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The Best Thriller Movies of 2019 

Jason Bancroft
Updated March 5, 2020 5.2k votes 1.4k voters 159.1k views 94 items

List Rules Vote up the best thriller films of 2019 that kept you on the edge of your seat.

UPDATE: Check out the top thrillers of 2020!

If you're a fan of suspense, thrills, and action-packed cinema, this list of 2019 thrillers is for you. What movies are 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 2019 thriller films have you covered. 

Some good new thriller movies include Cold Pursuit, Captive State, Hotel Mumbai, and Piercing.

While all of these films certainly have great moments, what were truly the best thriller films of 2019? 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! And if you're looking for the best psychological thriller movies and the best crime thrillers, we have lists for that too.

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Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz

Released: 2019

Directed by: Todd Phillips

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Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ruby Rose

Released: 2019

Directed by: Chad Stahelski

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is a 2019 American neo-noir action thriller film directed by Chad Stahelski, and the third film in the John Wick series. Still on the run following his ...more

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Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Taylor Russell

Released: 2019

Directed by: Adam Robitel

Escape Room is a 2019 American psychological horror-thriller film directed by Adam Robitel. Six strangers find themselves in circumstances beyond their control, and must use their wits to

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Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Mark O'Brien

Released: 2019

Directed by: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett

Ready or Not is a 2019 American thriller film, directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett. On the night of her wedding, a young bride (Samara Weaving) joins her new husband’s (Mark ...more

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Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Lakeith Stanfield

Released: 2019

Directed by: Rian Johnson

Knives Out is a 2019 mystery film directed by Rian Johnson. When wealthy crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead during his birthday party, Detective Benoit Blanc ...more

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Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter

Released: 2019

Directed by: Ari Aster

Midsommar (Swedish for "Midsummer") is a 2019 American horror film written and directed by Ari Aster. A couple travels to Sweden to visit their friend's rural hometown for its fabled ...more

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Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Kaya Scodelario

Released: 2019

Directed by: Joe Berlinger

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is a 2019 thriller film directed by Joe Berlinger. Ted Bundy (Zac Efron) and his girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer (Lily Collins) struggle to accept the ...more

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Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Ross Anderson

Released: 2019

Directed by: Alexandre Aja

Crawl is a 2019 American horror film directed by Alexandre Aja. A young woman (Kaya Scodelario) becomes trapped in a flooding house trying to save her father (Barry Pepper) during a Category 5 ...more

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Sam Worthington, Lily Rabe, Stephen Tobolowsky

Released: 2019

Directed by: Brad Anderson

Fractured is a 2019 American thriller film directed by Brad Anderson. After his daughter breaks her arm while on a family road trip, Ray rushes her to the hospital along with his wife, once they ...more
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Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi

Released: 2019

Directed by: Anthony Maras

Hotel Mumbai is a 2019 Indian-American-Australian thriller film directed by Anthony Maras, based on the 2009 documentary Surviving Mumbai. Hotel staff risk their lives to keep everyone safe as ...more
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Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran

Released: 2019

Directed by: Mike Flanagan

Doctor Sleep is a 2019 American horror film directed by Mike Flanagan, based on the 2013 novel by Stephen King. Years following the events of "The Shining", a now-adult Dan Torrence ...more

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Katie Stevens, Will Brittain, Lauryn Alisa McClain

Released: 2019

Directed by: Scott Beck, Bryan Woods

Haunt is a 2019 American horror film directed by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods. Looking for the best thrills on Halloween, a group of friends encounters a real haunted house that preys on their ...more
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Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, Kathy Bates

Released: 2019

Directed by: John Lee Hancock

The Highwaymen is a 2019 American crime film directed by John Lee Hancock. Texas Ranger Frank Hamer (Kevin Costner) and ex-partner Maney Gault (Woody Harrelson) attempt to track down and ...more

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Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Austin Abrams

Released: 2019

Directed by: André Øvredal

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a 2019 American horror film directed by André Øvredal, based on the children's book series by Alvin Schwartz. A group of young teens attempt to ...more

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Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Tory Kittles

Released: 2019

Directed by: S. Craig Zahler

Dragged Across Concrete is a 2019 American crime thriller film directed by S. Craig Zahler. After getting suspended for their strong-arm tactics, a veteran policeman (Mel Gibson) and his ...more
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Dennis Quaid, Michael Ealy, Meagan Good

Released: 2019

Directed by: Deon Taylor

The Intruder is a 2019 American psychological thriller film directed by Deon Taylor. A young married couple (Michael Ealy and Meagan Good) buys their dream home in Napa Valley unaware that the ...more
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Octavia Spencer, Luke Evans, Juliette Lewis

Released: 2019

Directed by: Tate Taylor

Ma is a 2019 American psychological horror film directed by Tate Taylor. A lonely woman (Octavia Spencer) befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them party at her house but just when ...more
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John Corbett, Nia Long, Sophie Nelisse

Released: 2019

Directed by: Johannes Roberts

47 Meters Down: Uncaged is a 2019 survival horror film directed by Johannes Roberts, and a sequel to the 2017 film 47 Meters Down. Four teen girls dive into a ruined underwater city and quickly ...more
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Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman, Katie Sarife

Released: 2019

Directed by: Gary Dauberman

Annabelle Comes Home is a 2019 American supernatural horror film directed by Gary Duaberman, based on the legend of the Annabelle doll and a sequel to Annabelle and Annabelle: Creation. ...more
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Liam Neeson, Laura Dern, Emmy Rossum

Released: 2019

Directed by: Hans Petter Moland

Cold Pursuit is a 2019 American action thriller film directed by Hans Petter Moland. Snowplower Nelson "Mr. Plow" Coxman (Liam Neeson) seeks revenge against a drug cartel in his Rocky ...more
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Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow

Released: 2019

Directed by: Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer

Pet Sematary is a 2019 American supernatural horror film directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, based on the novel by Stephen King. When his toddler son is killed in an auto accident, ...more

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Linda Cardellini, Patricia Velasquez, Sean Patrick Thomas

Released: 2019

Directed by: Michael Chaves

The Curse of La Llorona is a 2019 American supernatural horror film directed by Michael Chaves. Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker ...more
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Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Zawe Ashton

Released: 2019

Directed by: Dan Gilroy

Velvet Buzzsaw is a 2019 American horror thriller film directed by Dan Gilroy. After a series of paintings by an unknown artist are discovered, a supernatural force enacts revenge on those who ...more

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Adam Sandler, Lakeith Stanfield, Idina Menzel

Released: 2019

Directed by: Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie

Uncut Gems is a 2019 American crime drama film directed by Josh and Benny Safdie. Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler), a jewelry store owner and gambler, must find a way to pay off his debts before ...more

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Chris Evans, Haley Bennett, Michael K. Williams

Released: 2019

Directed by: Gideon Raff

The Red Sea Diving Resort is a 2019 Canadian-American biographical drama film directed and written by Gideon Raff. In 1981, Mossad agents work to rescue and evacuate Jewish-Ethiopians to Israel ...more