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The Best New Thriller Movies Of The Last Few Years

Updated May 21, 2021 8.0k votes 1.1k voters 22.2k views143 items

List RulesVote up the best thrillers released on or after January, 1 2018.

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. Some are part top 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 rerank the list to adjust the ranking. Don't forget to check back to see how other users rank your picks. Then, check out our list of the best crime thriller movies.

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    A Quiet Place

    John Krasinski, Emily Blunt

    Released2018

    Directed byJohn Krasinski

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    Parasite

    Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun

    Released2019

    Directed byBong Joon-ho

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    Joker

    Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro

    Released2019

    Directed byTodd Phillips

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    Burning

    Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun

    Released2018

    Directed byLee Chang-dong

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    Us

    Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke

    Released2019

    Directed byJordan Peele

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    Hereditary

    Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne

    Released2018

    Directed byAri Aster

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    Searching

    John Cho, Debra Messing

    Released2018

    Directed byAneesh Chaganty

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    Midsommar

    Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor

    Released2019

    Directed byAri Aster

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    The Invisible Man

    Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

    Released2020

    Directed byLeigh Whannell

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    A Simple Favor

    Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively

    Released2018

    Directed byPaul Feig

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    Uncut Gems

    Adam Sandler, Lakeith Stanfield

    Released2019

    Directed byJosh Safdie, Benny Safdie

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    Bird Box

    Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson

    Released2018

    Directed bySusanne Bier

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    Bad Times at the El Royale

    Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo

    Released2018

    Directed byDrew Goddard

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    Ready or Not

    Samara Weaving, Adam Brody

    Released2019

    Directed byMatt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett

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    Crawl

    Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper

    Released2019

    Directed byAlexandre Aja

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    Escape Room

    Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll

    Released2019

    Directed byAdam Robitel

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    Annihilation

    Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Released2018

    Directed byAlex Garland

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    #Alive

    Yoo Ah-in, Park Shin-hye

    Released2020

    Directed byCho Il-hyung

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    The Equalizer 2

    Denzel Washington, Ashton Sanders

    Released2018

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

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    Extraction

    Chris Hemsworth, David Harbour

    Released2020

    Directed bySam Hargrave

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    The Foreigner

    Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan

    Released2017

    Directed byMartin Campbell

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    The Hunt

    Ike Barinholtz, Betty Gilpin

    Released2020

    Directed byCraig Zobel

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    The Commuter

    Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga

    Released2018

    Directed byJaume Collet-Serra

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    Glass

    Bruce Willis, James McAvoy

    Released2019

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

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    The Good Liar

    Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen

    Released2019

    Directed byBill Condon