There are few things more exciting to watch than a thriller, with complex storylines, twists and turns, mysteries to solve, and a few good “jump out of your skin” thrills. If you are an Amazon Prime Video member, then here is a list of the 20 best thrillers on Amazon Prime right now.
We’ve got everything from classics that you can watch again and again, to new releases and gems that have flown under the radar.
If there is not enough choice for you amongst this 20, you can also check out our lists of the best suspense and psychological thrillers on Netflix, and the best horror movies and thrillers on Hulu.
Blow the Man Down (2020)
In this comedy thriller, two sisters commit the ultimate crime to protect themselves against a dangerous man. But they soon discover that even harder than the crime itself will be concealing their actions. In the process, they will discover the seedier side of their town and its darker secrets.
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
This horror thriller from Joss Whedon is a fourth-wall-breaking, smart, and jump-out-of-your-skin film all rolled into one. On the one side, we have your typical “young people go to a cabin in the words and find more than they expected” film. But on the other side, the film asks, what if all this horror is being orchestrated by big business for a very good reason?
Casino Royale (2006)
The first Bond film of the new generation bringing us Daniel Craig as 007 himself is still one of the best in the franchise. Witty, full of action, and with twists and turns along the way, this is the type of spy thriller that you can watch over and over again. There are car chases, casino scenes, torture, and seduction. Everything you expect from classic Bond but with an edge.
The Conversation (1974)
In this classic thriller, Gene Hackman plays a surveillance expert who finds himself facing a moral dilemma when he discovers evidence of a crime. But as he digs further, he also becomes highly paranoid, and it becomes difficult to differentiate between what is real, and what is just in his head.
The Departed (2006)
This all-star gangster thriller from Martin Scorsese has a twist. Based on the Hong Kong original film International Affairs, the Boston police assign one of their own to infiltrate the Irish mob. But the mob is playing the police at their own game and have their own man on the inside. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Matt Damon, and Jack Nicholson.
The Handmaiden (2016)
This Korean psychological thriller was actually inspired by the 2002 Welsh novel Fingersmith, with the story transported from Victorian Britain to Korea under Japanese colonial rule. A young Korean woman is hired to work as a maid for a Japanese heiress, but she is secretly part of a plan to defraud the rich aristocrat.
High Life (2019)
Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche star in this sci-fi thriller about a group of criminals sent on a space mission to a black hole, while being subjected to scientific experiments. While we discover some of the horrific crimes of the death-row inmates, it is the doctors that emerge as the sadistic passengers on this one-way trip.
This mind-bending thriller by Christopher Nolan is about a team of professionals who work by diving into the subconscious of others in order to learn their secrets or plant ideas. Manipulating the dream world is intoxicating, but it can become difficult to differentiate dreams and reality. An all-star ensemble cast led by Leonardo Di Caprio, Ellen Page, and Mario Cotillard.
The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
Matthew McConaughey stars in this legal thriller based on the Michael Connelly novels. He plays Mickey Haller, an unusual lawyer who is hired to defend the son of a wealthy Los Angeles business woman in a case of assault. He soon sees parallels with an old case, and starts to wonder if the two are connected.
Florence Pugh gives a powerful performance in this story about a group of friends who travel to Sweden to participate in a folk festival that only happens once every 90 years. However, they discover that the festival is organized by a pagan cult for their own purposes, and that they have fallen into their clutches..
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011)
The fourth installment in the Mission Impossible series, Tom Cruise plays a super spy who finds himself on the outs with his own organization. So he is on the run, with minimal support, and looking for the enemy within. Also stars Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, and Paula Patton.
Mississippi Burning (1988)
This thriller stars Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe as two FBI agents assigned to investigate the disappearance of three civil rights workers in Mississippi in 1964. As well as investigating what happened, they are met with suspicion and hostility by the locals, including members of the Ku Klux Klan.
The Report (2019)
A slow-burn political thriller, Adam Driver plays a Senate Intelligence Committee staffer looking into the CIA’s use of torture after the September 11 attacks. The movie covers a ten-year period of evidence gathering and political intrigue. It is interesting to see both some of the methods used, and the attempts to cover them up.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
One of the best thrillers of all time, Jodi Foster stars as a young FBI agent across from Anthony Hopkins as the terrifying Hannibal Lector. The imprisoned psychiatrist is supposed to help her with a psychological profile to find a current serial killer, but instead, she gets trapped in his snare.
A Simple Favor (2018)
A mysterious and elegant woman disappears, and her best friend, who also happens to be a small-town vlogger, sets out on a quest to find her. But how well did she really know this mysterious friend? She begins to think that she is a pawn in a game of elaborate betrayal. Starring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively.
Stonehearst Asylum (2014)
This gothic thriller is set in a mental asylum at the turn of the 20th century. A recent Oxford graduate finds work there and begins learning about the “revolutionary” and “humane” treatments being used. But what is the real motivation behind these treatments, and who is really calling the shots at Stonehearst?
The Uninvited (2009)
This is a thrilling remake of a Korean fil A Take of Two Sisters, which is a telling of the folk tale of Janghwa Hongryeon jeon. It is a kind of Cinderella story with a very dark twist. Arielle Kebbel and Emily Browning star as the sisters at the center of this eerie tale.
The Usual Suspects (1995)
In one of the greatest mystery movies of all time, we sit through the interrogation of a small-time con man, played by Kevin Spacey. He tells the story of his survival of a massacre and a fire on a docked ship. The tale takes many twists and turns as the investigator tries to get to the bottom of what really happened.
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
Based on the Lionel Shriver novel of the same name, we meet the mother of Kevin, a young boy who has committed a horrific school shooting. She thinks back over Kevin’s childhood and the strange signs that there was something not quite right with him as she asks herself “what could I have done differently?”
You Were Never Really Here (2017)
Joaquin Phoenix stars in this psychological thriller about a traumatized mercenary who is hired to rescue the daughter of a politician that has been kidnapped by human traffickers. Joe is willing to do whatever it takes to stop these criminals, but where is he really getting his orders from?
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