Few genres of film can hold our attention for as long or as effectively as thrillers. With just suspense and an uphill battle against the odds, they’re extremely versatile, spilling over into genres like horror and science fiction and switching between brutal realism, and joyous absurdity. All of them have their unique flavor and can range from severe endurance tests to high octane roller-coaster experiences that make you want to scream.
Netflix likely has what you’re looking for. The service has put together a superb collection of thrillers from all corners of the spectrum. The only drawback is that Netflix’s vast library might make it difficult to select just a few titles, so we’ve made it our mission to highlight the best of the best. Watching any of these movies will keep you engrossed.
It seems like a new movie is released every minute, and of course, the catalogs of streaming services are always being updated, which means that old favorites are both being added to and removed from the service. Every month, in the style of a classic suspense film, we are going to compete against the clock to ensure that this list accurately reflects the content that is currently available on Netflix. The only thing that should be tense about this situation is the movies themselves; you shouldn’t be worrying about whether or not you’ll be able to view them.
Sarah has just recently relocated to Los Angeles. Because she is reserved and often feels isolated, it is natural that she would be drawn to the welcoming sense of community that her new apartment complex provides.
However, is it conceivable that everyone is a little bit too friendly? And what exactly are those peculiar sounds that are emanating from the pipes at night? “1BR” will probably take you in a direction that is unexpected to you, regardless of where you originally think it is headed.
When the film’s genuine story is revealed for the first time, it transforms into a disturbing psychological thriller. Part of the story focuses on how people break, how far they can go, and whether or not they can ever come back from being shaped into someone else.
Six American diplomats and staff members were able to flee the U.S. embassy in Tehran before it was overrun by hostage-takers. They have taken cover at the residence of the Canadian ambassador, but as time goes by, the likelihood of their being discovered increases. Step forward Tony Mendez, the exfiltration expert for the CIA.
He concocts an audacious plan, which is to use their connections in Hollywood to make and promote a bogus movie, and then pretend that the six people working at the embassy are a film crew that is merely there to scout a location. “Argo” capitalizes on the comedic potential of its bizarre but genuine premise, but it also ramps up the tension, especially during the scene that will have you on the edge of your seat.
It all starts with a mistake, which then leads to a crime, which then leads to a cover-up, which then leads to a conspiracy. This is the takeaway from the film “Calibre,” which depicts an otherwise routine hunting expedition in Scotland that ends in tragedy.
Marcus, a friend of Vaughn’s, is forced to take the life of the kid’s father to protect Vaughn and his friends when the inexperienced hunter Vaughn kills a boy instead of the deer he was going for. As soon as possible, the two of them are thrown into a murky cover-up in which the complexities keep piling on top of one another.
The movie examines the tensions that exist between people who live in rural areas and the city tourists that they depend on yet despise. It does this by utilizing the secluded and close-knit nature of the location to pile further stress on Vaughn and Marcus.
In this gripping medical thriller with a global scope, a pandemic quickly spreads across the globe. It begins, in its most traceable version, with Beth Emhoff, who unintentionally acquires the virus while traveling overseas. However, the film takes a sweeping perspective that isn’t limited to just one character, and it follows several other people who are affected by the virus.
Instead, we are presented with the high-stakes, risky process of contact tracing as well as the creation and deployment of vaccines. These activities bring in a massive cast of characters and allow for a more expansive viewpoint. “
Contagion” explores the wider political ramifications of its premise, including fraudulent treatments, uneven vaccination distribution, and interrupted childhoods, right along with the individual’s anguish and worry about their situation. It is not always easy to strike a balance between the local and the global, but “Contagion” manages to do so with relative ease.
Jack Manfred has dreams of becoming a writer, but in his search for material to write about — and a reliable source of income — he finds himself dragged back into the world of casinos, which he had previously abandoned. Although the work puts a rift between him and his fiancée, it matches his sense of cynical cool and provides him with plenty of material for his novel.
He is a talented and highly professional croupier. It even gives him a free storyline when a stunning woman invites him into her difficult life and asks him to assist in bringing down the casino he owns. Jack is under the impression that he does not gamble, but in this chilling thriller with elements of noir, it is difficult to tell who is playing and who is being played.
In the movie “The Decline,” something goes wrong during a training session at a survivalist camp. Alain is persuaded that the collapse of civilization might happen at any time and that everyone needs to know how to survive on their own, including the ability to kill their adversaries using homemade pipe bombs.
He has come to this conclusion after observing how quickly society could fall apart. Alain is desperate to cover up the fact that one of his students passed away while they were undergoing this training.
He desires nothing more than to keep the attention of the government away from his camp. The majority of the pupils do not necessarily share this opinion, and soon enough, a miniature version of the society that is crumbling can be seen as they all fight to survive this conflict with enormous stakes. This fast-paced thriller makes excellent use of the original premise that it presents.
Coming Home in the Dark
In this macabre horror-thriller, the misdeeds of the past are brought to potent and ambiguous life in the present. When two armed robbers show up at a family’s picnic, the story “Coming Home in the Dark” begins with a concept that has been done before. There is no way to be ready for the escalation that occurs after the thieves realize that they know Alan, an average father, and husband.
There is no way to prepare for what happens next. They harbor a long-standing and deeply rooted hatred against him since, many years ago, he worked at their severely abusive group home, and he did nothing to stop what was happening there. The thoughtfulness and moral ambiguity of the film is matched by its exhilarating thrills, thanks to the expertly created drama and tension.
The well-connected crook known as Donnie Brasco is FBI agent Joe Pistone working undercover in this ruse. Donnie can obtain valuable information on the Mafia by utilizing his connection with Lefty Ruggiero, a fading mobster who is stuck on the middle rungs of the criminal family ladder.
However, even though doing so will ultimately be beneficial, the process itself is emotionally trying and demanding. Working undercover creates a lot of grey areas and muddled allegiances, and it’s difficult to tell who Donnie is evolving into or what — or who — he’s putting at risk as a result of his covert activities.
This movie makes the most of the excruciating emotional suspense, and Johnny Depp and Al Pacino give outstanding performances that sell everything, notably the increasingly genuine relationship that develops between Donnie and Lefty.
Eye for an Eye
This chilling thriller about exacting vengeance delves into some murky territory, and it keeps the action moving at a breakneck speed. The drug lord Antonio Padin enters a nursing home, where he must confront his physical decline while also coping with the unending demands of his son and organization, as well as the occasional deceptions perpetrated by them.
He has a relationship of some sort with Mario, the chief nurse, but what he doesn’t realize is that years ago, he was responsible for irreversibly harming Mario’s life.
Mario plans to get his revenge now that the notorious Padin is at his mercy, and he has every intention of doing so. The cruel and unexpected meditation “Eye for an Eye” offers is on the seductive yet potentially lethal attraction of payback.
When Jessie and Gerald head to the lake for the weekend, things escalate from bad to worse when Gerald decides to bring out the handcuffs for some added excitement. Jessie has made it clear that she does not wish to act out this particular desire; yet, Gerald would not accept her refusal.
A scuffle breaks out, which results in Gerald collapsing to the ground, having had a fatal heart attack, and Jessie remaining shackled to their bed. Jessie is helplessly trapped in the middle of nowhere, and she is desperately trying to think her way out of the dilemma.
She needs to figure out how to escape both her position (which includes a very hungry stray dog and a probable invader) and her troubled past at the same time. Carla Gugino gives a magnificent performance that is both vulnerable and charismatic, and “Gerald’s Game” is an agonizingly suspenseful film that she stars in.