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The Best Thriller Movies of 2017

Updated March 27, 2021 10.2k votes 3.4k voters 503.5k views85 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.

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    Wind River

    Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen

    Released2017

    Directed byTaylor 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 (Jeremy...  more

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    Split

    James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy

    Released2016

    Directed byM. 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 Claire...  more

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    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson

    Released2017

    Directed byMartin 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

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    John Wick: Chapter 2

    Keanu Reeves, Common

    Released2017

    Directed byChad 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) is...  more

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    Blade Runner 2049

    Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling

    Released2017

    Directed byDenis Villeneuve

    Blade Runner 2049 is a 2017 neo-noir science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve. It is the sequel to Blade Runner and will have Harrison Ford reprise his role as Rick Deckard. Thirty years...  more

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    A Cure for Wellness

    Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs

    Released2016

    Directed byGore 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

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    Get Out

    Daniel Kaluuya, Catherine Keener

    Released2017

    Directed byJordan 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 about...  more

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    I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore

    Melanie Lynskey, Elijah Wood

    Released2017

    Directed byMacon 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
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    Happy Death Day

    Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard

    Released2017

    Directed byChristopher 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 terrifying...  more

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    Dunkirk

    Fionn Whitehead, Kenneth Branagh

    Released2017

    Directed byChristopher 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, and...  more

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    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman

    Released2017

    Directed byYorgos 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 Keoghan),...  more
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    The Foreigner

    Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan

    Released2017

    Directed byMartin 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 buried...  more
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    The Shape of Water

    Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon

    Released2017

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

    The Shape of Water is a 2017 Spanish-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...  more
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    The Belko Experiment

    John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn

    Released2016

    Directed byGreg McLean

    The Belko Experiment is a 2016 Australian horror thriller 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

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    Brawl in Cell Block 99

    Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter

    Released2017

    Directed byS. Craig Zahler

    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 deadly....  more
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    Atomic Blonde

    Charlize Theron, James McAvoy

    Released2017

    Directed byDavid 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 revolves...  more

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    Personal Shopper

    Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger

    Released2016

    Directed byOlivier 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 makes...  more
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    Unlocked

    Noomi Rapace, Orlando Bloom

    Released2017

    Directed byMichael 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....  more
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    Detour

    Tye Sheridan, Stephen Moyer

    Released2016

    Directed byChristopher 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 (Stephen...  more
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    Inconceivable

    Nicolas Cage, Faye Dunaway

    Released2017

    Directed byJonathan Baker

    Inconceivable is an 2017 American thriller film directed by Jonathan Baker. A mother (Nicky Whelan) looks to escape her abusive past by moving to a new town where she befriends another mother (Gina...  more
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    Kidnap

    Halle Berry, Sage Correa

    Released2017

    Directed byLuis 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....  more
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    Sleepless

    Jamie Foxx, T.I.

    Released2017

    Directed byBaran 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 finds...  more
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    Free Fire

    Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer

    Released2016

    Directed byBen Wheatley

    Free Fire is a 2016 British action-comedy film directed by Ben Wheatley. Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival....  more
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    The Wall

    Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena

    Released2017

    Directed byDoug Liman

    The Wall is a 2017 American war film directed by Doug Liman and written by Dwain Worrell, about two American soldiers trapped by an Iraqi sniper....  more
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    Atomica

    Dominic Monaghan, Tom Sizemore

    Released2017

    Directed byDagen Merrill

    Atomica is a 2017 American science-fiction thriller film directed by Dagen Merrill and starring Dominic Monaghan. A young safety inspector has to restore an offline communications system of an...  more