18 gripping thrillers on Netflix that will keep you glued to your couch

The mere fact that my couch exists is enough to stick me on it, let’s be honest. But it’s always an added bonus when I’m firmly in bed and also have something gripping and suspenseful to watch on Netflix. Thrillers, to me at least, are hit or miss. Either they’re so suspenseful that my anxiety goes into overdrive and I’m totally uncomfortable all the time, or they’re just suspenseful enough to distract me from life for a while and give me a reason (not like I needed) to snuggle up to my wife for “support”. Insert blinking face here.

Car chases, crazy stunts, exploding stuff, a mystery that can’t look away, a fast-paced and intense plot…it’s the kind of emotional roller coaster some people live for. It’s like an adrenaline rush without the spine-snapping risk of bungee jumping or the mind-numbing prospect of your parachute not opening during a skydive. Damn yes! Extreme sports for the lazy via suspenseful and intense Netflix movies. I’m all the way. What’s even better is that there are real winners out there with leads that aren’t just your average cis, white, and buff male action star. Show me diversity, show me women kicking ass from serious movies, and you might as well take my money before it even hits my bank account. Grab your popcorn and your cuddly buddy (cats included), it’s time to dive into the list.

Back to the future

Do not count the classics of your parents’ generation. You’ll be on the edge of your seat when the ball scene ends.

The good times

The Coast Guard doesn’t have enough game, in my humble opinion. This one is about a dangerous rescue mission, so there will be heroes everywhere.

three days to kill

People love or hate Kevin Costner. I complain Water world.

The princess to be married

You killed my father. Prepare to die.

world trade center

There’s Nick Cage and it’s around 9/11. I’m pretty sure the suspense is a given.

Gladiator

Aren’t you amused?

fight

There are no genders or sexualities that don’t include the love of Channing Tatum. It even makes the heart of this lesbian throb. Shit, Channing. Damn you.

Dead end

An assassin wants to seize a little girl and only a madman with a painful past can help him… Come on. Perf.

four brothers

Marky Mark and his adoptive brothers fight against the wall to avenge their murdered adoptive mother. Feels. For. Days.

kill area 2

Criminal mastermind + martial arts.

Pirates of the Caribbean

I know we’re still trying to sort out Johnny Depp from the abuse and domestic violence allegations, but we can watch Kiera Knightly and Orlando Bloom!

The Fantastic Four

Super hero ! There is always action and suspense.

Italian work

Stick to your gender-neutral panties because these are super incredibly intense.

10.0 Earthquake

Greetings from my sweaty anxiety nightmares.

deep impact

In a natural disaster of this magnitude, would you lose your shit or save the day?

V for Vendetta

This movie literally gave me chills and I knew what was going to happen because I had read the graphic novel. Holy ham sandwich!

catwoman

Catwoman: Halle Berry Edition

state of the empire

The rock. This guy Miley Cyrus could marry. New York.

Here! Remember, a good date doesn’t monopolize the snacks, no matter how good they are.

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