Best Thrillers on Amazon Prime Right Now (October 2022)

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a thriller as “a work of fiction or drama designed to hold the interest by the use of a high degree of intrigue, adventure, or suspense.” When you think about the standout thrillers from this genre a film, you’d be hard-pressed to find any that do not meet this definition’s description. The great thrillers also veer into the categories of mysteries, action-adventure, horror, sci-fi, spy films, and both noir and neo-noir. Prime Video has such a deep stable of thrillers in its library that choosing one to watch when you’re in the mood for a thriller can be an overwhelming and daunting task. You may be in one mood when you start looking through their choices but be in a completely different mood by the time you finally select one to watch.


We here at Collider have decided to help you accomplish the task of selecting the right thriller a bit easier for you with our guide to finding the best thrillers on Prime Video. We’ve thumbed through the library and assembled a list of some of the best films currently available for streaming, from classics to hidden gems to new releases and everything in between.

Editor’s Note: This article was last updated October 2022 to include Goodnight Mommy.

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Vivarium (2019)

Run Time: 1 hr 37 min | Director: Lorcan Finnegan

Cast: Imogen Poots, Jesse Eisenberg, Jonathan Aris

A harrowing and surrealist parable about the horrors of trying to buy a home, Vivarium is a vast experience even as it remains mostly confined to a single location. It follows the young couple of Gemma and Tom, who are looking to buy their first house. Played by the strong duo of Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg, they initially seem to be innocent about the whole affair. This will all change very quickly. When they take a tour of what they hope to be their home, they are left in an unfamiliar neighborhood. This suburban hell prevents them from escaping, as any time they try to leave will bring them right back to the same house. It is a claustrophobic and tense experience, never missing a beat as it all becomes increasingly suffocating to see the two people begin to fall apart. It reveals how we may be digging our own graves without knowing that we are doing it until it is all too late. – Chase Hutchinson

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Goodnight Mommy (2022)

Run Time: 1 hr 32 min | Director: Matt Sobel

Cast: Naomi Watts, Cameron Crovetti, Nicholas Crovetti, Crystal Lucas-Perry

Goodnight Mommy is a nerve-wracking psychological horror film that centers on twins Elias (Cameron Crovetti) and Lukas (Nicholas Crovetti) who, after living with their father since their parents’ divorce, return to their mother’s (Naomi Watts) custody. Their mother, who has just had cosmetic surgery and wears a full bandage on her head, acts erratically, often drinking, getting angry, and refusing to bond with her children, which makes them suspect she may have been switched with an imposter. Though not as acclaimed as the Austrian version on which it’s based, there’s no doubt Goodnight Mommy is a chilling story that will keep suspense fans hooked. – Taylor Gates

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The 355 (2022)

Run Time: 2 hr 4 min | Director: Simon Kinberg

Cast: Jessica Chastain, Penélope Cruz, Bingbing Fan, Diane Kruger, Lupita Nyong’o

A stellar cast, an action-packed story, and incredible twists that will keep you guessing,The355is an underrated thriller that deserves a watch. This film subverts expectations from the start by following a cast of female characters who are full-fledged people with unique, interesting arcs who have their lives at stake. The characters represent a broad spectrum of women’s experiences, something that’s still missing in many genre films. The film eschews the usual tropes of women-led films (you know the ones) but also centers on the inherent sexism that exists in the world. One of the best aspects of this film is how several of the characters speak in the actor’s native tongue, alluding to the global society the characters of the film — and we in real life — live in.Jessica Chastain,Penélope CruzandLupita Nyong’oare all brilliant with layered performances, but Diane Kruger steals every scene she’s in.Sebastian Stanalways gives it his all, and he is disarmingly charming in this film. The rest of the cast proves how competent women can be when they’re written well. The 355 is an arresting film that you won’t regret watching. – Monita Mohan

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Emergency (2022)

Run Time: 1 hr 45 min | Director: Carey Williams

Cast: RJ Cyler, Donald Elise Watkins, Sebastian Chacon, Sabrina Carpenter

Critically acclaimed Emergency premiered at Sundance Film Festival and was hailed as a refreshing perspective on the college party night and road trip tropes, billing it as an instant classic. When three Black and Latinx college boys (RJ Cyler, Donald Elise Watkins, and Sebastian Chacon) face the unexpected situation of finding an unconscious white woman mysteriously appearing in their house, they are forced to decide the best way to resolve the situation. With an inherently suspenseful plot, festival favorite Carey Williams’ directed a heart-pumping story crafted on K.D. Dávila’s page. Emergency holds up a mirror to systemic injustices plaguing modern America, addressing societal discussions peppered in levity, making it a brilliant blend of Dope meets Superbad. – Yael Tygiel

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All Good Things (2010)

Run Time: 1 hr 41 min | Director: Andrew Jarecki

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, Frank Langella

Ryan Gosling (Blade Runner 2049) absolutely terrifies in All Good Things, a gripping movie loosely inspired by unbelievably true events where a New York real estate mogul was suspected of murdering his wife. Gosling and Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man) are delicately transported back to the late bright lights of the 1970s and early 80s where writers Marcus Hinchey and Marc Smerling detail the couple’s journey from meet-cute to her mysterious disappearance. All Good Things director Andrew Jarecki (The Jinx) has a particular fascination with the individual this film is based on, carefully crafting a fictional cinematic masterpiece and tight-roping the fine line between facts and creative liberties. Jarecki’s expertise on the matter is revealed with precision, uncovering unexpected details that perplex with every realization that they are likely based in reality. – Yael Tygiel

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Coyote Lake (2019)

Run Time: 1 hr 33 min | Director: Sara Seligman

Cast: Camila Mendes, Adriana Barraza, Andres Velez

Camila Mendes (Riverdale) stars in a fast-paced thriller about a mother-daughter murdering team whose way of life is threatened when two drug dealers appear on their doorstep, threatening their lives while also seeking their help. In her feature directorial debut, Sara Seligman, who co-wrote the film with Thomas James Bond, expertly builds suspense, slowly peeling back layers of the characters and the secrets held within each of them while gingerly illuminating relevant issues facing people who live on the US/Mexico border. Cinematography Matthias Schubert unequivocally tackles nighttime filmmaking, adding textures to the landscape without distracting or detracting from the narrative. Mendes’ ability to breathtakingly break away from her vapid Riverdale persona, grounding a hostage story with compassion and authenticity, is both impressive and award-worthy. – Yael Tygiel

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Saint Maud (2019)

Run Time: 1 hr 24 min | Director: Rose Glass

Cast: Morfydd Clark, Jennifer Ehle, Lily Frazer

A film that deserved far better of a release than it got,Saint Maud is an incredible feature debut from writer-director Rose Glass. It’s a film about faith and loneliness that proves to be a brutally painful study of its central character. It stars a convincing Morfydd Clark as Maud, a nurse who is caring for Jennifer Ehle’s ailing Amanda. Maud believes that she is being directed by her faith and begins to drift increasingly into deeper levels of delusion that stem from that. It is a nightmarish descent that comes from both a deeply felt performance as well as many expertly captured sequences that make the most of haunting visuals. It is truly unsettling, cutting right to your very soul with each scene. It is all centered around pain, both physical and spiritual, that deepens the dread the longer it goes on. It isn’t a long film, though at some moments, it feels like an eternity. This is not a critique but a compliment, as the ability to make time feel like it is weighing upon you while watching a person in such agony is a true achievement. – Chase Hutchinson

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A Quiet Place Part II (2021)

Run Time: 1 hr 37 min | Director: John Krasinski

Cast: Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Cillian Murphy

A sequel we didn’t know we needed until we got it, A Quiet Place Part II picked up right where its predecessor left off, though it expanded in intriguing new narrative directions as part of its growing universe of horror. It also showed a commitment to both arresting long takes and some precise editing that made it as tense, if not more so, than the original film. In addition to seeing the return of Emily Bluntand Millicent Simmonds as the resourceful mother-daughter duo surviving a harsh world, it also brought in an always incredible Cillian Murphy as a new character that showed he remains one of the most powerful screen presences out there today. All of the cast are universally solid, giving committed and emotional performances in even the most constrained of scenes. It might not have the same impact in your home, though it is still worth watching in any setting. – Chase Hutchinson

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The Neon Demon (2016)

Run Time: 1 hr 58 min | Director: Nicolas Winding Refn

Cast: Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Keanu Reeves

A masterful work of the macabre, The Neon Demon is a vibrant and visceral work that makes for a scrumptious meal if you are able to stomach it. It follows a haunting Elle Fanningas Jesse, an aspiring model who has come to Los Angeles in the hopes of making it in a rather harsh and cruel industry. Directed by the enigmatic Nicolas Winding Refn, most known for Drive and Only God Forgives, it is an experience all its own that peels back the layers of beauty to reveal something far uglier underneath the polite face we put on the world. It is not a film that you can undertake lightly, as it constantly pushes into darker places that are as thematically dour as they are visually arresting. There also is a sinister sense of humor under it all, making the conclusion both a fitting and oddly funny way to end it all that hits home without missing a beat. – Chase Hutchinson

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We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

Run Time: 1 hr 52 min | Director: Lynne Ramsay

Cast: Tilda Swinton, Ezra Miller, John C. Reilly

A fortuitous film about how horrifying it would be to have Ezra Miller as your child, We Need to Talk About Kevin is a bleak yet incisive work from Lynne Ramsaythat never pulls any punches in its devastating vision of violence. The story is that Tilda Swinton’s Eva is struggling to raise her child Kevin (Miller), who seems to loathe her. As they grow more aggressive, the film becomes about the horrors of what it means to have your offspring turn into someone you can’t recognize and whether you could have done anything to stop it. Swinton is outstanding, bringing a sense of the tragedy that permeates the existence of her character at every single turn. It is a film that abandons any sense of optimism to instead focus on the cold, hard reality of parenthood and the violence that is bubbling just underneath the surface. No matter how much we would like to pretend it doesn’t exist, it is there and just waiting to burst free — whether we are ready for it or not. – Chase Hutchinson

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Killer Joe (2011)

Run Time: 1 hr 42 min | Director: William Friedkin

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Emil Hirsch, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church

An NC-17 adaptation of Tracy Letts’ (actor in Ford vs Ferrari, Ladybird) play by the same name, William Friedkin’s Killer Joe is an exceptionally tense and dramatic movie about money, murder, and family. It’s so dramatic and emotionally intense, it’s almost comedic. Matthew McConaughey as Joe Cooper at the start of the McConaissance—the revitalization of McConaughey’s career as a dramatic actor including roles in Killer Joe, Mud, The Wolf of Wallstreet, and culminating in his oscar win for Dallas Buyer’s Club—is menacing. His presence and confidence make Emil Hirsch (Into the Wild) and Thomas Haden Church’s (Sideways) scheming father and son duo seem like callus simpletons incapable of comprehending their actions. Juno Temple’s demure Dottie Smith and Gina Gershon’s Sharla Smith receive less screen time but set the stakes with their driven, emotional performances. When the collision course of character arcs comes to fruition, McConaughey goes from menacing to scary as he exerts his will over the corrupt family. It’s profanely foul, with very little levity, but it’s one of the best movies available on Hulu.

The Handmaiden (2016)

Run Time: 2 hr 24 min | Director: Chan-wook Park

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

The Handmaiden is the most downright gorgeous erotic thriller ever made. Liberally inspired by Sarah Waters‘ British melodrama, Chan-wook Park gives the source material a cultural transplant to 1930s Japan-occupied Korea where Sook-Hee (Tae-ri Kim) takes a job as a handmaiden to the mysterious, troubled Lady Hideko (Min-hee Kim), sparking a passionate affair that reshapes their lives. Our entry point to the twisted tale is through Sook-Hee, a thief by trade and family tradition who is in fact teaming with a fake count Fujiwara (Ha Jung-woo) in a scheme to defraud Lady Hideko of her fortune, but when Sook-Hee falls for her mark, the fiendish plan is thrown for a loop as new layers of deception and manipulation are uncovered at every turn. — Haleigh Foutch

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Triangle (2009)

Run Time: 1 hr 39 min | Director: Christopher Smith

Cast: Melissa George, Liam Hemsworth, Joshua McIvor

After putting a delightfully cheeky spin on the backwoods slasher genre with his 2006 film Severance, writer-director Christopher Smith got even more creative with his next film, the time loop mind-bender Triangle. Centered on Melissa George‘s Jess, a woman with an undisclosed source of agony behind her surface-level calm, Triangle sees a group of friends on a yachting trip through the Bermuda Triangle, where they escape to a passing ocean liner in the midst of a terrible storm. Once aboard, they find that the massive ship is abandoned, and what’s worse, they’re being stalked by a hooded murderous figure who appears to be the only other inhabitant on the vessel.

It’s difficult to talk about Triangle without giving away its many clever twists and turns, but a vicious time loop repeatedly thrusts the group into the nightmare scenario where Jess emerges at the heart of a mystery that might just hold the key to their escape. Smith makes the most of his twisty concept with an intricately designed narrative of overlapping timelines, and a number of striking and creative that showcase the horror of being stuck in a hellish time loop. — Haleigh Foutch

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The Deep House (2021)

Run Time: 1 hr 25 min | Director: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury

Cast: Camille Rowe, James Jagger, Eric Savin

A film that makes the most of its unique premise, The Deep House follows a young influencer couple who go for a dive to explore a submerged house and end up getting more than they bargained for. With oxygen steadily depleting and terrors beginning to take hold in the house, the duo will have to race against the clock in order to escape in one piece. Patient yet completely petrifying at the same time, the sluggishness at which the divers move through the water only makes it all the more terrifying when they need to move quickly when in danger. As the house and all that is in it begins to turn against them, the way everything is framed to maximize the claustrophobia gets so overwhelming that you yourself feel as though you can’t breathe. It is a film where its setting becomes a central part of the story, washing over you with each subsequent development until you are permanently stuck on the edge of your seat. – Chase Hutchinson

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The Courier (2020)

Run Time: 1 hr 51 min | Director: Dominic Cooke

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan, Jessie Buckley

How does an ordinary businessman from London get mixed up with the KGB? Taking place in the 1960s, the spy thriller The Courier follows the true story of Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch), an unassuming salesman whose life is turned upside down when he is recruited by CIA officer Helen Talbot (Rachel Brosnahan) and MI6 officer Dickie Franks (Angus Wright), who ask him to head to Russia and aid them in their mission to uncover disturbing truths about the Cuban Missile Crisis. In this tense historical drama, Greville covertly interacts with Oleg Penkovsky (Merab Ninidze), a Soviet military source doubling as a British spy who has pertinent information on Russia’s nuclear plans. This literal life-and-death adventure debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. — Emily Bernard

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The Report (2019)

Run Time: 1 hr 58 min | Director: Scott Z. Burns

Cast: Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm, Tim Blake Nelson

Noted screenwriter and producer Scott Z. Burns made his feature film directorial debut with The Report. A real life tale about the CIA’s attempts to cover up a report detailing their disturbing torture methods deployed on captive prisoners after 9/11. The Report stars Adam Driver as Daniel Jones, an idealistic Senate staffer who is assigned by Senator Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening) to lead an investigation into the CIA’s post 9/11 Detention and Interrogation Program. Jones is initially hesitant to take on the task, but is soon consumed by his charge and becomes dogged and determined to issue this report despite the protestations of the CIA and other Senators in Congress. Burns, who also wrote the screenplay, 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 creating go this program, the consequences it led to in the future and why two administrations sought to cover it up for the supposed good of the country. It’s a topical film for our times and one that speaks volumes about the top levels of power in this country and what measures they are willing to take to bury information that reflects negatively on their abilities to protect our country. – John Rocha

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You Were Never Really Here (2017)

Run Time: 1 hr 35 min | Director: Lynne Ramsay

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Judith Roberts, Ekaterina Samsonov

Director Lynne Ramsay directs this powerhouse of a film that features Joaquin Phoenix as Joe, a grizzled veteran of the Gulf War who’s lost in a world of hallucinations brought on by a tormented past. The fact that he is a hired hitman who delivers death in the most brutal of ways adds an unsettled and electric energy to this film. You’re not really sure if anything is actually happening or isn’t? While handing out deaths by hammer, Joe is also taking care of his elderly mother (Judith Roberts) and trying to remember to take his medicine. Joe gets hired to find Nina (Ekaterina Samsonov), a 13-year-old innocent daughter of a New York senator who is about to be sold into teen sexual slavery…or is she? He makes it a personal mission to find her and to make those responsible for her kidnapping pay…even those who may have hired him to do the job. But is it all real or another one of his hallucinations? You’ll have to decide during a brilliantly confusing end scene. – John Rocha

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The Man From Nowhere (2010)

Run Time: 1 hr 59 min | Director: Jeong-beom Lee

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

2010’s The Man From Nowhere is one of those South Korean films that occasionally breaks thru to American audiences and leaves an indelible mark. An action-thriller starring Won Bin as an ex-special agent Cha Tae-sik turned pawn shop owner. 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 low life boyfriend, it sets off a chain of events that ensnares Tae-sik and So-mi in the world of Korean gangs and drug runners. After a gang takes them hostage, they use them in a war against another rival gang which leads to the possible death of So-mi. Tae-sik, fearing the worst, employs all the expertise and weapons in his arsenal to save the young girl and make those responsible for her possible death pay. Think Taken mixed with John Wick mixed with León: The Professional and you’ve got The Man From Nowhere. Stream this one tonight and get ready for one helluva ride. – John Rocha

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Harry Brown (2009)

Run Time: 1 hr 43 min | Director: Daniel Barber

Cast: Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, David Bradley, Iain Glen

Once upon a time, Michael Caine was the premier badass in the late 60s and early 70s cinema. Films like The Italian Job and Get Carter really solidified Caine as a man not to be messed with. As he got older, he left those movies behind for more mainstream fare until 2009’s Harry Brown. This gritty action thriller from director and Academy Award nominee Daniel Barber, stars Caine as the titular character. Harry is as an elderly shut-in who plays chess in the local bar with his friend Leonard (David Bradley) and cares for his wife who is dying in a local hospital. The apartment complex he lives in is overrun by some brutal gangsters and drug dealers who care nothing about killing others to get what they want or for fun. When Leonard is killed so close to Harry’s apartment, the old man brushes the dust off his Royal Marine skills and sets about getting revenge on the people responsible for Leonard’s death and working out his anger on people who need to be punished in worst ways. Barber uses the film as a commentary on the way British society dismisses or minimizes the needs of the elderly. Giving them little respect as they try to live out the rest of their days in peace after giving so much to their country. It’s a graphic and savage film that features a tour de force performance from Caine that you won’t soon forget! – John Rocha

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