7 underrated thrillers from Bollywood, Argentina, Mexico and other cinemas streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video | GQ India
While many of us revel in the multi-million dollar box office records of films such as RRR and KFG 2, it’s always a good time to focus on underrated thrillers. They often come from directors who may be largely unrecognized but who end up weaving unique and gripping stories that can blend the complexities of the mind with intensely personal drama at home. These underrated thrillers cover a range of countries and their cultures, from Spain to Mexico to the sultry and pretty woods of Kerala. So mark all these fields and try each one.
7 underrated thrillers streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video:
1. The Son (2019) — Netflix
Domestic life, with all of its conflicts and tensions, is always a captivating watch. In this Argentinian film, a pregnant woman goes through an increasingly manic phase as her pregnancy date approaches. On the other hand, her husband has to deal with an unborn child and a chaotic wife. Chaos ensues.
2. Jallikattu (2019) — Amazon Prime Video
India’s official entry into the Oscars that year, the film’s title is also symbolic of the controversial sport of bull-taming. The film focuses on a sleepy village in the woods of Kerala where a bull to be slaughtered escapes the butcher and runs amok through the village, trampling everything in its path. Using the bull as a narrative tool, the film actually reveals the real beast inside the man.
3. Shahid (2012) — Google Play
This award-winning film is based on the inspiring real life of the titular lawyer who fought for the rights of young Muslim men wrongfully convicted in terrorism cases. This one is an underrated thriller among thrillers as much as it is a scathing commentary on the division between us. Watch out for Rajkummar Rao’s breakout performance that cemented his position as an actor to watch.
4. Dance of 41 (2020) — Netflix
Based on the real-life scandal that took place in Mexican high society in the late 1920s. The closeted son-in-law of the Mexican President frequents gay clubs and parties, while his straight wife navigates her own terrors. Things go awry when the son-in-law’s secret gay lifestyle is revealed. One of the most engrossing and thrilling thrillers out there, it will keep you hooked until the end and might even make you shed a tear.
5. Ombatthane Dikku (2022) — Amazon Prime Video
Located in Bengaluru, the local mafia boss sends his trusted lieutenant to cut a deal. However, things don’t go well when he never returns. This underrated thriller is a crime drama that shows the truth about middle-class life, hits the right shots, and keeps you hooked until the end.
6. Amir (2008)—Netflix
In this sleeper hit that deserves multiple awards for being such an underrated thriller, the family of an ordinary office man is kidnapped by terrorists. They make him do what they want: plant bombs in the city and if he doesn’t, his kidnapped family will be executed. A real race against time, it’s a biting thriller.
7. Smart (2021) — Amazon Prime Video
In one of the most underrated horror and thriller films made by the director of Conspiracy, an ordinary woman is threatened by visions of strangers who seem to be looking for her. A weird ball of energy, this film is not for the faint-hearted.