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The Best Thriller Movies of 2012  

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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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Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Fred Thompson
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Sinister is a 2012 supernatural horror film directed by Scott Derrickson and written by Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill. It stars Ethan Hawke as fictional true writer Ellison Oswalt who ...more
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Kate Beckinsale, Mark Wahlberg, J.K. Simmons
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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Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston
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
Untitled International Thriller is a 2012 thriller film written by Mark Boal and directed by Kathryn Bigelow.
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Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta
This film is a 2012 American neo-noir film directed by Andrew Dominik and starring Brad Pitt, based on the 1974 novel Cogan's Trade by George V. Higgins. On May 22, 2012, the film premiered in ...more
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Salma Hayek, Blake Lively, John Travolta
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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Alice Eve, Josh Peck, Brian Geraghty
ATM is a 2012 thriller film written by Chris Sparling and directed by David Brooks.
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Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Geraldine Chaplin
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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Anna Kendrick, Jake Gyllenhaal, America Ferrera
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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Gillian Anderson, Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough
Shadow Dancer is a 2012 thriller film written by Tom Bradby and directed by James Marsh.
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50 Cent, Willem Dafoe, Patton Oswalt
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
Chronicle is a 2012 American found footage science-fiction thriller film directed by Josh Trank. After gaining telekinetic powers from an unknown object, three teenagers use their abilities for ...more
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Kyra Sedgwick, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Matisyahu
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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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jamie Chung, Dania Ramirez
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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Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker
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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Maggie Grace, Guy Pearce, Peter Stormare
Lockout is a 2012 French science fiction action film directed by James Mather and Stephen Saint Leger, and written by Mather, Saint Leger, and Luc Besson. The film stars Guy Pearce, Maggie ...more
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Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Woman in Black is a 2012 British horror film directed by James Watkins and written by Jane Goldman, based on Susan Hill's novel of the same name. It was produced by Hammer Film Productions. ...more
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The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of 2012
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman
The Dark Knight Rises is a 2012 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character. Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman (Christian Bale), with the ...more
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Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron
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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Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is a 2014 American dystopian science fiction adventure film directed by Francis Lawrence. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence); having twice survived the ...more
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Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Colin Farrell
Total Recall is a 2012 American science fiction action film directed by Len Wiseman. It is the second adaptation of the 1966 short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" by ...more
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Tom Cruise, Robert Duvall, Rosamund Pike
Jack Reacher is a 2012 American thriller film. It is an adaptation of Lee Child's 2005 novel One Shot. Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, the film stars Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher. ...more
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Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Jeremy Renner
The Bourne Legacy is a 2012 American action thriller film directed by Tony Gilroy, and is the fourth installment in the series of films adapted from the novels originated by Robert Ludlum, and ...more
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Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace
Taken 2 is a 2012 action drama thriller film written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen and directed by Olivier Megaton.
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Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
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