There are moments when you want Netflix to be a source of solace, and there are other times when you want it to be a source of stimulation for your mind and body. When the latter is the case, you need a fantastic thriller that shakes you to its core, although it may not be too graphic regarding the violence and gore it depicts. We’ve compiled an up-to-date list of the best thriller movies currently available on Netflix to save you some time scrolling through the service’s extensive catalog of films. The streaming service has a respectable number of films to choose from within the category of “thriller,” but there are also many other films that have been categorized as “thriller” that isn’t worth your time.
Take a look at the suggestions we have provided below if you are looking for some direction as to which suspense novels you should read.
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Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island” is a spine-tingling thriller based on the 2003 novel of the same name written by Dennis Lehane. The story centers on U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio), who is tasked with investigating the disappearance of a dangerous murderess from a remote hospital for the criminally insane. “Shutter Island” was directed by Scorsese. Teddy, accompanied by his new partner Chuck (played by Mark Ruffalo), can’t shake the nagging suspicion that something more nefarious inside the hospital than just a simple escapee. As Teddy’s inquiry into the institution uncovers more and more information, he realizes that his troubled history may hold the solution to figuring out the island’s mystery.
Under the Shadow (2016)
The writer and director Babak Anvari’s first feature film is an elegantly produced and utterly unsettling chiller that blurs the boundary between otherworldly dread and the horrors of the real world in a way that you will see in very few other films. Narges Rashidi plays the role of Shideh, a medical student who is prevented from continuing her education because of her engagement in revolutionary politics. The story takes place in Tehran in the 1980s during The War of the Cities, which was the background of Anvari’s fear-filled adolescence. Shideh is charged with safeguarding their infant daughter Dorsa (Avin Manshadi), as the violence and explosions grow around them after her husband is sent to the front lines. When things seem to have reached their lowest point, Shideh and Dorsa are confronted by an evil genie who threatens them with even worse outcomes.
This original production from Netflix was directed by Daniel Goldhaber and followed the story of an adult webcam performer who finds out that a menacing presence has stolen her place on the internet. Cam has several terrifying scenes, and it investigates the topic of sexual labor with the necessary amount of care and attention. Madeline Brewer, well-known for her role as Offred in the Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale, gives a standout performance as the main character and often portrays many characters simultaneously on-screen. Cam is frequently a study of broken identity, something that is certainly not restricted to the field of adult entertainment. This is largely due to the insightful screenplay that was written by Isa Mazzei, who worked as a cam girl in real life. The conclusion is a little clumsy from Cam, but it is packed with thought-provoking concepts, and Brewer blows your mind.
I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020)
Jessie Buckley featured in Charlie Kaufman’s darkly comedic and psychological thriller a year after she surprised us with her role as a Scottish bad girl turned country singer in Wild Rose. I’m Thinking of Ending Things is a film adaptation of the same-named book published in 2016, and it follows a young couple as they go on a road trip. It may be argued that the movie is too clever for its good, but it’s still a fascinating mystery movie worth seeing.
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I Care a Lot
In the upcoming dark comedy film in 2020, Rosamund Pike won a Golden Globe for her performance as a cruel con artist who targets elderly victims. I Care a Lot tells the tale of a court-appointed guardian named Marla Grayson (played by Pike), who takes advantage of her legal hold over her victims to steal their possessions. Her sleazy ploy runs into trouble when her newest prey, a lady named Jennifer Peterson and is played by Dianne Wiest, turns out to be related to a violent mobster portrayed in the film by Peter Dinklage, an iconic character. I Care a Lot is a film that any lover of the thriller genre should add to their watchlist, as it has a chaotic tale, sharp satire, and dark comedy.
His House (2020)
The protagonists of the critically praised supernatural horror debut written by Remi Weekes are South Sudanese immigrants adapting to a dangerous existence in a little European town. This is horror as dramatic art rather than a sequence of objects that pop out and go boo, similar to how The Babadook and Under the Shadow approached the genre. The real-world subject matter is twisted and terrible, and the stars, Wunmi Mosaku and Sope Dirisu provide stunning performances throughout.
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Uncut Gems (2019)
In all honesty, Adam Sandler should have been given a nomination for this Academy Award, but he wasn’t. He should have won, for crying out loud. In Ben and Josh Safdie’s fascinating criminal thriller, which is about a jeweler who stakes the farm on the gamble of a lifetime, the megastar who is often criticized by film critics gives the finest performance of his career to date. Adele Da-no, wait, Idina Menzel provides a terrific supporting role. Because Masterful Uncut Gems is so exciting, you risk having a mental breakdown while playing it. This film is, at its core, about someone’s struggle with addiction.
Rust Creek (2020)
In the stripped-down thriller written and directed by Jen McGowan, Hermione Corfield and Jay Paulson play the roles of a young student who finds herself abandoned and being persecuted in meth country. In some ways, it’s like a lighter version of Winter’s Bone, and it’s not on the same level as that unadulterated masterpiece. However, it’s still a fascinating and entertaining 105-minute film nevertheless. Paulson is by far the finest thing about the movie, as she adds dimensions to a character who would normally simply be the one with the shortest straw, a melancholy, unrounded background figure.
It Follows (2015)
David Robert Mitchell’s supernatural thriller about a shapeshifting murderer handed around like a curse emanates a searing and utterly suffocating aura of danger; it is a cold-blooded nightmare that might motivate an adult to sleep with a nightlight. Mitchell knocks you off balance from the very beginning in ways that you may not even notice. This picture is not set in any obvious period or even in a certain season, and many features in the production design and character’s behavior don’t make any sense. This is quite similar to Stanley Kubrick’s strategy throughout The Shining to make us feel uncomfortable.
The unsettling home invasion thriller “Hush,” directed by Mike Flanagan and released in 2016, has received a consensus rating of 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The story of “Hush” centers on a deaf lady called Maddie Young. Maddie lost the ability to hear and talk as a kid due to suffering from meningitis. Kate Siegel, who also starred in the film and co-wrote it alongside Flanagan, is one of its co-writers. Maddie is a successful author, and she and her cat live alone in a cottage in the woods while she works on her next book. Even while living alone may be ideal for creative pursuits like writing, it can be a big disappointment when crazy people armed with crossbows and masks attempt to get into your home. It’s a nightmare scenario: you can’t communicate with anybody, you can’t hear what’s going on around you, and someone is trying to murder you for no apparent reason.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
The American version of the 2009 Swedish film is based on the best-selling novel directed by David Fincher, Daniel Craig, and Rooney Mara. He was nominated for an Academy Award star. Even while many fans of the pulpy source material will miss the original picture’s rougher edges and rawer energy, the polished film directed by Fincher is likely technically better than the one it was based on.
Berlin Syndrome (2017)
You may believe you’ve watched enough movies about women held captive to last you at least one or two lives. And who could hold it against you?
Movies about kidnapped women are so common that we might as well classify them as their subgenre. These films typically take one of two approaches: Either they focus on building suspense by having the audience wonder how or if the kidnapped woman will escape, or they take the nastier route, in which they make a spectacle out of the victim’s humiliation and torture at the hands of her captors.