10 best thrillers of 2021, according to IMDb

There is nothing more captivating than a good thriller and 2021 had a lot to offer in this genre. These films may have varied greatly in size and the kinds of stories they told, but the best of them all managed to keep audiences on the edge of their seats and wondering what was next. .

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Among the top-rated thrillers of the year on IMDb, fans can find giant blockbusters that offer thrills as well as more intimate stories rooted in real life. These movies might remind fans of the year’s terrific thriller offerings or even highlight some great movies in the genre that they’ve been missing out on.

ten Calm Water (6.6)

Matt Damon is a good dad in the Stillwater trailer

Matt Damon stars in Still water as the father of a young woman serving a prison sentence in France after being found guilty of murdering his girlfriend. Convinced of his innocence, the father travels from America to France to try to clear his estranged daughter.

Although the film came and went without much attention, many fans found it to be a gripping and grounded story. Damon’s performance helps elevate the material, and the cross-cultural complexities make it a more unique legal thriller.

9 Black Widow (6.7)

Scarlett Johansson in Black Widow

The MCU enters the spy thriller genre with Black Widow. Natasha Romanoff finally gets her first solo movie in this prequel detailing how she comes to terms with her dramatic past and complicated relationship with her pseudo-family.

While the movie delivers the kind of excitement and humor fans expect from an MCU film, it’s also a darker story than they might expect that delves into this complex hero and also prepares the ground for the future of the MCU.


8 Pig (6.9)

The premise of Pork might look like some kind of John Wick parody movie, but it took fans by surprise as one of the most gripping thrillers of the year. Nicolas Cage stars as a reclusive truffle hunter with his trusty pig. When the pig is caught, he goes on a mission to a seedy underworld to retrieve it.

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Cage gives a powerful and reserved performance that ranks among one of his best. It’s a strange and unique story, but it pulls audiences in with its captivating style and tone. The result is one of the biggest surprises of 2021.

seven Man’s Wrath (7.1)

Jason Statham and Josh Hartnett in Wrath of Man.

After doing police comedies like To tear out and lock, reserve and two smoking barrelsJason Statham and Guy Ritchie reunited for a darker, grittier crime story. man’s anger stars Statham as a mysterious man who takes a job as an armored car driver with a secret agenda in mind.

The film doesn’t shy away from brutal and shocking violence in telling this thriller story. As more and more is revealed about what is really going on, it creates some intense and surprising moments.

6 Old Henry (7.2)

A prospector stands outside his home in Old Henry.

The Western genre has seen some resurgence in recent years and Old Henry is another solid entry into the genre. Tim Blake Nelson stars as a quiet farmer whose violent past is uncovered when he encounters a runaway outlaw.

The smaller-scale western tells an intense and riveting story with Nelson delivering a stellar performance. It manages to hold its own against other western adventures despite its rather simple story and limited setting.

5 No Time to Die (7.4)

Daniel Craig in No Time to Die

During Daniel Craig’s time as James Bond, the franchise often opted for a darker spy thriller feel. This is especially true in Craig’s last outing as 007 in no time to die. The film pits Bond against a dangerous new enemy who seeks to tear his new life apart from the spy world.

The plot and story tension work just as well as the action moments. And the movie sets big stakes and challenges for Bond as a hero unlike any other movie in the long-running franchise.

4 Alley of Nightmares (7.4)

Guillermo del Toro continues to prove himself as one of the greatest horror and thriller filmmakers working today with alley of nightmares. Bradley Cooper stars as a traveling carnival entertainer with a knack for manipulation who gets drawn into a dangerous web of nefarious people.

alley of nightmares ranks among del Toro’s best films as the filmmaker clearly enjoys operating in the seedy world of film noir. It also brings an incredible cast including Cate Blanchette, Rooney Mara and Willem Dafoe.

3 The Tragedy of Macbeth (7.5)

Denzel Washington in The Tragedy of Macbeth

Although this is Joel Coen’s first film made without his brother Ethan Coen, Macbeth’s Tragedy still proves to be a gripping take on one of William Shakespeare’s most iconic works. Denzel Washington stars as Macbeth who takes an increasingly dark and violent path in his desperate bid for power.

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Washington and France McDormand lead the talented ensemble with a pair of extremely powerful performances. The beautifully shot black-and-white thriller finds a way to tell the well-known story in an interesting way and with Coen’s distinct style.

2 The Mauritanian (7.5)

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The forensic thriller genre has produced many iconic films, and although Mauritanian didn’t get much attention this year, it impressed those who saw it. The film tells the true story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi who fought for his freedom after being detained by the US government for years without charge.

Tahar Rahim gives a solid performance in the lead role and is joined by Jodie Foster and Benedict Cumberbatch who help bring this stunning, thought-provoking and engaging story to life.

1 Dunes (8.2)

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Denis Villeneuve brings the massive and dense sci-fi novel of Dunes to the big screen in its first of a two-part story. The intergalactic thriller follows a royal family who inherit control of a dangerous but vital planet only to be surrounded by enemies as part of a vast conspiracy.

The incredible scope and captivating nature of Villeneuve’s storytelling help make Dunes one of the best cinematic experiences of the year. It also features an incredible cast of actors, including Timothee Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, and Zendaya.

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