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

Settle in with these thrilling films for a cozy night in. 

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The holiday season is finally here and the major streaming services are kicking it off with a bang. This December a range of mysteries and thrillers will be available across Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video. 

Many tried and true hits like The Da Vinci Code, Air Force One, and an assortment of James Bond movies are arriving to the streaming services, as well as new films like Amazon Prime Video's I'm Your Woman. A selection of holiday movies will also be available this December, from the darkly funny Christmas Crossfire on Netflix, to the ever-wintery Cliffhanger on Hulu. 

With plenty to choose from, now is the perfect time to hunker down and watch a movie, whether it's an old favorite, or a brand new release.


Peppermint (2018)

After her family is killed before her eyes, Riley North seeks justice for her husband and daughter. But when a corrupt legal system fails to hold the men responsible to account, Riley sets out to impose her own brand of vigilante justice in this intense story of revenge. 

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Christmas Crossfire (2020)

A new dark comedy, Christmas Crossfire follows the chaos that ensues after a man unknowingly stumbles upon and breaks up a murder in progress. Having drawn some seriously unwanted attention to himself, he goes on the run as the band of killers, and the romantic interest he abruptly deserted, both try to track him down. Funny and suspenseful, Christmas Crossfire is the holiday movie you didn't even know you needed.  

Ava (2020)

With a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, John Malkovich, and Common, Ava tells of a tangled web of shifting alliances within an organization of private assassins. Ava, one of the group's elite mercenaries, must fend for her life after she becomes the organization's target in this gripping thriller. 

Triple 9 (2016)

In Triple 9, the opening bank robbery is just the beginning of the action. Under the orders of a mob boss, a crew of criminals must pull off an even more daring heist. With elaborate plans, bursts of violence, and mounting tension, Triple 9 is sure to thrill. Add in its ensemble cast that features Anthony Mackie, Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Aaron Paul, Woody Harrelson, and Kate Winslet, and Triple 9 is well worth the watch.

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MANK (2020)

Though not a mystery itself, MANK dives into the creation of Citizen Kane, in which reporter Jerry Thompson set out to unravel the cryptic meaning behind wealthy mogul Charles Kane's last words. Delving into the one-of-a-kind screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, his work on Citizen Kane, and the bygone Hollywood era, the new release from director David Fincher offers a riveting look into the man behind the iconic drama and mystery.  


The Da Vinci Code (2006)

Unraveling the conspiracies of the church, The Da Vinci Code, based on the novel of the same name by Dan Brown, follows Professor Robert Langdon as he delves into a world of cryptic symbols, hidden clues, and secret societies. Langdon searches for age-old answers–ones that could that rock the very foundations of Christianity–and through it all, danger is always closer than it appears. 

The sequel to The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons is also coming to Hulu this month. In Angels & Demons, Professor Langdon embarks on a winding and mysterious journey to recover a vital piece of ancient history.

Goldfinger (1964)

Joining the assortment of James Bond films that arrived to Hulu last month, Goldfinger follows the famous spy as he uncovers a gold smuggling operation, led by a villain whose devious schemes threaten to bring down the whole international system. The third Bond film, Goldfinger brought the enduring franchise to new heights, and over the decades, has become a classic, featuring the late Sean Connery as the iconic agent. 

If you can't get enough, catch even more 007 in Dr. No (1962), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), and GoldenEye (1995), all of which will also be available on Hulu this December. 

The November Man (2014)

Inspired by Bill Granger's novel There Are No Spies, The November Man is an action-packed thriller in which an ex-CIA operative, played by none other than Pierce Brosnan, is drawn back into the high-stakes dangers of his former career in order to stop a deadly plot involving his former protégé and the president of Russia. 

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True Confessions (1981)

Starring Robert Di Nero and Robert Duvall, this neo-noir film centers on two brothers, a priest and a homicide detective, as the mysterious killing of a young woman unearths troubling revelations and pulls both brothers deep into an criminal underworld filled with cover-ups. 

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Black Dynamite (2009)

In an action-comedy that pays tribute and pokes fun at the blaxsplotation films of the 1970s, Black Dynamite follows the titular CIA agent as he looks to exact revenge on his brother's killer, while simultaneously trying to rid his neighborhood of a new drug that is part of a far-reaching conspiracy.

Cliffhanger (1993)

After a heist of a U.S. Treasury plane goes awry, a mountain climber is swept up into the thieves' desperate efforts to salvage their lucrative scheme in this thriller set in the Rocky Mountains. With Sylvester Stallone in the leading role, Cliffhanger delivers plenty of action and suspense. 

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Air Force One (1997)

When Air Force One is taken hostage, President John Marshall puts his military background to use to fight off the attackers in this high-flying political thriller. Harrison Ford stars in this 1997 hit that melds political intrigue, suspense, and action.

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True Lies (1994)

With a healthy dose of comedy, True Lies goes to show that even spies struggle to strike the perfect work-life balance. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis star in this funny twist on the usual spy flick, in which a top agent learns his wife is considering having an affair with a used car salesman, just as a terrorist organization finalizes their plans to smuggle nuclear weapons into the United States.

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I'm Your Woman (2020)

New from Amazon, I'm Your Woman tells of a woman forced on the run after her husband's career as a criminal begins to catch up with him. Dodging danger at every turn, and learning to fight for herself, she takes matters into her own hands in this drama set in the 1970s. 

Into the Blue (2005)

Starring Jessica Alba and Paul Walker, Into the Blue is an action-packed thriller set against the beautiful beaches of the Bahamas. While snorkeling, a young couple on vacation happen upon a wrecked plane full of drugs. Trying to sell the drugs for money, the couple quickly find themselves in over their heads as they descend into a world of crime, violence, and confusion.

Featured still from "Christmas Crossfire" via DCM Productions and Boje Buck Produktion.