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The best thrillers on Hulu right now (September 2022)

Life isn’t always a thrilling adventure, but that’s kind of the point of the thriller genre. If everyday life was as exciting as a thriller, we wouldn’t need escapist fiction, now would we? Trust us, it’s a lot more fun to feel vicarious tension through the leading characters than facing danger or drama yourself. Additionally, thrillers cover a lot of ground, from psychological stories to criminal dramas, and even tales with a touch of sci-fi. You only need to know where to look, and we’ve already done the work for you. All you have to do is consult our picks for the best thrillers on Hulu.

And while you’re here, be sure to give the Disney Bundle a look — it’ll get you Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN+ for just $14 a month. That’s a great way to get even more thrillers, all for the price of just two of those services together. And that’s tough to beat.

Hulu isn’t the only streaming platform around. Thankfully, we’ve also put together guides to the best thrillers on Netflix, the best thrillers on Amazon Prime Video, and the best horror movies on Netflix if you want to crank up the terror! 

Recently added to Hulu

Spree (2020) new
42 %
Genre Thriller, Horror, Comedy
Stars Joe Keery, Sasheer Zamata, David Arquette
Directed by Eugene Kotlyarenko
Stranger Things’ Joe Keery sheds his good-guy image in Spree when he takes on the role of Kurt Kunkle. Kurt is a rideshare driver who desperately wants to be internet famous and a social media superstar. But even the kid he once babysat for, Bobby BaseCamp (Josh Ovalle), has a bigger following than Kurt. So clearly the only solution for Kurt is to begin killing people, including Bobby, and livestream his crime spree as it happens. The one who got away is Jessie Adams (Sasheer Zamata), a comedian who is disgusted by Kurt’s social media ambitions. But with the cops on his trail, Kurt wants to ensure that Jessie will be among his victims.
SPREE Official Trailer (2020) Joe Keery, Thriller Movie HD
Death on the Nile (2022) new
Death on the Nile
52 %
pg-13 127m
Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Stars Kenneth Branagh, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer
Directed by Kenneth Branagh
Thanks to a certain cast member facing serious and disturbing accusations, Death on the Nile was severely under-promoted during its brief theatrical run earlier this year. Fortunately, this Agatha Christie adaptation is on Hulu and still well-worth watching even if the origin story of Poirot’s mustache plays a bit funnier than intended. Kenneth Branagh once again reprises his role as Hercule Poirot, a detective on vacation who is unwillingly drawn into the orbit of the heiress Linnet “Linny” Ridgeway-Doyle (Gal Gadot). Weeks ago, Linny was engaged to Linus Windlesham (Russell Brand), but now she’s married to Simon Doyle (Armie Hammer). Not only are all three on the same awkward journey in Egypt, but they’re also pursued by Simon’s vengeful ex-lover, Jacqueline “Jackie” de Bellefort (Emma Mackey). Despite Poirot’s best efforts, the bodies soon begin to drop.
The American (2010) new
The American
61 %
r 104m
Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller
Stars George Clooney, Violante Placido, Thekla Reuten
Directed by Anton Corbijn
The American doesn’t shy away from giving the audience a chance to detest its leading man, George Clooney, when his character, Jack, murders his lover, Ingrid (Irina Björklund), very early in the film. You see, Jack is a contract killer, and Ingrid could have given up his identity during an attempt on his life. Growing ever more cautious, Jack retreats to a small town in Italy where he fashions a weapon for a fellow assassin named Mathilde (Thekla Reuten). Jack also feels regret for killing Ingrid and opens his heart to Clara, a woman who is blissfully unaware of his lethal calling. However, Jack’s enemies soon catch up with him, and his dream of creating a future with Clara is jeopardized.
The American - Official Trailer
Escape from Pretoria (2020) new
Escape from Pretoria
56 %
pg-13 102m
Genre Drama, History, Thriller
Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Daniel Webber, Ian Hart
Directed by Francis Annan
Escape From Pretoria is based upon the true story of Tim Jenkin (Daniel Radcliffe) and Stephen Lee (Daniel Webber), two anti-apartheid activists who worked to bring down the racist South African regime. In 1979, Jenkin and Lee were captured and sentenced to Pretoria Prison, which made their escape very unlikely. The duo also met another political prisoner, Denis Goldberg (Ian Hart), who had already resigned himself to his fate. Regardless of the consequences, Jenkin and Lee decide to break out, and the film has some extremely gripping sequences as they try to put their plan into action.
Prisoners (2013)
70 %
Genre Drama, Thriller, Crime
Stars Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Before he delivered some of the most visually pleasing sci-fi films of the last decade, director Denis Villeneuve helmed a thriller called Prisoners. Within the movie, two young girls, Anna Dover (Erin Gerasimovich) and Joy Birch (Kyla-Drew Simmons), go missing. Their fathers, Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) and Franklin Birch (Terrence Howard), suspect Alex Jones (Paul Dano) may have taken the girls. However, Franklin isn’t totally on board with Keller’s plan to kidnap and torture Alex for answers. Meanwhile, Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) is tasked with finding the girls, and it’s far from a simple mystery to solve.
Alone (2020)
70 %
r 98m
Genre Thriller, Horror
Stars Jules Willcox, Marc Menchaca, Anthony Heald
Directed by John Hyams
There aren’t many characters in Alone, as it’s largely a contest of will and wits between Jessica Swanson (Jules Willcox) and The Man (Marc Menchaca), an enigmatic maniac who kidnaps her while she is mourning her husband. Jessica discovers that she has been taken to the wilderness and makes a daring escape. Whoever The Man is, he demands answers from Jessica about her husband’s death, and he relentlessly pursues her. Ultimately, Jessica must determine if she has the fortitude to save herself from his wrath.
ALONE Official Trailer (2020) Survival Horror Movie
Down (2019)
Genre Horror, Science Fiction, Drama
Stars Natalie Martinez, Matt Lauria, Christina Leone
Directed by Daniel Stamm
Spending Valentine’s Day stuck on an elevator isn’t anybody’s idea of a good time. However, it seems to work out for Guy (Matt Lauria) and Jennifer (Natalie Martinez) in Down, a Hulu original movie. Both Guy and Jennifer are workers in a high rise who inadvertently become trapped over a long holiday weekend. At first, it seems like love is in the air and they appear to be natural romantic partners for each other. But all is not what it appears to be, and when the truth comes out, Guy and Jennifer will be at each other’s throats.
Into the Dark: Down Trailer (Official) • A Hulu Original
Nightmare Alley (2021)
Nightmare Alley
69 %
r 150m
Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller
Stars Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara
Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Moviegoers weren’t quite ready to return to theaters to see director Guillermo del Toro’s remake of Nightmare Alley. But streaming fans can catch it on Hulu and watch Bradley Cooper’s sublime performance as Stanton “Stan” Carlisle. After joining a carnival, Stan discovers that he is very talented at pretending to be a mind reader. And he’s an excellent con man. However, Lilith Ritter (Cate Blanchett) is a con woman who makes Stan look like an amateur by comparison. She has very dangerous plans for Stan, and the stakes only get higher as they go after a powerful target.
NIGHTMARE ALLEY | Official Trailer | Searchlight Pictures
Black Swan (2010)
Black Swan
79 %
r 108m
Genre Drama, Thriller, Horror
Stars Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel
Directed by Darren Aronofsky
You’ll never look at ballet the same way after Black Swan. Director Darren Aronofsky’s twisted tale follows a sexually repressed dancer, Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman), who gets the chance to portray the dual roles of a lifetime in Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. However, Nina struggles to embody the darkness of the Black Swan/Odile. That’s why Nina feels so threatened by the arrival of Lily (Mila Kunis), a rival dancer who may steal the role from her. And as Nina’s sanity slips away, she becomes far more like the Black Swan than anyone believed was possible. Especially Nina herself.
BLACK SWAN | Official Trailer | FOX Searchlight
Pig (2021)
82 %
r 91m
Genre Drama, Thriller
Stars Nicolas Cage, Alex Wolff, Adam Arkin
Directed by Michael Sarnoski
Pig is collecting a ton of attention lately, by way of both bountiful media mentions and general word-of-mouth exchanges — and for plenty of good reasons. The film follows Rob (Nicholas Cage), a reclusive ex-chef living in the woods of Oregon. Now a truffle hunter, Rob scours the wilderness with his prized foraging pig. After a run-in with a gang of assailants, Rob’s pig is stolen. Connecting with a local contact (Alex Wolff), Rob follows the single lead he has to his swine’s whereabouts, plunging the self-proclaimed hermit into the seedy underbelly of Portland. An astonishing feature debut from writer-director Michael Sarnoski, Pig is a poignant film with an equally-poignant lead performance from Nicholas Cage, reminding us that the actor is capable of much more than camp.
Pig Trailer #1 (2021) | Movieclips Trailers
American Animals (2018)
American Animals
68 %
r 117m
Genre Drama, Crime, Documentary
Stars Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner
Directed by Bart Layton
American Animals is a crime docudrama that playfully bends the boundaries of the crime-thriller and documentary, delivering a memorable mashup of interwoven tropes and structure-styles. After Spencer Reinhard (Barry Keoghan) is given a tour of the Transylvania University library, the young man, with the assistance of three other friends, concocts a scheme to make out with some of the library’s most treasured and valuable art-prints. American Animals doesn’t spend its time trying to get us to root for the main ensemble or the heist they carry out. Instead, we’re treated to a nail-biter that merely wishes to remind us that not every planned-to-a-T endeavor can or should be carried out without myriad consequences.
AMERICAN ANIMALS Official Trailer (2018) Evan Peters Thriller Movie HD

Super Dark Times (2017)
Super Dark Times
75 %
r 103m
Genre Drama, Thriller
Stars Owen Campbell, Charlie Tahan, Elizabeth Cappuccino
Directed by Kevin Phillips
Zach (Owen Campbell) and Josh (Charlie Tahan) are teens and lifelong best friends that spend their days mulling around the open-air environs of upstate New York. One day, the duo joins up with a schoolmate named Daryl (Max Talisman) and his pal Charlie (Sawyer Barth). What begins as a seemingly innocent outing quickly turns tragic, leading Zach and Josh on a downward spiral, one buttressed by paranoia, distrust, and pain. Kevin Phillips brings auteur lensing to this independent feature debut, tackling a small story with big visuals.
Super Dark Times Trailer #1 (2017) | Movieclips Indie

Fear of Rain (2021)
Fear of Rain
pg-13 109m
Genre Thriller, Horror, Drama
Stars Katherine Heigl, Harry Connick Jr., Madison Iseman
Directed by Castille Landon
One of the best types of thriller films is one where you can’t even trust the main character. Such is the case with writer-director Castille Landon’s Fear of Rain. Starring Madison Iseman as Rain Burroughs, a teenage girl diagnosed with schizophrenia, Rain begins experiencing a series of disturbing, so-called hallucinations. Fearing something is awry at her neighbor’s house, Rain’s parents don’t believe her. Recruiting the awkward new kid at school (Israel Broussard) to help her investigate, we soon discover that Rain’s horrific visions may be all too real. Fear of Rain is a stone’s throw away from movies like Disturbia and Rear Window, but strong performances and an intriguing narrative keep you invested throughout.
Fear of Rain (2021 Movie) Official Trailer – Katherine Heigl, Harry Connick Jr.

Silk Road (2021)
Silk Road
41 %
r 116m
Genre Crime, Thriller, Drama
Stars Jason Clarke, Nick Robinson, Daniel David Stewart
Directed by Tiller Russell
Silk Road is based on all-too-disturbing true-life events. Ross Ulbricht (Nick Robinson) creates Silk Road, a Dark Web site that was the first of its kind. But when the hub becomes an illegal trading space for drug traffickers, DEA agent Rick Bowden (Jason Clarke) enters the fold. Bringing the powers of the DEA and U.S. Secret Service down on the platform, Bowden and his cohorts will do everything in their power to put an end to Ulbricht’s unforeseen empire. A sleek cyber-thriller, Silk Road combines great performances with a true-crime narrative that takes a few of its own liberties (some not so great) — but we still dig the end result.
Silk Road Trailer #1 (2021) | Movieclips Trailers

The Secrets We Keep (2020)
The Secrets We Keep
48 %
r 97m
Genre Thriller, History
Stars Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Chris Messina
Directed by Yuval Adler
In the post-World War II suburbs of America, Romanian immigrant Maja (Noomi Rapace) lives with her husband and young son. Still plagued by visions of horrific war crimes committed against her, Maja’s seemingly tranquil surface level is deeply disturbed when she encounters a man walking her streets, a gentleman she recognizes as an ex-SS officer who attacked her years before. What follows is a spiraling story of despair, regret, and past lives resurfacing. While not reinventing the genre, The Secrets We Keep leans successfully on its central talents, particularly Rapace. A Hitchcock-inspired thriller for modern-day audiences, we found it more than fitting for inclusion.
The Secrets We Keep Trailer #1 (2020) | Movieclips Trailers

Angel of Mine (2019)
Angel of Mine
47 %
r 98m
Genre Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Stars Noomi Rapace, Yvonne Strahovski, Luke Evans
Directed by Kim Farrant
A remake of the 2008 French film Mark of an AngelAngel of Mine stars Noomi Rapace as Lizzie, a grieving mother who lost her infant daughter in a tragic hospital fire … supposedly. Years later, Lizzie is raising her second child, Thomas (Finn Little), with her ex-husband, Mike (Luke Evans). When a chance encounter with a young girl at a birthday party leads Lizzie to believe the youth is actually her daughter, the distraught parent goes to extreme lengths to form a bond with the child — truly believing her to be the daughter she lost almost a decade before. A gripping domestic thriller from start to finish, Angel of Mine hits all the right dramatic beats, making for a satisfying (albeit slightly predictable) film.
Angel of Mine Trailer #1 (2019) | Movieclips Indie

The Nightingale (2018)
The Nightingale
77 %
r 136m
Genre Drama, Thriller
Stars Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Baykali Ganambarr
Directed by Jennifer Kent
Writer-director Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale is a pulse-pounding Australian Western set in the rugged Tasmania of 1825. Clare (Aisling Franciosi), an Irish convict working for a Colonial brigade, is tragically besieged by a British officer and a small group of his comrades, men of esteemed ranks within the colony. Swearing revenge for the devastation brought upon her, Clare employs the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy to hunt down the man that showed her family no mercy. A brutal thriller built on trauma, loss, and bloodshed, The Nightingale doesn’t take a breath for its two-hour-plus runtime, but it’s a kinetic pace that’s impossible to turn away from.

12 Hour Shift (2020)
12 Hour Shift
63 %
r 88m
Genre Thriller, Horror, Comedy, Crime
Stars Angela Bettis, David Arquette, Chloe Farnworth
Directed by Brea Grant
In 12 Hour Shift, Angela Bettis stars as Mandy, a nurse with a drug problem. To fuel her fixes, she and her co-worker, Karen (Nikea Gamby-Turner), have set up an operation to transport patient organs into the hands of black-market men. After bringing her cousin, Regina (Chloe Farnworth), onboard, a mixup with a kidney unfurls a chain of horrific events as Nicholas (Mick Foley), Mandy’s trafficker, demands the organs. Mandy and her team must turn to a deeper kind of diabolical deed to pay up, or risk their very lives if they fail. A powerful siege thriller with an incredible female ensemble, 12 Hour Shift will make you wonder exactly what’s going on behind the scenes at your local hospital or doctor’s office. Hopefully not anything on display in this film.
12 Hour Shift - Official Trailer

Rent-A-Pal (2020)
61 %
r 108m
Genre Horror, Thriller
Stars Brian Landis Folkins, Wil Wheaton, Kathleen Brady
Directed by Jon Stevenson
Rent-A-Pal stars Brian Landis Folkins as David, an ill-dressed loner looking for a companion of any kind. When the recluse comes into possession of a mysterious VHS tape “Rent-A-Pal,” the man takes to the charismatic host on the TV screen, a man named Andy (Wil Wheaton). As David takes to Andy’s onscreen company, the vicarious friendship quickly devolves into something more sinister. Led by incredible performances and an imaginative and poignant story, Rent-A-Pal shows no mercy, neither to its characters or its audience.
Rent-A-Pal - Official Trailer | HD | IFC Midnight

She Dies Tomorrow (2020)
She Dies Tomorrow
80 %
r 85m
Genre Drama
Stars Kate Lyn Sheil, Jane Adams, Kentucker Audley
Directed by Amy Seimetz
Remember that party you went to where everyone thought they were going to die? Neither do we, but if Amy (Kate Lyn Sheil) from She Dies Tomorrow mentions her own impending death to you, you too will be consumed by her existential doom. Writer/director Amy Seimetz is back with this bizarre and heady feature in which an entire town comes to believe that each denizen will walk the plank to their grave … tomorrow. Funny, moody, and filled with homages to the dark world of David Lynch, She Dies Tomorrow gets a double thumbs-up from us.
She Dies Tomorrow Trailer #1 (2020) | Movieclips Trailers

Shirley (2020)
76 %
r 107m
Genre Drama, Thriller
Stars Elisabeth Moss, Odessa Young, Michael Stuhlbarg
Directed by Josephine Decker
Free room and board is never a bad deal, that is unless your proprietors are a psychologically disturbed horror novelist and her domineering college professor husband. In Josephine Decker’s Shirley (an adaptation of the Susan Scarf Merrell novel of the same name) Elisabeth Moss plays the title role of Shirley Jackson, delivering a subtle but deeply disturbing portrait of the challenged author. Rose and Fred Nemser, the young couple that takes up residence at the Jackson home, are soon engulfed in a world of nightmarish proportions and strange sexual undertones. A mind-trip for sure, Shirley is all about the slow descent of all characters into Shirley’s personal hell. Misery loves company, they say.
Shirley Trailer #1 (2020) | Movieclips Trailers

Run (2020)
67 %
pg-13 90m
Genre Thriller, Horror, Drama
Stars Sarah Paulson, Kiera Allen, Pat Healy
Directed by Aneesh Chaganty
Sarah Paulson is having a moment — well, she’s always having a moment. The star actress is capping off the year with Run, an intense thriller originally set for theatrical release on Mother’s Day 2020, instead now exclusive to Hulu. Paulson stars as a mother who seems to be harboring a deep secret, as her isolated daughter Chloe is slowly discovering. Kiera Allen, who plays Chloe, matches Paulson scene for scene and advances the conversation about representation in film, as Allen is a wheelchair-bound actress. Run is the highlight of original movies that arrived to the streaming service in November.
Run (2020 Movie) Official Trailer – Sarah Paulson, Kiera Allen

Parasite (2019)
96 %
r 133m
Genre Comedy, Thriller, Drama
Stars Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, Lee Jung-eun, Jang Hye-jin
Directed by Bong Joon-ho
Arguably the most talked-about movie of 2019, director Bong Joon-ho hit it out of the park with this black comedy thriller about a poor family in South Korea who, in an attempt to improve their dire straits, hatch a seemingly clever plan. They each recommend one another for a job working for a wealthy family when, in reality, not a single one of them is qualified to fill the position they get. Sweeping the Academy Awards with four Oscars, including two of the most coveted ones, Best Picture and Best Director, the film transcends language and culture and gets right to the heart of issues like social inequality and wealth disparity.
Parasite - Official Trailer (2019) Bong Joon Ho Film

Prisoners (2013)
70 %
r 153m
Genre Drama, Thriller, Crime
Stars Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Jails aren’t the only prisons. Prisoners stars Hugh Jackman as Keller Dover, a man whose child was kidnapped on Thanksgiving, along with one of the daughter’s friends. Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) is tasked with finding the girls and bringing the kidnapper to justice. Dover eventually takes things into his own hands and both he and Loki deploy less-than-legal techniques to locate the victims. Jackman and Gyllenhaal both give passionate, stripped-down performances that resonate long after the credits roll, while the movie never drops its thrilling element, leaving audiences in suspense until the end.

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