15 Thrillers on Netflix That Will Have You on the Edge of Your Seat

15 Thrillers on Netflix That Will Have You on the Edge of Your Seat
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If the surge in true crime content is anything to go by it’s clear we love a thrilling story. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of thrillers on Netflix.

Whether they’re crime-oriented, psychological or borderline horror, these movies and TV shows on Netflix will ensure you’re on the edge of your seat the entire time.

Here are some of the best thrillers on Netflix you can watch right now.

Best Thrillers on Netflix

Pieces of Her

15 Thrillers on Netflix That Will Have You on the Edge of Your Seat
Pieces of Her – Best Thrillers on Netflix (Image: Netflix)

Netflix’s new original series Pieces of Her, based on the Kain Slaughter novel, is nothing short of thrilling.

The series stars Toni Collette as Laura Oliver and Bella Heathcote as her daughter Andy who starts piecing together her mother’s dark past after a violent attack occurs in their small town. This one will keep you guessing.

Watch it here.

The Little Things

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The Little Things – Best Thrillers on Netflix (Image: Netflix)

The Little Things is one of those intricate crime thrillers that says with you long after the credits roll. Denzel Washington stars as a veteran detective who teams up with a rookie (Rami Malek) to track a cunning serial killer. Jared Leto also features as the creepy main suspect.

Watch it here.

The Unforgivable

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The Unforgivable – Best Thrillers on Netflix (Image: Netflix)

Sandra Bullock stars in one of Netflix’s most popular crime thrillers. The Unforgivable follows a woman who is released from prison after being convicted of a violent murder and struggles to put her life back together amongst a society who won’t forgive her.

Watch it here.


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Ozark – Best Thrillers on Netflix (Credit: Netflix)

Ozark’s thrilling final season is being released in two parts in 2022 with the recent batch of episodes hitting screens in January. The thrilling crime drama stars Jason Bateman as a financial planner who is sucked into a world of trouble after he gets in deep with a Mexican drug lord.

If you haven’t crossed Ozark off your list now is the time before the final episodes air.

Watch it here.


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Seven – Best Thrillers on Netflix (Image: Netflix)

If you’re loving the chilling neo-noir atmosphere that The Batman recently brought to cinemas you’re going to love Seven, one of the film’s big influences.

Directed by David Fincher, Seven is a psychological crime thriller starring Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt as detectives tracking down a serial killer who is conducting murders according to the seven deadly sins.

Watch it here.

Squid Game

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Squid Game – Best Thrillers on Netflix. (Image: Netflix)

There’s no doubt that the thriller no one can stop talking about is the super violent Korean drama Squid Game.

The series follows hundreds of contestants who are forced to compete in deadly children’s games in order to try and win a cash prize to help pay off their debts.

It’s dark, suspenseful and twisted, but will have you on the edge of your seat the entire time.

Watch it here.

The Guilty

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The Guilty – Best Thrillers on Netflix (Image: Netflix)

Jake Gyllenhaal puts in a stellar performance in The Guilty as a police detective turned emergency operator who scrambles to save a distressed caller. He soon learns that things aren’t what they seem.

Gyllenhaal is backed up by an all-star cast, including Ethan Hawke, Riley Keough, Paul Dano and Peter Sarsgaard.

Watch it here.

Bird Box

15 Thrillers on Netflix That Will Have You on the Edge of Your Seat
Bird Box – Best Thrillers on Netflix (Image: Netflix)

Bird Box throws us into a world where if you gaze upon a monster you’ll meet a quick death. Think A Quiet Place but with the focus on sight instead of sound and the same level of thrills.

Sandra Bullock leads the cast as a mother and survivor who embarks on a trek across the dangerous post-apocalyptic world to get her two children to safety, all while completely blindfolded.

Watch it here.


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Mindhunter – Best Thrillers on Netflix (Image: Netflix)

Based on a true story, Mindhunter dives into the psyche of some of the most dangerous serial killers to ever live.

The gripping character study of these twisted killers, and the detectives who question them, comes from the master of thrillers: David Fincher (Zodiac).

You can watch both seasons here.


Awake – Best Thrillers on Netflix (Image: Netflix)

We’ve all imagined what life would be like if you didn’t need to sleep. No more reliance on coffee, no passing out at your desk after a late night, extra hours to spend the way you want – sounds great, right? Not so much in Netflix’s thriller Awake.

After a global event wipes out humanity’s ability to sleep, an ex-soldier must save her family, all while spiralling from the effects of sleep deprivation.

Watch it here.

The Sinner

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The Sinner – Best Thrillers on Netflix (Image: Netflix)

All three seasons of this police procedural anthology thriller on Netflix will have you hitting “play next episode”.

Each season of The Sinner sees detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) unwind the mystery behind perplexing crimes, with stars like Jessica Biel and Matt Bomer giving performances of a lifetime.

Watch all three seasons here.

The Platform

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The Platform – Best Thrillers on Netflix (Image: Netflix)

The Platform is a chilling look at greed and class in society. The Spanish-language film puts us in a futuristic prison where a slab of food descends through the floor each day and those on the top floors feast while those on the bottom floors starve.

It’s a dark and unique concept you won’t be able to look away from.

Watch it here.


1922 – Best Thrillers on Netflix. (Image: Netflix)

Aussie director Zak Hilditch picked up this Stephen King novella and turned it into a suspenseful horror drama on Netflix.

1922 follows the tale of a farmer who conspires to kill his wife and drags his teen son into his dark plans. Things get even more twisted from there as the duo experience the consequences of their actions.

Watch it here.

Gone Girl

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Gone Girl – Best Thrillers on Netflix (Image: Netflix)

Gone Girl is one of the must-see psychological thrillers in recent memory and will have you guessing right until the end.

Adapted from Gillian Flynn’s book, Gone Girl stars Ben Affleck as a husband who becomes the prime suspect in his wife’s disappearance. Shocking secrets start to come to light as he learns what really happened to her.

Watch it here.

Behind Her Eyes

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Behind Her Eyes – Best Thrillers on Netflix (Image: Netflix)

If combining noir, supernatural, psychological and thriller all sounds good to you, then check out Behind Her Eyes.

The show follows a single mother as she begins an affair with her psychiatrist boss and befriends his mysterious wife. It’s a love triangle with a dose of mind games from which you just cannot look away.

Watch it here.

Once you’ve been through all these thrillers on Netflix, check out our list of the top TV series you need to add to your watchlist.

This article has been updated with additional titles.

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