Film 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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Kate Beckinsale, Mark Wahlberg, J.K. Simmons Contraband is an 2012 American action crime thriller film directed by Baltasar Kormákur, starring Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster, Caleb Landry Jones, Giovanni Ribisi, Lukas ...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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Salma Hayek, Blake Lively, John Travolta Savages is a 2012 American crime 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. ...more

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Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta Killing Them Softly is a 2012 American neo-noir crime 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 ...more

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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-crime writer Ellison Oswalt who ...more

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Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Geraldine Chaplin The Impossible is a 2012 disaster 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 in ...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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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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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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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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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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The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 13 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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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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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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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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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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Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore The Hunger Games is a 2012 action, adventure film written by Gary Ross, Suzanne Collins and Billy Ray and directed by Gary Ross.

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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 Crime Drama Thriller film written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen and directed by Olivier Megaton.

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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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Alice Eve, John Cusack, Brendan Gleeson The Raven is a 2012 American mystery thriller film directed by James McTeigue and based on a screenplay by Ben Livingston and Hannah Shakespeare. It stars John Cusack, Alice Eve, Brendan Gleeson ...more

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Sachin Khedekar, Kajal Aggarwal, Suriya Maattrraan is a 2012 Tamil action thriller film co-written and directedby K. V. Anand and produced by Kalpathi S. Aghoram. It stars Suriya who portrays conjoined twins, along with Kajal Aggarwal ...more

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Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Michelle Rodriguez Resident Evil: Retribution is a 2012 American-Canadian-German science fiction action horror film written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. It is the fifth installment in the Resident Evil ...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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Roselyn Sánchez, Ernie Reyes, Jr. Act of Valor is a 2011 action adventure thriller film written by Kurt Johnstad and directed by Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh.

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Elizabeth Banks, Ed Harris, Kyra Sedgwick Man on a Ledge is a 2012 American thriller action directed by Asger Leth, starring Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Edward Burns, Anthony Mackie, Génesis Rodríguez and ...more

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Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga Safe House is a 2012 American action thriller film directed by Daniel Espinosa, starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. It was released on February 10, 2012, in North America by Universal ...more

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Bruce Willis, Sigourney Weaver, Henry Cavill The Cold Light of Day is a 2012 American/Spanish action film directed by Mabrouk El Mechri, starring Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis, and Sigourney Weaver. The film is about Will, who finds that his ...more

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Bharath, Aadhi, Dhansika 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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Katrina Bowden, David Hasselhoff, Christopher Lloyd Piranha 3DD is a 2012 American 3D comedy horror film and sequel to the 2010 film Piranha 3D. It is directed by John Gulager from a screenplay by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton. It stars ...more

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alan Tudyk, Erin Wasson Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a 2012 American dark fantasy action horror film directed by Timur Bekmambetov, based on the 2010 mashup novel of the same name. The novel's author, Seth ...more

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Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba Prometheus is a 2012 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof, and starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan ...more

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James Franco, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans The Iceman is an American crime thriller film based on the true story of longtime notorious hitman Richard Kuklinski. Released in 2013 at the Venice Film Festival, the film was directed by Ariel ...more

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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

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Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloë Grace Moretz Dark Shadows is a 2012 American horror comedy film loosely based on the gothic television soap opera Dark Shadows that was broadcast between 1966 and 1971. The film was directed by Tim Burton ...more

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Ajith Kumar, Manoj K. Jayan, Bruna Abdullah Billa II: The Beginning is a 2012 Indian Tamil gangster-thriller film, a remake of 1983 Hollywood Film Scarface, An American crime drama film. It is a prequel to the 2007 film Billa and is ...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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Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans The Amazing Spider-Man is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Marc Webb, based on the Marvel Comics character. After Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is bitten by a genetically altered ...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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Susan Sarandon, Richard Gere, Laetitia Casta Arbitrage is a 2012 American thriller drama film directed by Nicholas Jarecki and starring Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, and Brit Marling. Filming began in April 2011 in New York City. ...more

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Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li The Expendables 2 is a 2012 American action film directed by Simon West, and the sequel to the 2010 film. After one of their own is murdered, the mercenary group set out for revenge against ...more

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Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem Skyfall is the twenty-third James Bond film produced by Eon Productions. It features Daniel Craig in his third performance as James Bond, and Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva, the film's villain. It ...more

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Katherine Heigl, Debbie Reynolds, Sherri Shepherd One for the Money is a 2011 comedy film directed by Julie Anne Robinson.

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Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker, Liam Neeson Battleship is a 2012 American military science fiction action-war film loosely inspired by the classic board game. The film was directed by Peter Berg and released by Universal Pictures. It was ...more

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Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Ealy Underworld: Awakening is a 2012 American 3D action horror film directed by Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein. It is the fourth installment in the Underworld film series, with Kate ...more

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The Lords of Salem is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of 2012
María Conchita Alonso, Dee Wallace, Bruce Davison The Lords of Salem is a 2013 independent horror film written, produced and directed by Rob Zombie, and starring Sheri Moon Zombie, Bruce Davison, Judy Geeson, Patricia Quinn, Dee Wallace, ...more

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Sean Bean, Carrie-Anne Moss, Malcolm McDowell Silent Hill: Revelation is a 2012 Canadian-French 3D horror film directed and written by Michael J. Bassett and a sequel to the 2006 film Silent Hill. Revelation stars Adelaide Clemens, Kit ...more

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Ashley Greene, Tom Felton, Julianna Guill The Apparition is a supernatural thriller film directed and written by Todd Lincoln, and starring Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, Tom Felton, Julianna Guill, and Luke Pasqualino.

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Vijay Antony, Anuya Bhagvath, Vibha Natarajan Naan is a 2012 Tamil crime thriller film directed by Jeeva Shankar is inspired by Hollywood flick The talented Mr.Ripley. It has composer Vijay Antony in the lead role as a psychopath killer, ...more