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The Best Thrillers Of 2021

Updated June 9, 2021 590 votes 101 voters 7.4k views79 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 Liam Neeson kick some butt? Then you're in luck if you watch the new thriller The Marksman. Like to get your blood pumping while getting the wits scared out of you? Then Wrong Turn 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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    Promising Young Woman

    Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham

    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
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    The Little Things

    Jared Leto, Denzel Washington

    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
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    Son

    Andi Matichak, Emile Hirsch

    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
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    The Mauritanian

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Zachary Levi

    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
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    I Care a Lot

    Rosamund Pike, Eiza González

    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
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    Cherry

    Tom Holland, Ciara Bravo

    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
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    Willy's Wonderland

    Nicolas Cage, Beth Grant

    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
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    Nobody

    Connie Nielsen, Bob Odenkirk

    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
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    Outside the Wire

    Anthony Mackie, Damson Idris

    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
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    Don't Tell a Soul

    Rainn Wilson, Fionn Whitehead

    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
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    Godzilla vs. Kong

    Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown

    Directed byAdam Wingard

    Godzilla vs. Kong is a 2020 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
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    No Man's Land

    Frank Grillo, Andie MacDowell

    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
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    Fear of Rain

    Katherine Heigl, Madison Iseman

    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
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    The Marksman

    Liam Neeson, Katheryn Winnick

    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
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    Wrong Turn

    Matthew Modine, Charlotte Vega

    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
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    Me, You, Madness

    Ed Westwick, Louise Linton

    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
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    Deadly Illusions

    Greer Grammer, Kristin Davis

    Directed byAnna Elizabeth James

    Deadly Illusions is a 2021 American thriller drama film directed by Anna Elizabeth James. A bestselling female novelist, suffering from writer's block, hires an innocent young woman to watch over her...  more
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    Funny Face

    Cosmo Jarvis, Barzin Akhavan

    Directed byTim Sutton

    Funny Face is a 2021 American crime thriller film directed by Tim Sutton. After his grandparents' home is destroyed by a greedy real estate developer, a New York yuppie takes revenge under a masked...  more
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    Censor

    Niamh Algar, Michael Smiley

    Directed byPrano Bailey-Bond

    Censor is a 2021 British horror film directed by Prano Bailey-Bond. A British film censor links a disturbing horror movie to her sister's mysterious disappearance....  more
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    Bloodthirsty

    Lauren Beatty, Greg Bryk

    Directed byAmelia Moses

    Bloodthirsty is a 2020 Canadian mystery horror film directed by Amelia Moses. Grey is an indie singer who is having visions that she is a wolf. When she gets an invitation to work with notorious...  more
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    Endangered Species

    Rebecca Romijn, Philip Winchester

    Directed byM.J. Bassett

    Endangered Species is a 2021 American action thriller movie directed by M.J. Bassett. A wealthy American family travel to the vast African wilderness of Kenya hoping for a dream vacation filled with...  more
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    Phobias

    Alexis Knapp, Lauren Miller Rogen

    Directed byCamilla Belle, Maritte Lee Go, Joe Sill, Jess Varley, Chris von Hoffmann

    Phobias is a 2021 American horror thriller anthology film directed by Camilla Belle, Maritte Lee Go, Joe Sill, Jess Varley, and Chris von Hoffmann. Five dangerous patients, suffering from extreme...  more
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    Stowaway

    Anna Kendrick, Daniel Dae Kim

    Directed byJoe Penna

    Stowaway is a 2021 American sci-fi thriller film directed by Joe Penna. A three-person crew on a mission to Mars faces an impossible choice when an unplanned passenger jeopardizes the lives of...  more
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    The Toll

    Jordan Hayes, Max Topplin

    Directed byMichael Nader

    The Toll is a 2021 Canadian horror thriller film directed by Michael Nader. A socially awkward driver and a weary passenger try to make it to their destination while being haunted by a supernatural...  more
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    Georgetown

    Christoph Waltz, Vanessa Redgrave

    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