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The Best Thrillers Of The 2010s Decade

Updated April 16, 2021 12.2k votes 569 voters 11.9k views104 items

List RulesVote 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. 

  • 1


    James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy


    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

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  • 2

    A Quiet Place

    John Krasinski, Emily Blunt


    Directed byJohn Krasinski

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  • 3


    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy


    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • 4

    Shutter Island

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams


    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Shutter Island is a 2010 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese. The film is based on Dennis Lehane's 2003 novel of the same name. Production started in March 2008. Leonardo...  more

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  • 5

    Get Out

    Daniel Kaluuya, Catherine Keener


    Directed byJordan Peele

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  • 6

    Gone Girl

    Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris


    Directed byDavid Fincher

    Gone Girl is a 2014 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher and adapted by Gillian Flynn from her 2012 novel of the same name. It stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Set in...  more

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  • 7


    Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal


    Directed byDenis Villeneuve

    Prisoners is a 2013 American drama thriller film directed by Denis Villeneuve. Two young girls in Pennsylvania are kidnapped and the father of one of the girls, Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman), must take...  more

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  • 8

    End of Watch

    Anna Kendrick, Jake Gyllenhaal


    Directed byDavid Ayer

    End of Watch is a 2012 American drama thriller film written and directed by David Ayer. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as Brian Taylor and Miguel Zavala, two Los Angeles Police Department...  more

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  • 9


    Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio


    Directed byScott Derrickson

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  • 10


    Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro


    Directed byDenis Villeneuve

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  • 11

    The Equalizer

    Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz


    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

    The Equalizer is a 2014 American neo-noir vigilante action thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua, based on the TV series. Believing he has put his mysterious past behind him, a man (Denzel...  more
  • 12

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara


    Directed byDavid Fincher

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a 2011 Swedish-American mystery thriller film based on the novel of the same name by Stieg Larsson. This film adaptation was directed by David Fincher and written...  more

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  • 13

    The Town

    Blake Lively, Ben Affleck


    Directed byBen Affleck

    The Town is a 2010 American crime drama film directed by Ben Affleck. A longtime thief, planning his next job, tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to an earlier heist, and a...  more

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  • 14

    10 Cloverfield Lane

    John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead


    Directed byDan Trachtenberg

    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 Bad...  more

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  • 15


    Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne


    Directed byAri Aster

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  • 16


    Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet


    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

    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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  • 17

    Don't Breathe

    Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette


    Directed byFede Alvarez

    Don't Breathe is a 2016 American horror-thriller film directed by Fede Alvarez. The film focuses on three friends who get trapped inside a blind man's house while breaking into it....  more

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  • 18


    Kate Siegel, John Gallagher Jr.


    Directed byMike Flanagan

    Hush is a 2016 American horror thriller film directed by Mike Flanagan. A deaf writer (Kate Siegel) must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer (John Gallagher Jr.) appears at her window....  more

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  • 19

    The Purge

    Lena Headey, Ethan Hawke


    Directed byJames DeMonaco

    The Purge is a 2013 American social science fiction action horror film written and directed by James DeMonaco. It stars Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Adelaide Kane and Max Burkholder. It is the first...  more

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  • 20

    Super 8

    Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka


    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

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  • 21

    The Hunger Games

    Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson


    Directed byGary Ross

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  • 22


    Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt


    Directed byRian Johnson

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  • 23


    Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo


    Directed byDan Gilroy

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  • 24


    Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau


    Directed byAndres Muschietti

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  • 25

    Black Swan

    Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis


    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

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