The Best Thrillers On Netflix Right Now, Ranked

The Best Thrillers On Netflix Right Now, Ranked

26 Nov 2019 (PT)

Last Updated: November 26th

“Thriller” is kind of a catch-all term for movies that bleed into multiple genres. It can describe films rich with drama, action, crime, and quite possibly horror. That's why its Netflix category is such a hodgepodge of entries, varying in tone, subject matter, and quality. A good thriller, though, is going to be suspenseful for any number of reasons. An unstoppable killer. An unsolvable mystery. A gripping world that draws viewers into it. A sympathetic character fighting for survival. Something that can keep an audience on the edge of its seats. And based on that, here are the 15 best thrillers on Netflix right now.

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The Best Thrillers On Netflix Right Now, Ranked IFC Films
15. Personal Shopper 2016

Run Time: 105 min | IMDb: 6.2/10

This supernatural psychological thriller from director Olivier Assayas stars Kristen Stewart as a young woman named Maureen. Maureen is an American living in Paris and working as a personal shopper for a celebrity model named Kyra. Her twin brother Lewis recently died of a heart condition which they shared, prompting Maureen to begin communicating with the spirit world, hoping for a sign from her brother from the beyond. Strange happenings begin to occur, all revolving around Maureen, who eventually flees the city but can never truly escape the hauntings. It's a ghost story, sure, but there's real depth in Stewart's performance with an earnest look at how grief affects people.

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14. Zodiac 2007

Run Time: 157 min | IMDb: 7.7/10

Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., and Mark Ruffalo star in this mystery crime thriller directed by David Fincher. The manhunt for the Zodiac killer — a criminal who committed several murders in the Bay area in the late '60s and early '70s — has spawned decades and garnered plenty of media attention, but the film dives deeper into the cost of the search, particularly the toll it's taken on the men and women reporting on it. Gyllenhaal plays a newspaper cartoonist who becomes obsessed with the case, decoding ciphers sent by the killer and targeting a man he believes could be the Zodiac. Downey Jr. plays a crime reporter who partners with Gyllenhaal on the case and leaks information to the police. It's a thrilling game of cat-and-mouse fueled by some gripping performances by its male leads.

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13. Under The Skin 2007

Run Time: 108 min | IMDb: 6.3/10

Scarlett Johansson stars in this sci-fi thriller about an other-worldly woman with a dark agenda. The film sees Johansson using her sex appeal to lure unsuspecting men to their watery doom while beginning to contemplate her own existence with every new partner she seduces. It's a subtle reverse of rape culture, with themes of race and immigration mixed in, but if all of that goes over your head, you'll at least enjoy seeing Johansson off a bunch of frat bros and rapists.

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12. Enemy 2019

Run Time: 91 min | IMDb: 6.9/10

Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this complete mindf*ck from director Denis Villeneuve about a man who goes in search in his doppelganger after spotting him in a movie and uncovering sinister secrets about himself in the process. Gyllenhaal plays both Adam, a quiet professor, and Anthony, an outspoken actor, who eventually meet and disrupt each other's lives, but whether both men exist or whether they're just figments of the same man's consciousness is up to you to figure out.

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11. Panic Room 2002

Run Time: 112 min | IMDb: 6.8/10

Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart play a mother-daughter duo stuck in a terrifying situation in this dramatic thriller. Foster's Meg Altman is a recently divorced mother to a diabetic young daughter named Sarah Stewart. The two move into a new home following the family split but have the most horrific of housewarmings when three men break into their home looking for a hidden fortune forcing them to lock themselves inside the home's panic room.

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10. Blue Ruin 2013

Run Time: 90 min | IMDb: 7.1/10

Macon Blair stars in this crime thriller about a man who returns to his hometown to carry out an act of vengeance and discovers he's in over his head. Blair plays Dwight Evans, a vagabond who learns his parents' murderer is being released from prison and returns home to kill him. He succeeds but ends up starting a blood feud with the guy's family that doesn't end how you expect.

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9. Bird Box 2018

Run Time: 124 min | IMDb: 6.7/10

Sandra Bullock's apocalyptic sci-fi saga has spawned more than just a ridiculous internet challenge, it's also renewed our love for monster-driven thrillers. Sure, we never actually see the otherworldly beings that cause people to commit suicide if they open their eyes, but the danger they pose and the fear they instill is still viscerally real. Bullock plays a mother trying to protect her two young children and survive amidst a group of strangers with their own agendas and issues. The supporting cast in this one — Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich, Sarah Paulson, and Tom Hollander — are fantastic which distracts from some of the more questionable story choices.

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8. Drive 2011

Run Time: 100 min | IMDb: 7.8/10

A stone-faced Ryan Gosling steers us through the criminal underworld created by director Nicolas Winding Refn in this high-speed thriller. Gosling plays a near-silent stunt driver who moonlights as a getaway man. When he gets involved with his next-door neighbor and her young son, his carefully cultivated life is thrown into chaos, forcing him to align with criminals and take on risky jobs to protect the pair and keep a firm grip on the wheel.

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7. Green Room 2015

Run Time: 95 min | IMDb: 7/10

When a punk rock group accidentally witnesses the aftermath of a murder, they are forced to fight for their lives by the owner of a Nazi bar Patrick Stewart and his team. It's an extremely brutal and violent story, much like the first two features from director Jeremy Saulnier Blue Ruin and Murder Party, but this one is made even tenser by its claustrophobic cat-and-cornered-mouse nature. Once the impending danger kicks in, it doesn't let up until the very end, driven heavily by Stewart playing against type as a harsh, unforgiving, violent character.

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6. Brick 2005

Run Time: 110 min | IMDb: 7.4/10

Rian Johnson's directorial debut is this neo-noir mystery about a high school kid investigating the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Brendan, a lonely teen who gets a frantic phone call from his ex-girlfriend and goes on a quest to figure out what's happened to her. Along the way, he deals with underground drug rings and conspiracy plots while following the clues left by his ex. It's a twisting, winding plot full of surprises that never gets dull thanks to Levitt's heavy-lifting and memorable direction.

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5. The Invisible Guest 2016

Run Time: 106 min | IMDb: 8.1/10

This Spanish crime thriller follows a successful businessman framed for the murder of his married lover. A seemingly straightforward plot, until a car accident, a dead body, fake witnesses, and a family out for revenge is thrown into the mix. Mario Casas stars as the man in question, a young husband and father with a bright future who takes part in a terrible crime and is forced to pay for it in the most twisted of ways. You won't figure this thing out until the end, we guarantee it.

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4. Taxi Driver 1976

Run Time: 114 min | IMDb: 8.3/10

Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, and Cybill Shepherd star in this Martin Scorsese crime thriller about a veteran with mental heh issues who works a night job, driving a taxi around New York City. De Niro plays Travis Bickle, a Vietnam war vet who moonlights as a cap driver to cope with his insomnia. During a long shift, he contemplates assassinating a politician to help out the woman he's fallen in love with Shepherd and killing a pimp after befriending an underage prostitute Foster. It's a wild ride, full of darkly comedic moments and even more harrowing looks at the consequences of war.

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3. Jackie Brown 1997

Run Time: 154 min | IMDb: 7.5/10

After earning acclaim with Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs, Quentin Tarantino made his subtlest feature with Jackie Brown, an Elmore Leonard adaptation that the director still makes very much his own. After middle-aged stewardess Jackie Brown Pam Grier is picked up by the FBI, she's pulled between her arms-dealing boss Samuel L. Jackson, the feds that are after him, and saving her own skin. With an all-star ensemble that includes Robert De Niro and Robert Forster who earned an Oscar nomination, Jackie Brown is a throwback to the blaxploitation genre, which started in the '70s, of which Grier was a big part of. It's a tense, sexy, and desperate story with a wonderful soundtrack to boot.

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2. Burning 2018

Run Time: 148 min | IMDb: 7.6/10

Walking Dead alum Steven Yeun stars this psychological thriller from South Korean filmmaker Lee Chang-dong. Yeun plays Ben, a rich millennial with a mysterious job who connects with a woman named Shin Hae-mi on a trip to Africa. The two journey back home together where Ben meets Shin's friend/lover Lee Jong-su. The three hang-out regularly, with Lee growing more jealous of Ben's weh and privilege while he's forced to manage his father's farm when his dad goes to prison. But it's when Shin disappears, and Lee suspects Ben's involvement, that things really go off the rails.

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1. American Psycho 2000

Run Time: 101 min | IMDb: 7.6/10

Christian Bale stars in this horror thriller from director Mary Harron that focuses on a wehy New York businessman with bloody habits. Bale plays Patrick Bateman, an investment banker seemingly dissatisfied with his life of excess and envious of his successful colleagues. To cope, he entertains psychotic fantasies that see him hacking prostitutes up with chainsaws and torturing his co-workers. It's an edge-of-your-seat gore fest that leaves you questioning any sense of reality you may have in the end.

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