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The Best Thrillers Of The 2010s Decade  

Jason Bancroft
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List Rules Vote up the thrillers you love that were released between 2010-2019.

What are the best thriller movies of the decade? That's what this list will determine with help from you. Below, you'll find a comprehensive collection of titles that were released during the 2010s. Through your votes, the thrillers that are most memorable and exciting will rise to the top. Aside from being able to support your favorite films, you might also be able to discover some good recommendations for thrillers you've never seen before. What's more fun than finding an awesome new movie to obsess over?

Some of the most talented people in Hollywood have made the best thrillers of the decade. You'll find works by top directors such as Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, and Darren Aronofsky, among others. Stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Natalie Portman, and Tom Hanks star in them. The variety of the genre in the last decade is also notable. There are crime thrillers, psychological thrillers, action thrillers, and suspense thrillers. There are even some horror thriller films sprinkled throughout the list as well. No matter what your taste, you'll find something to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Vote up the greatest films from this list of 2010s thrillers. Don't forget to check back, later on, to see how your choices are faring, and maybe to seek out an idea for something new to watch. 

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Limitless is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 2010s Decade
Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Bruce Lee

Released: 2011

Directed by: Neil Burger

Rotten Tomatoes score: 69%

Limitless is a 2011 American thriller film directed by Neil Burger and starring Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, and Robert De Niro. It is based on the novel The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn.
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Super 8 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 2010s Decade
Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Kyle Chandler

Released: 2011

Directed by: J.J. Abrams

Rotten Tomatoes score: 81%

Super 8 is a 2011 American science fiction horror film written, co-produced, and directed by J. J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg. The film stars Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, and Kyle ...more
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Train to Busan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 2010s Decade
Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-seok, Jung Yu-mi

Released: 2016

Directed by: Yeon Sang-ho

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Train to Busan is a 2016 South Korean zombie apocalypse action thriller film directed by Yeon Sang-ho. The film takes place in a train to Busan, as a zombie apocalypse suddenly becomes apparent ...more
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Looper is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 2010s Decade
Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Released: 2012

Directed by: Rian Johnson

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Looper is a 2012 American science fiction action thriller film written and directed by Rian Johnson and starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Emily Blunt. In the film, time travel is ...more
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The Girl on the Train is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 2010s Decade
Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett

Released: 2016

Directed by: Tate Taylor

Rotten Tomatoes score:44%

The Girl on the Train is a 2016 American mystery thriller drama film directed by Tate Taylor and based on Paula Hawkins' 2015 debut novel of the same name. The film follows an alcoholic ...more
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Olympus Has Fallen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 2010s Decade
Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler, Ashley Judd

Released: 2013

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

Rotten Tomatoes score: ​​​49%

Olympus Has Fallen is a 2013 American action thriller film. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, it stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman, with Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Cole ...more
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10 Cloverfield Lane is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 2010s Decade
John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher

Directed by: Dan Trachtenberg

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

10 Cloverfield Lane is a 2016 American science fiction psychological thriller film directed by Dan Trachtenberg. The film was developed from a script titled The Cellar, but under production by ...more
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A Simple Favor is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 2010s Decade
Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding

Released: 2018

Directed by: Paul Feig

Rotten Tomatoes score: ​​​​​​85%

A Simple Favor is a 2018 American mystery thriller film directed by Paul Feig, based on the novel by Darcey Bell. Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), a mommy vlogger, seeks to uncover the truth behind ...more
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Escape Room is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 2010s Decade
Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Taylor Russell

Released: 2019

Directed by: Adam Robitel

Rotten Tomatoes score: 50%

Escape Room is a 2019 American psychological horror-thriller film directed by Adam Robitel. Six strangers find themselves in circumstances beyond their control, and must use their wits to
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Contagion is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 2010s Decade
Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Matt Damon

Released: 2011

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

Contagion is a 2011 medical thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Marion Cotillard, Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, ...more
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Captain Phillips is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 2010s Decade
Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini

Released: 2013

Directed by: Paul Greengrass

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Captain Phillips is a 2013 American biographical thriller film directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi. The film is inspired by the true story of the 2009 Maersk ...more
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We Need to Talk About Ke... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 2010s Decade
Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller

Released: 2011

Directed by: Lynne Ramsay

Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%

We Need to Talk About Kevin is a 2011 British-American psychological thriller film directed by Lynne Ramsay, adapted from Lionel Shriver's novel of the same name. Kevin's mother (Tilda Swinton) ...more
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Let Me In is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 2010s Decade
Chloë Grace Moretz, Richard Jenkins, Kodi Smit-McPhee

Released: 2010

Directed by: Matt Reeves

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

Let Me In is a 2010 romantic horror film written and directed by Matt Reeves and starring Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloë Grace Moretz. It is a remake of the 2008 Swedish film Let the Right One ...more
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Zero Dark Thirty is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 2010s Decade
Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong

Released: 2012

Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Untitled International Thriller is a 2012 thriller film written by Mark Boal and directed by Kathryn Bigelow.
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Source Code is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 2010s Decade
Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga

Released: 2011

Directed by: Duncan Jones

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Source Code is a 2011 science fiction film directed by Duncan Jones, written by Ben Ripley, and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, and Jeffrey Wright. The film had its ...more
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The Accountant is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 2010s Decade
Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J. K. Simmons

Directed by: Gavin O'Connor

Rotten Tomatoes score: 51%

The Accountant is a 2016 American action thriller film directed by Gavin O'Connor. The film follows a highly-functioning autistic small-town certified public accountant (Ben Affleck) who makes ...more
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The Shallows is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 2010s Decade
Blake Lively

Released: 2016

Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra

Rotten Tomatoes score: ​​​​​​79%

The Shallows is a 2016 American survival thriller film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. The film follows a surfer (Blake Lively) as she gets stranded 200 yards from shore, and must use her wits ...more
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The Babadook is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 2010s Decade
Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall, Adam Morgan

Released: 2014

Directed by: Jennifer Kent

 Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

The Babadook is a 2014 Australian psychological horror film, written and directed by Jennifer Kent, in which a woman and her son are tormented by a "boogie-man" type monster. The film ...more
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The Social Network is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 2010s Decade
Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones, Rooney Mara

Released: 2010

Directed by: David Fincher

The Social Network is a 2010 American drama film directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin. Adapted from Ben Mezrich's 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of ...more
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Argo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 2010s Decade
Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston

Released: 2012

Directed by: Ben Affleck

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Argo is a 2012 American political thriller film directed by Ben Affleck. The film is adapted from U.S. Central Intelligence Agency operative Tony Mendez's book The Master of Disguise and Joshuah ...more
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Hell or High Water is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 2010s Decade
Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster

Directed by: David Mackenzie

Rotten Tomatoes score: 

Hell or High Water is a 2016 American neo-western heist-crime film directed by David Mackenzie. The film follows two brothers (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) who carry out a series of bank robberies ...more
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Green Room is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 2010s Decade
Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat

Directed by: Jeremy Saulnier

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

Green Room is a 2015 American horror-thriller film written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier. It focuses on a punk band who find themselves attacked by neo-Nazi skinheads after witnessing a murder ...more
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Gravity is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 2010s Decade
Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris

Released: 2013

Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Gravity is a 2013 science fiction thriller film directed, co-written, and produced by Alfonso Cuarón. It stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts, and sees them stranded in ...more
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Baby Driver is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 2010s Decade
Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James

Directed by: Edgar Wright

Rotten Tomatoes score: ​​​​​​​93%

Baby Driver is a 2017 British-American action thriller film written and directed by Edgar Wright. A young talented getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) who works for different hooligans gets in trouble ...more
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Nightcrawler is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 2010s Decade
Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton

Released: 2014

Directed by: Dan Gilroy

Rotten Tomatoes score:  95%

Nightcrawler is a 2014 American neo-noir thriller film written and directed by Dan Gilroy in his directorial debut. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal who starts shooting footage in Los Angeles and ...more