All genres are great in their own way, but let’s be real, thrillers are the best. It’s because they have the best elements of every genre. A little bit of fear, without diving into horror. All the speed of action, but with more plot. And dashes of drama and comedy without having to fully commit to either. It requires your full attention because it’s everything, wrapped into one.
Rather than the blood and gore of many horror movies, thrillers are full of conflict, unexpected twists, and tensions that have you on the edge of your seats. Looking for a thriller movie to watch on Netflix? Here is a list of the best thriller movies you must watch on netflix.
Here We Incorporated 12 Best Thriller Movies On Netflix That You Shouldn’t Miss
Director: David Fincher
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr, Chole Sevigny, Jhon Carroll Lynch, Anthony Edwards, Brian Cox
Plot: In the late 1960s and 1970s, fear grips the city of San Francisco as a serial killer called Zodiac stalks its residents. Investigators (Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards) and reporters (Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr.) become obsessed with learning the killer’s identity and bringing him to justice.
Meanwhile, Zodiac claims victim after victim and taunts the authorities with cryptic messages, ciphers, and menacing phone calls.
Without having David Fincher’s film, this best thrillers movie list remains incomplete. One of the most brilliant aspects of “Zodiac” is its pacing. It never lets up and the suspense is always there. It is a solid suspense thriller that pins you to your seat.
The acting is terrific, Ruffalo and Downey are brilliant, a fresh-faced Jake Gyllenhaal is arguably the one that steals the show.
Director: Richard Shepard
Cast: Allison Williams, Logan Browning, Steven Weber, Alaina Huffman
Plot: When troubled musical prodigy Charlotte (Allison Williams) seeks out Elizabeth (Logan Browning), the new star pupil of her former school, the encounter sends both musicians down a sinister path with shocking consequences.
This movie was bizarrely gruesome and somehow hilarious. Some weird twists and a very dark underlying story of “The Perfection” makes it one of the best thrillers movies on Netflix. The cast does a superb job. Especially Alison Williams.
The music and Background score plays a crucial role in building tension throughout the film and the ending was so unexpected. It was creative and you will totally engaged throughout the film.
Director: David Fincher
cast: Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jhon c. Mcginley
Plot: When retiring police Detective William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) tackles a final case with the aid of newly transferred David Mills (Brad Pitt), they discover several elaborate and grizzly murders.
They soon realize they are dealing with a serial killer (Kevin Spacey) targeting people he thinks represent one of the seven deadly sins. Somerset also befriends Mills’ wife, Tracy (Gwyneth Paltrow), who is pregnant and afraid to raise her child in the crime-riddled city.
Rarely there has been a movie with such a good dark and chilling atmosphere. “Se7en” is unique in many ways. The movie’s mood is already set right from the beginning. The movie starts dark, intense, chilling, and mysterious, a mood that is carried throughout the movie.
The music from acclaimed composer Howard Shore also adds to the chilling atmosphere made it an even more spine-chilling crime-thriller. “Se7en” was a dark and disturbing thriller that will stay with you forever. It remains one of the all-time best thriller movies in film history.
Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo Dicaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson, Max Von Sydow
Plot: In 1954, a U.S. Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderer who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane.
“Shutter Island” is simply a masterpiece. It is one of the greatest thrillers of the decade. This is a film you must watch carefully to catch all the pieces of the puzzle. The master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock’s influence is everywhere you look in this film. Shutter Island is a film that will make you question your own sanity.
It is a film that has re-ignited the thriller genre. This is a film that will leave you, and the main character, searching for answers.No no spoilers, there is one line of dialogue, right at the end of the movie before the credits roll, which elevates the emotion of the film and makes it much more powerful.
Director: Josh Safdie and Benny safdie
Cast: Adam Sandler, Lakeith Stanfield, Julia fox, Kevin Garnett, Idina Menzel, Eric Bogosian
Plot: Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler) is a once-successful New York gems dealer whose gambling addiction has left his family and career in shambles and his hundreds of thousands in debt.
Always looking for the next big bet, Howard thinks he finally hit it big when he discovers a rare uncut rock of Ethiopian gems, with a very interested high-profile buyer. But the closer Howard gets to finally winning big, the more he is forced to realize he can’t keep running from the consequences of his actions.
Uncut Gems is so thrilling it might give you a little nervous breakdown. The film was every bit as thrilling and chaotic as it seems was intended. Uncut Gems is a descent made of intense screams and precious gems, of sketched smiles and nerves on the skin. It is a well-directed film, better written and very well acted.
Adam Sandler offers us one of the best performances of his career. If you are a fan of the thriller-dramatic picture with a bit of comedy then Uncut Gems was a perfect movie for you.
Director: Olaf De Fluer
Cast: Florence Pugh, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Scott Chambers, Georgia Bevan, James Cosmo, Celia Imrie
Plot: A brother-sister team that fabricates paranormal encounters for cash gets more than it bargains for when it takes a job in an estate with real paranormal activity.
It is a decent horror-thriller movie. It won’t blow you away, but the story is original enough and the acting is good enough which makes this movie enjoyable to watch. if you are a fan of the combo of ’80s and the VHS recordings then give it a try.
Director: David Fincher
Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry
Plot: On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits, and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?
“Gone Girl”, based on the Gillian Flynn novel of the same name, is a masterful thriller, a sharp-sighted satire on modern marriage. David Fincher turns the already disturbing story into something even darker.
Gone Girl is the movie that keeps you guessing until the end. Each new twist and turn will surely surprise you. Stunning cinematography, the chilling score, and tight editing, all of which make ‘Gone Girl’ one of the best thrillers on Netflix.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall, Andy Serkis, David Bowie, Piper Perabo
Plot: A period thriller set in Edwardian London where two rival magicians, partners until the tragic death of an assistant during a show, dispute bitterly after one of them performs the ultimate magic trick – teleportation.
His rival tries desperately to uncover the secret of his routine, experimenting with dangerous new science as his quest takes him to the brink of insanity and risks the lives of everyone around the pair.
I won’t say it’s an underrated movie, but it was somewhat been buried by the legacy of other “popular” Nolan movies. Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, and Sir Michael Caine all contributed stunning, emotional performances. It’ll leave you wondering, “What the hell did I just watch?” in the best way possible.
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Director: Jordan Peele
Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradly Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root, Lakeith Stanfield, Catherine Keener
Plot: Chris and his girlfriend Rose to go upstate to visit her parents for the weekend. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.
The movie is well-paced from all aspects yet I won’t call this a horror in any way, it’s no more than a psychological suspense thriller…it gets tense but never scary. The atmosphere of underlying racism is done in a way that makes people from across the world, who did not have contact with USA slavery issues, get good insight.
The overall idea is new and the way it was presented and the way it was done feels very fresh. “Get out” will shock you silly and will make you think.
Director: Sam Hargrave
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Randeep Hooda, Rudhraksh Jaiswal, Golshifteh Farahani, Pankaj Tripathi, David Harbour
Plot: In an underworld of weapons dealers and traffickers, a young boy becomes the pawn in a war between notorious drug lords. Trapped by kidnappers inside one of the world’s most impenetrable cities, his rescue beckons the unparalleled skill of a mercenary named Tyler Rake, but Rake is a broken man with nothing to lose, harboring a death wish that makes an already deadly mission near impossible.
This film contains some of the nicest action set pieces seen in years. “Extraction” was raw at times, shocking at other times, and even moving at times. If you have a soft spot for those 80s action films such as Commando or Rambo, then this is definitely worth checking out.
I Am Mother
Director: grant Sputore
Cast: Clara Rugaard, Rose Byrne, Hilary swank
Plot: In the wake of humanity’s extinction, a teenage girl is raised by a robot designed to repopulate the earth. But their unique bond is threatened when an inexplicable stranger arrives with alarming news.
The sets, the effects, the performances all come together in a truly great way. If you love to treat yourself to some great Sci-Fi Thriller, I highly recommend I Am Mother. This film has solid acting and interesting characters, it touches on complicated ideas with a tightly paced narrative from start to finish and will manage to keep you on the edge of your seat till the very end.
Director: Fefe Alvarez
Cast: Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, Steohen Lang
Plot: Rocky, a young woman wanting to start a better life for her and her sister, agrees to take part in the robbery of a house owned by a wealthy blind man with her boyfriend Money and their friend Alex.
But when the blind man turns out to be a more ruthless adversary than he seems, the group must find a way to escape his home before they become his latest victims.
‘Don’t Breathe’ is full of suspense and intensity. It leaves you shocked many times and just when you think you know what’s going to happen next it puts something new and unexpected in the way so you are left feeling stunned.
There is no cheap jump scares or over-the-top violence here just realistic terror which makes this movie one of the best thriller movies on Netflix. “Don’t Breathe ” is a really good creative visual scary psychothriller film with a perfect pace.