Thrillers

The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years 

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Updated July 22, 2020 6.2k votes 721 voters 16.1k views 86 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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A Quiet Place is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Get Out is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Joker is listed (or ranked) 3 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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10 Cloverfield Lane is listed (or ranked) 4 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) 5 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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Us is listed (or ranked) 6 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

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Wind River is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Jon Bernthal

Released: 2017

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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Hush is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Green Room is listed (or ranked) 9 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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The Gift is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Searching is listed (or ranked) 11 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
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Baby Driver is listed (or ranked) 12 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 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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Midsommar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
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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A Simple Favor is listed (or ranked) 15 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
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Bad Times at the El Roya... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson

Released: 2018

Directed by: Drew Goddard

Bad Times at the El Royale is a 2018 American mystery thriller film directed by Drew Goddard. Over the course of one fateful night at a rundown hotel, seven strangers: a young concierge (Lewis ...more
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The Killing of a Sacred ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan

Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos

The Killing of a Sacred Deer is a 2017 psychological horror-thriller film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. A surgeon (Colin Farrell) forms a familial bond with a sinister teenage boy (Barry ...more

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Hereditary is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Greg Kootstra added Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff

Released: 2018

Directed by: Ari Aster

Hereditary is a 2018 American horror film directed by Ari Aster. As an overwhelming terror takes over their household, the Graham family's peaceful existence is ripped apart, forcing their ...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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Crawl is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Glass is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, Sarah Paulson

Released: 2019

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

Glass is a 2019 American superhero horror-thriller film directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Security guard David Dunn (Bruce Willis) uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb ...more

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Annihilation is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez

Released: 2018

Directed by: Alex Garland

Annihilation is a 2018 science fantasy action horror film directed by Alex Garland, based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer. A biologist (Natalie Portman) signs up for a dangerous, secret ...more

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The Equalizer 2 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Denzel Washington, Ashton Sanders, Pedro Pascal

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

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The Commuter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

Released: 2018

Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra

The Commuter is a 2018 psychological thriller-horror film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. While on his daily commute home, an insurance salesman (Liam Neeson) is offered $100,000 if he ...more
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Good Time is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Robert Pattinson, Barkhad Abdi, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Directed by: Ben Safdie, Josh Safdie

Good Time is a 2017 American crime-drama film directed by Ben and Josh Safdie and written by Josh and Ronald Bronstein. Constantine "Connie" Nikas goes through a dangerous and ...more