Top 10 Thrillers to watch on Netflix
Netflix has a wide range of movies to choose from, especially in the genre of ‘Thrillers’. However, over the decades, the genre has digressed a bit, with the inclusion of several movies, which are merging the boundaries of this genres with other genres. Generally, the term ‘thriller’ is used to describe movies which are rich in action, drama, crime, and sometimes, even borderline horror. Due to this, one may get confused while browsing through the Netflix category for thriller movies. Here are the 10 best thrillers on Netflix, sorted out for you.
1. Se7en  –
A jewel of the thriller genre, ‘Se7en’ is a neo-noir crime thriller, directed by none other than David Fincher. This film won the director a lot of critical acclaim and appreciation. With a serial killer on the loose, two detectives, played by Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt, desperately search for clues and try to nab him. The only clue- the killer uses the ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ as an ‘inspiration’ for the murders. With the cast giving wonderful performances, this movie is a treat for all the thriller lovers on Netflix.
2. The Invitation  –
Underrated movie, yet, a must watch on Netflix. Karyn Kusama’s brilliant and mature direction in the film ‘The Invitation’ only goes on to show that she has grown remarkably as a director, since the film ‘Jennifer’s Body’. The film takes a jibe at the social anxiety which is often faced by the guests at a dinner party they didn’t want to go to. This is until the protagonist discovers that something sinister may be in store for everyone, as the guests have started to act weirdly.
3. It Follows  –
Based on a very simple concept, the film is directed in a masterpiece manner by David Robert Mitchell. The plot is relatively easy to understand- till the ‘monster’ takes over! Maika Monroe plays a young girl, who catches upon an STD. The STD is a monster of sorts. It can kill you- unless you pass it on to someone else. The cinematography and music scores just add to the creepy feels you get while watching the film, making it a quite a thriller of a movie.
4. Inside Man  –
The film ‘Inside Man’ continues to be one of the most entertaining films of the talented director Spike Lee. Again, a simple plot, where a bank heist is involved, and an expert hostage negotiator is called to diffuse the situation. Enter Denzel Washington, at his best! What would seem to be an ordinary film turns into a complex and a hardcore thriller, when there is a series of unexpected twists and turns. Spike Lee uses the storytelling devices, which will leave you guessing till the end.
5. The Departed  –
A remake of the Hong Kong film ‘The Infernal Affairs’, Martin Scorsese has certainly made it even better than the original, and this film even won him the award for ‘Best Direction’. The high on ‘octane’ story follows the lives of the Matt Damon and Leonardo Di Caprio, who end up in the same mob but with different purposes. One is an undercover cop, while another is a dirty cop. While both of them try and hide their identities, the movie picks up a pace. What ensues is a game of brutal backstabbing, and the endless wait for the truth to come out. With the impressive cast supported by Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg and others, it is a must watch on Netflix- it is surely going to keep you entertained.
6. The Sixth Sense  –
One of the best films by M. Night Shyamalan, ‘The Sixth Sense’ was quite of a big release in the year 1999. Of course, this was before the skepticism rose in the minds of the viewers upon seeing his name. The plot revolves around the young boy, who is unable to distinguish between the dead and the living. The child psychologist has also issues, and a highly emotionally compelling story is crafted around them. This film is one of the four horror movies to have been nominated for the Oscars in the category of ‘Best Picture’.
7. The Interview  –
The initial few minutes may seem to be a bit too ‘claustrophobic’. The film begins in a very ‘Kafka’ style of story. Tables are turned sooner than later when it turns into a battle of sorts between an apparently ‘innocent’ man, and interrogator, a detective. Both of them have their own personal demons to fight with. Through the dialogue and flashbacks, the plot emerges out properly. Both the lead actors, Hugo Weaving, and Tony Martin throw the ball out of the park with their captivating and realistic performances. This Australian psychological thriller is a must watch on Netflix.
8. No Country For Old Men  –
One of the best films by the Coen Brothers, ‘No Country For Old Men’ is a jewel on Netflix. The movie is an adaptation from Cormac McCarthy’s novel of the same name. The story follows the trials and tribulations of a hunter, who stumbles upon two million dollars in cash, which is an outcome of a drug deal gone rogue. His happiness is short-lived when he finds out that he is pursued by thugs as well as an assassin, who likes to have his victims play a coin of toss, to find their fate.
9. The Silence of the Lambs  –
This psychological thriller is bound to give you chills and thrills while streaming on Netflix. ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ is a brilliant adaptation of the novel written by Thomas Harris. The story unravels when a young FBI trainee seeks help from a prisoner- an intelligent psychologist but a cannibal! Together, they try and catch the serial killer, the ‘Buffalo Bill’- who skins corpses of his female victims. The film went on to be critically appreciated and to win five Academy Awards.
10. Girl With The Dragon Tattoo  –
David Fincher at its finest! This movie is worth streaming on Netflix, in case you haven’t seen it yet. The film is a psychological thriller based on the novel of the same name, written by Stieg Larsson. The story revolves around the quest to find a woman who vanished 40 years ago, without any trace or major clue. The film won a lot of awards, including an Academy Award for Best Film Editing.
Thrillers always manage to tempt us and lure us into the mysteries it weaves. It is not necessary for the thrillers to be gory at all times. The mystery element in it is enough to keep you gripping the edge of your seat, biting the nails off, and giving you the adrenaline rush- all in the comforts of your home. This list is surely going to rattle you up, while you stream some good ‘ol thrills from the Netflix.