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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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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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Running with the Devil is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Nicolas Cage, Laurence Fishburne
Running with the Devil is a 2019 American action thriller film written and directed by Jason Cabell. The CEO of an International conglomerate sends two of his most regarded executives to ...more
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Haunt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Katie Stevens, Will Brittain, Lauryn Alisa McClain
Haunt is a 2019 American horror film directed by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods. Looking for the best thrills on Halloween, a group of friends encounters a real haunted house that preys on their ...more
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Monos is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Polaroid is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Kathryn Prescott, Tyler Young, Samantha Logan
Polaroid is a 2019 American horror film directed by Lars Klevberg, based on his 2014 short film of the same name. High schooler Bird Fitcher (Kathryn Prescott) stumbles upon a vintage Polaroid ...more
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Driven is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Jason Sudeikis, Lee Pace, Judy Greer
Driven is a 2019 drama film directed by Nick Hamm. John DeLorean's (Lee Pace) quest to design the ultimate car of the future leads to his downfall thanks to his friendship with an FBI
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Them That Follow is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Olivia Colman, Kaitlyn Dever, Alice Englert
Them That Follow is a 2019 American thriller film directed by Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage. Inside a snake-handling church deep in Appalachia, a forbidden relationship forces a pastor’s ...more
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Rust Creek is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Hermione Corfield, Jay Paulson, Sean O'Bryan
Rust Creek is a 2019 American thriller drama film directed by Jen McGowan. A college senior (Hermione Corfield) is on her way to a promising job interview when a wrong turn leaves her stranded ...more
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Artik is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Chase Williamson, Jerry G. Angelo, Lauren Ashley Carter
Artik is a 2019 American horror action film directed by Tom Botchii Skowronski. A boy befriends a mysterious stranger who threatens to reveal his family's horrible secret.
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Burn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Suki Waterhouse, Harry Shum Jr.
Burn is a 2019 American thriller film directed by Mike Gan. When a gas station is held at gunpoint by a desperate man (Josh Hutcherson) in need of cash, a lonely and unstable gas station ...more
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The Tracker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Dolph Lundgren, Cosimo Fusco, Marta Gastini
The Tracker is a 2019 Italian American action thriller directed by Giorgio Serafini. Fifteen years after his family was kidnapped and killed after an exchange gone bad, Aiden Hakansson (Dolph ...more
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The Fanatic is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
John Travolta, Devon Sawa, Ana Golja
The Fanatic is a 2019 American thriller film directed by Fred Durst. A rabid film fan (John Travolta) stalks his favorite action hero and destroys the star's life.
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The Divine Fury is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Park Seo-joon, Ahn Sung-ki, Woo Do-hwan
The Divine Fury is a 2019 South Korean action horror film written and directed by Jason Kim. A martial arts champion gains divine powers to fight with a powerful evil force.
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Bridge of Spies is listed (or ranked) 18 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 Red Sea Diving Resort is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Chris Evans, Haley Bennett, Michael K. Williams
The Red Sea Diving Resort is a 2019 Canadian-American biographical drama film directed and written by Gideon Raff. In 1981, Mossad agents work to rescue and evacuate Jewish-Ethiopians to Israel ...more
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The Gift is listed (or ranked) 20 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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The Accountant is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Submerged is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Jonathan Bennett, Talulah Riley
Submerged is a 2016 American survival thriller film directed by Steven C. Miller. A young woman and her friends must battle the elements and a group of kidnappers in order to survive.
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Cop Car is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Kevin Bacon, James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford
Cop Car is a 2015 American road thriller film directed by Jon Watts.
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Domino is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies of the Last Few Years
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Carice van Houten, Guy Pearce
Domino is a 2019 crime thriller film directed by Brian De Palma. A Copenhagen cop, Christian (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) seeks justice for the murder of his partner at the hands of a mysterious
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Baby Driver is listed (or ranked) 25 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