Thriller movies are the ultimate form of entertainment. They mess with your mind, get your heart racing, and leave you at the edge of your seat. The only thing you need is a place to watch, and we've got you covered. Here are some of the best thrillers on Amazon Prime right now.
Updated: July 2019
The Whistleblower (2010)
Based on true events, The Whistleblower is set in 1999 post-war Bosnia. When Nebraskan police officer Kathryn Bolkovac is recruited by the United Nations to work as a peacekeeper in war-torn Bosnia, she expects to help rebuild a devastated country. Instead, she discovers that her employers are running a sex trafficking ring while the UN turns a blind eye. As Kathryn races to save two trafficking victims, her pleas for help are met with deafening silence, forcing her to continue the investigation at her own peril.
The Frozen Ground (2013)
Based on the crimes of real-life serial killer Robert Hansen, The Frozen Ground is the chilling story of a family man and local business owner who hunted down women for sport. Nicholas Cage plays an Alaskan State Trooper who partners with a young woman (Vanessa Hudgens) who came within inches of a brutal death at Hansen’s hands. Together, they try to build a case against the so-called Butcher Baker, before he claims any more lives.
Danny Gallagher was once a talented narcotics detective. Now, he’s an ex-con hell-bent on finding the people who framed him and murdered his partner. There are a number of leads—his former coworkers, a drug lord, the CIA. In his search, Gallagher crosses paths with Rebecca, a rogue government agent, and Jimmy, a retired cop dedicated to fighting corruption. Rebecca and Jimmy could become Gallagher’s allies, or they could make his mission just that much harder.
Joe Braven is the owner of a logging company, and he needs a break. Braven, his father, who is developing dementia, and his daughter, Charlotte, decide to go to the family’s cabin for some time away. Unbeknownst to Joe, a coworker has gotten involved in the drug trade and is storing cocaine there. When they arrive at the cabin, the Bravens are surrounded by armed mercenaries and must engage in a dangerous fight for their lives.
When Detective Mal Toohey survives a gunshot thanks to his bulletproof vest, he spends the night celebrating life. Drunk after the night’s festivities, Toohey drives home and hits a young boy on his way. He calls 911, insisting that he had no part in the accident. Two cops, the eager, idealistic Jim Mellic and the seasoned Carl Summer, are assigned to investigate the crash that left the boy in a coma. As Toohey struggles to cover up his crime, he entangles Mellic and Summer in a complicated web of lies.
Three Days of the Condor (1975)
Adapted from James Grady's Six Days of the Condor, this 1975 Cold War thriller stars Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson, and Max von Sydow. A mild-mannered CIA employee named Turner (Redford) returns from lunch break to find all of his colleagues massacred. Clearly, Turner and his now-dead team uncovered something they were not meant to find … and he's next on the hit list.
Shot Caller (2017)
Game of Thrones’ Nicolaj Coster-Waldau stars as Jacob Harlon, a successful stock broker who is incarcerated for causing a deadly car accident while under the influence. Harlon takes a plea deal for a 16 month sentence, intending to serve out his time quietly before going home to his family. Instead, the brutal realities of the prison environment force him into gang-related activities in exchange for protection. As he rises through the ranks, Harlon realizes that even on the outside, he will never be free—the lives of his wife and son depend on his continued loyalty to the prison gang.
The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
In this historical thriller, Sir Robert Beaumont is not pleased that his African railroad project is behind schedule. In an attempt to get the project back on track, he hires John Henry Patterson, a well-respected British engineer. Not even Patterson can solve the problem behind the delay: a series of deadly lion attacks. The situation gets just as ugly and spine-chilling as you might imagine.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Nearly 30 years after its release, Quentin Tarantino's high-octane crime thriller debut remains as ferocious as ever. Six colorfully nicknamed criminal strangers come together to carry out a robbery, but the heist goes south in a hail of bullets. Someone set them up. The question is: Who?
To Catch a Thief (1955)
Cary Grant and Grace Kelly set the silver screen on fire in this romantic thriller from Alfred Hitchcock. John Robie (Grant), a former jewel thief, is accused of returning to his nefarious ways. So he sets out to prove his innocence, and soon gets tangled up with the alluring Francie (Grace Kelly).
Based on a true story, Jungle is the harrowing tale of three men who travel deep into the Amazon rainforest, only to discover that their guide may not be who he says he is. Daniel Radcliffe stars as Yossi Ghinsberg, an Israeli traveler whose sense of adventure leads him to trust a man who offers to bring him and a few acquaintances to meet a remote Indian tribe dwelling in the jungle. The stranger’s claim turns out to be too good to be true. Lost in the vast jungle and facing injuries, parasites, and dwindling supplies, the men become separated and are forced to fight for their survival.
Along Came a Spider (2001)
Based on James Patterson's Alex Cross thriller of the same name, Along Came a Spider stars Morgan Freeman as the psychologist detective. A congressman's daughter is kidnapped from a private school, despite being protected by the Secret Service. Cross steps in to investigate the case even though he's struggling to process the recent death of his partner.
Featured still from "Braven" via Lionsgate