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The Best Thriller Movies on HBO Max 

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Dakota Fanning and Denzel Washington in the 2004 thriller film 'Man on Fire.'
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HBO Max—also known as the rebranded Max—has an extensive catalogue of movies and series. In fact, the streaming service has hundreds of thriller movies alone! But don't let the wealth of flicks intimidate you, we at Murder & Mayhem spent hours filtering through the hefty collection to bring you the very best. Here are eight thriller movies on HBO Max you won't want to miss!

North by Northwest

This 1959 spy thriller was directed by the legendary Alfred Hitchcock, so you know it's the best of the best.

When a Manhattan ad exec (Cary Grant) gets tangled up in a case of mistaken identity, he's pursued across America by mysterious thugs. He's accompanied by a dazzling woman (Eva Marie Saint) who he's not entirely sure he can trust…

Pulp Fiction

From they hyper-violent mind of Quentin Tarantino, this 1994 crime thriller is a pop culture staple.

In a series of intertwining tales, a pair of hitmen (Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta), a prizefighter (Bruce Willis), a mobster and his wife (Ving Rhames and Uma Thurman), and two common burglars (Tim Roth and Amanda Plummer) navigate violence and redemption.

The Revenant

This tense survival thriller takes place in 1823 across the territory of the modern Dakotas.

While on a fur trading expedition, frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear. Though he's been left behind to die, his fight for survival is against more than just nature.

Gran Torino

One of many incredible Clint Eastwood flicks on HBO Max, Gran Torino is a must-watch.

Eastwood plays Walt Kowalski, an irascible and prejudiced Korean War veteran. When a Hmong teen (Bee Vang) is tasked with stealing Walt's prized 1972 Gran Torino as a gang initiation, Walt sends the boy—and himself—on a dangerous journey of redemption.


Adding some black comedy to the thriller collection on HBO Max, Fargo follows car salesman Jerry Lundegaard's (William H. Macy) fumbling attempts at crime.

With the help of two henchman (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare), Jerry attempts to kidnap his wife to collect ransom money from her father. However, the dim-witted criminals are no match for the very pregnant police chief Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand).


This dark comedy thriller took home the Oscar for Best Picture, making history as the first non-English-language film to win the award.

The story follows the impoverished Kim family as the son, Ki-woo (Choi Woo-sik) poses as a university student to get a job as a tutor for the wealthy Park family. As a scheme unfolds to insert more family members into the employ of the Parks, a dangerous domino effect is set in motion.

Man on Fire

Based on the  novel of the same name by A. J. Quinnell, this 2004 film follows former CIA officer John Creasy (Denzel Washington).

Creasy takes a job as a bodyguard for a young girl, Pita Ramos (Dakota Fanning). As he battles his own personal demons, his ward is taken by a violent syndicate, setting him off on a brutal mission of vengeance.


This 2012 Bond flick is a definite highlight in HBO's catalog.

When MI6 is the target of an attack, 007 (Daniel Craig) is determined to end the threat—no matter the cost.

And if you're looking forward to seeing James Bond in action, good news: a hefty number of other Bond films are available on the streaming service as well.