When it comes to film, you’ll be hard pressed to find anything more engaging than a thriller. Sure, an action movie is going to get your blood pressure up. A drama is going to draw you in with narrative and dialogue, but a thriller? Well, that’s the best of both worlds. That’s a film that requires your attention, and if you invest, you get story, action, and at least a couple of jump scares.
We dare you to half-pay attention to any Safdie Brothers movie on this list—Uncut Gems or Good Time. You’ll miss everything in the span of one whirlwind second. Go ahead and attempt to follow Yorgos Lanthimos’s Killing of a Sacred Deer while sneaking a moment to doomscroll. You can’t do it! So, go ahead and take your cell phone and bury it under some blankets in another room, because it’s not going to serve you well during a watch of any of the great thrillers below.
Netflix offers a massive library of movies at your fingertips, but the best of them when you need a real, absolute distraction is a good thriller. Below, we’ve rounded up the best thrillers on Netflix, which include true crime, horror, noir, comedy, action, and more. When your’e done with that, go ahead and browse our list of best movies of all time, which has a fair share of classic thrillers to keep the thrills coming.
Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Trevante Rhodes, and John Malkovich star in this dystopian thriller (and Netflix original film) about a woman who must travel blindfolded along with her children to safety as an unseen force stalks them on their journey.
Madeline Brewer plays an enterprising camgirl who discovers that she’s somehow been replicated in various videos that have been uploaded to her own website in this Internet-inspired horror thriller and Netflix original.
The Hateful Eight
Quentin Tarantino delivers an Agatha Christie-style mystery set in the American West just after the Civil War with a stellar cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Lily (Ruth Wilson) is a live-in nurse who moves into the remote New England mansion owned by her patient, an elderly horror novelist who suffers from dementia. Soon Lily starts to question if the unsettling things that are taking place in this house came straight from one of her patient’s books.
A gathering of friends at a swank Hollywood Hills mansion turns deadly in Karyn Kusama’s chilling and unsettling thriller, which sees a seemingly innocuous dinner party devolve into a cult-inspired killing spree.
This horror satire from Nightcrawler director Dan Gilroy is a mix of The Square and Eyes of Laura Mars, with Jake Gyllenhaal starring as an art critic who discovers that the mysterious paintings by an unknown artist have supernatural abilities—and take their revenge on anyone attempting to profit off of them.