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If watching horror movies gives you the heebie jeebies, but action movies always seem too predictable, these suspense movies on Netflix are the perfect balance between the two. The best suspense movies streaming on Netflix use psychological tactics to send chills down your spine, but aren't necessarily always overtly frightening.

 

The Silence of the Lambs doesn't use cheap pop-up scare tactics, but instead uses heavy, deliberate gore to draw viewers into the deranged mind of Dr. Hannibal Lecter. It is the epitome of classic suspense flicks, and will have you crawling out of your skin. Likewise, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is a badass action/suspense movie with a killer female protagonist - Lisbeth Salander - who teams up with Mikael Bloomvist to solve a cold-case murder in a deeply troubled family.

 

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Reservoir Dogs Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Reservoir Dogs is a 1992 American ensemble crime film that depicts the events before and after a botched diamond heist. The film was the debut of director and writer Quentin Tarantino, and stars ...more

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Oldboy Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Dae-han Ji Oldboy is a 2013 American remake of Park Chan-wook's 2003 South Korean cult film, which is based on the Japanese manga with the same name published 1996-1998. Directed by Spike Lee and written ...more

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Gary Oldman Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a 2011 Cold War espionage film directed by Tomas Alfredson. The screenplay was written by Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan, based on the 1974 novel of the same ...more

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The Invitation Logan Marshall-Green, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Aiden Lovekamp

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All Good Things Kirsten Dunst, Ryan Gosling, Kristen Wiig All Good Things is a 2010 crime drama mystery romance thriller film written by Marcus Hinchey and Marc Smerling and directed by Andrew Jarecki.

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Deadfall Olivia Wilde, Kate Mara, Eric Bana Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Deadfall is a 2012 crime drama film directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky, written by Zach Dean and starring Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, and Charlie Hunnam.

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Trespass Nicole Kidman, Nicolas Cage, Cam Gigandet Trespass is a 2011 American thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher. The film stars Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman as a married couple taken hostage by extortionists. Shooting on the project ...more

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Switchback Jared Leto, Dennis Quaid, Danny Glover Switchback is a 1997 western thriller starring Dennis Quaid, Danny Glover, Jared Leto, Ted Levine, William Fichtner and R. Lee Ermey, set in Amarillo, Texas and moving through New Mexico & ...more

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Europa Report Sharlto Copley, Embeth Davidtz, Christian Camargo Europa Report is a 2013 science fiction film directed by Sebastián Cordero, and starring Christian Camargo, Anamaria Marinca, Michael Nyqvist, Daniel Wu, Karolina Wydra, and Sharlto ...more

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Stolen Nicolas Cage, Malin Åkerman, Josh Lucas Stolen, formerly known as Medallion, is a 2012 American action thriller film starring Nicolas Cage, Danny Huston, Malin Åkerman, M.C. Gainey, Sami Gayle, Mark Valley and Josh Lucas.

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The Debt Jessica Chastain, Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington The Debt is a 2010 American drama-thriller film directed by John Madden and written by Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman and Peter Straughan

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Sanctum Ioan Gruffudd, Andrew Hansen, Richard Roxburgh Sanctum is a 2011 Australian 3D adventure film directed by Alister Grierson and written by John Garvin and Andrew Wight. It stars Richard Roxburgh, Rhys Wakefield and Ioan Gruffudd. Wight also ...more

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A Lonely Place to Die Melissa George, Eamonn Walker, Ed Speleers A Lonely Place to Die is a 2011 British thriller film directed by Julian Gilbey and based on a screenplay from Will Gilbey and Julian Gilbey. It stars Melissa George, Ed Speleers, Karel Roden, ...more

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The Sacrament Amy Seimetz, Joe Swanberg, A. J. Bowen The Sacrament is a 2013 horror thriller film written and directed by Ti West.

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Dark Tide Halle Berry, Olivier Martinez, Ralph Brown Dark Tide is a 2012 American action thriller film directed by John Stockwell, produced by Jeanette Buerling and Matthew E. Chausse and written by Ronnie Christensen and Amy Sorlie. The film is ...more

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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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Locked In Eliza Dushku, Sarah Roemer, Ben Barnes Locked In is a 2010 independent thriller drama film directed by Suri Krishnamma and written by Ronnie Christensen, starring Ben Barnes, Sarah Roemer and Eliza Dushku. It was shot in the United ...more

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The Samaritan Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Wilkinson, Ruth Negga The Samaritan is a 2012 crime fiction, drama and thriller film written by Elan Mastai and David Weaver and directed by David Weaver.

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Point Blank Elena Anaya, Gérard Lanvin, Roschdy Zem Point Blank is a 2010 French action-thriller film directed by Fred Cavayé and starring Gilles Lellouche, Roschdy Zem, Gérard Lanvin, and Elena Anaya.

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The Two Faces of January Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac The Two Faces of January is a 2014 thriller film written and directed by Hossein Amini.

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Shadow Dancer 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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Stranger by the Lake François-Renaud Labarthe, Pierre Deladonchamps, Patrick D'assumçao Stranger by the Lake is a 2013 French drama-thriller film written and directed by Alain Guiraudie. The film premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where ...more

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The Numbers Station Malin Åkerman, John Cusack, Hannah Murray The Numbers Station is a 2013 British-American-Belgian action thriller film, starring John Cusack and Malin Åkerman, about a burned-out CIA black ops agent assigned to protect the code ...more

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Brake Tom Berenger, Chyler Leigh, Stephen Dorff Brake is an 2012 American thriller film directed by Gabe Torres, written by Timothy Mannion, and starring Stephen Dorff.

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Last Passenger Dougray Scott, Kara Tointon, Lindsay Duncan Last Passenger is a 2013 British suspense thriller film directed by Omid Nooshin and starring Dougray Scott, Kara Tointon and Iddo Goldberg.

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House of Bodies Terrence Howard, Queen Latifah, Peter Fonda

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Evidence Radha Mitchell, Stephen Moyer, Caitlin Stasey Evidence is a 2012 thriller film written by John Swetnam and directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi.

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Swerve Jason Clarke, David Lyons, Emma Booth Swerve is a 2011 crime drama thriller film written and directed by Craig Lahiff.

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Amber Alert Alaina Huffman, Barry Flatman, Damon Runyan Wasted on the Young is a 2010 thriller drama film written and directed by Ben C. Lucas.