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The Best Thriller Movies of 2012 

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Updated September 21, 2019 283 votes 42 voters 3.1k views 50 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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Kate Beckinsale, Mark Wahlberg, J.K. Simmons

Released: 2012

Directed by: Baltasar Kormákur

Contraband is an 2012 American action thriller film directed by Baltasar Kormákur, starring Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster, Caleb Landry Jones, Giovanni Ribisi, Lukas Haas, ...more

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Salma Hayek, Blake Lively, John Travolta

Released: 2012

Directed by: Oliver Stone

Savages is a 2012 American thriller film directed by Oliver Stone. It is based on the novel of the same name by Don Winslow. The screenplay was written by Shane Salerno, Winslow and Stone. The ...more

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Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Fred Thompson

Released: 2012

Directed by: Scott Derrickson

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Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta

Released: 2012

Directed by: Andrew Dominik

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Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston

Released: 2012

Directed by: Ben Affleck

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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Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong

Released: 2012

Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow

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Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Geraldine Chaplin

Released: 2012

Directed by: Juan Antonio Bayona

The Impossible is a 2012 drama film directed by Juan Antonio Bayona and written by Sergio G. Sánchez. It is based on the experience of María Belón and her family. The cast ...more
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Alice Eve, Josh Peck, Brian Geraghty

Released: 2012

Directed by: David Brooks

ATM is a 2012 thriller film written by Chris Sparling and directed by David Brooks.
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Anna Kendrick, Jake Gyllenhaal, America Ferrera

Released: 2012

Directed by: David 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 ...more

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Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker

Released: 2012

Directed by: Drew Goddard

The Cabin in the Woods is a 2012 American horror comedy film directed by Drew Goddard in his directorial debut, produced by Joss Whedon, and written by Whedon and Goddard. The film stars Kristen ...more

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Shadow Dancer Gillian Anderson, Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough

Released: 2012

Directed by: James Marsh

Shadow Dancer is a 2012 thriller film written by Tom Bradby and directed by James Marsh.
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Kyra Sedgwick, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Matisyahu

Released: 2012

Directed by: Ole Bornedal

The Possession is a 2012 supernatural horror film directed by Ole Bornedal and produced by Sam Raimi. It was released in the US on August 31, 2012, with the film premiering at the Film4 ...more

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50 Cent, Willem Dafoe, Patton Oswalt

Released: 2013

Directed by: Stephen Sommers

Odd Thomas is a 2013 American mystery thriller film based on Dean Koontz's novel of the same name. It is directed, written and co-produced by Stephen Sommers and stars Anton Yelchin as Odd ...more

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Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan

Released: 2012

Directed by: Josh Trank

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Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Colin Farrell

Released: 2012

Directed by: Len Wiseman

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Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer

Released: 2012

Directed by: James Watkins

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The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of 2012
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman

Released: 2012

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jamie Chung, Dania Ramirez

Released: 2012

Directed by: David Koepp

Premium Rush is a 2012 American action-thriller film directed by David Koepp and written by Koepp and John Kamps. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez and Jamie ...more
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Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

Released: 2014

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

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Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron

Released: 2012

Directed by: Lee Daniels

The Paperboy is a 2012 American thriller film starring Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, John Cusack, and Nicole Kidman. Directed by Lee Daniels, it is based on the 1995 novel The Paperboy by ...more
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Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba

Released: 2012

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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Bharath, Aadhi, Dhansika

Released: 2012

Directed by: Vasanthabalan

Aravaan is a 2012 Indian Tamil period film directed by Vasanthabalan, based on Sahitya Academy winning Su. Venkatesan's novel Kaaval Kottam. It stars Aadhi, Dhansika, Malayalam actress Archana ...more
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Maggie Grace, Guy Pearce, Peter Stormare

Released: 2012

Directed by: James Mather, Stephen St. Leger

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Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans

Released: 2012

Directed by: Marc Webb

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Arbitrage Susan Sarandon, Richard Gere, Laetitia Casta

Released: 2012

Directed by: Nicholas Jarecki

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