10 best recent thrillers, according to Ranker
An impressive number of thrillers have been released in recent years, especially in a variety of subgenres, including alley of nightmares, Principleand Lighthouse. They are a fascinating distraction from life while often commenting on life itself. Since the majority of movies were watched at home rather than on the big screen, it’s interesting to see which movies are ranked highest by viewers.
Ranker released a list that garnered some very compelling results from his constituents. Several of these films dive into the horror category and others delve into serious social commentary, but all of them will keep viewers on the edge of their seats.
ten A Quiet Place: Part II (2021) – Stream on Paramount +
Following A silent place, this horror/thriller is also written and produced by John Krasinski. Krasinski’s wife, Emily Blunt, reprises her role, as do the two actors playing her children. After the disastrous ending of the first film, the family is forced to go beyond their sandy paths and settle into the world.
It’s no surprise this film made the list – it’s every bit as thrilling as the original and does exactly what a sequel should, lives up to the stakes. Around the world, the family meets other survivors who help them, but that doesn’t mean anyone is safe.
9 The Hunt (2020) – Stream on Paramount +
Nick Cuse, the writer, also worked on watchmen. He also worked on Leftovers with director, Craig Zobel (Compiance, Easttown mare), who clearly enjoys making challenging and uncomfortable stories. This movie starts out intense and doesn’t slow down.
Twelve strangers wake up in a field, gagged and confused. There is a container full of weapons and chaos ensues. Soon they realize they are being hunted for sport. This film mixes thrills, humor and violence for a story with social commentary and punch.
8 We (2019) – Stream On Spectrum On Demand
The sequel to Jordan Peele’s first film, get outexpectations were high with We. Lupita Nyong’o stars with Winston Duke as a couple taking their family on a beach vacation. Everything seems to be going well until a family of evil look-alikes show up in red jumpsuits to terrorize the family.
There’s nothing quite like this film out there and with its references to other horror and thriller films, it speaks to classics of both genres while creating something new. Like an episode of The twilight zonethe mystery of this film is not cleared up until the very end.
7 No Time to Die (2021) – Rent on Amazon or Apple TV
James Bond is finally back with Daniel Craig playing the part for his last time. This installment of the franchise is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (True detective, maniac) and written in part by Neal Purvis (Quantum of Solace, Skyfall), with a rewrite by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Kill Eve, Fleabag). The film puts a new spin on Bond while including some of his classics.
This installment of the Bond franchise finds James retired in Jamaica and seemingly happy. When his old friend and CIA agent Felix Leiter played by Jeffrey Wright (Westworld, Batman) asks for help, 007 can’t help but get involved. It’s a great adventure with non-stop action and a feeling that things could be very different in the next film.
6 Midsommar (2019) – Stream on Showtime
Writer/director Ari Aster continued his disturbing film debut, Hereditary, with this shock. The story tells of a group of friends who travel to a remote Swedish village to experience their Midsommar festival, but the celebration requires much more than they bargained for. The film is both beautiful and terrifying.
It’s fascinating to watch fish out of water stories where a character engages in a new culture and also senses that something is wrong. Two of the MCU’s best new stars, Florence Pugh (black widow, little women) and Will Poulter (The Labyrinth, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3) join several other friends in this shocking and unexpected horror thriller.
5 #Alive (2020) – Stream on Netflix
This zombie thriller follows a young man in Seoul, Korea, gamer O Joon-woo played by Yoo Ah-in (Hellbound, the throne) who is stuck in his parents’ apartment on the fourth floor and watches his town descend into chaos. This movie is full of thrills and unique zombie kills. And while there’s a lot to watch in the zombie genre these days, this one keeps it fresh.
In this age of quarantine and isolation, this film tackles very modern issues and challenges. It also requires a little humor. This film gives the impression of living in the world of we are all deadbut it’s a much more intimate account, and it’s ranked very high in terms of Netflix’s international viewership.
4 Ready or Not (2019) – Stream on Fubo
An action-comedy-horror mystery thriller is quite an interesting mix of genres on its own. Grace, played by Samara Weaving (Ashes vs. Evil Dead, the babysitter) is about to marry Daniel played by Adam Brody (Gilmore Girls, Shazam!) who is part of a wealthy dynasty of game creators. To Grace’s surprise, her wedding night turns into a game of hide and seek with the family, who hope it will end in her death.
This highly inventive film doesn’t take itself too seriously. It received high marks from critics and voters and Samara Weaving is at her best in this movie. Although she acted for several years before that, Ready or Not really seemed to catapult Weaving to stardom.
3 The Invisible Man (2020) – Stream on IMDb TV
Written and directed by Leigh Whannell who wrote Seen and Insidiousthis version, inspired by the novel by HG Wells, finds Cecilia Kass interpreted by Elisabeth Moss (Handmaid’s Tale, Mad Men) coping with the suicide of his abusive ex. Her struggle is that she feels like it’s a hoax and is taunted by the man who is actually still alive.
People around Cecilia question her stability but understand her fragile state after the way her husband abused her. The invisible Man mixes themes of domestic violence and the effects of violence on people while keeping viewers on the edge of their seat.
2 Joker (2019) – Stream on HBO Max
There have been many renditions of Batman’s nemesis over the year both on screen and in the comic book pages, but this version of Joker played by Joaquin Phoenix (She, the master) is a superb character study on the birth of evil and how emotionally struggling people can inflict the same pain on others.
This dip into the dark side of the superhero movie genre by writer/director Todd Phillips (Old School, The Hangover) is a big departure from his usual playful fair. It helps that Phoenix is joined by such masterful performers as Zazie Beetz (Atlanta, bullet train) and Robert Deniro. This Oscar-winning film is powerful and well worth watching.
1 Parasite (2019) – Stream on Hulu
This groundbreaking dramatic thriller from Bong Joon Ho (Okja, snowdrops) rocked the film community upon its release. Nothing had been seen like it before and many people need to see it multiple times to grasp all of its many details. The story masterfully weaves the lives of two families together. The Kims have financial difficulties and constantly do not know where to find money. The Parks are well off and lead an easy life, ignoring the struggling others around them.
It is the first Korean film to win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. It also won four Oscars, including Best Picture of the Year. This movie really accomplished so much in its fine detail and superb acting while still keeping the thrills going at every turn.
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