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The Best Thriller Movies Of 2018

Updated October 9, 2019 22.1k votes 6.8k voters 1.2m views66 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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    Searching
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    Searching

    John Cho, Debra Messing

    Released2018

    Directed byAneesh Chaganty

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    A Quiet Place
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    A Quiet Place

    John Krasinski, Emily Blunt

    Released2018

    Directed byJohn Krasinski

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    Bad Times at the El Royale
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    Bad Times at the El Royale

    Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo

    Released2018

    Directed byDrew Goddard

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    The Equalizer 2
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    The Equalizer 2

    Denzel Washington, Ashton Sanders

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

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    Den Of Thieves
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    Den Of Thieves

    Gerard Butler, Curtis Jackson

    Released2018

    Directed byChristian Gudegast

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    Bad Samaritan
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    Bad Samaritan

    David Tennant, Robert Sheehan

    Released2018

    Directed byDean Devlin

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    Peppermint
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    Peppermint

    Jennifer Garner, John Gallagher Jr.

    Released2018

    Directed byPierre Morel

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    The Commuter
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    The Commuter

    Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga

    Released2018

    Directed byJaume Collet-Serra

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    Mission: Impossible - Fallout
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    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson

    Released2018

    Directed byChristopher McQuarrie

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    Unsane
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    Unsane

    Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard

    Released2018

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

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    Game Night
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    Game Night

    Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams

    Released2018

    Directed byJohn Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein

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    Sicario: Day Of The Soldado
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    Sicario: Day Of The Soldado

    Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin

    Directed byStefano Sollima

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    Bird Box
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    Bird Box

    Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson

    Released2018

    Directed bySusanne Bier

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    You Were Never Really Here
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    You Were Never Really Here

    Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov

    Released2017

    Directed byLynne Ramsay

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    The Clovehitch Killer
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    The Clovehitch Killer

    Dylan McDermott, Charlie Plummer

    Released2018

    Directed byDuncan Skiles

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    Acrimony
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    Acrimony

    Taraji P. Henson, Lyriq Bent

    Released2018

    Directed byTyler Perry

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    Revenge
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    Revenge

    Matilda Lutz, Kevin Janssens

    Released2018

    Directed byCoralie Fargeat

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    The Hurricane Heist
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    The Hurricane Heist

    Toby Kebbell, Maggie Grace

    Released2018

    Directed byRob Cohen

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    Red Sparrow
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    Red Sparrow

    Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

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    Breaking In
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    Breaking In

    Gabrielle Union, Billy Burke

    Released2018

    Directed byJames McTeigue

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    The Hate U Give
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    The Hate U Give

    Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall

    Released2018

    Directed byGeorge Tillman Jr.

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    Thoroughbreds
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    Thoroughbreds

    Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy

    Directed byCory Finley

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    The Guilty
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    The Guilty

    Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage

    Released2018

    Directed byGustav Möller

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    Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
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    Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

    Fionn Whitehead, Will Poulter

    Released2018

    Directed byDavid Slade

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    Destroyer
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    Destroyer

    Nicole Kidman, Toby Kebbell

    Released2018

    Directed byKaryn Kusama

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