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The Best Mystery and Thriller Movies Coming to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video This August

These cases are heating up.

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We're in the high heat of summer, and these thrilling flicks are on fire. With so many mysteries and thrillers arriving on streaming platforms this August, it can be hard to know where to start in hunting down your next watch. But we’ve cracked the case for you, detective—here are all the best mystery and thriller movies coming to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video this August 2020. 

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Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen (August 1)

If you’re in the mood for a heist, Netflix is ready to lend a helping hand. Steven Soderbergh's 2004 ensemble heist comedy, Ocean’s Twelve, and its follow up, Ocean’s Thirteen, are hitting the streaming service on August 1. Featuring a star-studded cast, the pair of flicks follows a team of criminals through heist after heist as they attempt to win back all the money they stole, and then some.

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Nightcrawler (August 10)

Nightcrawler is finally coming back to Netflix, and if you missed it the first time around, you won’t want to miss it this August. Featuring Jake Gyllenhaal in one of his most twisted roles yet (and that’s saying something), the film follows Lou Bloom, a stringer who begins recording real-life violent footage for payouts from the evening news. Pretty soon, he’ll discover that just filming the action isn’t enough of a thrill, and he’ll start needing to get his own hands dirty…

The Frozen Ground (August 27)

Inspired by the chilling true story of serial killer Robert Hansen, this Nicolas Cage-led flick centers on a murderer who has gone unnoticed for 13 years in an Alaskan town. But his reign of terror is about to come to an end.

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As the bodies of murdered young women pile up, a teenage escapee may hold the key to this case. The killer is in sight, but will they be able to find him before he claims his next victim?


A Perfect Murder (August 1)

On August 1, this award-winning film starring Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Viggo Mortensen comes to Hulu.

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When Steven (Douglas) discovers that his wife Emily (Paltrow) is cheating on him, he concocts a plan to have Emily's lover David (Viggo Mortensen) murder her in what will appear to be a random crime. With his own financial empire crumbling all around him, Steven's determined to lay claim to his wife’s millions. But the perfect murder in theory may not end up being so foolproof in execution…

Sleeping with the Enemy (August 1)

In this psychological thriller starring Julia Roberts, a young wife escapes her marriage from an abusive husband by faking her own death and establishing a new life in a quiet Southern town. But when her husband discovers she’s still alive, he won’t let her get away.

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Amazon Prime Video

Arkansas (August 5)

In Clark Duke’s directorial debut starring Vince Vaughn, Michael Kenneth Williams, Vivica A. Fox, John Malkovitch, Liam Hemsworth, and more, two small-town pushers operate under the brutal thumb of a drug kingpin named Frog (Vaughn). The pair have never even met Frog. But when a drug deal goes bad, they’ll find out the consequences for their mistakes are much, much deadlier than they could’ve imagined. The boys are on their way to see Frog, and Frog's not happy.

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Capone (August 10)

On August 10, take a deep dive into notorious gangster Al Capone’s final days in Capone, a new film starring Tom Hardy as the titular mob boss. As Capone's mental faculties collapse and he struggles to understand the world around him, the gangster is forced to revisit his past through torturous, haunting memories.

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Featured still from "Nightcrawler" via Open Road Films.