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The Best Thriller Movies of 2012

Updated September 21, 2019 447 votes 43 voters 3.6k views50 items

List of the best 2012 thriller movies, ranked by how many upvotes they've received by other fans of the genre. These thrillers take you on a ride full of action, suspense, and anticipation of what's going to happen next. These are all the thriller movies that defined the year 2012, so vote for your favorites and help them rise to the top. This poll is also a great resource for finding new movies that you haven't already seen, especially since you can watch trailers for each film right on this page. To make sure this list is as accurate as possible, please don't downvote a movie if you haven't seen it.

The list you're viewing has a variety of movies, like The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-Man, in it. This isn't necessarily a list of all thriller movies from 2012, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
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  • 1
    Argo
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    2

    Argo

    Ben Affleck, John Goodman

    Released2012

    Directed byBen Affleck

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  • 2
    Killing Them Softly
    20
    4

    Killing Them Softly

    Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini

    Released2012

    Directed byAndrew Dominik

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  • 3
    Zero Dark Thirty
    18
    2

    Zero Dark Thirty

    Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt

    Released2012

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

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  • 4
    ATM
    14
    2

    ATM

    Alice Eve, Josh Peck

    Released2012

    Directed byDavid Brooks

    ATM is a 2012 thriller film written by Chris Sparling and directed by David Brooks.
  • 5
    Chronicle
    11
    2

    Chronicle

    Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell

    Released2012

    Directed byJosh Trank

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  • 6
    Sinister
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    Sinister

    Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio

    Released2012

    Directed byScott Derrickson

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  • 7
    Shadow Dancer
    10
    2

    Shadow Dancer

    Gillian Anderson, Clive Owen

    Released2012

    Directed byJames Marsh

    Shadow Dancer is a 2012 thriller film written by Tom Bradby and directed by James Marsh.
  • 8
    Odd Thomas
    9
    1

    Odd Thomas

    50 Cent, Willem Dafoe

    Released2013

    Directed byStephen Sommers

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  • 9
    Contraband
    9
    2

    Contraband

    Kate Beckinsale, Mark Wahlberg

    Released2012

    Directed byBaltasar Kormákur

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  • 10
    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
    10
    4

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

    Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson

    Released2014

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

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  • 11
    Savages
    9
    3

    Savages

    Salma Hayek, Blake Lively

    Released2012

    Directed byOliver Stone

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  • 12
    Premium Rush
    7
    2

    Premium Rush

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jamie Chung

    Released2012

    Directed byDavid Koepp

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  • 13
    The Paperboy
    8
    3

    The Paperboy

    Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2012

    Directed byLee Daniels

    The Paperboy is a 2012 American thriller film starring Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, John... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    The Dark Knight Rises
    10
    6

    The Dark Knight Rises

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2012

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • 15
    The Cabin in the Woods
    6
    2

    The Cabin in the Woods

    Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2012

    Directed byDrew Goddard

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  • 16
    The Woman in Black
    11
    8

    The Woman in Black

    Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds

    Released2012

    Directed byJames Watkins

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  • 17
    End of Watch
    5
    2

    End of Watch

    Anna Kendrick, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2012

    Directed byDavid Ayer

    End of Watch is a 2012 American drama thriller film written and directed by David Ayer. It... more on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    Looper
    4
    2

    Looper

    Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt

    Released2012

    Directed byRian Johnson

    Looper is a 2012 American science fiction action thriller film directed by Rian Johnson. In... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    The Impossible
    6
    4

    The Impossible

    Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor

    Released2012

    Directed byJuan Antonio Bayona

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  • 20
    The Amazing Spider-Man
    5
    3

    The Amazing Spider-Man

    Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone

    Released2012

    Directed byMarc Webb

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  • 21
    Piranha 3DD
    6
    5

    Piranha 3DD

    Katrina Bowden, David Hasselhoff

    Released2012

    Directed byJohn Gulager

    Piranha 3DD is a 2012 American 3D comedy horror film and sequel to the 2010 film Piranha 3D.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 22
    Aravaan
    6
    6

    Aravaan

    Bharath, Aadhi

    Released2012

    Directed byVasanthabalan

    Aravaan is a 2012 Indian Tamil period film directed by Vasanthabalan, based on Sahitya Academy... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 23
    Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
    4
    4

    Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alan Tudyk

    Released2012

    Directed byTimur Bekmambetov

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  • 24
    Lockout
    3
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    Lockout

    Maggie Grace, Guy Pearce

    Released2012

    Directed byJames Mather, Stephen St. Leger

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  • 25
    Total Recall
    3
    4

    Total Recall

    Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel

    Released2012

    Directed byLen Wiseman

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