Top 10 Thriller Movies On Netflix: There’s no better time to explore the limits of your entertainment consumption than now; with individuals all around the world continuing to socially isolate themselves.
For the daring among us, that means ratcheting up the suspense with the finest of the best in heart-stopping thrillers.
Here are the top 10 finest thrillers now streaming on Netflix, ranked from least to most intense.
Since Alfred Hitchcock’s silent serial murderer film The Lodger in 1927; which kept viewers guessing, the thriller has been a cinema fixture.
The plot may be made up, but the tension we feel is real if the telling is done well.
The thriller is a broad and difficult-to-define genre that includes everything from supernatural tales to spy chases to psychological dramas—you’ll notice some overlap with our Best Dramas on Netflix;
Best Action Movies on Netflix, Best Sci-Fi Movies on Netflix; and Best Horror Movies on Netflix lists—but the key elements of a good thriller are keeping audience members on the edge of their seats.
So; except for a few spectacularly mislabeled films; we’ve officially defined a thriller as anything that Netflix considers a thriller, and any objections or concerns should be directed to one of Netflix’s obnoxious first-person Twitter accounts.
Locke is a film starring Tom Hardy and only Tom Hardy, and it is set entirely in our protagonist Ivan’s automobile.
Ivan barrels along the road; managing emotional wreckage from every part of his quickly deteriorating world; taking phone calls from his wife; children; coworkers, and the mother of his unborn kid from a one-night encounter.
There have been plenty of thrillers with larger stakes (including those on this list), but few have been as completely compelling as this.
The Talented Mr. Ripley is based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel of the same name. It follows a young forger and impersonator (Matt Damon) who becomes obsessed with stealing the life of a wealthy heir (Jude Law.)
This is the kind of film that will make you feel sick to your stomach with its tangled web of lies, deception, and desperation.
Consider Catch Me If You Can, but with a more personal touch and fewer outfit changes.
Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, and Philip Seymour Hoffman star in the film.
A stuntman-turned-getaway driver becomes engaged in a criminal conspiracy that puts the woman he loves (Carey Mulligan) and her husband (Oscar Isaac) in danger in this Ryan Gosling classic.
Fans of fine acting, fantastic driving, and excellent silk suits will enjoy the supporting performances by Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, and Albert Brooks.
7. Ex Machina
Ex Machina is the directorial debut of Annihilation’s Alex Garland, and it’s a sci-fi mystery that deftly avoids viewer preconceptions.
Domhnall Gleeson plays a computer programmer recruited by a well-known CEO (Oscar Isaac) to assess his latest creation: an artificially intelligent robot with human-like traits (Alicia Vikander).
6. Mystic River
Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburn, Marcia Gay Harden, and Emmy Rossum star in Mystic River, which combines tragic narrative development with a terrible Boston-set murder mystery.
Clint Eastwood’s film is a dark masterpiece that pulls you into the minds of its shattered characters with each frame.
5. Green Room
When members of a traveling band, played by Anton Yelchin, Alia Shawkat, Callum Turner, and Joe Cole, become unwitting witnesses to the murder of a young lady, they are kidnapped by the neo-Nazis who committed the crime.
Green Room is a gripping survival story filled with gruesome gore and violence that provides a terrifying insight into being in the wrong place at the wrong moment. Patrick Stewart plays the major antagonist, and Imogen Poots plays the slain woman’s friend.
Madeline Brewer plays Alice, an ambitious webcam model who works hard to foster her growing profession in this unsettling Netflix original.
However, Alice begins to be concerned for her safety when a mystery doppelgänger takes her place online and begins broadcasting without her. Cam is the perfect watch for times you want something closer to horror. It’s intense and brilliantly feminist.
3. Blue Ruin
Check out Jeremy Saulnier’s even better Blue Ruin if you liked Green Room.
This gripping meditation on vengeance and grief follows a young guy (Macon Blair) whose life has been turned upside down by the deaths of his parents and a burning desire to avenge them.
This is gently rising dread at its finest. It’s refreshingly unexpected, yet startlingly basic.
2. Good Time
Good Time is a terrifying nightmare from the creators of Uncut Gems that refuses to stop for even a second of its 101-minute runtime.
Connie; a criminal played by Robert Pattinson; is desperate to get his vulnerable brother (co-director Benny Safdie) out of a New York City jail. This character study will tear your heart and leave you speechless.
1. The Gift
How do you know when being overly friendly has crossed the line into being dangerously friendly? Jason Bateman plays Simon; a new homeowner who stumbles into an old acquaintance (Joel Edgerton) while out shopping with his wife in The Gift (Rebecca Hall).
Soon, a cordial welcome is followed by unannounced visits, cryptic notes, and rising threats.
The Gift is a gift, ripe with spectacular twists.