The Best Thriller Films of 2014  

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List Rules Films in the thriller genre released in the U.S. in 2014 only. Upvote the most thrilling and suspenseful.

Did you find yourself on the edge of your seat while watching an exciting movie this year? You were probably watching one of these best thriller films of 2014. There were plenty of thrilling and suspenseful movies that got our hearts racing, our palms sweaty, and our minds racing and we've compiled them all on this list to determine the best thriller films of 2014. From the scary life and death action of The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner to the creepy slow burn of Gone Girl and The Equalizer, 2014 had some of the best thriller movies in recent memory.

Now, it's your turn to vote on which 2014 films you thought were the best thriller movies of the year. We've gotten the list started with exciting top 2014 films like Divergent, Lucy, Left Behind, Stretch, and A Walk Among the Tombstones but if your favorite 2014 thriller missing, definitely add it to the list for other movie fans to vote on!

Where would you rank 2014 blockbuster thrillers like Godzilla, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and The Expendables 3? Maybe you enjoyed one of the many 2014 indie thriller movies like Nightcrawler and John Wick? Need more thrills? Check out our list of the best psychological thrillers of all time as well. Now, enough nail biting! It's time to get voting!
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Bryan Singer
X-Men: Days of Future Past is a 2014 science fiction action film written by Jane Goldman, Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn; directed by Matthew Vaughn.
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David Fincher
Gone Girl is a 2014 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher and adapted by Gillian Flynn from her 2012 novel of the same name. It stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Set ...more
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Dan Gilroy
Nightcrawler is a 2014 American neo-noir thriller film written and directed by Dan Gilroy in his directorial debut. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal who starts shooting footage in Los Angeles and ...more
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David Leitch, Chad Stahelski
John Wick is a 2014 American action thriller film directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch. Starring Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean ...more
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Morten Tyldum
The Imitation Game is a 2014 historical thriller film directed by Morten Tyldum, with a screenplay by Graham Moore loosely based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. It ...more
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Francis Lawrence
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial This film is a 2013 American science fiction action film based on Suzanne Collins' dystopian novel and the second installment in The Hunger Games trilogy. The film is the sequel to The Hunger ...more
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Antoine Fuqua
The Equalizer is a 2014 American neo-noir vigilante action thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua, based on the TV series. Believing he has put his mysterious past behind him, a man (Denzel ...more
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Scott Frank
A Walk Among the Tombstones is a 2014 American crime drama-thriller film based on a novel by Lawrence Block of the same name, written and directed by Scott Frank. It stars Liam Neeson, Dan ...more
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Wes Ball
The Maze Runner is a 2014 American science fiction dystopian action thriller film directed by Wes Ball, based on James Dashner's 2009 novel of the same name. The film is the first installment in ...more
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Matt Reeves
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a 2014 American science fiction film directed by Matt Reeves and written by Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. It stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary ...more
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Neil Burger
Divergent is a 2014 American science fiction action film directed by Neil Burger, based on the novel of the same name by Veronica Roth. The film is the first installment in The Divergent Series ...more
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James DeMonaco
The Purge: Anarchy is a 2014 American social science fiction action horror directed and written by James DeMonaco. It is the sequel to the 2013 film The Purge and stars Frank Grillo, Carmen ...more
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Amy J. Berg
Deliver Us from Evil is a 2006 American documentary film directed by Amy J. Berg which explores the life of Catholic priest Oliver O'Grady, who admitted to having molested and raped ...more
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Roger Donaldson
November Man is an upcoming spy thriller film based on the novel There Are No Spies by Bill Granger, which is canonically the seventh installment in "The November Man" series of books, ...more
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Gareth Edwards
Godzilla is a 2014 American science fiction monster film directed by Gareth Edwards. It is a reboot of the Godzilla film franchise and retells the origins of Godzilla in contemporary times as a ...more
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Patrick Hughes
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Expendables 3 is a 2014 American action film directed by Patrick Hughes, and the third installment in the franchise. The mercenary group come into conflict with ruthless arms dealer Conrad ...more
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Michael Cuesta
Kill the Messenger is a 2014 American crime thriller film directed by Michael Cuesta and written by Peter Landesman. It is based on the book of the same name by Nick Schou and the book Dark ...more
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Siddharth Anand
Bang Bang! is a 2014 Indian action film directed by Siddharth Anand and produced by Fox Star Studios. The film is an official remake of the Hollywood film Knight and Day and features Hrithik ...more
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Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller
This film is a 2014 American neo-noir action film directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, based on the book by Miller. Some of Sin City's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with a few ...more
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Wally Pfister
Transcendence is a 2014 science fiction film directed by cinematographer Wally Pfister in his directorial debut, and written by Jack Paglen. The English-language co-production stars Johnny Depp, ...more
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William Eubank
The Signal is a 2014 American science fiction thriller film directed by William Eubank and co-written with Carlyle Eubank and David Frigerio. The film stars Brenton Thwaites and Laurence ...more
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Bille Woodruff
Addicted is a drama film written by Zane, Cassandra Rains and Christina Welsh and directed by Bille Woodruff.
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Kevin Macdonald
Black Sea is a 2014 British adventure thriller film directed by Kevin Macdonald, written by Dennis Kelly, and starring Jude Law. The film was released in the United Kingdom on 5 December 2014 ...more
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Vic Armstrong
Left Behind is a 2014 American apocalyptic thriller film directed by Vic Armstrong and written by Paul LaLonde and John Patus. Based on the novel of the same name written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry ...more
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Nacho Vigalondo
Open Windows is a 2014 English-language Spanish thriller film directed and written by Nacho Vigalondo. The film had its world premiere on March 10, 2014, at South by Southwest, and stars Elijah ...more