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20 Amazing Thrillers Streaming On Netflix

04 January 2014 | Features, Film Lists | by David Zou

great thriller movies

Thriller movies are rooted within the ordinary world, into which are brought those transforming elements (a murder, a monster, a vital secret) that charge it with a spirit of danger and adventure. Rather than transporting us to an exotic other world, the thriller creates a double world, one that is both exotic and everyday, primitive and modern, marvelous and mundane.

A good story lies at the heart of a fine thriller. Since it is not easy to find many good stories from Hollywood nowadays, we need a little help from Netflix and a guiding list like this one. We have selected 20 fantastic thrillers from the Netflix catalogue for fans who love suspenseful and thrilling movies.

 

1. Zodiac (Watch Now)

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The Plot: A San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac killer.

Why See It: Instead of caring about the real serial killer like other thriller directors would do, director David Fincher is more interested in cartoonist’s obsession with the case, and turned it into a thrilling watching experience.

 

2. The Untouchables (Watch Now)

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The Plot: Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team.

Why See It: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Andy Garcia and Robert De Niro. Directed by Brian De Palma.

 

3.  The Swimming Pool (Watch Now)

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The Plot: A British mystery author visits her publisher’s home in the South of France, where her interaction with his unusual daughter sets off some touchy dynamics.

Why See It: Erotic thrillers is a genre that, if not handled carefully, can quickly fall prey to silliness and excess. Director François Ozon apparently pulled it off and made a masterpiece.

 

4. The Conversation (Watch Now)

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The Plot: A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple he is spying on will be murdered.

Why See It: Made at the height of his career, The Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola’s classic won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival that year.

 

5. Pi (Watch Now)

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The Plot: A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature.

Why See It: Genius director Darren Aronofsky(Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream)’s directorial debut, a cult film every geek should see.

 

6. Wargames (Watch Now)

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The Plot: A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III.

Why See It: Another geek movie that was very popular in the 1980s. Cyberthrillers may not have started with this film, but it was here the form achieved an early peak.

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  • Vince Duggan

    Day Watch is brilliant, but stream Night Watch first or you won’t have a clue to what’s going on.

  • Brandon Russo

    Joseph Gordon Levit was famous as a child actor in “third rock form the sun” nevertheless “brick” could be considered his breakout role in a leading part …great list, thanks…

  • lydia

    Half of these are not streaming. kasdjflaijfialmvlkw -.-

  • Shaun Hammel

    ‘Brick’ no longer streaming.

  • Vivian Oberon

    I liked both Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Leo DiCaprio better as kids/teens than I do now.They seemed to really shine, now they’re A List and good, but they don’t seem to have the magic they did. Or maybe it’s the films. I watched Night Watch, I don’t see how it got to be so beloved. It was a chore for me to watch. I like my vampires gothic, this was just silly to me.