Some of the best thriller movies available on Netflix right now for streaming!
Unlike the bloody and gory horror genre, thrillers are more subtle, rich in conflict, unanticipated plot twists, and themes that will leave you at the edge of the seat. In addition, thrillers’ terror, uncertainty, and anxiety, may push people to question their own selves, their loved ones, and sometimes, even their existence.
Among the finest thrillers included in this list are box-office hits such as Parasite exploring themes related greed and classism from 2020. You may also enjoy Rosamund Pike’s superb performance in Gone Girl.
These are two from the list, read on for a more comprehensive list!
Some of these movies come under the geo-restricted category meaning you’ll have to bypass the Netflix proxy error in order to watch them.
#01 | The Guilty (2021)
Given the intense, nail-biting suspense that builds as a result of Jake Gyllenhaal’s tremendous performance, we were holding our breath for the majority of it. An extremely anxious and furious policeman (Gyllenhaal) operates as 911 call dispatcher after being downgraded from his job as a detective and attempts to assist an anxious caller.
#02 | The Power of the Dog (2021)
In our opinion, this film is definitely Academy Award worthy. It’s a Western-suspense thriller that follows Phil Burbank (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) as he gaslights and psychologically terrorizes his brother-in-law’s (played by Jesse Plemons) wife Rose (played by Kirsten Dunst) and her son on the ranch they all share. The intimidation keeps on going until new secrets are unveiled.
#03 | I See You (2019)
Definitely amongst the greatest psychological thrillers played by Helen Hunt. Greg Harper, a private investigator, is having problems with wife Jackie (Helen Hunt) back home. All the while he searches for a 12-year-old boy who has disappeared. However, the investigator’s family are soon tormented by inexplicable events that might or might not be related to the youngster.
#04 | Mulholland Drive (2007)
Justin Theroux and Naomi Watts star in David Lynch’s superb directive endeavor Mulholland Drive. Following a car accident, Rita (played by Laura Elena Harring) has an accident and loses her long-and-short-term memory. Moving and struggling in Los Angeles, perplexed, she is discovered by Betty (played by Watts), who goes on to assist Rita in trying to figure out her past. This film is insanely popular among critics and audiences alike.
#05 | The Woman in the Window (2021)
Anna Fox, a neurologist who is agoraphobic, stars in this movie. But Anna’s about to witness something that will make her life take a huge turn. While looking at the family that’s recently moved in across the street, see sees something from her living room window. But was it really what she thought she saw? Find out as you watch.
#06 | Run (2020)
Run is a bone-chilling thriller that tells the story of a young woman (played by Kiera Allen) and an overbearing mother (played by Sarah Paulson) who confines her daughter to the house. However, as the girl begins to explore into her mom’s extensive web of sinister lies, she starts to question why is she being kept hidden by her own mother.
#07 | Greta (2018)
The movie Greta, which was released in 2018, sends chills down our spine. It features Isabelle Huppert (playing a widowed Greta) and Chloë Grace Moretz (Frances), who forms an uncanny friendship with the lonely widow. But soon, Greta develops obsession with the girl. She’s found a strange companion, and she’s really obsessed. Things turn really intense when France is done with the relationship, Greta begins to have her abandonment issues surface, and decides to disregard a ‘few’ limits to prevent Frances from leaving.
#08 | Oxygen (2021)
We’re overwhelmed just thinking about it. This sci-fi thriller from the French cinema stars Mélanie Laurent as a woman who awakes in a strange chamber and having no recollection of who brought her there, or if she came herself. She must figure out a way to get out before the time limit expires and oxygen in the chamber runs out. A gripping race against time, you’ll be glued to your chair watching this one!
#09 | Stowaway (2021)
If the idea of getting stranded in space sends you under the covers, wait until you see Stowaway. This movie stars Daniel Dae Kim, Toni Collette, and Anna Kendrick, and follows a crew of astronauts who journey to Mars. The catch is, there is a stowaway on their shuttle, and has destroyed a few crucial support systems. The crew needs to muster the strength to take some tremendous life-and-death decisions when time is not on their side.
#10 | Uncut Gems (2019)
This movie is all about Adam Sandler in a character that’s truly uncharacteristic of him. In this crime story set in America, Sandler is Howard Ratner, a slick-talking jewelry and gaming addict in New York City. He is on a quest to recover a stone he purchased to settle his remaining debts from his gambling addiction.
This drama, with Adam Sandler, Idina Menzel and Eric Bogosian, is truly a pacy thriller that will keep you glued to the chair and your pulse racing from beginning to end.
#11 | Zodiac (2007)
You wouldn’t imagine a cartoonist to be the best pick for an amateur detective, but that’s what Zodiac does with this thrilling narrative.
Zodiac is a 2018 American crime drama film directed by David Fincher and written by James Vanderbilt, and based on Robert Graysmith book by the same name. It tells the tale of how the Zodiac Killer was found (or not). Zodiac was a serial killer who plagued San Francisco’s streets during the ‘60s and ‘70s with riddles and eerie calls on their phones.
The film features Robert Downey Jr, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Mark Ruffalo, and is easily a cult classic among the thriller genre.
#12 | Rebecca (2020)
The latest version of the story, which was written by Daphne du Maurier by the same name, and adapted for the screen first by Alfred Hitchcock in 1940, features a great cast including, Armie Hammer, Lily James and Kristin Scott Thomas. And believe us when we say that the cast is just one of the many incentives to watch this film.
Rebecca narrates and explains the story of how a newlywed woman arrives at the mansion of her husband at the English beach. What she doesn’t know is that her husband’s last wife died in the mansion. Now, Rebecca is haunted by his late ex-wife.
With a spectacular setting, and great acting to compound, this one is a must-watch for the thriller enthusiasts among us!
#13 | The Platform (2019)
The Platform is a thriller from the Spanish cinema, set in a prison that’s designed vertically with two ‘prisoners’ on each platform of the strange building.
At the top is a chute from which a platform drops with leftovers from the previous levels’ dining. So, the prisoners have more food as you ascend and are blessed with the leftovers from the level above them. But, is this rudimentary kind of a food chain where the lower levels have less and less, the only message the film’s trying to expound upon?
#14 | Bird Box (2018)
If you’re frightened of dark, this film is probably not for you.
Bird Box challenges the concept of a strange monster who plagues the entire planet and wipes out humanity. The ‘monster’ in Bird Box is invisible, but only if you don’t look at it directly, if that happens, you’ll die.
Blindfolded down a hazardous river in order to protect herself from the ‘monster’, single mother Melorie (Sandra Bullock) must care for her children, and take them on a two-day trip to get to safety – while blindfolded.
This thriller stars Sarah Paulson, Trevante Rhodes, and John Malkovich and is definitely a must-see for all thriller fanatics.
#15 | You Were Never Really Here (2017)
Joe (Joaquin Phoenix) is a private investigator who, for money, finds missing girls. In the movie, Joe takes up a case that rouses him from a deep slumber of his apparent apathy and depression.
Joe is asked by a politician to find his kidnapped daughter, who may have fallen into the hands of a network of human traffickers. Joe employs the only skillset he has – force and violence – to get her back. The film challenges you to reconsider everything you think you know about the good and the bad and will keep you at the edge of the seat for sure!
#16 | Shutter Island (2010)
In his psychological thriller, Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese collaborate. It follows DiCaprio’s Teddy Daniels, a US federal marshal as he travels to a place known as Shutter Island, a psychiatric facility for the insane, with his partner Chuck (Mark Ruffalo).
Teddy’s investigations of Rachel Solando (played by Emily Mortimer), a patient on the island, begin to challenge his long lost memories of his wife’s murder by a criminal who is kept there on Shutter Island and compels him to question himself and his own mental health.
A real thriller, with some truly juicy plot twists, this one is definitely amongst the best thriller movies ever!
#17 | Silence of the Lambs (1991)
The thriller classic stars Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster and is undoubtedly a classic in the genre. Hopkins, widely recognized for his work, absolutely turned this one into a classic by his precise and razor-sharp acting.
In the movie, Jodie Foster plays Clairce Sterling a student at FBI who’s assigned to interview Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) to get his insight on a high-profile case. Hannibal is a psychopath and a psychiatrist imprisoned for murdering his guests and even cannibalism.
Lecter requests to be relocated to a more pleasant facility in return for his ideas on how to solve a major case. But soon, the tables are turned when Hannibal begins to psychologically torment Sterling, and makes her his newest victim.
#18 | Nightcrawler (2014)
This film, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal and is shot in Los Angeles. Shot mostly at night, the sinister aura and thriller scene is already set.
The story revolves around Lou Bloom (played by Gyllenhaal) who is a documentary filmmaker who becomes interested in crime reporting and nightcrawling, which is the practice of filming criminal activities and selling them to news media for money.
Bloom, on the other hand, has no clue that his enthusiasm for the dangerous world of nightcrawling would lead to his becoming an unassuming victim in a sinister crime.
#19 | Inside Man (2006)
This film, directed by Academy Award winner Spike Lee, features a police officer (played by Denzel Washington) and a robber (played by Clive Owen) during a bank robbery. They go head-to-head during the entire hostage situation.
Dalton Russell is a meticulous thief who plans every element of a robbery to the last detail. When Detective Keith Frazier (Washington) asks Madeline White (played by Jodie Foster) to assist him with his case, though, it appears that there’s more at hand than simply excellent planning.
A nail-biting, edge-of-the-seat, glued-to-the-screen type of thriller, this one’s not to be missed!