Choosing the next movie to watch can be difficult with a genre as broad and popular as thrillers, whose distinguishing traits can readily cross into adjacent genres like horror and drama. This chosen list of Netflix flicks should please thriller enthusiasts seeking for something new.
1. The Guilty (2021)
Director- Antoine Fuqua
While awaiting a court hearing for an incident that occurred on duty eight months ago, troubled LAPD officer Joe Baylor is working the night shift at a 911 call centre. He receives a call from Emily Lighton, who informs him that her kidnapping has happen. Joe discovers that she and her kidnapper are in a white van. Emily is force to hang off before she can provide any information. The California Highway Patrol receives the information, but without a licence plate number, they are unable to find the vehicle. Joe will do all in his power to locate Emily.
2. Identity (2003)
Director- James Mangold
Strangers from various backgrounds. A limo driver escorting a fading television celebrity, the parents of a young son whose marriage is in trouble. A cop transporting a dangerous inmate, a stunning call girl, a young newlywed couple. A worried motel manager—are caught in a violent thunderstorm and stranded at a motel in barren Nevada. When they start getting killing off one by one, they realise they might be visiting the motel for a different cause. They must get to the bottom of why they’re there as tensions rise and fingers are point. Meanwhile, a psychiatrist is attempting to prove the innocence of a man accused of murder in an eleventh-hour trial in an undisclosed location.
3. Paranormal Activity (2007)
Director- Oren Peli
Katie gets torment as a youngster by a nefarious spiritual presence. She fears the same thing has tracked her down, along with her boyfriend Micah. Micah continues to use his new video recording equipment in an attempt to acquire footage. It describes what this mystery entity may be. Also, what it wants after suspecting they are not alone in their residence. After ignoring vital advise Katie receives from a ‘paranormal specialist’. This film is a chronological collection of what that camera captured in Katie and Micah’s home, with each night becoming more wildly terrifying.
4. Good Time (2017)
Director- Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
Connie is a tough young criminal. He is motivated by a passionate love for his mentally challenged brother, Nick. As well as an explosive mix of despair and a desire for a brighter future. However, Nick ends up on Rikers Island due to an unforeseeable complication. As a result, causing his desperate but resolute sibling to go on a hellish, no-holds-barred journey to free him. Connie will now have to go to tremendous lengths over the course of a long and violent night to save Nick from a dreadful fate. Nevertheless, he is doomed to cause more harm than good.
5. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)
Director- Yorgos Lanthimos
Following the sudden loss of Martin’s father on the operating table at the age of 16, a close and compassionate friendship develops between him and Dr Steven Murphy, a respected cardiothoracic surgeon. Even if a hazy, yet unsettling sense overshadows Martin’s honest aim from the outset. As a result, expensive gifts and eventually an invitation to dinner will quickly earn the orphaned adolescent. In the favour of Dr Steven’s immaculate family. Then, unexpectedly, the perfect family is stricken by a cruel and callous punishment. While everything begins to break apart as the innocents bear the brunt of the penalty. Finally, because one person’s misdeeds affect the entire family, only an unthinkable and unendurable decision requiring a pure sacrifice may purge the soul. However, in order to receive catharsis, one must first acknowledge the sin.
6. I’m Thinking Of Ending Things (2020)
Director- Charlie Kaufman
A young woman (Jessie Buckley) goes on a road trip with her new boyfriend (Jesse Plemons) to his family’s farm, despite having second thoughts about their relationship. The young woman begins to rethink the nature of everything she knew or understood about her boyfriend, herself, and the universe when trapped at the farm with Jake’s mother (Toni Collette) and father (David Thewlis) during a snowstorm. A film on regret, longing, and the human spirit’s frailty.
7. Gerald’s Game (2017)
Director- Mike Flanagan
Gerald and Jessie Burlingame embarked on a weekend excursion to their isolated lakeside getaway as a final effort to preserve their shattered marriage, in the hopes of rekindling the long-lost warmth in their relationship. Gerald intended to perform a safe but kinky sex game with a pair of handcuffs and a lot of imagination, so everything is taken care of: the fridge is well-stocked, and there isn’t a soul in the area to bother the couple. Instead, when Jessie is shackled to their robust wooden bed due to an unforeseen circumstance, a new game begins—one that demands perseverance, a clear head, and, above all, a strong resolve to survive.
8. Rebecca (2020)
Director- Ben Wheatly
A recently married young woman (Lily James) arrives at Manderley, her new husband’s enormous family estate on a windswept English coast, after a whirlwind affair in Monte Carlo with dashing widower Maxim de Winter (Armie Hammer). She settles into the trappings of her new life, naive and inexperienced, but she is haunted by the ghost of Maxim’s first wife, the elegant and urbane Rebecca, whose haunting legacy is kept alive by Manderley’s evil maid Mrs. Danvers (Kristin Scott Thomas).
9. Things Heard & Seen (2021)
Director- Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
George Claire, a gorgeous, self-centered professor, persuades his wife, Catherine, an accomplished art restorer, to put her brilliant career on wait so that he can teach art history at Saginaw College. However, Catherine and her five-year-old daughter, Franny, face a shaky fresh start after moving from 1980s Manhattan to the verdant town of Chosen, New York, as the already difficult task of restoring their gloomy 18th-century new home is compounded by the discovery of foreboding remnants left behind by the previous owners. Catherine finds herself stuck in her own home as a corrosive undercurrent of dissatisfaction gradually gets in the way of happiness. But she is aware that her mind may play terrible tricks on her at times.