When you’re feeling stressed, there are two tried and tested balms that you can apply from the comfort of your own couch: watching Paddington 2 or watching a thriller movie. Here, then, are the best thrillers on Netflix for your de-stressing needs.
The Good Nurse
This true crime thriller is based on the American serial killer Charles Cullen, who killed dozens — possibly hundreds — of patients during his 16-year nursing career, and the nurse who helped bring him down. Starring Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne, The Good Nurse is a gripping thriller about an incredible story you have to watch to believe.
A classic thriller starring Denise Richards, Neve Campbell, Kevin Bacon and Matt Dillon, Wild Things follows the twisted relationship between two high school students and their guidance counselor. Desire, greed and manipulation lead to some huge plot twists and a case that’s far more complicated and sinister than it seems.
When desk-bound cop Joe Baylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) answers a 911 call from an abducted woman, it kicks off a thrilling investigation — that’s revealed entirely though phone calls Joe makes with the victims, suspects and field officers. Set over a single night, The Guilty is a thriller with a point of difference and a great supporting cast. Riley Keough, Peter Sarsgaard, Ethan Hawke, Eli Goree and Paul Dano all lend their voices to the case.
This Spanish thriller is set entirely inside a prison tower where food is delivered via a platform that slowly descends the tower’s levels and stops for a short amount of time at each. The people on the top levels get the best food, with everyone else fighting for scraps. The Platform is one of the best thrillers on Netflix, and it has the trophies to prove it — it premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, where it won a People’s Choice Award.
An Australian true crime thriller inspired by the murder investigation of Daniel Morcombe, The Stranger stars Joel Edgerton as an undercover police officer who draws their suspect into a fake criminal organisation in a protracted effort to make him confess to his crimes. The Stranger also stars several Australian and New Zealand stars of the screen and stage, including Jada Alberts, Steve Mouzakis, Ewen Leslie and Matthew Sunderland.