10 Criminally Underrated Thrillers on Netflix That'll Keep You Up at Night
As far as psychological thriller movies go, Netflix is the place to be. The streaming service has been at the top of its game, releasing original films with jaw-dropping twists and chilling storylines as well as keeping its library stocked with classics. If you live for murder mysteries or movies packed with suspense and terror, you’ve probably already exhausted your options on Netflix’s recommended for your page. That’s why we’re highlighting the platform’s most underrated thriller movies that might have slipped your radar the first or second time around. We aren’t saying these films won’t give you nightmares, but just in case, you might want to watch these in broad daylight. Best of luck!
Miss Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) is good at what she does, and everybody in Washington, DC knows it. So, when she decides to turn her back on a potential client for the team going against their bill regarding firearm regulations, she’s got more than a big target on her back.
A Fall from Grace
Rookie public defender Jasmine is assigned an “easy” case; a woman has been charged with murdering her younger husband, and she will be pleading guilty. However, as Jasmine spends more time with this woman Grace and hears her version, things aren’t adding up. Jasmine must dig deep to uncover what really transpired that fatal day.
What Lies Below
Excited to introduce her hot ecologist boyfriend to her teenage daughter, Michelle invites him into their home in the Adirondacks. Libby tries to ignore how his hand lingers on her body for too long and the suspicious science lab he set up in their basement, but everything comes to a head when Libby confronts John’s odd sleep-walking habits. Be warned that this is a wild ride.
Violinist Ellen Ashland must rely on those around her for support after a near-fatal attack leaves her blind. When a caregiver comes into the mix, things seem to improve . . . but then the flashbacks begin. A neighbor tells her to trust no one, and she literally can’t see who’s a friend or foe. Her attacker is still out there – and possibly in the apartment next door.
The Whole Truth
Part courtroom drama, part murder mystery, The Whole Truth picks up with a young man on trial for killing his wealthy father. Keanu Reeves plays the attorney tasked with defending him, despite the fact that everyone in the town thinks the case is relatively open-and-shut. This movie came and went without much attention, but the cast is top-notch; Renée Zellweger, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Jim Belushi all costar.
After a bank heist gone wrong, the Nikas brothers (Robert Pattinson and Benny Safdie) find themselves separated on the streets of New York City. Nick is in handcuffs while Connie attempting to come up with the bail money. Using his devilishly good looks and wit, Connie must find a way to get the money to save his brother.
Jennifer wakes up in the hospital with no recollection as to who she is or why she’s there. The kindly (but mysterious) Russell explains to Jennifer that he is her husband, and that she’s been depressed due to the amount of loss she’s experienced lately – deceased parents, unemployment, and a string of estranged friendships. Is it true? Jennifer will have to piece the clues together.
After serving as a caregiver and gardener for an extremely rich old senior named Leonard, Adam and Kate find themselves in a heap of money after Leo passes. They’re young and broke, so the unexpected fortune solves a lot of problems, but creates even more once everyone in town finds out that Adam and Kate have inherited Leo’s home.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
The Killing of a Sacred Deer, though critically acclaimed, might be underrated simply because it’s a tough watch. Colin Farrell plays Steven, an accomplished surgeon who befriends a young man. Though he doesn’t know it at the time, the teen has a connection to Steven that will affect his entire family forever.
The Last Thing He Wanted
Thinking her career as a traveling political journalist is over, Elena McMahon retreats back to her hometown to take care for her ailing father. Once there, she discovers that her father is involved in firearm trading, specifically with international clients, which also happens to be the very story Elena was trying to break back in Nicaragua before she was pulled from the assignment. Doubling as her father’s associate and an undercover journalist, Elena not only has to worry about getting out alive, but not blowing her cover in the process.