July has officially arrived, bringing with it the promise of blazing hot days and—as film buffs well know—a tidal wave of new movies hitting streaming platforms. If you need a break from the summer heat, head inside for a welcome blast of air conditioning (if you have it) and consult this comprehensive list of the best mystery and thriller movies making their way to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video. Then hunker down for an exhilarating couple of hours. You can thank us later.
Double Jeopardy (July 1)
This 1999 neo-noir film takes its name from the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment, which asserts that an individual cannot be tried for the same crime twice. Libby Parsons (Ashley Judd) has been wrongfully imprisoned for the murder of her husband (Bruce Greenwood). She comes to suspect that her husband faked his own death, and hatches a plot to kill him for real upon her release.
Mean Streets (July 1)
This 1973 Martin Scorsese crime drama was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress. Harvey Keitel plays Charlie Cappa, an Italian-American man living in New York City. Determined to protect his young friend Johnny Boy (Robert De Niro), a small-time criminal indebted to various loan sharks, Charlie finds himself juggling conflicting loyalties that will put them both in danger.
Heist (July 1)
We’ve got yet another Robert De Niro thriller coming to Netflix—but can you ever really have enough? Didn’t think so. This 2015 flick revolves around a casino employee who decides to rob the place in order to pay for his sick daughter’s treatment. When his plan falls apart, he becomes increasingly desperate.
The Town (July 1)
Co-written, directed by, and starring Ben Affleck, The Town features four best friends who pull off a heist. However, they kidnapped the bank manager during the mayhem, and one of the thieves fears for both of their lives when he starts falling in love with her.
Mission: Impossible - Fallout (July 3)
The most recent installment in the action-packed Mission: Impossible film series sees IMF agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) attempt to keep nuclear weapons from falling into the wrong hands. Plenty of explosions, high speed chases, and dizzying confrontations ensue.
Fatal Affair (July 16)
Nia Long and Omar Epps star in this psychological thriller from Peter Sullivan, the director of Secret Obsession. A lawyer in the midst of repairing her marriage meets up with a man from her past for drinks. She’s caught up in a terrifying game of cat and mouse when she realizes the man’s enticing personality has a hidden dark side.
The Hater (July 29)
Jan Komasa’s The Hater won Best International Narrative Feature at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. An ambitious young man (Maciej Musiałowski) takes a job at a shady PR company that specializes in social media smear campaigns. By the time he realizes the real-life consequences of his misdeeds, he’s in too deep. Come for the thoughtful commentary on the spread of misinformation in an increasingly polarized world, and stay for the high-stakes thrills.
Rotten Tomatoes succinctly summed up the appeal of this critically acclaimed film: "BlacKkKlansman uses history to offer bitingly trenchant commentary on current events—and brings out some of Spike Lee's hardest-hitting work in decades along the way." A 2018 comedy crime film about a town’s first African American detective (John David Washington) and his mission to infiltrate the local KKK chapter, its dismantling of racism and police brutality is more relevant than ever.
The Client (July 1)
Joel Schumacher’s 1994 adaptation of the classic John Grisham novel is a legal thriller for the ages. When a young boy witnesses a mobster’s suicide, he’s in danger of being exploited by figures on both side of the law, who stand to gain from learning key information about the deceased man’s “deathbed” confession.
Live Free or Die Hard (July 1)
The fourth Die Hard film sees Bruce Willis reprise his role as NYPD detective John McClane. Once again, McClane is caught up in a dire mission: this time, to prevent cyber terrorists from hacking into government computers and destabilizing the United States.
Brokedown Palace (July 1)
To celebrate their graduation from high school, best friends Alice Marano (Claire Danes) and Darlene Davis (Kate Beckinsale) take a spur-of-the-moment trip to Thailand. There, they are arrested for drug smuggling charges—turning their blissful vacation into a harrowing experience in which they can trust no one.
The Ninth Gate (July 1)
This 1999 supernatural thriller stars Johnny Depp as Dean Corso, a rare books dealer. Dean is drawn into a puzzling—and terrifying—mystery when he’s hired to inspect a book rumored to have been written by Satan himself.
Psycho Granny (July 1)
A domestic thriller guaranteed to send a chill down your spine, Psycho Granny revolves around a young woman mourning her mother’s death. When her long-lost grandmother makes an appearance, Samantha is overjoyed—but her initial excitement soon turns to horror when she learns more about Colleen and why she’s returned.
The Whistlers (July 2)
In this Romanian comedy crime film, a policeman in cahoots with the mob heads to a Spanish island. There, he will learn an ancestral whistling language that will help him bust a corrupt businessman out of prison.
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52 Pick-Up (July 1)
When a successful businessman has an affair with a younger woman, four conniving blackmailers threaten to expose his secret. Little do they know that Harry has a plan up his sleeve, and he might just be able to outsmart them.
Anaconda (July 1)
This suspenseful blockbuster hit stars Jon Voight, Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, and Eric Stoltz. A documentary film crew travels deep into the Amazon in hopes of catching a glimpse of a legendary gigantic anaconda. Unfortunately for them, their wish comes true and then some.
Buried (July 1)
It really doesn’t get more claustrophobic than this psychological thriller starring Ryan Reynolds. Set in 2006, an American civilian working in Iraq is kidnapped. When he wakes up, he finds himself buried alive in a wooden coffin, with only a few supplies—and dwindling oxygen.
Panic Room (July 1)
When four burglars break into a home, the mother (Jodie Foster) and daughter (Kristen Stewart) living there flee into a secret panic room. Though this 2002 thriller is fast-paced and entertaining, it’s been critically acclaimed for unearthing thought-provoking themes about gender, technology, and mortality.
Sliver (July 1)
Carly Norris (Sharon Stone) moves into a renowned New York City sliver building with a curious cast of residents. When she learns that the previous tenant in her apartment died under strange circumstances, she begins to fear for her life, and unravels a startling mystery.
The Tourist (July 7)
Starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, this light-hearted romantic suspense flick features two strangers who become entangled in a web of intrigue in Venice.
This film will be available on Amazon Prime Video on July 7, but you can stream it on demand now.
Vivarium (July 11)
For those who enjoy their thrills with a side of sci-fi, try Vivarium on for size. A couple moves into a picture-perfect suburban development where all the houses look alike. However, they become trapped and disoriented when they try to leave, only to find all the roads lead them back to where they started.
This film will be available on Amazon Prime Video on July 11, but you can stream it on demand now.
Featured still from "The Town" via Warner Bros.