7 Best Thrillers You Can Watch on Netflix

June 9, 2022

Written by Ella Rebecca Horton

Ella Rebecca has been in love with the horror genre since an early age. The Bride of Frankenstein began her love of the classics and she's been writing and collecting since.

Thrillers are always a great way to let off some adrenaline and forget about your problems at work or school for a while, like writing my essay or doing a report by watching the misfortunes and vicissitudes of others. The best part? Netflix is home to hundreds of titles that will keep you barely blinking. We’ve reviewed and updated our list with the best thrillers on Netflix now available.


Triple Frontier (2019)

Netflix probably isn’t the first place you’d look for an action movie starring some of Hollywood’s
top men, and yet there's “Triple Frontier”. Directed by J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year) and starring Ben Affleck, Charlie Hunnam, Oscar Isaac, and Pedro Pascal, the film follows five former Special Forces operatives who reunite to stage a heist in a small border area in South America.


It’s a personal mission, a far cry from their patriotic past, so when things take an unexpected turn, their skills, loyalties, and morals are pushed to the limit. Action-packed and thrilling to the end, “Triple Frontier” is proof that Netflix can make big blockbusters.


Lost Bullet (2020)

“Lost Bullet” is exactly what the world needs right now: a tense action thriller with adrenaline throughout cinematography, editing, score, etc. It stars Alban Lenoir as Lino, a talented mechanic who is overwhelmed when he is charged with a crime he committed in a horrible past life.


To escape the clutches of corrupt cops who want to lock him up, Lino must once again travel to the subway world of battering rams to find his true freedom. Loud, caustic, and very funny, “Lost Bullet” does both the familiar and the daring with the subgenre in which it lives.


The Devil All the Time (2020)

Written and directed by Antonio Campos (James White, Martha Marcy May Marlene), “The Devil All the Time” is American Gothic at its most perverse. Set in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia after World War II, the story follows Arvin Russell (Tom Holland), a young man who is determined to protect his loved ones against the corruption and violence that plague his town.


From complete strangers to the most powerful institutions in the area, brutality is omnipresent as everyone desperately seeks to assert their own little bits of power in a broken, but recovering world. Things aren’t getting better for everyone, however, and “The Devil All the Time” takes its time exploring the generational trauma and cold truths that inhabit this sinister city.


The Weekend Away (2022)

Based on Sarah Alderson’s 2020 novel of the same name, “The Weekend Away” stars Leighton Meester as Beth, a woman who flies to Croatia to spend time with her best friend, Kate (Christina Wolfe). It turns out Kate’s marriage isn’t going so well, but after a night on the town, the women decide to make the most of their getaway.


But when Beth wakes up the next morning, Kate is nowhere to be found. As she searches for
her missing friend, the plot continues to thicken for Beth, and this simple “weekend getaway”
trip will bring unintended consequences into her life.


Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)

Adapted from Elizabeth Kendall's memoir, The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy, “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” stars Zac Efron as the infamous serial killer and Lily Collins as his longtime girlfriend, Liz. As news of Bundy's crimes begins to make headlines, the authorities swoop in and put the killer behind bars.


At first, Liz is hesitant to believe that Ted could commit such horrific crimes, but as the evidence begins to mount, her confidence in her partner begins to fade. With excellent lead performances and a captivating story told from the perspective of someone who doesn’t want to believe her lover is a psychopath, “Extremely Wicked” is unnerving from start to finish.


The Guilty (2021)

Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this “Guilty” (The Guilty), an authentic Netflix original thriller that takes place throughout a single morning at a 911 call center. Gyllenhaal plays Joe Baylor, a cop who has been demoted to an operator and receives one of the toughest calls of his life. While trying to save the caller, he suddenly realizes there's a game afoot and he’s just another one of its pieces.


Unexpected Passenger (2021)

What happens when a meticulously planned three-person mission to Mars discovers that there is an unplanned passenger who shows up in the middle of the trip? Well, a lot of things happen, and not always good things. Stowaway takes a serious look at the possibility of a stowaway appearing out of nowhere and putting everyone’s lives at risk – simply by being there. Suddenly, faced with an impossible choice, the crew must decide how to carry out the mission.

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