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

The spooky season is upon us.

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As we inch into cooler days and longer nights, now is the perfect time to cozy up indoors with a compelling mystery or thriller movie. Luckily for us, each month brings a whole new wave of flicks to stream right to your television. Featuring classic mysteries and supernatural thrillers alike—perfectly suited for the days approaching Halloween—these are the best movies coming to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video this October.

Netflix

We Have Always Lived in the Castle (October 1)

Based on the Shirley Jackson novel of the same name, this brooding mystery film stars scream queen Taissa Farmiga as an isolated young woman with a dark secret.

Related: 8 Chilling Books Behind Your Favorite Thrillers 

Cape Fear (October 1)

Robert De Niro and Juliette Lewis each received Academy Award nominations for their performances in this 1991 Martin Scorsese film. Upon his release from prison, a violent criminal seeks revenge against the public defense lawyer who failed to represent him fairly.

Along Came a Spider (October 1)

Morgan Freeman reprises his role as detective Alex Cross in this psychological thriller based on the James Patterson novel of the same name.

Fargo (October 1)

A black comedy thriller, Fargo was nominated for seven Academy Awards and was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress. Set in 1980s Minnesota, a police chief follows the bloody trail left behind by a desperate car salesman who’s hired two criminals to do his dirty work.

Related: 11 Comedy Mystery Movies You Can Stream Tonight 

Òlòtūré (October 2)

A Lagos-based journalist goes undercover to investigate human trafficking in this 2019 Nigerian crime drama.

Rebecca (October 21)

In this 2020 film adaptation of the classic Daphne du Maurier novel, a young newlywed moves into her husband’s estate, where she finds herself living in the mysterious shadow of his deceased first wife.

Related: Daphne du Maurier's Best Mysteries, from the Psychological to the Supernatural 

Hulu

When A Stranger Calls (October 1)

Ring in the Halloween season with this spine-chilling horror-thriller about a babysitter who begins to receive threatening phone calls.

Related: 13 Chilling Thrillers to Read If You Loved Alex North’s The Shadows 

Drugstore Cowboy (October 1)

Drugstore Cowboy has the rare honor of holding a 100% rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Based on a true story, this crime drama revolves around a group of friends and longtime drug addicts who make questionable choices to score their next high. 

Fallen (October 1)

A Philadelphia police detective investigates a series of homicides committed by an apparent copycat killer, only to find that a supernatural source is behind the violence. 

Related: 14 Supernatural Thrillers That Will Give You the Chills 

Infamous (October 11)

Former Disney star Bella Thorne received critical acclaim for her performance in this modern-day take on Bonnie and Clyde, with a social media twist. A couple on the run commits armed robbery to fuel their getaway, and decides to livestream all their crimes.

Savage Youth (October 11)

Tragedy comes to pass when six teenagers cross paths in a racially divided, decaying rural town rife with drugs and violence.

Related: 11 Thrilling Southern Noir Books to Read Now That You've Binged Ozark 

Bad Therapy (October 29)

Alicia Silverstone, Rob Corddry, and Michaela Watkins star in this thrilling black comedy about a married couple who seek relationship advice from a therapist, only to realize she has a dark agenda.

Amazon Prime Video

Eight Millimeter (October 1)

A private investigator (Nicolas Cage) is compelled to explore the dark world of snuff films when a woman asks him to discover the origins of a disturbing 8mm movie she found in her dead husband’s safe.

Kindred Spirits (October 1)

A terrifying take on the domestic thriller, Kindred Spirits revolves around the complex relationships between a woman, her daughter, and her estranged sister.

Related: 10 Domestic Thrillers That Make You Read Between the Lies 

Quantum of Solace (October 1)

James Bond stages a Bolivian coup as part of a plot to avenge his former lover in the second film starring Daniel Craig as the MI6 agent.

The Da Vinci Code (October 1)

Based on Dan Brown’s international bestselling book, The Da Vinci Code is a mystery film about a professor’s modern-day quest to find the legendary Holy Grail.

Related: 14 Books Like The Da Vinci Code 

The Departed (October 1)

This star-studded crime thriller by Martin Scorsese won four Academy Awards for its portrayal of double agents planted within the Massachusetts State Police and Boston’s Irish Mob.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (October 14)

Tom Cruise and Cobie Smulders star in this action thriller based on a Lee Child novel. Jack Reacher goes on the run with an Army major accused of espionage, and together they unravel a twisted conspiracy.

This film will be available on Amazon Prime Video on October 14, but you can stream it on demand now.

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