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The Best Thrillers Of 2021

Updated October 13, 2021 1.4k votes 199 voters 20.7k views164 items

Get ready for a thrill ride with the top 2021 thriller movies. Be sure to check out these exciting films if you're looking for an adrenaline rush when you press play this year. This list has action thrillers, dramatic thrillers, mystery thrillers, and horror movies that will give you both thrills and chills. But which one of these films is the best thriller of 2021? You get to help decide with your votes.

Want to see Bob Odenkirk kick some butt? Then you're in luck if you watch the new thriller Nobody. Like to get your blood pumping while getting the wits scared out of you? Then A Quiet Place II is the 2021 thriller for you!

Vote up your favorites and check back for upcoming thrillers as they are released and added to the list.

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  • 1
    Andi Matichak, Emile Hirsch
    53
    11

    Directed byIvan Kavanagh

    Son is a 2021 Irish horror thriller film directed by Ivan Kavanagh. When a young boy falls ill to a mysterious illness, his mother must decide how far she will go to protect him from terrifying...  more
  • 2
    Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham
    71
    39

    Directed byEmerald Fennell

    Promising Young Woman is a 2020 American black comedy thriller film directed by Emerald Fennell. After a mysterious traumatic event, a cunning, young woman named Cassie (Carey Mulligan) lives a...  more
  • 3
    Jared Leto, Denzel Washington
    66
    39

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

    The Little Things is a 2021 American crime thriller film directed by John Lee Hancock. Kern County Deputy Sheriff Joe Deacon (Denzel Washington) is sent to Los Angeles for what is supposed to be a...  more
  • 4
    Connie Nielsen, Bob Odenkirk
    34
    14

    Directed byIlya Naishuller

    Nobody is a 2020 American thriller film directed by Ilya Naishuller. A bystander who intervenes to help a woman being harassed by a group of men becomes the target of a vengeful drug lord....  more
  • 5
    Rosamund Pike, Eiza González
    29
    11

    Directed byJ Blakeson

    I Care a Lot is a 2020 American black comedy thriller film directed by J Blakeson. A crooked legal guardian who drains the savings of her elderly wards meets her match when a woman she tries to...  more
  • 6
    Benedict Cumberbatch, Zachary Levi
    29
    13

    Directed byKevin Macdonald

    The Mauritanian is an 2021 British-American legal thriller film directed by Kevin Macdonald, based on the 2015 prison memoir, Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Salahi. A detainee at the U.S...  more
  • 7
    Tom Holland, Ciara Bravo
    24
    9

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

    Cherry is an 2021 American drama film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, based on the novel by Nico Walker. An Army medic (Tom Holland) suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder becomes a serial...  more
  • 8
    Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt
    17
    4

    Directed byJohn Krasinski

    A Quiet Place: Part II is a 2021 American horror film directed by John Krasinski, and a sequel to A Quiet Place (2018). Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family must now face the...  more
  • 9
    Nicolas Cage, Beth Grant
    26
    17

    Directed byKevin Lewis

    Willy's Wonderland (aka Wally's Wonderland) is a 2021 American comedy horror film directed by Kevin Lewis. A quiet drifter (Nicolas Cage) is attacked by eight animatronic characters after he agrees...  more
  • 10
    Anthony Mackie, Damson Idris
    29
    24

    Directed byMikael Håfström

    Outside the Wire is a 2021 American science-fiction film directed by Mikael Håfström. In the near future, a drone pilot (Damson Idris) is sent into a deadly militarized zone and must work with an...  more
  • 11
    Frank Grillo, Andie MacDowell
    23
    17

    Directed byConor Allyn

    No Man's Land is an 2021 American western thriller film directed by Conor Allyn. While out on a father-son border patrol, a teenage boy accidentally kills a Mexican immigrant and flees on horseback,...  more
  • 12
    Jason Statham, Josh Hartnett
    11
    3

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

    Wrath of Man is a 2021 British action thriller film directed by Guy Ritchie, based on the 2004 French film, Cash Truck by Nicolas Boukhrie. A cold and mysterious man working at a cash truck company...  more
  • 13
    Katherine Heigl, Madison Iseman
    14
    7

    Directed byCastille Landon

    Fear of Rain (aka I Saw a Man with Yellow Eyes) is a 2021 American psychological thriller film directed by Castille Landon. A girl living with schizophrenia struggles with terrifying hallucinations...  more
  • 14
    Rainn Wilson, Fionn Whitehead
    17
    11

    Directed byAlex McAulay

    Don't Tell a Soul is a 2020 American thriller film directed by Alex McAulay. Two thieving teenage brothers, stealing money to help their sick mom, match wits with a troubled security guard stuck at...  more
  • 15
    Liam Neeson, Katheryn Winnick
    19
    14

    Directed byRobert Lorenz

    The Marksman is an 2021 American action thriller film directed by Robert Lorenz. A rancher on the Arizona border becomes the unlikely defender of a young Mexican boy desperately fleeing the cartel...  more
  • 16
    Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown
    16
    14

    Directed byAdam Wingard

    Godzilla vs. Kong is a 2021 American monster film directed by Adam Wingard, and the sequel to the 2019 film Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Humanity's fight for its future sets Godzilla and Kong on a...  more
  • 17
    Angelina Jolie, Nicholas Hoult
    6
    1

    Directed byTaylor Sheridan

    Those Who Wish Me Dead is a 2020 neo-western film directed by Taylor Sheridan and is based on the novel of the same name by Michael Koryta. A teenage murder witness finds himself pursued by twin...  more
  • 18
    Matthew Modine, Charlotte Vega
    16
    17

    Directed byMike P. Nelson

    Wrong Turn (aka Wrong Turn: The Foundation) is a 2021 German-American slasher film directed by Mike P. Nelson, a reboot and the seventh installment of the Wrong Turn film series. Friends hiking the...  more
  • 19
    Frank Grillo, Jack Kilmer
    7
    6

    Directed byJohn Swab

    Body Brokers is a 2021 American crime thriller film directed by John Swab. A recovering junkie learns the rehab center he's attending is not about helping people, but a cover for a...  more
  • 20
    Famke Janssen, Freddie Highmore
    6
    4

    Directed byJaume Balagueró

    The Vault (aka Way Down) is a 2021 Spanish action thriller heist film directed by Jaume Balagueró. When an engineer learns of a mysterious, impenetrable fortress hidden under The Bank of Spain, he...  more
  • 21
    Ed Westwick, Louise Linton
    9
    9

    Directed byLouise Linton

    Me, You, Madness is a 2021 American comedy thriller film directed by Louise Linton. A young thief cases an architectural dream house in Malibu, not realizing it is the home of an eccentric female...  more
  • 22
    Ewan McGregor, Val Kilmer
    4
    3

    Directed byJimmy Giannopoulos

    The Birthday Cake is a 2021 American crime thriller film directed by Jimmy Giannopoulos. On the 10th anniversary of his father's death, a young man reluctantly accepts the task of bringing a cake to...  more
  • 23
    Christoph Waltz, Vanessa Redgrave
    4
    3

    Directed byChristoph Waltz

    Georgetown is a 2020 American crime drama film directed by Christoph Waltz, based on The New York Times Magazine article "The Worst Marriage in Georgetown" by Franklin Foer. An eccentric and...  more
  • 24
    Mélanie Laurent, Mathieu Amalric
    4
    3

    Directed byAlexandre Aja

    O2 is a 2021 French survival thriller film directed by Alexandre Aja. A woman wakes up inside a cryogenic chamber with no memory of how she got there and must escape before her air runs out....  more
  • 25
    Thorbjørn Harr, Ylva Fuglerud
    4
    3

    Directed byPål Øie

    The Tunnel is a 2019 Norwegian disaster thriller film directed by Pål Øie. The film follows the bulldozer driver Svein ( Thorbjørn Harr) during a tunnel fire in a 9 kilometer long road tunnel....  more