10 Best Thrillers on Hulu Right Now

10 Best Thrillers on Hulu Right Now

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There’s nothing like a good thriller to keep the mind racing and the heart pumping. Even if it has a bit of comedy, horror, or sci-fi mixed into it, the best ones stand out as being gripping through and through. And those are what the films below are: the best thrillers you’ll ever find, at least if you’re on Hulu.

Sure the streamer has its own thriller category, but it can be daunting to scroll through all that content without context. Besides, we have no stake in promoting their originals, so you can rest assured our list is bias-free. Handpicked and human-curated, the films below are ones that moved and scared and thrilled us to no end, so without further ado, here are the best thrillers you can watch on Hulu right now.

10. The Art of Self-Defense (2019)

7.0

Country

United States of America

Director

Riley Stearns

Actors

Alessandro Nivola, Apollo Bacala, Caroline Amiguet, Dallas Edwards

Moods

Character-driven, Funny, Quirky

Watch this if you like weird movies. And don’t be fooled by the first half, which serves just to set Jesse Eisenberg’s character and the monotone life he leads. It’s the calm before the storm, during which that character is attacked by a violent gang and decides to take self-defense classes in an unusual club. This is a movie about modern manhood and how it can lead to some pretty strange situations. Great performance from Eisenberg as usual.

9. Possessor (2020)

7.0

Country

Australia, Canada, Canada United Kingdom

Director

Brandon Cronenberg

Actors

Andrea Riseborough, Ayesha Mansur Gonsalves, Christopher Abbott, Christopher Jacot

Possessor announces a visionary new voice in Brandon Cronenberg, and is one to watch for the concept alone, brilliantly melding science fiction and horror into one. Cronenberg’s direction is reminiscent of a cross between Christopher Nolan’s Inception and Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin, but has more than enough originality to stand well on its own. However, unfortunately, it is surprisingly slow at times, and is far from the mind-blowing gore fest that was promised, resulting in a well made but underwhelming experience. BUT, if you were in the mood for a trippy introspective sci-fi thriller and are able to keep your expectations tempered, this is well worth a watch

8. The Infiltrator (2016)

7.1

Country

UK, United Kingdom, United States of America

Director

Brad Furman

Actors

Amy Ryan, Andy Beckwith, Art Malik, Benjamin Bratt

Moods

A-list actors, Dramatic, Intense

Bryan Cranston, best known for his role as Walter White in the Breaking Bad series, stars as Robert Mazur, a federal agent, who goes undercover to infiltrate the trafficking network of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. With the film based on Mazur’s memoir, Bryan Cranston gives an impressive lead performance that captures the intense distress that deep cover can bring. Besides Cranston, co-stars Benjamin Bratt, Diane Kruger, Amy Ryan, and an exceptional John Leguizamo are entirely persuasive and make the film experience enjoyable and intense. The Infiltrator is entertaining and maintains a good pace, with a great cast that makes it a true joy to watch, especially for those who enjoy stories based on real criminals. 

7. Thelma (2017)

7.2

Country

Denmark, France, Norway

Director

Joachim Trier

Actors

Anders Mossling, Camilla Belsvik, Eili Harboe, Ellen Dorrit Petersen

Moods

Gripping, Intense, Suspenseful

Much like the 1976 horror classic Carrie, Thelma centers on a young telekinetic woman whose religious upbringing and sexual repression give way to unpredictable moments of fury and rage. When she meets the cool, charismatic Anja, she falls in love immediately, but the wave of emotions that overwhelm her threaten to destabilize not just their budding romance, but other relationships and lives as well. 

Thelma recalls Carrie in other ways too, most notably in the way it uses supernatural elements to allude to female fury and lust, but it also stands on its own as a singular piece of work; the mesmerizing transitions, the slow-burn pace, and the undercurrent of melancholia are all known trademarks of director Joachim Trier. This layering of old and new makes Thelma an intriguing watch, at once recognizable and wholly original. 

 

6. I Saw the Devil (2010)

7.2

Country

Korea, South Korea

Director

Jee-Woon Kim, Kim Jee-woon

Actors

Byung-hun Lee, Cheon Ho-jin, Choi Jin-ho, Choi Min-sik

Moods

Thrilling

I Saw the Devil is a South Korean psychological thriller/horror film. IT IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART!!! It has a lot of blood and gore that could make even the strongest stomachs turn. A young woman is kidnapped from her car while waiting for a tow truck and the kidnapper murders her far from her car and scatters her body parts around. Her fiancé, a secret service agent of the National Intelligence Service, sets out to track down her murders and extract his revenge. If you’re looking for a thrill ride, look no further- but don’t say we didn’t warn you.

5. Dogman (2019)

7.5

Country

Italy

Director

Matteo Garrone

Actors

Adamo Dionisi, Alida Baldari Calabria, Aniello Arena, Edoardo Pesce

Moods

Thrilling, Well-acted

In a small Italian town, a dog cleaner’s wholesome days dealing with elderly owners and eager children are balanced with a series of messy nights. The small and frail man finds himself targetted by the town’s black-sheep, a strong and fearless ex-convict. Dogman is about the line between being bullied and wanting to be part of something, it’s a beautiful and often thrilling character study from Italian genius filmmaker Matte Garone. Won the Best Actor award at Cannes.

4. Arctic (2018)

7.5

Country

Iceland, United States of America

Director

Joe Penna

Actors

Joe Penna, Mads Mikkelsen, Maria Thelma Smáradóttir, Maria Thelma Smáradóttir

Moods

A-list actors, Suspenseful

There are far too many things that are worse in life than being on a journey with Danish super talent Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal, The Hunt).

And that is what this 98-minute movie is: an almost one-actor movie set in the arctic. Mikkelsen plays a man trying to survive a plane crash, which at some point becomes about deciding whether to embark on a dangerous journey or stay in the plane rubble and risk a slow death.

It’s an extremely well-acted movie with nail-biting suspense. Bonus fact: it received a 10-minute standing ovation when it premiered at the Cannes film festival this year.

3. Monos (2019)

best

8.0

Country

Argentina, Colombia, Denmark

Director

Alejandro Landes

Actors

Deibi Rueda, Jorge Román, Julián Giraldo, Julián Giraldo

Moods

Action-packed, Mind-blowing, Thrilling

This crazy adventure thriller was Colombia’s nomination for the 2020 Oscars. “Monos” translates to monkeys, the nom de guerre of a group of teenagers holding an American hostage in an isolated bunker. Other than the occasional visit from their supervisor, they’re left to their devices, forming relationships, smoking weed, drinking, and eating psychedelic mushrooms. One day, on top of the hostage, they’re also trusted with a milk cow, named Shakira. A party goes wrong and one of the Monos accidentally kills Shakira, triggering a series of events that sends them deep into the jungle, and deep into despair. 

Monos is not an action movie, it’s more of a character study. It was loosely based on The Lord of the Flies.

2. Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

best

8.4

Country

United States of America

Director

Sean Durkin

Actors

Adam David Thompson, Allen McCullough, Brady Corbet, Christopher Abbott

Moods

Challenging, Dark, Mind-blowing

A very intelligent and nuanced movie that relentlessly asks unpleasant questions. It’s a story about a woman seeking freedom by turning away from her own family and finding something she did not expect. The main character of the movie, Martha, is taken in by a cult and the movie depicts how this experience shapes and warps her life, thoughts, and actions. The time she spent with the cult ultimately also shapes her own personality, which raises questions about her identity and the place she now fits in. Every actor is well cast, and especially Elizabeth Olsen (playing Martha) puts on a stand-out performance, which proves that she is an actor to watch out for in the years to come.

1. Layer Cake (2004)

best

8.4

Country

UK, United Kingdom

Director

Matthew Vaughn

Actors

Ben Brazier, Ben Whishaw, Brinley Green, Burn Gorman

Featuring a Pre-Bond Daniel Craig, Layer cake can be described as a mix between Lock Stock, Two Smoking Barrels and Scarface—a darkly funny and incredibly violent film. It features great acting from Craig and the rest of the cast, action that will keep you on the edge of your seat once it gets moving and a complex and deep theme that can make you reconsider your worldview. This is a true action movie for the thinking man (or woman).

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