10 best thrillers to watch on Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Prime, and more

Everyone loves a good thriller. Sitting at the intersection of multiple subgenres, thrillers are defined by the feelings of suspense, anxiety, tension, and surprise they evoke in an audience. Classic thrillers like Alfred Hitchcock’s rear window, by Charles Loughton the hunter’s night, and Carol Reed The third man to contemporary classics like Fatal attraction, Zodiac, and more, the genre boasts a rich and expansive canon of classics designed for every type of audience you can think of.

Looking for something exciting and cerebral to watch this weekend? We’ve rounded up a list of 10 of our favorite thrillers available to stream on Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Criterion Channel, and more that will keep your eyes glued to the screen and your palms gripping your seat.


single blood

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The Coen brothers’ directorial debut in 1984 single blood is a perfect introduction to the brand of dark, comedic, eccentric and idiosyncratic works they continue to create. A hard-hitting neo-noir crime thriller set in Texas, the film centers on a deadly love triangle between a bar owner, his wife, and one of his employees. When the attempted affair and the runaway inevitably turn to bloodshed, the would-be lovers find themselves embroiled in a tangled plot of money and murder. Frances McDormand shines in her performance as Abby, the dissatisfied wife at the heart of the drama, as does Mr. Emmet Walsh as Loren Visser, the conniving hitman who throws the whole conflict into turmoil in his own attempt. selfish for quick pay. -YOU

single blood is available to stream on HBO Max and Criterion channel.

Collateral

Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx as collateral

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Michael Mann’s 2004 neo-noir action thriller Collateral is one of the director’s most successful films, grossing over $220 million worldwide and earning Jamie Foxx a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the 77th Academy Awards. Tom Cruise plays Vincent, a hitman whose mission to assassinate five targets across Los Angeles leads him to detain Max (Foxx), a taxi driver who aspires to start his own business hostage to drive him from a target to the other. The nighttime lighting and brilliant cinematography of Collateral, courtesy of Dion Beebe and Paul Cameron, combine to create one of the most hypnotic and memorable portrayals of metropolitan sprawl of Los Angeles ever on film, and the performance of Cruise as the aforementioned hitman ranks among the best in acting. -YOU

Collateral is available to stream on HBO Max.

The girl with the dragon tattoo

Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Picture: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

The second adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s 2005 novel, David Fincher’s 2011 thriller The girl with the dragon tattoo is as heady, tense and explosive as one would expect from the director of Seven and Zodiac. Daniel Craig (Skyfall) stars as Mikael Blomkvist, a disgraced investigative journalist hired by a wealthy industrialist to solve the disappearance of his great-niece over forty years ago. During his investigation of his client’s family, Blomkvist is aided by Lisabeth Salander (Rooney Mara), a taciturn hacker and the film’s namesake. Graphic, intense, often beautiful and deeply captivating, The girl with the dragon tattoo easily ranks among Fincher’s best, though a word of warning for newcomers: the film features brief but explicit scenes of sexual violence and torture that aren’t for the faint-hearted. -YOU

The girl with the dragon tattoo is available to stream on netflix.

Good time

robert pattinson at the right time

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Uncut Gems the 2017 crime drama from directors Benny and John Safdie Good time is anything but. Robert Pattinson stars as Connie Nikas, a petty criminal forced to scrounge up cash to pay her brother’s bail after a botched bank robbery. Connie’s journey is a road to perdition, leading him from the darkest corners of New York to the most sordid depths of his belly. The film is charged with the same maniacal, all-or-nothing energy that defined the Safdies’ smash hit, but here it’s even more fatalistic, tragic and perilous. Plus, he has an impressive score, courtesy of future Uncut Gems Oneohtrix collaborator Point Never, and an achingly beautiful piece of punk royalty Iggy Pop. -YOU

Good Time is available to stream on netflix and Kanopi with a library card.

M

Inge Landgut as Elsie Beckmann scrutinizing a man silhouetted against a wanted poster in Mr.

Image: criterion channel

1931 Fritz Lang thriller M is widely considered his magnum opus – perhaps second only to his 1927 sci-fi epic Metropolis – but also one of the greatest films of all time. Set in Berlin, the film follows the investigation of a psychotic child murderer whose reign of terror has plunged the city into a fit of hysteria and suspicion. As Berlin’s underground criminals see the noose tighten around them in the police’s unsuccessful campaign to capture him, they take it upon themselves to eradicate this evil and bring him to justice. -YOU

M is available to stream on HBO Max, Criterion channel, and Kanopi with a library card.

nocturnal animals

Amy Adams as Susan Morrow in Nocturnal Animals

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Amy Adams (Sharp objects) stars in Tom Ford’s gripping neo-noir psychological thriller nocturnal animals as Susan Morrow, a successful upper-class art gallery manager who receives a mysterious manuscript written by her ex-husband Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal), along with an invitation to dinner. As Susan delves into the manuscript, an insidious and violent saga unfolds involving a teacher whose family trip turns into a nightmare that blurs the lines between fiction and reality, forcing her to confront the wild parallels between her own life and the story on the page. nocturnal animals is a dark, dense and beautifully crafted thriller with a murderous ending that will stay with you long after it ends. -YOU

nocturnal animals is available to stream on netflix.

shutter island

A person reads a note that says

Image: Warner Bros. Pictures

Martin Scorsese’s disturbing psychological thriller shutter island proved a colossal critical and commercial success when it was first released in 2010, and appreciation for the film’s nuanced visuals and pacing only continued to endure for the decade that followed. Leonardo DiCaprio’s turn as Edward “Teddy” Daniels, a U.S. Marshal whose investigation of missing persons at the film’s titular mental institution quickly turns into a descent into the darkness of his own psyche, ranks among one of the actor’s finest, with the character’s final line turning what was already an unsettling third act into one of the most chilling and memorable in all of Scorsese’s oeuvre. -YOU

nocturnal animals is available to stream on netflix and Pluto TV.

the hunter’s night

Lillian Gish as Rachel Cooper waiting in a rocking chair holding a gun in The Night of the Hunter.

Image: The Criterion Channel

The only film produced by actor-director Charles Laughton, the hunter’s night is hailed by many as one of the most masterful films ever to hit the screen. At the heart of the film’s lasting legacy is Robert Mitchum’s iconic performance as Harry Powell, a misogynistic serial killer with a flair for silver-tongued theatricality. Centered initially on Powell’s plot to romance a gullible widow to discover the whereabouts of a stolen $10,000 cache, the film later unfolds on an odyssey through a rich expanse of stark silhouetted environments as the children of the widow desperately try to hint at the mad preacher’s murderous intent. If you’re looking for a classic thriller with beautiful visuals, a moving score, and memorable performances, the hunter’s night claims all those in large quantities. -YOU

the hunter’s night is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video, Criterion channel, tube, and Pluto TV.

Foolish

Claire Foy as Sawyer Valenti in Unsane.

Image: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Steven Soderbergh’s 2018 psychological horror thriller Foolish stars Claire Foy as Sawyer Valenti, a young woman who is unwittingly committed to a mental institution in what she suspects is an elaborate plot orchestrated by her stalker. Shot entirely on an iPhone 7 Plus, the film is tense and claustrophobic with visuals consisting mostly of close-ups that heavily emphasize Foy’s frenetic performance. If you are looking for a real psychological thriller puzzler, Foolish is it. -YOU

Foolish is available to stream on Hulu and Kanopi with a library card.

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