Thrillers

The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years  

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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
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
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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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
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
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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Green Room is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat
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) 6 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, 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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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
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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Bridge of Spies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan
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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The Accountant is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J. K. Simmons
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) 10 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Jeremy Renner, Ashley Olsen, Jon Bernthal
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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Us is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss
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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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
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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The Girl on the Train is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett
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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Joker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz
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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Midsommar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter
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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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
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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The Dead Center is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Shane Carruth, Poorna Jagannathan, Jeremy Childs
The Dead Center is a 2019 American thriller film directed by Billy Senese. A troubled psychiatrist tries to help a patient who claims to have no memory of how he got to the hospital but that he ...more
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Fractured is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Sam Worthington, Lily Rabe, Stephen Tobolowsky
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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Monos is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Julianne Nicholson, Moisés Arias, Sofia Buenaventura
Monos is a 2019 drama film directed by Alejandro Landes. In a remote mountaintop setting somewhere in Latin America, a rebel group of teenage commandos bearing noms de guerre like Rambo (Sofia ...more
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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
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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A Simple Favor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding
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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Hush is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Kate Siegel, John Gallagher Jr., Michael Trucco
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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The Shallows is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Blake Lively
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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Self/less is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Ryan Reynolds, Ben Kingsley, Natalie Martinez
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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The Secret in Their Eyes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Ricardo Darín, Mariano Argento, Soledad Villamil
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