leclercq

Revenge-thrillers are a dime a dozen, so what makes Sentinelle any different than the rest? Well, for starters, it’s completely unrelenting. The plot follows Klara (Olga Kurylenko), a discharged soldier sent home after a harrowing close call during combat. The woman’s trauma is only compounded when she uncovers a web of crime that could lead to her sister’s death. Taking justice into her own hands, Klara utilizes her weapons training and intellect to hunt down the could-be killers. As mentioned, Sentinelle hits hard and fast, delivering a blazing action-thriller in less than 90 minutes.

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Army of Thieves (2021)

Army of Thieves
Army of Thieves
  • Metacritic: 49%

  • IMDb: 6.4/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 127m

  • Genre: Action, Thriller, Comedy

  • Stars: Matthias Schweighöfer, Nathalie Emmanuel, Ruby O. Fee

  • Directed by: Matthias Schweighöfer

Serving as a prequel to Zack Synder’s adrenaline-pumping Army of the DeadArmy of Thieves was co-written by Matthias Schweighöfer and Synder and directed by Schweighöfer. Our story follows Dieter (Matthias Schweighöfer), operating as Sebastian, a safecracking expert living in Potsam. When one of Sebastian’s safecracking instructional YouTube videos receives attention from a mysterious viewer, he journeys into the city where he is recruited to join an elite heist-team led by Gwendoline (Natalie Emmanuel). Together, the band of thieves concoct a plan to crack a series of impenetrable safes throughout Europe. A brilliant extension of the Army universe, Thieves stands on its own two legs, thanks to memorable performances and riveting set-pieces.

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The Guilty (2021)

The Guilty
The Guilty
  • Metacritic: 63%

  • IMDb: 6.3/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 91m

  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

  • Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, Riley Keough

  • Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

LAPD officer Joe Baylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) is working the night shift for 9-1-1 dispatch. Awaiting a court hearing for an initially-unknown incident that occurred months before, Joe receives a call from a woman claiming to be kidnapped. As Joe does everything in his power to help his abducted caller, it soon becomes clear that this singular call may have more to do with Joe and his past than he’s aware of. A fist-clenching thriller, one led by an extremely captivating lead performance from Gyllenhaal, The Guilty may not be as great as the original 2018 Danish film, but the talent onscreen and close-quarters cinematography is undeniably gripping.

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In the Shadow of the Moon (2019)

In the Shadow of the Moon
In the Shadow of the Moon
  • Metacritic: 48%

  • IMDb: 6.2/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 115m

  • Genre: Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller

  • Stars: Boyd Holbrook, Cleopatra Coleman, Michael C. Hall

  • Directed by: Jim Mickle

Our story begins in 1988. Thomas Lockhart (Boyd Holbrook) is faced with a macabre investigation in Philadelphia — one where several victims all hemorrhage to death at the same time, with puncture wounds located on each of their heads. Following leads that inevitably result in an even deeper mystery, Lockhart’s investigation goes dormant until a series of copycat killings resurfaces nine years later. A great blend of mystery-meets-sci-fi, In the Shadow of the Moon may not land with all viewers, but as a made-for-Netflix caper, it’s an arresting genre-dive you won’t want to miss.

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Creep (2014)

Creep
Creep
  • Metacritic: 74%

  • IMDb: 6.4/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 82m

  • Genre: Horror, Thriller

  • Stars: Mark Duplass, Patrick Brice, Katie Aselton

  • Directed by: Patrick Brice

When shoestring videographer Aaron (Patrick Brice) accepts a paying gig from a mysterious new client, his visit to the man’s remote mountain residence soon devolves into a bizarre nightmare as Josef (Mark Duplass), the homeowner, claims to be making a video for his unborn child before he dies from a brain tumor. At least that’s what Josef wants Aaron to believe. The truth, as the viewer will come to discover, is far more sinister. Taking the found footage sub-genre to thrilling new places, Creep feels like a very small film, but one packed with suspense and misdirects as Josef’s intentions become increasingly murkier.

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Gunpowder Milkshake (2021)

Gunpowder Milkshake
Gunpowder Milkshake
  • Metacritic: 47%

  • IMDb: 6.0/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 114m

  • Genre: Action, Thriller, Crime

  • Stars: Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Chloe Coleman

  • Directed by: Navot Papushado

In this rollicking action thriller, Karen Gillan stars as Sam, a high-octane assassin carrying out hits for an underground organization known as The Firm. Abandoned at a young age by her mother (Lena Headey), a fellow hitman, Sam’s estrangement has reinforced her cold-blooded tendencies. In the wake of a hit gone wrong, Sam is forced to re-examine her allegiance to the organization that provides her lifestyle and the life of an innocent 8-year-old girl (Chloe Coleman). An intense film from start to finish, Gunpowder Milkshake gives us an intriguing premise with excellent players and top-notch filmmaking.

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The Vault (2021)

The Vault
The Vault
  • Metacritic: 50%

  • IMDb: 6.4/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 118m

  • Genre: Crime, Action, Thriller

  • Stars: Freddie Highmore, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Sam Riley

  • Directed by: Jaume Balagueró

In The Vault, Freddie Highmore stars as Thom, a prolific engineer who happens upon some intoxicating intel. Learning of a hidden treasure trove located underneath The Bank of Spain, Thom and his group of allies concoct a master plan to break into the compound and make off with the riches while the rest of the country is distracted by Spain’s World Cup Final. Powered by energetic performances from its main ensemble and buttressed by some incredible set pieces and memorable locations, The Vault hits all the beats that a heist thriller should, making for an excellent watch.

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Hold the Dark (2018)

Hold the Dark
Hold the Dark
  • Metacritic: 63%

  • IMDb: 5.6/10

  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Crime

  • Cast: Jeffrey Wright, Alexander Skarsgård, James Badge Dale

In his follow-up to the ultra-violent Green Room, Jeremy Saulnier takes to the great wilds of Alaska for an adaptation of William Giraldi’s Hold the Dark. Starring Jeffrey Wright as wolf-tracker Russell Core, the animal expert is hired by Medora Slone (Riley Keough), a woman convinced that a pack of vicious wolves made off with her young son. As Russell begins his investigation, Medora’s spouse, Vernon (Alexander Skarsgård), arrives home from Iraq. Troubled by the horrors of frontline warfare, Vernon begins an all-out descent into madness as Russell begins to uncover more than he bargained for in the unrelenting tundra. Working with his biggest budget yet, indie stalwart Jeremy Saulnier delivers a grim reimagining of Giraldi’s already-macabre prose, complete with big action sequences and a touch of folkloric horror.

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The Call (2020)

The Call
The Call
  • IMDb: 7.1/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 112m

  • Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Science Fiction

  • Stars: Park Shin-hye, Jeon Jong-seo, Kim Sung-ryung

  • Directed by: Lee Chung-hyun

In Chung-hyun Lee’s The Call, we follow two different timelines, with a telephone call linking both eras. Seo-Yeon (Shin-hye Park) spends her days in the present while Young-Sook (Jong-seo Jun) lurks in the past. One is a serial killer, the other the victim. A bizarre amalgam of sci-fi-meets-psychological-thriller, The Call scores high with us for its nail-biting narrative, moody tone, dedicated performances, and plenty of originality.

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Red Dot (2021)

Red Dot
Red Dot
  • IMDb: 5.5/10

  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Genre: Thriller

  • Cast: Johannes Bah Kuhnke, Nanna Blondell, Anastasios Soulis

David (Anastasios Soulis) and Nadja (Nanna Blondell), a set of young newlyweds, lead a stressful life of work, school, and poor communication skills. When Nadja learns that she’s pregnant, she decides to save the news for an adventurous ski trip to Sweden’s far north with David. As the couple begins to lose themselves to nature’s bounty, a hidden assailant begins stalking David and Nadja. It’s a nightmarish fight for survival in the merciless winter wilderness, as the infamous red dot of a rifle-sight follows every move the married couple makes. An energy-packed survival thriller, Red Dot is effective in making us feel just as lost and drenched in paranoia as the film’s leading talents.

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Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)

Velvet Buzzsaw
Velvet Buzzsaw
  • Metacritic: 61%

  • IMDb: 5.7/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 113m

  • Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Horror

  • Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Zawe Ashton

  • Directed by: Dan Gilroy

The art world is a strange one to live in, particularly when the tortured spirits of dead artists start wreaking havoc on the outside world. These are the cards we’re dealt with Dan Gilroy’s insanely odd Velvet Buzzsaw, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Morf Vandewalt, an eccentric art critic that comes in contact with the possessed paintings of Vetril Dease (Alan Mandell). Death, dismemberment, and other macabre occurrences soon descend on the principal players, leaving us to wonder where the line is drawn between reality and fiction. Big, odd, and loaded with color, Velvet Buzzsaw is one you won’t forget.

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Calibre (2018)

Calibre
Calibre
  • Metacritic: 76%

  • IMDb: 6.8/10

  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Genre: Horror, Thriller

  • Cast: Jack Lowden, Martin McCann, Tony Curran

When two lifelong friends, a businessman and his pal from boarding school, head out for a hunting weekend in the Scottish Highlands, things quickly turn ugly. The old friends find themselves unexpectedly panicked and dealing with dire situations they never thought they would face. The British thriller, originally released on Netflix, was described by Variety as an “intensely terrifying twist on Deliverance.”

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El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019)

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
  • Metacritic: 72%

  • IMDb: 7.3/10

  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller, Action

  • Cast: Aaron Paul, Jesse Plemons, Charles Baker

For fans of the AMC series Breaking Bad, this flick is the epilogue they’ve been waiting for to address the unanswered question of what happened to Jesse Pinkman. For others who might not have seen Breaking Bad, it’s still a fabulous film about a young man on the run from a clearly sordid past. It wraps Pinkman’s story up with a nice little bow and delivers plenty of cameos and throwback references from the original series to make it a worthwhile watch for any fan who has been missing the show.

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