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.

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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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42 5
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 satirical horror film written and directed by Jordan Peele. A young African American man visits his white girlfriend's family estate where he learns that many of its residents, ...more
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35 6
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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34 6
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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31 6
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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28 6
The Accountant is listed (or ranked) 6 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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30 9
Bridge of Spies is listed (or ranked) 7 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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24 8
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
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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20 9
Baby Driver is listed (or ranked) 9 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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18 8
The Perfect Guy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut
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10 3
Wind River is listed (or ranked) 11 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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13 6
The Girl on the Train is listed (or ranked) 12 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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16 9
Self/less is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Ryan Reynolds, Ben Kingsley, Natalie Martinez
Self/less is an upcoming 2015 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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11 5
Criminal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones
Criminal is a 2016 American science fiction action crime thriller film directed by Ariel Vromen. The film is about a convict who is implanted with a dead CIA agent's memories to finish an ...more
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13 7
Nocturnal Animals is listed (or ranked) 15 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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14 8
The Secret in Their Eyes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Ricardo DarĂ­n, 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
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15 9
Blackhat is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Archie Kao
Blackhat is a 2015 American action thriller mystery film co-written, co-produced and directed by Michael Mann. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Tang Wei, Viola Davis, Holt McCallany, and Wang ...more
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12 7
Eye in the Sky is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman
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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6 1
Glass is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, Sarah Paulson
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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7 2
Us is listed (or ranked) 20 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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10 6
Nerve is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Juliette Lewis
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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7 3
Crawl is listed (or ranked) 22 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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8 5
Money Monster is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O'Connell
Money Monster is a 2016 American thriller film directed by Jodie Foster. Financial TV host Lee Gates (George Clooney) and his producer Patty (Julia Roberts) are put in an extreme situation when ...more
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6 3
Hush is listed (or ranked) 24 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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4 2
Searching is listed (or ranked) 25 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