The Best Thriller Movies Of 2018 

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Updated October 9, 2019 16.9k votes 6.7k voters 1.1M views 66 items

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!

Want more thriller films? Check out The Best Thriller Movies of 2019 list, as well as the best mystery suspense movies.

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John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe

Released: 2018

Directed by: John Krasinski

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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John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee

Released: 2018

Directed by: Aneesh Chaganty

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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Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler

Released: 2018

Directed by: John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein

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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Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Rosa Salazar

Released: 2018

Directed by: Susanne Bier

Bird Box is a 2018 American post-apocalyptic film directed by Susanne Bier, based on the novel by Josh Malerman. A woman (Sandra Bullock) and a pair of children are blindfolded as they make ...more

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Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

Released: 2018

Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra

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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Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah

Released: 2018

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

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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Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alex Manette

Released: 2017

Directed by: Lynne Ramsay

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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Denzel Washington, Ashton Sanders, Pedro Pascal

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

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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Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames

Released: 2018

Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie

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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Gerard Butler, Curtis Jackson, Pablo Schreiber

Released: 2018

Directed by: Christian Gudegast

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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Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

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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Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson

Released: 2018

Directed by: Drew Goddard

Bad Times at the El Royale is a 2018 American mystery thriller film directed by Drew Goddard. Over the course of one fateful night at a rundown hotel, seven strangers: a young concierge (Lewis ...more
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Matilda Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe

Released: 2018

Directed by: Coralie Fargeat

Revenge is a 2017 French 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 on her

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David Tennant, Robert Sheehan, Kerry Condon

Released: 2018

Directed by: Dean Devlin

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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Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Catherine Keener

Directed by: Stefano Sollima

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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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Fionn Whitehead, Will Poulter, Asim Chaudhry

Released: 2018

Directed by: David Slade

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is a 2018 sci-fi mystery film directed by David Slade, and part of the Black Mirror science fiction anthology. After a young programmer (Fionn Whitehead) makes a ...more
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Taraji P. Henson, Lyriq Bent, Tika Sumpter

Released: 2018

Directed by: Tyler Perry

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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Jennifer Garner, John Gallagher Jr., John Ortiz

Released: 2018

Directed by: Pierre Morel

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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Gabrielle Union, Billy Burke, Richard Cabral

Released: 2018

Directed by: James McTeigue

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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Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin

Directed by: Cory Finley

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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Dylan McDermott, Charlie Plummer, Samantha Mathis

Released: 2018

Directed by: Duncan Skiles

The Clovehitch Killer is a 2018 thriller film directed by Duncan Skiles. After Tyler (Charlie Plummer) finds incriminating evidence against his father (Dylan McDermott), their relationship ...more
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Paula Patton, Omar Epps, Missi Pyle

Released: 2018

Directed by: Deon Taylor

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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Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Anthony Mackie

Released: 2018

Directed by: George Tillman Jr.

The Hate U Give is a 2018 American drama thriller film directed by George Tillman Jr., based on the novel by Angie Thomas. Constantly switching between the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where ...more
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Released: 2018

Directed by: Jeff Wadlow

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

Released: 2018

Directed by: Johannes Roberts

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