film The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked  

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This list contains information on the best indie thriller movies, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best indie thriller films come in many forms. Some indie suspense movies involve life and death situations while other good indie thriller films are about revenge. A few of the best indie thrillers even took home Academy Awards.

What films will you find on this top independent thriller movies list? Memento has to be at the top. This 2000 movie followed a man – with a severe memory disorder – investigate and punish the killer who murdered his wife. The film's writer/director, Christopher Nolan, later went on to direct such big budget films as the Dark Knight franchise. Donnie Darko is another good indie thriller full of suspense.

Only God Forgives, Nicolas Winding Refn's 2013 film about an American ex-pat navigating the criminal underworld in Bangkok, is a true white-knuckle viewing experience. Other good independent thrillers featured on this list include The Usual Suspects, Drive, and American Psycho.

Do you have a favorite independent suspense film? Give the best movies a thumbs up and please add any good thrillers we may have missed.

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Seven is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
Seven Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman Seven is a 1995 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher. The film stars Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, with Gwyneth Paltrow, R. Lee Ermey, John C. McGinley, and Kevin ...more

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
Pulp Fiction John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American black comedy crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, from a story by Tarantino and Roger Avary. The film is known for its eclectic dialogue, ironic ...more

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
Fargo Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand Fargo is a 1996 American neo-noir dark comedy crime film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Frances McDormand as a pregnant Minnesota police chief who ...more

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The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
The Usual Suspects Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne The Usual Suspects is a 1995 German-American neo-noir crime thriller film directed by Bryan Singer and written by Christopher McQuarrie. It stars Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio del ...more

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Memento is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
Memento Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano Memento is a 2000 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan. The screenplay was written by Nolan based on his younger brother Jonathan Nolan's short story ...more

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Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
Donnie Darko Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal Donnie Darko is a 2001 American supernatural drama film written and directed by Richard Kelly and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Noah Wyle, Jena ...more

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Drive is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
Drive Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan Drive is a 2011 American neo noir arthouse action directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Oscar Isaac and Albert Brooks. It is adapted from the ...more

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Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
Mulholland Drive Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George Mulholland Drive is a 2001 American neo-noir mystery film written and directed by David Lynch and starring Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, and Justin Theroux. It tells the story of an aspiring ...more

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It Follows is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
It Follows Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Linda Boston It Follows is a 2014 Horror film written by David Robert Mitchell and directed by David Robert Mitchell.

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Get Out is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
Get Out Daniel Kaluuya, Catherine Keener, Allison Williams Get Out is a 2017 satirical horror film written and directed by Jordan Peele. A young African American man visits his white girlfriend's family estate where he learns that many of its residents, ...more

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Cube is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
Cube Nicole de Boer, Julian Richings, David Hewlett Cube is a 1997 Canadian science fiction psychological horror film, directed and co-written by Vincenzo Natali. The film was a successful product of the Canadian Film Centre's First Feature

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Nightcrawler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
Nightcrawler Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton Nightcrawler is a 2014 American neo-noir crime thriller film written and directed by Dan Gilroy in his directorial debut. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a thief who starts shooting footage of ...more

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Prisoners is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
Prisoners Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello Prisoners is a 2013 crime drama thriller film written by Aaron Guzikowski and directed by Denis Villeneuve.

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American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
American Psycho Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe American Psycho is a 2000 American psychological thriller comedy film co-written and directed by Mary Harron, based on Bret Easton Ellis's 1991 novel of the same name. It stars Christian Bale, ...more

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The Machinist is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
The Machinist Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Ironside The Machinist is a 2004 English-language Spanish psychological thriller film directed by Brad Anderson and written by Scott Kosar. The film stars Christian Bale with Jennifer Jason Leigh, John ...more

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The Boondock Saints is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
The Boondock Saints Willem Dafoe, Norman Reedus, Billy Connolly The Boondock Saints is a 1999 American crime film written and directed by Troy Duffy. The film stars Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus as fraternal twins, Connor and Murphy MacManus, who ...more

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The Strangers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
The Strangers Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward, Scott Speedman The Strangers is a 2008 American horror film written and directed by Bryan Bertino and starring Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman as a young couple who are terrorized by three masked assailants, who ...more

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You're Next is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
You're Next Sharni Vinson, Barbara Crampton, Amy Seimetz You're Next is a 2011 American independent action-horror slasher film directed by Adam Wingard, written by Simon Barrett, and starring Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, A. J. Bowen, ...more

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Hard Candy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
Hard Candy Ellen Page, Sandra Oh, Patrick Wilson Hard Candy is a 2005 vigilante thriller film focusing on the torture of a suspected sexual predator by a 14-year-old female vigilante. The film was directed by David Slade, written by Brian ...more

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Saw is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
Saw Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith Saw is a 2004 horror film written by Leigh Whannell and directed by James Wan, in Wan's directorial debut. In the film, Adam (Whannell) and Lawrence (Cary Elwes) awaken chained in a large ...more

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One Hour Photo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
One Hour Photo Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Clark Gregg One Hour Photo is a 2002 American psychological thriller film written and directed by Mark Romanek and starring Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan, Gary Cole, and Eriq La Salle. ...more

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The Neon Demon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
The Neon Demon Elle Fanning, Karl Glusman, Jena Malone The Neon Demon is a 2016 psychological horror film directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. An aspiring model (Elle Fanning) in Los Angeles generates intense fascination and jealousy within the

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Unknown is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
Unknown Victoria Justice, Jim Caviezel, Bridget Moynahan Unknown is a 2006 American crime-thriller film directed by Colombian filmmaker Simon Brand and starring Jim Caviezel, Greg Kinnear, Bridget Moynahan, Joe Pantoliano and Barry Pepper about a ...more

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The Crying Game is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
The Crying Game Forest Whitaker, Jim Broadbent, Miranda Richardson The Crying Game is a 1992 British psychological thriller drama film written and directed by Neil Jordan. The film explores themes of race, gender, nationality, and sexuality against the backdrop ...more

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Funny Games is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
Funny Games Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Mühe, Wolfgang Glück Written and directed by German-born Michael Haneke, FUNNY GAMES combines thriller conventions "with a number of Brechtian devices that catch audiences in a voyeuristic trance" (Stephen ...more

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Primer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
Primer Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Keith Bradshaw Primer is a 2004 American science fiction drama film about the accidental discovery of a means of time travel. The film was written, directed, produced, edited and scored by Shane Carruth, who ...more

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Blue Ruin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
Blue Ruin Eve Plumb, Bonnie Johnson, Devin Ratray Blue Ruin is a 2013 American thriller film directed by Jeremy Saulnier. The film had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival as part of the Directors' Fortnight section on May 17, 2013, ...more

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Blood Simple is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
Blood Simple Holly Hunter, Frances McDormand, M. Emmet Walsh Blood Simple is a 1984 neo-noir crime film written, produced and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It was the directorial debut of the Coens and the first major film of cinematographer Barry ...more

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Nocturnal Animals is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
Nocturnal Animals Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon Nocturnal Animals is a 2016 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Tom Ford, based on the 1993 novel Tony and Susan by Austin Wright. A divorced art gallery owner (Amy Adams) ...more

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The Astronaut's Wife is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
The Astronaut's Wife Charlize Theron, Johnny Depp, Joe Morton The Astronaut's Wife is a 1999 American science fiction/thriller film directed and written by Rand Ravich. It stars Johnny Depp and Charlize Theron.

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Pi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
Pi Mark Margolis, Ajay Naidu, Clint Mansell Pi, also titled π, is a 1998 American surrealist psychological thriller film written and directed by Darren Aronofsky in his directorial debut. The film earned Aronofsky the Directing Award at ...more

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Take Shelter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
Take Shelter Jessica Chastain, Michael Shannon, Katy Mixon Take Shelter is a 2011 American drama-thriller film written and directed by Jeff Nichols and starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain. Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young ...more

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Killer Joe is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
Killer Joe Matthew McConaughey, Gina Gershon, Juno Temple Killer Joe is a 2011 American Southern Gothic crime film directed by William Friedkin. The screenplay by Tracy Letts is based on his 1993 play of the same name. The film stars Matthew ...more

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The Double is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
The Double Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn The Double is a 2013 British black comedy film written and directed by Richard Ayoade and starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska. The film is based on the novella The Double by Fyodor ...more

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Grand Piano is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
Grand Piano Elijah Wood, John Cusack, Tamsin Egerton Grand Piano is a 2013 English-language Spanish thriller film starring Elijah Wood and John Cusack. The film is about a once promising pianist returning for a comeback performance, only to be the ...more

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Righteous Kill is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
Righteous Kill Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, 50 Cent Righteous Kill is a 2008 American crime thriller film with elements of a buddy cop film directed by Jon Avnet, and starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. It is one of only two movies in which De ...more

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Coherence is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
Coherence Nicholas Brendon, Elizabeth Gracen, Lorene Scafaria Coherence is a 2013 American-British science fiction thriller film directed by James Ward Byrkit in his directorial debut. The film had its world debut on September 19, 2013 at the Austin ...more

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Exam is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
Exam Gemma Chan, Colin Salmon, Jimi Mistry Exam is a 2009 British psychological thriller film written by Simon Garrity and Stuart Hazeldine, directed by Stuart Hazeldine and starring Colin Salmon, Chris Carey, Jimi Mistry, Luke Mably, ...more

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Only God Forgives is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
Only God Forgives Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Burke Only God Forgives is a 2013 Danish-French thriller film written and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, starring Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Vithaya Pansringarm. The film was shot on ...more

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Inland Empire is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
Inland Empire Naomi Watts, Jeremy Irons, Laura Dern Inland Empire is a 2006 mystery film written and directed by David Lynch and was his first feature film since 2001's Mulholland Drive. The feature took two-and-a-half years to complete, and was ...more

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Syriana is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
Syriana George Clooney, Matt Damon, Amanda Peet Syriana is a 2005 geopolitical thriller film written and directed by Stephen Gaghan, and executive produced by George Clooney, who also stars in the film with an ensemble cast. Gaghan's ...more