Thrillers

The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years 

Ranker Film
Updated February 25, 2020 2.8k votes 326 voters 9.8k views 89 items

List Rules Vote up the films in the thriller genre released on or after January, 1 2015.

It's time to vote on the best new thriller films. Audiences have long enjoyed the pleasure of going to a movie for suspense and excitement. Modern thriller movies have raised the bar on doing just that. The past few years have delivered some of the most original, groundbreaking entries the genre has ever known. Thrillers work for a very primal reason. They put us into a state of tension for two hours. We tense up. We hold our breath. We grip the armrests. Then, in the end, there's typically some kind of big catharsis that allows us to relax. You get a bit of a rush from that, and modern thriller movies know how to play the audience like a violin.

Current thrillers come in many forms. Some are entirely plausible. Some make use of historical events. Others mesh the entire thriller concept with another genre. A Quiet Place, for example, is part thriller and part horror movie. That kind of flexibility has allowed the genre to grow in compelling, heart-pounding ways. It's no wonder these movies are more popular than ever.

Vote up your favorites from this list of recent thriller movies. If there's one particularly pulse-pounding film you don't see here, feel free to add it. Don't forget to check back to see how other users rank your pick. Then, check out our list of the best crime thriller movies.

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Get Out is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Daniel Kaluuya, Catherine Keener, Allison Williams

Directed by: Jordan Peele

Get Out is a 2017 American horror film directed by Jordan Peele. A young African-American (Daniel Kaluuya) visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness ...more
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A Quiet Place is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
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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10 Cloverfield Lane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher

Directed by: Dan Trachtenberg

10 Cloverfield Lane is a 2016 American science fiction psychological thriller film directed by Dan Trachtenberg. The film was developed from a script titled The Cellar, but under production by ...more
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Dont Breathe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto

Directed by: Fede Alvarez

Rocky (Jane Levy), Alex and Money are three Detroit thieves who get their kicks by breaking into the houses of wealthy people. Money gets word about a blind veteran who won a major cash ...more
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Joker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz

Released: 2019

Directed by: Todd Phillips

Joker is a 2019 American crime drama film directed by Todd Phillips, based on the DC Comics character. In 1981, a failed stand-up comedian (Joaquin Phoenix) is driven insane, turning to a life ...more
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Green Room is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat

Directed by: Jeremy Saulnier

Green Room is a 2015 American horror-thriller film written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier. It focuses on a punk band who find themselves attacked by neo-Nazi skinheads after witnessing a murder ...more
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Baby Driver is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James

Directed by: Edgar Wright

Baby Driver is a 2017 British-American action thriller film written and directed by Edgar Wright. A young talented getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) who works for different hooligans gets in trouble ...more
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The Gift is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton

Directed by: Joel Edgerton

The Gift is a 2015 American-Australian psychological horror-thriller film written, co-produced, and directed by Joel Edgerton in his directorial debut. The film stars Jason Bateman and Rebecca ...more
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Us is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss

Released: 2019

Directed by: Jordan Peele

Us is a 2019 American horror film directed by Jordan Peele. A mother (Lupita Nyong'o) and a father (Winston Duke) take their children to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with ...more
10
Hush is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Kate Siegel, John Gallagher Jr., Michael Trucco

Directed by: Mike Flanagan

Hush is a 2016 American horror thriller film directed by Mike Flanagan. A deaf writer (Kate Siegel) must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer (John Gallagher Jr.) appears at her
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Bridge of Spies is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan

Released: 2015

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Bridge of Spies is a 2015 historical drama legal thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg. Lawyer James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) is entrusted with negotiating the release of U.S. Air Force pilot ...more
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Searching is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
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
13
The Accountant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J. K. Simmons

Directed by: Gavin O'Connor

The Accountant is a 2016 American action thriller film directed by Gavin O'Connor. The film follows a highly-functioning autistic small-town certified public accountant (Ben Affleck) who makes ...more
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Wind River is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Jeremy Renner, Ashley Olsen, Jon Bernthal

Directed by: Taylor Sheridan

Wind River is a 2017 American thriller film directed and written by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario, Hell or High Water) in his directorial debut. US Fish and Wildlife Service agent Cory Lambert ...more
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The Girl on the Train is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett

Released: 2016

Directed by: Tate Taylor

The Girl on the Train is a 2016 American mystery thriller drama film directed by Tate Taylor and based on Paula Hawkins' 2015 debut novel of the same name. The film follows an alcoholic ...more
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Nocturnal Animals is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon

Released: 2016

Directed by: Tom Ford

Nocturnal Animals is a 2016 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Tom Ford, based on the 1993 novel Tony and Susan by Austin Wright. A divorced art gallery owner (Amy Adams) ...more
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A Simple Favor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding

Released: 2018

Directed by: Paul Feig

A Simple Favor is a 2018 American mystery thriller film directed by Paul Feig, based on the novel by Darcey Bell. Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), a mommy vlogger, seeks to uncover the truth behind ...more
18
The Shallows is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Blake Lively

Released: 2016

Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra

The Shallows is a 2016 American survival thriller film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. The film follows a surfer (Blake Lively) as she gets stranded 200 yards from shore, and must use her wits ...more
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Escape Room is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
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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Self/less is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Ryan Reynolds, Ben Kingsley, Natalie Martinez

Released: 2015

Directed by: Tarsem Singh

Self/less is a 2015 American science fiction thriller film directed by Tarsem Singh and written by David Pastor and Àlex Pastor. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Ben Kingsley, Matthew Goode ...more
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Crawl is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
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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The Secret in Their Eyes... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Ricardo Darín, Mariano Argento, Soledad Villamil

Released: 2009

Directed by: Juan José Campanella

The Secret in Their Eyes is a 2009 Argentine crime thriller film directed, produced and edited by Juan José Campanella and written by Eduardo Sacheri and Campanella, based on Sacheri's ...more
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Eye in the Sky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman

Directed by: Gavin Hood

Eye in the Sky is a 2015 British thriller film directed by Gavin Hood. The film is about military personnel facing legal, ethical, and political dilemmas presented by modern drone warfare ...more
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Nerve is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Juliette Lewis

Directed by: Henry Joost

Nerve is a 2016 American thriller film directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, based on the 2012 novel of the same name by Jeanne Ryan. The film stars Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, and Juliette ...more
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The Perfect Guy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut

Released: 2015

Directed by: David M. Rosenthal

The Perfect Guy is a 2015 American romantic thriller film directed by David M. Rosenthal.