Top 10 Suspense Movies on Netflix This Week

There is a good selection of suspense movies on Netflix at the moment, including several new releases this year for die-hard fans looking for a new favorite and a ton of classics for those seeking a deep cut. 

As a genre, thrillers are very diverse; some contain elements of politics, romance, family drama, or even fully realized fantastical science fiction worlds. 

Some of each subcategory is included in the list below, and they will all leave you gasping, taken aback, and tensely sitting on the edge of your seat. And maybe some theories about the conclusion of it all.

Suspense Movies on Netflix for This Week

Go through our collection of suspense movies on Netflix for you to watch with your family;

1. Missing

While on vacation in Colombia with her new boyfriend (Ken Leung), 18-year-old June (Storm Reid) goes missing and sets out to find her mother (Nia Long). This is not like your average thriller because everything happens on screen. 

Missing tells a story that is reliant on technology, using everything from MacBook screens and FaceTime calls to Ring security cameras and Snapchat videos.

This is similar to how Aneesh Chaganty’s 2019 film Searching updated the found footage subgenre for the digital age. 

That might sound like a cheap gimmick, but for a story about identity and surveillance in the modern era, it works surprisingly well. 

2. Uncut Gems

Uncut Gems is best described as a 135-minute panic attack in which you witness someone making a series of awful decisions.

Better than ever, Adam Sandler portrays Howard Ratner, a jeweler and gambling addict in a tight spot because he owes his loan shark brother-in-law (Eric Bogosian!) a staggering sum of money. 

Howard finds a rare, uncut opal and, in exchange for basketball player Kevin Garnett’s Championship ring, which Howard pawns to place a wager on, temporarily lends the gem to Garnett (playing himself) for good fortune. 

As you might have guessed, Howard’s situation doesn’t get better from there. With this stunning descent, filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie—known for their intensely tense, gritty New York crime thrillers—outdo themselves.

3. Burning

Burning by Lee Chang-dong is a multifaceted work that explores various themes such as violence and masculinity, class conflict in South Korea, a strange love story, and the mystery surrounding a missing woman. 

Starting off as a working-class man and aspiring writer, Jong-su (Yoo Ah-in) gets involved with a woman from his childhood named Hae-mi (Jeon Jong-seo) in this slow-burn psychological thriller. 

Then, out of nowhere, a mysteriously wealthy man named Ben (played chillingly by Steven Yeun) appears, and Jong-su becomes envious of the attractive stranger. He starts to have doubts about the man and worries for Hae-mi’s security. 

4. The Firm

Tom Cruise plays Mitch McDeere in Sydney Pollack’s The Firm, a young attorney who recently graduated from Harvard Law at the top of his class. 

He’s soon taken on by a small Memphis law firm, which entices him and his spouse, Jeanne Tripplehorn, with an extravagant salary, a brand-new Mercedes, and an exquisite new home.

When a few of Mitch’s coworkers unexpectedly pass away and FBI agents start investigating, it becomes apparent that a sinister plot is underway.

5. See You Yesterday

See You Yesterday is a story about anti-Black police violence that harnesses the tension and high stakes of a time-travel plot. 

Eden Duncan-Smith plays C.J., a high school science whiz who is committed to creating a time machine with her best friend Bash (Danté Crichlow) in the movie directed by Stefon Bristol, which he co-wrote with Fredrica Bailey. 

While the two are diligently working on perfecting their creation, a police officer shoots and kills C.J.’s older brother Calvin (Brian Bradley, also known as Astro). C.J. makes the sensible decision to use her time machine to travel back in time and save him. 

6. Heat

Though saying so is getting a bit old-fashioned, one of the greatest crime thrillers of all time is Michael Mann’s Heat, which is the pinnacle of the genre done almost perfectly. 

Al Pacino portrays LAPD Lieutenant Vincent Hanna, a careerist whose real marriage is in disarray, while Robert De Niro plays thief Neil McCauley, who adheres to a strict code of emotional detachment in order to make a clean getaway. 

Mann’s film portrays these two as diametrically opposed sides of the same coin—two men united by a shared obsession with, dedication to, and loneliness stemming from their jobs. 

7. I Care a Lot

In J. Blakeson’s dark comedy thriller, I Care a Lot, Rosamund Pike plays an icy and cunning cool girl once more. This time, Amy Dunne from Gone Girl looks like a saint because of how evil and vicious her character is. 

A vape-smoking con artist with a sharp blonde bob and a fierce gaze that will shrivel you at first glance meet Marla Grayson.

Marla’s scheme to become wealthy preys on the elderly — how wicked! — by obtaining legal guardianship and putting them in assisted living facilities. 

She then sold everything they owned and kept the money she made. A wealthy woman named Jennifer Peterson is the next victim of Marla and her girlfriend Fran’s scam, but it turns out that she’s not exactly who the couple thinks she is.

8. Omar

In the opening moments of Omar, we witness a man standing calmly next to a massive concrete wall, raising himself up with a rope, dodging gunfire from a sniper as he reaches the top, and then desperately sliding down the other side with bloody, ripped hands. 

He finally makes it to his best friend’s house after racing through streets and back alleys. Palestinian baker Omar (Adam Bakri) resides in the occupied West Bank. 

The 2013 film, directed by Palestinian Hany Abu-Assad, tells a story uniquely from the perspective of a Palestinian living under Israeli occupation by fusing drama, romance, and suspense. 

9. Obsessed

There are plenty of ways to pass an hour and forty-eight minutes, but few are more entertaining than witnessing Beyoncé hurl dishes, eject Idris Elba from her home, and utter phrases like “I’m going to wipe the floor with your skinny ass” in the middle of a fight scene.

An obsessed woman (Ali Larter) will stop at nothing to win over a man named Derek (Elba) in the incredibly schlocky erotic thriller Obsessed, which is basically a reimagining of Fatal Attraction

Lisa in Larter’s film is obsessed with her boss to the point where she will stop at nothing to entice him, including disrobing in his car while only wearing her underwear and committing several other heinous crimes that I won’t reveal. 

10. The Call

In 2019, Seo-yeon (Park Shin-Hye) is returning to her childhood home following a visit with her sick and estranged mother. When she gets there, Young-sook (Jeon Jong-seo), a distraught woman, calls her strangely and seems to have dialed the wrong number. 

However, after several more calls from the woman, Seo-yeon eventually learns that she and Young-sook share the same house, albeit not at the same time. 

When Young-sook calls from 1999, twenty years ago, Seo-yeon quickly discovers that her destiny is linked to that of her new, enigmatic friend.

The above list contains movies that are filled with suspense. This drives your desire to know what will happen in the next scene.

Grab a packet of popcorn and sit back on your couch to enjoy any movie of your choice from the above list.

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