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15 Best Thrillers On Hulu [September 2021]

Hulu is one of the most beloved streaming platforms due to its vast library of series and movies and its dedication to serving up fresh content. When it comes to thrillers, the streamer is overflowing with selections for lovers of the genre. So if you're looking for a pulse-pounding flick that's worth your time, we've compiled a list of the 15 best thrillers streaming on Hulu right now. We've made our selections based on Rotten Tomatoes scores, fan response, and our expertise with the genre — so get ready to have one intense movie night. 

Updated on August 26, 2021: Hulu is constantly updating its streaming library and boasts an impressive number of thrillers. To make sure this list is current and to keep things new, we'll update these selections every month, so you'll always know what's been added and what's left. We'll also always ensure the thrillers were suggest are the best of the best, so you're not tricked into watching a horrible suspense flick where you've figured out the twist in the first five minutes.


This relatively unknown film is perfect for lovers of the thriller genre. "Alone" follows the story of a widow traveling in the Pacific Northwest, and she soon finds herself being stalked by suspicious man. He eventually captures her and holds her in his home. Needless to say, the widow doesn't plan on sticking around, but after she escapes, the stranger is soon hot on her trail, turning the film into a deadly game of cat and mouse.

  • Starring: Jules Willcox, Marc Menchaca, Anthony Heald
  • Director: John Hyams
  • Year: 2020
  • Runtime: 98 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Black Swan

The lead for the New York City Ballet's "Swan Lake" is up for grabs. Artistic director Thomas is torn between which ballerina should get the lead, as Nina resembles the white swan while and Lily is much more of a black swan. Nina feels threatened by her fellow dancer and does whatever it takes to delve into her dark side so she can nab the lead. Portman took home the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal as Nina, making it a must-watch for fans of the star.

  • Starring: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel
  • Director: Darren Aronofsky
  • Year: 2010
  • Runtime: 108 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

The Clovehitch Killer

The Clovehitch Killer has haunted a Kentucky town for a decade, with the murders of 10 women remaining a mystery. And then, a Boy Scout starts to suspect his well-respected Scout leader father of being the man behind the crimes. Naturally, our hero often second-guesses himself, but as he secretly investigates his father, he learns more of the murders and the culprit behind them. You'll find yourself second-guessing the killer's identity more than the Boy Scout, and the film's resolution will surely surprise you.

  • Starring: Dylan McDermott, Charlie Plummer, Samantha Mathis
  • Director: Duncan Skiles
  • Year: 2018
  • Runtime: 109 minutes
  • Rating: NR
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%


Mitch Emhoff watches his wife and son die on the same day from a mysterious illness that soon takes over the globe. As the CDC, virologists, and epidemiologists work at lightning speed to find out how to stop this new virus, the masses start to panic, and riots erupt all over the world. Citizens of Earth are dying in droves as the virus rages on, with no end in sight. As you might expect, "Contagion" has seen a massive surge in popularity as streamers have been tuning into outbreak movies more than ever due to the ongoing health crisis. If you're someone who's avoiding escapism, "Contagion" is an excellent pick for your next movie night.

  • Starring: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marion Cotillard
  • Director: Steven Soderbergh
  • Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 107 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

The Dead Zone

Teacher Johnny Smith awakens from a five-year coma after a horrific car accident. Things are much different all these years later as Johnny realizes he has clairvoyant abilities when he comes into physical contact with another person. He can read their past, present, and future, which leads him to aid the local police in a murder case. Assisting on the case is not as simple as it seems and brings Johnny face to face with danger. For those who only know Walken for his more comedic roles, we can't recommend "The Dead Zone" enough, so viewers can see his talents in the drama genre.

  • Starring: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt
  • Director: David Cronenberg
  • Year: 1983
  • Runtime: 104 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Gone Girl

Based on the "New York Times" bestseller of the same name by Gillian Flynn, "Gone Girl" is an incredible mystery thriller that delivers one of the biggest surprises you'll never see coming. Nick Dunne is surprised to find out his wife has gone missing, and a search begins, which is full of shocking twists and turns. The story is told through the narratives of Nick and his missing wife, Amy Dunne, which will leave you wondering which spouse you can actually trust.

  • Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris
  • Director: David Fincher
  • Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 146 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Hell or High Water

One of the best films of 2016, "Hell or High Water" stars Chris Pine and Ben Foster as desperate brothers on a quest to save their family ranch. They hatch a scheme to rob different branches of the bank that's about to take over their property and find themselves being tracked down by a crusty, clever Texas Ranger. As they try to outrun the law and continue to rob banks, the brothers find themselves in danger as the Ranger closes in on them. With stellar performances from Pine, Foster, and Jeff Bridges, "Hell or High Water" is easily one of the best Westerns released in the modern era.

  • Starring: Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges, Ben Foster
  • Director: David Mackenzie
  • Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 102 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Killer Joe

This movie might be a difficult watch for some, so take heed of its NC-17 rating. Matthew McConaughey plays Killer Joe Cooper, a cop who moonlights as an assassin for hire. When a young man hires Joe to murder his mother for insurance money, things take a dark turn when the man's younger sister is offered up as a form of payment. Hulu features the original cut of the film, so expect some gruesome beatdowns and uncomfortable sexual scenarios.

Lady Vengeance

Lee Geum-ja has just been released from prison after serving 13 years for a crime she didn't commit. Consumed with a vengeance, Lee is determined to find the child murderer she was wrongly accused of being. Working with some of her former cellmates, Lee stops at nothing to bring down the culprit, all while trying to reconcile with the young daughter she was forced to give up after being incarcerated. Prepare yourself for a bloody, violent, disturbing thriller.

  • Starring: Lee Young-ae, Choi Min-sik, Nam Il-u
  • Director: Park Chan-wook
  • Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 94 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

The Manchurian Candidate

A remake of the classic 1962 film, "The Manchurian Candidate" is a compelling thriller that'll have you questioning the truth from start to finish. Gulf War veteran Raymond Shaw is running for vice president, but things go awry when his former commanding officer, Ben Marco, tells him their unit was brainwashed in Kuwait. After finding a chip in his back, Ben is determined to expose those behind the implantation, a group he believes have put Shaw into a position of power so they can have control in the White House. No one believes Ben as he's labeled crazy, but he'll stop at nothing to expose the truth.

Memories of Murder

One of Bong Joon-Ho's greatest films, "Memories of Murder" is based on the true story of South Korea's first known serial killer. The two detectives tasked with finding the killer have unconventional ways of investigating the crimes, which often leads them to the wrong suspects. A third detective is brought in to help, and the trio clash with one another as more bodies start to pile up. We recommend not looking into the real-life case if you want to be surprised by the finale of the film.

  • Starring: Song Kang-ho, Kim Sang-kyung, Kim Roi-ha
  • Director: Bong Joon-Ho
  • Year: 2003
  • Runtime: 131 minutes
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%


Winner of six Academy Awards, "Parasite" is easily one of the best films of 2019. The movie details the lives of the lower-class Kim family and upper-class Park family and how the groups come to know one another. The Kims hatch a scheme to weave their way into the Parks' lives, but when the wealthy family departs on a vacation, the Kims find something unusual in the beautiful home, catapulting a bizarre and devastating trail of events that lead up to one massive twist in the finale. Based on Rotten Tomatoes scores, "Parasite" leads the pack as the top Bong Joon-ho flick, and it's definitely not one to be missed.

  • Starring: Song Kang-ho, Jo Yeo-jeong, Park So-dam
  • Director: Bong Joon-ho
  • Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 132 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%


Hugh Jackman delivers one of his best and grittiest performances in "Prisoners," where his character Keller Dover finds out his daughter and friend's daughter have been kidnapped. Jake Gyllenhaal's Detective Loki is assigned to the case and becomes just as obsessed with finding the kidnapper as Keller. A suspect, played by the great Paul Dano, is revealed immediately, leaving the audience to question if this is the true perpetrator or not. Keller takes the investigation into his own hands, which thrusts him into quite the predicament that keeps the heart-pounding pace of the movie going.

  • Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano
  • Director: Denis Villeneuve
  • Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 153 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%


One of Hulu's best original flicks, "Run" is a scary take on the mother-daughter movie. Reminiscent of another Hulu project, "The Act," this Sarah Paulson-led film follows a mother and the disabled teenage daughter she cares for. Her daughter becomes increasingly suspicious of her mother after finding a shocking discovery in their medicine cabinet, and the twists and turns that follow after will surely surprise every viewer.

  • Starring: Sarah Paulson, Kiera Allen, Pat Healy
  • Director: Aneesh Chaganty
  • Year: 2020
  • Runtime: 89 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Super Dark Times

Two best friends find themselves at odds after they're involved in a haunting accident. The boys deal with the aftermath in many different ways, which puts a major wedge in their friendship. Things continue to get worse as the pair's paranoia sets in, which leads to a path of more unsettling destruction. If you're looking for an unsettling gem of a thriller, "Super Dark Times" definitely delivers on the title.

  • Starring: Owen Campbell, Charlie Tahan, Elizabeth Cappuccino
  • Director: Kevin Phillips
  • Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 103 minutes
  • Rating: NR
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%