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Best Thriller Movies On Netflix You Need To Stream Right Away

By Anubha Das

Updated - March 14, 2019 15 min read

While you keep counting days for the release of more original series on Netflix, you should be using that time in indulging in the movies for which originally Netflix started. Escape from the world for two hours, and what could be better than watching thriller movies to have a pulse-raising experience. Netflix has some great options to watch and pick from, ranging from psychological thriller films to those that are more Sci-Fi related. Some of the flicks even overlap the line between horror and thriller genres. Here we have picked the best thriller movies on Netflix to quicken your pulse.


*Disclaimer: The movies listed in the blog are available on Netflix on a temporary basis.


Crime Thrillers Movies

1. The Departed

Director: Martin Scorsese

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson


Let us start the list of best thriller movies on Netflix with the movie "The Departed." Whenever we talk about classic thriller movies the name, Martin Scorsese comes to our mind. Martin Scorsese has been the Director of many thriller flicks, but he finally won his Oscar for this crime classic that some felt was too old-school to be profound. With casts like Leonardo Dicaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson The Departed is a long but a well-crafted gangster movie that gives an insightful look into life as an undercover agent. The movie revolves around Leonardo DiCaprio who is a cop but pretending to be the opposite. Partly during the movie, Scorsese hits us with the cruel glimpses of the fact that corruption starts from childhood itself. With this motion picture, Martin Scorsese demonstrated again that he is the ace of the urban storyteller-and of thrillingly intense

IMDb Rating:  8.5/10


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2. In Bruges

Director: Martin McDonagh

Stars: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ciarán Hinds 


It's a smart gangster-thriller movie, with some high powered acting by Colin Farrell as the conscience-stricken, suicidal hitman who has killed a small boy on his first assignment. It’s one of the best thriller movies of all time. Going into it, there is a wide range of questions you may ask yourself - isn't this simply Sexy Beast meets Pulp Fiction? - turns out, everything that remaining parts are the positives. As compelling as the cast and location are, and as memorable as the script may be, it’s the tone of the movie that strikes hardest. One of the most underrated gems that deserve your attention thoroughly. If you haven’t seen it before, check it out on Netflix as soon as possible. best-thriller-movies-netflix

IMDb Rating:  7.9/10


3. The Place Beyond The Pines

Director: Derek CianFrance

Stars: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes


When The Place Beyond the Pines was released back in 2012, it was the most notable thriller movie from Derek Cianfrance, who directed the searing un-love story, Blue Valentine. The Place Beyond The Pines delivers itself as a crime thriller flick, one that seems to set up parallel stories tracing the paths of Luke Glanton played by Ryan Gosling and Avery Cross played by Bradley Cooper. Like Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines puts a tremendous amount of work into texture, giving every scene an air of melancholy that's strangely hypnotic. A must watch especially if you have loved Blue Valentine already.  best-thriller-movies-netflix

IMDb Rating: 7.3/10


4. The Godfather

Director:  Francis Ford Coppola

Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan 


"Revenge is a dish best served cold," one of the most famous thriller movies quote from 1972. Yes, we are talking about The Godfather which have been the most watched classic thriller movie from around the time. There is no doubt that Francis Ford Coppola has directed many remarkable movies, but his obituary will be lead by the most famous movie in the thriller genre “The Godfather.” The Godfather shows the Corleone family which follows the storyline of a crime dynasty in New York with Marlon Brando as its ruthless patriarch. A binge watch of “The Godfather I” and the “The Godfather II” will satisfy every thriller

IMDb Rating: 9.2/10


5. Cold In July

Director: Jim Mickle 

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson 


Cool In July didn't get a grand welcome when it was released four years ago which is a shame since this movie set in a little Texas town in the late 1980s is a tense thriller. Jim Mickle‘s “Cold in July” just flat-out works as a cool, cruel indie thriller, with its small-town-of-secrets vibe and pitch-black mist of evil just outside of the glow of the streetlamps. The sharp performances of the cast do the story justice. The movie is about how a family man gets caught up in the web of revenge after killing a home intruder. The action of self-defense puts him on the radar of the burglar’s father. When talking about the best thriller movies on Netflix, this flick is hard to miss

IMDb Rating: 7.8/10


6. Shutter Island 

Director: Martin Scorsese

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo 


This brilliant psychological thriller is directed by Martin Scorsese and screenplay is based on the same name novel by Dennis Lehane. Shutter Island needs the complete attention of the people watching, so that get to feel involved while the characters reveal the mystery of the island. The plot of the film is about the disappearance of a patient from Ashecliffe hospital for mentally disturbed and violent criminals in 1954. Upon this two detectives played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo are called to the island to investigate the disappearance of a patient. Scorsese keeps the anticipation high all through the whole film while never falling back on shoddy startle strategies. Indeed, even in scenes that should not be tensed, the score makes the watcher thrilled. That’s exactly where Scorsese wants his viewer to be, and it makes for a hell of a movie-going experience that keeps you guessing until the last

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10


7. Inside Man

Director: Spike Lee

Stars:  Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster


The next movie to be added in the Netflix queue of the best thriller movies is Inside Man. This is one of the best thriller movies on Netflix being the most straightforward movie by the director Spike Lee. It’s filled with New York flavor and moves to an offbeat rhythm as it slowly reveals the motivations of a bank robber which is played by Clive Owen, a powerful woman Jodie Foster, and a hostage negotiator Denzel Washington as a bank becomes the site of a tense stand-off. The stars did justice to the characters that they played which would make you connect with the movie

IMDb Rating: 7.6/10


8. Casino

Director: Martin Scorsese

Stars: Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci 


For all of its violence and tragedy, this is a beautiful and exuberant movie. This thriller on Netflix has a relentless soundtrack of jazz and classic rock and moments of humor and goodwill. A very popular Mafia movie The casino is superbly acted and quite astonishingly obsessive about detail, money, and the mob's decline. Greed, deception, money, power, and murder reign in this thriller movie which illustrates the dark realities of a casino gangster. A must watch if you loved watching Casino

IMDb Rating: 8.2/10


9. Gone Baby Gone (2007)

Director: Ben Affleck

Star Casts:  Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris, Casey Affleck 


Boston seems like the most forbidding city in thriller movies. There are lots of movies about criminals in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and so forth. The story of this top crime movie involves Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro, lovers and business partners, who are private investigators specializing in tracking down deadbeats. The plot starts when a girl gets kidnapped in Boston and her aunt requests Patrick to take up the case of the missing girl. Then somehow they end up with crucifixion murders, kidnapped babies and, as always, people who are not who, or what, they seem. Ben Affleck and his brother, both lifelong Bostonians, understand the rhythm of a society in which people not only live in one another's pockets but are trying to slash their way out which seems the best part about this best crime thriller movie on

IMDb Rating: 7.7/10


10. Scarface (1983)

Director: Brian De Palma

Star Casts:  Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer 


Scarface being one of the best crime thriller movies on Netflix uses the familiar rise-and-fall-of-a-hood scenario, mixing incidental detail from the career of real-life Scarface Al Capone with the history of the Borgia Family. This crime thriller movie is a star mainly because of Al Pacino's performance which is an absolute brilliance with cocaine snorting,  scenery chewing and a lot more. Also, it was Al Pacino who first came up with the idea to remake Howard Hawks original 1932 crime

IMDb Rating: 8.3/10


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Horror & Psychological Thrillers

1. The Interview

Director: Craig Monahan

Stars:  Hugo Weaving, Tony Martin, Aaron Jeffery


The Interview is one of the best psychological thrillers that explore guilt and the uncertain nature of truth. Hugo Weaving is blisteringly great in one of his best yet most underseen parts, a man pulled into the cop search for violations he could conceivably have committed. Like any suspense thriller movie, "The Interview" is confined in scope and marker by fluid direction and camerawork. Considered as a superb cat and mice thriller where the story is all about a 'did he' or 'didn't he' race between the suspect and alpha male detective. best-thriller-movies-netflix

IMDb Rating: 7.3/10


2. Buried

Director: Rodrigo Cortés

Stars: Ryan Reynolds, José Luis García Pérez, Robert Paterson


Sometimes it is important to do the opposite of "Thinking out of the box," and that's exactly what the Spanish director Rodrigo Cortés did making the most deliriously claustrophobic film imaginable. The entire movie is set inside a wooden coffin beneath the sands of the Iraqi desert, and the only person ever shown on screen is Paul Conroy played by our very own Green Lantern star Ryan Reynolds, the desperate man trapped inside that casket. Watch this best thriller of all time because what makes the movie so good and worth seeing though is the ending. You are guaranteed to be

IMDb Rating: 7.0/10


3. Donnie Darko

Director: Richard Kelly

Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell


Donnie Darko is one of those psychological thrillers that have a darkly funny look at the life through a teenage boy who is trying to navigate through High School only to discover that the world he lives in is not exactly what he thinks it on the surface. During the whole movie, Jake Gyllenhaal is trying to save the world with a bunny figured man who only he can see. With this storyline, Donnie Darko sets up a lot of cartoonishly plausible moods. It's this mix of genres and tones that transformed Donnie Darko into a certified faction marvel—especially among youthful wannabe film buffs who were simply starting to dunk their toes into more peculiar

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10


4. The Shining 

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd


Everyone has a fond memory of their first Stephen King experience. Listed as one of the best thriller movies on Netflix, The Shining by Stanley Kubrick is adapted from a story by one of the most prolific creative minds. This thriller is about a man (Jake Nicholson) who is a gurning madman who resented his wife and son from the very first time. The Shining is, without doubt, one of Stanley Kubrick's undisputed masterpieces and a true classic in horror thriller genre of movie. Bring a blanket, lots of popcorn and have one of the most thrilling experiences with every scene of this

IMDb Rating: 8.4/10


5. Gerald's Game

Director:  Mike Flanagan

Stars: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Chiara Aurelia 


After trimming the fat and stripping away the odder quirks of the another Stephen King's novel, Mike Flanagan made this tense, effective thriller that goes out of its way to highlight two strong actors playing powerful characters. A kinky weekend shaped into a horror story when the women kill her husband during a kinky unfettered celebration of their craft. Tied down to the bed and no one to rescue her, she struggles with surviving while battling her crumbling psyche. Critically claimed as the best thriller movie, Mike Flanagan won the best director award for the "Gerald's Game" at Fright Meter

IMDb Rating: 6.6/10


6. Gone Girl

Director: David Fincher

Stars: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris 


The first rule of Gone Girl is that you don't reveal spoilers about Gone Girl. Gone Girl was one of the best thriller movies of all time to hit the screen in 2014. The movie plays like a queasily, at times gleefully, psychological thriller movie about modern marriage, one that has disintegrated partly because of spiraling downward mobility. Expect a stampede of emotional and thrilling experience since the movie stays maddeningly on its own polished

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10


7. The Sixth Sense

Director:  M. Night Shyamalan

Stars: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette


The Sixth Sense is the psychological thriller which is a must watch, one of a kind that you still be thinking about hours later. M.Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense is about an eight-year-old boy seeing dead people. This thriller captivated a lot of audiences when it was released in the year of 1999. It got nominated for six Academy Awards which was a highly impressive feat for a horror thriller movie at that time. The movie gives out excellent energy due to its subtle horror atmosphere which you will

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10


8. The Road

Director: John Hillcoat

Stars:  Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Kodi Smit-McPhee 


The road is one of its kind psychological thriller movies. It is dark, intense, horrifying and very satisfying. It is an inexpressibly painful subject that Hillcoat has brought to the screen with great intelligence. The post-apocalyptic journey of a father and son across a desolate America affects a guarded change of emphasis. Do watch it if you can handle the chillingly effective visions of the world’s end ever put on screen — and a heart-rending study of parenthood, to

IMDb Rating: 7.3/10


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Sci-Fi Thrillers

1. Gravity

Director: Alfonso Cuarón

Stars: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris 


This Alfonso Cuarón’s Academy Award-winning best thriller movie of all time, indeed, will make you feel as though you are trapped in deep space alongside Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. It is a sci-fi thriller which will end up making you question about a lot of things. For the whole generation of Sci-Fi Movie lovers, Gravity is nothing less than the movie released in 2001-Space Odyssey. It would make you awe at the glorious space vistas and knuckle-gobbling tension at what's happening in the foreground. To sum it up, there are thriller movies, and then there is Gravity. Take the ride.


IMDb Rating: 7.7/10


2. Inception 

Director: Christopher Nolan

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page 


Whenever you ask anyone for their suggestions about best thriller movie on Netflix, there is one name that cannot be missed, Inception. With a rating as high as 8.8 on IMDb it an intense, imaginative and entertaining movie which will make you stick to your seat to the very end. The plot is about a person entering the dreams of people to steal information which leads to redemption for his alleged role in his wife's murder by performing the impossible, an Inception. No more saying anything more other than that Inception rewards the attention it demands. best-thriller-movies-netflix

IMDb Rating: 8.8/10


3. Prodigy

Director: Alex Haughey, Brian Vidal

Stars: Richard Neil, Savannah Liles, Jolene Andersen 


This awesome thriller movie of all time would make you go back to the Silence of the lambs and let you wonder what would happen if Hannibal Lecter was a kid. Well, Prodigy answers this in a very thrilling way. Prodigy is a snappy and simple watch with two staggering lead performances. It's emotional, interesting, and when Neil and Liles are occupied with their skirmish of minds, it's abnormally hypnotic. Prodigy succeeds as a confined thriller, and as an intelligent sci-fi

IMDb Rating: 6.2/10


4. Pandorum

Director: Christian Alvart 

Stars: Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster, Cam Gigandet 


Pandorum is one of those sci-fi thriller movies on Netflix that provide some intense, memorable chills to people who belong to the fan club of Sci-fi thriller movies. In this movie there's a constant, unrelenting feel of terror, tension, and dread, thanks mainly to the movie's overwhelmingly dark, metallic, deliberately unsettling sets. During the whole movie, alien creatures threaten to jump out from every dark corner, and the soundtrack's alarming use of screeching noises adds to the general unease. Strike it off soon from the must watch list and enjoy this sci-fi thriller. best-thriller-movies-netflix

IMDb Rating: 6.8/10


5. Cube

Director: Vincenzo Natali

Stars: Nicole de Boer, Maurice Dean Wint, David Hewlett 


Canadian Sci-fi thriller movie directed by Vincenzo Natali where six people are awakened to be trapped in a cube with each having a special skill to band together and survive the endless maze of deadly traps. Watch this best thriller movie on Netflix for all the terrific direction and explore human nature and instinctive urges for survival vs.

IMDb Rating: 7.3/10


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