15 best thrillers on Netflix to add some intensity to your life

Are you looking for some stress to go with your stress?

We’re essentially living at the end of time (ask anyone on Twitter), so there’s no better time to test the limits of your entertainment consumption. For the adventurers among us, that means cranking up the tension to the max with the best of the best heart-breaking thrillers. (No, not the best horror movies – that’s a different list). From psychological fears to dystopian hellish landscapes, any movie on this list will really put you on the edge of your seat. Don’t marathon them (or do, we’re not your boss).

Here are the top 15 best thrillers on Netflix streaming right now.

1. El Camino: A breakthrough film

Jesse (Aaron Paul) is in on “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie”.
Credit: Ben Rothstein / Netflix

Dear breaking Bad fans, if you haven’t watched the series’ lap of honor yet, what do you do? Coming just after the events of the final, El Camino a Jesse (Aaron Paul) on the run from both the law and his troubled history. While this epilogue may be unnecessary, it remains a fascinating entry into the breaking Bad universe.

How to watch: El Camino: A breakthrough film is streaming on Netflix.

2. Shutter island

Martin Scorsese adapts Dennis Lehane’s novel in this mind-boggling 2010 film. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Teddy Daniels, an American Marshal visiting the titular island that is home to patients in need of special psychiatric care. As Teddy and his partner Chuck (Mark Ruffalo) investigate a missing patient, they become wary of a larger, more sinister truth about the island. Scorsese pits it all against the menacing aesthetic of a thunderstorm, creating constant tension throughout the duration of the run while creating a killer reveal.

How to watch: Shutter island is streaming on Netflix.

Bird box

Bird box
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Bird box stars Sandra Bullock as a struggling survivor in a post-apocalyptic world dominated by mysterious entities that cause death when seen. Even though audiences, like the survivors, never really see the monsters that munch on the fantasy cast (Trevonte Rhodes, Sarah Paulson and John Malkovich, oh my god!), Their presence dominates the chills and horror-tinged twists and turns of the film. .

How to watch: Bird box is streaming on Netflix.

In this haunting Netflix original, Madeline Brewer portrays Alice, an ambitious webcam model who works hard to fuel her thriving career. But when a mysterious lookalike takes her place online and begins streaming without her, Alice begins to fear for her safety. Immensely intense and fabulously feminist, Cam is the perfect movie when you want something more akin to a horror movie.

How to watch: Cam is streaming on Netflix.

5. Velvet scroll saw

Rene Russo and Jake Gyllenhaal in Dan Gilroy "Velvet scroll saw."

Rene Russo and Jake Gyllenhaal in Dan Gilroy’s “Velvet Buzzsaw”.
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From Somnambulist writer-director Dan Gilroy is coming Velvet scroll saw, an extremely underrated comedic thriller with just a dash of horror at its center. Jake Gyllenhaal stars alongside Rene Russo, Toni Collette, John Malkovich and many more in a satirical exploration of Los Angeles’ fierce art scene, funny but still tense and full of witty visuals. Come for the promise of Gyllenhaal playing the role of an art critic who believes in bringing museum facilities to life; remains for Billy Magnussen as a gallery worker who is attacked by a barrel of monkeys in oil on canvas. Yeah, it’s fun.

How to watch: Velvet scroll saw is streaming on Netflix.

Adam Sandler put his acting skills on the back burner to play New York jeweler Howard Ratner in 2019 Uncut Gems. Stuck with debts he cannot afford to pay, Howard sets out to recover a rare black opal that will compensate for the price to be paid for his nasty gambling addiction. This journey is both anxiety-provoking and interesting, revealing a surprising side. and more serious from Sandler along the way.

How to watch: Uncut Gems is streaming on Netflix.

seven. I care a lot

IEiza Gonzalez, Dianne Wiest and Rosamund Pike in J. Blakeson's

IEiza Gonzalez, Dianne Wiest and Rosamund Pike in “I Care A Lot” by J. Blakeson.

J. Blakeson’s movie about a legal guardian (Rosamund Pike) targeting the elderly for profit isn’t a flawless movie, but it’s a hell of a trick. Marla (Pike) finds the perfect mark to send to a care home while dissolving her assets, but she hasn’t negotiated for the son of her new boss’s crime boss (Peter Dinklage). Pike delivers a performance as crisp as Marla’s deadly bob, while Dinklage clearly plays a role that is both dangerous and fun. Everything escalates as the two go head-to-head, with Marc Canham’s score pushing the stakes up to 100. If you love the trip to any destination, you need it on your list.

How to watch: I care a lot is streaming on Netflix.

8. Good time

Geniuses behind Uncut Gems, Good time is a nightmarish, panic-inducing movie that refuses to stop at any point in its 101-minute run. Robert Pattinson plays Connie, a criminal desperate to have his vulnerable brother (co-director Benny Safdie) released on bail from a New York prison. Heartbreaking and mind-boggling, this character study will devastate you.

How to watch: Good time is streaming on Netflix.

9. Andhadhun

Freely inspired by the French short film “L’Accordeur”, Andhadhun is a serpentine adventure starring Ayushmann Khurrana as blind pianist, Aakash. What begins as a romance between Aakash and Sophie (Radhika Apte) takes on endless twists and turns before an admittedly deflated ending – but it’s worth the trip.

Andhadhun will keep you on the edge of your seat at every turn of the story, never getting where you expect it to be.

How to watch: Andhadhun is streaming on Netflix.

ten. The platform

The platform

The platform
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Prison cells stacked on top of each other, with holes in the floor and ceiling and randomly assigned levels that change monthly. And a platform of food slowly lowering from the top, becoming more and more sparse with each floor it descends.

This is the concept at the center of the film by Spanish director Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia The platform, a disturbing sci-fi thriller that clearly wears its capitalist analogy on its prison-dress sleeve. It is one of those rare gems where the execution is as strong as the idea at the base, carried by an excellent screenplay by David Desola and Pedro Rivero which is dripping with horror and suspense. If you are a fan of movies like The cube Where Saw, it is worth checking out. – Sam Haysom, UK Deputy Editor

How to watch: The platform is streaming on Netflix.

11. Training day

Denzel Washington has been nominated for an Oscar nine times, but only won twice. His performance as corrupt narcotics detective Alonzo Harris on Training Day earned him one of those victories.

This 2001 thriller is a morally compelling, swift, and wonderfully directed journey that follows a young cop uncovering the depth of LAPD’s corruption den and how easy it is to cross the line between a cop and a textbook villain. Training day is one of director Antoine Fuqua’s best films and a gripping crime classic.

How to watch: Training day is streaming on Netflix.

12. The Internet

This 1995 film is a wonderful and entertaining time capsule about the early days of the Internet and the emerging fears of Americans regarding online espionage.

With the intensity and vulnerability that made her a star, Sandra Bullock takes on the role of a reclusive hacker who follows a mysterious issue into a burrow of conspiracy, identity theft and a ruthless syndicate. who wants to delete it. To defeat her sinister enemies, she will need to use her computer skills, her rapidly dwindling friend list, and her intelligence. Casting her protagonist behind the comfort zone of her computer screen, director Irwin Winkler creates a global and threatening canvas, from the beaches of Cancun to barren retirement homes, sprawling convention centers and the arms of a beautiful foreigner. (Jérémy Northam).

The looks of the old-fashioned internet may cause some laughs, but the thrills of this spy thriller still hold. – Kristy Puchko, Associate Entertainment Editor

How to watch: The Internet is streaming on Netflix.

13. Zodiac

Hey, Jake.

Hey, Jake.
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The Zodiac Killer is one of America’s most notorious and dramatic serial killers. The 2007 film Zodiac follows a fictional version of the original 1969 manhunt starring Robert Downey Jr. as criminal reporter Paul Avery, Jake Gyllenhaal as political cartoonist and Zodiac letter decoder, Robert Graysmith, and John Carrol Lynch as as the prime suspect Arthur Leigh Allen. The chilling details of Zodiac’s crimes are only part of the appeal of this thriller ripped from the headlines, especially as the lingering mystery of Zodiac’s identity leaves the film and the case on an actual cliffhanger. .

How to watch: Zodiac is streaming on Netflix.

14. Perfection


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From cellos and preliminaries to hallucinations and hiking, Perfection does absolutely whatever he wants. With Allison Williams in her best role since Get out and Dear Whitesof Logan Browning in his best role, this dynamic mix of genres will elicit a reaction from you. Not necessarily a good reaction, but a reaction nonetheless. It is bodily horror that meets psychological thriller, occult drama, and classical music. With bugs. And throw up. For my part, I loved it!

How to watch: Perfection is streaming on Netflix.

15. Monsters

Maskable image

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A secret lurks beneath the surface of this claustrophobic thriller. Written and directed by Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein, Monsters begins with a brooding little girl and her harassed father hiding in a dilapidated house. Despite fatherly warnings, Chloe (Lexy Kolker) is determined to venture outside, befriend the girl across the street, and get a frozen treat from the ice cream truck that is always just out of reach. But she is only beginning to understand the dangers beyond her door. Why they have to hide depends on a sci-fi twist that makes this mysterious film distinctly satisfying and wonderfully mind-boggling. – Kristy Puchko, Associate Entertainment Editor

How to watch: Monsters is streaming on Netflix.

This article was updated with recent picks on October 14, 2021.

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