Thriller films are tantalizing exercises in cinematic torment — whether by means of a long-gestating burn of a movie or through a rapid-fire assault on the senses, a deluge of tension-release cycling that doesn’t relent until the credits roll. Whichever form of the genre you prefer, a great place to watch them all is on Amazon Prime Video (free with a Prime subscription). And with Halloween fast approaching, if you’re interested in being sucked into the dark and sinister world of genre viewing, we’ve highlighted all the best thriller films you can watch on Prime Video right now.

Amazon Prime may have a robust catalog, but it doesn’t have everything. Luckily, we’ve also curated roundups of the best thrillers on Netflix and the best thrillers on Hulu.

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Secret Window (2004)

When author Mort Rainey (Johnny Depp) retreats to his isolated upstate New York cabin for a reprieve from his messy divorce, a man named Shooter (John Turturro) seeks out the writer. Claiming Mort stole story elements from Shooter’s own written works, the enigmatic bucolic businessman begins a slow but vicious reign of terror against Mort and those around him. Based on a Stephen King short story, Secret Window doesn’t reinvent the wheel by any means, but it’s an effective thrill ride from start to finish, powered by captivating performances from both Depp and Turturro.

Rotten Tomatoes: 48%
Stars: Johnny Depp, John Turturro, Maria Bello
Director: David Koepp
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 95 minutes

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Frailty (2002)

When the father (Bill Paxton) of Fenton (Matt O’ Leary) and Adam Meeks (Jeremy Sumpter) claims to have been visited by an archangel, a guardian that tasked the patriarch with eradicating earthbound demons, the children are initially wary of their father’s holy duty. But when their old man begins actively kidnapping and eradicating human beings, a so-called delusion becomes terrifyingly real. Often sliding under the thriller radar, Frailty is a solid gem of a film that finds the late Paxton in both the director’s chair and as a powerful on-screen talent. The movie also stars Matthew McConaughey as an adult Adam, a man with pivotal information regarding a present-day serial killer.

Rotten Tomatoes: 48%
Stars: Bill Paxton, Matthew McConaughey, Powers Boothe
Director: Bill Paxton
Rating: R
Runtime: 99 minutes

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Traffic (2001)

A deep dive into the high-risk world of drug trafficking, director Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic is an ensemble epic that explores the ins and outs of the illegal venture through the vantages of users, enforcers, politicians, and ancillary parties surrounding the main talents. Exploring perspectives both deeply personal and through lenses as macro as can be, Traffic showcases the many devastations of the dark industry — a grim narrative buttressed by players like Michael Douglas, Benicio Del Toro, Don Cheadle, and more.

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Stars: Michael Douglas, Benicio Del Toro, Catherine Zeta-Jones
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Rating: R
Runtime: 147 minutes

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Unhinged (2020)

We’ve all had episodes of road rage that we’re not proud of, but typically these exchanges between drivers amount to nothing more than a few finger gestures and muffled profanities behind closed car doors. For Rachel (Caren Pistorious), a highway-bound single mother, a nightmare becomes a reality when, after beeping at a fellow driver (Russell Crowe), the man in question begins following her, leaving us, the viewers, to watch Rachel’s descent into the unnamed driver’s hellish revenge.

Rotten Tomatoes: 48%
Stars: Russell Crowe, Caren Pistorious, Gabriel Bateman
Director: Derrick Borte
Rating: R
Runtime: 90 minutes

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The Courier (2021)

Based on a true story, The Courier stars Benedict Cumberbatch Greville Wynne, your run-of-the-mill British businessman who’s handed the seemingly impossible task of negotiating with a Soviet spy (Merab Ninidze) to defuse international tensions, a massive effort by the U.K.’s MI-6 to put an end to the Cuban Missile Crisis. A tactful and rewarding espionage thriller, The Courier finds Benedict Cumberbatch at the top of his powers, delivering yet another engrossing leading-man performance.

Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan
Director: Dominic Cooke
Rating: R
Runtime: 112 minutes

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When a Stranger Calls (1979)

Featuring one of the most terrifying openings of any horror/thriller to date, When a Stranger Calls stars Carol Kane as Jill Johnson, a babysitter who receives the shock of her life when a disturbed merchant seaman preys upon her and the children she’s sitting for. After she escapes his clutches, the perpetrator returns seven years later after breaking out of a psychiatric institution to continue stalking Jill and her new family. A well-rounded film with earnest performances and an edge-of-your-seat story, When a Stranger Calls may attempt a little too much storyline at times, but its greatest successes are had when the film focuses on the torment of Jill Johnson and her fight for survival.

Rotten Tomatoes: 41%
Stars: Charles Durning, Carol Kane, Rutanya Alda
Director: Fred Walton
Rating: R
Runtime: 97 minutes

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) is facing a major career ding after the fallout of a libel suit brought against him by a wretched businessman. When wealthy magnate Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer) invites the disgraced journalist to investigate the disappearance of his niece, a purported crime 40 years in the past, Blomkvist seeks redemption by accepting the employment. Partnered with the brilliant but volatile Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), a genius hacker that ran Blomkvist’s background check for Vanger, the unlikely duo soon discover a web of deceit that stretches further than either could ever imagine. David Fincher brings his iconic touch to this English-language adaptation of the 2003 Swedish novel, a directorial mark further complemented by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ moody underbelly of a score.

Rotten Tomatoes: 87%
Stars: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer
Director: David Fincher
Rating: R
Runtime: 158 minutes

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Midsommar (2019)

Midsommar takes creepiness to a whole new level. With their relationship foundering, a young American couple joins their friends on a trip to a fabled midsummer festival in an extremely remote Swedish community. The pastoral paradise appears to be a dream — the absolute pinnacle of human cooperation and cohabitation. But as the Americans soon learn the true reason they were invited to join these reclusive people, their trip soon turns sinister and horrifying.

Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
Stars: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper
Director: Ari Aster
Rating: R
Runtime: 125 minutes

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An Inspector Calls (2015)

Thriller fans may have missed An Inspector Calls because it was a TV movie in the United Kingdom. However, Prime Video is giving this terrific film another chance to find an audience. In 1912, the Birling family’s engagement celebration for Sheila (Chloe Pirrie) and her fiancé, Gerald Croft (Kyle Soller), is interrupted by Inspector Goole (David Thewlis) as he informs the family about the suicide of a young woman named Eva Smith (Sophie Rundle). Goole is such a force of nature that his interrogations bring to light the secrets of the guilty. But who is truly responsible for Eva’s death?

Rotten Tomatoes: N/A
Stars: David Thewlis, Sophie Rundle, Chloe Pirrie, Finn Cole, Miranda Richardson
Director: Aisling Walsh
Rating: N/A
Runtime: 90 minutes

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The Wall (2017)

The Wall is a very stripped-down thriller with only three major roles. In Iraq, military sniper Shane Matthews (John Cena) and his spotter, Sergeant Allen “Ize” Isaac (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), are assigned to make sure that a pipeline construction site is clear from enemy forces. Unfortunately, a feared sniper known as Juba (Laith Nakli) successfully draws them into a trap, and wounds both men. As the soldiers hide behind a crumbling wall, Juba uses the radio to learn more about them and to advance his larger plans. That’s because Juba has done this before, and his words are also weapons in his arsenal.

Rotten Tomatoes: 65%
Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena, Laith Nakli
Director: Sreenath
Rating: R
Runtime: 88 minutes

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Blow the Man Down (2020)

From writer-director duo Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy, Blow the Man Down is a bleak seaside thriller with black comedy undertones. Siblings Priscilla (Sophie Lowe) and Mary Beth Connolly (Morgan Saylor) aren’t on the greatest of terms after their mother’s funeral. Further complicating their sisterly struggle is a murder they must commit (in self-defense). Disposing of the body, the sisters are far from out of the woods when local law enforcement begins a search for the very man the duo pitched in the ocean. Add to that another body washing up on the shore, and Blow the Man Down sheds a layer to reveal a deeper underbelly of feminist power-playing and malicious intent. A film that builds an immersive tone and atmosphere from the get-go, Blow the Man Down is a whodunit that keeps you drawn in for its 90-minute runtime.

Rotten Tomatoes: 98%
Stars: Sophie Lowe, Morgan Saylor, Margo Martindale
Director: Bridget Savage Cole, Danielle Krudy
Rating: R
Runtime: 91 minutes

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Leave No Trace (2018)

Tom (Thomasin McKenzie) and Will (Ben Foster) live a tranquil but off-the-radar existence in the deep woodlands of the Pacific Northwest. Surviving off nature’s bounty and camping by fireplaces, the duo lead a quiet existence until they’re discovered by park authorities. Forcefully relocated from their forest-dwelling, the father-daughter team faces a cold world of displacement, systematic rigor, and no home to truly call their own. Debra Granik’s film is a heartfelt drama as much as it is a slow and subtle thriller, one where each minor misstep opens a bigger and deeper pit for its characters to crawl out of.

Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
Stars: Ben Foster, Thomasin McKenzie, Dale Dickey
Director: Debra Granik
Rating: PG
Runtime: 108 minutes

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The Report (2019)

A star-studded cast, including Adam Driver, Annette Bening, and Jon Hamm, tackled this film’s deep-dive into the investigation of and controversy around torture used by the CIA following the terrorist attacks on September 11. Examining the full 6,700-page report by Daniel Jones of the Senate Intelligence Committee, the story is based, in part, on Katherine Eban’s Vanity Fair article “Rorschach and Awe.” Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in early 2019, the Amazon Studios movie had a brief theatrical release then went straight to the streaming service.

Rotten Tomatoes: 82%
Stars: Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Morrison
Director: Scott Z. Burns
Rating: R
Runtime: 119 minutes

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To Catch a Thief (1955)

Go way back in time for this Alfred Hitchcock classic, based on the novel of the same name by David Dodge. Cary Grant is a retired cat burglar who, in an attempt to save his reputation, catches an imposter targeting wealthy tourists in the French Riviera. It marked the last film project for Grace Kelly, who starred as Grant’s love interest before she retired from acting to become Princess of Monaco.

Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Stars: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Rating: PG
Runtime: 106 minutes

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The Handmaiden (2016)

Dubbed an erotic psychological thriller, this South Korean film, also known as Ah-ga-ssi, is inspired by the novel Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, with a change in setting from the Victorian era to Korea during Japanese colonial rule. At the heart of the story is a con man with a sinister plot to seduce a Japanese heiress so he can have her committed and steal her money.

Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Stars: Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri, Ha Jung-woo, Cho Jin-woong
Director: Park Chan-wook
Rating: NR
Runtime: 145 minutes

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Knives Out (2019)

In a family gathering that ends in tragedy with the death of the patriarch, a master detective must figure out who the perpetrator is. A classic thriller whodunit trope with a modern twist, the star-studded cast alone makes this film a must-watch. Performing well at the box office and receiving plenty of accolades for the screenplay, direction, and story, the movie was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and was dubbed one of the top movies of 2019 by the National Board of Review.

Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Stars: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, Christopher Plummer
Director: Rian Johnson
Rating: PG
Runtime: 130 minutes

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We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

Lionel Shriver’s psychological thriller, We Need to Talk About Kevin, was adapted for the screen by director Lynne Ramsay with Ezra Miller in the title role. Regardless, this movie belongs to Tilda Swinton, who plays Kevin’s mother, Eva. John C. Reilly also has a rare dramatic turn as Eva’s husband and Kevin’s father, Franklin. The story begins in the present, as Eva struggles to deal with the enormity of Kevin’s crime against society and herself. But as Eva examines her past, she begins to wonder what part she had to play in raising a monster under her own roof. Swinton’s performance is electric, and it carries the film all the way to its conclusion. However, Miller’s Kevin is the rare screen monster who is all too human with the evil he inflicts upon the world.

Rotten Tomatoes: 75%
Stars: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller
Director: Lynne Ramsay
Rating: R
Runtime: 112 minutes

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You Were Never Really Here (2017)

Joaquin Phoenix is on point in Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here. The Oscar-winning actor plays Joe, a brutalizer-for-hire, with a specialty in rescuing trafficked girls. Suffering from suicidal thoughts and years of trauma from his childhood through his military career, Joe agrees to a new mission. It’s standard fare: Rescue a senator’s daughter and take down anyone that gets in the way. The only trouble is that those involved are part of a much deeper political conspiracy, and Joe lands right in the middle of the villains and their victims. You Were Never Really Here has teeth, and it bites — a lot. Those uneasy with gore may want to choose something else on this list. For those that can stomach Joe’s reign of hammer-blows, you’ll be rewarded with a brilliantly directed character study and a mesmerizing lead performance from our latest cinematic Joker.

Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov
Director: Lynne Ramsay
Rating: 14A
Runtime: 89 minutes

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