The Best Thriller Movies of 2017 

Ranker Film
Originally by
Updated October 8, 2019 8.9k votes 3.3k voters 500.7k views 44 items

While the year's a thing of the past, the best thrillers of 2017 still remain. From crime mystery to psychological horror, 2017 thrillers gave audiences all kinds of suspenseful movies. What is the best thriller film of 2017?

Murder mystery drama Wind River, starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen, is easily one of the best thrillers this year. Thriller combined with horror makes for scary films, like Split, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, and Wish Upon. Other great 2017 thrillers include Blade Runner 2049, The Shape of Water, Brawl in Cell Block 99, and The Wall.

Vote up the best thriller movies 2017 brought us and feel free to add any 2017 thrillers missing from the list. And if you love these flicks, be sure to check out the best comedy mystery movies.

Data-driven recommendations based on voting from over 40 million monthly visits to Ranker. Try the free app
list ordered by
Ranker Video
Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Jon Bernthal

Released: 2017

Directed by: Taylor Sheridan

Wind River is a 2017 American thriller film directed and written by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario, Hell or High Water) in his directorial debut. US Fish and Wildlife Service agent Cory Lambert ...more
Ranker Video
James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

Split is a 2016 American psychological horror thriller film directed and written by M. Night Shyamalan. After a wholesome teen birthday party, three girls are taken in broad daylight: friends ...more

More Split 

#53 of 250 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #4 of 29 The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked #81 of 187 The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made

Ranker Video
Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell

Released: 2017

Directed by: Martin McDonagh

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a 2017 American drama film directed by Martin McDonagh. A woman (Frances McDormand) takes a stand against the police, using three billboards, in her ...more
Ranker Video
John Wick: Chapter 2 Keanu Reeves, Common, Laurence Fishburne

Directed by: Chad Stahelski

John Wick: Chapter 2 is a 2017 action thriller film directed by Chad Stahelski and written by Derek Kolstad. It is a sequel to the 2014 film John Wick. Legendary hitman John Wick (Keanu Reeves) ...more

More John Wick: Chapter 2 

#582 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #8 of 102 The Best Movies of 2017, Ranked #5 of 15 Action Movie Sequels That Are Better Than The Originals

Ranker Video
Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright

Released: 2017

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

Blade Runner 2049 is a 2017 American neo noir science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve, and a sequel to the 1982 film. A young blade runner's (Ryan Gosling) discovery of a long-buried ...more

More Blade Runner 2049 

#41 of 163 The Best Science Fiction Action Movies #91 of 161 The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

Ranker Video
Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth

Released: 2016

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

A Cure for Wellness is a 2016 psychological horror-thriller film directed by Gore Verbinski. An ambitious young executive (Dane DeHaan) is sent to retrieve his company's CEO from an idyllic but ...more

More A Cure for Wellness 

#75 of 156 The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made #81 of 107 The Best Thrillers Of The 2010s Decade #128 of 154 The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century

Ranker Video
gkleps added Daniel Kaluuya, Catherine Keener, Allison Williams

Directed by: Jordan Peele

Get Out is a 2017 American horror film directed by Jordan Peele. A young African-American (Daniel Kaluuya) visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness ...more

More Get Out 

Things You Didn't Know About The Making Of Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' #254 of 726 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Rankedlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

Ranker Video
The Killing of a Sacred Deer Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan

Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos

The Killing of a Sacred Deer is a 2017 psychological horror-thriller film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. A surgeon (Colin Farrell) forms a familial bond with a sinister teenage boy (Barry ...more

More The Killing of a Sacred Deer 

#74 of 102 The Best Movies of 2017, Ranked #10 of 51 The Best Movies No One Saw in 2017 #21 of 97 The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years

Ranker Video
Dunkirk Fionn Whitehead, Kenneth Branagh, James D'Arcy

Released: 2017

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Dunkirk is a 2017 British-American epic action thriller written, co-produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. During the early stages of WWII, Allied soldiers from Britain, Belgium, Canada, ...more

More Dunkirk 

#103 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #49 of 222 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

Ranker Video
I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore Melanie Lynskey, Elijah Wood, David Yow

Directed by: Macon Blair

I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore (often stylized i don't feel at home in this world anymore.) is a 2017 comedy crime thriller film written and directed by Macon Blair. A nurse, Ruth ...more

More I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore 

#6 of 51 The Best Movies No One Saw in 2017 #4 of 39 The Best Netflix Original Movies of 2017 #14 of 40 The Best Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winners

Ranker Video
Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine

Directed by: Christopher B. Landon

Happy Death Day is a 2017 American slasher film directed by Christopher B. Landon. A college student (Jessica Rothe) relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and ...more

More Happy Death Day 

#15 of 15 Non R-Rated Horror Movies As Scary As Anything #5 of 54 The Best Time Loop Movies #7 of 12 Popular Horror Movies That Got Way More Attention Than They Deserved

Ranker Video
Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

The Shape of Water is a 2017 American fantasy romance film directed by Guillermo del Toro. Lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation until she discovers a secret ...more

More The Shape of Water 

#442 of 581 The Greatest Film Scores of All Time #56 of 93 The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picturelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

Ranker Video
Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan, Charlie Murphy

Directed by: Martin Campbell

The Foreigner is a 2017 Chinese-British action thriller film directed by Martin Campbell, based on the 1992 novel The Chinaman by Stephen Leather. A humble businessman (Jackie Chan) with a ...more
Ranker Video
Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman

Directed by: David Leitch

Atomic Blonde is a 2017 American action spy thriller film directed by David Leitch and written by Kurt Johnstad. It is based on Antony Johnston's 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City, which ...more

More Atomic Blonde 

#138 of 185 The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time #31 of 102 The Best Movies of 2017, Ranked #10 of 20 The Best Live-Action Comic Book Adaptations Of The Decade Not From Marvel Or DC, Ranked

Ranker Video
Brawl in Cell Block 99 Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, Don Johnson

Directed by:

Brawl in Cell Block 99 is a 2017 American action thriller film directed by S. Craig Zahler. A former boxer-turned-drug runner (Vince Vaughn) lands in a prison battleground after a deal gets
Ranker Video
John Gallagher, Jr., Tony Goldwyn

Directed by: Greg McLean

The Belko Experiment is a 2016 American horror film directed by Greg McLean and written by James Gunn. In a dark social experiment, a group of 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise ...more

More The Belko Experiment 

#16 of 75 The Best Blumhouse Productions Movies #3 of 29 The Best Horror Movies About Evil Experiments #57 of 107 The Best Thrillers Of The 2010s Decade

Ranker Video
American Assassin Dylan O'Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan

Directed by: Michael Cuesta

American Assassin is an action thriller film directed by Michael Cuesta and written by Stephen Schiff, Michael Finch, Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, based on Vince Flynn's 2010 novel of ...more
Ranker Video
Jigsaw Matt Passmore, Callum Keith Rennie, Clé Bennett

Released: 2017

Directed by: The Spierig Brothers

Jigsaw is a 2017 American horror film directed by Michael and Peter Spierig. The eighth installment in the Saw franchise picks up over a decade after the death of the eponymous Jigsaw killer ...more

More Jigsaw 

#84 of 114 The Best Intelligent Horror Movies #64 of 102 The Best Movies of 2017, Ranked #3 of 42 The Best Horror Movies Streaming on Hulu

Ranker Video
Sleepless Jamie Foxx, T.I., Michelle Monaghan

Directed by: Baran bo Odar

Sleepless is a 2017 American action thriller film directed by Baran bo Odar, written by Andrea Berloff. A Las Vegas police detective (Jamie Foxx) with a connection to the criminal underground ...more
Kidnap is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of 2017
Kidnap Halle Berry, Sage Correa, Lew Temple

Directed by: Luis Prieto

Kidnap is a 2017 American abduction thriller film directed by Luis Prieto and written by Knate Gwaltney. It follows a mother who tries to rescue her abducted son from dangerous kidnappers.
Ranker Video
The Blackcoat's Daughter Emma Roberts, Lucy Boynton, Kiernan Shipka

Directed by: Oz Perkins

The Blackcoat's Daughter (also known by its original title February) is a 2015 American-Canadian supernatural psychological horror film directed and written by Oz Perkins. During the dead of ...more

More The Blackcoat's Daughter 

#8 of 15 15 Critically Acclaimed Horror Movies That Never Got The Attention They Deserved #11 of 12 Surprisingly Good Movies From 2017 That Should Have Been Terrible #66 of 124 The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years

Ranker Video
2:22 Michiel Huisman, Teresa Palmer, Sam Reid

Directed by: Paul Currie

2:22 is an American-Australian thriller film directed by Paul Currie and written by Nathan Parker and Todd Stein. It follows Dylan Branson, a man whose life is permanently derailed when an ...more
Ranker Video
Unlocked Noomi Rapace, Orlando Bloom, Michael Douglas

Directed by: Michael Apted

Unlocked is a 2017 American thriller film directed by Michael Apted. A CIA interrogator (Noomi Rapace) is lured into a ruse that puts London at risk of a biological attack.
Ranker Video
Detour Tye Sheridan, Stephen Moyer, Emory Cohen

Released: 2016

Directed by: Christopher Smith

Detour is a 2016 British thriller film directed by Christopher Smith. A young law student (Tye Sheridan) blindly enters into a pact with a man (Emory Cohen) who offers to kill his stepfather ...more
Ranker Video
Personal Shopper Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz

Released: 2016

Directed by: Olivier Assayas

Personal Shopper is a 2016 English-language French psychological thriller film directed by Olivier Assayas. A personal shopper (Kristen Stewart) in Paris refuses to leave the city until she ...more