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The Best Thriller Movies of 2019

Updated March 5, 2020 7.3k votes 1.4k voters 162.1k views94 items

List RulesVote 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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    Joker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of 2019
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    Joker

    Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro

    Released2019

    Directed byTodd Phillips

    Joker is a 2019 American crime drama film directed by Todd Phillips, based on the DC Comics... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Knives Out is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of 2019
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    Knives Out

    Daniel Craig, Chris Evans

    Released2019

    Directed byRian Johnson

    Knives Out is a 2019 mystery film directed by Rian Johnson. When wealthy crime novelist Harlan... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Ready or Not is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of 2019
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    Ready or Not

    Samara Weaving, Adam Brody

    Released2019

    Directed byMatt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett

    Ready or Not is a 2019 American thriller film, directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of 2019
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    John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry

    Released2019

    Directed byChad Stahelski

    John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is a 2019 American neo-noir action thriller film directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Escape Room is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of 2019
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    Escape Room

    Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll

    Released2019

    Directed byAdam Robitel

    Escape Room is a 2019 American psychological horror-thriller film directed by Adam Robitel.... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Fractured is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of 2019
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    Fractured

    Sam Worthington, Lily Rabe

    Released2019

    Directed byBrad Anderson

    Fractured is a 2019 American thriller film directed by Brad Anderson. After his daughter... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Doctor Sleep is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of 2019
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    Doctor Sleep

    Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson

    Released2019

    Directed byMike Flanagan

    Doctor Sleep is a 2019 American horror film directed by Mike Flanagan, based on the 2013 novel... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Haunt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of 2019
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    Haunt

    Katie Stevens, Will Brittain

    Released2019

    Directed byScott Beck, Bryan Woods

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    Extremely Wicked, Shockingly E is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of 2019
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    Released2019

    Directed byJoe Berlinger

    Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is a 2019 thriller film directed by Joe Berlinger.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Crawl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of 2019
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    Crawl

    Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper

    Released2019

    Directed byAlexandre Aja

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    Midsommar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of 2019
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    Midsommar

    Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor

    Released2019

    Directed byAri Aster

    Midsommar (Swedish for "Midsummer") is a 2019 American horror film written and directed by Ari... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Highwaymen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of 2019
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    The Highwaymen

    Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson

    Released2019

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

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    The Intruder is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of 2019
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    The Intruder

    Dennis Quaid, Michael Ealy

    Released2019

    Directed byDeon Taylor

    The Intruder is a 2019 American psychological thriller film directed by Deon Taylor. A young... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Hotel Mumbai is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of 2019
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    Hotel Mumbai

    Dev Patel, Armie Hammer

    Released2019

    Directed byAnthony Maras

    Hotel Mumbai is a 2019 Indian-American-Australian thriller film directed by Anthony Maras,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Dragged Across Concrete is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of 2019
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    Dragged Across Concrete

    Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn

    Released2019

    Directed byS. Craig Zahler

    Dragged Across Concrete is a 2019 American crime thriller film directed by S. Craig Zahler.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Scary Stories to Tell in the D is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of 2019
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    Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

    Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza

    Released2019

    Directed byAndré Øvredal

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    47 Meters Down: Uncaged is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of 2019
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    47 Meters Down: Uncaged

    John Corbett, Nia Long

    Released2019

    Directed byJohannes Roberts

    47 Meters Down: Uncaged is a 2019 survival horror film directed by Johannes Roberts, and a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 18
    Ma is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of 2019
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    Ma

    Octavia Spencer, Luke Evans

    Released2019

    Directed byTate Taylor

    Ma is a 2019 American psychological horror film directed by Tate Taylor. A lonely woman... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Cold Pursuit is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of 2019
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    Cold Pursuit

    Liam Neeson, Laura Dern

    Released2019

    Directed byHans Petter Moland

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    Annabelle Comes Home is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of 2019
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    Annabelle Comes Home

    Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman

    Released2019

    Directed byGary Dauberman

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    Pet Sematary is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of 2019
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    Pet Sematary

    Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz

    Released2019

    Directed byKevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer

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    Uncut Gems is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of 2019
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    Uncut Gems

    Adam Sandler, Lakeith Stanfield

    Released2019

    Directed byJosh Safdie, Benny Safdie

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    Angel Has Fallen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of 2019
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    Angel Has Fallen

    Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman

    Released2019

    Directed byRic Roman Waugh

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    Velvet Buzzsaw is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of 2019
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    Velvet Buzzsaw

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo

    Released2019

    Directed byDan Gilroy

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    Rambo V: Last Blood is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Thriller Movies of 2019
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    Rambo V: Last Blood

    Sylvester Stallone, Adriana Barraza

    Released2019

    Directed byAdrian Grunberg

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