Thrillers The Best Thriller Movies Of 2018  

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If you're a fan of suspense, gore, and action-packed cinema, this list of 2018 thrillers is for you. What movies were the best thrillers of this year? A good thriller keeps audiences engaged for the entirety of the film, and includes twists and turns that will be surprising to even the most observant of viewers. If you're in need of an immediately engaging cinematic experience, these 2018 thriller films have you covered. 

Some good 2018 thrillers include A Quiet Place, You Were Never Really Here, The Commuter, and Unsane.

While all of these films certainly had great moments, what were truly the best thriller films of 2018? Vote here to help decide. Vote up the most harrowing, tense, and high-quality thrillers of the year. See anything you feel is missing? Feel free to add it below! If you still need to check out some of these top thrillers, you can see what's playing near you.

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A Quiet Place John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe A Quiet Place is a 2018 American supernatural horror film directed by John Krasinski. A family living on a farm hides from a supernatural evil attracted to sound by avoiding making sound and ...more

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Game Night Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler Game Night is a 2018 American comedy thriller film directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. A group of friends meet regularly for their game night, and one night they find ...more

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The Commuter Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson The Commuter is a 2018 psychological thriller-horror film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. While on his daily commute home, an insurance salesman (Liam Neeson) is offered $100,000 if he ...more

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You Were Never Really Here Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alex Manette You Were Never Really Here is a 2017 thriller film directed by Lynne Ramsay, based on the novella by Jonathan Ames. A traumatized veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) who tracks down missing girls for a ...more

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Unsane Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah Unsane is a 2018 American psychological horror-thriller film directed by Steven Soderbergh. A young woman (Claire Foy) is involuntarily committed to a mental institution where she is then ...more

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Revenge Matilda Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe Revenge is a 2017 French rape and revenge horror film directed by Coralie Fargeat. After being assaulted by three married men and left for dead, a young woman (Matilda Lutz) returns with revenge ...more

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Den Of Thieves Gerard Butler, Curtis Jackson, Pablo Schreiber Den of Thieves is a 2018 American heist action thriller film directed by Christian Gudegast. A corrupt LAPD cop (Gerard Butler) is hellbent on taking down en elite crew of robbers as they plan a ...more

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Acrimony Taraji P. Henson, Lyriq Bent, Tika Sumpter Acrimony is a 2018 American psychological thriller film directed by Tyler Perry. Tired of standing by her devious husband (Lyriq Bent), a faithful wife (Taraji P. Henson) becomes enraged when it ...more

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Thoroughbreds Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin Thoroughbreds is a 2018 American drama thriller film directed by Cory Finley. After years of growing apart, upper-class teenagers Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Amanda (Olivia Cooke) rekindle their ...more

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Red Sparrow Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts Red Sparrow is a 2018 American spy thriller film directed by Francis Lawrence, based on the book by Jason Matthews. A Russian spy (Jennifer Lawrence) falls for a CIA officer (Joel Edgerton) and ...more

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Mission: Impossible - Fallout Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames Mission: Impossible – Fallout is a 2018 American action spy film directed by Christopher McQuarrie, and the sixth installment in the film series. When IMF Agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) tries to ...more

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Searching John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee Searching is a 2018 American thriller film directed by Aneesh Chaganty, shot from the point-of-view of smartphones and computer screens. When David Kim (John Cho) discovers that his daughter, ...more

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Bad Samaritan David Tennant, Robert Sheehan, Kerry Condon Bad Samaritan is a 2018 American horror-thriller film directed by Dean Devlin. A valet (Robert Sheehan) who burglarizes the houses of the people he services discovers a woman (Kerry Condon) ...more

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Breaking In Gabrielle Union, Billy Burke, Richard Cabral Breaking In is a 2018 thriller film directed by James McTeigue. After the sudden death of her father, Shaun (Gabrielle Union) taker her two kids to her father's Malibu mansion to settle his ...more

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The Equalizer 2 Denzel Washington, Ashton Sanders, Pedro Pascal The Equalizer 2 is a 2018 American action thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua, and the sequel to 2014's The Equalizer.

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Sicario: Day Of The Soldado Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Catherine Keener Soldado is a 2018 American action crime-thriller film directed by Stefano Sollima, and the sequel to 2015's Sicario. After discovering drug cartels smuggling terrorists across the US border, the ...more

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Milan Krstic added Truth Or Dare Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violett Beane Truth or Dare is a 2018 American supernatural horror film directed by Jeff Wadlow. College students are haunted by spirits after playing the supernatural version of Truth or Dare.

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The Strangers: Prey At Night Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison The Strangers: Prey at Night is a 2018 American horror film directed by Johannes Roberts, and the sequel to the 2008 film. A family staying in a secluded mobile home park for the night are ...more

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Beirut Jon Hamm, Rosamund Pike, Dean Norris Beirut is a 2018 American political thriller film directed by Brad Anderson. In 1980s Beirut, a former U.S. diplomat (Jon Hamm) returns to service to save a colleague from the group responsible ...more

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Traffik Paula Patton, Omar Epps, Missi Pyle Traffik is a 2018 thriller film directed by Deon Taylor. During a romantic getaway at a cabin in the woods with her boyfriend (Omar Epps), investigative journalist Brea Stephens (Paula Patton) ...more

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Hotel Artemis Sterling K. Brown, Jodie Foster, Dave Bautista Hotel Artemis is a 2018 thriller film directed by Drew Pearce. After their armed robbery goes wrong, Waikiki (Sterling K. Brown) and Honolulu (Brian Tyree Henry) end up in a special hospital for ...more

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The Hurricane Heist Toby Kebbell, Maggie Grace, Ryan Kwanten The Hurricane Heist is a 2018 American disaster-thriller film directed by Rob Cohen. A team of tech hackers embark on a $600 million robbery from a coastal U.S. mint facility at the same time a ...more

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Terminal Margot Robbie, Max Irons, Thomas Turgoose Terminal is a 2018 drama thriller film directed by Vaughn Stein. Two hitmen agree to take on a high risk mission for a mysterious employer, but along the way, they encounter a woman (Margot ...more

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Submergence James McAvoy, Alicia Vikander, Alexander Siddig Submergence is a 2017 internationally co-produced romantic thriller film directed by Wim Wenders, based on the novel by J. M. Ledgard. One (James McAvoy) held captive by jihadist fighters, while ...more

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7 Days In Entebbe Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl, Vincent Cassel Entebbe (titled 7 Days in Entebbe in the US) is a 2018 British crime thriller film directed by José Padilha. In 1976, four terrorists hijack Air France Flight 139 and hold the passengers ...more

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Proud Mary Taraji P. Henson, Billy Brown, Danny Glover Proud Mary is a 2018 American action-thriller directed by Babak Najafi. Successful hitwoman Mary (Taraji P. Henson) meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes wrong, ...more

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How It Ends Theo James, Forest Whitaker, Kat Graham How It Ends is a 2018 American action thriller film directed by David M. Rosenthal. A desperate father (Theo James) tries to return home to his pregnant wife (Kat Graham) after a mysterious ...more

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Josie Sophie Turner, Dylan McDermott, Daeg Faerch Josie is a 2017 drama thriller film directed by Eric England. Hank (Dylan McDermott), a solitary man living a dull existence in the sleepy Southern town raises eyebrows when he develops a ...more

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Spinning Man Guy Pearce, Pierce Brosnan, Minnie Driver Spinning Man is a 2018 thriller film directed by Simon Kaijser, based on the novel by George Harrar. A happily married professor (Guy Pearce), known for having many affairs with students, ...more

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In Darkness Natalie Dormer, Emily Ratajkowski, Ed Skrein In Darkness is a 2018 thriller film directed by Anthony Byrne. Blind pianist Sophia (Natalie Dormer) is caught up in the dangerous underworld of London after she hears someone kill a girl.

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Replicas Keanu Reeves, Alice Eve, Thomas Middleditch Replicas is a 2018 American science fiction thriller film directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff. In a Christofascist collectivist future, a daring synthetic biologist (Keanu Reeves), after a car ...more

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The Endless Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead, Callie Hernandez The Endless is a 2017 American horror film directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. Two brothers return to the cult they fled from years ago to discover that the group's beliefs may be more ...more

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Mile 22 Mark Wahlberg, John Malkovich, Lauren Cohan Mile 22 is a 2018 American action thriller film directed by Peter Berg. An elite American intelligence officer (Mark Wahlberg), aided by a top-secret tactical command unit, tries to smuggle a ...more

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Insidious: The Last Key Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell Insidious: The Last Key is a 2018 American supernatural horror film directed by Adam Robitel, and the fourth installment in the Insidious franchise. Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) goes on to ...more

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Kin James Franco, Myles Truitt, Jack Reynor Kin is a 2018 science fiction film directed by Jonathan and Josh Baker. An ex-convict and his brother are forced on the run by a vengeful criminal.

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Mandy Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache Mandy is a 2018 American action horror film directed by Panos Cosmatos. When a vile band of ravaging cultists and supernatural creatures desecrate his idyllic home with vicious fury, Red ...more

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Calibre Jack Lowden, Martin McCann, Tony Curran Calibre is a 2018 thriller film directed by Matt Palmer. Two lifelong friends head up to an isolated Scottish Highlands village for a weekend hunting trip, but nothing could prepare them for ...more

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The Most Assassinated Woman in the World Anna Mouglalis, Niels Schneider, Eric Godon The Most Assassinated Woman in the World is a 2018 French mystery thriller film directed by Franck Ribière. Grand Guignol Theatre in Paris has the leading lady Paula Max (Anna Mouglalis), ...more

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Lizzie Chloë Sevigny, Kristen Stewart, Jay Huguley Lizzie is a 2018 American biographical thriller film directed by Craig William Macneill, based on the true story of Lizzie Borden. When young maid Bridget Sullivan (Kristen Stewart) comes to ...more

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Assassination Nation Odessa Young, Suki Waterhouse, Hari Nef Assassination Nation is a 2018 American crime drama film directed by Sam Levinson. When the people of Salem are targeted in a malicious data hack where all privacy is destroyed and lives are ...more

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The Angel Marwan Kenzari, Toby Kebbell, Sasson Gabai The Angel is a 2018 American spy thriller film directed by Ariel Vromen, based on the nonfiction book by Uri Bar-Joseph. The true story of Ashraf Marwan (Marwan Kenzari), who was President ...more

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Siberia Keanu Reeves, Ana Ularu, Pasha D. Lychnikoff Siberia is a 2018 romantic crime thriller directed by Matthew Ross. Upon traveling to Russia to sell rare blue diamonds of questionable origin, a diamond merchant (Keanu Reeves) falls into an ...more

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Gemini Lola Kirke, Zoë Kravitz, Greta Lee Gemini is a 2017 American mystery thriller film directed by Aaron Katz. A heinous crime tests the complex relationship between a tenacious personal assistant (Lola Kirke) and her Hollywood ...more

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The Domestics Tyler Hoechlin, Kate Bosworth, Lance Reddick The Domestics is a 2018 American post-apocalyptic thriller film directed by Mike P. Nelson. In a terrifying post-apocalyptic world inhabited by gangs divided into deadly factions, a husband ...more

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Peppermint Jennifer Garner, John Gallagher Jr., John Ortiz Peppermint is a 2018 American action thriller film directed by Pierre Morel. When the husband and daughter of Riley North (Jennifer Garner) are killed in a drive-by shooting by members of a ...more

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First Reformed Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer First Reformed is a 2017 American drama thriller film directed by Paul Schrader. Grieving over the death of his son, an ex-military chaplain (Ethan Hawke) is further challenged when a young ...more

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The Forgiven Forest Whitaker, Eric Bana, Jeff Gum The Forgiven is a 2017 British drama film directed by Roland Joffé, based on the play The Archbishop and the Antichrist by Michael Ashton. After the end of Apartheid, Archbishop Desmond ...more

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Backstabbing For Beginners Ben Kingsley, Theo James, Jacqueline Bisset Backstabbing for Beginners is a 2018 political thriller film directed by Per Fly, based on the memoirs of Michael Soussan. Michael (Theo James) a young UN worker working at the Oil-for-Food ...more

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The Darkest Minds Amandla Stenberg, Harris Dickinson, Mandy Moore The Darkest Minds is a 2018 American science fiction thriller film directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, based on the novel by Alexandra Bracken. After a disease kills 98% of America's children, the ...more

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Elizabeth Harvest Abbey Lee, Ciarán Hinds, Dylan Baker Elizabeth Harvest is a 2018 horror thriller film directed by Sebastian Gutierrez. When her brilliant scientist husband Henry (Ciarán Hinds) goes away for business, newlywed Elizabeth ...more