The most effective thrillers on Amazon Prime (November 2020)

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a thriller as "a fiction or drama which is designed to arouse interest through a high degree of intrigue, adventure, or tension". When you think of the standout thrillers from this genre of film, you will hardly find one that does not fit the description of this definition. The big thrillers also switch to the categories of mysteries, action-adventure, horror, science fiction, spy films, and both noir and neo-noir. Amazon Prime has such a large inventory of thrillers in its library that choosing one to watch when you feel like a thriller can be an overwhelming and daunting task. You may be in one mood when you start looking through their selections, but you will be in an entirely different mood when you finally choose one to look at.

At Collider, we decided to help you choose the right thriller by making it easy for you to find the best thrillers on Amazon Prime Video. We've gone through the library and compiled a list of the best movies available to stream right now, from the classics to hidden gems to new releases and everything in between. This list of the best thrillers on Amazon Prime is updated weekly with brand new options. So, you should come back next time you're looking for something great to see.

A simple favor


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Writer: Jessica Sharzer

Director: Paul Feig

Occupation: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding and Andrew Rannells

Twisted thrillers don't get more deliciously absurd and provocative than A simple favor, Paul Feig& # 39; s stylish secret about a lonely single mother (Anna Kendrick) who finds himself in an increasingly wild position when she agrees to take care of her friend's son. It turns out that the friend in question is a real wild card (Blake Lively in a redefined role) and when she is missed everything is messed up. One of the most sleepy films of 2018, A Simple Favor is a suspenseful thriller with some insane revelations and next-level fashion porn that would make Ocean's 8 tremble. Batshit is crazy about a trio of killer lead performances. A Simple Favor makes you guess, but better yet, it makes you grin from start to finish. – Haleigh Foutch


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Director: Julius Avery

Writer: Billy Ray, Mark L. Smith

Occupation: Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Mathilde Olivier, Pilou Asbaek, Bokeem Woodbine and Iain De Caestecker

Overlord was one of the biggest surprises of 2018. First presented as a WWII film, director Julius Avery drew a brilliant switcheroo onto unsuspecting audiences and instead treated them with grindhouse horror. Jovan Adepo Stars like Boyce, a young soldier who is still used to the dangers of war and who is sent on the eve of D-Day as part of a paratrooper team to destroy a radio tower behind enemy lines. The plane was shot down over France, killing all of his team except himself and three other soldiers. They infiltrate the small French town where the radio tower is located and get help from Chloe (Mathilde Olivier), a resident who carries her own firepower. As they infiltrate the base where the tower is located, they discover that the Nazis carried out some terrible experiments on the city's residents. The film is all about body horror and the creation of a new species that is half animal and half human. It's all wonderfully crazy in the best possible way, but it never goes into camp at the expense of the real horrors of war. Truly an incredible achievement that you will remember for days to come.

Reformed first

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Author / Director: Paul Schrader

Occupation: Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer, Michael Gaston

"Will God forgive us?" Easily the most haunting thriller of recent times Paul Schrader& # 39; s Reformed first Stars Ethan Hawke as Toller, a priest suffering from a dire crisis of faith after counseling a suicide desperate about the doomed ecological future of planet earth. The idea spreads over him like a devastating psychological plague, and as he approaches the dead man's widow, he also turns into pure existential fear, a new belief to which he radically devotes himself. As a writer for greats like Taxi Drivers and Raging Bull, Schrader knows his way around an impeccable script and combines this ability with his best directorial work to date. It's a hell of a good movie, and Hawke was absolutely robbed during the awards season (not even a nomination smdh, though Schrader got an original script nod) but be forewarned, it's a gritty affair, queasy with increasing tension and the gnawing fear that the same existential madness could have come for you. – Haleigh Foutch

The report


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Director: Scott Z. Burns

Writer: Scott Z. Burns

Occupation: Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm, Tim Blake Nelson, Maura Tierney, Corey Stoll and Michael C. Hall

Well-known screenwriter and producer Scott Z. Burns made his feature film directorial debut The report. A real-life story of the CIA's attempts to cover up a report describing its disruptive torture methods used on captured prisoners after September 11th. The report Stars Adam driver as Daniel Jones, an idealistic Senate employee who was led by Senator Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening) Conduct an investigation into the CIA's post-9/11 detention and interrogation program. Jones initially hesitates to take on the task, but is soon consumed by his indictments and becomes tenacious and determined to issue this report despite protests from the CIA and other Senators in Congress. Burns, who also wrote the script, does a masterful job of jumping back and forth in time throughout the film. He shows us the pressures and influences that led to the creation of this program, the consequences it has led to in the future, and why two governments have tried to cover it up for the supposed good of the country. It's a topical film for our time that speaks volumes about the highest levels of power in this country and what actions they are willing to take to bury information that negatively affects their ability to protect our country.

The maid


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Director: Chan-Wook Park

Authors: Seo-kyeong Jeong and Chan-wook Park

occupation: Min-hee Kim, Tae-ri Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Jing-woo Jo

The Handmaiden is absolutely the most adorable erotic thriller there has ever been. Chan-wook Park is generously inspired by the British melodrama of Sarah Waters and offers the source material a cultural transplant into the Japanese-occupied Korea of ​​the 1930s, where Sook-Hee (Tae-ri Kim) as the maid of the mysterious, troubled Lady Hideko Min -hee Kim), which starts a passionate affair that changes her life. Our entry point into the twisted story is Sook-Hee, a thief from trade and family tradition who actually teams up with a fake Count Fujiwara (Ha Jung-woo) to cheat Lady Hideko of her fortune, but when Sook-Hee falls in love in their goal, the diabolical plot is thrown for a loop as new levels of deception and manipulation are revealed at every turn. – Haleigh Foutch

You were never really here

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Director: Lynne Ramsay

Writer: Lynne Ramsay

Occupation: Joaquin Phoenix, Judith Roberts, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alessandro Nivola and John Doman

director Lynne Ramsay Directing this powerhouse of a movie that shows Joaquin Phoenix as Joe, a grizzled Gulf War veteran lost in a world of hallucinations provoked by a tortured past. The fact that he is a hired killer who brutally brings death gives this film an unexplained and electrical energy. Not sure if something actually happens or not? While Joe is handing out the deaths with a hammer, he also looks after his elderly mother (Judith Roberts) and try to remember to take his medicine. Joe is hired to find Nina (Ekaterina Samsonov), a 13-year-old innocent daughter of a New York Senator who is about to be sold into the sexual slavery of teenagers … or is she? He makes it his personal duty to find her and make those responsible pay for her kidnapping … even those who may have hired him to do the job. But is it all real or another of his hallucinations? You have to make your choice in a brilliantly confusing ending scene.


Dissolution film

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Directors: Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead

Writer: Justin Benson

Occupation: Peter Cilella, Vinny Curran, Emily Montague and Zahn McClarnon

The feature debut of spring and The endless Filmmaker duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, resolution is a slowburn, a surprisingly expansive existential thriller that builds an entire universe out of the confines of a remote cabin. Petter Cilella and Vinny Curran Co-star as two old friends making their way to this cabin – but one doesn't know the other plans to keep them there by whatever means necessary until he breaks his friend off his drug habit. This character drama forms the solid foundation upon which Benson's script builds a Lovecraftian terror when an unknown, invisible force sends them messages and plays with them to further trap them in their dingy little pit of desperation. It's a slow burn that combines the landing with a memorable finish, and it contains enough mythology that Benson and Moorhead built an entire movie world out of it. Once you've finished breaking up, you can head over to Netflix to watch the half-episode The endless. – Haleigh Foutch

The man from nowhere

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Director: Jeong-beom Lee

Writer: Jeong-beom Lee

Occupation: Won Bin, Sae-ron Kim, Tae-hoon Kim, and Hee-won Kim

2010s The man from nowhere is one of those South Korean films that occasionally penetrate American audiences and leave an indelible mark. An action thriller with I won As an ex-special agent, Cha Tae-sik became a pawnbroker. He befriends his neighbor's daughter, Jeong So-mi (Sae-ron Kim) in the normal course of his life. When So-mi's mother, who dances at the local club, steals a large pack of heroin from that club at the behest of her lowly friend, it sets off a chain of events that seduce Tae-sik and So-mi from Korean gangs and around the world Drug addicts. After a gang takes them hostage, they use them in a war against another rival gang that leads to the possible death of So-mi. Fearing the worst, Tae-sik uses all the skills and weapons in his arsenal to save the young girl and pay those responsible for her possible death. superior Taken mixed with John Wick mixed with León: The professional and you got the man out of nowhere. Stream this tonight and get ready for a trip to hell.

Harry Brown


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Director: Daniel Barber

Writer: Gary Young

Occupation: Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, David Bradley, Iain Glen, Sean Harris and Charlie Creed-Miles

There was once, Michael Caine was the first badass in the late 60s and early 70s cinema. Movies like The Italian job and Get Carter really solidified Caine as a man not to mess with. As he got older, he left these films for more mainstream fare until Harry Brown 2009. This gritty action thriller from the director and Oscar nominee Daniel Barber, Stars Caine as the title character. Harry is an elderly trapped person who plays chess with his friend Leonard at the local bar (David Bradley) and takes care of his wife, who dies in a local hospital. The apartment complex he lives in is overrun by some brutal gangsters and drug dealers who don't care about killing others to get what they want or for fun. When Leonard is killed so close to Harry's apartment, the old man wipes the dust off his Royal Marine skills and sets out to take revenge on the people responsible for Leonard's death and wield his anger on people who attacked must be punished in the worst possible way. Barber uses the film as a commentary on the way British society is rejecting or minimizing the needs of the elderly. Give them little respect as they try to spend the rest of their days in peace after giving so much to their country. It's a graphic and wild film with a tour de force performance by Caine that you won't soon forget!



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Written and directed by: James Ward Byrkit

occupation: Nicholas Brendan, Emily Baldoni, Maury Sterling, Lorene Scafaria, Elizabeth Gracen, Hugo Armstrong, Alex Manugian and Lauren Maher

Filmed with an almost entirely improvised script over the course of five nights, Coherence is a great feature film debut from Gore Verbinski's frequent storyboard artist James Ward Byrkit and one of the best original science fiction concepts of recent times. At a dinner party gathering among old friends on the night of a rare astronomical event, tensions build as the laws of science and the firmaments of reality twist and break over the course of a breathtaking night. Part sci-fi, part horror, the no-budget chamber piece does not manage to rely on its fantastic concept, but rather to complete this concept with honest character arcs and the unsettling reality that there is nothing more terrifying than the way we each other perceive yourself. – Haleigh Foutch



"Climax" director Gaspar Noe

Author / Director: Gaspar Noé

Occupation: Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic, Souheila Yacoub, children's smile, Claude-Emmanuelle Gajan-Maull, Giselle Palmer, Taylor Kastle, Thea Carla Schott, Sharleen-Tempel

A shot of paranoid, clumsy kinetic madness Gaspar Noé& # 39; s Climax is the filmmaker's most philanthropic and approachable film, but this is the director of Irreversible and Enter the voidSo take this for what you want Sofia Boutella Stars as the main dancer of an international dance group who kicks jetes, fans and bends down a nightmarish rabbit hole to hell when the punch bowl ends up being riddled with drugs. The first act of the film is a euphoric display of athleticism and talent that features dance sequence after dance sequence, but once things get dark they collapse in a rush into a dirty, grim cluster fuck. This is bold filmmaking backed by cast members (most of them novices) who got it on the line for this brutal, hallucinogenic talent show. – Haleigh Foutch


Matthew McConaughey serenity

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Author / Director: Steven Knight

Occupation: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jason Clarke

serenity is without a doubt one of the wildest films of 2019. The trailers give an insight into the plot that the tired fisherman Baker Dill (Matthew McConaughey) was born by his ex-wife Karen (Anne Hathaway) murder her abusive husband Frank (Jason Clarke) in exchange for $ 10 million. But serenity is so much stranger than that, and saying why would ruin the fun. You can see Serenity and absolutely hate it, but if you're ready to take on the insane ride, you may have a blast. At least a writer-director Steven Knight has made one of the most unpredictable films in years. – Matt Goldberg

Fight in cell block 99


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Author / Director: S. Craig Payer

Occupation: Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, Don Johnson and Udo Kier

A tip: don't eat anything before you dive in Fight in cell block 99. director S. Craig Payer had already proven that he was particularly adept at using unwavering, bone-breaking violence with his western Bone tomahawk when he jailed his talents for Cell Block 99. The result is a brutal, filthy prison story with the best dramatic performance of Vince VaughnCareer as Bradley Thomas, a former drug user who winds his way into the darkest depths of a corrupt and endlessly violent prison system. Both hard to watch and hard to look away from, Brawl in Cell Block 99 literally drags itself over glass and crushed skulls to arrive at a conclusion that is shockingly cute. A journey well worth it, even if you watch some of it with your fingers. – Vinnie Mancuso



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Director: Steven Soderbergh

Authors: James Greer and Jonathan Bernstein

Occupation: Claire Foy, Jay Pharoah, Joshua Leonard, Amy Irving, Juno Temple, Colin Woodell

nonsense is a close-up panic attack that uses the intimacy of an iPhone to take advantage of centuries of female oppression and turn it into some kind of psychological thriller that gets way too deep under your skin. Led by an unpredictable, exhilarating performance from The Crown Breakout Claire FoyUnsane follows a recently relocated survivor who sees her stalker everywhere she looks and is accidentally admitted to a mental hospital against her will.

Steven Soderbergh and psychological horror are a natural fit, especially with the added element of experimentation that comes with shooting an entire damn movie on one phone. The director examines the human history of the institutionalization of women and modern attack statistics to underline a very relatable and real terror of the way in which women's bodies are controlled and exploited. However, he makes them universal by also using the original fears of lost autonomy and doubts in your own mind. If you bring in a dose of commentary on the American mental health system and some really bleak moments of violence, you have what it takes to become an all-timer psychological horror. Unsane had a mediocre reaction when it hit theaters in early 2018, but I have a feeling the time will be very generous for this one. – Haleigh Foutch

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