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The Best New Thriller Movies Of The Last Few Years

Updated October 13, 2020 8.9k votes 850 voters 18.4k views88 items

List RulesVote 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 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    A Quiet Place

    John Krasinski, Emily Blunt

    Released2018

    Directed byJohn Krasinski

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    Get Out is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Get Out

    Daniel Kaluuya, Catherine Keener

    Released2017

    Directed byJordan Peele

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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
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    10 Cloverfield Lane

    John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

    Released2016

    Directed byDan Trachtenberg

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    Joker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Joker

    Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro

    Released2019

    Directed byTodd Phillips

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    Wind River is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Wind River

    Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen

    Released2017

    Directed byTaylor Sheridan

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    Us is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Us

    Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke

    Released2019

    Directed byJordan Peele

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    Hush is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Hush

    Kate Siegel, John Gallagher Jr.

    Released2016

    Directed byMike Flanagan

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    Dont Breathe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Dont Breathe

    Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette

    Directed byFede Alvarez

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    Searching is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Searching

    John Cho, Debra Messing

    Released2018

    Directed byAneesh Chaganty

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    The Gift is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    The Gift

    Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall

    Directed byJoel Edgerton

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    Green Room is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Green Room

    Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots

    Released2015

    Directed byJeremy Saulnier

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    Midsommar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Midsommar

    Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor

    Released2019

    Directed byAri Aster

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    Hereditary is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Hereditary

    Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne

    Released2018

    Directed byAri Aster

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    A Simple Favor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    A Simple Favor

    Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively

    Released2018

    Directed byPaul Feig

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    The Accountant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    The Accountant

    Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick

    Directed byGavin O'Connor

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    Baby Driver is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Baby Driver

    Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey

    Directed byEdgar Wright

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    Bad Times at the El Royale is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Bad Times at the El Royale

    Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo

    Released2018

    Directed byDrew Goddard

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    The Commuter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    The Commuter

    Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga

    Released2018

    Directed byJaume Collet-Serra

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    Escape Room is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Escape Room

    Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll

    Released2019

    Directed byAdam Robitel

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    The Killing of a Sacred Deer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman

    Directed byYorgos Lanthimos

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    Crawl is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Crawl

    Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper

    Released2019

    Directed byAlexandre Aja

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    The Equalizer 2 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    The Equalizer 2

    Denzel Washington, Ashton Sanders

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

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    Glass is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Glass

    Bruce Willis, James McAvoy

    Released2019

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

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    Annihilation is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Annihilation

    Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Released2018

    Directed byAlex Garland

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    The Good Liar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Thriller Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    The Good Liar

    Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen

    Released2019

    Directed byBill Condon

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