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The best thrillers on Amazon Prime Video (December 2022)

Amazon Prime Video is home to every cinematic genre one could think of, and the platform’s collection of thriller films is a nail-biting curation to be reckoned with. If you’ve been in the mood for something slow-burning, hard-hitting, or anything in-between, we’ve gone ahead and rounded up all the best thrillers on Prime Video you can watch right now.

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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.

New to Amazon Prime Video this month
The Hunter (2011) new
The Hunter
r 102m
Genre Drama, Thriller, Adventure
Stars Willem Dafoe, Frances O'Connor, Sam Neill
Directed by Daniel Nettheim

In director Daniel Nettheim’s The Hunter, Willem Dafoe plays Martin David, a mercenary hired by a biotech company. His mission: travel to Tasmania to collect a DNA sample from a rare tiger species. But as Martin begins his search for the near-extinct creature, bigger threats rise to the surface, threatening the success of Martin’s mission and eventually his life, too. A solid nail-biter with a strong performance from Dafoe, The Hunter is a blistering adaptation of the 1999 book of the same name.

The Hunter Official Trailer #1 - Willem Dafoe, Sam Neil Movie (2012) HD
Man on Fire (2004) new
Man on Fire
r 146m
Genre Action, Drama, Thriller
Stars Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, Christopher Walken
Directed by Tony Scott

Man on Fire stars Denzel Washington as John Creasy, an ex-militant hired to protect the young daughter (Dakota Fanning) of a Mexican automaker (Marc Anthony). But when the child is kidnapped by enemy forces, Creasy sets off on a bullet-laden rescue mission, eliminating anyone who dares to get in his way. The second cinematic adaptation of the 1980 novel of the same name, Man on Fire is an adrenaline-laced foray into familiar genre territory, with Denzel delivering a bold and brutal lead performance.

Man on Fire | #TBT Trailer | 20th Century FOX
Out of the Furnace (2013) new
Out of the Furnace
r 116m
Genre Thriller, Drama, Crime
Stars Christian Bale, Zoe Saldaña, Woody Harrelson
Directed by Scott Cooper

In his follow-up to 2009’s Oscar-winning Crazy Heart, co-writer-director Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace casts Christian Bale as Russell Baze, a Pennsylvania steelworker who sets off on a blood-soaked manhunt for one Harlan DeGroat, a backwoods maniac who is the main culprit in the recent disappearance of Russell’s brother, Rodney (Casey Affleck). While it’s not the most original film as far as the premise goes, Out of the Furnace is able to rise above familiar genre fare thanks to its arresting core cast and thoughtful direction from Cooper.

Out Of The Furnace Official Trailer #1 (2013) - Christian Bale Movie HD
The Northman (2022) new
The Northman
82 %
r 137m
Genre Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Stars Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Claes Bang
Directed by Robert Eggers
After disturbing genre-goers with films like The Witch and The Lighthouse, Robert Eggers upped the stakes and budget for his third feature film, The Northman. Starring Alexander Skarsgård as Viking prince Amleth, the story follows his wayward journey toward putting a sword to his uncle’s head (Claes Bang) and getting his revenge for the slaying of his father (Ethan Hawke). Big, bold, and bizarre in the way that only an Eggers film can be, The Northman is a prestige picture for the ages.
THE NORTHMAN - Official Trailer - Only In Theaters April 22
The Boondock Saints (1999)
The Boondock Saints
44 %
r 108m
Genre Action, Thriller, Crime
Stars Willem Dafoe, Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus
Directed by Troy Duffy
An adrenaline-heavy cult film like no other, The Boondock Saints stars Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus as Irish-Catholic siblings Conner and Murphy. Tiring of the crumbling world around them, the brothers summon up all their religious spirit as the modus operandi for a spree of vigilante killings. But as they take down one mobster after another, a whip-smart FBI agent (Willem Dafoe) starts zeroing in on their killing spree. Wearing its influences on its sleeve, Boondock Saints looks and feels like an amalgamation of Tarantino cinema and B-movie action spectacles, a narrative and atmospheric blending that aims to please and does so effectively, at least for the most part.
The Lazarus Effect (2015)
The Lazarus Effect
31 %
pg-13 83m
Genre Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Science Fiction
Stars Sarah Bolger, Amy Aquino, Olivia Wilde
Directed by David Gelb
In director David Gelb’s The Lazarus Effect, Mark Duplass stars as Frank, a matriculating medical researcher, alongside and Olivia Wilde as Zoe, his fiancé. Together, they have come up with a way to bring the dead back to life. But after a non-approved experiment forces the dean of Frank’s university to put an ax to Frank’s efforts, a freak accident leaves Zoe dead, allowing Frank to use his recent scientific breakthroughs to play God and revive his partner. As one could guess though, the returned Zoe behaves in a much more sinister fashion, post-death. It’s not exactly reinventing the wheel, but The Lazarus Effect manages to chill in a number of compelling ways, and the stellar casting goes a long way toward making this genre pic feel a little more at home.
The Lazarus Effect Official Trailer #1 (2015) - Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass Movie HD
Memory (2022)
41 %
r 114m
Genre Action, Thriller, Crime
Stars Liam Neeson, Guy Pearce, Taj Atwal
Directed by Martin Campbell
Memory stars Hollywood heavy Liam Neeson as Alex Lewis, a talented assassin on the cusp of retirement, but there’s one more job to do. As it turns out, though, it’s a convoluted assignment that tasks Alex with doing some heinous work for some truly awful malcontents. But when Alex refuses to complete the mission, the walls start closing in on the assassin-for-hire, forcing Alex to do battle with the forces that sought him out in the first place, along with the FBI. All of this is further complicated by the fact that Alex is beginning to lose his memories. It’s not the greatest action-thriller we’ve seen Neeson cast in, but Memory delivers plenty of emotional gravitas, twists, turns, punches, and kicks, plus a number of cool adrenaline-fueled sequences. It’s par for the course when it comes to Liam. But who’s to say that’s a bad thing?
Memory Trailer #1 (2022) | Movieclips Trailers
Ambulance (2022)
55 %
Genre Action, Thriller, Crime
Stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Eiza González
Directed by Michael Bay

Buckle up for safety, because when director Michael Bay is behind the wheel of a 2022 remake of a 2005 Danish heist action-thriller, you know there’s going to be major explosions as far as the eye can see. Strapped for cash, ex-Marine Will Sharp (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) wants to earn his living the right way. Yet when the allure of a quick in-and-out bank robbery with his con artist brother Danny (Jake Gyllenhaal) beckons him, Will agrees to pull off the crime with his sibling. But when the job goes haywire, Will and Danny are forced to hijack an ambulance as their getaway vehicle, with two first responders in tow. In terms of A-to-B adrenaline, Ambulance is your typical Michael Bay film, although the exceptional acting, lightning-fast camerawork, and kinetic editing allows this one to rise a few pegs above the director’s other flicks.

Ambulance - Official Trailer [HD]
Thirteen Lives (2022)
Thirteen Lives
66 %
pg-13 147m
Genre Drama, Thriller
Stars Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell, Joel Edgerton
Directed by Ron Howard

In director Ron Howard’s harrowing and emotional Thirteen Lives, is the real-life story of the Wild Boars, a Thai soccer team made up of twelve players and their coach. When the team ventures off into the Tham Luang cave, heavy rains flood the cavern, trapping them inside. After the parents of the boys alert authorities, a globalized rescue effort, comprised of professional divers and other emergency responders, must race against the clock to save the Wild Boars before it’s too late. Dialing in the dramatized strengths from other Howard-honed pictures like Apollo 13, there’s plenty at stake in Thirteen Lives, and the longtime auteur deftly tackles the many anxiety-inducing feats of one of the world’s most death-defying search-and-rescue efforts.

All the Old Knives (2022)
All the Old Knives
62 %
r 101m
Genre Thriller, Action
Stars Chris Pine, Thandiwe Newton, Jonathan Pryce
Directed by Janus Metz
Espionage thrillers make up a unique subset of the genre, and director Janus Metz’ All the Old Knives is a more than fitting contribution to the narrative traditions. Chris Pine and Thandie Newton star as Henry Pelham and Celia Harrison, CIA operatives and ex-lovers who are forced to work together to uncover a mole within the organization’s Vienna satellite location. As the duo closes in on the perpetrator, chemistry resurfaces and past demons arise, leading to some near-insurmountable obstacles that stand in the way of their mission. Pine and Newton are at the top of their game in this one, delivering a dynamic performance fueled by old haunts and new deceit.
All the Old Knives - Official Trailer | Prime Video
Labor Day (2013) new
Labor Day
42 %
pg-13 111m
Genre Drama
Stars Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith
Directed by Jason Reitman
Based on the Joyce Maynard novel of the same name, Labor Day stars Josh Brolin as convict Frank Chambers, a man on the run who forces Henry (Gattlin Griffith), a 13-year-old boy, and his depressed mother, Adele (Kate Winslet), to take him in after encountering the pair at a grocery store. Hiding out in Adele’s home, both Henry and his mother begin to take a liking to the grizzled nomad. But when authorities start closing in, Frank’s tragic past threatens to tear everything apart. Featuring strong performances from the main players, Labor Day dips its toes into multiple genres but works best as a dramatic thriller where anything could wrong in seconds.
Jungle (2017)
48 %
r 115m
Genre Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Thomas Kretschmann, Alex Russell
Directed by Greg McLean
A cinematic retelling of Yossi Ghinsberg’s 1981 foray into the Amazon jungle, director Greg McLean’s Jungle stars Daniel Radcliffe as Ghinsberg, an Israeli outdoorsman who travels to Bolivia. Taking up a local guide’s offer to venture into the heart of the jungle with a group of fellow adventurers, Ghinsberg’s fight-or-flight instincts are soon put to the test when the expedition goes completely haywire. A tantalizing survival thriller that leans on the desperation and resourcefulness of its core cast, with Radcliffe leading the charge. Jungle may not be the greatest “nature versus man” film, but it’s a gritty and captivating addition to the sub-genre nonetheless.
Jungle Trailer #1 (2017) | Movieclips Trailers
No Time to Die (2021)
No Time to Die
68 %
pg-13 163m
Genre Adventure, Action, Thriller
Stars Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux, Rami Malek
Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga
This is the cinematic sendoff to actor Daniel Craig’s tenure as the ever-charismatic and highly skilled James Bond. No Time to Die finds the decorated ex-MI6 agent in peaceful retirement on the shores of Jamaica — at least until Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) of the CIA arrives. Bond agrees to one last daring mission, and the objective is to rescue a kidnapped scientist from enemy clutches. This is the kind of quest that Bond is certainly used to. But it turns out that this foe and his plans are more layered and far more devilish than anyone could imagine. Director Cary Joji Fukunaga delivers a well-executed swan song for Craig, bringing Bond’s arc as an intelligence operative to a solid close.
No Time to Die Trailer #1 (2020) | Movieclips Trailers
Wrath of Man (2021)
Wrath of Man
57 %
r 119m
Genre Action, Crime, Thriller
Stars Jason Statham, Holt McCallany, Scott Eastwood
Directed by Guy Ritchie
Wrath of Man is a towering action-thriller from the king of stylized punches, kicks, and gunshots, Guy Ritchie. A story told in four parts, the film stars Jason Statham as Patrick Hill, nicknamed “H,” the new armored truck guard for Fortico Security. During a robbery, Hill surprises his coworkers when he takes out all of the perpetrators with savage grace. As time goes on though, we discover that Fortico’s new hire comes bearing an unfathomable bit of baggage that calls for nothing but vengeance. Making use of non-linear storytelling, Wrath of Man sees Statham doing what he does best, and the same can certainly be said for Ritchie. The film is filled with fight scenes, explosions, and other iterations of all-out mayhem, and while it may not be particularly original in any way, it’s certainly good fun.
WRATH OF MAN | Official Trailer | MGM Studios
The Protégé (2021)
The Protégé
48 %
r 109m
Genre Action
Stars Michael Keaton, Maggie Q, Samuel L. Jackson
Directed by Martin Campbell
As a child, Anna (Maggie Q) was rescued from certain death by legendary assassin Moody (Samuel L. Jackson) who raises her as any assassin would: To become the world’s most skilled contract killer. When Moody is murdered, Anna vows revenge against the enigmatic killer (Michael Keaton) whose attraction to her is beyond typical hunter and hunted. As their confrontation turns deadly, the many loose ends of Anna’s assassin life begin to unravel and then weave themselves tighter together.
Lansky (2021)
45 %
r 119m
Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller
Stars Harvey Keitel, Sam Worthington, John Magaro
Directed by Eytan Rockaway
Meyer Lansky (Harvey Keitel), a notorious crime lord, is on his last leg, a fact that the authorities are all too aware of. Hoping to track down Lansky’s hidden fortune, the Feds do everything in their power to make Lansky talk — and talk he does. In the vein of The Usual Suspects, the patriarchal puppet master begins weaving an intricate tale of his past, with specifics on how he rose to power. Keitel is perfectly cast as Lansky, delivering a tour-de-force performance that carries much of this true-crime thriller.

The Courier (2021)
The Courier
65 %
r 112m
Genre Thriller, History, Drama
Stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan
Directed by Dominic Cooke
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.

When a Stranger Calls (1979)
When a Stranger Calls
58 %
r 97m
Genre Horror, Thriller, Drama, Crime, Mystery
Stars Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Colleen Dewhurst
Directed by Fred Walton
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.
When a Stranger Calls (1979) Trailer

The Wall (2017)
The Wall
57 %
r 90m
Genre Thriller, War, Drama
Stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena, Laith Nakli
Directed by Doug Liman
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.

Blow the Man Down (2019)
Blow the Man Down
72 %
r 90m
Genre Drama, Mystery, Comedy
Stars Morgan Saylor, Sophie Lowe, Margo Martindale
Directed by Danielle Krudy, Bridget Savage Cole
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.
Blow The Man Down – Official Trailer | Prime Video

The Report (2019)
The Report
r 118m
Genre Thriller, Drama
Stars Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Morrison
Directed by Scott Z. Burns
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.
THE REPORT Official Trailer (2019) Adam Driver, Jon Hamm Movie HD

The Handmaiden (2016)
The Handmaiden
84 %
Genre Thriller, Drama, Romance
Stars Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri, Ha Jung-woo
Directed by Park Chan-wook
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.
The Handmaiden (4K UHD)

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
We Need to Talk About Kevin
68 %
r 113m
Genre Drama, Thriller
Stars Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller
Directed by Lynne Ramsay
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.
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) - US Trailer - HD Movie

You Were Never Really Here (2017)
You Were Never Really Here
84 %
r 89m
Genre Thriller, Drama
Stars Joaquin Phoenix, Judith Roberts, Ekaterina Samsonov
Directed by Lynne Ramsay
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.
You Were Never Really Here – Official Trailer | Amazon Studios

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