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.
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.
Man on Fire2004
Out of the Furnace2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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