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The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked

Updated August 1, 2019 2.1k votes 268 voters 19.4k views46 items

List RulesVote up your favorite thriller movies released by independent studios.

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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    Berserk
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    Berserk

    James Roday, Erin Moriarty

    Released2019

    Directed byRhys Wakefield

    Berserk is a 2019 Australian thriller film directed by Rhys Wakefield. When three characters... more on Wikipedia
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    Funny Games
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    Funny Games

    Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Mühe

    Released1997

    Directed byMichael Haneke

    Funny Games is a 1997 Austrian psychological thriller film written and directed by Michael... more on Wikipedia

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    Unknown
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    10

    Unknown

    Victoria Justice, Jim Caviezel

    Released2006

    Directed bySimón Brand

    Unknown is a 2006 American crime-thriller film directed by Colombian filmmaker Simon Brand and... more on Wikipedia
  • 29
    Them That Follow
    2
    1

    Them That Follow

    Olivia Colman, Kaitlyn Dever

    Released2019

    Directed byBritt Poulton, Dan Madison Savage

    Them That Follow is a 2019 American thriller film directed by Britt Poulton and Dan Madison... more on Wikipedia
  • 30
    Take Shelter
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    9

    Take Shelter

    Jessica Chastain, Michael Shannon

    Released2011

    Directed byJeff Nichols

    Take Shelter is a 2011 American drama-thriller film written and directed by Jeff Nichols and... more on Wikipedia

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    Cube
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    Cube

    Nicole de Boer, Julian Richings

    Released1997

    Directed byVincenzo Natali

    Cube is a 1997 Canadian science fiction psychological horror film, directed and co-written by... more on Wikipedia

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    Enemy
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    Enemy

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Isabella Rossellini

    Released2013

    Directed byDenis Villeneuve

    Enemy is a 2013 Canadian-Spanish psychological thriller film directed by Denis Villeneuve,... more on Wikipedia

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    Hard Candy
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    Hard Candy

    Ellen Page, Sandra Oh

    Released2005

    Directed byDavid Slade

    Hard Candy is a 2005 vigilante thriller film focusing on the a 14-year-old female vigilante.... more on Wikipedia

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    Inland Empire
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    Inland Empire

    Naomi Watts, Jeremy Irons

    Released2006

    Directed byDavid Lynch

    Inland Empire is a 2006 mystery film written and directed by David Lynch and was his first... more on Wikipedia
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    Coherence
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    Coherence

    Nicholas Brendon, Elizabeth Gracen

    Released2013

    Directed byJames Ward Byrkit

    Coherence is a 2013 American-British science fiction thriller film directed by James Ward... more on Wikipedia

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    The Crying Game
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    The Crying Game

    Forest Whitaker, Jim Broadbent

    Released1992

    Directed byNeil Jordan

    The Crying Game is a 1992 British psychological thriller drama film written and directed by... more on Wikipedia

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    Blood Simple
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    Blood Simple

    Holly Hunter, Frances McDormand

    Released1984

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    Blood Simple is a 1984 neo-noir film written, produced and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It... more on Wikipedia
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    Exam
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    Exam

    Gemma Chan, Colin Salmon

    Released2009

    Directed byStuart Hazeldine

    Exam is a 2009 British psychological thriller film written by Simon Garrity and Stuart... more on Wikipedia

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    The Strangers
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    The Strangers

    Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward

    Released2008

    Directed byBryan Bertino

    The Strangers is a 2008 American horror film written and directed by Bryan Bertino and... more on Wikipedia
  • 40
    Pi
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    Pi

    Mark Margolis, Ajay Naidu

    Released1998

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

    Pi, also titled π, is a 1998 American surrealist psychological thriller film written and... more on Wikipedia

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    Righteous Kill
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    Righteous Kill

    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro

    Released2008

    Directed byJon Avnet

    This film is a 2008 American thriller film with elements of a buddy cop film directed by Jon... more on Wikipedia
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    The Double
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    The Double

    Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska

    Released2013

    Directed byRichard Ayoade

    The Double is a 2013 British black comedy film written and directed by Richard Ayoade and... more on Wikipedia
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    Killer Joe
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    Killer Joe

    Matthew McConaughey, Gina Gershon

    Released2011

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

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    Blue Ruin
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    Blue Ruin

    Eve Plumb, Bonnie Johnson

    Released2013

    Directed byJeremy Saulnier

    Blue Ruin is a 2013 American thriller film directed by Jeremy Saulnier. The film had its world... more on Wikipedia
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    Grand Piano
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    Grand Piano

    Elijah Wood, John Cusack

    Released2013

    Directed byEugenio Mira

    Grand Piano is a 2013 English-language Spanish thriller film starring Elijah Wood and John... more on Wikipedia
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    Syriana
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    Syriana

    George Clooney, Matt Damon

    Released2005

    Directed byStephen Gaghan

    Syriana is a 2005 geopolitical thriller film written and directed by Stephen Gaghan, and... more on Wikipedia

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