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The best shows and thriller movies to watch on Netflix

The best shows and thriller movies to watch on Netflix

Alongside the many Originals, developed specifically for the platform, Netflix also offers several classics to review and rewatch. Like these.

Passionate readers and viewers of Netflix's top 10 films know: along with horror films, thrillers are the most popular. That's why the platform churns out new ones every year. However much of the traffic is with classics, especially from the 1990s and early 2000s, with a constant turnover. Here is a selection of the must-sees to (re)watch now, before they 'expire'


Robert De Niro in one of his most iconic roles. Paul Schrader's perfect script and Martin Scorsese's eye for a vertigo of madness and violence starting from the alienating everyday life of an outcast forced to work nights.


A cult film that needs no introduction. Its appeal is that of the perfect tetris of pulp stories and pure tragicomic genius in the telling of them. Revolutionary and hilarious, it relies on charisma in direction and framing. With Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi.


Richard Gere and a young Edward Norton in a noir meets legal drama, with the lawyer trying to work out how much he can actually trust his client.

GATTACA (1997)

Starring Ethan Hawke, Uma Thruman and Jude Law, this is a dystopian thriller from the future focusing on eugenics and social inequality. With an attempt to escape from it.

THE GAME (1997)

Michael Douglas and Sean Penn directed by David Fincher are already a good premise. If you then consider that the plot consists of a descent into hell following a role-playing game for the rich, the (dark) charm is served.


A cast of (then) promising stars led by Christian Bale renewed the success of Bret Easton Ellis' cult novel on film. The morning beauty routine of the yuppie serial killer is unforgettable.


Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon and Laurence Fishburne on stage, directed by Clint Eastwood. For a double investigation of a double violence, perpetrated decades apart.


Jamie Foxx agrees to take the wrong ride when he picks up (the killer) Tom Cruise off the street. All in a film by Michael Mann, master of tension.


Espionage, political tension and mystery intertwine in the UN building where an interpreter (Nicole Kidman) accidentally intercepts one sentence too many. Sean Penn comes to her rescue.

ZODIAC (2007)

Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. in the service of David Fincher and one of the most complex investigations in the history of serial killer hunting.

DRIVE (2011)

Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn team up for a thriller that leaves you breathless amid bandits, impossible love and lives to save.

GET OUT (2017)

It revolutionised the horror genre, returning to pure psychological tension and giving political meaning to fear (made of racial hatred). It successfully brought a small production company (BlumHouse), a revelation director (Jordan Peele) and a new generation of actors (led by Daniel Kaluuya) to the Oscars.

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