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The Best New Thriller Movies Of The Last Few Years

Updated November 2, 2020 5.6k votes 900 voters 19.1k views117 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
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    A Quiet Place

    John Krasinski, Emily Blunt

    Released2018

    Directed byJohn Krasinski

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    Joker
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    Joker

    Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro

    Released2019

    Directed byTodd Phillips

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    Us
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    Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke

    Released2019

    Directed byJordan Peele

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    Searching
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    John Cho, Debra Messing

    Released2018

    Directed byAneesh Chaganty

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    Hereditary
    84
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    Hereditary

    Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne

    Released2018

    Directed byAri Aster

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    A Simple Favor
    128
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    A Simple Favor

    Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively

    Released2018

    Directed byPaul Feig

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    Midsommar
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    Midsommar

    Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor

    Released2019

    Directed byAri Aster

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    Bad Times at the El Royale
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    Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo

    Released2018

    Directed byDrew Goddard

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  • 9
    Escape Room
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    Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll

    Released2019

    Directed byAdam Robitel

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    Uncut Gems
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    Uncut Gems

    Adam Sandler, Lakeith Stanfield

    Released2019

    Directed byJosh Safdie, Benny Safdie

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    The Equalizer 2
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    The Equalizer 2

    Denzel Washington, Ashton Sanders

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

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    Crawl
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    Crawl

    Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper

    Released2019

    Directed byAlexandre Aja

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    Annihilation
    99
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    Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Released2018

    Directed byAlex Garland

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    The Commuter
    60
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    The Commuter

    Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga

    Released2018

    Directed byJaume Collet-Serra

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    Glass
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    Glass

    Bruce Willis, James McAvoy

    Released2019

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

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    The Good Liar
    32
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    Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen

    Released2019

    Directed byBill Condon

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    The Foreigner
    39
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    The Foreigner

    Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan

    Directed byMartin Campbell

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    Unsane
    46
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    Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard

    Released2018

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

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    Annabelle Comes Home
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    Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman

    Released2019

    Directed byGary Dauberman

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    Inheritance
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    Lily Collins, Simon Pegg

    Released2020

    Directed byVaughn Stein

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    Extraction
    17
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    Extraction

    Chris Hemsworth, David Harbour

    Released2020

    Directed bySam Hargrave

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    The Nightingale
    23
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    Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin

    Released2018

    Directed byJennifer Kent

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    I'm Thinking of Ending Things
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    Jessie Buckley, Toni Collette

    Released2020

    Directed byCharlie Kaufman

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    Red Sparrow
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    Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

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  • 25
    Cold Pursuit
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    Liam Neeson, Laura Dern

    Released2019

    Directed byHans Petter Moland

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