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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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Blood Simple is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
Holly Hunter, Frances McDormand, M. Emmet Walsh
Blood Simple is a 1984 neo-noir 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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Primer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Saw is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Coherence is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Blue Ruin is listed (or ranked) 30 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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Cube is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Funny Games is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Mühe, Wolfgang Glück
Funny Games is a 1997 Austrian psychological thriller film written and directed by Michael Haneke, and starring Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Mühe, and Arno Frisch. The plot involves two young men ...more
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Pi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Unknown is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
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 Double is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Killer Joe is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Only God Forgives is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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The Astronaut's Wife is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Exam is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Righteous Kill is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, 50 Cent
This film is a 2008 American 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 Niro and ...more
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The Nightingale is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Baykali Ganambarr
The Nightingale is a 2018 Australian period thriller film directed by Jennifer Kent. In 1825 Tasmania, a young convict (Aisling Franciosi) seeks out revenge against the one who killed her
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Berserk is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
James Roday, Erin Moriarty, Nora Arnezeder
Berserk is a 2019 Australian thriller film directed by Rhys Wakefield. When three characters realize they have never felt true-fear, they set out over the course of one night to trick each other ...more
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Them That Follow is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
Olivia Colman, Kaitlyn Dever, Alice Englert
Them That Follow is a 2019 American thriller film directed by Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage. Inside a snake-handling church deep in Appalachia, a forbidden relationship forces a pastor’s ...more
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Inland Empire is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Grand Piano is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Syriana is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Indie Thriller Movies, Ranked
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