The 20 best thrillers to watch on Netflix right now – The Sun

YOU may be stuck at home because of the coronavirus outbreak, but Netflix has come to the rescue with some thrilling series that are sure to fill the boredom that comes with self-isolation.

Here's our round up of the most binge-worthy thrillers on the streaming service to get you through lockdown.

1. The Stranger

The Stranger is a perfect binge watch in lockdown

Based on Harlan Coben's novel of the same name, the series will follow Adam Price, who seems to be living the perfect life – two great sons, a watertight marriage – until a stranger approaches him at a bar and reveals a shocking secret about Price's wife, Corinne.

You will never actually guess whodunnit in The Stranger, because with all the twists and turns the ending comes as quite a surprise.

It also stars Joanna Lumley as a cake shop owner – who doesn't want to see that.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 83%

2. You

A dangerously charming, intensely obsessive young man goes to extreme measures to insert himself into the lives of those he is transfixed by.

Penn Badgeley stars as the creepy stalker who might seem charming on the outside, but you don't want to see what's in his basement.

Set in New York and then Los Angeles, You follows Joe as he obsesses over a string of girls and has become one of the most popular shows on Netflix.

Based on Caroline Kepnes' best-selling novel of the same name, You is a 21st century love story that asks, "What would you do for love?".

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 90%

3. Mindhunter

Two FBI agents give birth to the science of psychological profiling to get into the minds of serial killers to try and catch them before their next kill.

Set in the late 1970s, the two FBI agents are tasked with interviewing serial killers to solve open cases.

Jonathan Groff gives a career defining performance, as the show recreates real interviews with some of the world's most famous serial killers.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 97%

4. Narcos

Narcos tells the true-life story of the growth and spread of cocaine drug cartels thanks to drug king pin Pablo Escobar.

It follows DEA agent Steve Murphy as he tries to take down the Colombian drug lord.

More recent series follow what happened to Colombia and the fight for control of the drug business after Escobar's downfall.

As efforts are made to control cocaine, one of the world's most valuable commodities, the many entities involved – legal, political, police, military and civilian – find themselves in conflict.
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 89%

5. The Gift

The Turkish thriller follows a painter, Atiye, in Istanbul as she embarks on a personal journey to unearth universal secrets about an Anatolian archaeological site and its link to her past.

An archaeologist Erhan discovers a symbol in the region's oldest temple that reveals the mystical relationship between Atiye and the temple.

As she unravels more of the mystery, Atiye questions everything between the past and the future, between the reality and the unknown.
Google Audience Rating: 94% (it does not have a rating on Rotten Tomatoes)

6. Ex Machina

Caleb Smith, a young programmer, gets a chance to become a part of a strange scientific experiment where he is expected to assess artificial intelligence by interacting with a female robot.

But things get out of hand quickly on the remote property when the robot starts to game the system.

Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander give outstanding performances in this sci-fi thriller which has become a cult classic.
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 92%

7. Hell or High Water

This gritty film starring Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges and Ben Foster is set in Texas.

After the death of his mother, the unemployed oil and gas worker Toby Howard (Pine) is losing his ranch to the Bank

He then teams up with his brother Tanner who has just been released from prison, to rob banks to pay off his debts.

But the whole time, Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton (Bridge) who is near retirement are on their tail trying to guess their next move.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 97%

8. Bird Box

Starring Oscar winner Sandra Bullock and crowd favourite Sarah Paulson, Bird Box was a massive conversation starter when it first aired on Netflix.

More than 45 million watched the film which follows the events after an unknown global terror.

Malorie (Bullock) has to muster the strength to get her children to safety all while wearing a blindfold.
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 63%

9. Apostle

Set in 1905, a drifter on a dangerous mission to rescue his kidnapped sister on an isolated island battles it out with a sinister religious cult.

Thomas Richardson (Dan Stevens) travels to the island to rescue his sister but the mysterious religious cult demands a ransom for her safe return.

It soon becomes clear that the cult will regret the day it tried to tangle with Thomas, as he finds out more of the secrets and lies upon which the commune is built.
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 80%

10. Jinn

Jinn is about a group of teenagers who go on a field trip to Petra, which is known as home to ancient demons and strange phenomena. The group's lives are disrupted when a spiritual figure appears, accidentally summoned by one of them.

They must try and stop the Jinn – a supernatural creatures in Islamic mythology – from destroying the world.

The film caused controversy in Jordan, with some government agencies wanting to ban it for "immoral content".
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 83%

11. Berlin Syndrome

Aussie actress Teresa Palmer stars in this thriller about how a passionate holiday romance lead to an obsessive relationship, when an Australian photojournalist wakes one morning in a Berlin apartment and is unable to leave.

She soon learns her lover has no intention of letting her out of his apartment.
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 75%

12. Creep

Mark Duplass is usually known for his comedic roles, but now he's just creepy.

A young videographer answers an online ad for a one-day job in a remote town to record the last messages of a dying man.

When he notices the man's odd behaviour, he sees the job through, but when it's time to leave he can't find his keys.

But then he receives a strange phone call and discovers his client is not at all what he initially seemed to be.

Starring Mark Duplass who is usually known for his comedic chops in shows such as The Mindy Project.
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 89%

13. Blue Ruin

A mysterious outsider's quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.

The 2014 thriller is one of the rawest and emotionally intense thrillers you'll watch in a long time.

It's a slow paced film that fills the viewer with a sense of foreboding throughout.
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 96%

14. Gerald's Game

Starring a creepy 'monster' who will haunt your dreams for months to come, this film follows the repercussions of a sex game gone wrong between a long-time married couple who are trying to spice things up.

Carla Gugino must fight for her life after her husband dies of a heart attack during the sex game which left her handcuffed to the bed.
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 91%

15. The Chosen One

Three young doctors sent to a remote village in Pantanal to vaccinate the residents find themselves trapped in an isolated community that is shrouded in secrets.

The residents of the community are devotees of a mysterious leader, who has the gift of curing diseases in a supernatural way.

Google User Audience Rating: 88%

16. 60 Days In

Seven civilians take part in an experiment that sees them pose as prisoners in an Indiana prison for 60 days, in an attempt to expose internal issues and examine life behind bars.

The participants include mum of two Barbra, police officer Tami and eccentric teacher Robert.

Tension between the volunteers and inmates quickly escalates, and one participant even finds themselves victim of physical assault.

A harrowing look at the reality of life in prison.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 77%

17. A Fall from Grace

It’s had mixed reviews but nobody can deny Tyler Perry’s movie leaves you on the edge of your seat.

Devastated by her ex-husband’s affair, Grace Waters (Crystal Fox) believes she’s found the love of her life.

But her joy is short-lived, and she soon finds herself admitting to the murder of her new husband.

A young lawyer is skeptical of her story, and sets out to uncover the truth.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 52%

18. Dark

A missing child sets four families on a frantic hunt for answers as they unearth a mind-bending mystery that spans three generations.

The first German original series produced for Netflix, Dark follows a web of curious characters, all who have a connection to their small town’s troubled history – whether they know it or not.

Catch up on the first two seasons of the German sci-fi thriller before Netflix releases its third and final instalment.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating 94%

19. Nightcrawler

Jake Gyllenhaal delivers an outstanding performance as young hustler Lou, a freelance videographer who trawls the streets of Los Angeles to film disasters and death.

But he soon discovers there’s a darker side to the trade.

Jake lost 14kg for his role in the crime thriller.

He told Deadline: “That hunger—that literal and figurative hunger—was a state that was really important for me to be in. It just drove the scenes.”

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating 85%

20. Prisoners

For those who can’t get enough of Jake Gyllenhaal, the actor also stars in 2013 thriller Prisoners alongside Hugh Jackman.

Described as ‘one of the most intense thrillers in recent years’, the plot kicks off when two young girls suddenly go missing outside their home.

Jackman plays the father who is prepared to do whatever it takes to find his daughter.

Meanwhile, Gyllenhaal plays an erratic, obsessive cop who is becoming increasingly frustrated at the crumbling investigation.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating 87%

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