Best Thriller Movies on Amazon Prime [December 2022]: Akilla’s Escape, The Boondock Saints and More

Amazon Prime has a great collection of thrillers that gets better each month. From crime stories to classic psychological suspense tales, as well as some dark stuff, you can find a veritable collection of thrillers on Amazon Prime. Whether you are a veteran thriller fan or just getting started with the genre, you may find the next movie you watch right here. 

Top Thriller Movies on Amazon Prime

Movie Name  Release Year Rating
Akilla’s Escape  2020 5.5
The Boondock Saints  2000 7.8
The Courier  2020 7.1
The Ghost and the Darkness  1996 6.8
The Handmaiden  2016 8.1
I See You 2019 6.8
Leon the Professional  1996 8.5
The Machinist 2004 7.7
The Protege 2021 6.1
The Silence of the Lambs. 1991 8.6
The Thomas Crown Affair  1999 6.8
The Usual Suspects 1995 8.5
Vivarium  2019 5.8
We Need to Talk About Kevin 2011 7.5
You were never really here  2017 6.8

Akilla’s Escape

This movie is the perfect gangland thriller. We are introduced to the protagonist Akilla, who is familiar with this dangerous world, who is trying to stop a young boy from getting sucked into this world himself. This movie straddles the personal and sociopolitical tension between the past and the present and the choices that move us between them. 

IMDb Rating: 5.5

Cast – Saul Williams, Vic Mensa, Thamela Mpumlwana, Donisha Rita Claire Prendergast, Shomari Downer, Ronnie Rowe, Theresa Tova, Olunike Adeliyi, Brandon Oakes, Bruce Ramsey, Cassius Crieghtney, Colm Feore, Pedro Miguel Arce, David Keeley, Victor Gomez, Jennifer Podemski, Tony Nappo, Husein Madhavji

Duration: 1h 30min

Genre: Crime, Drama

Director: Charles Officer

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The Boondock Saints

With an interesting story that brings together themes of justice and family as a pair of twin brothers become vigilantes and fight Russian mobsters, while running away from the clutches of an FBI agent. In God’s name, two Catholic brothers eliminate the mob in Boston. 

IMDb Rating: 7.8

Cast -Willem Dafoe, Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, Billy Connolly, David Della Rocco,David Ferry, Bob Marley, Brian Mahoney, William Young, Bill Craig, Richard Fitzpatrick, Dot-Marie Jones, Robert Pemberton, Scott Griffith, Layton Morrison, James Binkley, Matthew Chaffee, Robert Eaton. 

Duration: 1h 48min

Genre: Action, Thriller

Director: Troy Duffy

The Courier

In this story we are introduced to the infiltration of the Soviet Union nuclear programme, which was important in ending the Cuban Missile Crisis. The movie tells us about businessman Greville Wynne, who a Russian source has requested to try to end the missile crisis. 

IMDb Rating: 7.1

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan, Vladimir Chuprikov, Emma Penzina, Fred Haig, Angus Wright, Anton Lesser, Mariya Mironova, Keir Hills, David Bark-Jones, Jessie Buckley, Miles Richardson, Petr Klimes, Kirill Pirogov, Harry Carr, Benny Maslov

Duration: 1h 52min

Genre: Drama, History, Thriller 

Director: Dominic Cooke

The Ghost and the Darkness

This story is based on the scary legend of the Tsavo man-eating lions. The movie shows us a pair of malicious, almost supernaturally driven lions that spreads terror among a group of construction workers, killing for the sake of killing. Things become so bad that hunters are brought in to finish off the two lions but this seems like an impossible task. 

IMDb Rating: 6.8

Cast – Val Kilmer, Michael Douglas, John Kani, Tom Wilkinson, Bernard Hill, Emily Mortimer, Brian McCardie, Henry Cele, Om Puri, Raheem Khan, Kurt Egelhof, Satchu Annamalai, Teddy Reddy, Jack Devnarain, Glen Gabela, Alex Ferns, Richard Nwamba, Nick Lorentz. 

Duration: 1h 50min

Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Director: Stephen Hopkins

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The Handmaiden 

In this story we are introduced to the team of a con man and a pickpocket. They try to steal from an heiress called Hideko, as the pickpocket convinces her to wed the conman. Eroticism and betrayal are woven into this movie together with psychological thrills, making it very entertaining. 

IMDb Rating: 8.1

Cast -Kim Min-hee, Ha Jung-woo, Cho Jin-woong, Moon So-ri, Kim Tae-ri, Yong-nyeo Lee, Min-chae Yoo, Kim Hae-sook, Dong-hwi Lee, Kyu-jung Lee, Si-eun Kim, Rina Takagi,Si-yeon Ha, Geun-hee Won, Jong Dai-Kim, Han-sun Jang, Eun-yeong Kim, Ri-woo Kim.

Duration: 2h 25min 

Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller. 

Director: Park Chan-wook

I See You

In this story we are introduced to a policeman and his doctor wife, who are facing marriage problems. The son blames the mother. The policeman during his day job is investigating a missing boy’s case. IT seems like a kidnap case, similar to one a few years ago. 

IMDb Rating: 6.8

Cast – John Tenney, Owen Teague, Libe Barer, Helen Hunt, Gregory Alan Williams, Judah Lewis, Allison Gabriel, Erika Alexander, Riley Caya, Adam Kern, John Newberg, Nicole Forester, Brooks Roseberry, Terry Clark, A.J Ransom, Wyatt McClure, Cherie McClain

Duration: 1h 38min

Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror

Director: Adam Randall

Leon the Professional

In this story we are introduced to a hitman living next door to a young girl named Mathilda and her disturbed family. The family gets targeted by a corrupt federal agent who decides they need to go. The hitman first shelters the girl and then teaches her and the two build a unique relationship for the ages. 

IMDb Rating: 8.5

Cast: Gary Oldman, Jean Reno, Danny Aiello, Natalie Portman, Willi One Blood, Peter Appel, Keith A. Glascoe, Don Creech, Ellen Greene, Randolph Scott, Elizabeth Regen, Michael Badalucco, Carl J. Matusovich,Frank Senger, Lucius Wyatt Cherokee, Eric Challier, Maïwenn, Luc Bernard

Duration: 1h 50min

Genre: Action, Drama, Crime

Director: Luc Besson

The Machinist

In this story we are introduced to factory worker Trevor Reznik, who has been getting really paranoid and withdrawn after an accident on the job. His waking hours are haunted by strange and terrifying visions and he isn’t able to eat or sleep. His fragmented reality has a dark fact behind it. Fear, uncertainty and insomnia rule in this movie. 

IMDb Rating: 7.7

Cast: Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Ironside, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, John Sharian, Reg E Cathey, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Matthew Romero Moore, Anna Massey, Robert Long, Colin Stinton, Craig Stevenson, Jeremy Xido, Ferran Lahoz, Norman Bell, Nancy Crane, Richard Torrington, Buffy Davis

Duration: 1h 41m

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Director: Brad Anderson

The Protege

As a child, Anna was rescued and trained in the art of assassination by Moody (Samuel L. Jackson), the world’s most legendary killer. But when Moody – the man who taught her everything she knows about trust and survival – is killed, Anna vows revenge.

IMDb Rating: 6.1

Cast- Michael Keaton, Maggie Q, Samuel L Jackson, Patrick Malahide, David Rintoul, Ori Pfeffer, Ray Fearon, Tudor Chirila, Robert Patrick, Florin Piersic Jr., George Pistereanu, Velizar Binev, Alexandru Bordea, Eva Nguyen Thorsen, Tanja Keller, Sara Maria Groseanu, Alina Wang, Taj Atwal. 

Duration: 1h 49mins

Genre:  Action, Thriller

Director: Martin Campbell

The Silence of the Lambs

One of the greatest psychological thrillers made, the story follows a young FBI agent who is trying to capture a serial killer by interviewing a second killer who is already in prison. 

IMDb Rating: 8.6

Cast: Kasi Lemmons, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney, Jodie Foster, Scott Glenn, Lawrence T. Wrentz, Frankie Faison, Anthony Heald, Frank Seals Jr, Don Brockett, Stuart Rudin, Jeffrie Lane, Maria Skorobogatov, Leib Lensky, Jim Roche, Brooke Smith, Ted Levine, George ‘Red’ Schwartz.

Duration: 1h 58min

Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama

Director: Jonathan Demme

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The Thomas Crown Affair 

In this story we are introduced to a gentleman thief who manages to pull off the perfect heist. A rich and successful playboy, he steals artwork to amuse himself. However, he just might have met his match in a seductive detective. 

IMDb Rating: 6.8

Cast: Denis Leary, Rene Russo, Pierce Brosnan, Frankie Faison, Ben Gazzara, Mark MArgolis, Charles Keating, Faye Dunaway, Bill Ambrozy, Michael Lombard, Michael Bahr, Robert D Novak, James Saito, Joe H. Lamb, Mischa Hausserman, Esther Cañadas, Daniel Oreskes

Duration: 1h 53min. 

Genre: Crime, Romance, Thriller

Director: John McTiernan

The Usual Suspects

In this movie, the twisted events leading up to a gun battle on a boat which began when 5 criminals met at a random police lineup, is narrated by a lone survivor. 

IMDb Rating: 8.5

Cast – Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Spacey, Chazz Palminteri, Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Pollak, Benicio Del Toro, Suzy Amis, Pete Postlethwaite, Dan Hedaya, Giancarlo Esposito, Paul Bartel, Carl Bressler, Phillipe Simon, Jack Shearer, Christine Estabrook, Clark Gregg, Morgan Hunter, Ken Daly. 

Duration: 1h 46min

Genre: Crime, drama, mystery. 

Director: Bryan Singer


In this movie we are introduced to two young lovers, Tom and Gemma, looking for a home. As they reach a cookie-cutter neighbourhood, it becomes tough to escape. A child lands up on their doorstep and the couple need to nurture this child if they have to be released. 

IMDb Rating: 5.8

Cast: Imogen Poots, Danielle Ryan, Jesse Eisenberg, Molly McCann, Côme Thiry,Jonathan Aris, Éanna Hardwicke,Senan Jennings, Olga Wehrly,Fionn Lockett, Terence McEneaney, Walter McCabe, Stephen Morrison,Sarolta Charlotte Simon, Michael McGeown, Jack Hudson,

Duration: 1h 37min

Genre: Mystery, Horror, Sci-fi.

Director: Lorcan Finnegan

We Need to Talk About Kevin

It is a struggle for Kevin’s mother to love her weird child, even though he is saying and doing increasingly dangerous things. However, Kevin’s final act will be more than what anyone can imagine – he is just getting started. 

IMDb Rating: 7.5

Cast – John C. Reilly, Tilda Swinton, Jasper Newell,Ezra Miller,  Siobhan Fallon Hogan,Rocky Duer, Kenneth Franklin,Alex Manette, Paul Diomede,Leslie Lyles, J. Mallory McCree,Michael Campbell, James Chen, Mark Elliot Wilson, Blake DeLong,Lauren Fox, Andy Gershenzon

Duration: 1h 52min

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Director: Lynne Ramsay

You Were Never Really Here 


In this story we are introduced to a traumatised veteran who is not scared of violence and finds missing women for a living. One particular job however goes out of control and his nightmares overcome him, while a conspiracy gets uncovered which could either awaken him or be the reason for his death. 

IMDb Rating: 6.8

Cast: Judith Roberts, Joaquin Phoenix, John Doman,Ekaterina Samsonov,, Larry Canady, Vinicius Damasceno,Dante Pereira-Olson, Frank Pando,Neo Randall, Alex Manette,Edward Latham, Denis Ozer,Claire Hsu, Lucy Lan-Luo,Tia Sofia Begh, Lilian Tsang, Annie Mac-Yang, Mengqi Hi. 

Duration: 1h 29min

Genre: Crime, Drama

Director: Lynne Ramsay

That does it for the thrillers on Amazon Prime. So which one will you watch first?